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The Myth of the Perfect Presenter

Speaking about Presenting

As a young lawyer I idolized a senior lawyer in our city. Margaret Nixon was cool and poised. As a speaker she was clear and logical, but still warm and engaging. She got her message across every single time. And did I mention she could also make people laugh!

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 270) – Shiv Kera

Manner of Speaking

“There are good leaders who actively guide and bad leaders who actively misguide. Hence, leadership is about persuasion, presentation and people skills.” — Shiv Kera Photo courtesy of Rajeev Verma. Leadership Quotes for Public Speakers public speaking public speaking quotes quotes Shiv Kera

5 Easy-to-Use Solutions to Boost Your Audience Engagement

Presentation Guru

The key to a good presentation isn’t knowing all the facts. It’s not even putting all the facts into a shiny, pretty PowerPoint or whizzy Prezi document. Practice, and cracking a few jokes will help, but that’s not all of it either.…

Increase Your Speaker Fees by Exercising Your ‘NO’ Muscle

Speaker Launcher

If you are a professional speaker who wants to move your fee up the ladder quickly, you need to ensure that your inventory (dates on your calendar) are protected. To do this, you need to start exercising your ‘NO’ muscle. When we agree to every engagement that comes in, regardless of price, we are undermining […]. The post Increase Your Speaker Fees by Exercising Your ‘NO’ Muscle appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

Boozing Might Have Made America Great

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The new usual in 12-step programs is the announcement that a member has died. The cause is an opioid overdose. Those at the meeting mourn by sharing fond memories of the deceased. The typical downward trajectory begins with a legitimate need for painkillers.

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Depressives Resistant to Conventional Treatments - Hope Might Come from Peter Thiel's Investment in Compass Pathways

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Lawyer turned venture capitalist and entrepreneur Peter Thiel is what's known as an "iconoclastic" investor. Some of those bets have paid off well. For instance Thiel was an early investor in social network Facebook. Later he put money into Airbnb.

David Boies Doesn't Scare Easily - Read Article in Bloomberg

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Bloomberg has published a long form piece positioning and packaging David Boies and his firm Boies Schiller as not sacred of the BigBad Wolf, that is, The Public Narrative.

GE Power Business Cutting 12,000 - Outplacement Is Global Industry

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The old-fashioned term for this used to be "creative destruction." " Now, the kind of sweeping global changes GE is making is known more simply as "survival." " The most recent is the GE strategy to downsize its worldwide power business. That entails laying off 12,000.

Weinstein Culture of Silence - BigLaw Could Be Put "On Trial" (David Boies branding in play)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

A novel legal theory has been used in a complaint filed in New York yesterday against: Harvey Weinstein. Weinstein Co. Weinstein Co. board members  Miramax Film Corp, and. Others.

"Megyn Kelly Today" - November Sweeps Lowest in Decade

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"Today" is now in the post-Lauer era. Everything is in play, including Megyn Kelly's future in the morning. During the all-important November Sweeps, "Megyn Kelly Today" averaged 2.29 million viewers. That was the lowest in about a decade.

"Breaking News" - David Muir's Lead-in, Not "Bombshell"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

This evening, David Muir opened the ABC 6:30 P.M. New York time) evening news with the phrase "breaking news." " He did not use the term he had used last week several times. That was "bombshell."

Gifts Not to Send to Clients

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The strengthening economy could get even better in 2018. Meanwhile, here in the Youngstown, Ohio region, where the shut-down of steel was devastating, everyone who wants to work is doing just that. 

Auntie Jane, What Was the SAT?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Forever, Kathryn Rubino at, has been covering how many more law schools allow the GRE option. Among her most recent posts was this:  St. John Law School changed its application process to give a choice between the traditional LSAT and the GRE.

Higher Education - Return of Blind Faith

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

I had assumed it was a Baby Boomer phenomenon. We had blind faith in higher education. The more of it, the better. After all, we were the first generation in America to have access to college en masse. In high school, the meme was:  When you go to college. Then came the digital era.

Truth Is Not Expected - And, Often, Not Welcome

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The term for it used to be "spin." " That was the ability to position and package reality into acceptable illusions. The phenomenon began with politicos. Soon enough, even those on Main Street had spin down cold when interviewed by the media or issuing advocacy communications.

Court of Public Opinion 1, John Conyers 0 (And formal procedures, including legal action, become increasingly irrelevant)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Taking formal action, including legal moves, is so 20th century in this era of social media. Former Democratic Representative from Michigan - John Conyers - caved to what had been going on in the court of public opinion. Here is the coverage of his immediate retirement today in Bloomberg. 

"The Good Doctor" - Shaun Murphy Flees

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The well-meaning head of the hospital keeps pushing Shaun Murphy to agree to therapy. He has been Murphy's advocate and mentor. Eventually, Murphy can't take the nudging.    The fall finale ends with his punching the big cheese, fleeing the hospital, and then his apartment.

"Bombshell" - David Muir Doesn't Use Term for Evening News 12/4/17

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Maybe there were no bombshells in last evening's ABC news, narrated by David Muir. Or it could be that this savvy anchor got it that the term "bombshell" is on the way to becoming as much a cliché as the phrase "perfect storm."

Office Holiday Party - Less Booze Because of Weinstein Effect

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Harvey Weinstein is the grinch destroying supposed joy at office holiday parties.    Because of fear of what can happen after executives and rank and file enjoy some cheer, more companies have banned booze. Last year 62% of parties had alcohol. This year, only 49%.

David Boies, Boies Schiller - Need to Listen Closely to Public Relations Experts

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Now that superlawyer David Boies had gotten targeted in the Harvey Weinstein mess (thank Ronan Farrow's The New Yorker article) he can't seem to do anything right. That includes zealously working on a client's behalf. Again, he's in the soup.

"Bombshell" - Term Which Had Described Sexy Females Now Media Buzzword

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Bombshell. Here is an example of that buzzword used in yet another article about Trumpism in BusinessInsider. On ABC News, David Muir frequently uses that term to open the half hour. Last Friday, it was about Michael Flynn's taking a guilty plea.

Death of Cool - We Will Be Too Busy Making Money

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Economy watchers are predicting a coming economic boom. Actually, some of us are already picking up on that in our businesses. There's been a shift to clients ordering bigger and not balking about the fee. Also, a real sign of changing times, they are treating talent with more deference.

Jason Mark Sims - Sentence Meant to Deter Other Consumers/Distributors of Child Porn

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Not so long ago, Jason Mark Sims was an attorney with BigLaw firm Paul Weiss. Now, he will be serving a harsh sentence for distributing videos of child sexual abuse.    As the Alexnandria News reports, the sentence has many parts: Five years in prison.

BuzzFeed Cuts 100 - Google, Facebook Own Digital Advertising

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Media properties, such as Buzzfeed, which depend on digital advertising for a significant portion of revenue have to re-think their business models. Those alternates include subscriptions and developing other kinds of profit centers such as sponsored content, conferences and branded merchandise.

Rohina Bhandari, Wall Street Private Equity Manager, Murdered by Tiger Shark

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Diving, like skiing, is a risky recreational activity. Rhonia Bhandari, 49, was engaging in a group dive about 300 miles from the Costa Rican mainland. Suddenly, the diving guide spotted a tiger shark. He alerted the group and attempted to distract the predator.

Annette Roque - No The Good Wife

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

A sign of changing times, the spouse of disgraced Matt Lauer - Annette Roque - has not taken on the classic role of The Good Wife. The world vividly remembers when Silda Spitzer stood by her man in public and, of course, so did Hillary Clinton. 

A Toddler Disappears - Mobile-Home Stigma Reinforced

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Decades of live trial coverage on television and all the fictional Dick Wolf's law and order programming have wired us to be efficient crime-solvers. At least from our armchairs.

Hurrah, You Have $1 Million Invested, Now Can Retire - Well, Maybe Not

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Those aging  should be worried that what they put together as a retirement nest egg won't last long  - at least not long enough.    WalletHub's study found that even a $1 million won't do the trick.

Lowell Hawthorne, 57 - Big-Time Immigrant Success Story Kills Self

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Lowell Hawthorne came from Jamaica and made it in America. It was in 1989 in the Bronx, where he killed himself tonight, that he had opened his first restaurant. Its signature item was the Jamaican beef patty. By 1996, there were 19 restaurants, then franchising.

Scrooge - How Employees/Independent Contractors Push Back

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

On the surface, the November 2017 jobs report seems like a two-chickens-in-every-pot story. After all, the tentative Department of Labor numbers for 228,000 new jobs beat the estimate for  200,000 jobs. Here is CNBC coverage. But stagnant wages remain an irritant to the workforce, both traditional employees and independent contractors. Therefore, the odds are good that employment lawyers will continue to be busy.

Al Franken Finished - Air-Kissing As Far As It Will Go, Now

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

There is usually a tipping point. For Al Franken it was the allegation about unwelcome kissing. Now, his career in the U.S. Senate is finished. He resigned today. Here are the details. The issue, of course, and in so much of the allegations about sexual misconduct, is: What is unwelcome?    Given the severe consequences of even being accused of inappropriate sexual behavior, folks will stop engaging in casual acts of kissing - all forms.

Rogue Read for the Holidays - "The Rooster Bar" by John Grisham

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In his 2017 novel "The Rooster Bar," John Grisham gets to create a happy ending for three duped 3Ls in a for-profit law school. Spoiler: They turn rogue and, after plenty of non-stop action, become financially comfortable anti-heroes outside the U.S. Obviously this kind of spin is resonating. On Amazon, it's ranked 26.    Grisham puts this happy-clappy yarn out there even though he knows how many graduates of for-profits will suffer.

"Necessary Losses" - Knocking Off Weight After-70 Is Included

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Back in 1986 - that is, before the world got really crazy - Judith Viorst published "Necessary Losses." " Essentially, it presented why we have to let go of illusions, expectations, people, and things in order to move forward. At the time - because the rhythm of life and careers was still relatively stable - it seemed more Eastern zen than Americana.