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Manner of Speaking

In May 2009, I wrote my first post on this blog. Almost nine years to the day later, I have received my 3,000,000th visit. My sincere thanks to everyone who has stopped by. I am glad that so many have … Continue reading →

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What is Visual Tone in your Presentation?

Presentation Guru

What is Visual Tone in your presentation and, more to the point, why do you need it? This is an article for all of us who have no background or formal training in design, yet still find ourselves having to design a presentation whose message stands out from the crowd.

Laura Ellsworth & Linda McMahon Template

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

When I received an email requesting donations for Laura Ellsworth's campaign for Pennsylvania governor, I thought: She's doing a Linda McMahon. Essentially, what McMahon's strategy had seemed was to create a presence in GOP politics.

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Being Fearless with Your Fees

Speaker Launcher

George called me in a panic. “Jane, there’s a local engagement two weeks from now with a Fortune 100 company, and they have asked for my fee. What should I quote them?” ” In my mind, I’m thinking, “quote your fee” but in George’s mind is: It’s only two weeks out. They are expecting a discount. […]. The post Being Fearless with Your Fees appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

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10 tips for setting up on the day of your presentation

Manner of Speaking

I am one of the co-founders of Presentation Guru, a digital magazine for public speaking professionals. This post is part of a series designed to share the great content on Presentation Guru with the Manner of Speaking community. ——— You’ve prepared your presentation and you’ve arrived at the venue well in advance of your start time.

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Public Speaking? There’s an App for That!

Presentation Guru

The best thing you can do to become a better public speaker is to… speak in public as much as you can. Simple, right?

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Stephanie Adams - Inflicting Ultimate Revenge

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Former Playboy model turned author Stephanie Adams understood the human heart. She and her former spouse Charles Nicholai were involved in a grim custody battle over their toddler son.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 282) – Seth Godin

Manner of Speaking

“If you can’t state your position in eight words, you don’t have a position.“ “ — Seth Godin. Quotes for Public Speakers Presentation public speaking Public Speaking Quotations quotes Seth Godin simplicity

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The Campbell Brand - Conduct Contest for New Name and Logo

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The Wall Street Journal headlines its coverage of Campbell with the indictment that everything is going wrong there. Therefore, that influential newspaper is not surprised that its chief executive officer Denise Morrison has stepped down, abruptly. Here is that article. 

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Why Your Unhappy Lawyer Is Still Practicing Law

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The legal-sector manpower game has become increasingly brutal. Once knocked out of the box, it's more difficult to land another position or fairly-paid contract assignment associated with law. Check Craigslist and the low compensation keeps getting lower.

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"S.W.A.T." - Shemar Moore Grows into Hondo, Derek from "Criminal Minds" Fades Away

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

After a rocky start, "S.W.A.T." " has come together. And that's because Shemar Moore has finally become Hondo. Also, maybe we fans of "Criminal Minds" have allowed him to stop being Derek. In the "S.W.A.T."

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Plunging Birth Rate - Family Values, Not Trumpism, Could Bring Down Alt-Right

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

From 2016 to 2017, the birth rate in the U.S. declined 2%, documents the National Center for Health Statistics. Currently there are about 60.2 births for every 1,000 females. Here are more details from Bloomberg.

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Post-Disney Sale, New Fox Will Be Headed by Lachlan Murdoch

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Lachlan Murdoch is taking on a leading role in the family business - finally. But, Papa Bear Rupert Murdoch will still be in the loop. In The Hill , Joe Concha reports: "Lachlan Murdoch.

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The Rats Came Up from the Basement - Global Influence Game Spiraled Out of Control

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

There is that blunt adage in Manhattan: Things are assessed to be under control if the rats stay in the basement and don't join the guests who are dining in the restaurant above. Well, things in the global influence game have obviously gotten out of control.

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The School Year - Number of Suicide Attempts/Ideation Doubles (Vanderbilt Study)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Until the Vanderbilt study, most of the attention focused on high schools was on the shootings. Obviously, going to high school in America had become entering the killing fields. Now, another danger has been unmasked. 

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Doug Schifter - Leveraged Suicide to Lobby Against Alleged Unfair Competition by Uber

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In 2011, app-based service Uber entered the New York City market. Like Amazon, it did and is still doing whatever is necessary to grab market share. Last year, Uber had a $4.5 billion loss.

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"An increase in large-scale job cut announcements could be on the horizon," John Challenger, quoted in Bloomberg

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The ethos is optimism. Job creation numbers are high, unemployment is low. The rate of joblessness - 3.2% - is even at a recent bottom for older workers.    But, there's an undertow of scary pessimism.

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Retiring - Florida Isn't So Affordable, Not Any More

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"There's a myth that Florida is so 'cheap.'" '" That's what I informed the 70-something public relations expert I had been coaching about semi-retirement. She had taken a package from a health organization.

A Business World Beyond Branding - Looking at Uber's End to Mandatory Arbitration

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Uber's relatively new chief legal officer Tony West took a key step in pulling the company out of its branding mess. But that may not have a significant impact on its business per se. 

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Bypassing "Old" - Sell What You Can Do for Employer/Customer/Client

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Call it The Ageism Effect. So many over-50 are stuck with the mindset that they are "old." " And, as I hammer in this book , free to download, that makes them totally self-defeating in finding, holding onto, and moving on to better work. 

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Cryptocurrency - But, "Good Girls" Made Money Laundering Cool

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Sure, there are the complaints that cryptocurreny is nothing but a platform for money laundering.    Of course, that's not true.

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Joselyn Ortega - She Had No One to Protect Her from Herself

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

No surprise, today Yoselyn Ortega was sentenced to life in prison, without the possibility of parole. Here is the media coverage. Tabloids had labeled her the "killer nanny."

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The Salt Lake Tribune Cuts 1/3rd Newsroom - Should the Rest Hang Around for a Package?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Yet another media outlet with a print legacy admits it's dancing on the rim of extinction. At The Salt Lake Tribune, owner Paul Hunstman announced the business is laying off 1/3rd the newsroom. Its attempted pivot to more digital hasn't been as successful as hoped.

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Standardized Testing Industry - Major Threat to Brand

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Standardized testing has permeated all aspects of U.S. That ritual goes beyond the educational institution. Applicants for a growing number of jobs, for example, also are required to take one or more standardized tests. They could be focused on assessing knowledge, skills, or personality.

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WSJ 1, Driverless Car 0

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

There was that fatal accident by a Uber self-driving car. A pedestrian was killed. Then a Waymo self-driving car was involved in a serious accident. Yes, there were injuries and serious property damage.

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Distract Employers From Your Age - 2 Tactics

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Ageism is real in the workplace. But, the good news is that it's not new. Way back in 1999, Fortune documented that corporations were shedding employees who were middle aged.    Since then, proven tactics have evolved to distract employers from your age per se.

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Over-50 & Laid Off - Four Reasons to Get Survival Job

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

A major mistake the over-50 in transition make is this: Not doing paid work between jobs. The typical case was the 61-year-old lawyer laid off last year. She "enjoyed" unemployment. But, because she wasn't working her skills atrophied. And not only the legal ones.

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St. Paul's Prep School - Branding/Legal Problems Didn't End with Owen Labrie

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Elite St. Paul's School, based in Concord, New Hampshire, can't shake trouble - neither the branding nor the legal kinds. The latest development again focuses on alleged stealth sexual activities at St. Paul's.

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Dow Jones, Multiple Jobs Listed on Mediabistro, 5/18/18 (help - wanted)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Here is just one example. careers

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Unfriending - Necessary, But Tough on Our Comfort Zone

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The Wall Street Journal published an article on the challenges involved in unfriending those on our professional network.    The bottom line in its advice is: Think carefully before friending.    No surprise, this issue has become important enough to make it to The Wall Street Journal. Digital makes it all too easy to communicate with more and more of those associated with our careers. 

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Brand LSAT - Resentment of Generations Which Had No Choice But to Buy It

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

UCLA School of Law is the most recent to provide the GRE option to the LSAT. And, the American Bar Association could officially end the test requirement for admission to accredited law schools. Here are more details from lawyer-journalist Kathryn Rubino at Abovethelaw.com. Of course, the whole LSAT industry, ranging from administers of the test to those high-priced tutors, could go the way of the print newspaper. 

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Newsday, Melville, NY - Multiple Jobs on Mediabistro.com - Jobs, 5/17/18 (help-wanted)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Here is just one, for environmental reporter. careers

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The Hill, D.C. - Campaign Editor (help-wanted)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Here are details and how to apply. careers

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Insurance Industry Report Editor, Woburn, MA (help-wanted)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Here are details and how to apply. careers

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Courthouse News Service, Charlotte, NC - Full-time Reporter (help-wanted)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Here are details and how to apply. careers

Social Media Investigator, Westminister, CO (help-wanted)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Here are details and how to apply. careers

Public Affairs Council, DC - Communications, etc. (help-wanted)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Here are details and how to apply. careers

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