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A new look for Manner of Speaking

Manner of Speaking

Manner of Speaking has a new look. I began writing my blog on public speaking in May 2009. After almost 11 years and nearly 4 million visits, it was time to upgrade the website. Over the past two months, I have been working with Moonshot , a team of website developers based in Budapest, Hungary. They have been terrific in terms of technical skill and responsiveness to my feedback.

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8 steps to ditching perfection and creating connection

Speak Schmeak

Even if we've mastered our perfectionist tendencies, these new challenges of presenting virtually seem to be bringing them all back up again. (At At least for me. ??) So I'm launching a new workshop on ditching perfection and creating connection, based on the concepts in my book. Ready to ??"let let it go?"?? This will be a deeper dive into my core teachings, with 8 clear action steps to ditching perfection and creating connection.

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Understanding Gen Z: Characteristics, Habits, and Differences from Millennials Explained

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Generation Z, Zoomers, iGen, Homeland Generation, Gen Tech — many names are floating around the interwebs to describe the “commonly uncommon” generation of 8 to 23-year olds. So who is Gen Z really? Let’s figure it out together! What is Generation Z? Generation Z (or Zoomers for short) is the new cohort of young, digitally-native and hypercognitive folks who already comprise 24.3% of the U.S. population.

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A 2-Step Approach to Building Your Confidence and Your Speaking Business

Speaker Launcher

There’s no question. We have never seen anything like COVID-19 before. There’s been nothing in our history quite like it. And as we are seeing, it can have a massive impact on your business and your confidence. Today, let’s overcome that with a simple 2-step approach to building your confidence and your speaking business! This isn’t the first time you’ve come up against a challenge in your career and business. I’m sure you have overcome […].

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Zoom Meetings: Prevent BATS IN THE CAVE with 2 simple tips

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I’ve been in quite a few Zoom web meetings lately, and I’ve seen a lot of BATS IN THE CAVE, if you know what I mean. If you don’t know what I mean by BATS IN THE CAVE — it’s when someone is using the camera on their laptop and I can look straight up their nose during the meeting. Really, BATS IN THE CAVE is not a good look on anyone! If you use a laptop for web meetings, I’ll give you two tips to help you get rid of that BATS IN THE CAVE look.

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3 Ways to Inspire Others with Data Stories 

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Data helps organizations gain valuable insights into customers, employees, products and markets, but there is a limit to what databases and charts can do on their own. Answers to organizational problems or opportunities don’t just organically spring from algorithms—they need communicators to translate the information into compelling stories. It is data stories that ultimately bring [.] continue reading. The post 3 Ways to Inspire Others with Data Stories appeared first on Duarte.

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Another Industy Hit Hard - Real Estate Companies/Mom & Pop Shops Leasing Apartments/Rooms in College Towns

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Summer courses might be cancelled for many institutions of higher learning. And so might the fall ones. Colleges and universities might not officially open until January 2021. In addition, a large number of their students might be telelearning from their bedrooms in their home towns, not going to class in-person in one-time fun college towns like Ann Arbor, Michigan. That leaves the real estate companies and the Mom & Pop shops which lease student apartments and rooms in a pickle.

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Storytelling 101 – A Presentation Guru Podcast

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A big big thank you! Thanks to all of you that attended our first podcast on storytelling last week. We had 100 people from all over the world and we recorded the event and uploaded the video to our YouTube Channel.… … Inspiration Psychology Storytelling Tips & Techniques Create Powerful Messaging featured Podcast Webinar

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Selling During Crisis: Social Distancing with Email

SpeakerSue Says...

I’m beyond lucky to live in the Arizona desert despite the occasional creepy crawler (see the Gila Monster we found in our garage Sunday!). During a long 8 mile run, I see about eight people. The other day I was happily running and another runner was running toward me. The path was about four feet wide and as she approached, she took her face mask and covered her mouth and nose and kept going. I admit to being a bit insulted. I was busy saying hi and she was busy social distancing.

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From Alan Dershowitz to Bob Dilenschneider - The Extreme Risk of Publishing a Book

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Publishing a book is the price of entry. Public relations representatives, agents, and mentors hammered those in professional serivces with that ought. That was then. Now, publishing a book can be an extreme liability in a career. Recent examples of that might range from lawyer Alan Dershowitz to public affairs Manhattan firm owner Bob Dilenschneider. Both helped shape their brandnames and enhanced their marketing outreach through publishing lots of books.    Timing is everything.

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Travel Writing - Nice Work When We Could Get It

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Great Wall of China. Tombstone, Arizona. Nogales, Mexico. Salem, Massachusetts. Barcelona, Spain. Downtown Jersey City, New Jersey. Those were some of the spots I covered in my travel writing. My dream for semi-retirement was to fix up a rundown RV and go around America interviewing the aging, asking "How are you doing?" " I had a hunch I could get a magazine sponsor or a grant for that journey. That all was then. It was nice work when we could get it. 

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Clawing at Hope, Demanding to Know "When Will It End" - Big Demand for Magical Thinking

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It's financial suicide is have a one-dimensional career path. All those college administrators who will be laid off this summer should have done consulting on the side or managed the rental property they invested in.    Sidelined copywriters in Manhattan should have been walking dogs.    I learned to set up multiple sources of income when demand for speechwriting dried up post-9/11.

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What They Don't Tell You in Outplacement: The Role of Voodoo in a Job Search

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"Those who practice Voodoo believe there is a visible and invisible world, and that these worlds are interwoven." " - Saumya Arya Haas, HuffPost , May 25, 2011. It was through Voodoo (partially) that a woman from the JD Class of 2008 landed a job practicing law in Manhattan.    Her search for employment during that economic downturn had not only produced no results. Her distress about that was alienating her from her boyfriend.

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Madame Clairevoyant Guides You for Week of April 20th

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In these turbulent times of so many unknowns, Madame Clairevoyant's column is among the most popular for New York Magazine. Here you can check out how your week can play out. As for me - a Taurus - I have a birthday in the hopper. That's usually a big deal for those in the Zodiac loop. And, birthdays, like New Year's Day, are usually a time for making changes. Mine has been to circle back to my intuitive psychic career readings and coaching.

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Editorial Hit Hard as Meredith Latest with Pay Cuts - But So Hard to Exit Media Career Path

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Media, hammered New York University marketing professor Scott Galloway , is not a global growth spot.    That's an understatement. Continually media outlets are being hit hard, both establishment and digital natives. Most recent bad news has to do with pay cuts, reports New York Post. Meredith, the largest magazine publisher, will be administering "haircuts" ranging from 15% to 40% to 60% of rank and file and executives. Those kick in on May 4th.

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Disney In Play Until There's COVID-19 Vaccine - Former Workers Would Be Smart to Reimagine Credentials for Another Industry

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In a vocabulary workshop for the SAT the instructor can use Disney as an example of "irony." " When Disney Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger retired, both his personal brand and that of the corporations were at the top of their game. That was then. Now, MarketWatch reports that the stock has received its third downgrade this month. UBS analyst John Hodulik estimates all aspects of the business are at risk. But positioned worse are the parks.

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PBS "World on Fire" - Extreme Adversity Mirrors Time of COVID-19

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

There is no one universal response to adversity. Not back during the war to end all wars (World War II) and not now in the Time of COVID-19. The PBS series "World on Fire" plays out that reality. Just as now, some characters soften and some harden.    For example, back in England, still not part of the growing conflict, cold aristocrat Robina becomes downright motherly with the refugee parked at her mansion by her son Harry.

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Unemployed? - The Empathy Will Soon Disappear

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

At first, there is sympathy for those without work. Then, note Victor Tan Chen and Ofer Sharone in The Atlantic : " the old stigma against unemployed workers will resurface. as people find new reasons to fault others for not pulling themselves by their bootstraps." " This should be no surprise. In 2008 - 2009, initially there was empathy for the many who were laid off and the new graduates who received no jobs or whose job offers were rescinded.

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"Good Girls" - Rio, Beth Both Targeted

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In the roller-coaster dark comedy "Good Girls" big-time danger looms for the two key players. Beth has hired a sniper to off Rio. The fee is $60k and the date is the following Friday. The hit man is an oddball but he has plenty of clients. So, he must be good. Meanwhile, a driven FBI female agent has made it her business to identify and arrest the woman who is doing a genius job of making funny money in the Detroit metro area.

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The Future of Your Work Life: Connecting the New Dots

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The answers, as always, are all inside you. Only with so much turbulence in the world of work, it's more and more difficult to figure out what are the dots to connect and how.    Meet the intuitive psychic career reader and coach who can guide you Download MeetYourIntuitiveCareerReaderandCoachJaneGenova. Complimentary five-minute session. After that, sliding scale fees. Please contact janegenova374@gmail.com.   careers Power psychic

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Post-COVID-19 Times: Every Reason for Bike Culture to Hold On

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

After workplaces open, more workers might be commuting to them on bicycles.    That trend kicked off even before COVID-19 raised fears about contagion from using public transportation. According to Statista, in 2019, on the average 5% got to work on their own bikes and another 1% on shared bikes. That's in contrast to the average 0.6% in 2017. 

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Luxury Branding Didn't Save Neiman Marcus - Reportedly, Latest Retail Victim of COVID-19

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The wealthy in America might have received a bad haircut on their stock portfolios. But they are still rich. From their McMansions and pricey metro area coops/condos they still could shop online. So, it was expected that the luxury branding of Neiman Marcus would have insulated the retailer from the shelter-in-place dynamics of COVID-19. Surely, it had the financial whatever to weather what otherwise could prove to be the perfect storm for the retail sector.

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No Time for Those Emotional Glitches - Containing Damage from Setbacks

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"Signs of career-damaging emotional trouble can be subtle, like a pattern of overreacting to relatively minor work setbacks. " - Anne Fisher, Fortune , April 17, 2020.    The current stress about holding on to a job or getting another one after being laid off can unleash dormant demons. Those monsters of the mind, once let loose, can catapult professionals into self-defeating behavior. The classic example is to become preoccupied with what doesn't go as planned.

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Hell-bent on Doing the Right Thing - Fin, Amanda Go Where They Shouldn't on "Law & Order SVU"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Yes, law enforcement - just like the practice of law by law firms - can be thought of as among the "helping professions." " After all, victims, those on the wrong path, and those at risk for taking a wrong turn on the road are often, yes, helped.    So, it was inevitable that the popular Dick Wolf series "Law & Order SVU" would deal with the theme of what might be called "Boundaryless Help." 

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The Push into "Early Retirement" Has Begun - What We Know, What We Don't

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Law firm Husch Blackwell actually announced early retirements.    Usually that sort of thing, at least among law firms, is conducted on a stealth basis. Often that takes the form of pressuring partners through humiliation to retire. Another version is simply putting together an attractive good-bye package that won't be refused. Frequently, those include coverage for medical insurance for a certain time period.    A third is the brutal: Take retirement or be fired. 

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The Year of COVID-19: Will America Experience Uptick in Divorce Rate?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

 When the quarantines are over, at least for the present time, should America expect a surge in the divorce rate? In China, that's exactly what happened. Boston Magazine took a look at the probability of a flood of calls to divorce lawyers, after couples had been stuck together at home - often with children. The article by Rachel Kashdan interviews three experts: A divorce lawyer. A professor of sociology  A couples therapist.

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The Brand Is Everything, Even in Erudite Circles of BigLaw - One-fifth of Partners Exit Boies Schiller

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

So far, in terms of branding Boies Schiller has not had a good 2020. With the latest partner departures, the number of exits from the firm since January totals 32. And, Law.com reports 2 more partners are planning to leave after a conflict is resolved. All are exiting the California offices, both Los Angeles and San Francisco.    Partner exits throw shade on the brand.

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The Business of Higher Education, Including Harvard Law School, In Play

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Harvard Law School Dean John Manning announced he is taking a pay cut, reports Law.com. In addition, Harvard Law School is imposing a freeze on pay raises and hiring.    This isn't the first time we have heard that the Austerity Train has roared into law schools. Earlier this week the University of Arizona Law school announced faculty and staff pay cuts as well as furloughs for some staff. The University has a $250 million shortfall as a result of COVID-19.

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Playing in the Professional Services Sandbox, with Big Brandnames - Hello, Big Debt

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

About two dozen in-house lawyers have been given haircuts, that is, reductions in salary. Bloomberg Law reports, for example, that chief legal officer at Hemisphere Media Group Alex Tolston has had a 15% pay reduction.    There also has been at least one situation in which an in-house lawyer will go without any salary through September 30th. That's the head lawyer at Fox News and Fox Sports Viet Dihon. 

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The COVID-19 Austerity Train Has a New Stop: Its First School of Law

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The University of Arizona James Rogers School of Law has been ahead of the curve. For example, it had been an early adopter of allowing applicants to submit the GRE instead of the LSAT. Now, it is an early adopter in another category: cost-costing at law schools. Abovethelaw reports that the law school seems to be the first to cut salaries of faculty and staff and impose furloughs. The U of AZ itself is facing a $250 million COVID-19 hit.

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Beyond Public Relations - When a Sector Begins to Fight for Its Life

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Compassion. Transparency. Shared Sacrifice. Through those three core values, much of the legal sector is able to minimize the potential damage from COVID-19 related cost-cutting, reports Law.com. They learned much about managing their brand since how they stumbled through mass reductions in force in 2008 -2009. In the article, Abovethelaw's Kathryn Rubino provides details.    The positive results are fewer leaks. The media outlets are not so gotcha in their coverage.

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Introducing Career Coaching Services/Intuitive Psychic Readings on Professional Matters

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Readers of this blog asked for more information on the coaching services/intuitive readings on professional matters which I provide. Here is a backgrounder Download BackgrounderonJaneGenovaIntuitiveReaderforCareers. Intuitive psychic readings and coaching for your career and job search. Transition a special area of expertise. Complimentary 5-minute reading. Sliding scale billing. 12 years experience. Please contact janegenova374@gmail.com for appointment. careers psychic

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This Economic Mess Isn't Ending Soon - 7 Best Practices for Getting Back to Earning a Good Living

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

This is no time for magical thinking. That is, that the economic mess the world is in because of COVID-19 will soon end. BusinessInsider hammers the 4 signs that a severe recession will not only overwhelm us but hang on. They are:  Retail sales - down 8.7% in March.  Industrial production - down 5.4% in March.  Jobless claims - 5.2 million filed in week ending April 11.  Housing starts - down 22.3%.

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228 Million Views in Last 30 Days - Matt Drudge Doesn't Need Donald Trump

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Power depends on context. In the context of media, Matt Drudge has the power. He knows it. And he's known it since the summer of 2019 when his conservative site - Drudge Report - stopped curating news supporting Donald Trump.    A headline on this evening's Drudge Report links to the article reporting on Trump's attack on Drudge. Trump contends traffic on the site is plummeting. Not true, of course.

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Conservative Drudge Report Joins Rest of Nation in Disinfectant Humor

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

What's above appears in the middle of the "front page" of the conservative Drudge Report. Underneath the graphic are the multiple headlines: Disinfectant Disaster. Trump to cut back on briefings. Walks out  Refuses to take questions. This isn't the first time the conservative Drudge Report has turned on the man it once supported. But this way of outing the ridiculousness of Donald Trump's medical advice was way over-the-top.

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