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Is James Naughtie the most long-winded interviewer in broadcasting history?

Max Atkinson

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BP Crisis Communication – Lines Litigators Like

Matt Eventoff

And we are going to do that.&# – BP America CEO Lamar McKay May 11, 2010. BP, after a late start getting out of the “damage control gate&# , developed a fairly effective central message: “We are a responsible party. Our obligation is to deal with the spill, clean it up and make sure the impacts of that spill are compensated.

Democratic angst, including for the state attorney general

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  The Democrats no longer hold the strongest hand, not even when it comes to that supposedly sure thing of a state attorney general running for higher office. What a difference two retirements make.    Those, reports Abby Goodnough in THE NEW YORK TIMES, have changed the influence and power game.  Senate seat. 

BP Crisis Communication, Pt II – 9 Steps

Matt Eventoff

Seven weeks later, there are three givens: 1) much damage is being done to the wildlife and ecosystem, 2) no one is quite sure when, or how, this tragedy will end, and 3) everything BP is trying to do from a public relations and communications angle just isn’t working. Nine steps to take now: 1. Put A LOT of money into local nonprofits now.

TPS: Yes, the government is really here to help you, explains Alan Lubiner, immigration attorney

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Temporary Protected Status [TPS] is a humanitarian initiative launched by the American government back in 1990.    Today it's being hailed worldwide as a model for transforming adversity into an economic advantage.    In a nutshell, according to the provisions of TPS, those in America from nations [e.g.

Public Speaking Tips from my Dog Balou -- Guest post by Joey Asher

Speak Schmeak

I worked with an attorney that gave a presentation on how women attorneys can balance work and family. Still out of town!

Guest Post: Joey Asher from Speechworks - Public Speaking Tips From my Dog Balou

Dahle Communication

I worked with an attorney that gave a presentation on how women attorneys can balance work and family. Balou makes lots of mistakes.

Interview: Harold Lustig – Estate Planner

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Harold works closely with an Elder Law Attorney and his wife who is an Elder Care Advocate and RN. Harold Lustig is the Founder and CEO of the California Estate and Elder Planning Center and Managing Member of Lustig Financial Services LLC. Lustig is the author of the first financial and estate planning book for lesbian and gay couples.

BP Message Development – What message?

Matt Eventoff

Tony Hayward, appearing before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee, was well dressed, his body language entering the hearing did not set a bad tone, and his decision to sit center stage by himself, without attorney’s or staff, sent a powerful message of responsibility and openness. It was a great beginning. Messages matter.

CT US Senate candidate Blumenthal hits homerun with Craigslist

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  So, current Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat, is in the catbird's seat in the race for the U.S. The more frightened the population gets about the economy the more they tend to seek law and order types.  Senate seat vacated by Christopher Dodd.  Senate.

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Great Public Speaking: No Fee Talks

Great Public Speaking

Many professionals speak or give free public seminars to help get clients. Maybe I should hire this person to either help me or do it for me."

Petit Murders: The man with nothing to lose

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

This is bound to be a tipping point for the jurors, who the defense attorneys told that Hayes was a regular joe, friendly, funny, and fragile.  The testimony of retired Connecticut prison official Frederick Levesque at the penalty phase of the Steven Hayes murder trial might have done the defendant in. 

Social Networking - FDNS Immigration Officers Want To Be Friends

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Immigration attorney Alan Lubiner, partner with Lubiner & Schmidt, Cranford, New Jersey, recommends how immigrants can be self-protective.  Thanks to the Electronic Frontier Foundation we now have that 2008 memo to FDNS immigration officers instructing them how to penetrate social networks. 

Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust supports DREAM Act

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Here immigration attorney Alan Lubiner, partner at Lubiner & Schmidt in Cranford, New Jersey, discusses DREAM and provides links for detailed information and how others can lend their support Immigration.    A messy issue, politically, socially, and economically.    Next week U.S.

Veteran's Day: Connecticut Legal Help Needed

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

You're an attorney in Connecticut specializing in expungement of records.    If you are a Connecticut attorney specializing in expungement who can work for a low fee or know of someone, please contact David Schmidt at , 908-709-0500. A veteran back from combat duty in Iraq needs your expertise. 

CT US Senate Race: Can't miss a trick

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

With his once 30-point lead down to about 10, Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal can't miss a trick.    So tonight he's still out there gaining plenty of media attention  to ensure that Craigslist will shut down the adult-services sites, not just make them more difficult to access. 

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Lloyd Constantine: why did he allow his book to plummet?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Attorney Lloyd Constantine's book JOURNAL OF THE PLAGUE YEAR had a great topic - Eliot Spitzer.    A great book promoter Meryl Moss.    His own publicity agent.    Yet, his book has plummeted on to number 214,217. Why would a shrewd man invest in a book and then allow it to lose its momentum? 

No Safe House

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It used to be that some highly educated such as attorneys would trade off high compensation and fame of working in a professional services firm for the "safe house" of a corporate job.    It depends on who you talk to about how vulnerable in-house attorneys have become. 

Writer to Lawyer to Marketer to Psychotherapist

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  He went on to become an attorney in BigLaw, a marketer at Barnes & Noble, and currently a psychotherapist in his private practice A Quiet Room. Career change for a writer needn't be brutal.    Today, I conducted an exclusive interview with Will Meyerhofer , a master of the process. 

Legal gobbledygook & a lesson in US history

Max Atkinson

Here's a great letter an attorney wrote to the FHA on behalf of a client: you have to love this lawyer. Now, may we have our damn loan?'

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Oy Vey, 1 more legal program

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  The series focuses on first-year newbie attorneys at a white-shoe law firm.  There are all those courtrooms during the day, reruns of "Boston Legal" in the early evening, Nancy The Rant Grace, Ever-Earnest Greta, and "The Good Wife" on Tuesday nights.    The legal media aren't enthusiastic. 

MASS - Lots of Blame To Go Around

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Democrat state attorney general Martha Coakley is blaming the White House and the Democratic National Committee.  The political sites will have server-crash tonight when the winner in the Massachusetts U.S. Senate race is announced.    That list of miscreants will be expanded. 

Engaging a difficult audience: The Kenneth Feinberg lessons

The Eloquent Woman

Do you really know how to engage an audience? Can you do it with an audience that doesn't trust you or accept your authority? Do you have a checkbook?

That unbearable lightness of being - Linda McMahon turns gravitas

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Meanwhile her opponent state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal is all fire and brimstone about taking on big oil, big whatever, promising never to stop fighting for us. That was fast.    Last week on television there was Linda McMahon's middle-aged upper-middle class friend gushing about this U.S.   No smiling McMahon. 

Public Speaking: Creating Material Out Of Adversity

Great Public Speaking

It's 5:30 AM Eastern time. While I'm sitting here I had one reminder and one revelation. Why I broke this rule, I really don't know. Who cares?

Public Speaking Tips from Joey's Dog Balou: Who Knew?

Fripp THE Executive Speech Coach

I worked with an attorney that gave a presentation on how women attorneys can balance work and family.  Balou just loves you.

Raining Down Money

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"    Although it's targeted at attorneys it's just what all professionals need to hang onto their job, get a better one, or start their own business. Remember mouse Alicia on "The Good Wife?"  "  Well, that mouse grew into a strong sales animal.  On Wednesday, July 14th, at 4:30 P.M. 

Slavery: Manhattan style

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Before New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo goes on to bigger things, he might look into this unusual working arrangement which is increasingly becoming a rite of passage in supposed glam industries like PR. "Manhattan pr firm seeks non paid interns to work in cool and fun environment." 

"But we're decentralized," Pope could contend

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

attorney Jeffrey S. The U.S. Lena representing the Pope et al. in the Wisconsin lawsuit regarding alleged clergy sex abuse of deaf boys might have come up with a novel legal defense for the Holy Sea.    It's usually the kind of concept you hear in corporate circles, not religious ones: Decentralization.

The eternal power of relationships

Presentation Zen

My mother passed away on June 5, 2010. In the Fall of 2010 I finished up my latest book. One year ago today, my mother passed away.

No Country for Ordinary Screwups: The Mickey Shermans of our times

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  The latest miscreant to do his fall from grace up big is one-time iconic Connecticut attorney Mickey Sherman.  Scandal used to be about ordinary screwups.    Senator X is caught in a bed he shouldn't be in or a men's room signaling for sex.    No more.  Now this. 

Ireland to America: No more Kennedy sagas

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Immigration/naturalization attorney Alan Lubiner, partner in New Jersey's Lubiner & Schmidt, provided me with an exclusive inerview about what those in Ireland can expect if they're considering coming to America.   This time, though, the process will be very different.  Current Affairs legal

Beware of What You Write on Social Media - Advice from Francine Denise Ward

Fripp THE Executive Speech Coach

Check out this video of Attorney Francine Denise Ward's interview on View From the Bay, dealing with Social Media legal issues that can land you in court. A 1989 graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, Francine Denise Ward earned her undergraduate degree in 1986 from the City University of New York Hunter College.

Lou Dobbs: Smart move to submit amicus brief

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  On his immigration/naturalization blog  [link] ,  attorney Alan Lubiner presents background and a copy of the amicus brief submitted by the Legal Action Center of the American Immigration Council, along with the American Immigration Lawyers Association.  His new career path will be traveled on Fox Business Network. 

Power Plant Blows in Middletown, CT

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  The Bush Administration lawyer who allegedly attempts to murder his wife, a Skadden Arps attorney, when she serves him with divorce papers.  No one knows the real death and injury toll.    What is known  is that two are confirmed dead and about 10 injured when a power plant blew in Middletown, Connecticut. 

John Murtha Dead: More than six degrees of separation

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  When I was live-blogging the Rhode Island lead paint trial [see that under "legal"] the defense attorneys for Sherwin-Williams were from Jones Day in downtown Pittsburgh, a few blocks from where I used to work at the former Gulf Oil, now Chevron.    Princess Di was getting married. 

This Week in History: Words that made a difference

Joan Detz Speaker Services

1899 From a speech given by attorney-diplomat Edward Phelps: “The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything.&#. January 24 - January 30: 1815 Thomas Jefferson offered to donate his personal library to the Library of Congress (which had been destroyed by the British in the War of 1812) .

Linda McMahon made a big fat political mistake

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Her opponent Democratic state attorney general Richard Blumenthal imploded last May when THE NEW YORK TIMES reported that he misrepresented his military service.  Face it, after what we've been through as a nation since the beginning of The Great Recession, the minimum wage is right up there with Social Security. 

SSRIs don't help plain-vanilla depression - Let's go back to rubbing garlic on our heads

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  I had my attorney send for the clinical records kept by Dr. Harder.    Also, my attorney advised me that the typical defense would have been "at that time."  Maybe it isn't the economy.    Maybe you're depressed because you've been prescribed one of those SSRIs [e.g.

Post-Petit: All trials will now be tweeted

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  I interviewed an attorney working in Superior Court but not assigned to the case.  No question, the triple-murder home invasion Petit trial here in New Haven, Connecticut is a game-changer.    To begin with, no court proceeding will ever again take place without tweets - unless the powers-that-be bar that.