Toast Etiquette – A Detailed, Yet Manageable Science

Giving that maid of honor or best man toast isn’t an easy thing to do.

Say for instance you already know what you want to say and how you want to say it. You have a few funny stories sprinkled in that will entertain the audience while not embarrassing the bride and/or groom. You have a few heart-felt lines that you know will mean a lot to the couple and will impress the friends, family, and invited guests in attendance. And you have that perfect last line — the consummate conclusion to your three minute long toast — that will bring applause when you finish raising your glass.

Many would say you’re lucky to be so far along in the toast-writing process. I, however, say there’s still much to learn. Your last major hurdle?

Becoming accustomed with toast etiquette.

To begin searching for what you will need to do, try finding out where and when you will be giving your best man or maid of honor toast. Will it be at the rehearsal dinner? And if so, where is the rehearsal dinner located? If the dinner is going to be held in a less formal atmosphere in front of only some family and a few friends, then you can a slightly less formal speech — and vice versa. Say you’re told that you will be giving your toast at the wedding reception, just after the first dance but before dinner (when everyone is still there). Oh, and the reception is being held in the ballroom at the local country club or 4-star hotel. Hearing this would make me prepare a far more formal toast than if I were delivering the speech in the former scenario. All in all, it is vital to “know” your audience. Know whom you’ll be speaking to during the big moment and then plan accordingly.

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Operations Research Analyst Jobs – Are You Interested in a Career in Management Science?

Management science involves using complex analytical techniques in order to solve complex problems and to make improve decision making. Operations research has frequently been used by the military in order to develop sophisticated radar systems that they can use to search for enemy equipment and supplies when they are needed.

In the private sector, operational research is frequently utilized in order to maximize business opportunities, using computer modeling in order to determine the best course of action for a corporation. Large corporations are incredibly complex, and they will frequently need to manage a large amount of resources. Research analysts will find ways to utilize these resources efficiently, and they will come up with a number of solutions which they will present to the managers of the company, will then choose the best course of action.

These professionals are frequently involved in the top levels of companies making strategic decisions and allocating resources properly. Operations analysts will frequently run various problems in some areas through computer systems in order to estimate probabilities of success for a course of action or a business decision, frequently constructing mathematical models in order to describe the process.

An example would be working for an airline agency, using computer modeling in order to estimate flight scheduling, passenger demand, ticket prices, fuel prices, maintenance costs, and other variables in order to improve the decisions of a airline company.

The working conditions for operations analysts typically involve overtime in order to meet deadlines, although they will frequently average 40 hours or work a week. Most of their day is spent in an office environment working on high priority projects, which can be stressful.

Most of these individuals will have a bachelor’s degree in a field such as computer science or engineering, and they will frequently be well versed in computer technology in order to create statistical models. Management scientist positions will grow slightly faster than the rate of population growth over the next decade, and most sectors of the economy will employ these professionals.

In 2006, these professionals held over 58,000 jobs in America, and the middle 50th percentile of earners made between $48,800 and $86,000, with those working in the Federal government having an average salary of $91,207.

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Can Scientists Manage Science?

A very comprehensive and exhaustive discussion was provided by Douglas Hague in his article bearing the same title as this one. I admit I was quite absorbed by his brilliant presentation of how scientists can manage science under certain stringent conditions, i.e., “if they themselves acquire a practical understanding of the social sciences, not least, of economics and of management; or if they work in inter-disciplinary teams which include and value those who do have such knowledge.”

I for one will not argue the points Hague presented. In fact, I’m personally inclined to also answer the question positively at the outset. But on a closer look at the faces of today’s science and scientists, I’m afraid I am more drawn toward the sobering reality that many if not most of them can’t actually do it.

In medical jurisprudence parlance, we have a concept called res ipsa loquitur (“the thing speaks for itself”). It refers to an overwhelming circumstantial evidence actually present, proving a certain act of malpractice or negligence as in the case of a pair of forceps left in the abdominal cavity of a patient after a surgical procedure has already been completed and closed.

While most of today’s scientists and technology experts may flaunt the merits of their achievements and their subsequent contributions to society, still, an array of disturbing evidences point to their inadequacies in covering the necessary bases associated with their discipline. Even starting with the most basic element of a study – its purpose – many a scientist would not really want to ascertain whether his pet project would yield an environmentally, economically, socio-culturally, politically and morally beneficial output.

The adrenaline surge of being acclaimed as the discoverer, inventor or creator of something new, cutting edge or innovative what not seemed to eclipse the sense of purpose that is supposed to undergird any worthwhile scientific pursuit. And especially watch out when the budget preference, the publicity or organizational support is given to the other guy’s project. What happens next? We even have movies depicting scientists who cannot manage their own ego and emotions in the face of rejection and end up becoming vindictive monsters capable of harming mankind with the very same science they claim to be beneficial to the world. Another sickening side effect when science and technology simply go out of check are the alarming trends happening nowadays with our environment as well as our socio-political, cultural and moral climates.

Isn’t it interesting to note that planet Earth has increasingly been more hostile toward its inhabitants and Homo sapiens have also been increasingly hostile toward each other especially at the height of these scientific and technological revolutions? Spurious correlations maybe, but nonetheless significant. And expectedly, the blame can also be passed around to many other potential culprits. But as far as science is concerned, nobody can be held more responsible than the scientists themselves. And this gets all the more complicated especially in the absence of what Hague called “the missing attribute which scientists most needed” – HUMILITY.

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