Fri.Aug 10, 2018

Change your perspective

Manner of Speaking

Good, better, best. Bad, worse, worst. One, two, three. Past, present, future. When we speak, we often find ourselves comparing things (e.g., different investment opportunities; different options for a business) or reviewing a timeline (e.g., stages of a project). Thus, … Continue reading → Delivery gestures Presentation public speaking stage movement Using the Stage

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Book Review: Bad Blood — Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

For anyone with even a passing interest in executive communications in Silicon Valley, Bad Blood is a must read. Wall Street Journal investigative reporter John Carreyrou delivers a step-by-step history of Theranos, a Silicon Valley startup headed by the young, charismatic founder and Stanford drop-out Elizabeth Holmes. He has written a masterful, suspenseful tale of […]. Business Communication Theranos

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Narcan Fails - Dennis Shields, 51, Dead of Apparent Overdose

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In some circles, Dennis Shields was best known as a sometimes boyfriend of Bethenny Frankel. In others, he was infamous for being the chief executive officer of LawCash. That is a kind of litigation financing - with a specific niche: lawsuits against New York City.

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As Planet Earth Boils - Memories of Sally Conroy Fullman's Annual Christmas Letter Sent Snail Mail

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

There was a time before Facebook. There really was. The platform for sharing family trivia and photos was the annual Christmas letter, sent snail mail. All too frequently, that communication went to those like myself who didn't gave a damn about all that: that is, family joy.

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How We Love, Need Our Anti-Heroes

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It's been years since television series "Without a Trace" was in production. Like all recent popular broadcast, it focused on a heavily flawed character. That was shut-down FBI special agent Jack Malone , played by Anthony LaPaglia.

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Can't Sell House - Retirement/Semi-Retirement On Hold

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Is the lesson here: If you're planning to retire/semi-retire in the next 10 years, don't buy a house? Maybe.    Increasingly, from those over-50 I coach I am hearing their angst about "not being able to sell the house." " For them, that means their future is on hold. As MarketWatch reports, sales of both existing and new houses are down double-digits and inventory is up double-digits. According to Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman, this slowdown is bound to continue.

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NewsCorp Shares Take Hit on Aussie Investment

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

NewsCorp, parent of The Wall Street Journal, has been doing relatively well, considering many of its businesses have legacy print backgrounds. But, recently Wall Street didn't like what it heard. The stock had plummeted 11%, the most in 5 years. Here are more details from Bloomberg. The trouble, at least as Wall Street sees it, is that it is investing in Aussie cable network Foxtel. That is pressuring margins.

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