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Sandra Zimmer featured in Houston Chronicle Article on Public Speaking as a Career Tool

Speaking Freely

Today, Sunday, March 23, 2014, The Houston Chronicle Jobs Section is printing an article entitled “Public Speaking an Important Career Tool.” Benton [.]. Leadership Presentation Skills public speaking Uncategorized Confidence Fear of Public Speaking leadership Presentation Public Speaking Course public speaking training

Hudson, Houston, TX - Legal/Technical Writer (help wanted)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Here are details and how to apply. careers

Whitney Houston: Jersey Girl

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

This Saturday Whitney Houston will be laid to rest in her hometown of Newark, New Jersey. 

Accent Reduction: Freedom of Speech for Non-Native Speakers of English

Speaking Freely

Houston, Texas is truly a melting pot for professionals especially in [.]. Sandra Zimmer’s Google+ People from all over the world come to the US because of the freedoms and opportunities we enjoy in our country. Freedom of speech is among our most cherished and valuable rights which draw ambitious and educated people to our nation.

Whitney Houston: Gone way too soon

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Whitney Houston is dead at age 48.  At the Sunday 12-step meetings there will be much soul-searching about why we are there at a meeting and Houston is beyond that.   I heard the news as I was driving home from my usual Saturday night 12-step meeting.  careers Current Affairs Music Personal Musings

Space Tourism - We Have A Problem, Houston & We May Need Lawyers

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  As for technology, we know from "We have a problem, Houston," the situation mandates leveraging the right resources.

Therapist Erika Hilliard on Shyness and Social Anxiety

Speaking Freely

On August 29, 2012 The Houston Chronical reprinted a Chicago Tribune article on shyness in people who are single and breaking the bashful barrier. The article states that behind shyness is extreme self-consciousness.

Great Article on Why Public Speaking Scares You by Susan Adams at

Speaking Freely

I am a presentation and speaking coach in Houston. I just read an article on Forbes called “Why Public Speaking Scares and and How to Overcome your Fear” by Susan Adams. This is one of the best articles on fear of speaking I have seen in a long time! I have specialized in transforming [.].

Intention vs. perception: Christina Aguilera and "oversouling"

Speak Schmeak

The great Jerry Wexler -- who produced both Ray and Aretha -- coined a great term for it: 'oversouling.' Here are a couple of excerpts: ".singers

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When Things Go Wrong: Ten Presentation Lessons from Apollo 13

Manner of Speaking

Lesson 2: If you cannot fix the problem quickly yourself, enlist the assistance of those who can. (“Houston, we have a problem.”

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Brené Brown on the Power of Empathy

Presentation Zen

Currently I''m compiling a list of my "Top-10 books for 2014." I am a huge Brené Brown fan. I first wrote about her here back in 2011.

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@carolinegoyder guest post: Feel the fear and film your talk, anyway.

The Eloquent Woman

Brene Brown reveals here in her 2012 TED talk , how paralysed by fear and vulnerability she was after her 2010 Houston TEDx on that very topic.

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Famous Speech Friday: Jessica Mendoza calls major league baseball playoff

The Eloquent Woman

Calling a game in baseball, particularly in the majors, requires a variety of speaking skills. But the big challenge? games is a rarity. Join us!

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Do You Have a Speaking Tic?

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

Then we do have a problem, Houston. Some people say “like” and “you know,” so often that you want to strangle them. Others say “um” often and enthusiastically. Some people swallow nervously and spasmodically. Some people let their voice swing up in pitch at the end of every sentence as if they were always asking questions. Just kidding.

Feel vulnerable when you speak? Embracing weaknesses to succeed

The Eloquent Woman

You won't feel the same way once you've watched this talk. It's a powerful talk. What do you think about her findings and discoveries?

We don't seek your perfection, only your authenticity

Presentation Zen

I'm always looking for good examples of regular people who do a good job of presenting naked. Watch the talk below or here on TED. is missing. Do that.

PowerPoint Lessons at 30,000 Feet

DeFinis Communications

I was flying to Houston recently and sat next to a woman who was working on…you guessed it… her PowerPoint presentation. It’s not in my nature.

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What America Reads…

Matt Eventoff

9 – The Houston Chronicle 425,138 583,364. I found this post from Brian Solis very interesting – a list of the top media outlets, by circulation, as well as the 25 most popular blogs in America, as compiled by BurrellesLuce. . Thanks to Brian for sharing and to Burrelles Luce for the information.

Rebranding - Not So Fast

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It decided to rebrand itself to Houston College of Law. Yet, four miles away is the University of Houston Law Center. Last Friday U.S.

From the vault: Finding your voice as a speaker

The Eloquent Woman

Writers are urged early on to start “finding your voice” – I know, I started out as a writer–but I’m not sure that speakers are. Find your voice?

Meeting Report: The wit and wisdom of speechwriter Hal Gordon

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Since 2005, Hal has provided executive speech writing for top executives of Shell Oil, Royal Dutch Shell, CenterPoint Energy, GE Aero Energy, UPS, Sim-Tex LP, cPanel and the Greater Houston Partnership. On Thursday September 17, 2015 the Silicon Valley Speechwriters welcomed Hal Gordon as our guest on a conference call. Colin Powell.

Nathan DeSai - As We Reflect on Our Own Business Problems

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Law enforcement has not officially identified the lawyer who was the alleged shooter at the Houston Mall and killed by police.

Ecommerce - Landlords Could Halt Momentum (Amazon, You May Have A Problem)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

So the Houston-based apartment landlord took drastic measures. What could stop the momentum of ecommerce? Answer: Landlords.

Katrina - Social Media Proved Itself Out As Game-Changer

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Katrina was more than a  media event. It provided the platform for early adopters in social media to leverage our new power.

Sandy: NYC 65 shelters allowing pets (learning from Katrina)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

One of the most heart-wrenching tragedies during Katrina was that people were not allowed to bring their pets into shelters or on buses to Houston

Impression Management at Work, Being Ourself in Personal Life

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Being ourselves at work, despite all the stuff Oprah told us about sharing, is poison.  Those who excel in that art are the players. 

Steve Tomlin, AT&T Consultant - And, I Assumed I Couldn't Afford Adding On Landline

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

I sense the clear reception on the phone as I pitched to prospects in Houston and Los Angeles was the tipping point. That's my hunch.

"Held against our will" - How that happens to ghostwriters/speechwriters

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The latest odd-ball story of those "held against their will" concerns four men in Houston, Texas. Only it's self-created.

Intention vs. perception: Christina Aguilera and "oversouling"

Speak Schmeak

The great Jerry Wexler -- who produced both Ray and Aretha -- coined a great term for it: 'oversouling.' Here are a couple of excerpts: ".singers


Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  In 12-step programs we do that every day "in the rooms" at meetings.  In Universe. What we don't understand.

A woman among "The Great Debaters"

The Eloquent Woman

She was on the varsity team. She said "He thought I could think on my feet." He had her wear a dark suit and cut her hair in a boyish bob.

"Rubicon" - We watch it for both the strategic thinking and the tactics

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  This is how this America comes to blow up an oil tanker near Houston.  The reason we got hooked on "Rubicon," I realized tonight, is that its plot lines play out brilliant strategic planning as well as tactics.    In this next to the last episode,  two plots get spun out.

Power Presentations Tip 54: How to Open Your Speech

Executive Speech Coach

Houston , we have a problem. Ask a good question and your audience will be thinking, "That's a good question. What's the answer?"

more footnotes on henrietta bell wells

The Eloquent Woman

I spent time with her, stayed in her house in Houston. Fans of The Great Debaters movie will want to tune in to Washington, DC's Kojo Nnamdi Show , a call-in radio program, at 1pm Wednesday, January 9 to hear speechwriter Jeff Porro , who shares story development credit for the Golden-Globe-nominated film. I sang in her church.”.

See and hear Henrietta Bell Wells

The Eloquent Woman

It yields more inspiration for eloquent women , including this description: She was a valedictorian at her graduation from Houston's Phyllis Wheatley High School and attended the all black Wiley College on a modest scholarship from the YMCA. We didn't have debates in high school," she said. "I I guess I did all right. That was his test."

Girls compete in Dr. King speech contest

The Eloquent Woman

National Public Radio today marked the anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s am opportunity, and I'm not knocking, I'm coming on through!"

Important stories I am following now

TJ Walker Interactive

With this in mind, Politico’s Dylan Byers reported on a significant media shake-up overnight. Today. Drudge Report RSS Feed. NBC News.

Public Speaking World Champion

Executive Speech Coach

As reported in USA: Indian Student Crowned World Champion of Public Speaking By Max Rasquinha - Houston Aug 20: A handful of Indian Toastmasters watched with pride and honour a twenty-six year old M.I.T. Public Speaking World Champion Every year Toastmasters International holds its World Championship of Public Speaking.

Answers Are Everywhere

Communication Steroids

Sometimes the answer is NO. Well, whatever. So, are answers everywhere? But the answers may not be what you’re looking for. Great fun. Array

Speak To Sell: 3 Ways To Convert Audience Members Into Clients

" Dr. Bill Kerley, Houston Texas 1997-98 President, Houston Chapter, NSA Personal Growth Strategies These choices drive all other decisions, so it pays to "measure twice and cut once." Sullivan Youve hit a homerun with a recent speech. But now, its 90 days later, and you didnt get the business you expected. You Do What?