Fri.Apr 03, 2020

4 Tips for Choosing the Best Virtual Backgrounds on Zoom Meetings

Duarte Blog

Here at Duarte, we not only teach communication skills, we teach people how to present themselves. In this new virtual world, we have to consider how we appear and communicate virtually—like on Zoom meetings—and what that means for how our audience perceives our brand.

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Generation Z - Lost Edge

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Generation Z went by the nickname "iGen." " Their signature had been their total comfort with digital technology. Digital, not analog, had been the world they had been born into. And that gave them the unique edge. They were designated as Golden. That was then. 

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How to Create an Out-of-Office that Makes You Look Like a Professional!

SpeakerSue Says...

If you’ve been furloughed, your work week reduced or if you’re working solo in place of five others, the last thing you’re likely thinking about is your out-of-office message. But please do. Take a moment to consider the impression your OOO is making. We’re all just one word, one look, one emotion away from panic and your message will either add to your recipient’s sense of emotional certainty or elevate uncertainty. Here is a doozy: “I will be out of the office.

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Amazon's David Zapolsky - He Should Have Watched His Language

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The old joke is that the best and brightest in college go to law instead of business school because they are lousy in math. But they sure are off the chart in verbal skills. Much of law is transacted through language.

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Tragedy Again Strikes Kennedy Family - RFK's Granddaughter, Her Son Declared Drowned

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

This most recent for the Kennedy family started out in a playful manner. Gideon McKean and his friends were knocking around a ball near Chesapeake Bay in Annapolis, Maryland. He was the son of the granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean and daughter of former MD Lt. Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend. The latter is the daughter of Robert and niece of John F. Kennedy. The ball blew into the water. Mother and son jumped into a nearby canoe to retrieve it.

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The Year of COVID-19: April 3, 2020 (we all know victims, direct and indirect)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

That's the national mood. And it transcends politics-as-usual. That is, criticism of U.S. president Donald Trump by liberals and mocking of Joe Biden by conservatives. The number of victims is growing. They are direct ones, such as Abovethelaw founder David Lat who somehow pulled off surviving a severe bout of the coronavirus. And, there are the indirect ones. Included in that group are neighbors who had their hours cut and couldn't pony up the April 1 rent.

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