Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 162) – Carly Fiorina

Carly Fiorina - American Business Executive, Former CEO of Hewlett Packard

Carly Fiorina – American Business Executive, Former CEO of Hewlett-Packard

“For me the process [of writing a university philosophy paper] would begin with writing twenty pages. Then I’d edit to ten, then five and finally two. I finally would get to a two-page, single-spaced paper that I hoped didn’t merely summarize, but rendered all the fat out of a body of ideas, boiling it down to the very essence of its meaning.

“Two pages were not an easy, superficial abstraction of a work; they were the distillation of all the details of a work. Certainly the philosophies and ideologies left a deep impression on me, but the rigor of the distillation process itself, the exercise of mental refinement, the ability to say clearly in two pages what previously had been said in twenty—all were important new skills.

“Invariably, I learned that I understood the text much better when I finished this process than when I’d begun. Without knowing it at the time, I was developing an important management tool: how to understand and get from a seemingly overwhelming amount of information to the heart of the matter. And I was learning a leadership lesson: understanding and communicating the essence of things is difficult, takes a lot of thought, and has a big impact.”

 Carly Fiorina

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4 Responses to Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 162) – Carly Fiorina

  1. Prasenjit Mitra says:

    John,

    Thanks for running the best blog in town. I mean on the internet. Ok, at least, wrt public speaking. Your website has helped me learn the most. Specifically, the finer points of public speaking. I am thoroughly enjoying the ride.

    I am a software engineer by trade. We look with a microscope to find faults and errors. Called bugs. I think I found one in your blog. Your “about” page should list your excellent work in the 2012 International Speech contest and maybe some other laurels that are missing. Time to update it? It’s your page but I’d urge you to.

    Best,
    Prasenjit

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    • John Zimmer says:

      Thanks very much, Prasenjit. And thank you for the heads up about the “About” page. There are a few pages that I need to update and that is one of them.

      John

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  2. Osmar Jardim says:

    Thank you Carly Fiorina, thank you John Zimmer:

    “…understanding and communicating the essence of things is difficult, takes a lot of thought, and has a big impact” ~ Carly Fiorina

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