Wed.Aug 05, 2020

Make Them Laugh: How to Tell a Joke on Zoom

DeFinis Communications

From the old knock-knock jokes we used to tell as kids to stories that make light of the workplace, everyone loves a good joke. Using humor is one of the best ways to get people engaged. And when you add a friendly, “jokey” tone you let listeners know your presentation won’t be one huge bore. But even if you’re a natural joke teller and known as the office comedian, it can be a challenge to make a joke come alive on Zoom. First, your audience is often muted, especially if there is a large group.

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Cancel Culture: Now Oprah Is Targeted for Targeting "Whiteness" (but, who wouldn't trade whiteness for 1/1000 of Oprah's money?)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Celebrities are becoming victims of cancel culture. There has been Ellen. Now there's Oprah. The world has turned to Twitter to turn on Oprah, who is now in her 60s and worth $2.6 billion. Oprah may or may not be able to bounce back. Even before this global attack, her two-decade-old print magazine "O" had been axed. No, folks, you won't be reading inspirational platitudes any more while waiting to get your hair styled.

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Big Debt? Get Out of It By Returning to How You Lived as a Student

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Maybe the takeaway from Erika Kullberg's story is this: Continue living like a student long after you are no longer a student. BusinessInsider reports on Kullberg's ability to pay off $225,526 in student loan debt in 23 months. Her goal after graduating Georgetown Law School was to launch her own company. An interim stop was to work in a corporate law job which paid well.

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Puritan Brand of Capitalism Never Anticipated the Anthony Levandowski Type

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

During the sentencing of former Silicon Valley engineer Anthony Levandowski, U.S. District Judge William Alsup praised his brilliance, reports Bloomberg Law. Echoes of the Ted Bundy sentencing. That high intelligence, as with serial killer Bundy, had been misdirected. Levandowski had pilfered trade secrets from Google's Waymo and brought them along to his next employer Uber. But his plea had been to one count of downloading confidential files from Google. The criminal case was "U.S.A.

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