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Here are the 2020 Best Speaker Website Contest Nominees!

Speaker Launcher

We had a ton of great websites nominated for our 2020 Best Speaker Website contest! Thank you to everyone that submitted a website for consideration.

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Who Needs a Presentation Designer? You and Here’s Why

Presentation Guru

We recently featured an article with great ideas for designing your own presentations – all made so easy nowadays with the vast range of software available. But sometimes, even with all the user-friendly tips and tricks out there, you need more.

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The Power of Storytelling - Amy Klobuchar

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

When the body of Franklin D. Roosevelt was traveling along on a train, a man standing by the rails was sobbing. Someone observing him asked, "Did you know the President?" " The man answered, "No, but he knew me."

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Why You Should Pay Someone to Coach You in the Toastmasters Int'l Speech Contest

Speak and Deliver

My First Thought? You probably shouldn't. I mean, c'mon, it's just some trophies in a contest determined in a completely subjective manner, and there are a ton of people around in your club and district who will give you totally free advice. But Let's Go Deeper.Not So Good, Good, Great!

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How Our Thinking Impacts the Bottom Line with Kris Plachy

Speaker Launcher

What does it take to create a positive mindset?

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What kind of education do freelance writers need?

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

What kind of education do freelance writers need? An aspiring freelance writer asked me that question recently… I had to pause for a moment to think about it. I’m an English major from York University, but you don’t have to … Continue reading →

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"A Million Little Things" - The Chase After Safety

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

With therapist Susan, Katherine gets it: Theo picked up from her chasing after feeling safe - at any emotional cost. The theme for tonight's episode essentially is how the characters had boxed themselves in through that same kind of behavior.

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Why applying psychology to sales messaging accelerates results

SpeakerSue Says...

According to multiple research sources, more than price, hotel decisions are guided by imagery and feeling. The ability to imagine a positive experience is key to elevating buyer confidence – and advancing your sale. Top performers understand that just answering questions will never be enough. More “concessions” won’t convert the lead. Sellers who win business (away from you?) help prospects see how they’ll accomplish their goals and use messaging that ensures they feel sure of success.

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It's Come to This: McClatchy Files for Bankruptcy

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In the distressed newspaper industry, change usually is not good news for employees. McClatchy, which owns nearly 30 newspapers in 14 states, has filed for bankruptcy. Its version is the Chapter 11, which allows it to start over.

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Dan Peres' Memoir Throws Shade on Distressed Conde Nast

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Former Details editor in chief of Conde Nast's Details Dan Peres published his addiction saga. Like, the world needs another one of those.)    The book is "As Needed for Pain: A Memoir of Addiction." " Here it can be ordered from Amazon.

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WHO Brand in Play - Factor that in to Edelman Lack-of-Trust Barometer

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Over the decades, those emigrating from the various versions of Russia to the U.S. have smirked: Of course, you don't believe anything official. Such an extreme skepticism is taking hold more widely. Of course, that's no surprise.

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Internet Has Made Everyone a Star - No One Really Cares About Brad Pitt or What He Thinks

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"The internet has killed the Hollywood star. Fame has been disrupted."  "  - Freddy Gray, Spectator , February 10, 2020. Anyone who knows how to post catchy snippets on Twitter, along with a photo or video, has become a star. Fans will respond with likes and comments.

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Week of February 10th - What Madam Clairevoyant Predicts for You

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Let's cut to the chase.    Here , you can read New York Magazine's Madame Clairevoyant's prediction for you for the week of February 10th.

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Brad Pitt - Odds Are That Public Will Never Know If He Uses Ghostwriting Services

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Election 2020, coronavirus, and the (mostly) soaring Dow leave little room for any attention to what's traditionally considered entertainment. Yes, even the Oscars are a hard sell. 

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Macy's - What Was That, Grandchildren Ask Ok, Boomer

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

iGeners likely have no emotional bond with Macy's. And, of course, the newest gen - Alpha - doesn't either. The once iconic retailer is not embedded in the America iGeners and Alphas experience. Business Insider chronicles the decline of what was once the world's largest retailer.

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Oprah - Bad Move in Crisis Management

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Oprah doesn't belong in the loop on this one.    This "one" is the ongoing dynamics of Gayle King's interview with Lisa Leslie about Kobe Bryant. In it, she mentioned the 2003 sexual assault charge. CBS zeroed in on that excerpt as a promo.

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Pema Chodron, American Buddhist Nun, Stepped Down as Shambhala Teacher

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Even before mindfulness went mainstream, those seeking to calm their "monkey minds" participated in meditation,  tutorials. and one-on-one spiritual counseling at Shambhala centers. Essentially, Shambhala's mission is to help create enlightenment, one mind at a time.

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Goldman Sachs - Will "Patrick Blumenthal v. Goldman Sachs, et al" Put the Culture on Trial?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

This lawsuit has all the makings of a two-hour special about the alleged brutal Animal-House-like culture of a powerhouse financial institution such as Goldman Sachs. In that made-for-television documentary other Wall Street players will probably be dragged into the loop.

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LinkedIn Members: Thank You

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Almost 30,000 of you visited my post on LinkedIn about Uber. Some of you took the time to leave thoughtful comments. Others just swung by with a like. I appreciate the time all of you you invested in this. Time is money. You created a gold mine for me. Thank you.

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Ah! Sometimes the Inner Performance Artist Longs to Break Out

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In the stressful profession of practicing law, emotions can quickly rise to the surface. If the lawyer can't keep them from breaking free, strange behavior can occur. The question here is: Did it?

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Dan Peres Can Publish a Book - Maybe You Shouldn't Do That as Part of Marketing Mix

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Everything changes. That includes the marketing mix. As professionals, businesses, and nonprofits age, they tend to not pivot, at least not fast enough, to what is effective. During his long career in public affairs, Bob Dilenschneider has leveraged publishing books as marketing tools.

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Gilded Age - Is Coronavirus Putting End to All That?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The Dow Jones is down today. The driver is the confirmation from the Hubei Health Commission that there had been 242 deaths in one day and the rate of new infections has accelerated.    Even before the recent developments, supply chains have been disrupted.

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"Criminal Minds" - We Will Get Through This

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Tweets are already beginning to process the reality that "Criminal Minds" will have its season finale next Wednesday.    But, the series did a good job letting fans know that the characters will be okay in their Next. Emily could be appointed FBI Director. 

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Females Not from Midwest - Your Regional Accent Can Be Holding You Back

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

This is no secret: A neutral accent, such as from the midwest, usually gives the edge in professional opportunities. For a long time it was widely known that the coveted position of on-air anchor mandated a lack of accent. 

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Courtroom Theatre - Will that Genre Die Off (despite sensationalistic trials like Harvey Weinstein's)?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Last night "Court TV" did an extensive segment on Harvey Weinstein's decision not to testify. And, here is the AP's coverage of that.

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Class of 2020 Coming to NYC - Yes, You'll Have to Pony Up Broker Fee

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Last June, the DOS blinded real estate brokers in New York City. They passed a law forbidding brokers from charging those applying for apartments in NYC more than $20.    The standard broker fees had been 12% to 15% of the first year's rent.

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LinkedIn Chose My Uber Analysis, Posted on Law and More, as Editor's Selection

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

LinkedIn chose my post on Uber from my syndicated site Law and More for its Editor's Selections. Here is that post.

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California AB 5 - Uber Lost Battle But Could Win War

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Uber is aggressively battling having the terms and conditions of California Assembly Bill 5 imposed on it. Those would reclassify its contract drivers as employees. Eventually, Uber might win. But, for now, it suffered a setback. Uber, along with Postmates, sought a temporary injunction against AB 5.

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Google - Lousy Timing for Employee Turmoil, HR Head Eileen Naughton Steps Down

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

To many who don't work at Google, a job there seems like Paradise Found. But for a growing number of those who do work at Google, it might have evolved into Paradise Lost. 

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Media, Boies Schiller - But, What Is Really Going On?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Ever since Theranos started blowing up, Boies Schiller founder David Boies has been a media target. The Wall Street Journal outed that Theranos was misleading constituencies about the finger-stick technology.

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Beyond #IStandWithGayle - A Career Put in Play

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The Gayle King brand has mutated. Among the changes is the perception of a competent on-air anchor to an individual who may be botching her own crisis communications. For example, there could be resentment that Oprah came into the loop - tears and all. Sure, there is the #IStandWithGayle movement.

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Voodoo - How Well-Oiled Political Machines Cast Spells

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Many current progressives came of age after the era of the Big Urban Political Machines. Therefore, they may be bug-eyed by contemporary national, state, and local politics. Much of that has taken on the attributes of the old machines.    Let's cut to the chase: Reform is difficult.

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Faye Marie Swetlik

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

All we can hope is that this little girl from Cayce, South Carolina wasn't scared. That the murderer was reassuring that he or she was a good person. That the killing was swift. This blog extends deep sympathy to all parents who have lost children to violence.   Current Affairs

Affordable Housing - New Kind of Messaging Is Needed

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Contract law has taken over the business of residential property management. As this article in The Guardian points out, the terms and a condition of a lease could include how many people are allowed to reside. Go over that number and those whose name or names are on the lease can be evicted. Recent statistics indicate that 2.3 million can be evicted in a year. Some baby boomers remember when tons of relatives crowded into one apartment. There was even the phenomenon of hot beds.

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Vanity Fair - Who Cares, Including about the New Establishment Summit

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

One-time glam media brand Vanity Fair has drifted into the like-who-cares space. Meanwhile, The New Yorker is breaking the big stories. The Atlantic is well-funded, thanks to the Steve Jobs widow. And, scrappy digital native Drudge Report keeps scaling. Along with the decline of the brand is the lack of interest in the New Establishment Summit. According to MSNBC, reports the New York Post , that annual special event might be purged. 

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Language - Mainstreaming of Exotic Concept of "Black Swan"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It was 2007. Financial guru Nassim Taleb published his book "Black Swan." " That introduced to professionals across all disciplines the concept of an unexpected development having game-changing impacts on society. The classic example, of course, was the internet.

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Anatomy for Survival (for now) - The New York Times

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Unlike myriad media outlets with print legacies and digital natives, The New York Times is surviving. Actually, it's doing better than that. Its recent track record includes: Generating a profit. Hiring versus laying off journalists. Attracting big brandnames from digital such as Ben Smith, formerly BuzzFeed editor-in-chief.    In The Guardian , Emily Bell analyzes how The New York Times is pulling that off. Here are some of the strategies which are working, at least for now.

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