Leadership Communications - Leveraging Baby Charlotte

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

 That is Baby Charlotte, her daughter Chelsea's first child. Totally compelling is Baby Charlotte's America.    Democrats and Independents can rally around Baby Charlotte. It's all ears about Hillary Clinton's vision for the future of America. Now she has a concrete entity as a platform for that agenda. As we all learned in Freshman Composition, the abstract must be made concrete.

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Kathy Huebner, Irene Nunn, Lee Harrison, Charlotte Toal - The Extreme Peril Of College Reunions

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

They were Kathy Huebner, Irene Nunn, Lee Harrison, and Charlotte Toal. College reunions don't have to be those formal kinds, on campus. You know the type: The head of institutional development does a PowerPoint of the 5-year plan and then there is a passing of the hat to collect our pledges of money. There are also the informal ones. They don't empty our pockets.

Unlike iGen, Our Tribe HAD TO Meet Up in Person - Charlotte Toal, M. Lynn Rickert, et al.

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Those human emotional security blankets ranged from my former college roomie Charlotte Toal to the woman who listened patiently to my growing angst (I was developing a full-blown anxiety disorder) M. It was like the SEC requirement for public corporations to make quarterly reports. Only for our tribe the mandate was emotional.    Every three months, I HAD TO meet up in person with my close friends in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Adorable Always Steals All The Attention - Papa And Baby Bear Zuckerberg Distract Us From Privacy Issues (and William, Kate, George, Charlotte)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Soon enough, the Zuckerberg family could vie with William, Kate, George and Charlotte for world attention. The ultimate in adorable is Papa Bear aka social network tycoon Mark Zuckerberg down on the floor gazing at Baby Bear.    Oh, it's then so easy to forget our beefs about privacy issues when hanging out on Facebook. That's good for Facebook stockholders. And everything Americana. This will be the second American Revolution. Fought with photo-ops.

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Blackberry Etiqutte, Pt II…

Matt Eventoff

ValleyPR Blog – this is one of the most honest posts I’ve read in a long time, and the author, Charlotte Risch, should be commended for her honesty. The debate over “Blackberry etiquette&# in meetings has gotten quite a bit of ink since last week’s post … There were a number of very interesting takes in the blogosphere, some of which I’m going to share this week.

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Famous Speech Friday: Charlotte Church's lecture on sexism in music

The Eloquent Woman

The speaker was Welsh singer, songwriter and actress Charlotte Church, delivering the 2013 John Peel lecture to an audience at BBC 6 Music, an industry conference. Now, here''s a strong opening for a speech: I’d like you to imagine a world in which male musicians are routinely expected to act as submissive sex objects. Picture Beyonce’s husband, Jay Z, stripped down to a t-back bikini thong, sex kitten-ing his way through a boulevard of suited and booted women for their pleasure.

Global Gig Economy - Meghan and Harry Hustle for Work

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Charlotte has potential as a child model.  Not all gig economy workers are equal. Some, such as Meghan and Harry, have the distinct edge of access to a high-powered global network.    The Daily Mail captures how they have been hustling those who can give them assignments.

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Amazing Performance on Talent Show

Humor Power

Jonathan Antoine and Charlotte Jaconelli amaze the judges and the audience. Another Susan Boyle moment on Britain’s Got Talent. Once again we learn the lesson: Never Judge a Book by its Cover! Life Skills Britan's Got Talent Jonathan Antoine judge a book by its cover

"The Group" w/o Self-hate, Insecurity, Disappointment: Class of '67

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Lee, Charlotte, Irene, Kathleen, Tulane, and Jane (me) are writing the 21st century version of Mary McCarthy's iconic book "The Group."   Recently Charlotte noted the importance of no regrets. "   The characters, unlike the original ones, are self-respecting, relatively emotionally secure, and pleased as punch at how our lives have turned out.   We are the Class of 1967 from Seton Hill  in rural western Pennsylvania.

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Seton Hill University Fatal Bus Crash: For Whom The Bell Tolls

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Late afternoon my roommate from junior year Charlotte Toal sent me the news clip.    When Charlotte and I were taking Freshman Composition at Seton Hill, our professor Joanne Boyle, now president of the university, introduced us to the poetry of John Donne.  The Seton Hill University (Greensburg, Pennsylvania) Lacrosse team was traveling to a game this morning on a bus via the Pennsylvania Turnpike. 

2013 58

Sexy, sleepy, sleazy, stoic: Which are you?

SpeakerSue Says...

Like Queen Charlotte, “I wish to be entertained.” If, like me, you’ve binged Bridgerton (I may be old but I’m not dead!), this headline likely caused you (and Miss Whistledown) not even a bat of the eye. Which do you prefer to be? Which will interest your buyers the most? Of course, there are more words beginning with the letter “S” to describe yourself. But that isn’t what this post is about.

Glenn Reynolds - He, of all people, should have known better

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

More recently, the protest against the alleged police abuse in Charlotte, North Carolina also became ugly. Protest is a sacred right in America. Sure, sometimes those push-backs can get out of hand. Among the early ones to turn violent was the Boston Tea Party by the American colonists. Already one man has died. However, Glenn Reynolds, of all people, should have respected this right.

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Not Quite Golden: Never made it to Chelsea Hotel

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Immediately on hearing that news, I took out my meditation book "Nothing Special: Living Zen" by Charlotte Joko Beck.  Different professions have different markers for success.    In music and writing, one of those had been being part of the ethos at the Chelsea Hotel.    Now, those of us in the arts who are not quite golden and never penetrated that atmosphere never will.    The place closed down to guests.

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The 60-Month Search for Answers - Ruling Out an Ambush

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

There swooped in Kathleen Huebner, Irene Nunn, Lee Harrison, and to a lesser extent Charlotte Toal.  Was it that simple? Boredom? For 60 months I have been struggling to connect the dots. The issue was the strange concern 4 acquaintances from college (Class of 1967) had about my well-being in 2014. Here is a newsflash I posted during that extensive search for insight. Back in 2014, I was at a crossroads.

2019 40

Norma Rae Doesn't Live Here Anymore

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Lawyer Charlotte Proudman is being blackballed for public criticism of what she perceived as sexist. The courage of the working stiff standing up against The Man can inspire. Or be considered reckless. In the situation of Norma Rae, who pushed for a union, we were inspired. But, that was then. The economy was more predictable and it was not so difficult to get and hold on to a job. It was easy to cheer her on. Today, we tend to label taking on The Man, in all its versions, as reckless.

2015 50

Clinton’s 48 Minutes of Magic Add to the Oratorical Feast at the Democratic National Convention

DeFinis Communications

It has been an oratorical feast at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte this week. Any aspiring or seasoned public speaker has a ringside seat to observe some of the best main stage political speakers in the world. As a speech coach, it has been delightful to witness such passionate oratory delivered via powerful performance techniques and heartfelt storytelling. Yesterday I wrote about Michelle Obama, Julian Castro, and Deval Patrick. If you missed it, you can read it here.

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Facebook = Platform for Baby Boomer Mourning

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

 Artist Charlotte Toal reinforced the gravitas. Baby Boomer Tom Cordaro, a lawyer in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is dead.   His family, friends of the family and the gang from college days have been busy during the past 24 hours mourning him on Facebook.  Yes, Facebook, which no longer belongs to teens ( Here is TECH CRUNCH's report on how we have taken over this medium.). His daughter, for example, posted his favorite Italian music.

2014 57

Post-DNC: Can Barack Obama opt out of attack politics

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Barack Obama traveled to the DNC in Charlotte facing nasty headwinds from the documentary film "2016: Obama's America." " No surprise, he defaulted into attack politics in his acceptance speech.    But now it's post-DNC.    He can opt out of all that. In the debates and the other kinds of public speaking he does he can throw his opponents off their game by presenting common ground. 

Obama “On Fire” in Iowa

DeFinis Communications

There, Obama launched The Road to Charlotte Tour with a rousing rebuttal to the GOP convention platform last week. If you’re looking for an example of someone who knows how to create a fire in the belly of an audience, look no further than President Obama’s speech last Friday in Urbandale, Iowa. There are numerous best practices to note in this speech, but the one I want to emphasize is the use of his overall energy.

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A Commercial Writer: Nothing wrong with that

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Seton Hill University's Class of '67 had produced a number of artists, including my former roommate Charlotte Toal and fellow Jersey Girl Irene Nunn.  Recently, on Facebook where we hang out, I was referred to as a "fellow artist." " I made the correction.  I told The Group (it was an all-women's college back then) that I was not an artist.  I was a commercial writer. My genius is packaging.

2013 50

News broadcast of a speech read out in full for 3 minutes: too much & too inauthentic?

Max Atkinson

Presenter Eddie Mair told us on BBC Radio 4's early evening news programme PM that they were going to play the whole of Charlotte Church's statement after she and her family had settled their case for phone-hacking damages against News International's now defunct News of the World (above). Charlotte Church may not be a politician, but this unusually long clip gives us a chance to check on both these issues at the same time. Something very unusual happened today.

A Neighborhood Which Showcased Assimilation - Now, Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill Seems Template for Hate

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

I continually visited former classmates Charlotte Oliwa Toal and M. The world knows and weeps: The Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has become a crime scene. Suspect in custody Robert Bowers allegedly killed 11 and wounded six others. Here are more details from the media. The sadness is not just associated with the loss of human life. Also, obviously, Squirrel Hill can no longer be considered a model of successful assimilation. 

"45 Years" - A wife finds the other woman is a ghost living in the attic

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  It's all in the facial expressions of British wife, Kate, played by Charlotte Rampling in the film "45 Years."  "  Not long before the couple's 45th anniversary party, a letter comes for her doddering husband, Geoff. Five years ago he had had a heart bypass. And he has lost his vigor. The letter informs him of this: The authorities have found the body of the lover he lost in an accident in the Alps before meeting Kate. It

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The Power of Polished Technical Demos and Why I Love My Work

DeFinis Communications

Last week I was in Charlotte, NC teaching a technical presentation skills program for one of my favorite clients, Autodesk. Autodesk, Inc. NASDAQ: ADSK ) is an American mulitnational corporation that focuses on 2D and 3D design software for use in architecture, engineering and building construction, manufacturing, and media and entertainment. The company is best known for its flagship computer-aided design software AutoCAD.

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Debt-Free - How 6 Women Did It & You Can Too

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In New York Magazine , Charlotte Cowles chronicles how 5 young women paid off student loans fast. The amounts ranged from a high of $110k to a low of $21k. They included both undergraduate and professional programs.    The major tactic was to become totally frugal. Yes, it is really possible for an adult to pull that off. They simply made paying off that debt their priority. A few got lucky and their husbands pitched in.

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Alum success: a wonderful essay

Joan Detz Speaker Services

Lucinda Trew (General Manager, Executive Communications, Spectra Energy) was invited to be a contributor to an arts/culture online publication, Charlotte Viewpoint. Her first essay ran a couple of weeks ago (see link below). . Take a few moments to read Lucinda’s essay. The writing is crisp, fresh, original. I will follow her creative writing with great interest. Lucinda has attended all of my speechwriting seminars, plus “The Business of Six-Figure Speechwriting.”

Hepburn Family: Suicide Gene?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

 In the 2010 Hepburn biography I KNOW WHERE I'M GOING, author Charlotte Chandler reinforces how deeply the actress was affected by her brother Tom's suicide.  Did Katherine Hepburn live so fully because she suspected the family might carry a suicide gene? In   In addition, Chandler keeps mentioning that Hepburn's grandfather on the mother's side also committed suicide.

What America Reads…

Matt Eventoff

45 – The Charlotte Observer 187,633 244,494. I found this post from Brian Solis very interesting – a list of the top media outlets, by circulation, as well as the 25 most popular blogs in America, as compiled by BurrellesLuce. . Marshall McLuhan is famous for stating “the medium is the message&# and with the introduction of a newer medium (online, web) there is constant debate as to its effect on older mediums (print, broadcast).

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"A Million Little Things" - The Friends Can't Shake Off the Darkness

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

They agree Charlie, short of Charlotte, is fine. The second season of "A Million Little Things" kicks off with the joy of the birth of a baby. The mother Delilah consults Eddie, whom everyone now knows is the father, about a name. But that's about it for lightness. The dark cloud which had hung over this series from the get-go returns. Eddie and his estranged lawyer wife Katherine had been trying to work things out. He tells her he wants to come home.

2019 40

Your College Reunion Will Be Tweeted

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

They were Kathleen Huebner, Irene Nunn, Charlotte Toal, and Lee Harrison. Plan to gush about your success at your next college reunion? Maybe you better pay an executive coach about how to comport yourself during that weekend so that you don't become a global joke. The odds are that a classmate such as myself is live-tweeting your every move.

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Barack Obama: Anointed King of Tweetville with 52,757 tweets-per-minute (TPM)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Barack Obama cames out of the Charlotte being anointed, informally, the King of Tweetville.   The Democratic National Convention changed the metrics for influence.    Forget Nielsen.    Forget what the establishment media commentators are saying. Forget  Forget polling.    The way influence is perceived and measured is in tweets. 

The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

The Eloquent Woman

Last week, I shared two exhibits that will let you get close to Lincoln''s speeches , and Famous Speech Friday looked at a searing Charlotte Church speech about sexism in the music industry. Fans of The Eloquent Woman on Facebook see links to good reads, resources and ideas from other sources there, in addition to posts from the blog. But you won''t miss a thing, since I''m summarizing that extra content and putting it here on the blog for all readers to see.

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December 26, 2013: We made it through Christmas, this year through Facebook

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

 That all includes my college buddies from the Class of 1967: Lee Harrison, Charlotte Toal, Irene Nunn, Kathleen Huebner and outlier Anne Desmond (who is spiritually on Facebook but has yet to friend us officially).  All of us on our Facebook network made it to this morning, December 26, 2013.

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Facebook Got Class of 1967 through Newtown, CT Tragedy

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Charlotte Toal represented the first.  Generations filter catastrophes differently.    When the reports of a school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School started early last Friday morning, I needed my buddies from the Class of 1967. 

Never Ghost-Free, But.

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

I stood in front of the hospital where my freshman BFF - Charlotte Oliwa Toal -  had been taken with a kidney ailment. I feared she would die, leaving me alone with all those classmates hoping to graduate with a MRS. But Charlotte made it back to the dorm. That Is it possible for adults determined to move forward with our little lives to become "ghost-free? Not likely. I've been wrestling with ghosts since the mid 1960s.

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Killer Direct-Mail Piece: I have Rescue Dog Lee K. To Thank

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

 The ring leaders were Kathleen Huebner, Irene Nunn, Lee Harrison, and Charlotte Toal. Intuitively, we in creative fields always sensed that once we got off our butt and did something, even picking up the broom and cleaning the house, the juices would start to flow again.

Twitter: Is it too sophisticated for lots and lots of mainstream advertising?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Already waiting for me were messages from old college friends like Charlotte Toal asking where I was. I finally entered the ethos of Facebook when I drove cross-country from New Haven, Connecticut to Tucson, Arizona - with dog Lee K. Nightly, when we hit the motel I would share with Facebook friends the ordeals and pleasant surprises of the day. There was also a Starbucks digital gift card on Facebook from colleague Toby Bloomberg, cheering me on the next 500 miles. 

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2015's top 10 Famous Speech Friday posts

The Eloquent Woman

Charlotte Church's lecture on sexism in music addressed an industry group and didn't mince words. In 2015, your most-read Famous Speech Friday speeches took place at TED and on television, at awards ceremonies and (figuratively) in an elevator. There were keynotes and knockout hits. They tackle education, work, arts, religion, politics, and women's rights. Only a couple of this year's top 10 came from the past, and one--number one--was given by a man, one of the few in our collection.

2015 52

Polar Vortex Returning: Arizona Relocation put on ice (power of conversation v web research)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

 In addition to Huebner those former college friends include Lee Harrison, Irene Nunn, Charlotte Toal and Karen Cordaro. Over the weekend, we all bellied up to the car wash and had the salt removed from the undercarriage.  The autos shined.  Then this afternoon in our 1,400 unit residential complex a few dropped the PV phrase: Polar Vortex.  It was coming back this week, starting with snow tonight.   Here is the media coverage of the return of PV. 

2014 52

Facebook: Turning up ugly underbelly underneath cute kitten/family gathering photos

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Thanks to this social network I have resumed friendships with Seton Hill , Greensburg, Pennsylvania Class of 1967 members such as Lee Harrison, Irene Nunn, and Charlotte Toal. Let's cut to the chase. I have a hunch that I am not alone.    One of those accidental acquaintances on Facebook turned so sour that I had to call in legal help - and more. 

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Kathleen Huebner - Seton Hill U, 1967

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

They were Lee Harrison, Irene Nunn, and Charlotte Toal. It's a trick I learned from blogging about the high-traffic Drudge Report: That's to search the archives for an unflattering photo of the nemesis. And that's what I have done. Here's a photo of Kathleen Huebner which probably is not the worst. But not the best. We take what we can from the digital archives. Huebner and I matriculated together at Seton Hill University, Greensburg, Pennsylvania during the 1960s.

2016 50

1644 Park Avenue, East Harlem: When the building is the social network

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

 Members include Lee Harrison, Irene Nunn, Kathleen Huebner and Charlotte Toal. Those who resided at 1644 Park Avenue in East Harlem were blessed with the unique kind of social support system only urban dwellers can experience.  Everything is there. So is everyone.    Here The New York Times highlights some of that closeness. Those who had lived there not only lost their homes.  They lost each other.

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