Phil Simon

Speaker, thought leader, and award-winning author

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Collaboration and Singing

Introduction Last night I was rewatching “The Hot Towel”, an episode from season seven of Curb Your Enthusiasm. To make a long story short, protagonist Larry isn’t too fond of a teenager’s singing and gets involved in his own inimitable way. Watch for yourself. Whether you agree with Larry is your...

Three Challenges that I’ve Faced as a Writer

Photo credit: @andrewtneel It’s been more than a decade since I could accurately call myself a professional writer.1 (Click here for an interactive Tableau dataviz, including a timeline of my publications.) To be sure, I have found the work largely rewarding—especially when you hold one of your books in your hand or when your clients acknowledge how...

Looking for Collaboration Case Studies for My Next Book

While I fancy myself a better writer than a decade ago, all of my books sport a number of commonalities: Plenty of pop-culture references An absence of jargon Case studies With respect to the latter, I couldn’t imagine scribing a text rife with preaching. To quote from one of my favorite Rush songs, “Show me don’t tell me.” To this end, I’m...

Announcing My Next Book

Introduction My favorite actors, musicians, and writers zig as much as they zag. That is, they don’t just churn out the same idea over and over again. Nothing against bands such as AC/DC, but their albums never really evolved all that much. Rush and Marillion, however, frequently change approaches. That’s how they grow and ultimately become better...

When Client Training Expectations and Reality Collide

Introduction I’ve been conducting corporate training for nearly a quarter-century.1 During that time, my classes that have run the gamut. Most have gone very well—others, not so much. To quote Pacino in Heat, “I’ve worked all kinds.” When I reflect upon the most successful classes that I’ve led over the years, a number of commonalities strike me:...

Ruminations on the Future of Work

Monday morning: Your eyes open and you look at your phone. (Some things never change.) It’s 7:32 a.m. Fifteen years ago, if you had awakened at such a late hour, you would have rushed out the door in a frenzy. Your normally stressful one-hour commute would have been downright hellish. Those days have long passed. You don’t trek into the office every...

Zoom Tip #5: Zooming in on Yourself

​At present, Zoom’s Meetings & Chat tool doesn’t let you zoom in on yourself. That is, you cannot bring the camera to you make your face or background bigger or small. By way of comparison, you can do this with Zoom Rooms by using the camera control in the green box below: Great, but that factoid doesn’t solve the Meetings & Chat problem....

Obliviousness in Higher Education

Introduction A little over a year ago, I hopped on not one, not two, but three planes to teach an in-person course on data visualization in Porto Alegre, Brazil for UOL. My total commute time exceeded 50 hours, but that’s neither here nor there. The students thoroughly enjoyed it. Every week, a few of them connect with me on LinkedIn and sing my praises....

Thoughts on Zoom’s New Presentation-Sharing Features

Introduction Zoom yesterday released version 5.2 with some new bells and whistles. Read the post announcing it here. To be sure, many folks will find the new noise-reduction and appearance-improving options useful. I can see messing around with the new reactions and filters, but today I’d like to focus on the using PowerPoint or Keynote as a virtual...

Zoom Education at the Bank

You can write a whole book about Zoom? Even behind her mask, the woman’s voice was unmistakably incredulous—and, to be fair, she was hardly the first person to ask me that question. By way of background, I visited a local bank the other day. I had to sit down with a manager to talk about one of my accounts. The fiftyish woman asked me what I did for...

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