PwC’s Advisory Start

This past August, I started my career with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).  Before starting on client work, they flew new hires down for a two-week long training session in Orlando, Florida.  During this experience, I got to meet and network Campus Hires from all of over the country.  I thought this was a great way to start a career, and reflects the firm’s investment in its new hires. View from the Rosen Shingle Creek Participating in a community service event Dessert...

Passing the CPA Exam

For the better part of the past eight months, my family and good friends know that I have been studying rigorously for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam. I was fortunate enough to be provided access to Becker’s self-study software to prepare.  This software was an invaluable resource to me.  The suite of tools includes a textbook for each section, lectures, textbook annotations, homework problems, and review questions.  Every single one of Becker’s questions (in the homework, reviews, etc.) are pulled from actual CPA exam material, so you know what you are spending your time on is relevant. A sample of Becker textbooks A sample Becker lecture screen Fully using the Becker program gave me confidence in sitting for all four sections of the CPA exam, and I am proud to say that I have passed all four sections.  I am pursuing my license at this time of writing. https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/46806425/Becker%20CPA%20exam%20review%20tim%20gearty%20funny.mp4 Bonus: my favorite lecture moment from...

How to Sync Google and Outlook (Calendar and Contacts)

After some searching online, it’s easy to figure out that Google and Outlook don’t talk to each other very easily. Reading reviews online, and trying multiple utilities,  I’m pleased to support GO Contact Sync Mod.  This open source third party program installs on your machine and syncs based on your preferences: It’s been very lightweight on my computer, and runs without issue, syncing my Gmail contacts, Google Calendar, Outlook, and phone (through...

Strategies of Effective, Charismatic Speakers

Ever since taking the Professional Speaking course with Professor Stephanie Webster last fall, I’ve been paying close attention to some smaller, commonly-overlooked attributes of effective speakers in our societies.  Today, I want to take a bit of time to list these out for my own understanding, and to share with any readers.  I intend the scope of these attributes applies to everyday dialogues and persuasions, all the way to formal speeches. Use of the question “Right?” – speakers use this somewhat rhetorical question to engage with the audience.  A speaker’s voice naturally inflects when asking a question – cuing the audience’s attention.  This in turn challenges the audience to interpret what the speaker was talking about, thus aligning the audience’s understanding on the topic with the speaker’s understanding – building a relationship and trust with the audience. Telling a story – speakers effective speakers often use this strategy at the beginning of a statement.  A story can be used to engage an audience (attention grabber), or as a vehicle to help an audience understand.  Effective stories are relatable to the audience, and engage the audience to follow the story.  Effective speakers transition the momentum, engagement, and emotion of a story to effectively convey the objective of the statement or speech. Remembering – and recalling – audience members’ names – this strategy is used to build rapport and trust with an audience.  A great example of this is before a business presentation, meeting an unexpected member of an audience, then referencing this person during the presentation.  This invokes the personability of the speaker, again continuing to build the relationship with...

LEI 6931 w/ Dr. Dunn, another Great Class at UF

This past semester, I took an elective course entitled “Strategic Management in Hospitality Business”.  Given my past internship experiences at the procurement company Avendra, and my future in the consulting industry, I thought that this course would serve as a well-rounded elective. At the beginning of the course, I was hoping that the industry-experienced professor, Dr. Greg Dunn, would help students like myself effectively draw effective takeaways to our respective industries.  For example, we had one lecture scheduled to focus on strategy formulation at the business unit level; I was hoping for Dr. Dunn to conclude the lecture with takeaways that could be applied to industries outside of hospitality (ex. investment banking or real estate). Dr. Dunn did not do this.  What Dr. Dunn did was even more effective.  He kept the focus of each lecture entirety on the hospitality industry.  This challenged me to draw my own takeaways and conclusions from each lecture that I can appropriately apply to the technology industry.  This was quite effective for me, as I was constantly drawing parallels to my own industry and interpreting lecture content in real-time. I genuinely enjoyed this course and appreciated the industry perspective that Dr. Dunn brought to this class.  To date, this course has been my favorite graduate...