Sat.Nov 23, 2019 - Fri.Nov 29, 2019

An important lesson from Bohemian Rhapsody

Manner of Speaking

I finally got around to watching the film Bohemian Rhapsody. I was not disappointed. Queen is one of my all-time favourite bands and the driving force behind Queen was the inimitable Freddie Mercury.

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3 ways to use images

PowerPoint Tips

As I see it, there are 3 ways to use images on a slide: As a background, behind text: The purpose is to make a slide that is essentially all text look better. As a supplement to text: The purpose is to help people understand and remember the text.

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BF + SBS + Cyber Monday + Free Gift = Today!

Speak Schmeak

I hope you're enjoying the long weekend (if you're in the US)! I realized that my friends in other countries now do Black Friday, even though there is no Thanksgiving on the preceding Thursday! Wow, talk about spreading American culture worldwide. Personally, I don't shop on Black Friday.

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Social Media Like a Boss with Erin Gargan King

Speaker Launcher

For most of us, creating a great social media following doesn’t come easy. We have to work hard to generate content that entices our audience to follow us and keep them engaged. What is the best platform? How often should I post?,

Closed Captioning with Google Slides provides CC for live presentations

More than PowerPoint...

In an attempt to make live presentations more accessible, I first used Closed Captioning in Google Slides for a presentation I gave around a year ago. Closed Captioning in Google Slides is easy to use and does a terrific job.

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How to Deliver Robust yet Inspiring Presentations

Presentation Guru

Presentations. We have all been there and with varying degrees of success too. While a successful presentation is a proud moment, too often these are few and far between – with most receiving a lukewarm reception and almost immediately forgotten.

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"The Long Depression" - The Language of Economics Darkens

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Push-back against globalization. Populism. Stagnant wages (along with polarization of the job market due to technology). Decline in productivity.

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Becoming a Master of Giving Thanks

Duarte Blog

“Thank you” was probably etched into your brain early in life, alongside its trusty compatriot—the “magic word”—“please.” ” In English, “thank you” comes from the word “think” and it originally meant something along the lines of “I will think about what you did for me.”

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Do freelancers ever retire? How MS has changed my perspective.

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Do freelancers ever retire? If you had asked me that question 25 years ago, my answer would have adamant. I’m going to keep on conducting writing workshops until my voice gives out. I am going to keep on writing … Continue reading →

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Totally Cool Public Interest Version of Airbnb: NYC Home Sharing Program

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The 60 or over with a spare room in all five boroughs of New York City gain access to additional income. Homeless youth at least 18 years of age gain a roof over their heads which isn't a shelter. That's the public interest version of Airbnb. It's called Home Sharing.

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How to Speak Up in a Meeting Even When You’re an Introvert

SketchBubble

There are many things that can have an impact on a person’s career trajectory, not the least of which is how they handle themselves when speaking “off the cuff.” A team member’s participation in meetings shows their ability to think, listen, and share their ideas in a clear and concise manner.

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3 Email etiquette rules to follow to get ahead in 2020

SpeakerSue Says...

What is the biggest difference between email and verbal communications? For verbal, we know the rules. We hear intonation, understand pauses, detect nuances. Email. Not-so-much. Here are 3 email etiquette rules to buy respectability and elevate your reputation: Use a searchable subject line How will your buyer find your email when they want it? Your subject lines should be an accurate, honest summary of the email you’ve just sent. Not the email you originally sent a month ago.).

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Goodbye, OC Weekly - And, Jobs of All Employees

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Maybe the timing was the cruelest cut of all. Yesterday, the day before America celebrates its blessings, owner of OC Weekly Duncan McIntosh informed employees he was shutting down the print publication. All 19 were immediately laid off.

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2020 New Year's Resolution: Rebranding

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Rebranding has become the current solution for troubled or simply stuck organizations and individuals, reports BusinessInsider. Yes, repositioning and repackaging have become the unofficial religion in marketing, public relations, executive coaching, and even psychic readings.

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The Perfect Gift: Allowing Human Beings to Share Their Failures

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

No need to get frantic about holiday shopping. Especially for colleagues and subordinates.    The perfect gift will be this: You give them the venue to share their experiences with failure.

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"Janis" By Holly George-Warren - We Never Really Know Anyone, Do We

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Published about a month ago, "Janis" is yet one more biography about this huge talent in music: Janis Joplin. Obviously, she remains of great interest. Written by Holly George-Warren, it ranks high on Amazon: 1,506. 

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What Corporate Wage Slaves/Vendors Know, New Law-Firm Partners Better Get Smart About

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

For many new partners in law firms this is their first rodeo. They will have to learn what we in corporations and as vendors already have experienced. That began in the 1980s when globalization ate into U.S. business' lunch and technology made middle management redundant.

Weather - The Gift That Keeps Giving to ABC's David Muir, et al.

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

All too often, when ABC's David Muir leads in dramatically with breaking news items, the weather is part of it. For newsfolks like himself, weather has become the gift that keeps giving.    Maybe that started with Katrina.

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Mike Is In - 2-Part Message of I Can Defeat Trump, I Can Rebuild America

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"Mike Bloomberg2020" introduces this late-entry to the campaign for U.S. president. Essentially the message is two-fold: One, Michael Bloomberg can defeat Donald Trump. And, two, Michael Bloomberg can rebuild America.

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Correction - New York Post Fixes Misspell of Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Last Name (mostly)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It is 8:10 A.M. New York Time. The wrong spelling of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been corrected by the New York Post - mostly. There is still one reference to her as "Ginsberg." " Read the corrected version here.

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Conservative New York Post Spells Justice Ginsburg's Last Name Wrong

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Is it a Freudian slip? Or does it reflect the lack of a sufficient number of proofreaders and copy editors in journalism today? Whatever. As of 10:29 P.M. New York Time) the conservative New York Post has posted the last name of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg  misspelled. 

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Before Keying in Negative Review - The Law

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Of course, those online reviews have power. They range from Yelp to Glassdoor. According to Pew Research , 82% of folks using the internet pay attention to them.

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Paying Ultimate Price for Being in the Loop - Thomas Bowers, et al.

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"A former Deutsche Bank executive who reportedly signed off on some of the institution's unorthodox loans to Donald Trump killed himself in his Malibu home on November 19."  "  - Ian Spiegelman, LA Magazine, November 27, 2019. Here is the article.

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Bugs Bunny - Regrets and Other Delusions

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It was Bugs Bunny who observed that he made the wrong turn in Albuquerque. It was a left one.    Some communications types who bask in platitudes leverage that anecdote as a message about the perils of making wrong decisions.

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The Curse of Celebrity - Kevin/Linda O'Leary Fatal Boat Crash Remains in the Media

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Even those with wealth and influence can't make a bad event in their lives go away.    Kevin O'Leary of "Shark Tank" and his wife Linda O'Leary can't shake the long half life of a fatal boat crash on Canada's Lake Joseph.

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CBS Hit with Age/Ethnic Discrimination Lawsuit - Allegedly, Talent Doesn't Provde Job Security

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

On October 2nd, Ghen Maynard was given the boot from CBS Studios. He had been employed by CBS since 1997. His productions ranged from hits such as the CSI series to reality shows like Survivor. Today, he filed a lawsuit for unspecified damages against CBC Studios and CBC Corporation.

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Congressional Democrats 1, Trump Administration 0 - For Now

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Unless the Trump Administration appeals and wins that appeal, former White House head counsel Don McGahn will have to testify in Congress. The issue is alleged obstruction of justice about the Russian probe by the Trump Administration. Here are details from the media.

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Week of November 25th - What Madame Clairevoyant Predicts

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

One of the most popular columns for New York Magazine is Madame Clairevoyant. Weekly, she posts the horoscopes for the all the Zodiac signs. Here you can take a peek at what could be coming up for you this week of November 25th.    Current Affairs Intuitive

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Uber - Dark Symbol of What Can Go Very Wrong in Tech

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Uber is not only financially distressed and considered a dog of an investment by SoftBank. It also remains a target for regulatory constraints. In fact, it is evolving into the signature for what can go so wrong in technology.

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ABC's "Full Court Press" - Greta Van Susteren Lite

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Today, on ABC's new Sunday morning politico serie s "Full Court Press" host Greta Van Susteren focused on the impeachment proceedings. At the end there was also a quick peek at a major lawsuit in MoTown.

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The (obvious) Politics of Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Health

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The health of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a political issue. Should her health "force" the Justice to retire, Donald Trump has the opportunity to appoint yet another conservative to SCOTUS. Already, at 5 to 4, conservatives are in the majority.

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Beyond Beth Holloway - What About All Those Parents in Urbran Areas Whose Children Were Murdered?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Last night on ABC, "20/20" presented a well-done two-hour special on how Beth Holloway has been managing the disappearance of daughter Natalee.    Like Fred Goldman's loss of his son Ron, the story is archetypal, going way back to the bible.

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O'Dwyer PR Poll - 87% Vote Hillary Clinton Shouldn't Run for U.S. President, Not Again

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Like the Drudge Report, Odwyerpr.com operates a popular poll.    The current one essentially asks: Should Hillary Clinton, like Mike Bloomberg and Deval Patrick, parachute at this late date into the campaign for U.S. President? As of 11 A.M., New York Time, on the day before Turkey Day, 87% of those responding to the poll indicate that, no, Hillary shouldn't give it another shot.    The mindset that could be playing out is that Hillary lost the first time.

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SoftBank - Badly Tarnished Global Brand

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Ever since WeWork began collapsing and folks got it that Uber may never achieve profitability, shade has been thrown on the SoftBank brand. That once high-flyer had touted its investments in those startups as, well, trophies. That was then. Now, the brand is going through the worst of times. The Wall Street Journal reports that sources disclose that some major investors in SoftBank have become very jittery. One big concern is this: the losses in SoftBank's Vision Fund. 

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Nonono, You Don't Have to Start Podcasting Or Continue to Listen to Them

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Your business isn't thriving? Start a podcast. That's the new roaring platitude in marketing. Need insight? Listen to more podcasts. That's the latest version of unsolicited advice. Feel out of the loop? Tell podcasters you're available for interviews. That's networking, 2019 style. However, such annoying talk might soon enough go poof. Yes, the backlash has begun against the 700,00 podcasts in existence - that's up from 550,000 last year. 

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Marketing Isn't Game of Ubiquity - Why You Don't Need to Be Podcasting

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Trend or fad w/o effectiveness? That's the question for public relations players and marketers who have to allocate resources. Here , on the bible of marketing communications O'Dwyer , I hammer the reasons podcasting is doomed. A key takeaway is this: You don't have to be in every medium or on every social network. If what you put out there on LinkedIn, Twitter, and your client's own blog develops new business and enhances the brand, do more of that.

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ROI on College - That Freshman Course on the Scientific Method Panned Out

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Ohio is the state in which almost everyone knows someone who has overdosed during the opioid epidemic. Some of those addicted to opioids died. Some are still attempting to score the pain killers on the street. And some are struggling in rehab, usually with multiple stays.    But few, if any of them, are obtaining their supply of opioids from a medical doctor in this state. At least, not without a hassle. 

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