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"Television: A Biography" Could Have Been a Very Useful Book

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

So, David Thomson had almost a bulletproof subject when he wrote the 2016 book "Television: A Biography." This is an era in which media is the meme. " After all, that had been the medium which had shaped global culture.

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Biographies of Famous Personalities You Know - No, Readers Don't Want TMI about You

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

That can create the makings of an outstanding biography.  And therefore, information and insight about you should play a major role in that biography. The 2015 biography of Gore Vidal "Sympathy for the Devil " seems to fall into the latter category.

"That Woman" - New biography of Wallis Simpson recreates world of Downton Abbey

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Wallis Simpson's "sin" might have been that she did not understand or respect enough British culture between the wars to take on the protective coloring of reserve. 

Want to Speak like Steve Jobs?

Speaking Freely

Then I began reading his biography Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. I had never seen Steve Jobs talk before; but after he died, I heard lots of people rave about the way he spoke in public. It seemed like many people thought he was the epitome of a great speaker. Before even finishing a [.]. Authenticity Persuasion Presence public speaking stage presence Uncategorized grounding leadership Leadership presence Presentation style Public Speaking Course Steve Jobs storytelling

Anatomy of a Speaker's Introduction: Part I

Speak and Deliver

Too often a Speaker's Introduction is one of two things - a reading of the biography or description provided for the event program, or an equally long biography either written by the clueless speaker or the wannabe helpful introducer themselves.

Famous Speech Friday: Gwen Ifill on politics, policy & leadership

The Eloquent Woman

For example, she uses her own biography as a segue into speaking about leadership, which then opens into a larger discussion of women's leadership in politics. Back when we used to watch the evening news on television--remember that?--we

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"So you liked my talk? Now what?" 8 ways to make the most of a speaking gig

The Eloquent Woman

Update your speaker bio or page: You should have a short biography and a section of your website or blog or LinkedIn profile that includes your speaking experience. You killed that keynote, iced the Ignite! talk, took the TEDx audience by storm.

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Presentation lessons from Steve Martin's autobiography

Presentation Zen

One of the most enjoyable auto biographies I have ever read is Steve Martin''s Born Standing Up: A Comic''s Life. The greatest presentation lessons will never be found in a book on using PowerPoint (or any other presentation tool). Advice and lessons are found in different places.

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For #BlackHistoryMonth, 38 famous speeches by black women

The Eloquent Woman

Desert Rose: The Life and Legacy of Coretta Scott King is a recent biography. Black women speakers from all over the world are often featured in The Eloquent Woman Index of famous speeches by women.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 100)

Manner of Speaking

The following brief biography is taken from her website: Janine Shepherd’s story reads like the plot of a hollywood movie. Ten days ago, I asked for your help in choosing the speaker of the 100th quote for public speakers on this blog. The results are in and the response was great: over 300 votes on four questions to help narrow down the search. Thank you to all who voted. You can see the results by clicking on the link above.

Famous Speech Friday: Harriet Tubman's fable on colonizing slaves

The Eloquent Woman

Larson's biography of Tubman shares many insights about her public speaking--a skill of Tubman's we have largely forgotten in simplifying her memory and story.

Famous Speech Friday: Mary Ann Shadd Cary's 1858 "Break Every Yoke"

The Eloquent Woman

If you read about Shadd Cary's career (Jane Rhodes' biography is a great place to start), you'll soon learn that she didn't pay much attention to her gentlemen colleagues in the antislavery movement who advised her to sweeten her words.

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Not the usual suspects: 8 books that make me think differently about public speaking

The Eloquent Woman

Here's one look at how to translate that standard into your own speaking style Barbara Jordan: Speaking the Truth with Eloquent Thunder is an unusual biography focusing on the public speaking of a woman--but what a woman speaker. You'll find plenty of books on public speaking, but this group features unusual takes on the topic.

Famous Speech Friday: Jeannette Rankin's "I cannot vote for war"

The Eloquent Woman

The House of Representatives's biography of Rankin describes that day, and the brief speech she made: Rankin’s service began dramatically when Congress was called into an extraordinary April session after Germany declared unrestricted submarine warfare on all Atlantic shipping.

For #BlackHistoryMonth, 46 famous speeches by black women

The Eloquent Woman

Desert Rose: The Life and Legacy of Coretta Scott King is a recent biography. Black women speakers from all over the world are often featured in The Eloquent Woman Index of Famous Speeches by Women.

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Famous Speech Friday: Julia Child's "The French Chef" cooking demos

The Eloquent Woman

You'll hear how audiences lined up to see her, something every speaker dreams of: You can read more about Child in the new biography Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child.

Our Demons - Don't Let Experts Attempt to Exorcise Them

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The latest evidence of how demons give the edge is the 2017 biography by John J. Don't those driven by their demons often accomplish greatness in their fields. Shouldn't the goal be to keep those demons under control versus attempting to exorcise them?

For Black History Month, 29 famous speeches by black women

The Eloquent Woman

Desert Rose: The Life and Legacy of Coretta Scott King is a recent biography. Black women speakers from all over the world are often featured in The Eloquent Woman Index of famous speeches by women.

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Accurately Pricing Writing Services

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Writing copy for a TV ad that has high production values (costs) is more valuable to your client than short biographies of corporate executives. [Excerpt from Everything You Wanted to Know about Freelance Writing – [link]. Note : See companion post: Setting your corporate writing rate – [link]. Before you quote on a project, you need to define the scope of the project. To do this, you have to ask the client a number of questions: 1. When does the project start?

Extreme Power of Negative Bonding - The Roger Ailes/Gabriel Sherman War of Words/Actions

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Ailes' personal public relations representative at the time, Robert Dilenschneider, spent $15,000 to place a promotion in The New York Times Review of Books for the vanity biography "Roger Ailes: Off-Camera" by Zev Chafets.

"Law & Order Special Victims Unit" - 5 Lessons for How to Succeed in Business, Despite the Odds Against You

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

However, as Molly Haskell points out in the 2017 biography "Steven Spielberg," that iconic player in film spent much of his childhood watching television. The "Law & Order Special Victims Unit" shouldn't have made it beyond the first few episodes.

Famous Speech Friday: Lady Bird Johnson's 1964 whistlestop tour

The Eloquent Woman

On the LBJ Library website, you can read a biography of Lady Bird Johnson; read and listen to quotations from her speeches, interviews and conversations with her husband; and read the eulogy to her written by PBS journalist Bill Moyers , a former special assistant to President Johnson.

Famous Speech Friday: Sheena Iyengar's TED talk on the art of choosing

The Eloquent Woman

At the end of her talk, the host comes out on the stage with her and says, "Sheena, there is a detail about your biography that we have not written in the program book.

5 Quick Steps to a Killer TED Speech

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  Now we need a little bit of your biography woven in to the subject.  I spend a fair amount of time these days as a communication coach helping people prepare for TED speeches.    Even people who never prepared a speech before, preferring to wing it, suddenly get coaching religion when it comes to TED. 

Elton John Belts Out Ageism Blues

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

That's what he claims in the biography "Captain Fantastic" by Tom Doyle. Can iconic British rock  & roller Elton John, 69, become a victim of ageism? Just like so many others over-65 in the U.S.

Famous Speech Friday: Bella Abzug's American Express ad parody

The Eloquent Woman

You can read more about this famous speaker in the biography Bella Abzug. Not quite 40 years ago, a woman in the U.S. couldn''t get a credit card in her own name , or without her husband''s permission--even if she was a member of Congress.

Roger Ailes, Former Client of Bob Dilenschneider, Dead at Age 77

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

When Sherman's negative Ailes biography was published, it was Dilenschneider who transacted the publicity for an older but positive Ailes' biography "Roger Ailes: Off Camera." His health had never been good.

Famous Speech Friday: Nancy Astor's "maiden speech" in Parliament

The Eloquent Woman

As historian Richard Toye notes in The Aftermath of Suffrage: Women, Gender, and Politics in Britain, 1918-1945 , "No biography of an MP would be complete without an account of his or her maiden speech," and this one was a first not just for the speaker, but for the nation.

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Famous Speech Friday: Margaret Thatcher's "Iron Lady" speech

The Eloquent Woman

Public speaking helped to fuel and sustain the rise of Margaret Thatcher, who became the first woman to lead a major Western democracy, re-elected three times as Prime Minister of England. But long before anyone knew her, it was her speaking that made her stand out.

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Famous Speech Friday: Juliette Low's 1924 Girl Scouts speech

The Eloquent Woman

According to the Girl Scouts' biography of Low, "Girl Scouting welcomed girls with disabilities at a time when they were excluded from many other activities.

FSF update: Lady Bird Johnson's 1964 whistlestop tour

The Eloquent Woman

The National First Ladies Library offers this extensive biography of Lady Bird Johnson and I wish there were more of her speeches available for you in text and video.

Speaking of MLK

Speak and Deliver

He was a great man, though, like all of us, he had his foibles, depending on which interviews and biographies you read. Every year, Martin Luther King Day rolls around, and I feel a responsibility to post SOMETHING.

Famous Speech Friday: Sarah Palin at the 2008 Republican National Convention

The Eloquent Woman

When Palin joined the ticket, Scully chose anecdotes from her political biography that could be used to illustrate the broader themes that were already in place for the speech. On August 29 2008, U.S.

Are you ready for fall conference season? How speakers should prepare

The Eloquent Woman

Refresh your bio, photo and other speaker materials: Now's the time to make sure the conference organizer, your moderator and anyone else you're working with has a cleaned-up and up-to-date version of your biography and your speaker photo--not five minutes before your panel.

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Bill O'Reilly, et al. - Reversal of Fortune?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Sherman's biography of Ailes "The Loudest Voice in the Room" remains a best-seller. It was Ailes' personal public relations representative Bob Dilenschneider who ponied up $15K for an ad to distract from that negative biography.

Roger Ailes Hires Superlawyer Charles Harder for Possible Lawsuit against Journalist Gabriel Sherman

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Even before the current scandal about alleged sexual harassment, Sherman's branding was solidified with his Ailes unauthorized biography "The Loudest Voice in the Room." Obviously, the pro-Ailes biography wasn't new.

Gabriel Sherman Specialized in Right Niche: Fox News

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Sherman's biography of Ailes remains a best-seller. That was to buy an ad promoting a pro-Ailes biography. Gabriel Sherman, now at New York Magazine, bet his writing career on Fox News. That's what he specialized in covering. And it has paid off.

Nelson Mandela, 95 - Now belongs to the ages

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

On a commercial note, Hollywood is bound to do well with the Mandel film biography to be released this holiday season. Nelson Mandela is no longer with us on earth, as a symbol of restrained, persistent defiance. He died at age 95.

Martha Graham Showed the World How She Felt (Part II)

Duarte Blog

In her biography of Martha, author Agnes de Mille describes the scene: “She hung onto the barre, clung to the walls. Communicating in any medium is hard work. Graham’s dances did not come easily to her. When the idea for a new dance was starting to take form, it was “a time of great misery.”