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.

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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. 

Podcast: Speaker Contracts and Agreements | Communication Steroids

Communication Steroids

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 [.].

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.

2020 52

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.

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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.

2019 52

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.

2019 52

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.

2018 52

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

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.

2018 52

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."

2018 52

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.

2019 52

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

#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.

2020 52

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

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.

2020 93

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

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.

2020 40

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.

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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.

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. District Court Southern New York. Its allegations, reports Bloomberg Law , have already ended the employment of Ed Henry at Fox News.

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.

2020 43

Era of Transparency - SmirkSmirk

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

If you are an executive, working stiff, or even a freelancer, you probably have signed a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA). And if that signing wasn't your first rodeo, you have noticed those contracts are becoming more inclusive.

2020 52

Improve with Improv

DeFinis Communications

The paramount improv rule, according to Gladwell, is the notion of agreement. There is a full commitment to agreement. You show up to your speaking engagement only to realize that your PowerPoint presentation isn’t opening, the A/V system is down, and there’s a car alarm blaring right outside the window. There’s a full room of people eagerly waiting for you to begin and there is no turning back now. So what are you going to do?

2009 165

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

Presentation Handouts: Are They Useful for Your Audience?

Professionally Speaking...

Is it to minimize the work you need to do or is it to move your audience to agreement and action? Most presenters at most presentations give handouts to the audience.

Can Using Presentation Skills Help You Keep the Peace this Thanksgiving?

DeFinis Communications

Who will be in agreement with you and who may be argumentative? Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Having grown up in the restaurant business I love bringing people together for a traditional Thanksgiving feast. It is a time to celebrate community and share our gratitude for our close-knit family and wonderful friends. Yet even with our mild mannered guests, conversations can get awkward.

2016 100

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

Me. on national TV?

Speak Schmeak

I can't really say much about the calls; one was mostly exploratory and the other ended in a confidentiality agreement. In the last week, I've gotten calls from two national TV shows about possible appearances.

2008 130

A Prayer for Andy Lack

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

A two-way Non-Disparagement Agreement.   Maybe one takeaway for Andy Lack from the Megyn Kelly disaster is this: Don't hire on-air talent who has a background as an attorney in BigLaw. What Megyn Kelly is doing, reports the Daily Mail , is being a tough negotiator.

2018 52

Many Bars Closed or Limited in Capacity, The Lonely Belly Up to Supermarket Grocery Checkout

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The clerk simply shook her head in agreement. Bartenders have been the universal ear for The Lonely. That's why that line of work is so lucrative. Those feeling they have been heard leave big tips. And come back the next evening for more sharing.    But bars are closed.

2020 56

Blogs I Follow: The Displaced Plainsman

Dahle Communication

  His latest post is a great example: Using Christianity as an example, religion seems to illustrate that agreement on large goals produces unity or accord. 

2010 148