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Announcing: A Conversation with Jeff Davenport

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

On Thursday, August 30th the Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable will host Jeff Davenport in a free conference call.

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Change your perspective

Manner of Speaking

Good, better, best. Bad, worse, worst. One, two, three. Past, present, future. When we speak, we often find ourselves comparing things (e.g., different investment opportunities; different options for a business) or reviewing a timeline (e.g., stages of a project). Thus, … Continue reading → Delivery gestures Presentation public speaking stage movement Using the Stage

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Your lizard brain doesn't want you to speak

Speak Schmeak

My clients will frequently say to me, "I don't understand why I'm so nervous. There must be something wrong with me." Well, if it's wrong to be human, I guess we all have something wrong with us! What we forget is that, while we are indeed human, we are also animals. Human animals, but still animals.

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How to Add a GIF to PowerPoint (and Stop It Being Annoying)

Presentation Guru

GIFs – those soundless videos that loop continuously – have become so widely used on social media, and are now finding their way into PowerPoint presentations.

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When Presenting Data, Get to the Point Fast

Duarte Blog

Projecting your data on slides puts you at an immediate disadvantage: When you’re giving a presentation, people can’t pull the numbers in for a closer look or take as much time to examine them as they can with a report or a white paper. That’s why you need to direct their attention. What do you [.]

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Do You Want to Be a Professional Speaker or Just Someone Who Gives Speeches?

Presentation Guru

When someone says they are a singer what do they mean? Do they sing in the shower? Perform on stage six nights a week? Or, do they just get lots of applause on Karaoke night at their favorite hangout? What if they said they were a trapeze artist?…

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Why doesn't India produce more fast bowlers?

Max Atkinson

As James Anderson (left) said after he and Stuart Broad (right) had skittled India out twice in quick succession in the second Test match at Lords: "We would have bowled out any team under these conditions." He didn't say that even pace bowlers as old as Broad and me were able to dismiss the best team in the world in next to no time."

Roman Catholic Church - Has It Caused a Public Nuisance in (too many) States

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Yet another disclosure of Roman Catholic clergy sexual abuse of children. Today, the setting had been six counties in Pennsylvania. Over decades, there had been the abuse of 1,000 children by 300 priests, along with coverups. Here is a bit of the media coverage.

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Fashions change. Fundamentals don’t.

More than PowerPoint...

In the 1990’s, I worked for a company that changed its dress code. We went from business formal to business casual. Employees accepted this change readily. I felt like I got a raise, because my dry cleaning expenses almost disappeared. And the comfort of ditching a suit for the dark jeans, tee-shirt, and blazer combo? Last year, I read about a relaxed dress code at Goldman Sachs. In the same year, I heard the controversy over bare arms. The buzz about “well, what do I wear now?”

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The Cost of a Wrong Fit Client

Speaker Launcher

I just celebrated the 13 year anniversary of having my own business and what’s funny is that I’m still learning the lessons in year 13 that I learned in year one. After all this time, I still need to sharpen my wrong fit client detector. What that means is that I need to recognize when […]. The post The Cost of a Wrong Fit Client appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

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The Show Got Too Wild - "U.S. v. Manafort"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

What started out as a point of great interest - and entertainment - has become a serious point of law. That's U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III's commentary during "U.S. Manafort." 

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Superlawyer Charles Harder in Loop on Omarosa Conflict

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Made a superstar through the amazing jury verdict in "Hogan v. Gawker," Charles Harder continues to receive high-profile assignments. Not long ago he represented Melania Trump in defamation litigation against a blogger and media outlet Daily Mail. They caved. 

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Post-PA Clergy Sex Abuse Scandal. - Branding of All Roman Catholic Institutions In-Play

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The odds are that shade has been thrown on all Roman Catholic institutions around the world. That probably includes Seton Hill University , based in one of the six dioceses - Greensburg - cited in the massive Pennsylvania clergy sex abuse scandal.

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The New Aging - Enrolling in Degree Programs

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The combination of longevity and the need to fund living all those years is creating a new phenomenon: returning to school to pick up an academic degree, at age 50 and beyond.    The question MarketWatch raises is if that is a wise investment of money and time.

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It's Come to Even This: New York Magazine Looking for Buyer

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Those of a certain age remember when New York Magazine was red hot. It was  the read to find out about trends such as the Me Generation. That was one of its iconic cover stories by Tom Wolfe.

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Inflation's Back - Retiring Concept of Retirement/Retirees Unretire

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

According to the Labor Department, consumer prices rose 2.9% during the past year, reports The Wall Street Journal. Obviously, inflation's back. And that has dire implications for anyone considering traditional retirement - that is, stopping working completely. 

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E. John Teichert & His Website - Of Course, He Should Have Known Better

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

How does someone rise to the leadership rank of Air Force Brig. General and not understand the separation of church and state? That's the puzzling question. The issue is that such a man at Edwards Air Force Base - E. John Teichert - set up a very strange website.

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STUNNER! - The Woman Gets to Stay

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

A new wrinkle in gender discrimination litigation against law firms is that the plaintiff gets to stay on. As we recall with Kerrie Campbell, she got the boot at her law firm Chadbourne after she filed a gender discrimination lawsuit. Here is the coverage by Abovethelaw.com.

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All Those Funding-Retirement Articles - Baby Boomers/Gen X Should Join in Class Action Public Nuisance Litigation

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

This article in MarketWatch , by Chris Farrell, takes a new angle on the cliché-ridden subject of funding retirement: It grimly warns those intending to retire that a recession could be coming (recessions always come, don't they) so.

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Wanting to Work With Smart Clients - Maybe We Should Steer Clear of Publishing + Those Committed to Do Old-Line Book

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It's usually the play out of the Pareto Principle (80% of revenue comes for 20% of the business) that working with smart clients generates the most income. So, part of identifying that 20% of the potential client pool is determining who are the smart ones.

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That 20-Buck Difference - Office Max Probably on Short Time

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

A toner cartridge for my Brother printer goes for about $53 bucks in Best Buy, in the Boardman, Ohio mall. At the nearby Office Max the cost is $74+, but not the $75 which makes it eligible for a Rewards discount. The latter is enough by itself to leave me with a bad taste in my mouth for Office Max. 

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Omarosa, Michael Cohen, et al. - Of Course, We Should Assume We Are Being Secretly Taped

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

What was once the MO of spy movies has become standard: being secretly taped. Among the big names doing the audio taping have been Omarosa and Michael Cohen.

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Residential Cleaning - Blurring of Collars

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Cleaning houses is a niche in the labor market that is growing at about 6% (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics).    The field is attractive because there are no barriers to entry. Any entrepreneurial person can pick up assignments through word of mouth or can purchase a franchise.

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Artificial Intelligence - Push for Computer Scientists to Flag Its Dark Potential

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Like just about every other human entity, artificial intelligence has its dark side.

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So Proud that Offspring Is Part of Harvard Law School JD Class of 2021

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

During the next 36 months, projects the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, student loan debt will explode to $2 trillion. That represents a 30% increases from the current $1.54 trillion debt. Here are more details in the New York Post.

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Gig Economy - You Bet, Pareto Principle Applies

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The stereotype of the gig economy is that contract workers grab whatever assignments they can. And, that's exactly the wrong way to earn a good living through contract work. Unfortunately, for those gig economy participants who believe that there's little opportunity.

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How Much Man Loves Wife - Better Said with Hallmark, Privately, than through Facebook, Boring the Public

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

One very hot morning - it was 10 AM and already boiling on planet earth - I had had it. A professional acquaintance was at it again: On Facebook, he had posted yet another expression, in photo and narrative, of how much he loved his wife. I clicked Unfriend.

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Richard B. Russell - Deep Mysteries of Human Mind

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

There will be much speculation why Richard B. Russell poached a plane at Seattle-Tacoma Airport.    But it is likely that not even he really understood what was motivating him. It seemed he was trying to sort that out while he was flying. 

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Calling Omarosa "Lowlife" - That's How Folks Talked in The Old Neighborhood

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The Old Neighborhood was city. Not suburban. Not rural. The population was dense. The values were what is now classified as "working class." " The conversational style was direct. 

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Ruth Madoff - Now Ruth Alpern, But Still Enigmatic

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

What did the wife of Bernie Madoff - Ruth Madoff - know and when did she know it? Likely, law enforcement, the media, and the general public will never find out the answer to that. She, who now goes by her maiden name "Alpern," remains tight-lipped.

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Who Controls Fashion? - Not Vogue, Not Any More

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Kim Kardashian - 58 million Twitter followers, 115 million Instagram followers. Vogue - 13.5 million Twitter followers, 19.5 million Instagram followers.

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Conde Nast Plans More Layoffs, Will Continue in the Red through 2019 - Old Media's Cartoonish Struggle

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Conde Nast  used to be  an influential brandname in magazine publishing. And because of the investigative publishing by The New Yorker, parts of the empire can still have reach.    Overall, though, it struggles, almost cartoonishly, for relevance - and profits.

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IBM's Watson Hits Wall - Aura Surrounding Artificial Intelligence Dims

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

IBM positioned and packaged Watson, an artificial intelligence (AI) system, as a branding strategy. The old-line corporation wanted to be perceived as an equal to newer players in the tech box.    Recently, reports The Wall Street Journa l, that has hit a wall.

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Narcan Fails - Dennis Shields, 51, Dead of Apparent Overdose

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In some circles, Dennis Shields was best known as a sometimes boyfriend of Bethenny Frankel. In others, he was infamous for being the chief executive officer of LawCash. That is a kind of litigation financing - with a specific niche: lawsuits against New York City.

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