Using ‘um’ in a video is quite different to how it is used in face-to-face conversation.
I was brought up with the belief that using the word ‘um’ was a sign of poor speaking skills and should be avoided during conversation. Perhaps this is wrong. Maybe ‘um’ has an important use in normal conversation.
What does the research say?
Takata Corporation (USD5.35b turnover) founded in 1933 employed 60,000 workers in 23 countries to manufacture automotive parts including steering wheels, seatbelts, child restraints and airbags. Takata Corporation shares were trading at just 43 cents last month, and far from a high of USD60.13 in early March 2014. How could this happen?
One of their components, inflators are used to inflate airbags that protect the occupants of vehicles during impacts. It turns out that these inflators can explode with excessive force unleashing metal shrapnel inside cars and trucks.
Big name brands like Volkswagen, Wells Fargo and United Airlines have been in the news and for all the wrong reasons. How could anyone believe that knowingly creating diesel engine software to pass laboratory emissions tests and then belch out dangerous nitrogen oxides far in excess of what the NOx regulations allow, was the right thing to do?
Or should company officers just stand by while 5000 staff at Wells Fargo open false accounts to boost sales figures.
In March 2011, the R9.0 magnitude Tohoku earthquake and tsunami devastated the northeast coast of Japan. The radiation levels around the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant meant that a zone within a 20km radius of the plant was evacuated. Among the businesses impacted was Merck’s Onahama factory, the only plant in the world to make Xirallic pigments for the automotive industry. For a time, it was not possible to buy a high sheen black Ford because metallic tuxedo black was ‘temporarily unavailable’ since it was manufactured using Xirallic pigments from the now evacuated plant.
The world’s top automakers, including Ford, Chrysler, Volkswagen, BMW, Toyota and GM were left stranded. How could this happen?
I have to admit to being a Star Wars fan and did enjoy the latest fix, Rogue One, where we saw how the plans for the death star were uncovered. These plans prove during later movies to being instrumental in moving the power back from the dark side.
There is a similar cyber battle going on in business. 2016 was a bad year for Yahoo!, one of the great pioneers of the internet. During September 2016, it reported that a security breach had affected over 500 million Yahoo! user accounts, the largest security breach ever to be reported publicly. But it turns out that this was just the beginning…
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