California Dreaming

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

There’s a shockingly misinformed review of the new San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in the Weekend FT. The article, Westward, look, the land is bright (the title taken from a line in an an obscure 19th century poem) is written by the cosmopolitan architect Thomas Sevcik. While I can’t comment on his claims about […]. Culture Shock! hollywood polygamy

National Speakers Association, Northern California, January Chapter Meeting

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What Happens in California Doesn't Stay in California - Employers Watch Prop 22

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Businesses whose model depends on gig workers have invested about $201 million in launching, supporting and promoting California Proposition 22, reports Bloomberg Law.

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Hardball - Playbook of Ride-Hail Companies in California

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The San Francisco, California trial judge who reclassified Lyft gig workers, along with those at Uber, as employees had been willing to hold off on imposing the ruling until August 20.

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National Speakers Association, Northern California, January Chapter Meeting

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Over 60 members and guests of the Northern California Chapter of the National Speakers Association gathered in Lafayette last Saturday to hear NSA National President Dan Thurmon, CSP, CPAE, who presented a talk titled “Doing what it Takes: How to Differentiate & Deliver in Today’s Competitive Marketplace” Dan is an author, entrepreneur, workplace performance expert, […].

Uber, Lyft Could Shut Down Service in California

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

As was major news, in California, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Ethan Schulman ruled Uber and Lyft had to reclassify their gig drivers as employees. Meanwhile, though, both Uber and Lyft threaten to shut off their ride-hailing services throughout California, reports MarketWatch. The defendants have 10 days to appeal. Until then, the ruling will be put on hold.

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Commonwealth Club of California: New Service Offered

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One of our greatest Bay Area resources for learning about current events and watching an array of talented, educational and inspiring speakers is the Commonwealth Club of California. We are lucky to have the Commonwealth Club of California right here in the Bay Area but many local communities offer similar live current events calendars. Tags: Examples of Powerful Speakers bay area Commonwealth Club of California fora.tv

Eric Scott Sills MD - A Murder Trial Could Rock California

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

They had been business partners in a fertility clinic in Orange County California. The details mirrored so many of the real-life story lines from "DateLine." " Here are the details from the LA Times. On the morning of November 13, 2016, Susan Sills is found dead at the bottom of the stairs by her husband Eric Scott Sills. She has an MBA, he an MD. They had been living in a million-dollar residence. The couple had two children.    So traditionally sweet.

California - Paradise Lost, To Rats

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

California residents are getting a fast tutorial on what rats need daily. That includes an ounce of water. This is especially vital in the spring since that is their breeding season. Because of the drought they can't easily get enough water in the great outdoors. That's the reason they are targeting homes. As CBS reports, they can squeeze into the residence through a hole the size of a thumb.

Denise Helms, California Woman, Fired After Calling Obama N-Word, Hoping He’s Assassinated (VIDEO)

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Famous Speech Friday: California State Senator Janet Nguyen's silencing

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Yet another woman legislator--this time, a Republican state senator in California--was silenced mid-speech on the floor of her legislature in late February. who fled her country as a child, rose days after a tribute by the California senate to Tom Hayden, a Vietnam war activist who also served in the state legislature; Hayden died last year. Maybe we should change this to Famous Silencing Friday?

Shake & Bake - The Southern California BigOne This Summer Is Economic Wild Card

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

" According to CalTech seismologist Lucy Jones, the odds of the BigOne in Southern California are solid. Yesterday's good feelings about the June Jobs Report could go poof this summer. And the mood deflater could happen as soon as next week.    History may label the economic phenomenon "Shake & Bake." The area has experienced its second earthquake. That was a 7.1. And it occurred 11 miles from Ridgecrest. Here are more details from the media. 

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Freelance News Writers - Stay the Hell Out of California, After 1/1/2020

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

California AB - 5 was intended to help gig workers, not harm them. Essentially it codified the landmark state supreme court 2018 decision "Dynamex." " Also, it adds on some exceptions of categories of workers which employers don't have to classify as "employees." " That's the rub or unintended consequences for freelance news writers in CA. They are included in the exceptions.

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Gig-Economy Business Model Could Go Way of Dumb Phone: California AB5

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  That edge could go poof if California Bill AB5 passes the full state senate. The gig-economy business model has given the unique competitive edge to companies using it. Those range from Uber to the nail salon which primarily hires contract employees.  It had already passed the state house. The state senate appropriations committee approved the bill's passing to the full senate for a vote. Here are more details from Vox.

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Future Business Leaders of America – California State Leadership Conference

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

I was fortunate to volunteer as a speech contest judge for an impromptu speech contest for High School students held Friday and Saturday as part of the State Leadership Conference of the California Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). I was fortunate to volunteer as a speech contest judge for an impromptu speech contest for High School students held Friday and Saturday as part of the State Leadership Conference of the California Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA).

The Voodoo of Public Nuisance - Spells Cast in California and Oklahoma

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

As many know, public nuisance litigation succeeded in Santa Clara, California against former lead paint manufacturers/marketers. This morning on broadcast news the media focus was on how the Oklahoma attorney general Mike Hunter used the concept of public nuisance to bring Janssen Pharma (whose parent if Johnson & Johnson) into court. The issue, of course, was opioids. The verdict was due later in the day.

Growth v. Profit Not Cutting It with Uber Investors - End of Gig Business Model Could Come with California AB-5

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Simultaneously, Uber's gig worker business model, which gives it a competitive edge, could become illegal - at least in California. As with WeWork, Uber investors are rising up.    For years, investors had bought into startups' pursuit of growth, at the expense of profit. After all, Jeff Bezos pulled that off at Amazon. That was then. Twice WeWork has dropped the valuation for its IPO. That IPO might not even happen.

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Stephen Glass: No Law License in California

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  But he did, for some puzzling reason, obtain a JD and apply in New York and California for bar admission. When California did the same thing, he brought the matter to the state's Supreme Court.  The California Supreme Court seems to lack an understanding of mankind as worthy of redemption.  A bright arrogant kid fakes stories at The New Republic.

Debate Between California Congressional Democrats Gets Physical

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BusinessInsider V. Old-Line Public Relations Tactics (e.g. Publicity for "People Of California V. ARCO")

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In handling the publicity for the seminal lead paint public nuisance class action lawsuit "People of California v. Unlike old print empress, Tina Brown, former Wall Street player, Henry Blodget, got digital journalism. He recognized it was flamboyant, just-in-time, highly opinionated, and heavy on the graphics side. No surprise he sold a majority stake in it to German media company Axel Springer for $343 million. The digital formula is now standard.

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Ellen Pao, O.J. Simpson - Outsized California Setting For Over-The-Top Courtroom Drama

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

But, hey, that's California-style courtroom theatre. In evidence and testimony for "Pao v. Kleiner" we find out that when plaintiff Ellen Pao got the boot at venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins, the severance was more than sweet. In TechCrunch , Colleen Taylor reports that when Pao was terminated: " she'd continue to receive a base salary of $33,333.33

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Linda P.B. Katchi - University of California Brand Takes Second Major Hit

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In a relatively brief time, the University of California brand has taken two high-profile hits. A university's branding attracts funding, research initiatives, brandname professors and applications from students. The latest, as reported by Thomas Fuller in The New York Times , is this: Chancellor at the Davis branch, Linda P.B. Katchi, has been put on administrative leave. She is being investigated for alleged violations of university policy.

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National Speakers Northern California Chapter Fun n’ Games

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

End of Year Party The NSA/NC year ended on May 2nd with a final day-long meeting at the Sheraton Burlingame. I handed over the gavel to our new president Karen Walker-Tunoa who had arranged with singer/comedian Lauren Mayer to toast me in song with a tribute to everything from my knowledge of social media to my love [.].

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Fripp THE Executive Speech Coach

  National Speakers Association Northern California member kisses Fripp. The best place to learn public speaking skills for professional speakers is NSANC or Northern California Speakers Association National Speakers Association. The programs are very professional and especially good this year. This year is our 30th anniversary. I had to miss the September meeting, however I was there in spirit and cardboard. I was the founding president. Fripp Speaking Schools & Events

National Speakers Association Northern California member kisses Fripp

Fripp THE Executive Speech Coach

  National Speakers Association Northern California member kisses Fripp. The best place to learn public speaking skills for professional speakers is NSANC or Northern California Speakers Association National Speakers Association. The programs are very professional and especially good this year. This year is our 30th anniversary. I had to miss the September meeting, however I was there in spirit and cardboard. I was the founding president.

The History of the Northern California Chapter of the National Speakers Association

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

The Northern California Chapter of the National Speakers Association (NSA/NC) was founded in 1980. Ken Braly was one of the founding members. He served as President in 1984-85. Ken is still active in NSA/NC and is also a member of the Pro-Track class of 2009 - taking his speaking career to the next level. The [.].

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.  How about this for a model for profit: Sell less, make more. 

Speaking With Conviction…Over the Phone

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How to Thrive in a Challenging Public Speaking Situation

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Current Affairs Perseverance Presentation Skills Bioneers Northern California overcome challenges Prepare Transition USA few weeks ago I had the pleasure of working with Carolyne Stayton, the Executive Director of Transition US. Transition US is a resource and catalyst for building resilient communities across the United States that are able to withstand severe energy, climate, or economic shocks while creating a better quality of life in the process.

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The Key Factor for Your Presentation’s Success

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Elegant Skills for Powerful Presentations Executive Speech Prep Northern California Public Speaker Public Speaking Speech technical demosWhen you’re preparing a presentation, who is the most important person you need to consider? The answer: Your audience. You’ve likely experienced, at least once in your career, what happens when you forget about your audience. Here’s the scenario: You create the perfect presentation complete with solid transitions, compelling visuals, and stellar numbers.

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Powerful Women in Hedge Funds

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PowerPoint Lessons at 30,000 Feet

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What Do You Call an Excellent Presentation?

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Performance Presentation Skills Presentation Tips Speaking Tips Top Speaking Tips Northern California Prepare presentation Public Speaker Public SpeakingNothing is more professionally satisfying to me than having long-term client relationships. I delight in the personal connections that develop over time. And as a people person, it’s thrilling for me to not only see people grow and change, but also to have a hand in it. Teaching is one of my life-long passions.

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Media and Celebrity Lawyers - Gibson Dunn's Ted Boutrous Loops In (California AB-5)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

AB-5 became law in California, last January. Those include a wage boost and contributions to a Covered California Health Plan.  With some exceptions, it mandates that gig workers be classified as employees. That gives them the protections and benefits which employees have under federal and state laws.    Uber, along with other businesses whose model depends on gig workers, has invested $110 million to have that law overturned.

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Three Influential First Ladies

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Oakland A’s Announcers Exemplify Passionate Speaking Skills

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Examples of Powerful Speakers Performance passion elements of passion Northern California Oakland A'sThose of you who know me know that I’m a huge Oakland A’s fan. Well, last night’s baseball game between the Oakland A’s and the Detroit Tigers left even me—a speech coach—speechless. Picture this: It’s game 4 of the American League Division Series. The Oakland A’s aren’t the favored team to win. In fact, they’re performing terribly. It’s the bottom of the ninth. The score is tied.

San Francisco’s Bay to Breakers Offers Valuable Public Speaking Lessons

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Facilitation, Inspiration, Aspiration

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The National Speakers Association of Northern California November Meeting. He was the 2008-09 President of the Northern California Chapter of the NSA. Last Saturday NSA/NC held an outstanding Chapter meeting.

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Embrace Your Authenticity: It’s the Backbone of Public Speaking Success

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Business Tips Examples of Powerful Speakers Executive Speech Tips Performance Persistance Presentation Skills Presentation Tips Stage Presence Top Speaking Tips Uncategorized passion audience body language Connection Content Development Distinctive Language Encore Executive Speech Prep Northern California Public Speaker Public Speaking SpeechTrue, authentic communication is about creating a bond and connection with your listeners, whether you’re talking with one person or one hundred.

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Refining Your Presentation Skills in a Group Format Works…Especially for Women

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Elegant Skills for Powerful Presentations Fear of public speaking Line by Line Coaching Northern California presentation Public Speaker Public SpeakingWomen are, by nature, very social beings. This is a good thing in many respects. According to the head of psychiatry at Stanford University , when women spend time with other women, they’re not just having fun; they’re also experiencing many health benefits.

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A Conversation with Ursula Burns, CEO of Xerox…and You’re Invited

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Business Tips Current Affairs Uncategorized Conversation Northern California Public Speaker Public SpeakingI just learned that Ursula Burns , CEO of Xerox , will be in the Bay Area next Wednesday (6/29/11) giving a presentation with George Colony , CEO of Forrester Research. And here’s the best part of all: You’re invited to attend (and for a discounted rate—see the end of this blog for a special offer for DeFinis Communications readers).

Politics and Debate Performance: What to do in a crowded field

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These were the challenges twelve candidates running for the recently redrawn 2nd Congressional District of California faced at a debate held at Dominican University in San Rafael, CA last week. Keep in mind this is Northern California! Current Affairs Performance Presentation Skills Presentation Tips Speaking Tips Stage Presence Top Speaking Tips audience Connection Northern California

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The Perfect Retreat

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This is another installment in my Wednesday for Women blog series, where I feature information to help women gain greater influence, power, and confidence in their professional and personal life. If you’re a man reading this, please enjoy it and then forward these weekly Wednesday blogs to the powerful women in your life. They’ll thank you for it! I’m a big proponent of vacations.