Non-Disclosure Agreements - The Elephant in the Room

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Even contract workers like myself are being hit with pages and pages of Non-Disclosure Agreements - that is, NDAs. It's NDA time. Increasingly, they contain provisions which have little or actually nothing to do with the scope of the tasks. Or with protecting the client interests. One reason for that is this: They are created by lawyers. Lawyers, who see their mission as reducing risk, will cover all bases. Sometimes those lawyers are the long-term ones working with clients.

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Non-Disclosure Agreements - Issue Crying Out for Congressional Investigation

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Often, both employees and gig workers are required to sign Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs).   Another time, as part of a generous severance agreement during a mass layoff from a Fortune 100 corporation, I had to sign the NDA which prohibited sharing any information with the media. I reported to regulatory agencies that there was no such agreement when I began to research technology articles for Romeo Spino at StratasCorp, processed by middleman Burrell. 

Gordon Caplan's Plea Agreement - But, Legally It's Not a Done Deal

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

And, former Willkie Farr co-chairman Gordon Caplan was among those locking in an agreement. Yesterday, pleas were all the news. The subject was AdmissionsGate. Here is a copy of "United States v. Gordon Caplan. Essentially it calls for the lower end of the 8 to 11 month jail sentence, 1 year of supervised release, and a $40,000 fine.    However, the judge does not have to buy in. There is speculation that the Caplan could get off the hook on jail time.

Seven Book Agreement reached with Five Rivers

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

This morning I reached an agreement with Five Rivers to publish seven of my business and promotional writing and business of freelance writing books. In January 2009, Five Rivers released my How to Write a Non-fiction Book in 60 Days. To date it has gone on to sell almost 700 copies in Canada, the US and [.].

Podcast: Speaker Contracts and Agreements | Communication Steroids

Communication Steroids

Here are a few professional speaker contract links we found while researching this article: E-Zine Article: Professional Speakers – How to Write Your Booking Contract DocStoc: Professional Speaker Contract National Association of Speakers: Sample Contract (Word document) Podcast: Speaker Contracts and Agreements [10:15m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download From → Podcast , Public speaking Comments are closed.

Those Confidentiality Agreements We Have to Sign to Get Work - When Are They Illegal?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

This lawsuit by a Google product manager about the company's allegedly illegal required confidentiality agreement will be closely watched. on-demand-economy workers and joint-venture partners are being mandated to sign broad and detailed confidentiality agreements. LawNewz reports the agreement essentially indicates that nothing can be disclosed that isn't generally known. " Google defends the broad nature of the agreement.

Why did the BBC Director General keep nodding in agreement with himself?

Max Atkinson

My followers on Twitte r may have noticed that I became rather preoccupied (and seriously distracted) this morning with Mr Entwistle's obsession with nodding in agreement with what he'd just said (e.g. Watching George Entwistle giving evidence to the House of Commons select committee on culture media and sport reminded me of something my late sister-in-law used to do, the meaning of which we never managed to work out.

Obama and Medvedev hopes to finalize the treaty that will replace the START agreement in early December

The Speechwriter

Russian and American presidents hope to conclude in early December, a "legal binding nature" of new nuclear disarmament agreement to replace the START, which expires on December 5, the Kremlin announced Saturday, quoted by AFP. Dmitry Medvedev and Barack Obama intends to develop a legal document with binding nature of the START agreement or early December," explains the Kremlin, in a press release issued after a telephone conversation held between the two heads of state. "To

Obama and Medvedev hopes to finalize the treaty that will replace the START agreement in early December

The Speechwriter

Russian and American presidents hope to conclude in early December, a "legal binding nature" of new nuclear disarmament agreement to replace the START, which expires on December 5, the Kremlin announced Saturday, quoted by AFP. Dmitry Medvedev and Barack Obama intends to develop a legal document with binding nature of the START agreement or early December," explains the Kremlin, in a press release issued after a telephone conversation held between the two heads of state. "To

Dialog vs. Divalog: Listening for greater impact as a speaker

Kate's Voice

When negotiating we assume agreement when we don’t have it. We often make the mistake of choosing the wrong communication approach. In conflict, we orate. When expressing a point of view, we need too much consent from the audience. We say we invite learning but we leave no opening for the other’s individual expression. We [.]. communication Expression listening vocal impact

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NDAs - Michael Bloomberg Reverses His Position

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

As The Wall Street Journal reports, Bloomberg agreed to release three women from their Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs). What a reversal. And it was one many didn't expect from Michael Bloomberg. That is, if they choose to do so. During the past decades, they had filed lawsuits against him for alleged sexual misconduct.    During the debate, when challenged by Elizabeth Warren, he had held his ground. 

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Create a safe space for group interaction

Speak Schmeak

Start with a group agreement Together as a group, create some guidelines on a flipchart that spell out the behavior you would like to see in the group. Make sure the group understands each point, and then go over each item asking for the group's explicit agreement. If your meeting is short, bring your own pre-written guidelines, ask for any additions or changes, and get group agreement.

2015 173

NBC - Latest Shoe to Drop

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Both Ronan Farrow and Megyn Kelly had brought up this issue: Former NBC News employees couldn't speak up about alleged sexual harassment because they had signed a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA). oth Ronan Farrow and Megyn Kelly had brought up this issue: Former NBC News employees couldn't speak up about alleged sexual harassment because they had signed a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA).

2019 40

Finally, The Harvey Weinstein Settlement

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The agreement has to be approved by the court. It's the wonderful way settlements can work. Harvey Weinstein's  settlement, reports Complex , will provide $25 million to the more than 30 who accuse him of sexual misconduct. They range from actresses to former employees of his studio. He admits no guilt. None of that will be paid by him but they get him and the former board off the liability hook. Instead the money comes from insurance companies for his former studio.

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NDAs - Sometimes Even Required Before Job Interview

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It's accepted: NDAs (non-disclosure agreements new employees are mandated to sign) have a legitimate purpose. Given the agreement's terms and conditions, workers cannot go public with what they contend is misconduct in a variety of packages. They can prevent employees from revealing trade secrets. However, in many situations NDAs are used as a stealth cover-up tool for sexual harassment, discrimination, and/or retaliation.

2019 40

Forced Arbitration - Can Googler Power End That in the Workplace?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  From the get-go on hiring day, so many employees have to sign agreements surrendering their right to collective action such as a class action lawsuit for alleged abuses. In California there is one way to bypass those signed arbitration agreements. Googlers understand how to do political performance art. Their walkout over issues such as the $90 million payout to alleged sexual harasser Andy Rubin generated plenty of media coverage.

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Forced Arbitration - Can Googler Power End That in the Workplace?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  From the get-go on hiring day, so many employees have to sign agreements surrendering their right to collective action such as a class action lawsuit for alleged abuses. In California there is one way to bypass those signed arbitration agreements. Googlers understand how to do political performance art. Their walkout over issues such as the $90 million payout to alleged sexual harasser Andy Rubin generated plenty of media coverage.

2018 40

Mandatory Arbitration for Employees - Jane Fonda Pushes Back

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Those kinds of employee agreements usually prohibit class action lawsuits.   Specifically, Fonda is creating exposure for AB 3080 in California which would eliminate arbitration agreements for employees. The push against mandatory arbitration for employees has gained another high-profile supporter.

2018 40

David Boies Loses Round in Court for Client Petroleos de Venezuela SA - Intends to Appeal

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

'The clear purpose of the trust agreement was to bring this lawsuit - with attorneys and investors as the primary beneficiaries,' Judge Darrien P. Superlawyer David Boies of Boies Flexner had set up a litigation trust to represent Petroleos de Venezuela, an energy company. That was to facilitate the recovery of funds allegedly stolen from it through hacking of computers and bribery.    There has been a setback.

2019 43

Smart Move, Well-Timed - Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe Take on Superhero Branding

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"Yesterday afternoon, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliff announced that it would no longer require any of its employees, including associates, to sign mandatory arbitration agreements." The announcement came after law firm Munger Tolles' announcement that summers would have to sign mandatory arbitration agreements.

2018 40

Career-Ender for Big Names at Fox? - Lawsuit "Jennifer Eckhart and Cathy Areu v. Fox, et al."

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It's not unthinkable that the suit will be settled for big money, along with a confidentiality agreement, and the firing of some or all of the defendants. "Bombshell" is an understatement for the possible fallout from a sexual harassment/assault lawsuit filed in U.S.

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Bypassing Arbitratration - Former Law Partner Gender Discrimination Complaint

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

A California appellate panel is permitting plaintiff Constance Ramos to bypass her law firm's arbitration agreement. Essentially the three-judge panel found the terms and conditions of the arbitration agreement "unconscionable." " For example, the agreement required Ramos to share in the cost of process and pay her own legal fees. Of course, it's a long way before a complaint is allowed to be heard in court and that actually happening.

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How To Run PowerPoint Presentations Online

SlideModel

Read Services Agreement. Always read Service Agreement of any software service you consume. Make sure you, your company and the target audience are comfortable with Microsoft Services Agreement. UPDATE 2020: This post was adapted to the times of Coronavirus 2020, where online presentations are increasingly used in the business environment and becoming the norm.

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Is the End of the NBA Lockout Near? Mike Bako on Al Jazeera TV

TJ Walker Interactive

What are the chances that the owners and players will reach an agreement before any more games and fan interest is lost. Daily National Sports Editor Mike Bako appears on Al Jazeera TV to discuss the latest news on the NBA lockout. Analysis Press Room mike bako NBA

Book Review: 5 Steps To Conquer 'Death by PowerPoint'

Professionally Speaking...

So it won't surprise you that I am in violent agreement with author Eric Bergman when he states in his new book, Five Steps to Conquer 'Death by PowerPoint': Changing the world one conversation at a time , ".slides

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Your Visual Package: What The Audience Sees

Professionally Speaking...

Recognize the power of a smile to show agreement, empathy, enthusiasm and humanness. The brilliance of your message is only part of what an audience will focus on during your presentation. The other part is you. Specifically, the visual package you present. Your audience brings a holistic perspective to your presentation. So what they see --as well as what they hear -- contributes significantly to how engaged they are and how they evaluate the time spent with you.

NDAs - The Business & The Politics

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In the last 18 months or so, the Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) I have been signing have been taking on additional kinds of provisions. The prospect had gone to Rocket Lawyer to prepare the agreement. I had been accustomed to the multiple paragraphs about not disclosing trade secrets and other confidential material. But now I was encountering these kinds of provisions: Total confidentiality of my role in the preparation of the content.

2019 40

Immigration reform: Nancy’s hurling lemons – here’s how John can make lemonade

The Presenter's Blog

The next step would be invisible to the watching public, but John Boehner’s areas of agreement with Nancy Pelosi might go deeper than we think. John Boehner won’t be in agreement with points one and two, but point three could be quite interesting for him. by Peter Watts. When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.

2014 116

First session of Outstanding Presentations Workshop off to a great start!

PowerPoint Tips

Those are the handshake to indicate agreement or the too-pretty models to indicate employees. Carmen Taran led off the 7-session, free series with an amazing presentation entitled, “How authentic are your presentations? Using beautiful and thought-provoking slides, she explained how to avoid a canned, sterotypical look, both by the choice of images and the choice of words.

2011 111

#StopNDAs = Revolution Ignited by Elizabeth Warren - Now, Conde Nast Caves

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

With just one fiery statement, Elizabeth Warren set in play the hardened practice of imposing Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) on employees. With the #MeToo movement, those contracts have become a symbol of how organizations allegedly protect the powerful from being outed for sexual misconduct. On stage, during the Democrat debate, Warren attacked the use of NDAs in the business interests of fellow candidate Michael Bloomberg. Things happened fast.

2020 40

MA Senate Race - Could Kennedy Branding Force Out Incumbent?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

That has included being critical of Markey's support for the North America Free Trade Agreement and military forces against Iraq. Media focus is back on the high-profile Massachusetts U.S. Senate race. That had gone off the radar during the initial shock of the pandemic. Now, The Wall Street Journal looks at how challenger U.S. House member Joe Kennedy III, 39, is doing against incumbent Ed Markey, 73.    In this digital age, youth has a distinct edge over age.

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Woody Allen Belongs on "The View," Not in Court

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

" In it he alleged that Amazon illegally cancelled their agreement on four movies.   Essentially, the judge found the Allen must demonstrate legally that Amazon wrongly cancelled agreements for specific movies. Like too many professionals who have suffered a career setback, Woody Allen went to court.    He filed the lawsuit "Gravier Productions v. Amazon." He requests $68 million. That hasn't panned out as he expected.

2019 40

Micromanagement: Signals to Avoid It and Become a Better Leader

SlideModel

First, come up with a written agreement regarding how and when you will communicate progress on projects. Micromanagement can turn your company into a toxic workplace that good employees abandon. Most leaders realize this, but few take proactive action towards addressing this issue. What’s worse, is that oftentimes we don’t see the glaring red flags signaling our micromanagement tendencies or fail to acknowledge the negative ripple effect of such behavior. Just how bad is micromanagement?

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Game over? Accenture pulls out from sponsoring Tiger

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Accenture went the distance and pulled out entirely from its six-year sponsorship agreement with The Tiger. In America, to read the tea leaves, we follow the money.    Mixed metaphor maybe.    But accurate.      It's looking like game over for The Tiger.    We follow the money and the money is distancing itself. 

Use abstract images to create backgrounds for slides and shapes

PowerPoint Tips

Find some images whose legal agreement allows you to use them the way you want (most are pretty liberal on that site) and download them. You can use abstract images to create interesting, textured backgrounds for slides or shapes. For example, Nancy Duarte’s signature slide uses a textured image background. You can see an example here. (If If you have PowerPoint 2010, you have this presentation. Choose File> New> Sample Templates> 5 Rules.).

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You Got the Job! - Now, You Have to Understand What You're Really Getting Into

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Fortune warns: Don't allow the bliss to distract you from the legal realities that agreement entails. A Google employee has filed a lawsuit against that company because of the comprehensive scope of its mandatory terms and conditions of the non-disclosure agreement. Full Disclosure: I have signed employment agreements which limited my work options after the project ended. Euphoria.

2017 40

Leaks - Standard Tactic from Power Playbooks

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Many members of the media know that the supposed leaked copy of Roger Ailes' severance agreement was posted on the Drudge Report for a brief time. Also, as we all know who have been involved in high-level involuntary departures, those kinds of agreements have a confidentiality clause. Then deleted. That is probably just one of the plays from the standard leaking playbook.

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What Happens in Courts of Public Opinion More Influential Than What Happens in Courts of Law - Tragic Saga of Woody Allen

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Amazon has backed out of its legal agreement with Allen to distribute the movie "A Rainy Day in New York" and another four movies. Here is a copy of that agreement. Is Woody Allen finished? He is if no entity will distribute his films. And, things could be shaping up that way. In response, Allen has filed a $68 million lawsuit against Amazon. Here is the coverage in The Wall Street Journal.

2019 40

Prezi in PowerPoint? It’s called pptPlex!

PowerPoint Tips

Accept the agreement and click Install. Did you know that Microsoft has a product that is similar to Prezi — sort of? It’s more structured, but still lets you give an overview of the entire presentation and then zoom into specific slides. ( I wrote about Prezi here. Note that Prezi has changed and added features since I wrote that blog post.). Install pptPlex. pptPlex is part of Microsoft Labs, a place for experimental software. You can download it for free here.

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Has the Music Died? Steve Cohen

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Cohen had hired Superlawyer David Boies to negotiate an agreement with the SEC. Can one-time hedge fund genius Steve Cohen put together another act? Many recall the days he generated 35% ROI. That Next was supposed to be Point72. He launched that hedge fund when the federal government allowed him to return to having outside investors. Many recall the insider trading scandal which had affected his previous firm SAC and some of his employees. However, he himself was never arrested.

2019 40

In Manhattan It Felt Like 100, In Arizona It Felt Like (and was) 104 - A society on edge

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

When neighbors mouth platitudes, I nod my head in agreement. Yesterday, the added nuisance to life in Manhattan was the MTA power outage. That stopped or delayed subways. Today it was a temperature that felt like 100 degrees. Here in Arizona, it felt like and was 104 degrees. More heat is on the way for both places. And clearly we are a society on the edge. The massacre in Nice, France, amps up the tension. In Phoenix, police say there could be a serial killer.

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The Guardian Publishes Major Feature on Lead Poisoning

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

One strategy could be to cave to a settlement analogous to the Master Tobacco Settlement Agreement of 1998? "In May, a federal jury awarded three Milwaukee men $2m each for lead paint poisoning they suffered as toddlers, to be paid by the paint companies Sherwin-Williams, Armstrong Container Corp and DuPont. The verdict is the first of its kind …"  Anna Almendrala, The Guardian, June 26, 2019. Here is the article.