About

Who am I?

I’m an actuary who happens to have a great deal of enthusiasm for technology, among other things. I’m particularly intrigued by what’s happening in the realm of social media, collaborative technologies, and Enterprise 2.0. The opinions and views expressed in this blog are my own and do not necessarily reflect the views of any organization with which I’m employed or for who I render services.

I created this blog to share information that actuaries, risk management professionals, and other professionals in insurance and finance may find useful in their careers and personal lives.

How can I help you?

There is an important but often overlooked challenge in the world of insurance and risk management. Lots of us are good with numbers, but our skills are wasted if we can’t explain complicated things to non-technical audiences.

It always comes down to story telling. Whether you’re trying to explain the results of a complex model to senior management or trying to convey your work to a client, if you don’t frame the story correctly, all your efforts to that point are in vain.

Effective story telling punctuates your work.  If you need help writing, brainstorming, or articulating a story for yourself or business, let me know.

I would also love to hear the success stories (or frustrations) you’ve experienced in this area. Feel free to contact me, follow me on Twitter, or connect on LinkedIn.

J. Eddie Smith, IV, FSA, MAAA

  1. #1 by the bizzle in the pizzle on June 28, 2010 - 11:08 am

    combining your profession with the teachings in your last post (congrats on being freshly pressed on wordpress!), you should invent a new business, based on the calculation of what people might expect, based on their blogs and other comments and contributions on the internet. and that’s NOT a joke.

    • #2 by Eddie on June 28, 2010 - 1:29 pm

      Thanks, I appreciate the kind words. There really are so many possibilities with the web today. Innovation is all about combining existing things into new things. We can do that at light speed today. I have no doubt that people with good analytical backgrounds who can think artistically and originally will thrive this century.

  2. #3 by fiftyone43four on June 28, 2010 - 8:12 pm

    I agree with you Eddie, but no matter how original (if there even is such a thing anymore) or creative one is, there always remains the simple principal of capital. Without that, combined with the greediness of society, many of our creative individuals (who truly have something to contribute) will never be heard. So thriving intellectually maybe, but thriving in a monetary sense? Questionable. We live in a world that looks at altruism as being perverted. :)

  3. #4 by Adrienne on June 28, 2010 - 8:49 pm

    great piece
    cheers!

  4. #5 by carlajhart on June 29, 2010 - 1:02 am

    I think that we live in a world where some think that altruism is perverted but it will never become something of the past because there always are people who like to look at the beauty in life, no matter how ugly things may be, and they like to be part of making life more beautiful in anyway they can. Altruism is powerful, no matter what we may believe, and for those who empower themselves with it, I wish the very best. This blog offers a great deal of help to others and I hope that you will be rewarded for it. I think you will be.

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