Adjust your expectations of virtual presenting

Speak Schmeak

As speakers, we have to shift our expectations of what we can receive from the audience. We don't love it, but we understand it, and we expect it. So you need to get past that unrealistic expectation and continue to give value and provide opportunities for interaction. Let go of your previous expectations of live presenting. One of the things that presenters love so much about being in front of a live audience is the instant gratification of your audience's responses.

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Expectations

Speak Schmeak

Part of the problem people have with public speaking is their expectation. They expect that, once they start doing it, they will never be nervous again. Let go of the expectation that you need to be anxiety-free. Do you have unrealistic expectations about your public speaking experience? I've been speaking or performing for 30 years and guess what: I still get nervous.

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Expectations

Speak Schmeak

"I found that things became a lot easier when I no longer expected to win." ~ Leonard Cohen.

Six Ways To Manage Audience Expectations

Professionally Speaking...

As a speaker, you will always deal with audience expectations. Expectations typically are based either on past experiences."I've For example, the student who expects he will get an A on the final exam when he hasn't studied. Sometimes audience expectations can be downright unrealistic.like wanting to master a new skill in a way-too-short time frame or expecting information that is not yet available for release.

Accept Applause but Don’t Expect It

Manner of Speaking

In this blog post from 25 April 2012 , Seth lays down a simple rule that every public speaker should take to heart: Don’t expect applause. But here’s the point: If you approach your speech or presentation expecting applause and focused on the rewards (applause, recognition, money, an invitation back, etc.) Don’t Expect Applause. But when you expect applause, when you do your work in order (and because of) applause, you have sold yourself short.

COVID-19: Global PR Industry Expects Hard Times

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  According to a global survey by PRovoke/ICCO , PR firms indicated: Almost 77% expect loss of earnings. The assumption might be that during a crisis such as COVID-19, around the world PR agencies would be scaling financially. After all, such a comprehensive upheaval requires so much messaging.    Just look what's arriving in the email and by text. That's not, to put it crudely, on the money. 

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Walt Disney Co. - Tragic Symbol of Great Expectations

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Their great expectations about growth seemed to block intuitive common sense. They too had great expectations. Charles Dickens published novel "Great Expectations." Before COVID-19, those in the Walt Disney Co. loop were high-fiving about success, including the acquisition of 21st Century Fox. In his memoir "Ride of a Lifetime," Bob Iger, then chief executive officer, expressed his deep satisfaction about that growth.  

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Stephen Wigginton - Behaved As Expected

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

He expected deference from law enforcement. The legal and perhaps business worlds are tittering about how high-profile professional Stephen Wigginton got nailed for DUI and more. Before his current job as partner at Armstrong Teasdale, he had been a U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of Illinois.    On Abovethelaw , lawyer-journalist Staci Zaretsky reports that when Wigginton was pulled over for suspected DUI and more, he did what many with his pedigree do.

Startup Pivots - Have No Expectations

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Had I zero expectations, I could have simply enjoyed the blessings. My expectation was to penetrate the western market for my services. Probably that produced wonderful results because I had no expectations. On August 28th, as I head east, I am determined to have no expectations. Why is so difficult not to create and grasp onto expectations? Every business has become a startup. Or should be.

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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Present interactively: Your audience expects it!

PowerPoint Tips

My training webinar, “ Present interactively—Your audience expects it!&# was well received and you can now purchase the recording. In fact, the Training Manager of a state teacher’s union hired me to give this webinar, slightly customized, for employees. That too was well received. Learn more about what I covered during the webinar and what participants said

Silicon Valley Turns on Facebook - Totally Expected

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

They are known as The Seven Sisters. But, given the fast pace of developments in technology, those seven giant tech companies are bound to have plenty of sibling rivalry.    So, it's no surprise that, as Yoree Koh reports in The Wall Street Journal , many players in Silicon Valley are turning on Facebook. No, they are not running to its aid in what could be a life-and-death struggle.

Game of "Legal Chicken" Ending - Loughlin, Giannulli Expected to Take Guilty Pleas (involving prison time)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  This latest development in CollegeAdmissionsGate is expected to be announced tomorrow by video. It is expected that will result in two months in prison, along with a $150K fine. It is expected he will be sentenced to five months in prison and pay a $250K fine. "Actress Lori Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, have agreed to plead guilty to fraud conspiracy charges."

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Millennials as Your Clients - What They Expect

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  No need to add that they expect us to be proficient in technology. Take a look Inside the Beltway. The impression you get is that the American economy is run by Baby Boomer white men, with some Generation Xers thrown in.    Well, that assumption will deep-six your business. Actually, the present and future of how Americans earn their living, especially in professional services, is being determined by Millennials. They had been born between 1980 and 2000.

Dow on December 26, 2018 - Expect More Carnage

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The Dow is expected to continue its downward trajectory when the U.S. Bad news isn't letting up for our portfolios. market opens the day after Christmas. Axios notes that the Japanese market took a "dive" today, as did other Asian markets. Specifically, the Nikkei 225 dropped 5% to 19,155.14. Is there a silver lining in the global market activity? That depends on your point of view.

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What does your audience really expect of you? Guest post by Barry Potyondi

Speak Schmeak

It is the most common sin among speechwriters, and almost all of us are guilty of committing it: in our zeal to sound authoritative, coherent and memorable, we forget that speeches begin and end with the listener, not us. Before any of us put pen to paper, we would do well to take a moment to look at things from the listener’s point of view.

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"Megyn Kelly Today" - Poor Sweeps Numbers Expected

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

As Megyn Kelly watchers know, her morning show got a ratings bump and some goodwill when she focused on sexual harassment. But, reports The Wrap , the sweeps numbers (calculated every November) are predicted to be the lowest for a Today franchise since 2000. On the average, "Megyn Kelly Today" is averaging 2.296 million daily viewers. Actually post-sweeps, things could get worse for Kelly.

Off Rollercoaster for Weekend - Dow Expected to Head Higher Today

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Like the cliché "perfect storm," a stale buzzword has been applied to the global equities markets. The term is "rollercoaster." " But for the weekend, riders probably have received a pass to get off the ride and relax. The Wall Street journal reports, "Futures pointed to a 0.4% opening gain for S&P 500 and Dow …" It's 8:01 A.M. New York time. Those who checked our portfolios see losses still.

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Whistleblower Fatigue - Susan Fowler's Book Isn't Doing As Well As Expected

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The nation is exhausted. Actually, most of the world is. There is the COVID-19, which can and does kill. Along with it has come economic devastation. That includes actual hunger. There also are neighbors in my residential complex who needed help to pay April's rent. So, it's not a surprise that Susan Fowler's memoir "Whistleblower" should be sinking on Amazon. Published on February 18, 2020, it was at about the 40,000 ranking on Amazon a few weeks ago.

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Draft Andrew Cuomo Movement - Expect to See Drudge Report's Flashing Blue Light

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

And expect, as had been the situation with former U.S. "Some Democrats are openly talking up New York governor Andrew Cuomo whose profile has soared during the crisis [COVID-19], as a Biden stand-in."  "  - John Fund, NR, March 25, 2020.    How can we gauge how much traction the draft-Cuomo initiative will have? 

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Beyond Goldilocks Myth of "Just Right" - Lower Expectations

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

" Unfortunately, that sets up the expectation for perfection. " From the get-go, they have to lower their expectations. When they re-located from the coasts they expected perfection. The fairy tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears establishes the notion that, if we keep searching, we can find what's "just right." Over and over I gently tutor those I coach that there is no "just right."

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Booked Flight, Cruise, Tour, Now in Travel Angst - Don't Expect to Get Your $ Back

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Law.com warns that expectations of what's covered probably don't align with reality. It's here. COVID - 19.    Investors know that. Look at two days of Dow carnage. And now professionals who might be still required to travel, are currently abroad, or had booked vacations know it. So, the matter of the terms and conditions of travel insurance comes up. And, as with most issues related to insurance, the provisions are complex. 

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Gayle King - Being an "Employee" and What Should Have Been Its Expected Consequences

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In America's celebrity culture, those whose names (and brands) are known by all can generate envy. After all, more and more young people are fixated on becoming famous. But, many celebrities operate in the context of being what turns out to be a "mere employee." " Their fame is not stand-alone. For example, when the job title goes, so does the aura. Recall the fall of Matt Lauer. Currently, he is simply the focus of the paparazzi getting star snaps.

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Totally Expected: Media Coverage Hammers Frederick Hopkins' Lawyer Identity

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Frederick Hopkins, suspect in the South Carolina police massacre, has not practiced law since 1984. However, as too frequently happens when a lawyer or former one is involved in a crime, it's that professional identity which is highlighted in the media. The lawyer label seems to be a magnet for drawing attention. And media outlets know that. In 1980, Hopkins began practicing law. In 1984, he was disbarred. He failed to show up for a hearing about $18,000 in wrongly collected fees.

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Curbing Great Expectations - Don't Bet On It (not if you are an investor or employee)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Back in the Industrial Age, the captains of industry, as they were called, had what novelist Charles Dickens labeled "Great Expectations." Of course, when those expectations didn't pan out, it had been the little people who suffered. But, great expectations about fun provide a heady experience.  Reflection: More law firm failures can be expected.

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Truth Is Not Expected - And, Often, Not Welcome

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Currently, truth is not expected. 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. Often, it's not welcome. 

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Expect More TV Programs About Young (Rich) Lawyers

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

And, so soon after the Cravath Bump …  Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy is increasing - significantly - associate salaries.    The starting salary for first-year associates will be a whopping $10k above where the Cravath Bump realigned compensation. Obviously, Milbank's initiative will kick off a bidding war for talent. Savvy lawyers, even newbies, could put Milbank first on their wish list of where to begin their careers.

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My training webinar: Present interactively-your audience expects it!

PowerPoint Tips

Today I conducted a training webinar on presenting interactively. I loved the topic and enjoyed myself quite a bit! Here’s what I covered: Why interactivity is necessary in today’s world: people are no longer willing to sit passively and take in information. They’re used to gaining knowledge interactively on the Internet, choosing what they want to see and hear. How to create a menu-based presentation that lets the audience control the direction of the presentation.

Glut of Editorial Types - Expect It to Surge Mid-2020 (and not just in New York City)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  So, those still in the editorial box or who are graduating from college with majors in those aspects of communications should expect more darkness to fall in mid-2020. Every time there's a change in ownership or power at media companies, the editorial market gets more glutted. Reductions-in-force are inevitable. Those knocked out of the box have fewer and sometimes no boxes in which to regroup.

Full-Time MBA Programs - Expect Them To Be Rebranded

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Professional degree programs are in play. And the academic institutions which "sell" them will likely have to rebrand many of the programs. Not only is the value of law school being questioned. So is that of the full-time MBA program, both here in the U.S. and abroad. The current issue of The Economist focuses on why the full-time MBA degree has lost its pull power.

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April 11 - Facebook Investors Shouldn't Expect Uptick in Stock Price

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The question on the minds of those who have a stake in Facebook is: Can Mark Zuckerberg have a conversation with the members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee on April 11? That is, can he engage versus enrage them? The very existence of Facebook is at stake. The latest user data scandal has turned many powerful constituencies against the social network. The once-unthinkable could occur: It could be replaced by a more benevolent social network. 

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A Long Way from "Dukes v. Walmart" - Expect Wave of Class Action Employee Lawsuits in Time of COVID-19

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  As Law.com reports, there is expected a wave of class-action lawsuits filed by employees as plaintiffs. Those predicting the class action lawsuit was dead have egg on their face. Those forecasts were made in the time of "Dukes v. Walmart." " Now it's COVID-19 time.  The issues associated with COVID-19 are myriad. They include: Unsafe work conditions. Denied wages. Discrimination in layoffs.

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Facebook: Peril of high expectations

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Had the leadership at Facebook conducted itself with decorum and humility, investors might have had tempered expectations.  Facebook's sin, and it has been regarded as a mortal one, has been that it disappointed investors.    There are four more lockout expiration dates to go and by that time the stock price could be in the low single digits. However, Facebook is not necessarily a dog, the way some of us look at J.C. Penney. 

Catastrophe as Expected - Eric Lertzman, Leslie Van Houten, King Lear, et al.

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

" Consequently, tragedy should be expected. Do human beings really "snap?" " Or, is that a media creation to position and package the unthinkable such as the growing number of murder/suicides as understandable.    The latest example of what is being assumed to be a murder/suicide has occurred in the family of Los Angeles deputy city attorney Eric Lertzman.

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Streaming - Expected Now, Pretty Soon Standard In Online News

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Gawker's head Nick Denton recognizes that readers expect that. Today, many of the stories in influential Gawker are headlined with streaming video. Here is an example. That means that it won't be long before attaching video is standard. Not having it means no longer being in the online media game. Even wildly popular sites like Abovethelaw.com will have to have the majority of coverage accompanied by video. So, maybe Ellen Pao had a point worth fighting for at Reddit.

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Bill Cosby Trial, Norristown, PA, 6/5/17 - What Not to Expect

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The most we can expect is a little more shuffling in a walk and that aging person's staring blankly into space. In reality and perhaps through pr-ish positioning and packaging, Bill Cosby is an old man. When he is at the defense table in Norristown, Pennsylvania, June 5, 2017, he will exude none of the charisma and glam of O.J. Simpson back at his Los Angeles, California criminal trial in 1995. Yes, big-time media outlets will be there covering the trial about alleged sexual assault.

C-Level Presentation Tip #3: Expect and Be Happy About Interruptions

Professionally Speaking...

TIP #3: EXPECT AND BE HAPPY ABOUT INTERRUPTIONS. Question: What's the relationship between sky diving and making executive presentations? Answer: Apart from the metaphorical comparisons of being at high altitudes, both activities routinely strike fear into the hearts of the people daring to attempt them. Soaring through your presentations in the C-Suite is certainly possible, but not without focus on some key strategies. This series of tips will help you avoid any nose dives.

Retirement - Not What Most Expected (and that wasn't necessarily bad)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Also, Medicare supplements may cost more than they expected. Most of us, both still working and retired, have experienced aging as a transition. For some, it was unexpected. We didn't feel like we were aging. Yet, the world began treating us as "older." " For others, it was embraced as simply another phase of human life. No story line there. Well, the transition of retiring has proved to be full of surprises, though.

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Bloodbath Expected in Stock Markets - Businesses Have to Re-Think Pricing Strategy

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Back then, every buyer expected a bargain.  It is 6:29 A.M. New York Time. And I am re-doing a client's promotional material. The new message is all about affordability. That client has re-thought her pricing strategy. She will probably have plenty of company after the stock markets do their thing today. BusinessInsider reports: "US stocks set to tumble after soft data from China cast a somber mood on global markets on the first trading day of the New Year."

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Lobbying: What Schumpeterians didn't expect

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The zen of professional life or the Schumpeterian approach is to anticipate that everything changes.    However, we in public affairs might have assumed that lobbying was a line of work where the players might shift but the industry would remain large and lucrative. We were wrong. In Politico , Dave Levinthal reports that the powerful Washington D.C. brandname firm DCI Group has laid off about 10% of staff or 12 employees.    The client list ranges from Verizon to the U.S.

Can mental patients ever expect justice from psychiatrists?

Max Atkinson

__ Blogging on 20th August , I raised some questions about psychiatry and psychiatrists without saying much about my reasons for doing so - apart from noting that, in the face of growing problems of mental health, it's a 'science' that's regarded with much less scepticism these days than in the 1960s. This is a true story about someone who was treated by 9 different psychiatrists in 4 years, only three of whom were native-speakers of English.

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Friday Massacre Expected at NEWSWEEK

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Old-line NEWSWEEK had those well-paying jobs in media.    And that, just like at THE NEW YORK TIMES, is what did it in.    The latter will have a 3Q loss. High fixed costs are impossible to carry in the fast-moving digital age. Well, it's anticipated that 30 percent of those jobs will disappear this Friday.    That's when, THE NEW YORK POST reports , the publication will announce its cuts.    At least the first major round of them. 

"Truth" - No Expectation of That, Maybe Never But Certainly Not Anymore

Unicorn HRO

So many of us have no expectation of truth. In Fortune , Alan Murray and Tom Huddleston Jr. have an article about how truth is being eroded.    That kind of rant is puzzling. Maybe we never had it. Maybe, not since the rhetorical gyrations of Campaign 2016. In the first category - the never-had-it - include those who grew up in cities and even small towns with political machines.

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