Sat.Jun 24, 2017 - Fri.Jun 30, 2017

Are you comparing your 3D self to a cardboard cutout?

Speak Schmeak

Presentation Guru has published one of my articles this week on why it's harmful to compare ourselves to others, and how to stop. Will you ever be a great presenter if you don’t believe in your own ability and worth?

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Ulysses – markdown editing

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

Before I tell you about Ulysses and why I think it’s a great piece of software, a quick primer on markdown. What is markdown? Markdown is an easy way to create rich documents using a plain text editor (with bold , italic , etc), and it is particularly useful to create HTML content. Markdown makes it easy to create blog posts without having to worry too much about the formatting, but you can still perform powerful formatting in a text editor. For example, you can create: A headings.

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Clean Up Your Presentation – There’s an App for That!

DeFinis Communications

Use your smartphone to improve your public speaking skills. Most business professionals have some brand of smartphone by now. And every day we can learn new ways to use them to increase productivity. But did you know your smartphone can also help you improve your public speaking skills? It’s true!

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This Is What Every Nervous Speaker Needs To Be Told

Presentation Guru

In this article, Jim Harvey identifies 3 new rules to help the less experienced presenter who wants to stand out, to build their confidence and skills more quickly.

2017 81

Movie Magic: How to Sync With Your Audience

Duarte Blog

Studies from Princeton professor Uri Hasson show that certain movies can actually synchronize the brains of the audience. The article reports that viewers “tend to blink at the same time ,” and that, “Even their brain activity is, to a remarkable degree, synchronized.”.

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Drudge Report - Is It Being Straight or Is It Smirking about Trump's Being Labeled "Crazy"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The headline on the  Drudge Report is: Summer of Crazy. Click on the link and the Grabein News covers the speculations that the president of the United States - Donald Trump - is, yes, crazy. And becoming more so. There is even the phrase "criminally insane."

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Hot Meeting Industry Trends Speakers Need to Know About

Speaker Launcher

Many years ago, someone predicted that video conferencing would take over the world and speakers would no longer be invited to speak at live events. As we all know, that did not happen. And do you want to know why? Because part of the success of live events is the ability for people to interact […]. The post Hot Meeting Industry Trends Speakers Need to Know About appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

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Freelance speechwriters: Time to update your website?

Joan Detz Speaker Services

If it’s time to update your website, make sure you cite comments/clients/recommendations from a wide geographical range. Freelance speechwriting is a global business – if you market it globally.

Leveraging Pop Culture in Communications - Who's the Audience, Who Are You

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In his concurrence on "U.S. Perez-Silvan," 9th Circuit Judge John Owens leverages a reference to pop culture. Specifically it was to locating the Well of the Souls in "Raiders of the Lost Ark." " Here are details from lawyer-journalist Kathryn Rubino at Abovethelaw.com.

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[Podcast] Reinventing Your Brand to Hit Next Level Revenue with Michael Hoffman

Speaker Launcher

Many of you may know Michael Hoffman. He’s a great friend and resource of The Speaker Launcher site, sharing with us his wealthy tips on How to Go Deeper with Clients and How to Let the Audience Speak for You. Michael has been in the speaking business for over 20 years and speaks and educates people […]. The post [Podcast] Reinventing Your Brand to Hit Next Level Revenue with Michael Hoffman appeared first on Jane Atkinson. Many of you may know Michael Hoffman.

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Data Visualization – The Perfect Combination of Analytics and Art

Presentation Guru

Presentation Guru was recently invited to a demonstration by Tableau on how to Make Your Data Make an Impact. The company and a current Tableau user, who was the main case study, gave impressive presentations and it certainly whetted our appetite to find out more.

Observational Humor — Case Study #157

Humor Power

Visit Bala’s Indian Humor Blog for a new Observational Humor post. He is very talented and frequently posts monologues. The one he posted today is excellent. Humor In Speaking

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Staples Taken Private - But Likely Competitors Such as Boxaid Will Continue Eating Its Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Back in the late 1980s, newbie entrepreneurs such as myself might have found Staples a gift from the small-business gods. It blew into shopping centers in 1986.

2017 56

Henry Bello - For Him, Was Being Fired Ultimate Stressor (and what should employers do)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Today, medical doctor in family practice Henry Bello injured six and murdered one at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital. When cornered by the police, he killed himself. Two years ago that medical facility had fired him.

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Grudges, Donald Trump and The Old Neighborhood

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In The Atlantic , Peter Beinart attempts to pack the complex Donald Trump into The Grudge Box. That need to take action on his enemies characterizes him, posits Beinart.

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Jamie Reagan on "Blue Bloods" - Does He Need a Therapist?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"Blue Bloods" started in September 2010. It has been renewed for another season. Yet there are aspects of the series which just aren't credible.    At the top of the list is that the youngest son in the Reagan family - Jamie - would work as a cop.

2017 52

Drudge Report Crows House Passed Kate's Law, Ending Federal Grants for Sanctuary Cities

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The Drudge Report has swung right again. For several months it has been cooler or even critical of the Trump Administration. Today it headlines with the news that two bills passed the House which will make it tougher for illegal immigrants. 

2017 52

"Nevertheless" By Alec Baldwin - Lots of Time for the Pain

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In his memoir 'Nevertheless," Alec Baldwin recounts that he assumed that he was going to become a lawyer. That was when he left New York and enrolled in George Washington University in D.C.    His grandfather Alexander Baldwin had been an assistant DA in Brooklyn.

2017 52

Fox News Refugees Stumble - Greta Van Susteren Axed at MSNBC, Megyn Kelly's Ratings Keep Declining at NBC

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

There was a magic at Fox News in the era of media genius Roger Ailes. Let's forget for now his alleged negative personal behavior with employees. On air personalities such as Greta Van Susteren and Megyn Kelly became stars and sustained that high wattage.

2017 52

Catholic Church Sexual Abuse Scandal Reaches into Vatican - Cardinal George Pell Charged

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The Roman Catholic Church's sexual abuse scandal is not over. In fact, a new investigation is reaching right into the Vatican.

2017 52

Saint Kathryn - Gabriel Sherman of Legal Sector

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Lawyer-journalist Kathryn Rubino has created a brandname by covering gender discrimination compensation lawsuits filed against BigLaw. With so many of them and all of them being high profile, Rubino, whose columns are published on Abovethelaw, could become the Gabriel Sherman of the legal sector.

2017 52

Class of 2021 - On the Way to No Regrets

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"I didn't read all the books on the list." " That's what a member of the Class of 1967 at Seton Hill , Greensburg, Pennsylvania, confessed to me that first night in the dorm. We were sharing a tin of homemade fudge.

2017 52

Google - Will It Wind Up a King Lear, Ranting It's More Sinned Against, Than Sinning

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The fundamental of capitalism is confidence in the dynamics of the Invisible Hand. Or, how the unfettered marketplace plays outs. That's why anything which unfairly or illegally disrupts that operation must be identified and punished. Otherwise, trust is destroyed in capitalism.

2017 52

Megyn Kelly's "Sunday Night" - Ratings in Downward Spiral

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

One-time star of partisan cable Fox News - Megyn Kelly - seems to be having a problem adjusting to old-line network television. Many had anticipated this. After all, the viewer experience the late Roger Ailes had created was and still is very different from what network audiences expect and want.

2017 52

Katherine Dettwyler - Line Between Private and Professional Selves Blurred

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The world knows: The University of Delaware will not renew the contract of adjunct professor of anthropology - Katherine Dettwyler. That institution of higher learning stated: Her negative comments on Facebook about Otto Warmbier did not reflect its values. 

Girl Falls From Amusement Park Ride - Legal/Branding Fall-Out

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The world rejoices that the ride-faller at Six Flags Great Escape was rescued. The condition of that 14-year-old girl remains unknown, however. But, in this litigious society, the question on so many minds is: Does she have grounds for a lawsuit? In addition, the brand is everything.

2017 52

Albert Demagnus Fatal Home Invasion - Flashback to Petit Family Tragedy

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Three thugs entered the home of Albert Demagnus. The house was in an upscale location in Georgia. They allegedly stabbed Demagnus to death. They had demanded cash and jewelry. Their getaway was the victim's own Lexus.

2017 52

Megyn Kelly's "Sunday Night" - Lacks Hustle, Passion, Pacing, Content of "60 Minutes"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

If this is how Megyn Kelly is playing out for the 7:00 P.M. NBC slot, god help the network when she's doing the 9:00 A.M. one in the fall. Her glam and lack of audience connection are bad fits for prime time. They will be a disaster for the morning when we are on only on our second cup of coffee. 

2017 52

William Morva - Can This Life Be Saved/Should It Be Saved

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

William Morva, convicted of two 2006 murders, is scheduled to be executed in a bit more than a week in Virginia. As The Washington Post reports, there are people, including legal experts, trying to prevent that. They advocate that the sentence be converted to life without the possibility of parole.

2017 52

Johnny Williams & Social Media - It's Come to This

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

We all do it all the time: We link to an opinion piece which aligns with our world view and re-purpose it on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn Update. Usually, there may be a few or a lot of likes, shares or comments. And that's that. We and the internet move on to other points of view.

2017 52

"The Robot Said to Invest in." - And, Those of Us Who Are Sticking with Financial Planners

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Artificial intelligence (AI) or the Robo Advisor is supposedly disrupting the traditional rite of passage of signing on with a financial planner. The new conventional wisdom is that, after landing the first good job, Millennials now turn to AI for self-directed investing.

Oh, No, More Turmoil - If Justice Anthony Kennedy Retires.

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Even on this hot weekend in the beginning of summer 2017, there is no let-up on the speculation about the next stunner of a development in the Trump Administration. The current buzz is about this possibility: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, 80, could announce his retirement Monday.

2017 52

Purpose, Not Promotion - Marketing from the Soul

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

A global copywriting firm and a computer sales/repair service both have hired me to make their marketing communications more effective. That was right after our first conversation. How that happened is that my purpose was to help them scale up. Yes, a growth hack. I didn't promote my services.

Drudge Report Ranks #2 in Digital Media - Tabloid Formula Sells Big (but we miss flashing blue light)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The Drudge Report beat out Fox News, HuffPost, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal in digital rankings. The most recent metrics - May 2017 - indicate that the Drudge Report is #2 in digital page views. Only MSN is ahead of it. What is still winning the clickbait game is the Drudge tabloid formula of presenting news. Gone is the flashing blue light which used to signal that a news item was supposed to be big.

2017 40

The Ugly American - 2017 Version

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

There are so many institutions and values in America which have positioned and packaged this nation as number-one in the world. At the top of the list is our legal system. That could all go down the drain. In its place could return the perception of The Ugly American. That could range from how the U.S. Supreme Court operates to the alleged legal machinations in the White House.

2017 40

Drudge Report Curates New Game of Watching Megyn Kelly, Fox News Scramble - The Best Summer Entertainment Ever

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The Drudge Report knows exactly what news internet surfers want. So, of course, it has curated Variety's coverage of the low ratings for both Megyn Kelly's "Sunday Night" and for her old home Fox. Glam Girl Kelly and the House Roger Ailes built are the ones many love to hate right now. They had been hot, influential and rich. Now they seem to be racing to has-been status. The game is to watch them scramble. It's in a downward trajectory that dumb mistakes are made.

2017 40

Observational Humor — Case Study #155

Humor Power

It’s time for an Observational Humor monologue presented at at the end of an NSA chapter meeting. THE SET-UP (Providing what happened during the meeting to help you make sense of the jokes.). The majority of the speakers for the meeting had names starting with J and three of them were named John. The featured speaker, Lois Creamer, was from out of town. The meeting was held on Mother’s Day weekend. The Chapter encouraged people to bring their Mothers to the meeting.

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