Toastmaster Time TV Speech: A Tale of Two Cities

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Archived speeches go back to 1997. Earlier this month I spent an evening in the Palo Alto Community TV studios being filmed for the monthly Toastmaster Time TV production. This long-running show features speeches by members of different San Francisco Bay Area Toastmasters clubs. Delivering a speech in a TV studio I’d given my speech, [.]. Public Speaking Speech Showcase Crewe London Paris television Toastmasters

CBS Hit with Age/Ethnic Discrimination Lawsuit - Allegedly, Talent Doesn't Provde Job Security

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

He had been employed by CBS since 1997. On October 2nd, Ghen Maynard was given the boot from CBS Studios. His productions ranged from hits such as the CSI series to reality shows like Survivor. Today, he filed a lawsuit for unspecified damages against CBC Studios and CBC Corporation.

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Rhetorical Devices: Diacope

Manner of Speaking

Tony Blair, 31 August 1997. This post is part of a series on rhetoric and rhetorical devices. For other posts in the series, please click this link. Device : Diacope. Origin : From the Greek ??????? thiakhopi), meaning “cut in two” In plain English: Repetition of a word or phrase broken up by another word or words. Effect: The repeated words are emphasized. Notes: For maximum effect, there should not be too many words between the repeated word(s) in a diacope.

Steve Jobs on marketing & identifying your core values

Presentation Zen

It took Steve Jobs coming back in 1997 to get the Apple brand back on track after years of neglect. This seven-minute clip below is from an internal presentation that Steve gave in Cupertino to his employees not long after he returned to Apple in 1997. So we have to be really clear on what we want them to know about us." — Steve Jobs to Apple employees, 1997.

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Steve Jobs on communicating your core values

Presentation Zen

Shortly after he returned to Apple in 1997, Steve Jobs gave an internal presentation to employees from the Town Hall building on the Apple campus (YouTube link below). Simple Story Structure If you look at what Jobs said in this 1997 talk, the essence of it fits well into to the simple story structure. This was an important presentation to let employees know where the company stood and where it was heading.

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Pew Research Center, Thank You for Not Calling

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In 1997, 36% of those contacted by phone agreed to participate in the survey. The Pew Research Center, the gold standard in polling, has gotten the message: Don't call us for your research. As Pew itself reports, it is switching to taking surveys via email. In 2017, that declined to 7%. And in 2018, it went down another percentage point to 6. If only other organizations would get that message and stop telemarketing to us. 

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End of Influencers, Return of Brands - How Generation Z Makes Purchasing Decisions

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The big bang is that members of Generation Z (those born between 1997 and 2015) ignore influencers in their purchasing decisions. Trends Interrupted. Again, that is happening. Instead they pay attention to brands.    That is what Goldman Sachs found in its survey of 1,800 of its interns, reports BusinessInsider.    Why this matters is that Generation Z, or as they are sometimes called iGen, includes 61 million people. Many of them are already entering the workplace.

"Alan Laufer v. Pryor Cashman" - Alleged Age Discrimination by Law Firm

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

He had been hired in 1997, at age 43, as a temporary associate. District judge J. Paul Oetken is allowing age bias lawsuit - "Alan Laufer vs. Pryor Cashman" - to move to trial. The defendant - law firm Pryor Cashman - had requested a summary judgment. Here is a copy of that complaint, which had been filed in U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York on November 1, 2016. 

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The Mentally Ill - When There Is Violence.

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

He mistakenly believed that Griffith played a role in his 1997 marijuana case. Another tragedy has allegedly been caused by mental illness. And that could have negative impacts on the growing number of people who struggle with diseases of the brain. Law partner Steve Griffith at Alabama's Griffith, Lowry & Meherg was fatally shot in his home. The suspect, also dead, is Patrick Walker.    Walker has been classified as dealing long term with mental illness.

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My Infamous Electronic Marketing "ButtCamp" is Back.

Great Public Speaking

This is my serious seminar (done in 11 countries since 1997) with a goofy name where you learn how to make more money sitting on your rear end than going to work for a living. My infamous electronic marketing "ButtCamp" is back. Check out the details of what you'll learn and register to attend at: [link] - Multiple Revenue Streams - Hybrid Webinars - Crowdfunding - Email Marketing - List Building and more!

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The Greatest Show on Earth Will Be No More

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Actually it was in 1997. After 146 years, the Big Top will go dark. In May 2017, Ringling Bros. will hold its last two shows. The parent company -Feld Entertainment - will continue in existence with its other shows. Ironically Ringling  won $26.2 million in settlements in lawsuits associated with animal rights. But it kept losing in the marketplace. Here is the coverage in the Daily Mail.

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Steve Jobs: "People who know what they’re talking about don’t need PowerPoint"

Presentation Zen

I hate the way people use slide presentations instead of thinking,” Jobs told biographer Walter Isaacson when describing meetings upon his return to Apple in 1997. One thing we need to constantly remind ourselves is that slides and other forms of projected visualization—no matter how "cool" they may be—are not appropriate for every context.

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The "School for Scandal" Ongoing Saga - Now, Lawsuit Filed Against Dalton

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Incidentally, in 1997, Dunnan resigned after the school became aware of his romantic relationship with a married female faculty member. Those not in those inner elite circles treasure scandals about what allegedly occurs within. So, media coverage of the alleged "School for Scandal" saga of sexual misconduct is front-page news.

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Interview: René Siegel, High Tech Connect

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

René Shimada Siegel is a reluctant entrepreneur who founded High Tech Connect in 1997 at the persistent request of her Silicon Valley colleagues. This article marks the start of a new series in Professionally Speaking. For the past three years I’ve published a monthly Pro-Track Profile interview featuring members of the Pro-Track class of the Northern California Chapter of the National Speakers Association.

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Steve Jobs & the art of focus

Presentation Zen

In the two video clips below from 1997, Steve Jobs shares his ideas on simplicity and focus while speaking to the issue of killing OpenDoc (a software framework standard), a decision that was not popular for many people at the time. Simplicity, among other things, is a conscious choice between inclusion and exclusion. Often the magic is in what you leave out. But this means that you need to be comfortable with saying no, to yourself and to others. This is not easy to do.

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Eric Mazur: confessions of a converted lecturer

Presentation Zen

In 1997, he published a book on the subject called Peer Instruction: A User's Manual. Eric Mazur is a well known physicist at Harvard University who is also a leader in science education. In the early '90s he developed an instructional approach to teaching called peer instruction.

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Ways to Advance Your Career if You’re a Millennial


1997 – Unknown – Generation Z: While there is no clear consensus as to if and when the Generation Z era ends, the generally accepted timeline lies between the mid-90s as the era when Generation Z or Gen Z were born.

The 2015 Boom: You Can Feel It

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"The best three-month stretch of hiring since 1997 has positioned the U.S. labor market to start delivering stronger wage growth for a wider swath of Americans after more than five years of sluggish recovery from a deep recession." " - Josh Mitchell, "Job Market Looks Ripe for Liftoff," in The Wall Street Journal. Here is the article. It's palpable: the 2015 boom. "My ship came in, finally," I told a legal editor I often deal with. He agreed.

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Giving a 10-minute presentation with a single slide: Steven Johnson on the Ghost Map

Presentation Zen

The case was explored well by Edward Tufte as well in his 1997 book Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative (pages 27-37) as a good example of how creating a statistical graph could reveal information in a way that leads to discovering the cause of an epidemic. Having just returned from a trip to London, my interest in the story of Dr. John Snow and the terrible 1854 cholera outbreak in London was rekindled. It's an amazing story.

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The key to storytelling is not your perfection but your humanity

Presentation Zen

The Moth started in George Dawes Green''s living room in 1997, but soon the storytelling club founded by Green started hosting events in cafes and clubs throughout New York City. The Irish Times has a good, short piece on The Moth , the not-for-profit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. The name "The Moth" came from the idea that people are attracted to stories the way moths are attracted to a flame.

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The best speech about education -- ever.

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

   Today, Mike Johnston is a state senator from Colorado, but his passion is education, and it was ignited as a Teach for America teacher in the Mississippi delta in 1997.  Every now and then a speech comes along that reminds me why public speaking is still essential and why I said back in 2003 that the only reason to give a speech is to change the world.  

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"Disruption" - Use that buzzword with caution (Post-Jill Lepore The New Yorker manifesto)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

 He published the "The Innovator's Dilemma" in 1997. Perception is reality.  The perception is that maybe it's not all that accurate or useful to think about business in terms of disruption.  That represents a major paradigm shift from framing what is in terms of how it can be and will be disrupted.

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People I'm Grateful for #3: Pam Slim

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

Reading it, I learned a thing or two about running your own business even though I’ve been doing exactly that since 1997, so Pam can even teach an old dog new tricks.  This blog is the third in a series of blogs on people that have added something important to the world of communications.    Today, my gratitude is for Pam Slim.   The series is personal and partial, but I welcome nominations for those you think I’ve missed. 

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FUN! When It Pulls Revelers toward Death

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

On Memorial Day in 1997, 165 died in the Beverley Hills Supper Club in Southgate, Kentucky. On February 20, 2003, about 11 P.M., the Great White concert pyrotechnics ignited flammable foam used to soundproofing. The setting was the crowded Station nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island. The place was overtaken with smoke and flames within 5.5 minutes. That's not atypical of fires in congested spaces. The sprinklers didn't work. Exits were blocked.

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Paddy Ashdown: the man who never slept in

Max Atkinson

He worked closely with Tony Blair in the late 1990s; had the 1997 general election produced a hung parliament or small Labour majority, there's little doubt he would have entered the cabinet. The Atkinson-Kenny-Levick families have been close friends with the Ashdown family for many years and have been devastated by yesterday's sad news.

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Three Influential First Ladies

DeFinis Communications

She initiated the Children’s Health Insurance Program in 1997, a federal effort that provided state support for those children whose parents were unable to provide them with health coverage. As the old saying goes, “Behind every great man is a great woman.&# When it comes to talking about American presidents, nothing could be truer. American presidential history is filled with influential First Ladies who have paved the way for women everywhere.

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Three Women, One Mission: Peace

DeFinis Communications

When the warlord Charles Taylor became president in 1997 and the brutal conflict in Liberia escalated, Gbowee decided she would fight for peace with the women of her country. In 1903, two years after the Nobel Foundation was established, a Nobel Prize was awarded to a woman, Marie Curie, for the first time. Women have been winning Nobel Prizes ever since, but in very small numbers compared to their male colleagues. But is the trend possibly turning?

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Product Placement Exercise

The Communication Blog

Another Bond film, however, holds the record for product placements; the 1997 Tomorrow Never Dies earned $100 million for its product placements. The recent release of Skyfall and the news that Heineken spent $45 million dollars to have James Bond drink its beer makes a perfect introduction to the issue of product placement.

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Investor Relations: Shrinking niche in communications

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  In 1997, at its peak, there were 7,000 listed on U.S. Donfiore - The model of the public company had been the norm in American capitalism.  stock exchanges.      That, like so many other facets of American economy, is changing. And the investor-relations niche, both in-house and in outside public relations agencies, will continue to shrink.

The War for Talent - Downward Spiral of Those No Longer Classified as "Talent"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

After all, way back in 1997, at management consulting firm McKinsey, Steven Hankin coined the phrase "war for talent." No surprise, in The New York Times , former lawyer turned journalist James Stewart focuses on the war for talent in BigLaw. Specifically, he explains how Kirkland is poaching high-profile partners from Cravath and paying them in the $11 million+ territory, annually.

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Speechwriter and/or novelist?

Joan Detz Speaker Services

Instead, write business card copy that promotes your expertise … lists your awards … notes your professional memberships … cites your credentials … lists your bylines … includes a recommendations from clients … quotes media attention … or notes the year you began your freelance business (”Freelance speechwriting since 1997″ for example). I received a question from a freelance speechwriter: .

The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

The Eloquent Woman

Here's what I've been reading lately: Focus on fear: She's since given a TED talk and many other speeches, but back in 1997, this is what J.K. I read a lot about women and public speaking, and post my finds first on The Eloquent Woman on Facebook. But I always collect them here for you on Mondays as well. Rowling was working on as a speaker. Supreme manterruption: Despite being a U.S.

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Five famous speeches by women who feared public speaking

The Eloquent Woman

By the time she gave this 1997 presentation on the international ban on landmines , she had found a way to let her passionate interest guide her through a public event. Jacqueline Kennedy According to numerous polls, you''re more afraid of this than snakes. Or spiders. Or needles, enclosed spaces or heights. Thank goodness you''re not likely to encounter any of these in combination with that chart-topping fear: public speaking.

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What's wrong with a 'hung parliament' if that's what the electorate votes for?

Max Atkinson

I'm as flabbergasted by this as I was by Labour friends who continued to denounce proportional representation during their eighteen years in opposition between 1979 and 1997. After his party has lost three consecutive general elections and spent thirteen years in opposition , Conservative leader David Cameron has started to issue dire warnings about the horrors that await us if we're stupid enough to vote for a 'hung parliament'.

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How good a speaker is Marshall Goldsmith?

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  He’s the author of some 24 books, including The Leader of the Future (Jossey-Bass, 1997), perhaps the most popular book on leadership ever written, as well as more recent books like What Got You Here Won’t Get You There (Hyperion, 2007) – ranked the #1 business book by the Wall Street Journal   -- and Succession:   Are You Ready (Harvard Business Press, 2009). Marshall Goldsmith is a professor, consultant, and coach, who talks and writes about leadership.

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28 famous speeches by women in the United Kingdom

The Eloquent Woman

Princess Diana's 1997 speech on banning landmines was delivered in London following a fact-finding mission to Angola. Elizabeth II's 1997 tribute to Princess Diana brought the frequent-speaking monarch a new challenge: A worldwide live audience on television, her first time doing a live-remote speech. One impetus for this blog has been the many lists of famous speeches which list few or no women speakers--including a top 100 list of 20th century speeches published by The Guardian.

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Curtain imagery from Winston Churchill and John Major

Max Atkinson

On being defeated in the 1997 UK general election, John Major had no choice but to resign as Prime Minister, but he was under no obligation to resign as leader of the Conservative Party. Looking through video clips for a conference presentation, I came across one that I've often quoted as an example of how effectively a simple metaphor can be used to get a point across.

You Are Always Selling and Negotiating

Executive Speech Coach

In the 1997 movie, The Devil’s Advocate, Keanu Reeves ask Al Pacino (The Devil) “Are we negotiating? The accountant was a partner at a major accounting firm. She was clearly qualified as an expert in her field. She admitted to me that she was quite comfortable talking about her area of expertise to her clients. She was sincerely willing to help her clients. The point where she ran into difficulty was selling her services to the client.

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Speaker Launch Toward Success - A Case Study from Maureen Zappala

Speak and Deliver

Even though engineering was in my rear view mirror (I left NASA in 1997) and even though I don’t speak on technical topics, or exclusively to technical audiences, it’s a unique branding that gets attention. She left in 1997 to pursue other interests including direct sales, fitness instruction and motherhood.

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Can Labour afford to back the Ed Milibandwagon?

Max Atkinson

The problem is that Ed Miliband is too young to remember what happened to the Labour Party during the 18 years of decline and recovery between 1979 and 1997. Blair and Brown worked very hard in opposition to win the confidence of business, the City and middle class voters before Labour's general election victory in 1997.

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TV interviews with politicians

Max Atkinson

Although not a member of parliament until 1997, Theresa May was an active Conservative politician and party member during the 1980s and served as a councillor for London Borough of Merton from 1986 to 1994. A lesson fromMichael Crick of Channel 4 News on how to interview a politician? Michael Crick interviews Teresa May (The following has been reproduced from [link] [link] where you can watch the interview - to whom many thanks): "What did you do to help the release of Nelson Mandela?"

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Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Barnes & Noble was there in 1997.  Borders, beloved by so many readers and those who hang out in book stores, did not die because the book industry is kaput.    That's what the autopsy presented by Ben Austen in BLOOMBERG BUSINESS WEEK indicates.    Instead the chain made a series of mistakes which proved fatal during a time of transition in the business of selling books. 

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New Yahoo! CEO's first speech dissected

The Eloquent Woman

The article notes a situation she faced that many women can relate to: In an article she wrote for Forbes in 1997, Ms. This morning's New York Times looks at Carol Bartz , newly appointed CEO of Yahoo!, and her first appearance before investors and reporters earlier this week, and immediately notes comparisons with her predecessor, who was male and soft-spoken. Terming her speech "decisive," the Times noted her direct style is a plus: Ms.

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