Through his attorney, Luke Walton addresses allegations of sexual assault

first_imgThe attorney for Luke Walton on Tuesday emphatically denied accusations of sexual assault on the part of the one-time Warriors assistant coach and newly hired head coach of the Sacramento Kings.“The accuser is an opportunist, not a victim, and her claim is not credible,” Mark Baute said in a statement to several media outlets. “We intend to prove this in a courtroom.”TMZ broke the news Monday afternoon, reporting that a sports journalist had filed a civil lawsuit against Walton for assault …last_img read more

Manage that load: Draymond Green will sit Friday vs. Jazz, Paschall doubtful

first_imgWarriors’ forward Draymond Green will sit out Friday’s game against the Jazz in Utah, with the team citing rest. Rookie forward Eric Paschall is listed as doubtful as he heals from lingering hip soreness.Green, who has missed nine games this season with various injuries to his back, finger and heel, played 39 minutes in the Warriors’ overtime loss to the Knicks on Wednesday. The Warriors plan to strategically rest Green this season as they monitor his workload. In 17 games this season, Green …last_img read more

Socialtext Launches Virtual Appliance for VMware

first_img3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts klint finley Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… IT + Project Management: A Love Affaircenter_img Socialtext announced today that it will release a virtual appliance that can be deployed as part of an on-premise or in the public cloud using VMware. The virtual appliance will provide all the features of the Socialtext software-as-a-service and its managed appliance.There’s mounting in interest in private, hybrid and “virtual private” clouds as companies look to take advantage of cloud elasticity without relinquishing too much control of mission critical systems. Socialtext cites Gartner researching finding that “76 percent of IT departments are planning to invest in private cloud strategies by 2012.”Previously, we’ve cited HP’s Daniel Bowers’ definition of cloud computing when considering the definition of a private cloud. According to Bowers, all clouds have:A pool of resources that can be allocated and modified elastically.A means for requesting and granting access to resources.Optionally, a means to measure and bill for those resources.It doesn’t matter if these resources are in a public data center or a private data center.Although we believe that the public cloud can be just as safe as the private cloud, many companies remain more comfortable with private clouds. Cloud computing blogger Chirag Mehta and Constellation Research Group principal analyst R “Ray” Wang have predicted that private clouds will serve as stepping stones to the public cloud this year.We looked at Socialtext’s physical appliance as part of our round-up of enterprise 2.0 appliances. Tags:#enterprise#news Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

Tell and Sell: Why Stories Build Trust and Sell Things For More, with Paul Smith – Episode #78

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now Tweets you can use to share this episodeWhy stories are a primary way of building trust in #sales, on this episode Click To TweetDo media and technology help us tell better sales stories? Find out on this episodeClick To TweetSubscribe toIn the ArenaApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAndroidby EmailRSSOr subscribe with your favorite app by using the address below Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 31:25 — 28.8MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSEvery salesperson needs to learn how to tell and sell. Simply put, you need to know how to tell better stories to increase your sales numbers. There’s a great new book out by a guy named Paul Smith, “Sell With A Story.” Paul considers himself a storyteller, not a sales guy – but the book is packed with insightful things about the way humans build trust and the role of stories in that process. If you listen to this episode you’ll want to go right out and get the book. It’s a great read and a very convincing argument for why you need to tell better stories in your sales presentations.Tell and Sell: Why Stories Build Trust and Sell Things For More, with Paul Smith – Episode #78Click To TweetWhy stories are a primary way of building trust in sales.Sales professionals tend to rely on their data and slide decks far too much when they should be learning to tell stories of successful clients, of difficult scenarios their company has worked through, and of preferable futures their clients want to attain. That’s because stories are one of the primary ways human beings build trust between each other – and sales is all about building trust. On this episode, expert storyteller Paul Smith is on the show to give us some ideas about how we can include more stories into our sales pitches to increase trust, and thereby increase sales overall. It’s a fascinating idea that you’ll benefit from greatly if you learn to apply it to your professional life.If you don’t learn to tell you won’t be able to sell.Many times a sales presentation goes sideways when the slide deck is put away and all the stats and figures have already been said. That’s because the prospect throws out a scenario they foresee happening and asks the salesperson what their company would do in that situation. If the salesperson doesn’t know how to tell a compelling story about a time the company faced a similar problem and overcame in spite of the difficulties, they’re going to come across as too good to be true and inauthentic. The possibility of trust will be lost. Paul Smith says that sales pros need to have hundreds of company stories in their sales arsenal and on this episode he’s going to tell us how to start building that repertoire.If you don’t learn to tell you won’t be able to sell, on this episodeClick To TweetDo media and technology help us tell better sales stories?It used to be that the only thing you had at your disposal to weave a compelling story was your own voice and ideas. But today we have so much more. Video, audio, images, animation – the list of potential tools we can use to tell good sales stories seems limitless. But we can become too dependent on a flashy new technology when what we really need is a better understanding of what makes a good story and how to tell it in a compelling way. Paul Smith is on the show to give us some ideas of how we can improve our storytelling and apply it to the sales profession.If you learn to tell a good story you can actually sell things for more.There are stories circulating on the internet about virtually worthless items being sold on eBay and other marketplaces for thousands of dollars. What caused the buyer to imbue the worthless item with so much value? It was the story that accompanied the item. Situations like that show us that sometimes the value of a thing or service has more to do with the way the benefits of it are described and woven into a real life scenario by the salesperson. When people can picture the setting and feel the emotion of what it would be like to experience the product or service in action, the deal is sealed. Paul Smith, a master storyteller is guest on this episode of In The Arena.If you learn to tell a good story you can actually sell things for more. More on this episode @LeadWithAStoryClick To TweetOutline of this great episode Why everyone is a storyteller and introduction of Paul Smith, storytelling trainer. How Paul realized that storytelling was an important skill he needed to learn well. Why do salespeople leave out the obstacles when telling their own stories? What does a salesperson get from being vulnerable in their stories? Why do people trade stories in the first place? Why do salespeople think cold facts and figures are more effective than stories? Does media and tech help us tell better stories? How stories can increase the value of what is being sold. What makes a story portable (where anyone can use it)? Who does Paul consider to be a great storyteller today? What Paul is reading right now.Our Sponsors:Heroic Public Speaking – Michael Port’s incredible public speaking programThe Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever NeedResources & Links mentioned in this episodePaul’s website: 081443357X08144377610062316095The theme song “Into the Arena” is written and produced by Chris Sernel. You can find it on SoundcloudConnect with AnthonyWebsite: www.TheSalesBlog.comYoutube: Plus: read more

Meet India women cricket team’s new coach WV Raman: A gutsy, no non-sense cricketer

first_imgAfter hours of speculation, former India all-rounder WV Raman was appointed as the head coach of the India women’s cricket team on Thursday. The 53-year-old piped the likes of World Cup-winning India coach Gary Kirsten and former pacer Venkatesh Prasad who were part of the final shortlist after the interviews conducted by BCCI’s three-member ad hoc panel earlier in the day.Kirsten, who won the 2011 World Cup as a coach, lost the three-way race despite being the preferred candidate as he was unwilling to give up his coaching job at Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise, Royal Challengers Bangalore.Raman, who is currently working as batting consultant at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru, has bagged a two-year contract but his pay package is yet to be decided, according to media reports.Notably, Raman got the nod ahead of the other two shortlisted candidates due to his experience as a batting coach.1. Raman was born on May 23, 1965, in Chennai erstwhile Madras in Tamil Nadu2. Raman played 11 Tests and 27 ODIs for India between 1988 and 1997.3. Raman started out as a wily left-arm spinner but his career took shape as a batsman.4. Raman impressed in his Test debut, scoring a second-innings 83 against the West Indies in Chennai. He picked up a wicket in his first over in Tests.5. Raman even opened the innings for India on quite a few occasions. The left-hander played his last Test in 1997 against Cape Town in South Africa. He ended up with 448 runs in his 11-Test career at an average of 24.88.advertisement6. Raman became the first Indian to score a hundred against South Africa in ODIs, which also became his only ton in the 50-over format. He scored 114 in Centurion to help India beat the hosts by four wickets.7. Raman’s was a prolific all-rounder at the domestic level as he scored 7939 first-class runs and 2892 List A runs. He picked up a total of 103 wickets at the domestic level.8. After announcing retirement from first-class cricket in 1999 due to “lack of motivation”, Raman immediately switched focus to coaching. A year after his retirement, he attended a grade three level coaching programme in Australia.9. Raman is now one of the most qualified and experienced coaches in India. He had worked as an assistant coach at Kings XI Punjab in 2013 and as batting coach at Kolkata Knight Riders the following year.10. Apart from coaching the Ranji Trophy teams of Tamil Nadu and Bengal, Raman also worked with the India U-19 team in 2016. He oversaw India U-19 team’s tour of Sri Lanka earlier this year. Sachin Tendulkar’s son Arjun was part of the said team.Also Read | Kapil Dev and Manoj Prabhakar come face to face years after 1997 corruption slurAlso Read | India vs Australia: What Ishant and Jadeja said to each other as they fought in PerthAlso See:last_img read more