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Consume & Converse with Jim Whiddon | Bringing the Old School Advantage Back

Jim Whiddon, author, Texas A&M professor, and CEO of The Old School was the guest presenter at C3’s first Zoom Consume & Converse on May 13, 2020.  As a special treat, the first 10 to register also received a complimentary autographed copy of his book, The Old School Advantage.

Participating in the Zoom prep for C3’s first Zoom Consume and Converse. Carolyn J. Smith, Celeste C. Moya, Jim N. Whiddon, Todd S. Healy

Jim said of his experience, “ I was honored to able to address the Consume and Converse event and talk about critical people skills. I was also flattered by the immediate response and positive feedback I received from several of the attendees. What a fine and distinguished group of professionals. I hope I get a chance to cross paths again in the future!”

Now more than ever, individuals are challenged to connect with business colleagues, clients, and family members.  By focusing on things that never change, Jim demonstrated how we can greatly increase the speed of trust.

For example, how do you connect with anyone – anywhere?  By using what he calls LAVALocation, Association, Vocation, Avocation.  The key is learning about who they are versus what they do!

Jim also shared the key differences between “time management” and “time leadership.”  By setting priorities to do less, we do more!  The concepts of time blocking and GAMA (Give Me A Deadline) demonstrated how this becomes possible.

Developing the art of asking great questions was another topic reviewed.  Jim provided what he considered his top 3 questions.  Also, remembering to use “tell me more” can be a great way to learn more about the meanings behind the words.

Lastly, Jim touched on the art of the handwritten note to create a positive and lasting impression.  He shared that “it is one of the most impactful actions you can take because it brings out the best in you.”

Jim closed with sharing his extensive postage stamp collection, and how he uses this special touch for the Old School Advantage!

About our Presenter

Author, Texas A&M professor, and CEO of The Old School

Presentation Title: Bringing the Old School Advantage to the Rising Generation

Presentation Description: Whiddon brings timeless techniques for the critical interpersonal skills every generation needs to be both successful and significant.



J. N. “Jim” Whiddon earned his Bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M and was a member of the Corps of Cadets, class of ’82. While in graduate school at TAMU, he was a graduate assistant coach for the Aggie basketball team for two seasons. Jim also has a Masters in Financial Services from The American College in Philadelphia. He was the founder and CEO of JWA Financial Group in Dallas for 28 years and is a two-time recipient of The “Aggie 100 Award” from The Center for Entrepreneurship. Jim is the Professional Liaison for the Texas A&M Financial Planning Program and a faculty member of the Center for Executive Development at A&M’s Mays Business School. Jim hosted his own radio show for five years, including a stint with CNN Headline News and his work has been quoted or seen in more than 350 publications and national media outlets – including Fortune Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, and CNBC. He is a FOX News Radio contributor. He is the author of five books, including “The Old School Advantage: Timeless Tools for Every Generation” (2016), and  his latest, “The Mentor: A Career-Readiness Business Parable” released, September 2019.Jim lives in College Station and enjoys music (guitar) and all sports. He and his wife Nizie (‘84) have four children (‘15, ‘19, ‘20, ‘22).

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