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You know more than you think you do

Manner of Speaking

In the TED Talk below, social scientist Dolly Chugh speaks about an interesting idea: how we can become better people if we just stop trying to be good. I don’t intend to analyze her talk; rather, in this post, I’d like … Continue reading → Delivery TED Arthur Ashe Dolly Chugh notes public speaking TED Talk

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Five Resolutions to Make You a Better Speaker in 2019

Presentation Guru

As 2018 draws to a close, many people turn their minds to the year to come and what they hope to achieve. And with those thoughts come resolutions.

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How to Start a Presentation: 5 Strong Opening Slides and 9 Tricks To Test

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Knowing how to start a presentation is crucial: if you fail to capture the audience attention right of the bat, your entire presentation will flop. Few listeners will stick with you to the end and retain what you have told.

2018 83

Seton Hill U, Greensburg, PA - (Mis)Naming Buildings

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Naming a building in academia is a marketing mission. That's especially the situation if the university is in a vulnerable position for survival. Think Roman Catholic, liberal arts, and located in a rural area. That's Seton Hill University , Greensburg, Pennsylvania. 

2018 56

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 299) – Adam Duritz

Manner of Speaking

“People ask me if I have stage fright. I say, ‘God, no, I’m completely comfortable there. I have rest-of-the-day fright.’“ ’“ — Adam Duritz Photo courtesy of Taylor Spaulding / Flickr. Humour Quotes for Public Speakers Adam Duritz Counting Crows public speaking Public Speaking Quotations quotes

2018 113

6 Add-Ins That Will Boost Your Productivity

Presentation Guru

Microsoft PowerPoint, Excel and Word are some of the most used software applications in the entire world, with over a billion users. If you are reading this, there is a good chance you are yourself a frequent users of them.

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A Lesson in Humility

Speaker Launcher

I haven’t been able to talk publicly about politics, even though it’s one of my favorite subjects, for several years now because America is so divided. I live in Canada, so you might think I’m not affected by American politics, but over 50% of my business comes from the US so I care. I care […]. The post A Lesson in Humility appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

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How to get “YES, of course!”

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This is Us is an amazing show to watch. And the fall finale didn’t disappoint. More than the intrigue (hello Nickolas Pearson – OMG!), did you watch how Randall’s “sales” presentation went from boring to awesome? When he began, his presentation performance was dismal despite being fully prepared. He talked too much about things that didn’t matter to his “buyers.”. Being prepared isn’t enough – whether email or verbal – to get to yes and move another person to action.

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Over-50: Before You Lose Everything in Next Recession

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Let's face it. In an economic downturn - and many investment experts are expecting one - older workers have a target on their back.    There are a number of reasons why. At the top of the list is their relatively high salary.

2018 56

Stock Market Puts Coal in Our Stocking - Christmas Miracle of Less Materialism?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In the U.S., the stock market hasn't opened yet. It's 8:41 A.M. But we expect a whopper of a plunge. Yesterday the Feds raised interest rates 0.25 percent and global stock markets , ranging from China to Mexico, went into a downward trajectory. 

New Symbol for Success: Not Living in Your Car

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The criteria for success - those keep shifting. In this nutty economy with ever-increasing rents (and rising property taxes for home ownership) you can feel you made it if you are not living in your car.

"Overeducated" Means Your Academic Degree Isn't Marketable

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The peril of age in a hunt for work is well-known.    Less well-known is how "dangerous" being what's called "overeducated" can be.

2018 56

Editorial Types - Time Magazine New Management Has 23 Job Openings

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

So many media outlets, both with a print legacy and digital natives, are cutting editorial.    Therefore, it's a nice holiday gift that the new management at Time , recently purchased by Marc/Lynn Benioff, is hiring. There are about 30 openings, and 23 of them are for editorial types. 

2018 56

Investment Winter - Hedge Funds, Stocks, Crypto

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It is 4:59 A.M.   So many of us former Smugs are braced for another blast of Investment Winter. Hedge funds (even Steve Cohen's), stocks, and crypto are all being battered.    The regret: Not keeping more in cash. Attention is the currency of the 21 st century.

2018 56

Media - Almost 70% Surveyed by Gallup Willing to Trust Again (but, should they)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Media players have positioned and packaged themselves as having as a mission the public interest.    Maybe. But not many believe that is a major priority. The bottom line on media is that the outlets are a business. Those businesses are operated by ambitious professionals.

2018 56

Dow Down Almost 230, Economic Pessimism Highest Since 2013 - We Aging May Never Come Back

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Oh, no. At the time of this writing - 10:15 A.M. ET, the Dow is down almost 230.    The recent NBC/The Wall Street Journal poll found this: Those interviewed are more pessimistic about the economy than at any time since 2013. Here are more details from Bloomberg.

2018 56

Selling Enlightenment - Growing Number of Brands

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The enlightenment game is not new. Way back in the 1950s, we children of immigrants, stuffed into overcrowded Catholic schools, were mandated to pray that the world found peace of mind. Of course, we didn't know what that meant.

2018 56

"Beautiful Boy" - Addiction Feeds on How We Feel Inside

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Father David and son Nic Sheff teamed up to tell a true story of addiction.    David is a professional writer. Nic knows he has the gift.

2018 56

The Presnar Family in Florida - What If Stanley Presnar Had Been Coached on How to Manage Rage

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In Florida, there have been three deaths - probably unnecessary ones. The deceased are Stanley Presnar, employed by the Coast Guard, Gretche his wife, and a seven year old son. Another daughter is in critical condition.

2018 56

Before There Was a Middle Class - Many of Us Could Become Poor, Again

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

When I worked full time in Detroit, in the auto industry, the assumption was that car production created that new phenomenon: a middle class. Just about every auto worker seemed to have a single family house in the Detroit suburbs and a cottage "up north."

2018 56

Ecommerce - Will It Be Derailed by Porch Package Theft?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The dark side of human nature, not technology, could derail the potential of ecommerce.    USA Today , as are so many media outlets, presents this problem: the growth of porch package theft. According to Xfinity Home, about 30% of Americans report they have been victims of this crime.

Big U.S. City Blues - Packing the New American Dream into a Moving Van or on a Plane Heading Beyond the Borders

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

You can't afford a house, not even in the softened market. And, taxes are way too high. So, the odds are that you are packing the moving truck and relocating your dreams out of New York City, Los Angles, and Chicago. According to Bloomberg , together the three lost 403,000 residents in 2017.

2018 56

Digital Media - What Drudge Report Knows that Verizon's Oath (HuffPost, AOL, Yahoo) Never Learned

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Verizon, you have a problem. And it could tarnish your brand in multiple ways. That problem is your ham-handed entrance into digital media. To even manage it (never mind fix it), you took a $4.5 billion write down. In addition to all those who accepted voluntary buyouts, you will have to lay off.

2018 56

Hey, You With the Stars in Your Eyes

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

No surprise to "Dateline" fans, Patrick Frazee has been arrested. We had also nailed Chris Watts for the triple murder of wife and children.    On "Dateline," the husband, in an arrogant manner, usually murders the wife and truly believes he can get away with it.

2018 52

Business, Churches, Individuals: Don't Be a Nuisance

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Sherwin-Williams shareholders, beware. The concept of public nuisance has evolved into a power tool. And plaintiff lawyers as well as governmental units are using it to drill down justice (and money) from that former manufacturer/marketer of lead paint.

2018 52

Lawyer Branding: THE Charles Harder

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Charles Harder was not always  the  Charles Harder. It was through the media publicity for "Hogan v. Gawker" and the $140 million jury verdict that he became a Superlawyer.

2018 52

Hey, Fellow Baby Boomers, Let's Do The Scramble

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

We didn't listen to our moms. They had lived through the horror of The Great Depression and hammered us about the importance of paying for everything on time, with cash. They bought the house with cash and made dad wait to tool around in the Cadillac until he could pony up the total cost. 

2018 52

Professional Services - Law Firms No Longer "Special Institution"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It used to be: No, you never messed about the fee you had to pay the law firm. The work itself was to o important and you figured they could mow you down in legal actions if you tried to stiff them - or even delayed sending the check. That was then. 

2018 52

Brand Dershowitz - All the Wrong Moves

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Brand Dershowitz. That had been considered among the the most powerful in criminal law. Now, some watchers of retired Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz are speculating that he has put his branding at risk through his public statements about legal matters in TrumpWorld.

2018 52

Like Menendez Brothers and Scott Peterson, Chris Watts Becomes Love Object

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

If not offed, Chris Watts could enjoy a lifetime in prison of romantic bliss. The Daily Mail reports that from the get-go of his first weeks of being sentenced to life in prison for a triple murder he has received love letters.

2018 52

CBS - Is It (indirectly) Ponying Up Funding for Les Moonves' Comeback?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The Les Moonves legal narrative may have long legs. Yes, CBS fired him for cause and denied him the $120 million severance he could have received. But Moonves could challenge that board decision in confidential arbitration and attack CBS in a lawsuit for breach of contract.

2018 52

TV Writers - Brutal Lesson from "LA Law"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"LA Law" began to jump the shark slowly - then abruptly. The slow part was when the characters started to act out of character. For example, we recall that playboy lawyer Arnie Becker dated his non-glam secretary. 

2018 52

Like Roger Ailes, Will Les Moonves Hatch Plan for Comeback?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Former head of CBS Les Moonves will probably have to downsize his lifestyle. That is, unless he can pick up a job/assignments or start his own business, at age 69. Like Roger Ailes, he might plan a comeback. That's the real story today in CBS' announcement regarding Moonves.

2018 52

Brand WW - Pile-On of Celebrity Faces, Wellness/Choice High Rhetoric Not Boosting Stock Price

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The 52-week high for WW (new moniker for Weight Watchers) had been 105.75. Today, even with the addition of another celebrity face - Kate Hudson - it's under 50. Actually, the stock price dipped a bit, despite the announcement that Hudson is pairing with earlier WW spokesperson Oprah Winfrey.

2018 52

Rajat Gupta Blew Up His Brand For Nothing - Steve Cohen Might Not Have Comeback

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Remember when hedge funds were  the sexy investment vehicle. It was the yearning to launch his own hedge fund and become a billionaire (he was only a millionaire) that led former McKinsey head Rajat Gupta into insider trading.    That was then.

2018 52

Alex Kozinski - Everyone Has a Right to a Comeback, Right?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Disgraced former Chief Judge of the Ninth Circuit - Alex Kozinski - is back.    Law.com reports that his name appears, along with that of law firm Toberoff & Associates, on a brief presented to the Ninth Circuit.    The case involves the son of creative Paul Zindel.

2018 52

Brand McKinsey - That Could Be Enhanced by The New York Times' Negative Feature

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Riding high as it continues to take on TrumpWorld, The New York Times now attacks management consulting firm McKinsey. McKinsey has developed and scaled one of the most powerful brands in professional services. 

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