The Secret to Success: Impact and Experience

I gave the following commencement speech yesterday in Richmond to Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Mass Communications. The speech focuses on what makes for a successful career in communications, specifically by navigating today’s fast moving media environment. The keys to success are gaining experience and delivering impact. Thank you to Bill Farrar, Yan Jin, Jon Newman and the rest of the faculty at VCU for having me. And thanks to those of you who took the poll and answered questions on the challenges facing today’s communications students entering the job market. Commencement Speech for VCU Mass Communications School

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Get Off the Highway

Image by Silvar “…the information superhighway… will link everyone at home or office to everything else—movies and television shows, shopping services, electronic mail and huge collections of data.” New York Times, 1993 Yes, communities and conversations are missing, but it was a pretty dead-on prediction. Two decades later the dream has become a reality, including Hulu, massive shopping sites like Amazon, wikis and yes, social networks connecting them all. Millions of people have developed an “information highway system” that is quite amazing. At the heart of this system is the interstates, massive social networks with tens of millions, even hundreds of millions of people, providing billions of links — exits if you would — to destinations throughout the internet. But […]

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