Author Archives: Bret Simmons
Two of our recent MBA graduates, Kristin Stith and Paul Klein, gave an excellent talk at TEDxUniversityofNevada 2014 about being part of the Biggest Little City rebranding effort. This was a group of talented citizens that organized to volunteer time and effort to change the image of Reno, Nevada. The results of the rebranding and grassroots marketing campaign have been impressive.
This is also a great example of a well rehearsed TEDx talk. Kristin and Paul participated in all three of the rehearsals we organized for local speakers starting 3 months before the event. We watched as their talk went from an outline to a script and from nervous reading of lines to a confident performance. The audience loved their talk and if you take the time to watch it, I think you will too. After watch the video, please share your thoughts in the comment section below.
Elizabeth Smart is an amazing woman. She delivered an extremely compelling talk at TEDxUniversityofNevada 2014 about overcoming extreme trials and remaining healthy and positive. Please take the time to watch this very important talk and share it with your friends. After you watch the video, please share your thoughts in the comment section below.
I use Barry Posner’s book The Truth About Leadership in my EMBA class on Organizational Behavior. In this talk he did for TEDxUniversityofNevada 2014, Barry talks about two truths from his book – you make a difference and you can’t do it alone. It’s an excellent talk. Please share your thoughts in the comment section below after you watch Barry’s talk.
The inaugural cohort of the Online Executive MBA program at The University of Nevada graduated on Saturday, August 24, 2013. We were pleased that nine of our thirteen graduates were able to attend the ceremony. The students were addressed by University of Nevada Provost Kevin Carman, College of Business Dean Greg Mosier and Associate Dean and Executive MBA Director Kambiz Raffiee. Each student also received a framed certificate of completion (the official diploma comes in the mail!) and College of Business Medal. The graduates then attended a reception in their honor.
Our second cohort of about twenty-four students will graduate next year at this time. Our third cohort of thirty-three students starts their first semester next week. Even though it is just getting started, the program is already being recognized as one of the Top 10 Best Online Executive Programs for 2013.
For more information about the program, please visit our website.
Here is the video of my recent talk for TEDxReno. I have to tell you honestly that they had some problems with audio that day, starting with my talk. They edited out the entire front end of my talk, so I share it with you again below so you can know how it really started:
“Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” President John Kennedy gave us this mantra of citizenship in his 1961 inaugural address. Two hundred and seventeen words before this now famous call to action, he told us why it matters with these words: “In your hands, my fellow citizens, more than in mine, will rest the final success or failure of our course.”
I’m glad I got the opportunity to do one of these. It is the most difficult talk I’ve ever given in my life. I bet I spent about 50 hours preparing – something I’ve never done before. The folks at TEDxReno did a very good job helping their speakers to prepare, something that I will try to copy when I help my team organize our next TEDxUniversityofNevada.
Ryan Dolan spoke at TEDxUniversityofNevada 2013 about the impact a business can have on a community through charitable giving. Ryan goes beyond simple giving to connecting with students personally through the projects his business developed to give money directly to local classrooms. Ryan personally visits each winning classroom to distribute a check and to talk to students about simple principles for success in both life and business. Ryan closed his talk with this quote: “A wise man once told me the more I give, the luckier I get. I like to change it to the more I give, the more successful I will be in life and business. And Dad, luck has nothing to do with it.”
After you watch the Ryan’s talk, please share your thoughts in the comment section below!
I want to share with you another video from one of our TEDxUniversityofNevada speakers, Mark Estee. In this video, Mark discusses how relationships are the key to his success. Strong relationships with suppliers, customers, employees, the community, professional advisors, and family help Mark’s business thrive.
I am a raving fan of Mark and his business, Campo Reno. Oddly enough, the first experience I had in Mark’s restaurant was not a good one. But I gave him another chance after he reached out to me personally to try to recover, and I’ve had nothing but positive experiences with Mark and his business ever since.
I hope you take the time to watch the video and hear from Mark first hand his advice for success. After doing so, please share your thoughts in the comment section below.
The Online Executive MBA program at The University of Nevada was the sole sponsor for TEDxUniversityofNevada. The event was held January 25, 2013 on the campus of the University of Nevada. There were 18 total speakers from the community, 100 registered participants, and about 30 volunteers. By all accounts the event was a big success.
One of the speakers in the business and entrepreneurship session was Laura Zander of Jimmy Beans Wool in Reno. In her talk, Laura briefly discusses how she started her company and has quickly grown it to a seven figure revenue stream. Laura gives examples from her own life about how the ability to dream big and stay flexible are important entrepreneurial skills.
Take the time to watch this video – it is very insightful. After you do, please share your thoughts in the comment section below!