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Beginning a Speech or Presentation – Four More Tips

Matt Eventoff

“You never get a second chance to make a good first impression” – Will Rogers. This quote certainly holds true for speeches, presentations, group meetings and any other public speaking opportunity that exists.

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Taking Productive Action Now with Brian Fanzo

Speaker Launcher

Quote: “I’m a big believer that you don’t build a following on a social network, you build a community that will follow you wherever you go.” Brian Fanzo Have you found yourself feeling overwhelmed by all of the many tech options that surround us?

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Persuasive Speech: Actionable Writing Tips and Sample Topics

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What is Persuasive Speaking? What are The 3 Types of Persuasive Speeches? Factual Persuasive Speech. Value Persuasive Speech. Policy Persuasive Speech. How to Write a Persuasive Speech: The Essential Steps. How to Start a Persuasive Speech: Opening Tips and Examples.

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Lucas County, OH - No Longer Safe Harbor in Coronavirus Time

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

We had been proud of our governor Mike DeWine.    In an abundance of caution, weeks before the coronavirus traveled to Ohio, he closed down the state. The initiative wasn't popular. He became one of those Heroes of COVID-19. 

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Nelson Mandela: Lessons for Future Orators

Matt Eventoff

* First appeared in The Atlantic Post. When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace. I believe I have made that effort and that is, therefore, why I will sleep for the eternity.”. – Nelson Mandela, 1994.

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6 Tips to Get Rid of Terrible Public Speaking Experience

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My audience must think I lack the knowledge, and I am an unprofessional speaker. I must lose credibility with my audience. Such thoughts are obvious to hover in your mind when you screw up your presentation big time and end up delivering a catastrophic public speech despite you prepared well for it.

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Free Writing Webinar

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Free Webinar: How to Write Anything (non-fiction edition) The Format Of What You Write May Change But The Process Of Writing Anything Remains The Same. July 20, noon (EST). To register: [link] Registration required

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Princeton University, President Wilson and the Art of Public Speaking

Matt Eventoff

“What is the object of oratory? Its object is persuasion and conviction…”. – Woodrow Wilson, The Princetonian, 1877. Princeton and public speaking have a long, storied history together.

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Why Your LinkedIn Invite (and follow-up) Isn’t Working

SpeakerSue Says...

Last week, I received this LinkedIN connection invite: “Hi Sue, I would love to know if you’re interested in our XYZ MEETING PLANNERS, in Month, 100% Live Virtually due to COVID-19. I’ll send the brochure. Are you interested in receiving? Call me back at 555-555-5555 or me @XYZ.com Best,”. That was the INVITE! I’ve also received thoughtful invites and as soon as I accept, instead of an authentic thank you, the person starts pitching.

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Jack Charlton, Leeds United & England, R.I.P.

Max Atkinson

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COVID-19 + Influenza = The Non-Christmas 2020

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Yes, it amounts to coal in the collective stocking. CDC director Robert Redfield, reports Mediaite , predicts a difficult fall and winter in terms of public health. It could be the worst situation America has endured. 

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Public Speaking Experts – Demosthenes, Part 1

Matt Eventoff

Public speaking expert is a title that carries tremendous weight. Demosthenes, public speaking expert of the 4th century BC, is one of the legendary Greek orators. Some of his most famous (and my favorite) addresses of his relate to his opposition to King Phillip II of Macedon. Although he passed away in 322 BC, Demosthenes is relevant to 21st century orators because of his dedication to practice and preparation. Demosthenes’ dream was to be a great orator, » Read more.

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Fear of Public Speaking: Reframing “Fear”

Matt Eventoff

“The only thing we have to fear is… fear itself.” ” – President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Fear and anxiety surrounding public speaking is nothing new. Google “Cure for the Fear of Public Speaking” and you will return over 2 million results. 2 million! Most individuals experience some degree of anxiety and/or nervousness prior to presenting.

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Vox Media Has to Cave to Layoffs - Shifting Out of Editorial to Marcom (especially digital)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Q2 was not kind to Vox Media. Overall, it's been the worst of times during COVID-19 times for media. Vox's revenues were off 40% from what had been anticipated. And for 2020, it's projecting they will off 20%. The primary factor is a drop-off in advertising during the pandemic. 

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The Coronaing of Everything: Drudge Report's 17-Link Left-Hand Column (+ the American Way of Hope)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The American ethos, since Puritan times, is that everything can be managed. Now, in 2020, the coronavirus can't be managed. Matt Drudge knows that's the story. On the left-hand column of his influential Drudge Report, he provides 17 links to that story.

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Madame Clairevoyant - Good News for Week of July 13th

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Is it possible for news to be good? For the week of July 13th, New York Magazine's Madame Clairevoyant has some. At least for for those who believe in the phenomenon of Mercury in Retrograde. Here is her column. Mercury is the communication planet.

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Harvard Without the Campus Is No Longer The Harvard

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Is the quality of instruction at Harvard significantly better than at non-elite institutions? That's not why the ambitious struggle to be admitted to that institution of higher learning since it had been founded by the Puritans in 1636.

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The Disney Logo In Play

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The iconic Disney logo can be eliminated from popular culture. Deadline reports there is growing scrutiny of Disney's founder Walt Disney. He was an obviously flawed human being.

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The Ultimate Stay-Away Model - Christopher Knight's 27 Years in Maine Woods

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

 Pre-coronavirus times, it was enough to just get away. Now, what folks want is a stay-away.    The model for that is the life Christopher Knight lived in the woods of Maine for 27 years.

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Academia No Longer Sacred Institution: Barbarians at the Gate

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Dating back to 1636, when the Puritans created Harvard , higher education has been considered a special or even sacred institution. That was reinforced with the GI Bill, which opened that path for upward mobility to the masses.

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Work Before Careerism: Mandated Time Travel for Aging

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Finally, I got it that I am winning the money game. At least the one for those over-65. Instead of doing the counting based on maxing the creation of wealth, I have shifted to calculating how long I can live comfortably on funds I have locked in. The good news is: until age 82.

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The Great Snooper: TikTok (Law Firm Ropes & Gray Most Recent Business to Mandate Employees Delete It)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The latest well-known organization to mandate employees delete mobile video app TikTok from all mobile devices is law firm Ropes & Gray. Kathryn Rubino at Abovethelaw reports that the Ropes & Gray leadership sent a memo to the troops.

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Guardian to Cut 180 Jobs, 70 of Them in Editorial

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In its own newspaper, Guardian announced that this year it will be more than 25 million pounds short of the year's budget. The primary reason is the fallout from COVID-19. As a result, it has made the tough decision to cut 180 jobs. Of those, 70 will be in editorial.

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How Digitally Naive: Trusting TikTok (or any platform)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Read the fine print. Maybe that's the lesson learned from the disenchantment with video mobile app TikTok. Bloomberg reports that early in the game TikTok made it known that it could be sharing the data it was collecting about users with the Chinese.

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Yet Another Shoe Drops with COVID-19: Being Stranded for Retirement/Semiretirement

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The moving van probably won't be stopping by many of the high cost or weather-challenged locations. At least not for those choosing or being forced into retirement.

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Lines Snaking Around Restaurants in Toledo, Ohio

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

What's new in Toledo, Ohio is this: lines of people snaking around restaurants.    This hasn't been the scene since Governor Mike DeWine ordered a shelter-in-place. That was even before the state got hit by COVID-15.

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Email Blasts - Be Topical to Boost Open/Conversion Rate

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Smart communicators know to be topical in creating opinion-editorials for third-party media, posts for blogs, speeches, podcasts, and snippets for social networks.    Yet, they simply don't consider the engagement power of the topical in email blasts. That usually means low open/conversion rates.    In coaching clients I motivate them to at least experiment with the topical strategy for their next email campaign. 

So Tempting to Speculate: Elvis' Grandson Benjamin Keough, 27, Apparently Commits Suicide

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Benjamin Keough, Daily Mail reports, apparently took his own life through a self-inflicted gunshot wound.    This is news because Keough is Elvis Presley's grandson and the son of Lisa Marie Presley and Benjamin Keough.    As usual, there will be a rush to speculate about motivation: What was the tipping point or points in crossing the line from hope to whatever thought processes and emotions figure into a suicide? But, that's all it is: speculation.

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No, I Wouldn't Have Gotten "Sandwiched In"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

This is the new version of the "Sandwich Generation." " And the stress, financial and emotional, is palpable.    Aging workers, who have their own challenges in a digitalized, downsizing labor market, are increasingly embracing responsibility for children who are already adult and their own older parents. Axios reports that about 47% of that demographic is in that pickle. COVID-19, of course, keeps making that worse.

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Recovery in Play: Both of Economy and Stock Market

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Part of the uncertainty about a post-pandemic economic recovery in the U.S. is what consumer spending will be. After all, that generates about 70% of GDP.    MarketWatch puts out there the possibility that consumers could adopt a depression-era mindset regarding spending.    Anyone whose family members lived through The Great Depression understands how damaging to economic growth that can be.

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Dallas Morning News: Reality of storms and Egypt unrest trumps Super Bowl

Matt Eventoff

By TOM MAURSTAD. …“The The confluence of events over the last week is amazing, unprecedented,” said Matt Eventoff, a communication and messaging strategist with Princeton Public Speaking. With the situation in Egypt, you’ve got an unfolding drama that could change the world.

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If Foreign Students Sent Home: U.S. Higher-Education Branding Might Never Recover

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Media outfits are featuring the plight of foreign students whose education in U.S. institutions of higher learning is headed for interruption. Meanwhile, those in the know know that those students pay full tuition. In addition they pony up the money for books, campus fees, an so on.

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From TikTok to Twitter - Broken Digital (networking may need new playbook)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

National security. That's the Trump Administration's concern about Chinese-owned video mobile app TikTok, reports Bloomberg Law.

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