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Lessons to learn from Broadway musical “Hamilton”

If you’ve been watching late night talk shows or national news programs like “60 Minutes,” you may have heard about the Broadway phenomenon, “Hamilton.” The production is written by and stars musical-genius Lin Manuel Miranda and has been grabbing headlines across the nation. I had the opportunity to see this musical in New York City this past summer and have learned a lot about one of our nation’s founding fathers in a new, more engaging way. If you haven’t heard about “Hamilton” I encourage you to at least listen to the Original Broadway Cast album, which has a hip-hop, R&B, and even Beatle-esque style influence.

Hamilton’s history would take volumes to examine, but a few lessons worth noting can be learned from this man’s resilient, unforgiving, go-getter attitude. Read on for my top tips adapted from this musical…

New to networking? Watch these videos!

Screen Shot 2015-11-16 at 8.57.57 AMHave you ever found yourself at a networking event with seemingly nothing to say? It can be intimidating to walk up to strangers and start a conversation. Luckily, you can hone your networking skills with a little practice and some valuable tips. ASDA has made 11 videos on networking to help you launch into your professional career with confidence. Watch the videos in this post and check out ASDA’s Networking 101 page online.

Social skill hacks with Vanessa Van Edwards

Screen Shot 2015-10-15 at 4.33.10 PMUnderstanding people is an important life skill to have. It can help you get a date, lead an organization, negotiate a deal, or influence others around you. Have you ever wondered about the science and psychology behind human behavior? Vanessa Van Edwards is a behavioral investigator who runs Science of People, a human behavior research lab that aims to crack the code of human behavior. She was also a keynote speaker at ASDA National Leadership Conference 2014. Vanessa is a consultant and speaker and runs various online courses such as “The Power of Body Language” and “Master Your People Skills”. Her videos provide practical advice on people skills and human behavior with a touch of science to back it up.

5 ways to succeed in a team environment

teamworkYou’ve heard phrases such as “working in a team environment” and “team dynamics” so often that their actual meaning can become overlooked. Understanding the true concepts underlying these phrases can go a long way in maximizing a team’s output while enhancing our own understanding of where we fit in the team and how we contribute our most valuable skill sets.

According to a 2013 study by the journal Human Resources for Health, interdisciplinary team work in the healthcare setting is becoming more prevalent in this age as a result of various factors. These include an aging population with more complex health needs, the increasing complexity of skills and knowledge needed to provide comprehensive care, and fragmentation of disciplinary knowledge due to increasing specialization in the health professions.

Know your wine for better networking

Wine infographic“Let’s settle it over a round” …of golf, that is. Golfing has long been seen as an escape, as well as work desk outside of the office. Countless deals and partnerships have been formed in the informal, enjoyable setting of a golf course. Similar networking can take place in other leisurely situations. Enjoying a glass of wine with a colleague is much easier and less time consuming than golf. Check out this infographic to up your wine game…

“Umms” the word: How to improve your oral presentations

UmmmTo some, Facebook is the ultimate distracter during a presentation or lecture. For me, it’s the use of speech disfluencies, especially “pretty much,” “you know,” and “ummm.” Their overuse detracts from a presentation and can give an impression of being unprepared. At the beginning of my dissertation research, I, too, struggled with these filler words. I hope to share some strategies I used to eliminate these words all together.

Networking at 30,000 feet

airplane passangersLast weekend, I was flying home for a quick visit. I landed an aisle seat with an empty middle seat. As I usually do when flying, I put my earbuds in, turned my music up and closed myself off for the three-hour ride. Two hours in, after finishing the latest issue of ASDA News, I laid it in the middle seat and checked on the time. I noticed my row mate glancing down on the middle seat, once then twice. I could sense his curiosity and hesitation to ask me about what I was reading. Now I’m not one of those passengers to strike up conversations with strangers, but in this case I removed my earbuds and asked if he would like to see the issue. What followed was an hour-long conversation about my experiences in dental school and what ASDA was all about. This inflight experience made me wonder, “What’s the value in striking a conversation with your fellow airline passengers?”