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

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 71

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. As a result, we still have a black and white response to fear.

2018 170

"A Million Little Things" - The Chase After Safety

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

To help Theo not need to seek control, at all emotional cost, Katherine and Eddie make a fun game over a glass of spilled milk. Regina seeks to reject the first birth mother because the biological father could get into the loop and snatch the baby away.

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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. Exactly the right tone and content for all your communications.

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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.

2012 176

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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"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.

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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. And when she does the rhetoric is simple and direct.

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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.

2010 151

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.

2012 141

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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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.    A growing number have even been giving up the pretense of loving new, disruptive, and game-changing.

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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."  Finally David caves and offers to drive him.

2013 61

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.

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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.

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. Garr chose these colors to reflect the five colors of a balanced Japanese meal—yellow, red, green, black and white].

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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. 

"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.

2018 40

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!

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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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.

2011 72

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." Nothing is black and white.

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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. In Sumi-e, great works are achieved with only black ink on washi (rice paper) or silk scroll.

2009 104

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. I'm hoping it says I'm open, friendly, and approachable.

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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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. She said: There are many stories like Sally Hemings'' and mine.

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?

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.

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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. We are proud of our past and proudest because of what we can build upon the past.

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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. 

2012 75

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.

2008 130

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).

2011 86

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. And when they're feeling really adventurous, a piece of roasted red pepper or two.

2008 130

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. Speak from your heart, not from your notes when the moment is tense and emotional.

2013 106

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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Observational Humor — Case Study #123

Humor Power

Then we’ll look at the jokes and a brief analysis of what made the jokes work. THE SET-UP (What happened and what was said during the meeting. My Mother was visiting and attending the meeting. Carolyn was wearing a top with a black-and-white, busy, abstract.

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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.

2013 58

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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