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4 lessons from my 20-year-old cat

Manner of Speaking

Today, 15 May 2019, is a big day in our family. Our cat Pico is now 20 years old. A significant milestone. According to generally agreed conversion rates, if Pico were human, she would be 96.

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3 Takeaways for Professional Speakers from the Brene Brown Netflix Special

Speaker Launcher

I recently watched the new Brené Brown Netflix special. How smart is Netflix for bringing DIY learning content to their platform? I’ve seen Brené’s Ted Talk, so I knew what to expect.

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How to Write a Great Talk: Murder Your Darlings

Duarte Blog

Writing teachers commonly use the phrase “kill your darlings” to describe the editing process.

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Distressed Conde Nast Unloads Another Title

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

There's a dog fight in the media business for survival. And many of those media properties with a print background continue to get mauled. The Conde Nast publishing empire, which flourished in print times, has just unloaded another title. It's Brides.

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Transitions in a speech or presentation

Manner of Speaking

Have you ever been in the audience listening to a speaker and found yourself lost? You weren’t exactly sure where the speaker was going or how the different points in a speech were connected?

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How Much Should I Charge? with Jane Atkinson

Speaker Launcher

One of the questions that I am most often asked is… How much should I charge to speak? We all have a passion for what we speak about, but it’s also a business. Today on The Wealthy Speaker Podcast, I am talking about MONEY!

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How to Write a Great Talk: Murder Your Darlings

Duarte Blog

Writing teachers commonly use the phrase “kill your darlings” to describe the editing process.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 309) – Pablo Picasso

Manner of Speaking

“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” ” — Pablo Picasso. The post Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 309) – Pablo Picasso appeared first on Manner of Speaking. Quotes for Public Speakers Pablo Picasso public speaking quotes quote

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After Life: mini review

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

If you like series written by and starring Ricky Gervais, you will love After Life, a six episode comedy (and I use the word “comedy” loosely) on Netflix. In After Life, the wife of main character, Tony (Ricky Gervais) dies after a prolonged battle with illness.

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Quote of the day: US President Eisenhower

Joan Detz Speaker Services

“People in the long run are going to do more to promote peace than our governments. Indeed, I think people want peace so much that one of these days our governments had better get out of the way and let them have it.” ” (during a 1959 TV broadcast). International speakers Speechwriting

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Disruptive Solution for Inequality: Shut Down Elite Educational Institutions like Ecole Nationale d'Adminstration (as well as Harvard, et al.)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In France, populist protesting has taken the form of the yellow-vests. 

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Which post-war Oxford-educated prime minister was the most effective public speaker?

Max Atkinson

10 of the 14 UK prime-ministers between 1945 and 2019 were educated at Oxford University. One, Gordon Brown was educated at university in Scotland. None went to Cambridge, Durham, Manchester, London or any other English university.

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What high sales performers do before and in email…

SpeakerSue Says...

“Email isn’t just a response to a request but a strategic tool that can set you apart from others” SpeakerSue. Email, when used strategically, is an amazing tool to initiate, nurture, grow and close business. But if modern, authentic sales process isn’t understood or applied, email morphs into opening words like, “How are you today?”

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CBS + Viacom = Reductions in Force

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

From the employee point of view "Mergers & Acquisitions" is code for redundancies. The joint entity doesn't need two investor relations departments. And with the legal and other expenses involved with any M&A, costs will also have to be downsized.

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Zen & the Global Economy (i.e. Don't Know How Bad It Could Get)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It's 10.31 AM New York Time. The Dow is down 551.01 points. And the question is:  How bad will it get?    That is, the entire interconnected global economy. Many of us have had it with the supposed experts.

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"Good Girls" - Is Beth a Bad Human Being?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

On Sunday night's episode of "Good Girls," FBI Jim makes a provocative assertion: Beth is a bad human being. That is something many of us devoted to this series probably have not considered.

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Outsourcing Parenting - Soon Enough, Though, There Probably Won't Be Any Children (at least among The Professional Class)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Supposedly timely for Mother's Day, USA Today provides a feature on outsourcing parenting. The tasks farmed out range from potty training to childproofing the residence. None of that comes cheap. However, outsourcing parenting is nothing new in the history of civilization.

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Going Off Traditional Networking Grid - Strength of Weak Ties

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

No surprise, in the first part of a 12-part presentation on rainmaking, Lateral Link's Cordell Parvin discussed how to leverage "weak ties." " Here you can view it for free. That approach to networking is 46 years old. Yet, it remains underused.

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Oh No - President Donald Trump Dates Himself By Alfred E. Neuman Reference

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

A fundamental of communications is to keep references today - and cool. Otherwise the speaker, tweeter, or establishment media player comes across as, yes, "old."

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BuzzFeed Fingers Tony Robbins for Alleged Inappropriate Behavior, Including Sexual Misconduct

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Law firm for celebrities Lavely & Singer denies it all. Among its clients is Bill Cosby.    The "it" is the allegation of inappropriate behavior by mega guru Tony Robbins. That ranges from alleged verbal abuse of audience members to sexual misconduct with employees.

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The BigBiz of Wrestling and Ashley Massaro

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Can a failed lawsuit "kill?" " Maybe. All too often litigation becomes an obsession. When the legal system dismisses it those who had filed it could tumble into emotional despair and/or rage. For former WWE performer Ashley Massaro the response might have been hopelessness.

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The Great Enigma of Mental Illness/Substance Abuse Diagnosis, Treatment, and Fees Paid in America (with such mediocre outcomes)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Patrick Kennedy, son of Ted Kennedy, was the champion on this one: He helped push into law the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act. Supposedly that was to create a level playing field in how healthcare insurers covered mental illness and sundry compulsions, including drug-taking. 

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"For the People" - Not One Thing Going for It

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It's official. That clunker of a legal drama "For the People" won't be renewed on ABC. From the get go, it was a disaster. That was much like that other legal drama "The Deep End," which only lasted a few months in 2010.

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Story Time: The U.S. Economy

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In business news, such as The Wall Street Journal, there is the pile on of speculation by experts what could trigger The Whopper. For instance, here is WSJ coverage of how 2/3rds of chief financial officers predict the end is near and that many corporations aren't adequately prepared.

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Pop Culture (and many courts) Addicted to AA Meetings

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It's a lazy producer's standard trick: Panning the camera on Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings to signal that character X or Y is troubled.    Tonight the camera doing the AA meeting panning was on "Chicago P.D." " That's how the episode kicked off.

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Babies: Excellent ROI for American Business

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Law is not a composite of Platonic forms stored out there in some mystical universe that human beings struggle to understand and interpret. Incidentally, that Platonism had been the fundamental of Roman Catholicism. The Pope, Catholic dogma held, had access to that realm of absolutes.

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Raw Takeaway: Don't Be Hated Criminal If You Want Top Legal Talent Defending You

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It would be hyperbolic to say that the sixth amendment is threatened. However, there is growing danger that defendants in criminal proceedings will lose access to talented lawyers.    The reason isn't money. It's the impact of social pressure on the defense attorneys.

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Re-Thinking Rapid Growth - From Uber to CKR Law

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Rapid growth has been carrying a stink. Many of us recall how BigLaw firm Dewey LeBoeuf's frantic growth strategy eventually resulted in bankruptcy. Here is The New Yorker's analysis. Uber, which keeps growing without generating a profit, finally has hit a wall with investors.

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Threats to Growth Always a Good Story - But, What's the Real One?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"New reports from Thomson Reuters and Citi Private Bank both found softening demand and growing expenses in the first quarter of 2019."  "  - Dan Packel, "Law Firms See Warning Signs of Slower Growth in 2019," in Law.com, May 14, 2019. Here is the article.

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Rembering Jury Award in "Hogan v. Gawker" After "Pilliod v. Monsanto" Verdict

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The $2 billion jury award for punitive damages in the "Pilliod v. Monsanto" Roundup litigation was as much a neck-snapper as the$140 million one in "Hogan v. Gawker." " The latter resulted in Gawker's going bankrupt.

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Thomas Gilbert Jr. - Can We Gain Insight From 429 B.C. Greek Drama "Oedipus Rex?"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Members of the media have been gearing up for the trial this month of Princeton graduate Thomas Gilbert Jr. The headliner in the tabloid New York Post is that his mother Shelley Gilbert will testify against him. He is being accused of murdering his father Thomas Gilbert Sr. who operated a hedge fund.

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Tears - Underused Tool in Communications

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In court yesterday when she made her guilty plea, Felicity Huffman also made all the right moves.    Her body language was subdued. She took full responsibility for what she had done. There was remorse. And, that was all topped all with tears. Here is the coverage in the LA Times.

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"Pilliod v. Monsanto" - Jury Awards $2 Billion in Punitive Damages

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Bayer might go down in business history as making a very dumb move acquiring Monsanto. For the third time Monsanto has been hit with a huge monetary verdict against it. In the California trial, beginning March 28th, the jury awarded $2 billion in punitive damages to Alva and Alberta Pilliod.

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Emerging Trend: Return of Paying Attention

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

At Law.com, Leigh Jones and Gina Passarella announce a 12-part series on mental health issues in all aspects of the legal sector. Here you can read all about it. And, at Lateral Link , senior director and career coach Cordell Parvin presented the first of 12 installments on rainmaking.

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Turns Out Chris Darden Won't Defend Eric Holder, Accused of Murdering Nipsey Hussle

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

His black identity has made and continues to make lawyer Chris Darden controversial - and a target for death threats. That was most high profile when Darden had been a prosecutor in the O.J. Simpson murder trial.

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That Lost and Found Crossroads - Which Path Will Ian Samuel Choose?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

One of the most direct paths to becoming lost in life is to experience early success. That might be how Ian Samuel wound up resigning from his associate professor position at Indiana Law School. That followed a Title IX misconduct investigation. Here are more details from Tony Mauro at Law.com.

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Facebook - Best & Brightest Turning Down Its Job Offers

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Would you accept a job offer from this guy? More and more of those from top schools, ranging from MIT to Stanford, are just saying  "no" to jobs at Facebook. CNBC reports that the acceptance rate nosedived after the Cambridge Analytica scandal.    Before it, 85% of those offered jobs took them. Now the rate ranges between 35% and 55%.    Among the big concerns is how Facebook allegedly plows over privacy matters. 

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