A Working Life IV: Sun Microsystems, 1990 – 2004

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

The post A Working Life IV: Sun Microsystems, 1990 – 2004 appeared first on Professionally Speaking. After attending a recent Sun Microsystems Alumni Reunion I’ve been inspired to continue the series on My Working Life that I last updated in May 2018 with Part III: My Early Career. As mentioned at the end of the last installment, I attended an interview in Milpitas for a position in tech support with Sun. […].

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Home Depot, 2003 - 2004 - My Haitian Co-Workers

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

2003 had been a difficult year. Both for me personally and my communications boutique. The health insurance I could still afford covered psychotherapy, with a $40 co-pay. That was the best $40 a week investment I have made in my life. At least, so far. Cognitive behavioral therapist (CBT) Amy Karnilowitz, West Hartford, Connecticut, gave the mandate: Get a job, any job.    That was on a Wednesday. By Friday, I not only had a job. It was one which would change how I saw the world.

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Rhetoric, oratory and Barack Obama's 'The Speech' (2004)

Max Atkinson

They were, he said, preparing a major article on the keynote speech given at the 2004 Democratic Convention by Barack Obama. Published in June 2007, the summary at the top of David Bernstein's article says: When Barack Obama launched into his keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, he was still an obscure state senator from Illinois. About eighteen months ago, David Bernstein of the Chicago Magazine phoned me.

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The Guru’s Big Five Questions – Chantal Bossé

Presentation Guru

First a scientific, then an instructional designer in telecommunications, she started CHABOS in 2004 to share her passion for visual communications. Chantal Bossé has been a TEDx speaker coach since 2012 and Microsoft PowerPoint MVP since 2013.

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A conversation with Bob Lehrman

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Lehrman served as Chief Speechwriter to Vice President Al Gore and, in 2004, as Chief Speechwriter for the Democratic National Committee during his more than three decades of experience […] On Thursday September 1, members of the Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable hosted a conference call with with renowned author, speechwriter and professor Bob Lehrman.

It's Come to This: 15 Bucks an Hour for Full-Time Public Relations Job

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  In 2004, as a interim survival gig when I reconfigured my communications boutique, I took a full-time contract assignment in loss prevention. It paid, in 2004 dollars, $11.50 an hour. The tasks required in this job description really involve public relations skills. 

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Universals of Choice

The Communication Blog

With the help of the insights from a variety of choice and decision-making theorists (Iyengar, 2011; Schwartz, 2004; Heath & Heath, 2013), here then is an initial and very preliminary attempt to identify some of the universals of choice making. Stephen Covey (2004, p. 2004). 2004). This article was published in Etc: A Review of General Semantics, 75 (January and April 2018), pp. 76-83. Universals of Choice Joseph A.

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Apple Store presentation this week in Osaka, Japan

Presentation Zen

I think the first time was in 2004 shortly after it opened I''ll be presenting in the Apple Store in Osaka (Shinsaibashi) tomorrow night (March 27 at 7:00pm). Apple is having a back-to-campus campaign so they asked me to speak to students & teachers about presentation design, etc. After my talk Apple staff will show some tricks and how to''s in Keynote. If you happen to be in Osaka, Japan this week, please stop in the Apple Store and say Hi in the evening.

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Prepare and Thrive Financially During Difficult Times with Gerard Braud

Speaker Launcher

In 2004, he faced a sudden life-threatening illness that kept him from working for 6 months. In the frenzy of closures and cancellations the last few days, my goal became to put out some positive ideas and information.

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Powerpoint Twitter Magic – now you can tweet from PowerPoint

Speaking about Presenting

has now created an add-in for PowerPoint 2004 and 2007 which does just that. In my post 10 tools for presenting with Twitter , I lamented that there was no easy-to-use way of posting tweets from within PowerPoint. Timo Elliott of SAPWeb2.0 It’s called AutoTweet. Thank you Timo – you’re a star! Go to Timo’s PowerPoint Twitter page to download the add-in. Open PowerPoint, and click on the Add-in ribbon.

Rick Jackson - From THE Top Editor at The Herald-Times to Homeless

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Back in 2004, I had lost my business, nest egg, and mind. The story isn't that Rick Jackson had recently been THE top editor at The Herald-Times and is now homeless. That's an all-too-familiar downward trajectory in the era of COVID-19.

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Interview: Julie Mergen – Financially Savvy Speaker

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Julie started a women’s investment club in 2004. Julie Mergen is fascinated with business systems. She admires those who create products from concepts. Along with her innate entrepreneurial spirit, she simply finds money interesting — even more intriguing is the multiple, seemingly endless perceptions we as humans have about money. Julie says: “Money stops us, blocks us, money molds us, holds us, money [.] Julie Mergen is fascinated with business systems.

Yet Again, Court of Public Opinion Has Greater Reach than Points of Law - Saving Nathaniel Woods

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The murders had occurred in 2004. his amazing situation will circle back to points of law. But for now, the last-minute stay of execution of Nathaniel Woods by the U.S. Supreme Court is a story of activism by celebrities Kim Kardashian and Martin Luther King III.

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Interview: Austin Hill Shaw – Creativity Instigator

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

In 2004, stemming from a life-changing insight gained during a three-month meditation retreat, he began exploring the subject of creativity in earnest, wanting to understand the opportunities and challenges behind creativity’s seemingly [.] For as long as he can remember, San Francisco Bay Area-based Austin Hill Shaw has been enraptured by creativity and the creative process.

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Create a PowerPoint handout from selected slides

PowerPoint Tips

2001 2002 2003 2004 2005. A subscriber ask me how she could create a printed handout that contains only some of the slides in the presentation. She wanted to create a handout with 3 slides per page. Here are the steps: For PowerPoint 2010. Choose File> Print. In the Settings area, the first item will say Print All Slides. Click the down arrow and choose Custom Range. A box will appear, labeled “Slides.” Enter the slides that you want to print. For example, 1-3, 4, 6, 7-9.

GE - Deirdre Latour Becoming Chief Communications Officer, April 1, As Gary Sheffer Retires

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

From powerhouse Edelman Public Relations back in 2004, his successor, Deirdre Latour, will be navigating this shift from the Sheffer brand of public relations to her kind. "Gary Sheffer, chief communications officer for GE, is retiring after a 16-year career at the Fairfield, Conn.-based based conglomerate." " - Greg Hazley, Odwyerpr.com, March 17, 2015. Here is the coverage. Sheffer had been a giant in communications.

2015 50

Nemo: The American Dream doesn't seem so hot

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  I have been renting since 2004.  Nemo will dump plenty of responsibility on home owners to clear their sidewalks.    With more than a foot forecasted, many of those can't do that themselves and few own snowblowers. There  There is already angst.    There could be heart attacks. Wild weather, first with Sandy, now with unusual snow storms, has been reducing the allure of the American Dream of home ownership. 

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Linda McMahon: In brilliant move, tells CT voters to split ticket

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  In 2004, Obama crushed John McCain.  In the race for the U.S. Senate, GOP candidate Linda McMahon is telling voters to split their ticket and vote for both the president and herself, reports POLITICO. That's a smart move.    Connecticut is a Democratic state.    The margin of victory might not be so huge against Mitt Romney but it will still be large.

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Slideware Shoot-Out: Keynote ‘09, PowerPoint 2008, & OpenOffice 3 Impress

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

It was with great joy that last month, I uninstalled Office 2004. The software, PowerPoint 2004 included, were getting on my nerves and there was nothing that suite could do to repair the broken relationship we had. PowerPoint 2004 had quantity all wrapped up. PowerPoint’s template choices in the 2008 version are light-years ahead of those in PowerPoint 2004. PowerPoint 2008 stumbles, in my opinion, where it stumbled in 2004: guides.

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"Rough Edges" By James Rogan - Rough Time Buying His Sad Story

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It was back in 2004 that James Rogan first published his memoir "Rough Edges." It's no surprise that in 2004, readers mindlessly bought into Rogan's positioning and packaging of his early years. They " That was before the financial collapse which changed so many of us forever. In too many ways, I have taken on the oddness of my Depression-era parents and grandparents.

2015 50

A fascinating look at the history of aspect ratios

Presentation Zen

This is in the Apple Store Shinsaibashi (Osaka) just after they opened in 2004. If you work in filmmaking or other forms of visual storytelling you are already comfortable talking about aspect ratios. But for many people it is still a bit of a mystery. An aspect ratio of a screen, for example, simply describes relationship between its width and its height. Not all that long ago TVs had screens that were 4:3.

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How to book more business and own your niche

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

She launched BusinessInfoGuide.com, her first website, in 2004. NSA/NC Meeting Report: Saturday March 2, 2013 The Saturday meeting of the Northern California Chapter of the National Speakers Association featured two savvy businesswomen who shared ways professional speakers and information entrepreneurs can book more business and own their niche markets. Stephanie Chandler is a Silicon Valley refugee who left a stressful job on the [.]

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The Disruption Goes Beyond the Newsroom - The Very Essence of Linear Narrative May Be in Play

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In 2004, as an editor, I paid up to $1.25 It's  that  bad. Possibly it's the end of work in journalism for too many of those driven to get the story. Yes,

2020 56

Drudge Report - Trumpism Triggers Confidence Surge among Small Businesses

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In 2004, I had sold the property I had purchased three years earlier for double its value. The conservative Drudge Report links the boom in optimism among small businesses to Trumpism. The Drudge Report may be on he money. After all, Trumpism advocates blowing up unnecessary regulation. And regulation not only impedes small business. Compliance is expensive. "Small business" is officially defined as an enterprise with no more than 500 employees.

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Luke Gatti, Aka Mac & Cheese Bro, No Longer At UConn - In Praise Of Civility

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

During 2003 and 2004, I labored as a contract security guard in Home Depot, New Haven, Connecticut. Because of federal privacy laws, the University of Connecticut will not disclose the details about why student Luke Gatti was spotted leaving campus. A car, reports the New York Post, was "full of his belongings." " Gatti is widely known as the "Mac & Cheese Bro."

2015 50

Learning Styles: What every presenter ought to know

Speaking about Presenting

In 2004, the UK Learning and Skills Development Agency commissioned an evaluation of learning styles models and their effectiveness in post-16 learning. “[S]ome Before Copernicus we believed that the the earth was the center of the universe and that the sun revolved around the earth. That’s what it looked like and it made sense. But science showed us that it’s not the case. Today, many people believe in learning styles theory.

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What is the new Microsoft Office? 2013? 365?

PowerPoint Tips

You know it as Office 2003, 2007, 2010 or (if you have a Mac) 2004, 2008, or 2011. Most of you have a version of Office that you installed on your computer. Now, there’s a new number, 365. What is Office 365? Previously, Office 365 was an offering for businesses that supported online tools like. Sharepoint (online storage). Exchange (online email). Lync (a conferencing/webinar/messaging tool). But that’s changing.

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Post-Catastrophe - Etiquette For Any And All Conversations With Survivor

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Instead, in recounting the loss of her husband, two young sons, and parents in the 2004 tsunami she described how se felt when other human beings spoke to her - even seven years later. When Christopher Hitchens was dying of cancer, he recommended what should be the etiquette of what to say to folks like himself. He did that because most of the well-meaning were totally misguided in what might have brought him comfort.

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Happy National Startup Day - We can all share in the entrepreneurial mindset

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

After a very good run since 2004 in the New York Metro area, my communications boutique had gone flat again around 2013. Today, August 4th, is National Startup Day. Most of us will never launch what would be comparable in success and job creation to Facebook and Google. But in our professional lives we can develop and nurture the mindset of the entrepreneur. I have lived just that during the last 27 months in Tucson, Arizona.

2016 43

They Rejected You for the Job - How to mine that for gold

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In 2004, after my business tanked, I applied to handle communications for non-profit Boundless Playgrounds in Connecticut. In   this tough job market, those hiring are compassionate about our struggle to find work. So the odds are good that they will give us useful feedback if we ask them why they didn't hire us. The then executive director Amy Jaffe Barzach didn't offer me the job. I was stunned. When I got centered, I asked her for feedback. She took me out to lunch.

2016 43

A Teacher, Blackface at Halloween Party, Now the School District Investigates

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Megan Lulfoff put blackface on her face, arms, and legs to portray a character out the 2004 movie "Napoleon Dynamite." Megyn Kelly isn't the only one who has been oblivious to how offensive - and hurtful - blackface can be. In Iowa, the Davenport School District is investigating a first-grade teacher who wore blackface at a Halloween party.

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Trailer for my new book coming out in 2014 and featuring extracts from this blog

Max Atkinson

TURN A DEAF EAR: CONVERSING, COMMENTING AND COMMUNICATING MAX ATKINSON By the same author Discovering Suicide: Studies in the Social Organization of Sudden Death (1978) London, The Macmillan Press Order in Court: The Organisation of Verbal Interaction in Judicial Settings (with Paul Drew) (1979) London, The Macmillan Press.

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Communication Strategies: Mindfulness

The Communication Blog

After you complete this course and this text, you should be much more mindful about all your interpersonal interactions, which will prove beneficial in all your interpersonal interactions (Carson, Carson, Gil, & Baucom, 2004; Sagula & Rice, 2004). Among the many communication strategies are the competencies of interpersonal communication which I thought would make a neat sub-set of strategies to post.

Giving back, doing what I love

Speak Schmeak

I completed WEV''s Self-Employment Training (SET) in 2004, for a jewelry business I had started after being laid off three times in four years from nonprofits that kept running out of money for my positions. Click to see full size I''m feeling very privileged today to have been awarded Women''s Economic Ventures '' 2013 Santa Barbara County Volunteer of the Year at their Empowerment is Priceless breakfast.

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The Economy May Be Global And Digital - But Time Zones Still Count In Selling

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

After all, since 2004, I had been hustling from my home office in New Haven, Connecticut to get business assignments from California, Colorado and Texas. "My business partner wanted a vendor on the West Coast." " That's what the new client told me last night, 8 P.M., his LA time, and 9 P.M., my Tucson, Arizona time. And that was about the seventh time I had heard that since I had relocated my communications boutique from New York Metro area last April.

2015 50

Wangari Maathai: Honoring a Powerful Female Leader and Speaker

DeFinis Communications

In 2004 she was the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for her contribution to sustainable development, democracy, and peace. A little over a week ago, on September 25 th , the world lost a great environmental and political activist, Wangari Muta “Mary Jo” Maathai.

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Steve Jobs, One of Today’s Great Presenters, Steps Down from the Main Stage

DeFinis Communications

We all knew it was coming, given the serious health issues he has battled since being diagnosed with treatable pancreatic cancer in 2004. Anyone in the public speaking business has likely paused at the news that Steve Jobs has resigned from the iconic Apple Computer. But it is a surprise nonetheless. His career has been nothing short of inspiring. Jobs had been named the most important person in personal technology at the start of his career in 1978, and then again at the end in 2011.

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Understanding the BCG Matrix Model

SlideModel

Gmail wasn’t much to talk about back in 2004 at the time of its beta release. Companies dealing with multiple products can find it challenging to decide how to allocate resources for them. Some products might seem promising; however, the risk of failure can also be high.

2020 52

Well-organized, Buttoned-down Content Gets the Business and the Bucks

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Remember around 2004, Robert Scoble was blogging at Microsoft.    He prided himself on all his disjointed content that had plenty of typos and grammatical errors. Soon enough a lot of folks were following his example on social media. That was then. Now in 2013, the assignments, at least the very well paying ones from smart people, are for well-organized, buttoned-down content.    That even applies to ghostwriting blogs. 

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Team Management and How to Lead by Example

SlideModel

This rule was introduced by Google Founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin in 2004 ( see here ), which goes on to show how creative freedom provided by leadership can be an effective way in motivating a team and bringing the best out of them. Leadership is often deemed as a divine gift by many.

2020 56

Fading Institution In U.S., Britain, Ireland: The Neighborhood Bar

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

alone, Nielsen found that between 2004 and 2014 one in six shut down. It is really happening: Folks no longer look forward to bellying up at the neighborhood bar. Or, as it had been called in the old days "tavern" or "saloon." " For years, churches and reformers of all sorts have been praying for that. Remember when kids were instructed to shake down dad for the paycheck before he headed into the bar?

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You're not done yet

Speak Schmeak

That post was about Michael Phelps , a phenomenal swimmer who, after breaking several US and world records and winning seven medals at the 2004 Olympics, went on to win all of his events in the Olympic trials and break additional world records. In a previous post, I wrote about resting on your laurels , that thing people do when they feel they've reached the pinnacle of success and decide they no longer have to make an effort.

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Detective Olivia Benson on "Law & Order SVU" and Marisksa Hargitay for "Joyful Heart Foundation"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  In life, Hargitay essentially does the same thing through the foundation - Joyful Heart - she founded way back in 2004. Sure actress Mariska Hargitay is talented. But it was through her long-running role as Detective Olivia Benson on "Law & Order SUV" that she gained the power to bring attention to sexual assault - years before the #MeToo movement.

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