House of Lords expenses: Lord Rees-Mogg on gravy trains

Max Atkinson

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Max Atkinson

The recent revelations about MPs' expenses have got me wondering whether I include enough of my outgoings when invoicing clients, as well as whether I should be setting more of my expenses against tax. And, having just bought a new case that's big enough to take all my equipment, shirts, etc, but small enough to count as hand baggage and save me time waiting at luggage carousels, does this count as a 'business expense' that can be legitimately set against tax?

Drudge Report - Illegal Immigration Remains (Expensive) Mess

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The Drudge Report takes this last day of 2016 to hammer the growing mess of illegal immigration. Recently the number of illegals crossing the southwestern border of the U.S. has surged 15%.

House of Lords expenses

Max Atkinson

As it hasn’t done so, maybe the furore about parliamentary ‘expenses’ will redirect attention along the corridor to the House of Cronies again, as the way ‘expenses’ are dished out there seems to be no less virtuous than it is in the House of Commons The only plus side of the apparently lenient six-month suspension just handed out to Lords Truscott and Taylor is that it will at least save the taxpayer about £50,000 (as their combined allowances claim for last year came to over £100,000).

Tiger Woods is Right

Matt Eventoff

Tags: Uncategorized Accenture must be wondering if their Tiger Woods advertisements are turning into a very expensive joke Chevron World Challenge Elin Nordegren media strategy jaimee grubbs Mark Steinberg Rachel Uchitel tiger woods img tiger woods media strategy tiger woods media training tiger woods presentation skills tiger woods public speaking Tiger Woods’ alleged mistress Woods' agent

Is the MPs' expenses scandal a hidden legacy of Thatcherism?

Max Atkinson

In last Thursday's Question Tim e on BBC1, Margaret Beckett claimed that the existing system of parliamentary expenses was brought in under the Thatcher government in 1983, after a recommendations on a salary increase for MPs by an independent body had been deferred and staggered for 8 years – at which point the additional allowances were brought in ‘in stead of the pay increase’ (see below). Tags: question time MP expenses Thatcherism Margaret Beckett

Journalism - Expensive, Few Care, And Don't Tell Us How To See Reality

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Traditional journalism, with its layers of management, is expensive. "Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism will reduce its class size and cut about six positions from its staff [not faculty] as the news industry retrenches." " - Ad Age, March 11, 2015.

Monty Python's take on the expenses scandal

Max Atkinson

As MPs return to Westminster today to face the music on their expenses, here's some light relief on the subject from Monty Python

Public speaking: Working with a professional speaker

Joan Detz Speaker Services

Many organizations go to a great deal of work/expense to hire a professional speaker for their conference – but then let the ball drop by overlooking the final travel logistics.

B2B: Are Big Expensive Brands Too 20th-Century?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In the business-to-business marketplace, those big expensive brands might seem much too 20th-century to purchasers.      Yeah, and hold the fancy metro address and wood-paneled offices and conference room. One of those major purchasers Sherwin-Williams has come out, on the record, to indicate that it what it wants from the legal vendor it assigns business to. 

Ana Marie Cox stiffed for $1000+ expense-acct

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Now, we find out that she didn't turn in her expense account in time to be reimbursed for $1000+.  Ana Marie Cox's is having a run of bad luck.    Her husband had lost his job at CQ during a layoff.    She lost her own job at Air America when the liberal medium went bankrupt.    Right now in the Cox household that might represent a significant sum.

Pious and expensive twaddle from strong man Straw

Max Atkinson

The following stirring story has just appeared in a headline slot on the B BC website : The Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs has been refused parole by Justice Secretary Jack Straw. Mr Straw rejected a recommendation by the Parole Board which backed the release of Biggs, 79.

The Best Presentation Apps for iPhone and iPad

Presentation Guru

In the wake of the demise of Symbian phones, the near death of BlackBerry and the expensive failure called Windows Phone, there are two obvious mobile OS competitors still standing; Android and iOS.

MPs expenses claims merely reflect British attitudes towards home ownership

Max Atkinson

Much of the past week’s shock-horror-hullabaloo revelations about MPs' expenses has had to do with claims for mortgage interest payments, stamp duty, capital gains tax and other costs associated with owning houses, none of which would have arisen had these MPs chosen to rent, rather than buy, flats and houses in London and/or their constituencies. But why is this interpreted by MPs and the civil servants who administer the expenses as meaning the purchase of second homes?

Gordon Brown is finding the Jacqui Smith expenses story more ‘delicate’ than he says

Max Atkinson

Long ago, I heard one of the founders of conversation analysis (and I can’t remember whether it was Emanuel Schegloff or Gail Jefferson) talking about ‘pre-delicate hitches’ – a rather cumbersome piece of jargon for referring to a fairly common occurrence in conversation.

How UKIP's dodgy dealings helped to defeat horse manure expenses MP

Max Atkinson

for horse manure) following the expenses scandal. His report featured interviews with four of the Wells candidates, including the Conservative who has taken considerable flak over his expenses and was delighted by Lord Pearson's support. The Wells Journal , like most local newspapers, tends not to get involved in political controversy.

Hoax! Balloon owner should pay search expenses for "attractive nuisance" in backyard

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The government entities involved in the search for the boy who didn't take that joy ride in a balloon may have legal grounds to bill back those expenses to the father.    By tethering a helium air balloon in the background, wasn't the father creating what is classified in law as an "attractive nuisance."  "  Any child, ranging from his own to those in the neighborhood, could have been attracted to boarding the contraption.  

Body Language: What Can You Learn at the Expense of Politicians.

The Shy Speaker's Guide to Succes on Stage

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Moving sale! 20% off select public speaking coaching services through August 4!

Speak Schmeak

But along with the excitement of moving comes expense. It's a win-win: I get my moving expenses covered and you get a great deal on a variety of services! I'm moving. It's pretty momentous. Hubby and I have been living in the same place for 19 years.

The 2012 Presidential Election: Transmedia Storytelling in action

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Today’s US Election can be seen as the culmination of the most expensive transmedia storytelling campaign in history. Unlike the year-long Why So Serious? campaign that Warner Bros. funded to promote the Dark Knight Batman movie, and was reported to involve 10 million players, the United States Democratic and Republican Political Parties funded a multi-year [.]. Culture Shock! Marketing 2012 Presidential Election Politics

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Why Knowing Your Numbers is Crucial to the Bottom Line

Speaker Launcher

They were constantly studying the Profit and Loss sheet to see where they could trim expenses […]. Years ago I saw speaker’s agent Holli Catchpole (one of my idols!) give a talk at an NSA conference. She was talking about how she and her then boss, Tony Alessandra, kept a close eye on the accountant’s reports. The post Why Knowing Your Numbers is Crucial to the Bottom Line appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

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How many goofs are in your presentation?

Speak Schmeak

At the expense of audience engagement, I might add. I met with a client recently who will be speaking at a prestigious conference in his industry. When we started working together, I discovered that we have a similar approach to audience engagement.

Saving for "Rainy Day" Used to Be Moral Issue

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  For the aging like myself it has come down to renting, not taking on the financial uncertainty of the expenses associated with owning a home. About a quarter of folks in America don't have a financial reserve, found Bankrate.

Your presentation deserves the same respect as your website and brochures!

PowerPoint Tips

The company bought a sponsorship table (which I’m sure was expensive) and had nicely-designed brochures laid out on the table, along with a monitor displaying the software. A story.

It's Not What You Say

Professionally Speaking...

most of us tend to focus on the content -- the what we say -- at the expense of the delivery -- the way we say it.". There would be people who'd disagree with the premise of Michael Parker's new book, It's Not What You Say. I would not be one of them.

Storytelling advice from Akira Kurosawa

Presentation Zen

If you want to make a film today, you don't need expensive equipment necessarily. Akira Kurosawa was one of the masters of cinema.

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Did the MP's manure come by appointment?

Max Atkinson

Our local MP, David Heathcote-Amory, recently achieved public notoriety for his parliamentary expenses claim for £380 worth of horse manure – on which an interesting new angle may be about to emerge. If true, this raises the interesting questions of whether one of Prince Charles’s businesses has been a beneficiary of an MP’s expenses claim, whether he know about it and, if so, whether it will have any constitutional implications? Tags: MP expenses

Sponsored Kindles get deals like this: $10 for a $20 Amazon gift card

The Eloquent Woman

Wondering whether to spring for the least-expensive Kindle, the $114 Kindle that includes special offers and sponsored screensavers ? This is the least expensive Kindle and it's great that it comes with bonus offers similar to the daily deals from Groupon and LivingSocial.

No amount of technology will make a bad story good

Presentation Zen

But animation is much too expensive to create a film in this way. Because animation is so expensive you have to edit the film before you actually make it, Jobs explains. When Toy Story opened in the US at the end of 1995, it was met with enthusiasm and great critical acclaim.

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Presentation design trends

PowerPoint Tips

Because of its plainness, flat design is often less expensive and time-consuming to produce. This is a guest post by Mike Parkinson. Mike is an internationally recognized visual communication and presentation expert, trainer, and award-winning author.

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Crisis Response – Plan to Protect Your Corporate Reputation… Today, Pt I

Matt Eventoff

Identifying and retaining key professionals in crisis is much more difficult and much more expensive; it allows for limited to no time to get up to speed on your business, and your situation. An unfortunate reality of life is that crises occur, and they often occur when we least expect it. Few organizations are hit with a crisis situation on a Tuesday afternoon at 2pm when things are a bit slow and all hands are on deck. So what are some steps your organization can take to prepare today?

Communication Visuals

The Communication Blog

Photos and cartoons are very expensive; consequently, these are usually limited in most textbooks. I started a few Pinterest boards largely to augment the text discussions in communication books—my own or others. So, I thought Pinterest would be a great medium to disseminate visuals that may prove useful in teaching communication. The boards you may find interesting in preparing slide presentations are those on illusions , communication , and choices.

Corporate Crisis Response Blueprint, Pt I

Matt Eventoff

Identifying and retaining key professionals in crisis is much more difficult and much more expensive; it allows for limited to no time to get up to speed on your business, and your situation. An unfortunate reality of life is that crises occur, and they often occur when we least expect it.

Hans Rosling: Doctor, Professor & Presenter Extraordinaire

Presentation Zen

it is too expensive. (2) The Zen Master of data visualization has died. I am sorry to have to report that Dr. Hans Rosling passed away today in Uppsala, Sweden. He was just 68. A profoundly mournful day for anyone who knew Professor Rosling, obviously.

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The Sales Myth: Delighting Customers Converts Leads

SpeakerSue Says...

What you do today becomes an expectation and exceeding that becomes either unreasonably expensive or unreasonable. or guide the to the very best choice for their needs (which may be your most exclusive, expensive package or your standard product)?

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Bishops' attendance rates and allowances in the House of Lords

Max Atkinson

Top of the claims for daily expenses was the Bishop of Truro, with £1,124 for each of his five days in the Lords, while joint equal lowest spenders were the Arch-bishops of Canterbury (£0) and York (£0). Tags: expenses attendance house of lords Bishops

Speaking with integrity

PowerPoint Tips

A few days ago, I bought an expensive product, because it promised to help me promote my products in a new way and with some automation. I thought that the concept was good — and I still do. But once I got the product, I started reading the instructions.

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Applause for Dimbleby's questions on BBC Question Time

Max Atkinson

Tags: applause question time Dimbleby MP expenses

What about PowerPoint 2016 (Windows)?

PowerPoint Tips

You might use a waterfall chart for financial results, since income (positive values) and expenses (negative values) affect initial revenue. It’s time for me to talk about PowerPoint 2016, since it’s been out for a few weeks now. Here’s a screenshot of it.

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The Silent Killer…(aka “Death by Meeting”)

Matt Eventoff

A decade old University of Arizona/University of Tulsa study found estimates of meeting expenses range from costs of $30 million to over $100 million a year – a decade ago! Portions originally in USA Today. “If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be ‘meetings.” ” – Dave Barry. We all attend them, participate in them, and to varying degrees, loathe them.