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Etiquette and communication

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Be inspired by these two women

Speaking about Presenting

Shonda Rhimes is the creator of award-winning TV shows, Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal. Like many introverts, her safe space was sitting in her office writing. She turned down most speaking engagements and when she couldn’t get out of it … “I was a walking panic attack. My stage fright was so complete and overwhelming that it ruled my every public appearance.” ” Then she made a commitment to say “Yes” to every speaking opportunity.

Mum and Dad

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

My parents funeral took place on January 30, 2018 at Crewe Crematorium. This is the eulogy I read in celebration of their lives. Shakespeare wrote in his play The Tempest: We are such stuff as dreams are made on / And our little life is rounded with a sleep. Mum and Dad were together for […].

Something more: A lesson from Chef’s Table

Manner of Speaking

My wife, Julie and I recently happened upon the Netflix series, Chef’s Table. Each episode features one of the world’s most successful chefs, digging into the background story and finding out what drives the person. We are late to the game. We … Continue reading → Motivation Chef's Table creativity Gaggan Anand Julie Zimmer presentations public speaking

A Nation on Edge - Cinemark Bans Large Bags

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Throughout its 533 movie complexes, Cinemark bans bags larger than 12" x 12" x 6" The objective, reports Fortune , is to up security. No, the company isn't focused on ensuring that snacks aren't smuggled in versus purchased at the counter. 

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 278) – Jim Rohn

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“Words do two major things. They provide food for the mind and create light for understanding and awareness.” — Jim Rohn Photo courtesy of Ramine5677. Motivation Quotes for Public Speakers public speaking quotes public speaking quotes Jim Rohn

The Judge and "the boys" - A Sad Tale of Corruption

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Eastern District of Arkansas Judge Kristine G. Baker, one might put it, "threw the book" at former judge O. Joseph Boekmann, Jr. He had been district judge for the First Judicial Circuit of AK. Although the prosecution sought a bit over 3 years, she sentenced him to 5.

12 Keynote Tips to Deliver an Outstanding Presentation


If you have a Mac or work with the iWork productivity suite, then you must already be familiar with Keynote. The tool is developed by Apple and lets us create visually appealing presentations pretty easily.

The Presenter’s Guide to Porter’s Five Forces Analysis


Introduction. The Porter’s five forces analysis framework is one of the tools that is used for analyzing the competition within a business industry. It is a simple yet powerful tool that most businesses utilize in identifying their strategy’s potential profitability. One of the biggest threats to startups or established businesses is competition. The five forces analysis framework model usually assumes that there are five forces that influence any chosen sector.


How Can You Improve Your Sales? Ask These Questions

Presentation Guru

If there’s one key learning that will improve your sales conversations, it is this: Sales is an iceberg, not a mountain. Too often, presentations focus on the product and the outcome, as if that all-important meeting were a mountain that the presenter has to climb.…

12 ways to p**s off your audience

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Why make an effort for your audience when you can just p**s them off? Too difficult, you say? Not at all! There are so many things you can do to anger, frustrate and confuse an audience. If you’re struggling for … Continue reading → Humour audience Presentation public speaking

Suicide Prevention - The Simple Human Touch

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

With its pressure-cooker work schedule, success ethos, and the need to conform, Japan has the second highest suicide rate among developed nations.    But, preventing those in despair from taking their own lives often has a simple and very human solution. 

Famous Speech Friday: Lillian Gilbreth on the human side of automation

The Eloquent Woman

Today, when people are fretting about Amazon putting robots in place of cashiers at Whole Foods, and voice assistants are common productivity tools, we are still using the principles of humanizing automation that were first advanced by psychologist, engineer, and famous mom Lillian Gilbreth.

Can a Few Minutes a Day Really Change Your Life and Business?

Speaker Launcher

Today we are exploring a very simple question: Can minutes a day really change your life and business? I was skeptical. I had heard people talking about their morning rituals and how it “changed their lives,” and I thought “really?” ” It sounded simple, so I decided to give it a try a year ago, and many […]. The post Can a Few Minutes a Day Really Change Your Life and Business? appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 277) – Warren Buffett

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“If you can’t communicate and talk to people and get across your ideas, you’re giving up your potential.” — Warren Buffett Photo courtesy of Fortune Live Media. Motivation Quotes for Public Speakers public speaking public speaking quotes quotes Warren Buffett


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Very pleased to share with you that Florian Mueck and I have hit 1,000 downloads of the app version of Rhetoric – The Public Speaking Game™. RHETORIC it is the world’s first public speaking board game. Florian and I created it a … Continue reading → Rhetoric - The Public Speaking Game Florian Mueck presentations public speaking

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 277) – Warren Buffett

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“If you can’t communicate and talk to people and get across your ideas, you’re giving up your potential.” — Warren Buffett Photo courtesy of Fortune Live Media. Motivation Quotes for Public Speakers public speaking public speaking quotes quotes Warren Buffett

Never wear a name tag when you speak

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If you are invited to speak at a conference or other event, you will likely receive a name tag when you register. It will usually be in a plastic envelope that you attach to your clothing with a pin, or … Continue reading → Delivery lanyard name tag Presentation public speaking

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 276) – Emma Bannister

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“Invest the time and energy into planning a powerful presentation and your audience will invest their time and energy in you.” ” — Emma Bannister. Preparation Presentation Guru Quotes for Public Speakers Emma Bannister public speaking public speaking quotes quotes

Law Degree - Maybe Investing in Bitcoin Is Smarter

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  According to a new Gallup poll, only 23% of JDs assess that attending and graduating from law school was worth the financial investment. Here are more details from CNBC. Perhaps investing in bitcoin would be a smarter investment.

BigLaw, BigInfluence

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Nothing wrong with being an influencer. That's a well-paid function. Thanks to my three syndicated blogs, I am, yes, an influencer. Influence can become a negative when the webs it weaves aren't transparent.

Unfriending - Often First Step in Exercising Our Perfect Right to Assert Ourselves

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In May 2014, I unfriended four on Facebook. That was to be my first step in exercising my perfect right to assert myself. For decades, therapists, spiritual counselors, psychics, friends, and a loving, caring boyfriend told me that I had that right.

Ivan DeVoren - Great Story Line for "Law & Order SVU"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"Pittsburgh area environmental lawyer  Ivan DeVoren turned himself into police yesterday on ten felony counts of aggravated animal cruelty and ten counts of sexual intercourse with an animal. There's also possession of heroin, crack, and marijuana." 

Among Homeless, Antihero Stuart Shorter, et al.

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The LA Times reports that the number of homeless has increased 4% since 2016 in the Bay and Harbor areas. Those with homes in those locations fear the homeless camps may be permanent. A sign of that is that mobile public hygiene facilities have been installed. Others around the U.S.,

Drudge Report Headlines with Walmart Woes, Not with Trump, Mueller, or Russians

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The conservative Drudge Report's signature is headlining with political developments. If they were big, there would be a flashing blue light. That was kicked off in 1998. The media outlet's founder Matt Drudge  broke the intern story - that is, Monicagate. 

Twitter - New Policy about Tweets Advocating Self-Harm/Suicide

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"Twitter, which is constantly criticized for not doing enough to prevent harassment, has updated its guidelines with more information on how it handles tweets or accounts that encourage other people to hurt themselves or commit suicide." 

Olympics Ratings Low - Fed Up with Corruption, Too High a Price Paid for Hopes of the Gold

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Variety reports that the ratings for the 2018 Winter Olympics, both on network television and through streaming, have been low. That was predictable. Globally, we are up on all the ways to cheat in the Olympics. We know the symbol for the Olympics is also one for institutional corruption. 

Skadden - For the Media, the Gift that Keeps on Giving

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"Mueller Gets Plea, No Cooperation, as Skadden Lawyer Admits Lies."  "  That is the headline in Bloomberg this evening. The person not cooperating is Alex van der Zwaan. He is a lawyer who had been a former associate at Skadden. 

Age - We Need a Hipaa Rule for That

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Thanks to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), our medical records are private. That shields us from discrimination in employment.    However, our age is plastered all over media outlets and everywhere on the internet.

Blame Mickey

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Here in Ohio, where opioid overdoses have become epidemic, the attorney general sued pharma companies for causing a public nuisance. Here is that complaint. Currently, it's being settled.

Small Business (including law firms) and Ecommerce - Realities of Local Search

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Most small law firms and solo lawyers have a local business. So do the bakery which specializes in Italian cookies and the hair salon which makes house calls to the elderly and disabled.    Yet, their websites frequently aren't set up for that.

Big Legal Brands, Big Trouble

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

igLaw firms, such as Skadden, are their brands. The current challenge has been to differentiate those brands from the competition. Here is the Bloomberg study on that. That was then. Now, with wide-ranging investigations of misconduct of all sorts, those brands frequently are pulled in.

ABC Evening News Leads with Tweet about "Insecure Oprah" - It's Come to This

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Last night, the highly rated ABC News with David Muir started out with this: U.S. President Donald Trump had tweeted that Oprah Winfrey was "insecure." " Is that legitimate news? Well, it has become so in these not-ordinary times. 

"The Good Doctor" - Meme of Learning

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Tonight on "The Good Doctor," everyone makes progress on the learning curve. That ranges from the head of the hospital to the parents of a gravely ill autistic teen.    Of course, the show's fans are most focused on what Shaun Murphy learns. That's not to run.