This is the two presentations I gave on the Forbes event last week (mashed into one PDF).

“This is your brain on Stocks”


“Top 10 Mistakes Investors Make”

Category: Apprenticed Investor, Investing, Psychology, Think Tank

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5 Responses to “Forbes Conference “Brain on Stocks” Presentation”

  1. blinblin says:

    That’s a great portrait of you.
    Who’s the artist?

  2. diogeron says:

    Very interesting. As always, I learn a lot from you. Thanks for sharing.

    For years, when I designed and conducted presentation skills seminars for corporate executives, I used to suggest including a brief unit on critical thinking, along with a suggested reading list to supplement the actual seminar since they were usually only a few days. I would usually lose the battle at the design stage with my contact, typically a VP or manager of corporate communications. From their perspective, they seemed to think that “presentation skills” meant “delivery skills,” implicitly subscribing to the idea that “It doesn’t matter what you say. It’s HOW you say it.” Ironically, (or not) one of those clients was Freddie Mac. While I’m not implying that the inclusion of a critical thinking module in a presentation skills class would have kept Freddie from self-destructing, it was instructive how they viewed what was and was not important when it came to executive presentations.

    As someone who held a Ph.D. in the field, I was always keenly aware that practical applicability, rather than rhetorical theory always had to be the focus of any training session, but I remained puzzled why some people seemed to think that in a presentation skills seminar, message and organization (what Aristotle called “invention”) should take a back door to delivery. As Cicero said, “Style begets content. Content begets style. The two are inseparable.” I’m not sure that’s the exact quote, but that’s the gist of it.

    BTW, shouldn’t that first sentence read: “These are the two….?”

  3. boveri says:

    Terrific presentation all around – content and composition as good as it gets.

    Not likely but wouldn’t it ever be great – ” Not Left vs Right debate, but small & nimble mammals versus slow-witted Dinosaurs”


  4. Giovanni says:

    Great presentation, crisp, clear and to the point. Loved the brain scans too- Thanks for posting.

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