Talking about Presentation Zen with my publisher

Presentation Zen

In August, the family and I flew across the Pacific to California to see friends and family up and down the West Coast of the USA and Canada. While my wife and kids were checking out the Americas Cup down the street, my publisher Nancy Ruenzel and I sat down for a chat in the Peachpit Press studio. It''s hard to believe that it has been six years since Peachpit Published my first book, Presentation Zen.

The Guardian Publishes Major Feature on Lead Poisoning

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Earlier there was the verdict in a Santa Clara, California class action public nuisance lawsuit against several former lead paint companies. "In May, a federal jury awarded three Milwaukee men $2m each for lead paint poisoning they suffered as toddlers, to be paid by the paint companies Sherwin-Williams, Armstrong Container Corp and DuPont. The verdict is the first of its kind …"  Anna Almendrala, The Guardian, June 26, 2019. Here is the article.

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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. Among the contentions are that she used university funds for managing the school's online reputation and she was involved in a conflict of interest for accepting money from a textbook publisher and for-profit university. A university's branding attracts funding, research initiatives, brandname professors and applications from students.

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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.    However, more recently Boutrous has been in the news for representing the legal interests of those publishing negative books about Donald Trump. 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. 

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Publishing a Best-Selling Book: Such an old-fashioned fantasy

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Be a ghostwriter like myself or scan help-wanted on Craigslist and you realize that the old-fashioned fantasy of publishing a best-seller is still embedded in the national consciousness, at least outside southern California.    There, the fantasy is the screenplay which will become the film to blow records at box-offices and leave critics fawning. 

Video: Latest Presentations from NSA/NC Pro-Track

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

I visited the Northern California National Speakers Association (NSA/NC) Pro-Track class today and videotaped three great presentations. Tags: Business Communication Public Speaking Article Publishing Craig Harrison Linda Vanderwold Marketing Nan Andrews Amish Sentence Aerobics Sentence Aerobics: Linda Vanderwold I blogged Linda’s presentation at our chapter meeting back in November. She took the time to review her Sentence Aerobics process with the class.

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Proven: Economic Policies Can Reduce Deaths of Despair

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

What progressive politicos have been advocating, University of California researchers have proved. Here is that research paper, published by the National Bureau of Economic Research. That is, economic policies can reduce deaths of despair.    One of those economic policies would be to raise the minimum wage 10%. The research team headed by William H. Dow found that among those 18 through 64 without a college degree, the 10% boost in the minimum wage resulted in a 3.65

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Secrets to Building a Successful Speaking Business

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

It is getting the speech” – Shep Hyken The National President of the NSA, Shep Hyken, CSP, CPAE spoke to members of the NSA Northern California Chapter on Saturday. It is getting the speech” – Shep Hyken The National President of the NSA, Shep Hyken, CSP, CPAE spoke to members of the NSA Northern California Chapter on Saturday. “The job is not doing the speech.

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Multitasking & Context Switching Ruin Your Productivity

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In fact, a team of researchers at the University of California, Irvine , concluded that it can take up to 25 minutes to fully regain focus after even a short 3-minute interruption.

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Interview: Melanie Watkins, MD – motivational speaker

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Drawing from pieces previously published in Chicken Soup for the African American Soul, Chicken Soup for the Single’s Soul, Woman’s World Magazine, What I Learned in Medical School: Personal Stories of Young Doctors, her memoir encourages young people to dream and to push beyond their most difficult circumstances. is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is licensed by the California State Medical Board to practice Medicine and Psychiatry.

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Interview: Harold Lustig – Estate Planner

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Harold Lustig is the Founder and CEO of the California Estate and Elder Planning Center and Managing Member of Lustig Financial Services LLC. Harold Lustig is the Founder and CEO of the California Estate and Elder Planning Center and Managing Member of Lustig Financial Services LLC. Currently, he holds the Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC), the California Life and Health Insurance license as well as the Series 65 Investment Advisor's License.

"Chicago P.D." Raises Questions about Artificial Intelligence

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Recently, Science published the study by Ziad Obermeyer and his team at the University of California - Berkeley. Questioning of artificial intelligence extends from formal research to pop culture. It found a healthcare algorithm had been coded to be biased against African-Americans. In the U.S., healthcare facilities and insurers used that algorithm or those like it to manage care for about 200 million.    Last night on network television, the plot on "Chicago P.D."

Felicity Huffman - Green Becomes Her

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  The Daily Mail has published a photo of Huffman in her prison greens (no, not orange) in the federal correctional facility in Dublin, California. One-time star of "Desperate Housewives," Felicity Huffman has become the symbol of the push to return America to the land of equality (or, at least the mythology about that). After getting nailed in CollegeAdmissionsGate, Huffman did not go the route of white upper class entitlement.

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Let Us Not Praise Famous Women

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  This morning, Pacific time, Holmes' lawyers at Williams & Connolly are going to make a request of the federal judge in San Jose, California. Later he published the book detailing his investigative reporting - "Bad Blood." The amazing Elizabeth Holmes, alleged tech con artist, continues to fascinate. She launched alleged edifice of tech make-believe Theranos.

Talc Verdict - Jittery Investors, Brand Equity in Play

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Today, the jury for the California Superior Court for Alameda County awarded plaintiff Patricia Schmitz $12 million. Here are more details from HarrisMartin Publishing. The defendants were Johnson & Johnson and Colgate-Palmolive. Of that $2 million was for economic damages and $10 million for non-economic damages. The issue had been asbestos cosmetic talc as liable for the development of the plaintiff's mesothelioma. 

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Interview: Wendy Hanson – Sassy Lady

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

She co-authored The Sassy Ladiesrsquo; Toolkit for Start-up Businesses, which received the Writerrsquo;s Digest Award for Non-Fiction Self-Published Books. Pro-Track Profile Wendy recently moved from Rhode Island to Northern California and took the opportunity to enroll in the NSA/NC Pro-Track program. Wendy Hanson helps startups and legacy companies act more aggressively, create more accountability and be more innovative.

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Interview: René Siegel, High Tech Connect

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

For the past three years I’ve published a monthly Pro-Track Profile interview featuring members of the Pro-Track class of the Northern California Chapter of the National Speakers Association. For the past three years I’ve published a monthly Pro-Track Profile interview featuring members of the Pro-Track class of the Northern California Chapter of the National Speakers Association. This article marks the start of a new series in Professionally Speaking.

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Artificial Intelligence - That Can Prevent Over-40 Job Applicants from Being Knocked Out of the Box

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

But a surprising result from the research of David Neumark at the University of California at Irvine brings hope to older job searchers. That research is published in the National Bureau of Economic Research, which you can read here. 

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Interview: Julie Mergen – Financially Savvy Speaker

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Speaker’s Academy Archive I caught up with Julie at a National Speakers Association Northern California Chapter meeting immediately prior to the start of the Speaker’s Academy program. To hear what she told me about her plans to publish the magazine and her best single piece of advice for women who want to learn to manage money, click on the podcast icon below. Julie Mergen is fascinated with business systems. She admires those who create products from concepts.

Increase understanding and retention with the Tell ‘n’ ShowSM method

PowerPoint Tips

Mayer, a Professor of Psychology at the University of California in Santa Barbara, published the findings of his research in Multimedia Learning. The purpose of your presentation is to create change. Maybe you want your audience to take some action or at least think differently about your topic. A prerequisite is that they understand and remember what you say.

2017 118

In Grade School, We Put Gum in Their Hair

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Regarding the latter, Sherwin-Williams, represented by Jones Day, lost a big one on that in a bench trial in California.    Everywhere on LinkedIn Updates are blurbs from X and Y how "excited" they are to be presenting a talk at conference so or so, participating in a panel at such and such a think tank, or having Harvard Business Review publish their article.

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How to book more business and own your niche

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

NSA/NC Meeting Report: Saturday March 2, 2013 The Saturday meeting of the Northern California Chapter of the National Speakers Association featured two savvy businesswomen who shared ways professional speakers and information entrepreneurs can book more business and own their niche markets.

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Harlem Lead Hazards, Media, and Sherwin-Williams, et al.

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

After Sherwin-William lost in lead paint class action public nuisance lawsuit in California ("Santa Clara, et al. Here is the article I published in Odwyerpr on public nuisance.  The powers-that-be in New York City aren't providing many details. The little that is known is that lead is present in the Harlem Armory on W. 143rd Street (Harlem). The city is paying a New Jersey firm $2.2 million for remediation, that is, making the lead no longer a hazard.

2019 40

The Feelings Economy - Not Woo-Woo Stuff

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Simultaneously, documents a study published in the California Management Review , businesses have to get on-board with what's being called the "Feelings Economy." The integration of artificial intelligence is a given in business. Those enterprises which are late adopters on that one will likely perish. The boost in quality, productivity and cost-efficiency is too much to ignore.

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AI - Another Perspective

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

But a surprising result from the research of David Neumark at the University of California at Irvine brings hope to older job searchers. That research is published in the National Bureau of Economic Research, which you can read here.  The findings of several recent research studies scream one thing: Workers in America are finished at 40, reports MarketWatch. Of course, there are exceptions to that. One had been mega celebrities such as Tom Brady, number 12 in the Patriots.

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Giving Thanks for Mark Twain

DeFinis Communications

At the recent Mark Twain Motherlode Festival in Angel’s Camp, California, there were a number of actors who gave such believable performances that Mark Twain himself would have been grinning from sideburn to sideburn. This first volume, the first of three to be published, is 743 pages. Scholars from the Mark Twain Project at the Bancroft Library, University of California Berkeley, sat on panels and chatted with us during breaks.

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Beware of What You Write on Social Media - Advice from Francine Denise Ward

Fripp THE Executive Speech Coach

Admitted to practice in both California and New York, her IP focus is on copyrights, trademarks, internet, and publishing law. Check out this video of Attorney Francine Denise Ward's interview on View From the Bay, dealing with Social Media legal issues that can land you in court. A 1989 graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, Francine Denise Ward earned her undergraduate degree in 1986 from the City University of New York Hunter College.

Find a Presentation Designer Here

Speaking about Presenting

I’ve been asked so many times if I could recommend a presentation designer that I’ve decided to publish a list of PowerPoint and Keynote slide design companies and freelancers. I am currently based in San Francisco, California, where I launched AnaFxFz Communication Design, a studio focused on Presentations, Branding, and Information Design. Are you looking for a presentation designer?

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The Mind of a Serial Killer - What Was Samuel Little Thinking When He Snuffed Out Up to 90 Lives?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

" As the Daily Mail reports, after Little lost his appeals for reducing his life sentence for three murders in California he decided to come clean about the other alleged 87.

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"People V. ARCO" - Implications For Sherwin-Williams' Investors, Branding

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

When the bench trial began in 2013, California Superior Court Judge James P. Stanley of the Morrison & Foerster law firm published a chilling article on possible scenarios if the holding is maintained: " many states have public nuisance laws similar to that in California. As a result, the imprecise nature of public nuisance law in various states suggests that California's decision could have a significant effect as precedent in other courts around the country."

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America Grows Up - Optimism Goes Lite

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  In Santa Clara, California, there was pending another class action lead paint public nuisance lawsuit. " Here is my article published on that. The Rhode Island Supreme Court tossed the class action lead paint public nuisance long-running lawsuit.

New Aging - Urban Areas to Relocate From

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Those range from Sacramento, California to New Haven, Connecticut.   PUBLISHED ARTICLES:   [link]. With aging can come lower earnings from work or fixed incomes. But, that doesn't necessarily mean that older people have to become "poor." 

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Crisis Communications: Should Jones Day Have Stayed in Its Black Box Re "Tolton et al. v. Jones Day?"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

" As Vivia Chen points out on Law.com , it's unusual that this black-box culture would come out and publish an extensive response on its website to the lawsuit. Incidentally, the Jones Day's lawyers lost it big for Sherwin-Williams in the California lead paint public nuisance bench trial. It could be a sign that Jones Day is worried about "Tolton, et al. Jones Day."

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"EliteAdmissionsGate" - First Class Action Lawsuit Filed, Will Days of Rage Follow?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

of Irvine, California. I had published a comic novel "The Guy From Greenwich." The plaintiff class includes those rejected in their applications for admission to elite universities and/or who contend the value of their current or coming degree could erode because of this scandal. The lawyer filing this class action lawsuit is John Medler Jr. Here is a copy of the 30-page complaint.

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COVID-19 Narrative Shouldn't Shut Down Messaging about Lead Paint in Water, on Walls, WindowSills, Doors

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

A bench trial in California nailed the former manufacturers/marketers of lead paint. The Wall Street Journal had published an article documenting that Sherwin-Williams had been aware of the toxicity of lead in paint but promoted it for home use. One narrative has been about how the opioids epidemic distracts attention from the growing menace of alcohol abuse. Severe liver disease related to excessive consumption of alcohol is increasing, especially among the young. 

2020 40

How the World Works - Bruce Reilly and Stephen Glass Should Have Known Better

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The New York Times has published a major feature on this reality.  The California Supreme Court ruled he could not be admitted to the state bar. Let's cut to the chase. Convicted murderer Bruce Reilly will likely never be able to practice law. That is because the odds are against his passing any state bar's character and fitness criteria.    He had received a law degree from Tulane University, after he had been paroled from prison.

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Michael Cohen - His Inner Life

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  A best-selling novel, published last May, chronicles a ruthless wildly successful businessman's walk 0f repentance. At the time, Charles James begins that walk along Route 66 from Illinois to California he is unaware he needs to repent. Both were a U.S. president's lawyers. Both were the first of those presidents' men to wind up with a prison sentence. They were Chuck Colson back in Watergate Days and, more recently, Michael Cohen. Colson found redemption.

2018 40

Careers - Job Number-One Is Staying Alive

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

A native of India and a partner at Davis Polk, Kirtee Kapoor was killed by a train in San Mateo, California. Recently in AmLaw, widely published lawyer Steven Harper published an article. Another tragedy has occurred in the legal sector. The bell tolls for all of us. His special expertise was in mergers and acquisitions and legal affairs in India. He was 46 at the time of his death.

2017 40

Hillary Clinton To Takes On On-Demand Economy

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

When influential The Economist published its coverage of the phenomenon of the "on-demand economy," it seemed like that would be how work would be performed. The California Labor Commission ruled that its drivers have to be classified as "employees."

2015 50

Off-the-record: Is there such a thing, if you're a brandname

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  In fact, he's from a political family and he himself was once governor of California.    Likely some of what Andrew Young and Lloyd Constantine publish in their exposes was once off-the-record. Politico reports that Jerry Brown frames his comment about his opponent in the governor's race Meg Whitman as something that should not have been made public.    After all, it was off-the-record. 

Famous Speech Friday: Maria Shriver on "The Power of the Pause"

The Eloquent Woman

Journalist and former First Lady of California Maria Shriver used her commencement speech at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School, all communications graduates, to pose and re-pose the familiar question that newly minted degree holders get--and to clue them in that they'll be hearing that all their lives after graduation. "What are you gonna do?"

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Interview: Mark Stiving – The Price is Right

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Mark has published pricing articles in the Journal of Consumer Research, Management Science, and the Journal of Commerce. He was introduced to the NSA Northern California Chapter's Pro-Track program by a fellow Toastmaster. Mark Stiving, MBA, Ph.D. helps companies implement value based pricing strategies to increase profit. As a pricing strategist, he ’spreads the gospel’ of value based pricing.

Aging - The Real Baggage

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The residents' reference points ranged from New Mexico to California. So common is that challenge, The Wall Street Journal published an article on how to downsize your previous life. Leaving all you have known for decades is a tough decision.

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