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A lesson from the skyline of Chicago

Manner of Speaking

According to the Chicago Architecture Center, “Chicago has long been a laboratory for architectural innovation and experimentation.” ” I was recently in Chicago for a conference and got to experience that great city firsthand. While in Chicago, I was joined by … Continue reading → Structure architecture Architecture River Tour Art Deco Chicago Postmodernism public speaking speech structure

6 Reasons Why You Should Tell Stories in Presentations, Leadership Messages and Meetings

Speaking Freely

Story Telling is a powerful way to open up presentations, leadership messages and meetings of all kinds. Telling the right story produces astonishing results for you as a speaker and leader. If you’re not sure what a story is, it’s just what happened. That means it involves human beings doing or experiencing something. In case you don’t […].

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6 Design Ideas for a Killer Presentation

Presentation Guru

(This article contains affiliate links). At some point in our lives, we all have to make a speech or present something to an audience. To present something comfortably and confidently requires plenty of preparation.

Inflation: Going Back to Drawing Board on Retirement/Semi-Retirement Planning

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The "they" are continually boosting the amount of money you'll need in retirement. Those "they" range from financial planners to members of the media who know the topic guarantees eyeballs. 

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Book Review: Influence and Persuasion (HBR Emotional Intelligence Series)

Duarte Blog

If you want to be a leader who can consistently convince a team to get behind your cause, you need to be a master of influence and persuasion. After all, only by getting people to share your viewpoints and champion your ideas can you make your goals a reality.

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Tip for Finding Stories to Make Talks and Presentations Engaging and Compelling

Speaking Freely

Here’s a valuable tip for finding stories from your life that you can use to make talks and presentations more engaging and compelling. Both professional and personal stories can be used to illustrate ideas, make points and sell your services. If you read my last post on 6 Reasons to Tell Stories in Presentations, Leadership […].

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My one (really obvious) tip that can make you amazing at reading body language…

More than PowerPoint...

You’re a bit psychic. You may not know this. But you can forecast the near future pretty well. For example, you can look at a stranger’s face as she walks toward you in a crowded airport. With one wordless glance, you know where she’s going next.

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Sales Intel for Speakers with Sam Richter

Speaker Launcher

Today, The Wealthy Speaker Podcast is being brought to you by the Inner Circle Mastermind. Want to earn higher fees, book business at leading industry events and set your business up to scale? That’s The Inner Circle Mastermind program—a 12-month, time-tested program designed to help you lay down a foundation, accelerate and scale your […]. The post Sales Intel for Speakers with Sam Richter appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

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not just beards, but specs and baseball caps baffle me too

Max Atkinson

Why wear your specs on your head? I've been fortunate in never having to wear glasses for anything other than reading, drawing and painting. I do of course occasionally wear sun-glasses.

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Why Drudge Report Should Leave Nancy Pelosi Alone

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

With so much  other news, the Drudge Report couldn't give the usual top billing to Nancy Pelosi. After all, the global preoccupation is who is the author of The New York Times anti-Trump op-ed. Also, there was that near-fatal stabbing of a politico in Brazil.

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The Seduction of Extreme Power - Now McGahn, Cohen, Christie, Giuliani, et al. Are Broken Brands

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

There was a time when a major seductive force was American Brahmin values aka WASPville. There may or may not have been great wealth attached to that WASP ethos. And the power involved might have been minor.

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Yes, Things Continue to Happen Outside Washington D.C.

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Not everything of note is happening inside the beltway. In New Haven, Connecticut, reports Kathryn Rubino at Abovethelaw.com , Tiger Mom has been hospitalized. As the world knows, Tiger Mom is Yale Law School professor Amy Chua. Chua became famous through her unique child-rearing practices.

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"Blue Bloods" - How Will Reagan Family Handle Roman Catholic Issue?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The signature of popular television series "Blue Bloods" is family values - the Roman Catholic kind. Only once did New York Police Department Commissioner Frank Reagan push back on the powers that be in the Roman Catholic Church. It was associated with a LGBT issue. 

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More Conspiracy Theories Than Associated with JFK Murder: Was NYT Anti-Trump Op-Ed Planted to Shift Media Attention.

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Of course, The New York Times anti-Trump op-ed has become the platform for conspiracy theories. At least in circles with that kind of curious mindset. Obviously, this supposedly sensational development has sucked up all the oxygen in media.

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Crisis Experts, Like kglobal's Gene Grabowski - This One Is Totally Preventable

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Some big problems have simple solutions. A classic example is the total anxiety about having enough money during retirement. That crisis can be prevented if, from the get-go, you decide you are not going to retire. End of that story.

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RESISTANCE! Underground Movement Inside the White House

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Where tyranny is perceived to exist, resistance movements emerge. They, like that of the French Resistance against Hitler, tend to be, well, romantic. Born too late for that, my generation of Baby Boomers took part in the push-back against the Nixon Administration.

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Bull about Bull Market - Mostly Irrelevant If We're Not Retiring, Not Ever

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The new game among media outlets, financial planners, and those real estate developers who put up retirement complexes is this: Scare the dickens out of those who assume they  have to retire. The latest move in that game is to discuss the possibility of the ending of the bull market.

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Recovery Movement Loses a Giant: Chris Lawford, Dead at Age 63

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

He shared the good looks and acting talent of his father Peter Lawford. And the addiction curse on his mother's side of the family. That side also saddled him with the burden of carrying on the Kennedy legacy. He was Chris Lawford. His uncle had been John F. Kennedy. 

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The Very Short Painful Life of Aaron Hernandez - James Patterson Raises Questions

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It was offbeat lawyer Jose Baez who got Casey Anthony acquitted of the murder of her daughter. Later, Baez also won over a jury to acquit New England Patriots' star Aaron Hernandez of two murders.

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Saving Ourselves from Our Inner Good Girl

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In pop culture, what's grabbing our attention are the bad girls.    They include those in the film "Ocean's 8" who pull off a major jewel heist and then can afford to have the lives they want. How do you like them apples, those of you in the 1%.

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Theranos - It's Over, Finally

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

From the get-go the story of tech start-up Theranos has been high theatre.

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Power - What Monica Lewinsky Didn't Understand in the White House, What She Still Doesn't Understand

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Power is usually unequal. Only those with the upper hand get into the game. In the White House Monica Lewinsky obviously didn't have the upper hand. Entities ranging from the Clintons to the front lines of the GOP used and abused her.    She still hasn't learned that lesson.

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Arizona Dreamin' - And Other Retirement/Semi-Retirement Myths

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"The monthly cost of buying a home - which includes mortgage payments, taxes, and insurance - jumped 14% between July 2017 and July 2018 … Comparatively, it only became 4% more expensive to rent a home over the same period." 

J'Ouvert Festival State of Mind - Of Course, I Didn't Go to Canfield Fair, Here in OH

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Again, the annual J'ouvert Festival has been the setting for violence. As the New York Post reports, an hour after it kicked off, a man was shot in the back. In 2015, there were two fatalities. The year before that, Andrew Cuomo's aide was fatally gunned down. 

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Economic Boom - But Older Workers Take Longer to Find Jobs, Earn Less (despite education)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Is the economic boom only for youth to share in? Could be. Despite the great job creation statistics and the record low unemployment rate, the LA Times tells the tale of what is happening to workers who simply get older.

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When Death Row Is the Last Home a Human Being Will Have

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

For criminal lawyers, death row may be a setting they visit in association with the appeal process. And/or, if requested by their client, to witness the execution. For laypeople, death row probably seems an exotic kind of limbo, where the convicted keep hoping to escape the death penalty.

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Documentaries - Their Time Has Come

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

When we purchased our tickets for the documentary "Won't You Be My Neighbor," it could have been a great publicity stunt to also pass out Kleenex. After all, that touching documentary about Fred Rogers did generate tears.

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2 Funerals, Now We Need 1 Wedding

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

2 funerals were positioned and packaged to open our hearts in these dark times to the light. The heroism of John McCain and the talent of Aretha Franklin lifted us out of preoccupation with politics and an economy which seems too good to be sustained. To keep us moving toward hope we need 1 wedding.

2018 52

By 2020, Our Biological Age Could Be Rolled Back by Almost 25 Years - Amazing Implications

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Essentially this anti-aging process involves reprogramming cells. The cost could be peanuts.    Then, poof. Big chunks of aging disappear. Biological age could be rolled back almost a quarter of a century. 

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The New Aging - Of Course, We're Considering Suicide

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In The New York Times , Paula Span brings to the surface what's been bubbling up among the aging and in think tanks such as the Hastings Center. That's the notion of suicide as a rational solution to age-related problems. Those range from the slow onset of dementia to impaired mobility.

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Jeff Skilling Heads to Halfway House & The Next

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

At one time, Jeff Skilling's name dominated the global media headlines. During his trial he was represented by big-name lawyer Dan Petrocelli. Now, of course, that space is filled with the names of Michael Cohen, Paul Manafort, and even the president of the United States.

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The FIRE (Financial Independence Retire Early) Movement - And You Don't Have to Be Rich to Jump Aboard

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Capitalism, at least the American version, has become binary.    There are those who are going on it, creating ways to become wealthy. That's one part. And, unofficially, that's The American Way.

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Do You Suffer From FOMO?

Speaker Launcher

FOMO: Fear Of Missing Out We’ve all felt it at one point in time – FOMO. There was that conference that you weren’t able to get to, that all of your speaker buddies were attending. There is this new technology that you just don’t seem to have time to figure out. But I’d like to […]. The post Do You Suffer From FOMO? appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

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Looks Like End of Les Moonves Era - Power Shift, Jobs Lost

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Famous lawyer Dan Petrocelli parachuted into CBS. He was to represent CEO Les Moonves in the internal investigation by two law firms about alleged sexual misconduct. Now, BusinessInsider is among the media outlets concluding that Moonves is finished. The only detail left is his exit package. And that might be the role Petrocelli is playing: negotiating the most lucrative one for his client. Moonves' contract has a golden parachute of $180 million.

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How a 1904 Ad Came Back to Bite Sherwin-Williams Where It Could Hurt for Decades

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In 1904, the Sherwin-Williams corporation put out there an advertisement promoting its lead paint.    Now, that ad could influence the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) not to review Sherwin-Williams' conviction in the class action lead paint public nuisance litigation "County of Santa Clara v. "  The California Supreme Court had previously said no to a review. Before that, the CA court of appeal refused to overturn the conviction.

2018 40

Time to tax beards again?

Max Atkinson

According to my diary, which has one historical fact for every day of the year, today was the day in 1698 when Peter the Great of Russia imposed a tax on all men with beards (for more information on which, watch this on Youtube ), a tax that remained in force for a further 70 years! By the 20th century, it was fashionable for men not to shave. Queen Victoria's two successors, Kings Edward VII and George V had beards.

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