Sat.Jun 27, 2020 - Fri.Jul 03, 2020

9 Steps to Conquer Nerves for Interviews and Communicate Authentically

Speaking Freely

In 2008, I was asked by Andrew Dlugan to write an article for his 6 Minutes Public Speaking blog about steps to help conquer nerves for interviews. Now in 2020 with so many people being laid off due to the COVID19 pandemic, I am revising that article and posting it here. Being interviewed for a […]. The post 9 Steps to Conquer Nerves for Interviews and Communicate Authentically appeared first on Read The Self-Expression Blog to Improve Speaking Skills.

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How I Made My Dream a Reality… and You Can Too!

Speaker Launcher

With coronavirus and all of the change in the world, it’s easy to forget about the dreams for your business and your life. Many have been in survival mode. Some hanging on by a thread. But what about your dream? Is now the right time to bring it back into your view? I say, heck ya! It certainly can’t hurt to focus on something inspiring and positive. In fact, I think it can help. Today […]. The post How I Made My Dream a Reality… and You Can Too! appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

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Become a “Consumer” of Virtual Presenting

DeFinis Communications

If you want to become great at something, you have to immerse yourself in the topic and study it thoroughly. This is true for everything from art and technology to music and even virtual presenting. In fact, for years we at DeFinis Communications have advocated that our clients become “Consumers of Speaking.” This means that you seek out talented presenters and examine their skills, style, and idiosyncrasies so you can learn from them and emulate what they do best.

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An Executive’s Guide to Pricing Strategy Models

SlideModel

Ever wondered why the two seemingly same products come with a rather different price tag? Well, that’s the pricing strategy in action — something every business works hard to get right. After all, your profits largely depend on how accurately you estimate your customer’s inclination to pay a certain dollar figure for your offer. So buckle up, this is a long post, explaining how to set competitive pricing for the products and services you are selling, using various models and approaches.

Boycott Against Placing Ads on Facebook - Lots of Free Good-Guy Publicity for the Brand

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The boycott against placing advertising on Facebook gained traction. So much so that organizations participating in the boycott come across as the Good Guys. And that's exactly where brands want to be in this time of values upheaval.    Being identified as participating in the movement, reports MarketWatch , has given corporations lots of free publicity. All good. Over and over again the organization's name - such as Verizon - is cited in the media.

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Trusting Yourself and Taking Risks with Jason O. Harris

Speaker Launcher

Quote: “I’ve been absolutely blown away by the commitment, by the caring and the conscious endurance and persistence that people have had on the front lines.” Jason O. Harris We recorded this podcast around the beginning of April when we were a few weeks into the COVID shut down. At that time, I was looking for inspiration and ideas on how to keep my listeners moving forward. On this episode of The Wealthy Speaker […]. The post Trusting Yourself and Taking Risks with Jason O.

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Talking about race

K8sVoice

I was born into white privilege. Not wealth, but privilege, nonetheless. I know that. My first ancestor on this North American soil arrived in Boston in 1658. That was on my dad’s side. On my mother’s side, they arrived around the same time but further south in the mid-Atlantic region. Over the last, almost 370 […]. The post Talking about race appeared first on Vocal Impact, Inc. Intention difficult conversations QFT stories

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COVID-19: More Than 1,000 New Cases in 1 Day in Ohio

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Ohio's governor Mike DeWine had been a national hero. Before COVID-19 reached his state, he was proactive. Part of that was doing the unpopular: imposing a comprehensive shutdown.    For a while, the state was spared the worst of the virus. There was a sense of pride in having such wise leadership. We felt blessed to not be enduring the number of hospitalizations and death other states were coping with. On Facebook, I gushed about my sense of safety to my buddies around the world.

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Public Speaking and Speaking on Camera: Why “Just Act Natural” is Bad Advice

More than PowerPoint...

Let me explain what I’m doing right now. I am sitting alone in a room and I am talking to a piece of glass. And that’s why I think the advice “just act natural” is a bogus piece of public speaking advice. It’s especially egregious for anyone who has to talk in front of a camera. That flat piece of glass that I’m staring into will suck about 10% of the emotion and energy from my face.

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The Game Has Changed: Have you?

SpeakerSue Says...

What are your goals and dreams? I’m taking a wild leap here, but if you’re like I am, you want more. More: •leads •engaged prospects •buyers who are happy to say, “Yes, please!” ” Soooooo….what what are you doing to make it happen? It’s too easy these days to feel isolated, alone and scared when what we need are a method, tools and confidence to get best results.

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Demo DVD not played at Spring Conference

Max Atkinson

This is the Demo DVD I'd prepared for the European Speechwriters Conference at Emmanuel College, Cambridge that had to be cancelled because of Covid 19. But organiser Brian Jenner has something else up his sleeve for the Autumn conference. So watch this space

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Global Lux Sector No Longer Invulnerable: Harrods Cutting 700 Jobs

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"Lux" had been a symbol of sturdiness. In every way. Ranging from the quality of the product or service to the revenues for the business owners and shareholders. That was then. And COVID-19 is not the only factor tarnishing that symbol. Even before the virus lux media empire Conde Nast (including one-time queen of fashion Anna Wintour) was struggling financially. Neiman Marcus was in distress. Goodwill retail became a cool brandname.

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Creative Freelancers - Never Had It Easy, But COVID-19 Made Making a Living Impossible

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"Creative freelancers … have been some of the hardest hit in the coronavirus-driven recession …"  - Timothy, Puko, The Wall Street Journal , June 30, 2020. The freelance route for creatives (as opposed to software developers, ride-share drivers, and delivery folks) has always required extreme hustle. But since they chose that way to make ends meet they usually don't complain. It is what it is. But the current disappearance of assignments has triggered an unraveling.

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Downside of Decline of COVID-19 Cases: Layoffs for Contract-Tracers

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The good news in Massachusetts is that new cases of COVID-19 are down. So are the deaths. But the bad news is that, after three months, those hired as coronavirus contact-tracers are being laid off. Boston Magazine reports that already about 200 have volunteered to be laid off. Other workers are expected to be terminated.    MA was the first state to launch a formal contact-tracing program. Maybe that has been a factor in getting the virus under control.

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The New York Times Yanks Relationship with Apple News

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

There wasn't enough in it for The New York Times to continue to allow Apple News to display some of its articles on Apple devices. So, NYT has pulled out of that relationship, reports DNyuz. Unlike most media companies with a print legacy, NYT is thriving financially. A major factor was its hustle to build up subscriptions for digital access. However, there had been no mechanisms in the Apple News technology to direct readers back to the NYT website.

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For a Week Which Will Probably Be More Turbulent Than Usual: Madame Clairevoyant

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

New York Magazine's Madame Clairevoyant's column is something you can hang your hat on. It's a bit of solidity when everything else is whirling around wildly.    This week, with corona out of control, will probably be brutal on the stock market. Businesses which had reopened could be shutting down again. That will drive up unemployment.     Not that Madame Clairevoyant's observations are destiny.

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Equality of Sacrifice, Government Leadership (at all levels), American Optimism - Such Hubris

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The New York Times is blunt: What was put out there to manage or just create the illusion of managing COVID-19 hasn't been effective. More than four months into the pandemic in the U.S., the virus retains total control. Those efforts could go down in history as The Folly of 2020. The slogans, the pressers, and the platitudes could symbolize the ultimate in human hubris, that is, arrogance. Along with that is a side show of Machiavellian public relations.

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The Coca-Cola Pause - No Advertising on Social Media for 30 Days

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

For Coca-Cola it will be 30 days of reflection and re-evaluation of its advertising on social media globally, reports CNBC. Unlike Unilever and Verizon, Coca-Cola isn't officially participating in the boycott of Facebook's advertising platforms. Its stance is more individualistic. Its head James Quincey highlights the corporation's commitment to not being part of any form of racist messaging. What he demands is this: more accountability and transparency in advertising.

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Unilever Yanks Advertising from Facebook - The Social Network Caves

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It could have gone either way. The movement to boycott advertising on the Facebook platforms could have fizzled out. It was put in play by civil rights groups. Or, it could have picked enough traction to make the social network pay attention to preventing hate speech and misinformation. Well, the latter is what happened. The tipping point might have been Unilever's change of policy.

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The Hitchhiker Mindset for Making a Good Buck, at Any Age (80 down through Gen Z)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Even before COVID-19, ProPublica documented two brutal realities. One was that if you are 50 or older, the odds were not on your side that you would hold onto that good career job. You would be forced out. That could take the form of being presented with an early-retirement package, being laid off, or getting the ax through a termination with cause.    And, two, there was only a 10% chance you would earn comparable compensation in your next job.

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What PR Experts Advise Provides Evidence for Plaintiff in "Delores Corbett v. Hilton, et al."

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The Karen type has been a busy bee. That dates back to November 23, 2018.    That particular Karen went nuclear in her clerk job at a Hampton Inn in Wilson, North Carolina. Hampton is a Hilton brand.    The Karen called the police about a billing issue involving a black family. The result has been, filed recently in U.S. District Court in NC, lawsuit "Delores Corbett and Alvin Corbett v. Hilton Domestic Operations, et al."

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Karen Positioned and Packages as a Liberal: The Predictable Saga of Claira Janover

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It's the continuum of entitlement. For the traditional Karens, the sense of entitlement is that they have a right and downright duty to control the behavior of those they perceive as not being part of their universes. For the reverse image of that there are the Claira Janovers. They, as the Daily Mail reports, seem to feel entitled to impose their views in ways that violate society's norms.

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Summer of Rage: Protestors March on Hamptons as Symbol of Inequities

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It has come to this: Protestors in cars and on foot really have made the Hamptons on Long Island the symbol of what has gone so wrong in America. Former English majors (there was such an entity in more simple economic times) may recall that Jay Gatsby lived his dream of upward mobility on Long Island.    The protestors were broad-based. They ranged from members of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance to those of the Shinnecock Indian Nation.

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Career Unthinkable: The Partner at Elite Law Firm Decides to Leave, w/o Another Job

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In the U.S. we are our careers. And, that's that. So when a professional doesn't put that value first and does the unthinkable - voluntarily leave BigLaw - expect an earthquake. That seismic event occurs both within herself and on all her networks. On Abovethelaw , Kathryn Rubino, who herself worked in BigLaw, features the poignant situation of a female partner who, after 13 years, had decided to leave her job at an elite law firm. No, she is not going to another job right now.

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Rejection of Insurance Claims for Business Interruption = Latest Financial Setback During COVID-19 (plaintiff lawyers parachute in)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

For months now, the serious financial issue of business interruption insurance has been in the media. The bottom line has been that most policies only cover loss from physical damage. Fallout from the COVID-19 doesn't fit into that. On both the federal and state levels there have been bills introduced to override that. However, things still don't look promising for businesses, reports The Wall Street Journal.

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Pay to Play: Rooftop Slushie, LinkedIn ProFinder, Upwork (and being paid not to work through Universal Basic Income)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

On its website , Rooftop Slushie describes itself as platform in which job searchers can anonymously ask questions about careers and seasoned professionals, who have been vetted, answer them. One of the categories on the website does indicate that the latter can earn money doing this. Well, since career experts and executive coaches bill all the time for such help, the transaction seems benign. However, Business Insider picks up on the possible undercurrent of lousy ethics.

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Black Children Swimming in Hampton Inn Pool Meet Karen (if they hadn't encountered her before)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

An employee - actually now a former one - at Hampton Inn, Williamston, North Carolina, called the police about a black mother and her children swimming in the pool. You bet, she did a Karen.    As USA Today reports, the police demanded documentation, that is a room number, that the black woman and her children could be using the pool. They also ran her license through a check. That woman is Anita Williams-Wright.

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Mark and Patricia McCloskey - Not a Karen-and-Ken Mess

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The sensationalistic media about St. Louis lawyers Mark and Patricia McCloskey is, well, amazing. Essentially, those just scanning the headlines would conclude: Here is a Karen and Ken. They are living in a McMansion. When BLM supporters took a shortcut across their property on the way to the mayor's house, both Mark and Patricia waved firearms. Yes, both were packing heat. Mark had an AR and Patricia a handgun.

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Travel Media - Yet, Another Shift (Post-Airbnb, Now Post-COVID-19)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The travel brand communicated extreme pleasure, at least for tourists. And, enough pain to complain about for business people whose work involved too much time on planes and hotels far from home. That brand identity has fallen apart. According to Airbnb head Brian Chesky, it might never be able to be put together again. In an interview with influential Axios , Chesky fingered a permanent shift from travel which involved planes, border-crossing, city tourism, and primarily for business reasons.

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The Social Media Branding Playbook

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

How is your social media branding doing? Likely if it's serving your professional needs well, it probably doesn't include a book you published recently. In digital, "real" books are an anachronism, with some exceptions. Sure, though, knock out some free e-ones as a download on your website. But, since Google is your new homepage, that website per se has less and less ROI. Now and then, Google will pick up some content from your website.

BuzzFeed: Tech Writer Ryan Broderick Fired for Alleged Plagiarism

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

BuzzFeed News is now the object of the buzz. Its senior reporter on the tech desk Ryan Broderick has been fired. It's alleged he committed forms of plagiarism in 11 articles, reports The Wall Street Journal. Essentially, that consisted of using other media outfits' material without attribution. Those included HuffPost. This development is news. But it's not necessarily a black eye for BuzzFeed News. There has to be a degree of trust between editors and reporters.

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The Game Has Changed: Have you?

SpeakerSue Says...

What are your goals and dreams? I’m taking a wild leap here, but if you’re like I am, you want more. More: •leads •engaged prospects •buyers who are happy to say, “Yes, please!” ” Soooooo….what what are you doing to make it happen? It’s too easy these days to feel isolated, alone and scared when what we need are a method, tools and confidence to get best results.

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Temporary Restraining Order for Mary Trump's "Too Much and Never Enough"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It's Charles Harder, lawyer for Robert Trump, 1 and Theadore Boutrous, lawyer for Mary Trump, 0. For now.    MSN reports that Judge Hal Greenwald granted a temporary restraining order for the publication and distribution of Mary Trump's expose "Too Much and Never Enough." " Meanwhile it's already #4 on Amazon. According to the order, Mary Trump and publisher Simon & Schuster will appear before Judge Greenwald on July 10th.

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"Too Much and Never Enough" #2 on Amazon - Federal Appeals Judge Lifts Temporary Restraining Order

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

That was fast. Yesterday, Judge Hal Greenwald of Dutchess County, New York imposed a temporary restraining order (TRO) on the publication and distribution of Mary Trump's expose "Too Much and Never Enough." " Media lawyer Charles Harder had represented Robert Trump, brother of Donald Trump, who launched that legal action. That was then. Now, a federal appeals court judge - Alan D. Scheinkman - lifted that TRO. The book can be published and distributed.

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Banning Books, e.g. "Too Much and Never Enough" - SmirkSmirk

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Media lawyer Charles Harder evolved into a powerhouse brandname in that niche when he scored the $140 million jury verdict in "Hogan v. Gawker." " The verdict also was the tipping point in the end of Gawker. Many who had been negatively featured by that gossip digital tabloid cheered.    Harder went on to represent Melania Trump in legal actions against media, including a blog, contending defamation. Now, Harder is representing Donald Trump's sibling Robert Trump.

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Lots of Heads Will Roll If Ghislaine Maxwell Suicides or Is Whacked

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"Powerful men are scared about what Ghislaine Maxwell will say." " -  Headline in New York Post article by Maureen Callahan. Federal authorities made a great catch. But that's only phase one in what will be the high drama of keeping Ghislaine Maxwell alive to stand trial or take a guilty plea. The danger, of course, as with Jeffrey Epstein is this: She could pull off a suicide, even under close monitoring, or be whacked, even under close monitoring.  

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