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Adjust your expectations of virtual presenting

Speak Schmeak

One of the things that presenters love so much about being in front of a live audience is the instant gratification of your audience's responses. We're in direct contact with the emotional impact of our words and delivery. The audience smiles, they laugh, their body language changes and shifts. They murmur to their neighbors. They raise their hands. They frown and grimace. We can immediately see and hear their reactions; their reactions feed into what we do next. We respond to their responses.

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Micromanagement: Signals to Avoid It and Become a Better Leader

SlideModel

Micromanagement can turn your company into a toxic workplace that good employees abandon. Most leaders realize this, but few take proactive action towards addressing this issue. What’s worse, is that oftentimes we don’t see the glaring red flags signaling our micromanagement tendencies or fail to acknowledge the negative ripple effect of such behavior. Just how bad is micromanagement? Let’s dig deeper into the matter together. What is Micromanagement?

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There Are Only 6 Types of Slides You Should Be Using – and This Isn’t One of Them!

Presentation Guru

Simple visuals that emphasise the spoken message help the speaker and the audience in every way. Slides should only be used to add impact and emphasis to your spoken words but please don’t make the mistake of confusing your story (script) with your visuals. … Visuals Explaining Complex Subjects featured PowerPoint Presentation Design Slide Design Using Images Visual Aids

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How to Lead Better Virtual Meetings

Duarte Blog

Leading effective meetings is hard enough; and suddenly, we all have to be just as effective without the benefits of meeting in person. That means connecting with people, delivering a point of view, facilitating discussion, and charging toward a new action or result by the end of your meeting—all while dealing with poor video/audio connections, [.] continue reading. The post How to Lead Better Virtual Meetings appeared first on Duarte.

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How to Build Your Profitable Speaking Business with Grant Baldwin

Speaker Launcher

Looking at the current landscape of the speaking industry and thinking about how to best serve my audience…I decided to invite Grant Baldwin back to the Wealthy Speaker Show to talk about what’s happening now and how to keep moving forward in your speaking business. Grant is a nationally known speaker, podcaster, and author who has helped thousands of people start and build their own speaking businesses through his Booked and Paid to Speak Training […].

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Coronavirus: is this what retirement feels like?

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

It’s 9:50. I’ve walked the dog 4 times today and just taken him out for a final pee. Normally he gets walked twice, and doesn’t always get taken out for a late night pee unless he asks. He didn’t ask. … Continue reading →

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Whistleblower Fatigue - Susan Fowler's Book Isn't Doing As Well As Expected

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The nation is exhausted. Actually, most of the world is. There is the COVID-19, which can and does kill. Along with it has come economic devastation. That includes actual hunger. There also are neighbors in my residential complex who needed help to pay April's rent. So, it's not a surprise that Susan Fowler's memoir "Whistleblower" should be sinking on Amazon. Published on February 18, 2020, it was at about the 40,000 ranking on Amazon a few weeks ago.

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The Key to Adjusting Your Intention and Approach During Times of Uncertainty

Speaker Launcher

If you are sick of getting email after email from your bank and your car dealership telling you how they are dealing with COVID-19, you’re not alone. I’m craving some normalcy right now. And so I wonder, the people who are trying to carry on with their business, what are they craving? It’s very likely that companies and associations are having virtual team meetings talking about how they are going to get through this period […].

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6 Steps to Get Your New Speaking Career Off the Ground

SketchBubble

Most people, when they really think about it, have a passion and a message they’d love to share with the world. Well, hands down, public speaking is the best way you can share your message and connect with people on an emotional level. Not only that, but public speaking can help you be seen as […]. The post 6 Steps to Get Your New Speaking Career Off the Ground appeared first on SketchBubble Official Blog. Presentation Tips

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Seyfarth - Rhetoric of Corporate America in 1970s Put Out There in COVID-19 Times

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The austerity train continues to roar through BigLaw.    Like so many cost-cutters, Seyfarth positions and packages its moves as "prudent steps." " Simultaneously, it assures its constituents that its finances are in good shape. The rhetoric mirrors that of Corporate American in the 1970s. Its tone lacks the urgency and compassion needed for COVID-19 times.    Abovethelaw reports on these initiatives.

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“You are our top priority!” and other “unprecedented” words not to use

SpeakerSue Says...

As soon as I received the email from my car dealer, who I absolutely do not have a relationship with, saying I was their top priority, this post wrote itself. Maybe if the manager hadn’t started with, “Dear Friend,” it wouldn’t have been as obvious…. Stop the transaction, platitudes, weasel words, fake caring approach! We all know I’m not your friend and selling the car was your top priority, I wasn’t.

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Year of COVID-19: April 16, 2020 (Ohio Sets Open-Up Date)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Ohio governor Mike DeWine had been an early adopter in establishing the Stay-at-Home shut-down. Today he became an early adopter in setting an Open-Up date. That will be May 1st. Is that a risk? After all, OH has maintained a lower than average rate for coronavirus infections and deaths.    Well, in this uncertain world, no one can predict how the Open-Up will play out in terms of COVID-19 cases. But it sure brings hope to struggling businesses.

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COVID-19 Puts PR Agencies into Their Own Crisis - Through the Glassdoor at the Dilenschneider Group

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"One prominent recruiter, who described the agency world as 'shot,' said at this point 'people aren't even looking, just saying they were laid off, salary cut, wait to see unemployment packages.'"  '"  That was an excerpt from an article by Thomas Moore in PRWeek. The date? Way back in early-COVID-19 time: March 27, 2020.

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That (supposed) Higher Education Bubble - COVID-19 Is Bursting It

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"A higher education trade group has predicted a 15 percent drop in enrollment nationwide, amounting to a $23 billion revenue loss." " - Anemona Hartocollis, The New York Times , April 15, 2020. For years, some have contended there existed a higher education "bubble." " That is, there was an inflated demand for degree programs which were overpriced. Those who believed there was a bubble pushed the debate about the return on investment from higher education.

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Economic Downturn, COVID-19 Uncertainty Put Higher Education in Play

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"The economic freefall and uncertainty from the virus have families questioning expensive tuition even more."  "  - Chris Quintana, USA Today , April 14, 2020  Like giant corporations and small businesses, higher education in America is struggling financially. Part of that is the current economic freefall. McKinsey & Co. created 9 scenarios for the global economy. But folks are sophisticated enough to understand those scenarios are abstractions.

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In an Uncertain World, Madame Clairevoyant Is Point of Solidity

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

We who get data, insight, and comfort from the paranormal can again turn to Madame Clairevoyant this week. She's New York Magazine's psychic. Here are her interpretations for each Zodiac sign. For my sign - Taurus - she picks right up that I feel a compulsion to be involved in the macro, in those loops where the big decisions and big actions are taking place. Nonono, she advises. Instead, she says that smaller actions matter too.

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Distressed Disney - "Marshal" Bob Iger Rides into Town

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

" Disney's much-imitated model was almost perfect exposure to the pandemic."  "  Ben Smith, The New York Times, April 12, 2020. The shift was from dependence on types of video technology to in-person. Then came COVID-19 and the rest is the financial unraveling which has impacted Disney and triggered the necessity to re-think its MO. Currently, it is losing $30 million a day. To do that, the Marshal has come back to town.

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For These Upside-Down Times, PBS' "World on Fire" - Ordinary People Making Life Decisions in Extraordinary Situations

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

On PBS at 9 P.M. ET is the Masterpiece production of "World on Fire." " Running through May 17th, it visually and emotionally captures the upside-down times of nations entering World War II. Obviously, it's a perfect fit for our own times when COVID-19 has sent everything unraveling.    With the exception of Harry Chase's aristocratic family in England, the series focuses on ordinary people.

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How Bad Could the Economy Get? - McKinsey & Co. Provides Nine Scenarios

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

COVID-19 is calling the shots. Business operational and thought leaders are getting it that nature, not their brilliance and experience, will determine how the economy plays out in the next several months and beyond. However, it's comforting to have scenarios to hang onto.    McKinsey & Co. provides nine of those in its white paper "COVID-19 - Implications for business."  "  Here is a copy of that research and analysis. 

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What Election? What Sacred Christian Holiday? - Drudge Report Continues Pounding Coronavirus

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Influential Drudge Report is defining "top news" as what relates to COVID-19. This is a presidential election year. Today is the most sacred Christian holiday - Easter. Yet, the quadruple Drudge headline is all about the coronavirus.    The headline reads: Death Toll Passes 20,000 in USA. AppleGoogle Plan to Track Infected. Cities Begin Canceling Fourth of July Events.

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The Year of COVID-19: April 12, 2020 (the future of work)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Today is Easter. That Christian holiday has been a symbol of renewal. The message is one of rebirth.    But, the reality of COVID-19 is loss, not renewal. At least not right now. For example, the pandemic is making so many kinds of jobs obsolete.    It is no platitude that a large number of lines of work that have been knocked out of the box during shelter-in-place will never come back. Take, for example, the 25,000 furloughed by AMC Entertainment.

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What Not to Major in During College - Professions Which Might Not Be Around in 10 Years

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

College is expensive. And, learning for the sake of learning isn't noble any more. It's long-term financial suicide to major in a field which is not in demand in the labor market. BusinessInsider is doing college students a kind of public service presenting the occupations which, according to the Bureau of Labor, might not be around in 10 years.    Some of them, such as journalist (with the decline of newspapers and other kinds of news outlets), are no surprise.

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The Year of COVID-19: April 11, 2020 (Ohio Governor Mike DeWine Hero of Our Times)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In Ohio, the governor Mike DeWine took a big political risk.    Although the coronavirus hadn't impacted this state yet, he imposed the stay-at-home order. Non-essential businesses were shut down. There was no more school, at least conducted communally. Just-in-case plans were made about medical care. And, so far, OH has experienced fewer than the average number of COVID-19 infections and deaths.

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Year of COVID-19: April 17, 2020 (the future of work can leave you out)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The risky move is afoot to reopen the economy. Since there are so many uncertainties about COVID-19, no one knows if that decision will result in a surge of infections and deaths.    But, there is enormous pressure on leaders to get people back to work. That, though, is a lot of magical thinking. Many of the jobs they left no longer exist or will be fewer in number. Take all the workers in the loop of servicing movie theatres.

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Making a Good Living in COVID-19 Times: Lawyers, Academics, and All Other Professionals Have to Let Go of Protecting Sunk Costs

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"We are only at the beginning of this retrenchment."  "  - David Lat, Managing Director at Lateral Link NYC Office, on Abovethelaw , April 17, 2020. The Austerity Train has roared through the legal sector. Legal media, as well as the business outlets like Bloomberg, had covered multiple rounds of cost-cutting. Actually, the story, just like CNN"s pounding of the Trumpettes, has become old.

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A Long Way from "Dukes v. Walmart" - Expect Wave of Class Action Employee Lawsuits in Time of COVID-19

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Those predicting the class action lawsuit was dead have egg on their face. Those forecasts were made in the time of "Dukes v. Walmart." " Now it's COVID-19 time.    As Law.com reports, there is expected a wave of class-action lawsuits filed by employees as plaintiffs. The issues associated with COVID-19 are myriad. They include: Unsafe work conditions. Denied wages. Discrimination in layoffs.

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Austerity Bumps Up Against Branding: Law Firm Hiring

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"The pullback in hiring is broadening from beyond the sectors initially affected [such as hospitality] … to white-collar areas such as law …"  - Gwynn Guilford, The Wall Street Journal , April 16, 2020. This is the era of extreme public relations. Law firms, given their high fee structure, has to be skilled in how they position and package every move. Evidence of that, of course, is the language in which they announce their austerity initiatives.

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Hey, Reed Smith, You Might Have Made a Very Wrong Move

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Before "this" is over, law firms will be making multiple rounds of austerity trips into their employees (or former employees') pocketbooks. The "this" is the global economic fallout from COVID-19. The 2nd round of cost-cutting measures Reed Smith announced, reports Kathryn Rubino at the Abovethelaw , impacts associates and counsel. And the way that it does, according to Rubino's sources, is making associates furious. 

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The Extreme Optimism of Fintech Players - COVID-19 Should Temper All That

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"As of April 9, some 12% of consumer loans made by online lenders are already 'impaired.'"  '"  - Jeff Kauflin and Antoine Gara, FORBES , April 16, 2020. From the get-go, there were concerns about online lenders such as Lending Club, SoFi, and BestEgg. The issue was - and is even more the situation now: Do online applications for loans make it too easy to loop into debt?

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Major Disappointment for Media: Elizabeth Holmes' Trial Rescheduled for October

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

From the get-go, Elizabeth Holmes, founder of Theranos, has been a hot media property.    On the way up to becoming a billionaire media outlets such as Fortune did cover stories on her. The major focus had been on her vision for conducting blood tests from what could supposedly be derived from a finger prick.    On the way down - and that was rapid - members of the media were also at it.

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Public Relations in Age of Austerity: Messaging in the Legal Sector

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The usual messaging for cost-costing  among law firms is: Assertion that the firm is well-positioned in financials and practice areas, then the list of austerity measures, and the hope those will be sufficient to avoid layoffs. Of course, the elephant in the room is the uncertainty associated with what COVID-19 will inflict on the world economy.

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Class Action Lawsuit "Davitashili v. GrubHub" Throws Shade on Food-Delivery Apps

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"Food delivery apps such as GrubHub and Uber Eats are using 'unlawful' contracts to bolster their grip on the market for meal deliveries and drive up prices for consumers, according to a new civil antitrust suit filed in Manhattan federal court."  "  - Tom McParland, Law.com. The lawsuit is "Davitashili, et al. GrubHub, et al." " Here is a copy of the complaint. The plaintiffs are represented by Gregory Frank of Frank law firm.

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Grandma, You Really Bought "Paper Tickets" to See a Movie?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Another economic victim of COVID-19 could be AMC Entertainment. In mid-March, because of various shelter-in-place mandates, it had shut down its 630 theatres across the U.S. and furloughed 25,000 employees. Reportedly it has not paid its rent. Even before COVID-19, it was struggling because fewer people were going out to the movies. They can stream at-home or watch videos on their phone. 

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News Companies - Add Them to Economic Victims of COVID-19

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"Roughly 28,000 workers at news companies nationwide have been laid off, furloughed or had their pay reduced."  "  - Marc Tracy, The New York Times, April 10, 2020. Add those news companies to the list of the "victims" of the coronavirus. Yes, traffic is up at news outlets such as BuzzFeed and Gannett. Digital subscriptions are holding. But advertising is down.

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Year of COVID-19: April 15, 2020 (Norm Pattis flags us how social distancing is producing unexpected result)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

On LinkedIn, brandname lawyer Norm Pattis wryly observes (rare bit of wit during these long-faced times) that social distancing must be working. After all there hasn't been a mass shooting in a while. Pattis deserves a talk show. Actually, after all we have been through, we deserve a talk show hosted by Pattis. Overall, regarding COVID-19, there is TMI, not enough insight into how it is eating holes into the social fabric. I look out the window at my fellow man and see a moth-eaten blanket. 

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The Year of COVID-19: April 13, 2020 (ditch fantasy of smooth re-entry)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In this Time of COVID-19, Ohio Governor Michael DeWine has been a superhero, over and over again. Although Ohio wasn't (and still isn't) a hotspot, DeWine imposed stay-at-home on March 22nd. Cases of the virus as well as deaths in Ohio are well below the national average. And, now, this Republican is saying in public not exactly what the Republican U.S. President Donald Trump is predicting about the end of the lockdown. According to DeWine, the process will be "tough."

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