Green never was black and white - Counterintutive lessons from California

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  That counterintuitive approach - called decoupling - was presented to California utilities, it worked and it's still working.  "  By documenting the success of this approach in the article "California Experiment," Brownstein shows how much of green isn't black and white.  Policy leaders to tell about the regulatory, legislative, and litigation opportunities and constraints [yeah, those wild cards].

Politicians Beware… Appearances Matter!

Matt Eventoff

Breaking News: In politics, appearances matter, and a study led by three pretty impressive individuals confirms this yet again. . In Looking Like A Winner: Candidate Appearance and Electoral Success in New Democracies , the team of M.I.T. Just black and white pictures, and guess what? From the abstract: “ Despite cultural, ethnic and racial differences, Americans and Indians agree about which candidates are superficially appealing.

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Public Speaking Perks + Andy Griffith

Great Public Speaking

[link] When you become a top public speaker, you get opportunities to visit and experience historic and highly interesting places around the world. The 1960 version was in black and white and the 1965 version was in color In this video, Tom visited the original site where the opening to The Andy Griffith Show was filmed not once, but twice.

Use Contrast in Your Presentation For Better Memorability

Professionally Speaking...

We employ it in decorating [current hot trend: purple and green]; in fashion [current hot trend: Placid Blue and Hemlock Green with a dash of Radiant Orchid ]; in story [long time trend: good vs. evil]; and even in decision making [long time trend: pros and cons]. The reason contrast is so universal is because it highlights and creates memorability. Aren’t you more likely to remember a stunningly decorated room in purple and green than one in all grey? [OK,

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England Ashes victories: 2010 & 1953

Max Atkinson

Tiny black and white screen it may have been, but it did enable us to watch Dennis Compton (right) hitting the winning run that regained the Ashes in the final test match at the Oval (scorecard HERE ). 2010 1953 My parents bought their first TV set just before the coronation in 1953.

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Stop Waiting till you Feel more Confident

Speaking about Presenting

But as I thought about offering my opinion I would start to feel my heart beating hard inside my chest and feel myself growing hot. And so it’s difficult to be confident until you have actually done the thing. When you’re contemplating doing an action, like speaking up in a meeting or applying to speak at a conference, and decide not do it because you don’t have enough confidence, what you’re feeling is fear.

2018 130

Relationships Shape Women’s Communications

DeFinis Communications

Welcome to my Wednesday for Women blog series, where I feature stories, resources and valuable information to help women gain greater influence, power, and confidence in their professional and personal life. Please forward these weekly Wednesday blogs to your family, friends and colleagues! In the 1970s, a lab at Harvard University conducted a well-known study that explored the stages of moral and ethical development. So what do we learn from Amy and Jake?

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FBI Looks at Minibar: Dominican Republic Branding

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Right now, many are having flashbacks to those old black-and-white news reels and films about law enforcement breaking up moonshine operations during Prohibition in the U.S. Aside from being illegal and dodging taxes, back then the unregulated alcohol production centers frequently caused deaths from contaminated ingredients. And that's exactly what are being investigated as the possible cause of the deaths of seven tourists in the Dominican Republic (DR).

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An evocative slide show

Speak Schmeak

These are just a few of his slides, and you can instantly get a feel for what he was trying to convey. More of an ambient backdrop behind me where the theme is clear from a key quote, and a pleasing image creates a setting. I thought the stylish black and white ambient slides would contrast nicely with the colour of the lab results where I did have to focus on the data and there was a risk of things getting a little dry and the back row nodding off."

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Converting PowerPoint 2003 graphs to look good in PowerPoint 2007

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

I’ve now delivered a few presentations using PowerPoint 2007 and I’ve noticed that the graphs I created in PowerPoint 2003 didn’t look very good when I presented them. The text wasn’t clear and the lines or columns were not crisp. I did some tinkering and discovered that PowerPoint 2007 needs to convert your PowerPoint 2003 graphs in order to display them well. I always create black and white handouts instead of colour because it is so much cheaper to print.

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"Better Call Saul" - The American Dream Of Reinventing Ourselves

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In "Breaking Bad" Walter White navigated his way from nobody high school chemistry teacher to wealthy drug-maker. Saul's and Walter's kind of upward trajectory may not be everyone's goal but there are lessons to be learned. At the top of the list is that no one has to stick with a self and a career path that are nowhereville. The first episode, which is partly done in black and white, introduces Jimmy six years before he meets up with Walter as Saul.

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"Ida" - Communications Lesson That Less Is More

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Together they strong-arm the murderer to reveal where the bodies are and re-bury the remains in the official family resting place. All this is filmed in black-and-white, recreating the horror of Hilter's madness. The power of Ida's and her aunt's pain comes through the nun's laconic ways. And when she does the rhetoric is simple and direct. In the film "Ida," Anna is a young woman in 1950s Poland.

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Confessions of a Public Speaker – review

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

It is loaded with tips and tricks that you only gain from experience on the road. It is written in a lighthearted manner, and is incredibly easy to read, the author has a quirky sense of humour, and he is happy to poke fun at himself. Chapter titles include “do not eat the microphone”, “the science of not boring people”, and “what to do if your talk sucks”. While there are many photos in the book, they are black and white, and are generally not very clear.

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An evocative slide show

Speak Schmeak

These are just a few of his slides, and you can instantly get a feel for what he was trying to convey. More of an ambient backdrop behind me where the theme is clear from a key quote, and a pleasing image creates a setting. I thought the stylish black and white ambient slides would contrast nicely with the colour of the lab results where I did have to focus on the data and there was a risk of things getting a little dry and the back row nodding off."

2012 109

Is social media worth your time?

Succeed Speaking

I was talking with two speakers last week about social media strategies and I thought you might find this interesting. This will “feed” her blog readers and her Twitter followers, and it will also enhance her positioning in the search engines, as both the blog entries and the videos (hosted on YouTube) will be indexed. ” Is one right and the other wrong? ” But it all depends on a speaker’s business goals and objectives.

Leadership Communications - Tame Your Inner Bipolar

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Watching on black-and-white television the predictable routine of life on the farm with Jeff (later Timmy) and Lassie was the idea of a good time.  With the economic recovery getting traction, those who are making it want to, well, lean into the calm and predictability.   A growing number have even been giving up the pretense of loving new, disruptive, and game-changing. That creature lives off the drama of highs and lows.

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"Nebraska" - Very different kind of road movie

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The classic road movie started out with two young men riding a car or motorcycle across the United States in search of one thing and they found another.  All that was updated with "Thelma and Louise."  Now we have a further permutation of the formula with "Nebraska," which is in black-and-white.  Finally David caves and offers to drive him.

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Add a QR code to your presentation

PowerPoint Tips

A QR code is a square image — usually black and white — that works something like a barcode that you see on products in a store. Then you use a QR reader app on a smart phone, which scans the QR code and displays the URL as a link, so you can visit the page. Do you put your website’s URL on your first and last slides? You may have a few options but basically you enter the URL and download the image.

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"Hostiles" - Hate Can Become Respect

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The film "Hostiles" takes on the harsh subject of Native American and U.S. There values are black and white. He is no spring chicken and will lose his pension. A member of the media is at the army post to take a photo of the release and the group heading on its journey. Hostile Native American tribes, fur hunters, and landowners all attack the travelers. Place your sponsored content and links on this syndicated site.

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Presentation Help That’s Good Enough to Eat

Duarte Blog

Longtime friend of Duarte, Garr Reynolds has championed the cause of effective presentations through his blog and books for years. Combining his love of presentations and his love of Japanese culture, Garr packaged his presentation job aids into a bento box-style container that is as functional as it is lovely. Garr chose these colors to reflect the five colors of a balanced Japanese meal—yellow, red, green, black and white].

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PowerPoint Tip: Adding crosshatching fills to graphs in PowerPoint 2007/10

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

This is important when printing graphs in black and white since shades of grey are hard to distinguish. Today I want to show you a way to restore this functionality to PowerPoint 2007 and 2010. First, let’s start with what crosshatch patterns are and why you may need to use them. A crosshatch pattern is a series of lines on a white background that is used to fill a shape or, in the case of a graph, a column or pie wedge.

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"The Artist" - Pride overcome by a dog and a dame

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Like so many of us Silent Film Star George hits the skids when the technology changes and he can't change.    Not a terribly original plot but it works wonderfully because of most of the film is done in black and white and without sound.  What saves George is that he breaks open to the caring of a dog and a dame.    George might think of the dog and the dame as his 12-step sponsor. 

Slide Design: Try this ‘Simple’ Game…

More than PowerPoint...

And as luck would have it, simplicity makes for great slide design. Like a kid in a toy store, you can be tempted to play with all these distracting features — and forget to connect to your audience with solid content and excellent presentation skills! And that’s a key concept when designing with simplicity — avoiding distractions. Your goal is to design your presentation using 5 very spartan rules: Use 1 font types and 2 font sizes, max.

Observational Humor — Case Study #132

Humor Power

And then we’ll review the monologue and what made the jokes tick. THE SET-UP (What happened and what was said during the meeting before the monologue was presented.). Walter Bond said that to be a point guard you need the right physical gift and you need to work hard. Marvelous Mark said that was unique and never duplicated. Judy Moreo was wearing black pants and a suit jacket with bold. black and white stripes.

THE NEW YORK TIMES: Gerald Boyd took institution too seriously

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

That was a different time and THE NEW YORK TIMES was different too.    So, in some ways we can understand why Gerald Boyd, the newspaper's first black managing editor, took the institution so seriously.    But, as we read his posthumously released book MY TIMES IN BLACK AND WHITE, we tend to only see a man who allowed the institution he revered to break him.    And we dismiss him as a fool.

How do you inspire people with a speech?

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

I ran across this list of the 50 most inspiring movie speeches (warning: language and mature themes) and it inspired me to think about what makes a great movie speech – and to figure out the lessons for great speechmaking in general.    Life and death is best; life and death of your organization is next best.    Rather, they focus on clear issues of right and wrong, competition – us v. them – and winning or losing. 

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Kindle v. tablet for public speaking: What's on your Black Friday gift wish list?

The Eloquent Woman

Tablet computers are expected to be a hot item when holiday shoppers start taking advantage of the "Black Friday" deals that will start later this week. Today, there are several new Kindle models as well as a new Kindle Fire tablet, as well as the Nook and iPad tablet computers. black and white: Only the Kindle Fire has full color, but the standard Kindles do just fine with text. Photos and video: If you also want a camera in the device, the iPad's your choice.

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Sumi-e, color, and the art of less

Presentation Zen

A fundamental design and life lesson from the Zen arts is to never use more when less will do. provides a powerful lesson concerning the use of color, communication, and restraints. Sumi-e was brought to Japan from China and is an art deeply rooted in Zen, embodying many of the tenets of the Zen aesthetic including simplicity and the idea of maximum effect with minimum means. In Sumi-e, great works are achieved with only black ink on washi (rice paper) or silk scroll.

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Value of a Good Head Shot Photo

Speaking Of...

Is it time to freshen your image and have new photos taken? It always amazes me how speakers will spend a small fortune on a website, and still use a photo from long ago as a marketing tool. Before sending any image of myself out to the world I made sure that it looked like me, at my current age, and reflected my personality and the way I do business. I'm hoping it says I'm open, friendly, and approachable.

Those Job "Auditions" - 4 Tips

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

And, as "What Color Is Your Parachute?" That train had left the station and is not circling back. Regarding that requirement, older professionals (and some members of iGen) ask me: Should we invest the time in an "audition." " Essentially what's being positioned and packaged as an "audition" is doing a freebie.   But because the assignments bring no compensation, job and assignment applicants wonder: Should I do this?

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Mitt Romney, President Obama, and the Presidential Debate Wrap up: Narratives, Stories, and the Lack of Consistency

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  So it’s a great moment to pause and consider the overall state of the public discourse, the media, and storytelling.    Where have we landed after the campaign and the 3 debates?    Governor Romney offered one set of policy prescriptions during the primary season, another on the campaign trail talking to partisan crowds, and a third, more moderate set of views during the debates. 

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The power of a voice, hope, and second chances

Presentation Zen

I first saw the video of Ted Williams via Digg and Reddit before it turned into one best feel-good stories of the year (so far). That first line out of his mouth was very unexpected and made me laugh with amazement. In that short clip he told his story with naturalness, honesty, and brevity. Without going into detail he tells us why in a way that most people can relate to (alcoholism derailed my own father's life and eventually killed him when he was just 48).

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Famous Speech Friday: Essie Washington-Williams: "I feel completely free"

The Eloquent Woman

She waited until she was in her late seventies to speak in public about it, and even though the facts were known by many, she''d kept them secret even from members of her own family at different times during her life. But when Essie Washington-Williams stepped to the microphone to say that she was the daughter of a black domestic worker and U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond, a white segregationist and campaigner against civil rights, the news was a shock to listeners.

Design lessons from the art of washoku

Presentation Zen

are literally “harmony” and "food," and harmony does indeed seem to be a key principle embodied in Japanese traditional cooking. How can the presentation of it be so profound, I thought, and yet there remain hardly a trace of decorative elements or the nonessential? Washoku is guided by simple principles that lead to harmony and balance in terms of both nutrition and aesthetics (this is explained well in a wonderful book simply called Washoku ).

Humor Book Reviews

Humor Power

I recently read two great books on humor, and I recommend them both to you. Born Standing Up , by Steve Martin; and Growing Up Laughing , by Marlo Thomas. Both books are inspirational, funny and touching. And they are both a reminder of how “overnight success&# is usually preceded by twenty years of hard work. Jerry Seinfeld described Born Standing Up as “one of the best books about comedy and being a comedian ever written.&#.

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M. Lynn Rickert's Kitchen Table - Taking the Long Way Home

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In 12-step programs, for example, speaker stories of how it was when drinking and how they sobered up keep shifting over time.  Lynn Rickert and I were bunking along the same corridor in the same dorm.    She seemed sophisticated and funny. " From black and white to in-vivid-color.  Rickert and I hadn't been in communication since the end of the 1990s so I had no way of verifying the validity of my Pittsburgh memory.

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British students' first encounter with segregation in 1963

Max Atkinson

British students of today will no doubt be appalled to know that, by the end of our first year at university, my girlfriend and I had saved enough money from our grants to book tickets on a London to New York charter flight - for £50 return. Then in his 80s, he had emigrated to the USA as a young man and had developed into a typical white Southerner, a first hint of which were the numerous Confederate flags arrayed both inside and outside his house.

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Famous Speech Friday: Helen Gahagan Douglas & the "Pink Lady" speech

The Eloquent Woman

Some speakers do what we speaker coach is referred to as "throat-clearing," taking the long way to their topic with lots of preamble, greetings, and other filler. And in 1946, those were fighting words. Joe McCarthy's famous 1950 speech alleging that communists had infiltrated the State Department, and Sen. Margaret Chase Smith's Declaration of Conscience speech, also delivered in 1950 and a part of The Eloquent Woman Index of Famous Speeches by Women.

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Why Are Presentation Skills Important?

Executive Speech Coach

and they are stumped. These folks might mumble something unintelligible and proudly declare “Because – everybody knows that it is”. I’ve been studying and teaching presentation skills for over a decade so I’ve had the opportunity to think about this question. Presentation skills” is not a black and white off/on switch. The primary goal is for your presentation skills to be better than your competition, whoever and whatever that is.

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Thought Trap #1: All or nothing thinking

Speak Schmeak

She runs a weekly in-patient group for people who have depression, and she uses a tool that I find applicable to all of us. The focus of this weekly group is "thought traps," ways of thinking that create negativity and keep us from seeing the positive in our lives. Recognizing your thought traps about public speaking is the first step to changing them -- and changing the way you view public speaking altogether. Identify distortions and substitute the truth.

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What kind of sandwich are you serving?

Speak Schmeak

For 19 years, in fact, my husband and I have been vegetarians. Typically, steamed vegetables and brown rice was the vegetarian dish, no matter how epicurean the restaurant. These days, things are much better for vegetarians eating out, and we can usually find several options that are on par with the restaurant's other offerings. And when they're feeling really adventurous, a piece of roasted red pepper or two. Some mustard and/or mayo complete the dish.

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Famous Speech Friday: Robert Kennedy on the death of Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Eloquent Woman

I saw it broadcast live 45 years ago, and it stands among the best impromptu speeches I know. Kennedy was running for the presidency of the United States, and on the campaign trail. He was to speak in the heart of the city''s black neighborhoods, and it was feared that citizens would riot. Anyone might follow this speech, which deals with the minutiae of the moment and hints at a larger vision of what this means for America.

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Observational Humor — Case Study #129

Humor Power

THE SET-UP (What happened and what was said during the meeting, before the monologue was delivered.). There is a freeway exit sign between Las Vegas and Los Angeles. I have a long history with three Toastmasters in the audience; Bobby, Jens, and Bill. mis-spoke and said four Mondays a week. Bill shared family photos with us from his first and second marriage. The first marriage photo was in Black and White. And we met four Mondays a week.

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