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10 Lessons from Jim Carrey for Public Speakers

Manner of Speaking

I recently came across the six-minute film, Jim Carrey: I Needed Color. It is a beautifully shot and wonderfully told story about Jim Carrey’s fascination with art, particularly painting. The movie shows a side of Carrey with which many people … Continue reading → Motivation Psychology of Public Speaking Art Emotion Florian Mueck Jim Carrey Luciano Pavarotti Olivia Schofield Oscar Wilde public speaking storytelling

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Can a slidedoc ever be a presentation?

Presentation Guru

In scientific presentations, pre-made slides are a bane and a boon at the same time. Some journals offer all the figures from publications as slides, but it’s usually as a single unalterable image, which make the slide often unsuited for presentation.

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Speechwriters: Are you working on more than one speech at a time?

Joan Detz Speaker Services

Since September 1st, I have accepted seven speechwriting assignments – most due in late September or October, with one due in November. This is a demanding load. How do I juggle seven speechwriting assignments? I don’t. I set priorities and I only work on one speech at a time.

Want to boost conference attendance? Add women speakers

The Eloquent Woman

There's a little-observed phenomenon going on in conferences today: Many "mainstream" conferences in all industries feature few women speakers, and women speakers experience serious hurdles to get on their programs.

A lesson from Apple’s launch of the iPhone X

Manner of Speaking

The iPhone X (pronounced “iPhone 10”) was touted as the next leap forward in smartphones. It is the first smartphone from Apple to feature a full-screen display, it has “Super Retina” resolution, wireless charging and more. Apple revealed it to the world on 12 … Continue reading → Preparation Props Apple Craig Federighi iPhone X Presentation props public speaking Steve Jobs

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 259) – Jonathan Evison

Manner of Speaking

“You have to smile, if you expect anybody to smile back.” — Jonathan Evison Photo courtesy of Keith Brofsky. Quotes for Public Speakers Jonathan Evison public speaking public speaking quotes quotes smile

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Media training: More words to avoid (Let’s shut the door on “open the kimono”)

Joan Detz Speaker Services

I’m not sure why some executives say “Open the kimono” during a media interview. I really have no idea why they use these words. But I wish they would permanently drop the phrase from all future interviews, Q&A sessions, and presentations. In fact, it would be nice if they never uttered this phrase again. It’s […]. Media training Presentation skills Social media

Romantic Love - Not for i-Generation, So Expect Industries to Be Shaken Up

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Falling in love is not on the minds of the I-Generation, that is, those born between 1995 and 2012. That's what the survey of now-famous psychologist Jean Twenge found. And, since youth determines values in America, we might be seeing the beginning of the end of the cult of romantic love.

The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

The Eloquent Woman

I read a lot about women and public speaking, and post my finds first on The Eloquent Woman on Facebook. But I always collect them here for you on Mondays as well. Here's what I've been reading lately: Bilingual advantage: Does being bilingual make your brain more robust? Find out here.

Do you backup?

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

I just read an email about an author from Port Elizabeth who has lost over 200 pages from a book that she is busy writing after her laptop was stolen. These are over 200 pages of the only draft! While I feel sorry for her, I hear this kind of story almost every week. How simple is it to really backup your files? I am sure that right now, she is thinking that perhaps she should back up on a more regular basis.

When Winds Die Down, Water Recedes - How to Apply for Job at Home Depot

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Again, the business experts are wrong. Some of them predicted that home improvement retailers such as Home Depot would take it on the chin. That was because more folks were renting, therefore not purchasing merchandise to fix their property. Well, extreme weather made that forecast ridiculous.

Michelle Rounds, Rosie O'Donnell's Former Wife, Committed Suicide

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Is this second decade of the 21st century The Killing Times? More and more often, the members of the media report the suicide, active or passive, of a brandname personality or someone who had achieved professional recognition. On Monday, Michelle Rounds took her own life.

Unique Legal Strategy/Funding for Taking on Equifax

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Call this arrangement the Peter Thiel funding for the little people. They are the alleged victims of the hack of Equifax data. And the litigation strategy is out of the box. It could hurt Equifax in not only the pocketbook.

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The Contract Worker - The Wall Street Journal Headlines We're Second-Class Citizens

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Brand Contract Worker is taking it on the chin, again. The Wall Street Journal article by Lauren Weber positions and packages us as second-class citizens.

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What Is News Are Locations Like Austintown, OH, as New Eden for Tourism

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Even non-businesspeople would get it: Irma hurt (a lot) tourism in the Caribbean. Yet, brandname business media such as The Wall Street Journal publish articles on that obvious consequence of Irma.    Not newsworthy, is it.

Reframing "Preventing Malpractice Lawsuits" to "Being Patient-Centered"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It's lousy advice: Pull out all stops preventing a malpractice lawsuit. That's what Richard Roberts, MD, JD says in Medical Economics. The potential is high, even for primary care physicians, that they could be sued, at least once. 

Drudge Report Doesn't Scaremonger about North Korean Missile Over Japan

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Perhaps the theatrical Drudge Report is as weary as most other human beings. There was Harvey. Then there was Irma. There is always the chaos inside the beltway. And Lady Gaga hasn't been feeling well. 

Jane Austin on U.K.'s 10-Pound Note - Yes, Authors, We Can Make It BIG

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Today, the 10-pound note in the U.K. carries the portrait of author Jane Austin. The coverage has made Fortune. So, yes, authors, not only techies, can make the BIG time.    Or, hey, we can combine the two.

Finally, Law Firms and Public Relations Agencies Partner on a Formal Network

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

As every seasoned lawyer knows: The courts of law and of public opinion continually intersect. Increasingly, law firms are partnering with public relations ones to help their clients tell their stories. Now, that partnership has taken on a more formal configuration.

Abedin/Weiner May/December Marriage Has First Contested Divorce Hearing in New York Supreme Court

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Huma Abedin is now 41 years old. Her estranged husband Anthony Weiner is currently 53. This could have been positioned and packaged as a classic May-December marriage when they tied the knot in 2010. She had the youth and exotic beauty. He had the power and know-how to navigate the D.C.

Uber - Khosrowshahi Faces "Legal Nightmare," But the Business Will Probably Continue to Thrive

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

New chief executive officer at Uber Dara Khosrowshahi is searching for a new head for its legal department, reports Bloomberg.    Current head Salle Yoo, who served five years, is leaving.    Worldwide, Uber has been a target for regulatory attacks.

Financial Services & Future of Work - Not Just Low-Value Jobs Being Eliminated

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"Vikram Pandit, who ran Citigroup Inc. during the financial crisis, said developments in technology could see 30 percent of banking jobs disappearing in the next five years."  "  - Chanyaporn Chanjaroen, Bloomberg , September 13, 2017. 

Millennial Women Could Abandon the (unofficial) Religion of America: Work

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

New York Magazine contains a long, poignant essay on the "plight" of Millennial professional women. As Lisa Miller explains, they were driven by ambition, did all the right things to get there, and yes, they did achieve solid success.

Ferrin Family - As with Hemingways, Plaths, My Relatives, There Seems to Be Suicide Gene

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The New York Post chronicles the all-too-familiar saga of multiple suicides in one family. This time, it's the Ferrin clan in Ireland. Students of literature know all about the suicides in the family of Ernest Hemingway and Sylvia Plath.

"What Happened" By Hillary Clinton - 53% of Customer Reviewers Give Book 1 Star on Amazon

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Hillary Clinton's enemies know how to hurt this aging politico. They are giving her new book "What Happened" only one star on Amazon. That "they" adds up, at least so far, to 53% of customer reviewers. Overall, the book has received a total rating of 2.9 out of a possible 5.

"Lawson v. GrubHub" - $586.56 Lawsuit Could Bring Down Gig Economy

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Being a contract worker or "gig economy" player is becoming as standard as the traditional full-time job with benefits used to be.    But, again, the legalities of the gig economy are being challenged in court.

Drudge Report Circles Back to Hillary - This Time It's "Bitter Hillary" Fun

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The Drudge Report has returned to one of its most popular topics: Hillary. This time she's presented as  Bitter Hillary.    So, the fun begins again. In the past, as we recall it had been Sick Hillary, Crooked Hillary, Angry Hillary, Lying Hillary and much more.

"What You Need to Know" - Says Who?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Members of the media, consultants, and various gadflies hawking whatever have standardized a phrase.    That is:  What you need to know.    Here is an example in today's The Wall Street Journal. This is a lousy way to get anyone's attention.

Rebranding of Steve Bannon

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The role of thought leader is back in style. Hot has cooled down. Up in front of the line for media attention are the men and women who can guide us in a measured way.    Perhaps former White House player Steve Bannon has picked up on this.

Brisk Business for Defense Lawyers - White House Chief Counsel Don McGahn, et al. Lawyer Up

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The presidency of Donald Trump has been producing lots of work for BigLaw defense attorneys. It's not simplistic to chant, like a Greek Chorus:  All The President's Lawyers Hire Lawyers. 

How Being a Compulsive Reader of Abovethelaw Landed Me a Tech Job (at age 72)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Unlikely narrative: 72 year old, female, liberal arts background, never pitched a tech product on "Shark Tank." " And here I am, currently employed at a tech company. 

The Texting, Posting to Facebook, Calling Will Stop - 3.3 Million in FL w/o Electricity to Charge E-Devices

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

I warned my Facebook buddies who are in Florida: Charge your e-devices while the electricity is still on. When the power goes off, you will only have several hours battery life left to keep us posted.    For 3.3 million , that power has gone off.

Establishment/Social Media - Irma Trumps Trump (will he label it "fake")

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Irma has sucked off media attention from Donald Trump. Likely, he will figure out a way to label the now cat-4 hurricane "fake." " The official news outlets all are tracking Irma. And interviewing the authorities and Everyman/Everywoman about how they had prepared. 

Equifax - "Crisis Response Off to Shaky Start," Hammers kglobal's Gene Grabowski

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"Equifax Crisis Response Off to Shaky Start." " That's the headline for Gene Grabowski's analysis of how the consumer-credit agency is making the data breach of the records of 143 million consumers.