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The first time is never the best

Speaking about Presenting

At the beginning of term, a ceramics teacher divided his students into two groups, Group A and Group B. To Group A he said: “I want you to make as many pots as possible. At the end of the term I’ll grade you on the weight of your pots.”. To Group B he said: “I want you to make the best pot possible. At the end of the term I’ll grade you on the quality of your pot.”.

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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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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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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 Voice: The Most Powerful Tool You Have

Presentation Guru

Rightly or wrongly people make lasting assumptions based on first impressions and, I think its fair to say that if you speak with no vocal inflection at all most people will think you sound a bit weird – or if we’re being kind, a lot like a robot.…

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Turning Your Data into Eye-opening Stories

SlideModel

Data – a term used to classify the facts and statistics collected together for reference or analysis. As short and crisp the word may sound, today it has a full-fledged study that revolves around it.

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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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Engaging your Audience in The Epic Keynote with Sarah Hilton

Speaker Launcher

Today, The Wealthy Speaker Podcast is being brought to you by The Wealthy Speaker Book Bundle. Do you have the right tools to build the speaking business of your dreams? This bundle includes The Wealthy Speaker Daily Success Planner and Journal, plus The Wealthy Speaker 2.0 as well as a 3-part video series on […]. The post Engaging your Audience in The Epic Keynote with Sarah Hilton appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

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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Aretha Franklin's Death at 76 - Baby Boomers Reflect on Our Own Mortality

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In The New Aging, 76 is youngish. After all, media tycoon Rupert Murdoch is heading toward 90 and still a major deal-maker. And, in public relations, Jack O'Dwyer celebrated his mid-80s birthday this week and happily proclaims putting in more than 40 hours a week. 

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Brexit's all Greek to me

Max Atkinson

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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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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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White House - No, There Shouldn't Be The Omarosa Effect

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Great headlines are being made. In Politico , for example, a headline screams that those in the White House are terrified what will come out on the tapes former staffer Omarosa will release. That, of course, could go down in political history as The Omarosa Effect. 

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Dying for the Photo - Brian Lewinstein, 23, Law Student

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

This month Brian Lewinstein was to begin his second year at the University of California School of Law. His career plan was public interest law. Instead, his law school and across the nation his classmates are mourning his presumed death.

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GE - Lots of Pain to Go Around

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

After GE CEO John Flannery delivered his image of the future, essentially the market smirked. The stock went before its low point in 2009 - that is, less than 12 bucks a share. Here are more details from MarketWatch. Of course, that is hurting Brand Flannery.

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Women Over-50 Who Work - Figuring Out The Gray Issue

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

A trend could be just a trend - out there. A macro matter. And nothing we integrate into our own lives - especially the professional parts. Take the Gray Is Cool meme. The name associated with it is Lorraine Massey, who published "Silver Hair."

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Cincinnati, OH - Homelessness Against the Law

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In Cincinnati, Ohio, the local judge ruled the homeless encampments illegal - three times. Essentially that makeshift housing is being defined legally as a public nuisance. After all, the area becomes dominated with tents, shopping carts, and personal belongings. Those constitute an eyesore.

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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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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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