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A conversation with Conor Neill

Manner of Speaking

I have just returned home after my annual week teaching public speaking and communication skills at the IESE Executive MBA Programme in Barcelona, Spain.

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Interview: Maile Collmer, Referral Marketer

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Maile believes that business is built one connection at a time. In other words, she believes in individual excellence as well as team excellence. A team can do so much more than an individual, and excellent teams are made of excellent individuals doing their part. Maile is a marketer who built a referral team that […] Maile believes that business is built one connection at a time. In other words, she believes in individual excellence as well as team excellence.

Speaking tips from "Serial"

Speak Schmeak

I finally got around to finishing the original season of the podcast "Serial," in which the case of convicted murder Adnan Syed is re-evaluated in detail by investigative journalist Sarah Koenig. I had listened to the first four episodes on a road trip last year, but never picked it up again.

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IBM Project Debater – will AI eliminate speechwriters?

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

I caught a rebroadcast of an Intelligence Squared debate on NPR last night. Intelligence Squared is a weekly forum for balanced and intelligent debate. Their goal is to restore critical thinking, facts, reason, and civility to American public discourse. Hurray for them, although I can’t help thinking they’re p **g into the prevailing wind these days.) […]. Speechwriting Technology AI Artificial Intelligence Debating

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Communication in the Workplace

The Communication Blog

WELL-BEING WISDOM WONDER PURPOSE SLEEP SPECIAL SECTIONS COMMUNITY THRIVE TAKES // April 11, 2019 Try This Now: Stop Sending a “Gentle Reminder” A popular way to nudge a co-worker is to employ this phrase, but it misses the opportunity to be compassionately direct.

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Glutted Personal Finance Media Space - Money Magazine Gets Squeezed Out

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Launched in 1972, Money Magazine was  the  source for personal finance info about the best of whatever.    We read it. We quoted it. We trusted it.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 307) – Tyrion Lannister

Manner of Speaking

“When you tear out a man’s tongue, you are not proving him a liar; you’re only telling the world that you fear what he might say.” — Tyrion Lannister, Game of Thrones. The post Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 307) – Tyrion Lannister appeared first on Manner of Speaking. Quotes for Public Speakers Game of Thrones public speaking public speaking quotes quote Tyrion Lannister

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Intro to The Accidental Writer

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Don’ t know why, but I am writing my memoir, The Accidental Writer. About 10 chapters into it. Posting the first draft (pleas excuse any typos) of the introduction here. Seem like something you’d want to read? Do let me know! Introduction to The Accidental Writer. I have been one of Canada’s most successful freelance writers and one of the country’s most successful freelance trainers.

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Madonna - Unfortunately, She Missed Doing a Johnny Carson

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Late night talk show host Johnny Carson went out at the top of his game.    Too bad for Madonna she missed that opportunity. Before a formidable competitor like Lady Gaga pranced in to take over the space created by Madonna, she should have retired.

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How Voice of the Customer Concept Can Boost Sales and Revenue

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Many small businesses continue to grow as a result of customer satisfaction, whereas many large organizations can decline when they fail to account for the voice of their customers. The smartphone industry is quite a recent example of this.

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Speaking Business Success Strategies Part II: The Rising Superstar (or Intermediate Speaker)

Speaker Launcher

Last week we started our series on speaking business success strategies that will help you weave your way through the more challenging times in a speaking business. Part I of our series focused on the Emerging Speaker.

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Do not bother people on Mondays

Joan Detz Speaker Services

Joan’s Tech Tips: an occasional series of quirky tips for anyone who has to communicate Mondays are not a good day to bother people. Monday mornings are the worst. People feel overwhelmed with the tasks already in front of them. Many wonder how they’ll manage the week’s deadlines. Some wonder how they’ll make it through the […]. Career info Freelance Writing

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Why offering promotions when you’re prospecting is stupid

SpeakerSue Says...

Marketing, your Director of Revenue, or maybe even your DOS came up with a “great idea.” They gave you a 25% off promotion that you can use when prospecting. Their thinking: We need business now. Yes (if you’re desperate). NO (in every other case!). When you prospect based on a discount, you devalue everything you offer. Your buyer is likely to think your prices were too high to begin, so you’re rightsizing with the “discount”.

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Politics Smolitics - We Are Our Portfolios

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Sometime after midnight Edward Jones updates the numbers in my general brokerage account and my Roth IRA. I go to bed with thoughts of purchasing big-ticket items (again) dancing in my head. In the morning my postings on social media and social networks get bolder.

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Mossimo Giannulli - Hey, Now What Do You Think of This Guy?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It is now totally out there that Mossimo Giannulli, accused of myriad crimes in AdmissionsGate, forged documents in the 1980s. Those served to have his father believe that he was matriculating in the traditional way as a student at USC.

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Glassdoor - According to Its Criteria I Wasn't Competitor to Your Edge for Success, Reinstated My Assesment of Interview

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Let's cut to the chase: Yes, it's worth the agita, time, and loss of a night's sleep to push back - on whatever.    Especially if the 1st amendment might be involved. 

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Paradise Lost - Implications for the New Aging, Bankruptcy Lawyers

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It's the news. The Border Patrol is making drops.    Illegal migrants are overwhelming the city of Yuma, Arizona. Residents fear the mobs roaming the streets. What will happen to their property.    A similar phenomenon has been happening in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

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When We Die We Probably Know We're Dead - Great News for Clinical Depressives

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"We know we are dead when we die because our brains keep working to make us aware of what's happening around us, haunting new research [by Sam Parnia] suggests."  "  - Science section in Fox News, April 2019. Here is the article.

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"Good Girls" - FBI Jim Puts Squeeze on Ruby

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The tipping point in getting Ruby to cooperate with FBI Jim is this: He calmly asks her the names of her children's grandparents. Then he tells her gently that he wants to ensure that they will have responsible caretakers when she and her husband are serving hard time.

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Let Donald Trump Keep Making Stock Market Gains His Signature - Small Investors Have Shot at Financial Security

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"The value of the U.S. stock market has risen by $9.1 trillion, or 35.6% since Election Day in 2016, according to Wilshire Associates." " -  MarketWatch, April 14, 2019. Here is the article. 

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What F. Scott Fitzgerald Understood that Lori Loughlin, Mossimo Giannulli Don't

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

From the get-go on the new job, some old hand swings by and clues us into The Rules. That is, the essentials of the organizational culture or how things get done there. Often The Rules are unique to that workplace.

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Alan Dershowitz Defense of Jeffrey Epstein Is Gift That Keeps Giving to Media

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Alan Dershowitz has defended many famous people. But his defense of rich, influential, and well connected Jeffrey Epstein keeps biting him in the butt. The latest negative development on that front has been a defamation lawsuit filed by a woman who, when she was underage.

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They'll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again - Those MeToo Litigation Plaintiffs

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

For every Gretchen Carlson who settled for $20 million and gained unique access to new opportunities, there have many women who lost everything in filing MeToo kinds of lawsuits.    Yes, litigation meant burning bridges. The plaintiffs probably felt rage.

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Glassdoor Banged Me in the Butt

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Glassdoor has become the default for assessing how employers manage the workforce, ranging from hiring interviews to culture. But itself may require some reviewing. Not too long ago I had what I experienced as an odd interview with resume/cover letter preparation firm in the D.C.

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Job Searchers - Critical Importance of LinkedIn Profile

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Creating resumes, as they do at Washington Metro area Your Edge for Success (YES) , is both an art and science. The art part entails the arrangement of elements, just as in a skilled operation of Photoshop. The science is the selection of the right keywords.

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Jeffrey Wertkin's Reversal of Fortune & The Great American Success Machine

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Had Jeffrey Wertkin not been so seemingly cartoonish, his reversal of fortune might have been described as "Shakespearean."  "  But the saga of rogue behavior had been so bizarre that it provided only tabloid-kind of interest in the legal and business media.

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The New Aging: Shaking Off Status

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The post-war economic boom. That rising tide lifted the boats of so many of us kids from low-income families. We wound up going to college and making more in a year than our parents did in 20 years. With that came the burden of status.

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Resumes/Cover Letters, Your Edge for Success (YES), and The Disrupted Job Search Category

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Resumes and cover letters? Some employers are still using those in the hiring process. But, they could soon enough be history - ancient history. Grandma, what was a "resume?"  "  Large corporations such as Unilever are experimenting with blowing up job search.

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Les Moonves Didn't Go Wealthily into the Night

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Many recall the two exposes written by Ronan Farrow in The New Yorker. They focused on Les Moonves' alleged sexual misconduct at CBS. Eventually, Moonves was forced out of his big job heading the network. Now Variety reports that he did not wealthily into the night.

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Woody Allen - The End

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Woody Allen, 83 years old, has had a long run. From his early slapstick films like "What's New Pussycat?" " to the sophisticated "Blue Jasmine," he managed to persuade generation after generation to pony up their money at the box office. 

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Gregory Craig's Not-Guilty Plea - How Much Damage to Skadden Arps?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Last Friday, Gregory Craig pleaded not guilty to two counts of providing false statements to federal authorities. Here is a copy of the indictment. That means Craig is headed to court. And that's bad news for the law firm at which he had been a partner: Skadden Arps.

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The New Aging - Sure, Mick Jagger Will Shake His Booty Again, But.

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Mick Jagger let us down: He developed a serious health problem. And, oh no, it was his heart. That wasn't supposed to happen to the symbol of Baby Boomer youth never surrendering its spirit. Periodically, he will have to check his heart. His brand has lost some equity.

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"Unintended Entrepreneur" - 40% of Us Are Already Scrambling on Our Own, Many More Will Follow

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Billionaires in tech who also changed the world made the concept of entrepreneurship heroic. Elite schools of business, which had focused on staffing up Corporate America, began offering programs for wannabe entrepreneurs.

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Occupational Hazard: Clients Unhappy with Their Defense Lawyer

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The media focus has been on how lawyers tend to destroy themselves. Yeah, through substance abuse, overwork, hands in the cookie jar embezzling client funds, and actual suicide. What doesn't get enough attention are the threats they face from clients. 

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An Animal Rescue Shelter, Not a Nursing Home, Is Getting My Money

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It's the dark secret among a growing number of us baby boomers.    That's the determination to commit suicide when we can't take care of ourselves any more or sense we are slipping into dementia.

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David Marchant's Firing - Will This Encourage Women in Sciences to Push Back on Alleged Sexual Misconduct?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

A glacier had been named after scientific researcher David Marchant.    That was then. The glacier has been renamed. And Marchant has been fired from his position at Boston University.

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AA & America's Legal System

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) across America, attending are those "sentenced" by the court. Usually that is positioned and packaged as an option: AA or jail.

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