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I'm still in it - are you?

Speak Schmeak

It's two days after Christmas, and I'm working. Am I a workaholic? Am I under the thumb of a mean boss? Nope. (My My boss is pretty swell, actually.) Am I working by choice? Absolutely! Because my boss is ME, I get to decide when to work and when not to work.

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Don Imus - Buttoned-Down St. Peter Probably Doesn't Know What Hit Him

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Don Imus was the wild child who never had to grow up. He would blurt out on-the-air what the rest of us had been socialized to never say in public. After he called a fast food joint and ordered over a 1,000 burgers with crazy toppings, the FCC noticed.

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5 Common Crisis Response Mistakes

More than PowerPoint...

Let’s explore 5 common crisis communication response mistakes… and what to do instead. I’ve seen all five of these mistakes play out in the media recently. How about you? Don’t ignore warning signs: conduct routine threat assessments. Don’t cover up: take responsibility.

What I am doing with MS…

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

It’s been 25 years that I’ve lived with my MS… Feels like only yesterday that I was waiting for a diagnosis in the neurologist’s office and passed out from MS-related fatigue while sitting there… Anyway, I have a calendar entry … Continue reading →

2019 40

The Extreme Trauma of Matriculating for Professional and Graduate Academic Degrees

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Let's cut to the chase: Does studying make you crazy? Maybe, at least if the studying takes place in the competitive environment of a university in high-stakes professional programs or graduate specializations.

2019 52

Erin Pascal - Suicide Locations as Contagious Meme

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Bridges in Manhattan. Roofs of some universities. A forest in Japan. And, now, a parking structure in Boston. These have become branded as where suicides can be conducted in a successful manner. 

2019 52

Niche Marketing - "Specials" on the Menu

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It's been the reality in many types of professional services for decades: the movement to niche expertise. Generalists drifted to the bottom of the food chain. In the legal sector, the niche edge has become more complex. That's not unique.

2019 52

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Let the Speculation Begin - Ari Behn, 2nd Kevin Spacey Accuser, Dies

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Last September an anonymous massage therapist who had accused Kevin Spacey of sexual assault had died. Now this: The New York Post reports that a second accuser - Ari Behn - had died. It was declared a suicide. He had alleged groping by Spacey back in 2007.

2019 52

Yeah, It Was All Mickey Mouse's Fault

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Inheritances. Settlements in divorce. Current gains in the stock market. That last good job. The lucrative assignments still coming our way. Those are among the ways Ok, Boomer can continue to hit Real Money. Agreed, so much in the financial media had portrayed us as The Financially Lost Generation.

2019 52

NDAs - The Business & The Politics

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In the last 18 months or so, the Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) I have been signing have been taking on additional kinds of provisions. I had been accustomed to the multiple paragraphs about not disclosing trade secrets and other confidential material.

2019 52

Anything to Belong - From 12th Step Programs to Fundamentalist Religion

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Back in 2015, The Atlantic nailed it in how it threw shade on 12-step program Alcoholics Anonymous. The article, now a classic in the push-back against that traditional mode of substance-abuse treatment, points out that the program offers fellowship. Members are welcoming. Members are accepting.

2019 52

Ram Dass - He Set Us on a Journey Which Continues into Our 70s

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Ram Dass had evolved from Richard Alpert during his own journey. Some of our generation - the baby boomers, now derided as ok, boomer - hitchhiked along. Those were the late 1960s and 1970s. Reared on the scientific method, we embraced mysticism.

2019 52

Voodoo - Wallis Simpson et al.

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Her story still fascinates - even though it flies in the face of the values of #MeToo. The Guardian just published a feature on what it took for Wallis Simpson to get out of her marriage in order to marry Edward VIII. Lawyer Robert Egerton provides the details.

2019 52

How Will Your Christmas Week Go? - Predictions from Madame Clairevoyant

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Weekly, at New York Magazine, Madame Clairevoyant tips us off how things will play out during the next seven days. Here , you can absorb her insight for your Christmas week. 

2019 52

2010 - 2020: Content Remains King, But There's a (big) Shift

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Vanity Fair nails it. On its popular "Vine" site it posts a feature on the dominance of content during the decade just ending and leading into the new one.    Essentially there's a double takeaway: Content Still Dominates. But, Content Is Always Changing.

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The Curse of Amazon - Bob Dilenschneider's "Decisions" Has to Struggle Up from 676,969

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In the days before Amazon, most meters started running on books the date of publication. That was then. Now, with all eyes on Amazon's rankings of books, the tabulation kicks in as soon as the publisher announces the book will be published.

2019 52

America Grows Up - Optimism Goes Lite

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The Rhode Island Supreme Court tossed the class action lead paint public nuisance long-running lawsuit. Here are details from Anthony J. Sebok. The lawyers, including those from Jones Day, and the defendants, including Sherwin-Williams, were mighty pleased.

The Last Christmas (2019) - Post Christianity Plays Out

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Businesses may object. Religious organizations will likely still conduct old-line rituals celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. Parents will substitute another kind of special day. But, by 2020, there could be no more Christmas. Post Christianity will play out.

2019 52

Media Financial Woes Will Worsen in 2020

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

During 2019, some estimates have it that 8,000 lost media jobs. For television, revenue declined 4%. For print, it was 20%.    And, according to Axios , 2020 will be even worse. There are two main reasons. One, folks are getting weary of political news.

2020 52

Rethinking (affordable) Travel, Medical/Dental Tourism, and Retirement - Lost Paradise of Mexico

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It's become a roaring platitude - or it used to be: Go Mexico. There, ordinary folks were told they could travel on small budget, get low-cost medical and dental care, and, yesyesyes, retire on the $1,400-something monthly Social Security check.    That was then.

2019 52

Even The Pope Gets It: Christianity Increasingly Irrelevant

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Pope Francis leveraged his Christmas message to warn leadership in the Roman Catholic Church that, overall, the beliefs of Christianity are becoming increasingly irrelevant.    Meanwhile, Gallup found that only about 50% of Americans are members of a formal religious organization.

2019 52

Fatal Christmas Fire, Stamford, Connecticut - Eighth Anniversary

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Christmas Eve was over. Then the seasonal joy moved into actual Christmas Day. It was still very early. And it was 2011. For the residents of Stamford, Connecticut, the transition involved encountering unspeakable tragedy. Some heard the sirens. Some saw the flames.

Power Outage at Boeing

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

No surprise, following the exit of chief executive officer Dennis Muilenburg from Boeing comes the retirement of the general counsel Mike Luttig. Luttig served in that position since 2005. Since last May he handled the legalities associated with the 737 MAX. In the two crashes of that model 346 human beings had died. Here are more details from The Wall Street Journal. It was William Shakespeare who observed in "Henry IV, Part 2," that "Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown."

2019 40

People Who Love People - The Ultimate Irony, As Played Out In Alleged Saga of Heidi & Magen

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Law enforcement, producers for "Dateline," psychotherapists, and artists such as William Shakespeare have down cold one thing: the unknowability of another human being.    Over and over again are alleged sagas such as the one being played out about Heidi Broussard and Magen Fieramusca.    As the Daily Mail reports, the two were the best of friends. Heidi supposedly even confided in Magen about alleged physical abuse by lover and father of her baby Shane Carey.

2019 40

Extreme Branding Opportunity for Johnson & Johnson: Verdict Win in Talc "Forrest et al."

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The jury in St. Louis Circuit Court ruled for the defense in "Vickie Forrest et al. Johnson & Johnson et al."  "  As Bloomberg reports, members of the jury determined that Johnson & Johnson's talc product did not cause the plaintiff's ovarian cancer and the corporation did not fail to warn about any medical dangers. Medical testimony showed no evidence of asbestos in Forrest's tissues.

Major University, Los Angeles, CA - VP of Strategic Communications (help-wanted)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

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