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Rise up out of the noise

Speak Schmeak

Every day, I see more of my friends and colleagues speaking out against injustice, finding their voices, and speaking their truth. Just yesterday I wrote about a conversation with a friend who was feeling hopeless.

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A Quick Guide to Dissertation Writing

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The final year of graduate school is an exciting time. At least for some. For others, dissertation panic begins to set in. After all, penning a 100+ page manuscript, defining your further academic career and integrity is a pretty big deal.

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Speechwriting in the Zoom era

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Jeff Nussbaum and Kate Childs Graham, the 2020 Democratic convention speechwriters, have written a fascinating article in the Washington Post detailing how the ‘Zoom era’ has radically transformed political speechwriting. While this probably won’t cause Bob Lehrman to tear up the guidance in his excellent book The Political Speechwriter’s Companion, it shows how the future […]. Speechwriting DNC2020 political speechwriting Robert Lehrman

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Riches in Niches with Susan Friedmann

Speaker Launcher

Quote: “The more niched you get, the less competition…and you’re the go-to person they think of when they need that particular service.” Susan Friedmann How narrow is your lane? We talk about “picking a lane” all the time but just how narrow is too narrow?

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How to be comfortable with uncertainty

Speak Schmeak

I had an enlightening conversation with my acupuncturist yesterday about the uncertainty of life, that triggered a revelation I want to share with you as a lesson for public speaking. But first, let's go back to December 1, 1990.

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Using the SCARF Model for Workplace Efficiency

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The modern workplace is like a social minefield. People can nowadays feel offended by things which would have been hard to consider offensive a few years back.

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The New Layoff - Now, It Can Mean Career Change

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Darkness is again falling fast on the labor market. The job recovery, after the COVID-19 shutdowns, is over. Yes, it was brief. Today, The Wall Street Journal reports that MGM Resorts International is laying off 18,000.

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More Trending

What is your email success rate?

SpeakerSue Says...

Toss a pebble into a lake and done right, the pebble skips multiple times and circles grow ever wider. Sinking to the bottom is the other option. You throw the pebble and plop. Just a small change in your flick and throw enables those endless ripples. Emails are just the same. Some plop like dead weight and create nothing. No response. No affinity. No action. Others expand your reach, develop business and accelerate revenue. What type of emails are you sending?

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A book to win Biden the election and compensate Donald Trump's niece for the appalling way in which he and the rest of the family treated her

Max Atkinson

How My Family Created the Wor ld's Most Dangerous Man by Mary L. Trump, Ph.D. Having ju st got back from holiday, where I read this fascinating, if disturbing, book by US president Donald Trump's niece one of her sources (Trump's sister) I noticed this on Twitter the other day from the Washington Post: “I’m talking too freely,” Maryanne Trump Barry, a former federal judge, said during 15 hours recorded in 2018 and 2019 by her niece, Mary L. Trump.

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Disappearing Inside The Brand Called You - Joe Kennedy III (and more and more professionals)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Dating back to the time when Tom Peters dominated management theory and practice, professionals have been hammered to develop a "personal brand." " The Peters' meme in the late 1990s was  The Brand Called You.

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Career Pivots - Looping Out of Old Networks (4 Must-Dos)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Pre-COVID, young people journeyed from their hometowns to college campuses. Before they left, parents gently warned them they would be "leaving the old friends behind." " A key part of college was developing new networks.

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Of Course, Being Comfortable Is Hazardous to Careers - And, Other Platitudes

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Most elite education is about tossing students out of their intellectual comfort zone.    When GE was the  place to be for career development, that didn't begin (so goes the folklore) until the promising employees had been knocked out of their smugness. 

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The Resilience Scam - We're Seeing Plenty of That in COVID-19 Times

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Finally, influential The New York Times exposed it: The Resilience Scam, or the pressure to not bother society with your distress about a whatever. It could be a lay off or not making partner at a professional services firm.

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People Operate Organizations/Put Together Careers - They're the Ones Who Get Stuck (not the business/career)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Blame it on systems theory. Organizations and careers come to be thought of as living, breathing entities. When they stop functioning well, they are said to be "stuck." " Consultants parachute in to get them unstuck.    Most applied systems theory.

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Higher Education in Play - Should Seton Hill University Rebrand?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

On its website , Seton Hill University, based in rural western Pennsylvania (about an hour drive from Pittsburgh), touts this brand: "Seton Hill is a leading Catholic, Liberal Arts University."

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Many Bars Closed or Limited in Capacity, The Lonely Belly Up to Supermarket Grocery Checkout

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Bartenders have been the universal ear for The Lonely. That's why that line of work is so lucrative. Those feeling they have been heard leave big tips. And come back the next evening for more sharing.    But bars are closed. Or limited in how many humans can enter and get comfort.

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Sex Robots - 6 Reasons They Can Replace Human Beings (and already are during pandemic)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Artificial intelligence (AI) has advanced to the point that the "perfect" (at least in the eye of the beholder) sex robots are being produced.

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Litigation Funding - The Tort Reformers Are Looking More and More Right (and how it keep the little guy stuck more stuck most stuck)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"Litigation funders have long pointed to their backing of 'David v. Goliath' type cases as evidence that their capital can help level the playing field in the courtroom.' ' - Roy Strom, Bloomberg Law , August 27, 2020.

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Jed Rubenfeld - Of Course, He's "Comeback Material"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Media outlets have been busy bees chronicling the fall of Yale Law School professor Jed Rubenfeld. But that's today. If he lays low for a while, then soon enough he can conjure up the magic of reputation restoration.

The Job - Now Boundaryless

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Long gone is the employee push-back:  That's not my job. With the mandate of learning to do more with less, job functions have been spilling over the usual boundaries. 

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The Magic of Reputation Restoration - A Whole Big World Out There for Jed Rubenfeld

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Power couples still reigned. There he was: husband of Tiger-Mom wife Amy Chua. It was said that the golden couple strode the halls of Yale Law School like gods.    That was then. Now, as Abovethelaw reports, that power structure is no more. At least for the two years.

2020 52

Financial & Social Nightmares: How The Retirement Dream Is Playing Out

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In giving relocation advice to those about to retire, MarketWatch hammers the importance of, well, not retiring. At least, not completely. Even for a financially comfortable couple, there is a recommendation to grab part-time work and back off from touching the nest egg.

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Zoom Levels D.C. Power Playing Field - Lobbyists/Litigators Unsuited for Online

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It's the suit. Or was. Even those not in the fashion loop get it that it's the custom-made suit and the power message it transmits that are the  platform for influence in D.C. That's usually the first impression when interacting with an elite lawyer, especially those who lobby.

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What Happens in California Doesn't Stay in California - Employers Watch Prop 22

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Businesses whose model depends on gig workers have invested about $201 million in launching, supporting and promoting California Proposition 22, reports Bloomberg Law. In November, voters in that state will decide whether to exempt ride-hailing and delivery services form AB-5.

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Language - How to Talk to Yourself about Work After Being Forced into Early Retirement

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

COVID-19 is forcing more and more older employees into early retirement, notes MarketWatch. That trend probably won't abate once the pandemic is over. So, careers are getting shorter. 

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Deep Cuts Expected at Former American Media - The Hazards of Hope

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Now that American Media is A360 Media, merged with Accelerate 360, employees anticipate a major reduction in force, reports the New York Post. And, the glut of media types will become even more glutted. On ProBlogger content providers are being offered 2 cents to 4 cents a word. That used to be 75 cents a word. Also, those hiring for assignments will request an unpaid test. Such as a 500-word article that requires research.    Badbadbad isn't the editorial market, isn't it.

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Traveling (and for free) in Time of COVID-19: Lucas County, OH Public Library Opens

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Yesterday, I visited Sweden.    That was via "The Truth Behind The Lie," a novel by Sara Lovestam. My head got to wrap around the amazing delusion of a young woman who had put together a total fantasy of a daughter Julia.    And, last week, I spent weeks in a courtroom out west where an 85-year-old criminal lawyer defended his best friend, a Nobel Prize winner. That was through Scott Turow's most recent fiction "The Last Trial."

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Aging Professionals & Those Zoom Job/Assignment Interviews

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Everything was moving toward a close. In email and on the phone, the entrepreneur and I were involved in intense marketing communications conversations. All were bubbling up with strategies and tactics to bring his enterprise to the next level. The next step was to be a three-way Zoom interview - He, his partner and me. I knew what would happen: They would notice that I was an "older" professional.

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AMI Merges with Accelerate360 - National Enquirer Head David Pecker Out

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In mergers there are winners and losers. In this one, outsized character David Pecker loses big. The parent of the National Enquirer and Accelerate360 are merging on October 1, reports The Daily Beast.

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Bette Midler - Stuck In Old Success

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It used to be that we confronted the nasty with the phrase:  You must be in so much pain to be so hostile. But that's over. Now, we're thinking in terms of stuck. As in. Stuck. More Stuck. And, Most Stuck.

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The Show Goes Dark - Kellyanne Conway Leaves Trump Administration

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Always drama. Oddball stuff. Not scandalous affairs or getting caught with a hand in the cookie jar. The theatre was truly absurd.    For instance, the Trump Administration's Kellyanne Conway would pop up compulsively in media interviews.

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