Legendary Value Investor Warren Buffet Pays Up for Communications Skills

Not many investors would bet against Warren Buffet — with good reason.  Buffet’s ability to spot long term value has earned him great wealth and sincere admiration in equal measure.  He put his legendary reputation on the line in a televised Town Hall meeting with MBA students at his alma mater, Columbia Business School.

During Q&A, a sharp second-year student asked ” . . . what did your Columbia MBA not prepare you for?”

Confessing that he took a Dale Carnegie course after graduating from Columbia, the Oracle of Omaha used an investment calculation to make his point:  “Right now, I would pay $100,000 for 10% of the future earnings of any of you, which makes you a $1 million asset.  You could improve your market capital by 50 percent just in terms of learning communication skills.

 

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2 thoughts on “Legendary Value Investor Warren Buffet Pays Up for Communications Skills

  1. Bess,

    This is a great testimonial for media training and the importance of being able to articulate your value. It’s a personal skill that can make or break a deal and also feed one’s reputation. In our fluid 24/7 world you have to communicate at the speed of light, or you’ll often get left in the dust.
    Great blog!

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