Sat.Jun 20, 2020 - Fri.Jun 26, 2020

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 330) – David Gerrold

Manner of Speaking

David Gerrold – American Science Fiction Screenwriter and Novelist. “The single most important lesson of effective communication is this: Focus on clarity. Concentrate on precisions. Don’t worry about constructing beautiful sentences. Beauty comes from meaning, not language.

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The Final Word on the Final Thought: End Your Virtual Meeting Successfully

DeFinis Communications

Over the past several months, many people have asked me if the formalities of standard speech preparation apply to the more casual virtual presentations taking place today.

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Inspiring Hope in the Speaking Business with Libby Gill

Speaker Launcher

Quote: “What is the best possible vision of the future and is it within my power to control and make it happen?” Libby Gill The past few months have brought about some very doom and gloom moments for many of us, especially in the speaking business.

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What Are the Simple Rules that Help Us Design Better Visual Aids?

Presentation Guru

You don’t need to be a PowerPoint expert to create effective visual aids. The rules I outline here are based on scientific research and human experience. I recommend that you watch this TED talk from David J Phillips.

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Summer of Great Suffering: Possible Newsroom Carnage If Alden Global Boosts Stock Ownership of Tribune Publising

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Journalism remains a vocation or sacred calling. Not just a job. In this summer of great suffering, there might be more horror piled on that sector which has always been mission-driven. 

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ATD Virtual Conference Q&A with Patti Sanchez and Nancy Duarte

Duarte Blog

During the 2020 Association for Talent Development (ATD) Virtual Conference, Patti Sanchez and Nancy Duarte gave a keynote titled, “Influence Through Story.” ” They spoke about the power of story and how you can use it to increase your influence and impact.

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Why Speakers Can Still Aim High This Year

Speaker Launcher

The first five months of 2020 have challenged even the most positive person. Turn on the news, and there’s something even more disturbing than the day before.

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Facebook - Will It Face Massive Boycott of Its Ad Platforms?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Right now the boycott of Facebook's advertising platforms is in the embryonic stages. Kicked off by civil rights leaders it has been adopted from companies ranging from Ben & Jerry's to Eddie Bauer.

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Master the Art of Public Speaking with These 10 P’s

SketchBubble

Public speaking is a vital skill for business owners, potential entrepreneurs, marketing and sales executives, coaches, trainers, and all the individuals related to professional services.

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PUBLIC GIVES JOHNSON THUMBS-DOWN

Max Atkinson

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The #1 Smartest Way to Grab Your Prospects Attention in Email Today

SpeakerSue Says...

Friend or foe? Being cautious about who we allow to approach us is built into our primitive brain. Our job is to ensure the prospect feels safe and smart using their precious time reading further into our message. Quickly. Within your first few words. Don’t do this Don’t start by introducing yourself. You’re prospecting, they likely don’t know you so knowing your name isn’t going to put them at ease. Don’t start with a question like “How are you today?”

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Steve Bing - Let Us Not Praise Famous Men or Women

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

A shaken world mourns Hollywood player and philanthropist Steve Bing. He took his own life , one that seemed so full. He had talent, a celebrity network, beautiful women, and, at one time, a fortune of $600 million. 

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Everything Collapsed: Maintaining Appearances v. Stopping the Bleeding

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

I have two kinds of clients - actually  former  clients. Their businesses collapsed at some point during COVID-19. The odds are that it will take a long time, if ever, for their industries to bounce back. 

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Google Ad Business Expected to Be Down in 2020

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It's a confluence of forces. And the fallout from the pandemic is just one of them. Based on how eMarketer works up the numbers, advertising revenue for Google is slated to decline in 2020, reports The Wall Street Journal.

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Manhattan Won't Return to Being Manhattan, Not Right Away, Maybe Never

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo allowed offices to reopen on June 22nd. That's tomorrow. But, reports The Wall Street Journal , real estate brokers and landlords don't expect much activity in Manhattan. Projected is only a 10% to 20% return of employees to Manhattan offices. 

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With Regret - The Top 3

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The fallout from COVID-19 threw too many for a loop. In addition to the loss of lives, the pandemic created unexpected financial emergencies. The results of those will ripple through the economy this summer. The Repo Man will be prowling neighborhoods. Homelessness can become the new normal. 

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COVID-19 + Technology: Porn Performers Eliminate Middleman

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Remember how the internet made it possible for anyone to publish content - for peanuts? No longer did that anyone have to go through middlemen such as the editors (read that "gatekeepers") at The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

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What's in a Name? At Laney College, Professor Matthew Hubbard Learns a Tough Lesson

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Anglicizing a last name used to be an economic survival move.    Back in the early 1950s, on the Hudson County, New Jersey docks, my maternal uncle Frank Miksza did just that.

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The Extreme Creativity of Jack Abramoff - Up the River, Again, He Can Channel That into Writing Fiction

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Some may recall big-name lobbyist Jack Abramoff.    Then that branding went kaput when he went up the river because of federal corruption charges. That was 2006. The guy doesn't learn. Or perhaps his enormous creativity just gets the better of him.

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Early Retirement Is Becoming Standard Rite of Passage for Professionals Over-50

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Like so many corporations in the COVID-19 era, Ingevity had a drop in demand.    Part of its resulting cost-cutting measures included an early retirement program.

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Your Week of July 22nd - Consulting Madame Clairevoyant

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Will it be yet another week of chaos? Here are New York Magazine Madame Clairevoyant's predictions for you. For Taurus, my sign, she indicates I will feel that I am looking at the world on a slant. But if I put up with it somehow I will come to see whatever with more clarity.

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Google Selects Jane Genova Post on Dynamics of Ambition as Featured Snippet

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The thrill. The honor. The professional leap forward. My post on Law and More about the death of BigLaw partner Peter Munson analyzed the dynamics of ambition. Google selected it as a Featured Snippet. 

2020 52

Get Over COVID-19 Fatigue - Drudge Report's 6-Line Headline about Worsening Pandemic

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Pure and dangerous magical thinking: that the worst of COVID-19 is over. As the 6-line headline on the influential Drudge Report hammers: The worst might not even have started. That means lockdowns could return. And that means the economy, global and U.S., again contracting. Economic recovery? More to the point is simply staying alive.    History might chronicle the saga of those ignoring the extreme risk of the pandemic as The 2020 Folly. 

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Watch Your Language - "Power" Takes on Ugly Connotation

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Many speechwriters recall the time when power was the topic for executives to focus on in their talks - internal and external. Yes, power had come out of the closet. Machiavelli wasn't taboo any more. He had plenty of insight, right. Women were told they need more power.    Leadership? Like, who cared. Things really got done through power.

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Voodoo: Colinford Mattis and Others Cursed with Opportunity

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

These times mirror those of the Counterculture. During revolutions many hold as sacred the belief that they are held to a higher code of law, not the conventional one.    So, it is no surprise, as Law.com reports, that Colinford Mattis has plenty of supporters. They spoke up during the conference call which was how his arraignment had been conducted. He took a plea of not guilty to 7 counts.

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Boycott of Facebook Ad Platforms - Will It Pick Up Enough Traction?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Facebook's ad platforms are powerful.    So, there is a major business decision involved in boycotting those platforms.    That business issue in a difficult global economy could prevent that boycott initiated by  civil rights groups from gaining traction. On the one hand, Ben & Jerry's chief executive Matthew McCarthy announced at the CMO Summit sponsored by The Wall Street Journal that his team is considering a boycott.

2020 40

Drudge Report Headlines with Low Turnout for Donald Trump Tulsa, OK Re-election Campaign Rally

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The headline on the influential Drudge Report is from Mediaite. It reports on the bust of a campaign rally for Donald Trump in Tulsa, Oklahoma. So few indicated they were going to show up for the outdoor rally that it was called off. 

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Heading to TikTok, Not Court - Digital Activism as THE Tool for Reform

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"Thousands of teens on TikTok shared videos encouraging people to reserve tickets for Mr. Trump's rally but not attend …"  - The Wall Street Journal , June 21, 20212. The result was plenty of empty seats. Those reserving the tickets were, of course, no-shows.

2020 52

No Joy in InvestorVille - Bayer Roundup Settlement Proposal Leaves Too Much Uncertain

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

There are big headlines in the legal media such as Law.com about the proposed Bayer settlement in the Roundup litigation. It would offer between $8.8 billion and $9.6 billion for 95,000 of the 125,000 lawsuits. The proposal has to be approved by U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria in San Francisco.

2020 52

Ad Boycott Against Facebook Could Go Big

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Influential digital ad agency 360i is recommending to its clients that they pull ad spending for July on Facebook, reports The Wall Street Journal. This aligns with civil rights organizations' boycott of Facebook advertising.

2020 56

Yet Another Flashpoint (William Barr v. Geoffrey Berman): Can a Weary Nation Endure Any More Chaos?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"A high-stakes fight over control of the nation's most prominent federal prosecutor's office broke out Friday, as Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman rejected Attorney General William Barr's assertion that Mr. Berman had resigned his post." 

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