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East Meets West: From Big Apple to Bay Area

Duarte Blog

After living in New York for most of my life, I knew that moving to the Bay Area would offer an exciting new environment. After making the move, I realize that the changes go far beyond the physical.

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Public Speaking Tip – 3 Techniques to Handle Hostile Audiences

Speaking Freely

(Graphic by Vector Graphics) Public speaking and presentation clients sometimes ask me how to handle hostile audiences. Frankly, I think people project more negativity onto audiences than is really there. Never the less, it is important to learn to stand openly before a group that includes people who may be judging, disagreeing or criticizing. I have […].

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Get Paid to Speak: 3 Keys to Getting Started

Speaker Launcher

Many of our blog posts are for people who speak for a living. However, what if you are just getting started? Here are a few key ideas for those of you who have a desire to become a professional speaker and need to know the first steps to get started.

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Fatal 2011 Stamford, CT Blaze - Mystery deepens as contractor Michael Borcina goes missing

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Michael Borcina became a household name on Christmas morning in Stamford, Connecticut in 2011. Now he is missing. The house he was doing renovations on in the upscale city of Stamford caught fire. The owner, Madonna Badger, lost her three young daughters and parents.

2016 67

New location, tour for my October Edinburgh workshop on metaphor

The Eloquent Woman

I'm excited that there's been a venue change for the Speechwriters & Business Communicators Conference , happening in Edinburgh, Scotland, in October: We will be meeting at the Scottish Parliament for the conference and workshops.

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Statistics don’t Need to be Sleep-Inducing in Your Presentation

SketchBubble

American detective writer Rex Stout once quipped that there are two kinds of statistics: the kind you look up and the kind you make up. In the average presentation, as soon as statistics appear on a background slide, two out of three audience members automatically fall asleep.

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East Meets West: From Big Apple to Bay Area

Duarte Blog

After living in New York for most of my life, I knew that moving to the Bay Area would offer an exciting new environment. After making the move, I realize that the changes go far beyond the physical. Before the move, I worked in a private office filled with monochrome furnishings, overlooking a sea of sleek black high-rises from the 29th floor of the Sony building in the heart of New York City.

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Famous Speech Friday: Beyoncé's speech on racism and fashion

The Eloquent Woman

Beyoncé is a well-known fan of good public speaking, having sampled Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche's TEDx talk in her song "Flawless," and Martin Luther King, Jr.'s s "I Have a Dream" speech in a performance at the BET Awards.

2016 67

Writers & authors: Tap into the expertise of government communicators to get the information you need

Joan Detz Speaker Services

A guest blog from Donna Harris, a government communicator who serves on the board of NAGC (National Association of Government Communicators) … Argh…Government! That’s what you hear these days. Either there is too much or too little government action. But wait, I work for the federal government—well to be honest—for an independent government agency and […]. Freelance Writing Professional organizations

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Getting Older

Humor Power

Tonight we went to Green Valley Ranch and saw a Beatles Tribute show. Free tickets. It was only one hour, but excellent. The audience was a bunch of old folks. Correction…they were mostly my age. The Beatles made their debut on The Ed Sullivan Show nearly 53 years ago. So you can do the math. Just when you weren’t thinking about your age, an old fogey shows up in your mirror. But I hope to keep getting older for a long time. It’s not a bad gig. Every day is a bonus.

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InsideDailyBrief - Corridor of Shame

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

On Blogging Pro - Jobs, InsideDailyBrief posts a help-wanted for a writer. Here is the ad. It has become standard to warn those considering applying for an assignment or a job that the process will entail actual work - unpaid. InsideDailyBrief did not do that. It provides its own application form.

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The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

The Eloquent Woman

If you want to keep up with my wide-ranging reading list about women and speaking in real time, follow The Eloquent Woman on Facebook where these links are posted all week long--or just head here on Mondays, where I summarize them all for you.

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Serial Killer - Hope I Don't Bump into Him/Her

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Now, I'm in the Phoenix Metro area. Since April, there have been five murders whose MO seems to be that of a  serial killer. Once that miscreant is captured and confesses or is convicted many will step forth and say they knew it all the time: That person was strange. Was this. Was that.

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Economic Pall - Even Fast Food Sales Are Down

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The uncertainty of Brexit makes it worse. But, even before that stunning event, those with small businesses such as mine could feel the economy changing. And not on an upward tick. Now  Now what we had been sensing has been confirmed.

2016 60

Would You Hire This Writing Tutor for Your Child?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The promotion of her writing tutoring services is placed in the help-wanted section of Craigslist. That's where those needing help put ads seeking vendors or even full-time employees.

2016 60

Clinton + Lynch = Possible Machiavellian Move by Bill to Derail Wife's Presidential Campaign

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

A student of Machiavelli could see dark motives in Bill Clinton's initiative at Phoenix airport. That could easily be backed up with references to Clinton's earlier track record in sabotaging his wife's presidential ambitions. Bill Clinton is a master politico.

2016 56

Beware Toastmasters - You could be toast

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Toastmasters was not for me. That's the international group which trains public speakers. My two main beefs, as I hammer here , were that I perceived: Style being made more important than substance.

2016 56

"The Voyeur's Motel" - How much fact-checking should have Gay Talese done?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Now, Gay Talese finds out that the source for his new book "The Voyeur's Motel" might have not disclosed key data. For example, that source Gerald Foos did not own the Colorado motel where he spied on guests from 1980 to 1988.

2016 56

Books - Gen Z Will Probably Not Write Too Many of Them

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Gen Z are all those human beings born after 1998. They only know a life which includes the Internet. And, according to a Goldman Sachs special report , they could be the most influential generation in America. The oldest member of Gen Z is 18.

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Gig Economy Workers - 4 Tips on How to Get Work, Get Paid in Souring World Economy

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The year 2016 has been called The Time of Don't Know. Those unknowns include the growth rate of China's GDP, fallout from Brexit, and, of course, the results of the U.S. presidential election. That extreme uncertainty is souring the world economy.

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To Make America Great Again Comes Jason Miller

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"Donald Trump's presidential bid has tapped political ad maven Jason Miller as communications director. His campaign experience includes successful bids for Gov. Matt Bevin in Kentucky and the comeback run for Congress of former Gov. Mark Sanford in South Caroline." 

2016 56

Theranos - Brooke Buchanan, VP of Communications, Left Last Friday

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

All that is known so far is that TechCrunch confirmed that the Vice President of Communication at distressed Theranos, Brooke Buchanan, left last Friday. Here is the coverage. Neither Buchanan nor Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes has responded to TechCrunch's request for comment.

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Sisterhood, Without the Politics - The New Family

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The idea of sisterhood was introduced during the second wave of feminism. Essentially it was political. 

2016 56

RNC - Will Trouble-Makers Be Only Ones in Cleveland for Media to Cover?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"Politico reached out to more than 50 prominent Republicans. Few said they plan to attend the convention in Cleveland, let alone speak."  "  - Alex Isenstadt, "Hardly anybody wants to speak at Trump's convention," in Politco, June 27, 2016.

Aging: The Latest Entity To Be Rebranded

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The book "New Aging" pushes back on all the usual complaints about aging. Just published last March by Matthias Hollwich it doesn't let any of us get away with why aging shouldn't be the biggest adventure of our lives. Here you can order it from Amazon. 

2016 56

Barbarians at the Gates - But Establishment Clinton aka Non-Establishment May Still Win

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Anti-establishment memes grip the world. The U.K. thumbed its nose at traditional leadership, as well as all those E.U. regulations and rules. And many assumed that those barbarians at the gates would put populist player Donald Trump in the White House. Well, not so fast.

2016 56

Lean Startups & Patents - Briefing for Communications Players

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Only 1 to 2% of patents ever get litigated. But, the topic is a critical one for startups. And, in one way or another, more of the client base for professional services are startups. Those kinds of services range from my field of marketing/advocacy communications to public relations.

2016 56

Cover Letters - No, It's Not a Numbers Game

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Success breeds success. In my shift from editorial to marketing and advocacy communications, of course, I had to re-do all my own promotional content. That included my LinkedIn Profile, resumes, cover letters, and what I post about on my three syndicated blogs.

2016 56

Barbara Mackey - How I begged this psychic to stop the email blasts

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Barbara Mackey hustles. Here is her website. Nothing wrong with hustling. Only that I begged her several times to stop hammering me with email blasts touting discounts on her premium-priced psychic services. Her reply? She told me to "unsubscribe" from being in her database.

2016 56

Barnes & Noble - Can it reset with restaurant concept?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"Let's go to Barnes & Noble for dinner tonight." " That could become the new meme among the book-loving crowd. And it could be the reset that the old-line book seller needs.

2016 56

You're Writing a Book - So?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In the business of leveraging a book to establish your branding, it's been a perfect storm. Among the negative factors are the glut of books published. The dog-fight of a marketplace has driven too many to turn to publishing as a way to differentiate themselves.

2016 56

Speechwriting - Remember when we used to sprinkle in tons of quotes

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

As a contract speechwriter for a Fortune 100 speechwriter, I actually had this assignment: Find 12 quotes by brandnames such as Ben Franklin on how time is money. That was the early 1990s. Quotes from famous people, preferably dead white ones, were mandatory in speeches.

2016 56

"Eat Pray Love" Author Splits From Husband

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Elizabeth Gilbert leveraged her global travels to go from the heartbreak  of divorce to hope for becoming whole on her own. The result was her bestselling book "Eat Pray Love." " Women were attracted to the simple formula for seeking inner peace. And maybe even happiness. Also, we were given permission not to be preoccupied with calories. Eventually Gilbert did marry again. Her new love had been Jose Nunes. But again the state of marital bliss slipped away from her.

Can't Miss Keywords (for now)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In the subject line and frontloaded into the first sentence, keywords are everything. At least for those needing traffic or just enough of the right eyeballs from the right people. There is no one way to assess the pull force of any keyword or a cluster of them. If you're posting on the internet intensely and frequently, then you have your own little keyword lab. The patterns are obvious. So, what are the keywords which I am noticing have magnetic power? Here are some: Pivot. Lean startup.

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Resets - We can ditch all those networks

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Is it human to get stuck? Maybe. Executive coach Henry Cloud has established a brandname for himself through his book "Necessary Endings." " It provides information and insight about why it's necessary to break free of whatever and how to do it. Several months after reading "Necessary Endings" three times, I began to believe I could exit the New York Metro area. My plan, in my late 60s, was to start a new life and a new career path somewhere else. Anywhere else.

2016 43

LinkedIn Abusers - Don't get it that networking is long-term investment

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Shock. That was my reaction the first time a professional on my LinkedIn network sent me a blatant sales pitch. There was no ambiguity. If I acted fast, the commercial messaging screamed, I would get X percent off the training programing in something I did not want to be tutored for. Because I was stunned, I didn't respond. But now I do. I request the sender to stop the pitching. Those LinkedIn abusers don't understand that networking is a kind of long-term business investment.

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