Guest Blog: Lessons from Bethenny Frankel of The Real Housewives of New York City – How to Build Income

DeFinis Communications

Great ideas combined with a powerful interaction strategy can lead to great business if handled correctly, as Bethenny Frankel of The Real Housewives of New York City fame has showed us over the past few years. Don’t be afraid to dive into new territory. Got Platform?

Lindsay Jacoby - Is There New York Metro Suicide Ethos?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Those deaths happened in the New York Metro area. Both were reported to have financial woes. Is there something about the New York Metro ethos which encourages checking out, versus solving problems, whatever they might be? Here are the details from New York Post.

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million people and accounts for 20% of the population of New York State. Inspire Long Islanders to work together in new ways to achieve shared goals. Over the years, Long Island has been beset by numerous social, financial, educational and environmental challenges. Tags: PowerPoint data Duarte Emotion Keynote Long Island New York Newsday Presentation presentations

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The Financial Comeback - New Hot Brand for Celebrities (but risky for ordinary folk)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Gocompare.com's "There and Back Again" is one of the growing number of platforms telling the story of financial comebacks. Actually, the new hot brand is almost losing it all or actually filing for bankruptcy and then returning to financial security or even wealth.

Medium Adding a Subscription Business Model - Digital Struggle for Financial Growth

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The question is: Can putting some or all the content behind a paywall make Medium more financially successful? On the one hand, the subscription model has been successful for The New York Times. The latter is financially profitable.

The New York Times: Will This Institution Be Saved/Transformed By Michael Bloomberg

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"In October [2014], the company [New York Times Inc.] million in the third quarter of 2013" -  Gabriel Sherman, "People Are Talking About Michael Bloomberg Buying the New York Times, Including Michael Bloomberg," in New York Magazine, January 23, 2025.

The New York Times V. Amazon Executives - The PR Week Poll

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

This weekend was dominated by The New York Times expose of the brutal organization culture at Amazon. From my experience, I have a strong hunch that The New York Times was on the money.

New York Times Co. - A Bloomberg Purchase Would Could Turn Loser Into Profit Machine

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"New York Times Co. Kelly, New York Post, May 1, 2015. The other alternative would be for a foundation to provide the financial support. shares leaped 10.7

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THE NEW YORK TIMES: Lives not at all like ours

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Now, I'm getting a hunch that so many of us continue to devote our time and our $6 (in Connecticut) on Sundays to consume THE NEW YORK TIMES for that same kind of fantasy. 

New York Times Co - Should it go private

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Newspaper watchers predict that the New York Times Co's flagship paper will likely be among the handful which are around in 5 years.  Please read what I have to say about the New York Times Co. Coprid - Dreamstime.com.

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The New York Times - Will Thought Leaders Be Left W/O This Forum?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"The New York Times Co. Well-connected thought leaders have settled into having their points of view receive exposure in The New York Times. A foundation might decide to be a white knight and support it financially.

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Saving Barnes & Noble - Maybe a foundation should buy it, along with The New York Times

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Can a quaint institution like bookstore and Third Place Barnes & Noble - and come to think of it, The New York Times - survive in the digital age?  And, it turns out, reports the New York Post, it doesn't have the financing.

Newspaper Industry: Smart moves by The New York Times Co, questionable ones by Berkshire Hathaway

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In all the buzz, including in NEW YORK Magazine, about why Janet Robinson might have been canned, the media have been missing the good-news story about the progress The New York Times Company has been making in surviving. 

Abby Joseph Cohen: Controls Interview with THE NEW YORK TIMES

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  And today, in THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE, Abby Joseph Cohen does that in the interview with Deborah Solomon.  As a presentation coach, I recognize that Cohen can stand her ground so stridently with Solomon because of her power in financial services.  Now and then we bear witness to those in business who know how to control the interview with media. 

NEW YORK POST - A Murdoch Keep or Sell?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Already he has sold the WEEKLY STANDARD to Clarity Media Group, reports NEW YORK MAGAZINE.    Could the NEW YORK POST be next on the block?  Is Murdoch losing his confidence in his golden gut or is there just a bottom to his financial resources? It's gotten that unprofitable in mainstream media that even deep pocket Rupert Murdoch might be forced to choose among his right-wing toys. 

Chairman Blankfein, Code Pink & Public Speaking

Matt Eventoff

The content of the address has received fairly intense scrutiny, both positive and not so positive (including this comparison to the recent Alex Rodriguez mea culpa , courtesy of Jessica Pressler over at New York Magazine). Earlier today, Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein addressed the Council of Institutional Investors conference in Manhattan.

Location, Location, Location - Not Just Major Financial Issue in Real Estate

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The New York Metro area became too expensive for me to operate my communications boutique.  The cost of everything from keeping a roof over one's head to car insurance was significantly lower than that in the New York Metro area. Not financially.

USPS: Smart PR to broadcast financial pickle

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  At THE NEW YORK TIMES , Steven Greenhouse covered the story of how it might not be able to pay its bills and have to shut down this winter.    The postmaster Patrick Donahoe explains how dire things have gotten financially.

USA Today - Can it make it financially on its own?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Here is the coverage of this move in The New York Times.  The question is if print newspapers and other forms of media such as magazines can make it financially on their own.  When New York Times Inc.

Financial Times Sold, Respect Not Enough - Scary Message To Employees At Other Brandname Newspapers

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Sure, the Financial Times is respected. Japanese media company Nikkei is buying the Financial Times. For some it's a must-check for information and insight about markets, business trends and international developments.

Tiffany Ad Campaign Features Same-Sex Couple - Does Financial Stress Trigger Change?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

 Here is coverage by Victoria Taylor in the New York Daily News.    Would this shift have occurred had not the jeweler experienced a hit to its financial performance? Establishment retailer Tiffany has a same-sex couple featured in an engagement ad.

Greg Smith: Lots of branding work ahead for financial communications pros

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Greg Smith outed Wall Street in his opinion-editorial in THE NEW YORK TIMES as totally self-interested.    That means tons of assignments ahead for public relations and marketing firms with expertise in financial communications. 

Gore Vidal, Dead at 86 - End of era of writer as entertainer, public figure, financially secure

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Vidal belonged to a whole other era, reports THE NEW YORK TIMES in covering his death at age 86.  Gore Vidal, like Norman Mailer and Truman Capote, came of professional age when typewriters were still an option. 

Two New Clients: Week four of International Center for Journalists financial reporting course, funded by McGraw-Hill

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

This is week four in the eight-week online International Center for Journalists course on financial reporting, funded by McGraw Hill.    And the topic I proposed for the end-of-the-course article is about the financial issues of that invisible demographic 66+. 

If PowerPoint caused the war, Excel caused the financial crisis

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

The big buzz in the presentation community yesterday was the front page article in the New York Times that referred to PowerPoint as “the enemy” and trotted out the familiar line that “PowerPoint makes us stupid”. Excel caused the financial crisis Government officials today announced today that Excel, the spreadsheet program from Microsoft, was the cause of the recent worldwide financial crisis. “If

Conferences and Conventions – 7 “Don’ts”

Matt Eventoff

In Monday’s New York Post, Brian Moore has outlined a number of ways to maximize time spent at these events (full disclosure – I appear in the article). The article has some great ideas of how to maximize your investment, both financial and time, when attending these events. . In this day and age, there are conventions for just about every industry imaginable.

Famous Speech Friday: Janet Yellen on holding women back

The Eloquent Woman

In a speech the New York Times called "unusually narrative and unusually personal," Yellen broke with that pattern at her alma mater, Brown University, for a conference marking the 125th anniversary of women's admission to the university.

"All The Devils Are Here" - Calm, well-told story about the financial crisis

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Just like there will never be enough books on the Kennedy dynasty, there will never be enough print deconstructions of the global financial meltdown.  " Nocera for his columns and features in THE NEW YORK TIMES.   The authors catch every bit of the ambitions, moves made, and checks and balances in the financial system lost.

Socialization/Capitalism and Their Discontents - Living Off Grid on Northwest Coast of WA

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

So many of us have become downright overwhelmed by social pressures and the increased difficulty to survive financially.  Today, The New York Times has a feature on those living off the grid on the northwest coast of the state of Washington.

News Corp Quarlerly Earnings Increase - Trump's Attack on Fake News Increases Readership

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

As rival financial news outfit Reuters reports, News Corp produced quarterly revenue which surpassed analysts' expectations. " Other traditional media organizations such as the New York Times Inc.

Executive Communication Skills: Tech Habits

Matt Eventoff

Recently there have been some great articles with lots of terrific points from great sources, including a few I have contributed to in the New York Times , Investor’s Business Daily , Forbes and Entrepreneur , around potential pitfalls to avoid when meshing our new found mobility with face-to-face interaction in the workplace. Technology has changed how we work and often where we work, as we are now all mobile, and always on.

$5+ Gas - Everything Changes (maybe back to hard economic times)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

One deterrent for my plan to relocate from the New York Metro area to the Southwest in 2014 had been the price of gas. The drive from New Haven, Connecticut to Tucson, Arizona, would cost a king's ransom. Airlines also will experience that financial trauma.

Tech Habits Can Crush Careers: 10 Steps to Take Today

Matt Eventoff

Recently there have been some great articles with lots of terrific points from great sources, including a few I have contributed to in the New York Times , Investor’s Business Daily , Forbes and Entrepreneur , around potential pitfalls to avoid when meshing our new found mobility with face-to-face interaction in the workplace. Technology has changed how we work and often where we work, as we are now all mobile, and always on.

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"An Atheist in the Foxhole" - But, gossip is a tricky business

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The latest move Muto is making in exposing the alleged flaws at Fox is shopping a book tentatively titled "An Atheist in the Foxhole," reports the NEW YORK OBSERVER.  Does Boy Rogue Producer Joe Muto know how to play the volatile gossip game? 

Bank of Walmart - Branding Lessons For Entrepreneurs

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In The New York Times, Hiroko Tabuchi and Jessica Silver-Greenberg report: "Walmart, the nation's largest retailer, is teaming up with Green Dot, known for its prepaid payment cards, to supply checking accounts to almost anyone over 18 who passes an ID check."  As NYT notes, "After years of thwarted efforts to break into banking, Walmart is making its biggest foray yet into everyday financial services."

Billionaires Can't Sing the Blues - No One Will Listen

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The story of the billionaire's suffering is told in The New York Times.   So commonplace is their existential pain that a new field has emerged to serve just that. The niche discipline is the fusing of financial counseling and psychotherapy.

The Stayin' Put Society - Not Gambling on Opportunity

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

BTW, in the New York Metro area I had been paying a king's ransom for a one-bedroom in an iffy neighborhood. No, I didn't recommend to those financially struggling that they should start over again in a "foreign country" such as LA or Chicago.

Glam Jobs - Those W/O Them Can Have Fun Long Long 4th July Weekend

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

After quitting Fox he had had offers in New York and D.C. For me, at least, there will be no financial hangover. America has become binary. There are those who will be able to enjoy this long long 4th of July weekend. And those who will not. 

Presentation lessons from Steve Martin's autobiography

Presentation Zen

Last summer I gave a three-hour talk for 300 managers at a famous financial firm in New York City. The greatest presentation lessons will never be found in a book on using PowerPoint (or any other presentation tool). Advice and lessons are found in different places.

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Missoni for $40: Target.com crashes but future looks amazingly profitable

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Demand was so high that its site crashed yesterday, reports Stephanie Clifford at THE NEW YORK TIMES.    Both traditional discount shoppers and the newly financially cautious could designate Target as their trusted center for offering fashion at value pricing.