Boy Scouts et al. - Operating nonprofits like businesses

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In THE WALL STREET JOURNAL , Dan Pallotta provides commonsense arguments that nonprofits should be run like businesses.    In that, it probably has been more successful than government outreach programs.    Nonprofits have to have the institutional self confidence to tell all its constituencies that it has to spend money.

Raising Your Uncertainty Tolerance with Sara Ross

Speaker Launcher

Her clients have ranged from surgeons, bankers, lawyers, air traffic controllers and engineers to government agencies, nurses, nonprofits, start-ups and entrepreneurs. “No In an effort to keep supplying relevant and practical content, I keep thinking about what we all need in this time of constant news intake and the uncertainty of what’s coming next.

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How To Tame the Gremlins Holding You Back with Rick Carson

Speaker Launcher

For nearly five decades, Rick has been a practicing psychotherapist, personal/executive coach, seminar leader, and consultant to businesses, nonprofit organizations, several United States government agencies, and more. We all have that inner voice that tells us we’re not good enough, smart enough, or worthy of what we desire in this life.

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Market Research: Everything You Need to Know as a Business Leader


Local and international nonprofits. Public databases : Governments worldwide run all sorts of tallies, describing the economic, social, and demographic state of affairs. Government’s open data portal.

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". at least 80 percent of an executive's job is communication," Gene Grabowski, Crisis Guru, kglobal

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Both their own success and that of the corporation, government agency, or nonprofit. Words. Voices. Body language.    Those are what Gene Grabowski , crisis guru at kglobal public affairs, helps executives focus on. That's really not the tough nut to crack, though. Once those executives recognize the need for training, they are usually all in.

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Likeability - Mark Zuckerberg Doesn't Care, Maybe You Shouldn't Either

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Businesses, the nonprofits, and government positions increasingly are about delivering a service or providing a product at the right price efficiently. "My goal for the next decade isn't to be liked but to be understood." " -  Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg at quarterly earning call, as quoted by Jessica Guynn, USA Today , January 29, 2020. Is likeability losing its importance in professional life?

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Alleged Dark Side of Au Pair Program - Litigation Certified as Class Action

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Nonprofit Towards Justice and brandname law firm Boies Schiller Flexner are representing the plaintiffs. There is an allegation, for example, that agencies in charge of the program informed au pairs that the government established a ceiling on weekly wages: $195.75. Ranging from The Professional Class in Manhattan to liberal professors, au pairs are hired to provide live-in child care. Many come from far-away in foreign lands on the J-1 cultural visa.

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Digital & Content-Creation Market: What's Selling

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  As social media matures, organizations - private sector, nonprofit, and government - are recongizing that reaching out can't be random.  Overnight it seems, small businesses are getting it that their website is their face to the world.    As a result, the ones they put up several years ago have to go. 

'Be The Eloquent Woman' at my October speaking workshop in Amsterdam

The Eloquent Woman

congressional staff; and from nonprofits, universities, medical practices and research labs. I''ll be leading Be The Eloquent Woman , my day-long workshop on women and public speaking, as a pre-conference session at the European Speechwriter Network''s autumn speechwriters and business communicators conference in Amsterdam on 23 October.

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New Speechwriting Book Available


Written to cover every aspect of corporate, nonprofit and political speechwriting in the most practical terms, the 10 Steps speechwriting process is a foolproof recipe. You’ll read the finest examples of rhetoric by those who have attained leadership in the fields of business, politics, education, government, and more. . It’s officially official.

Help Has Arrived (and it's free) - Law Firm Paul Weiss Chairman Brad Karp Created Unique Coronavirus Relief Center

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  In recent days, our federal, state and local governments, along with the nonprofit sector, have responded to this crisis by making emergency resources available to those in need of assistance.   More than 400 attorneys volunteered in the first two hours; since then, many have been working around the clock, pro bono, to identify and analyze the hundreds of potentially applicable federal, state, local and nonprofit relief programs.

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The Eloquent Woman Index: My treasure trove of 70+ women's speeches

The Eloquent Woman

We look for speeches from corporate executives, government leaders, nonprofit executives, university professors, scientists, engineers, attorneys and more--but also from individuals who might never have given a speech before. The Eloquent Woman Index --and its source, our Famous Speech Friday series--has grown considerably.

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Kraft North America Grocery Business: Zen lessons of everything changes

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  That applies to the private sector, nonprofits, and government.  Every Today Kraft North America Grocery officially splits from the fast-growing snacks business to be its own company on the stock market.    Investors are likely wary. Kraft North America grocery is a traditional organization in a dog-fight of a marketplace. 

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Shopping for PR Firm? Here's the new edition of O'Dwyer's Directory of PR Firms

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Maybe that's why most organizations - private sector, nonprofit, government - have copies of O'Dwyer's Directory of PR Firms as a standard reference. "Our cash cow had been our online criminal justice program.    Then came that perfect storm of bad publicity.    We need public relations but which firm should we use?" " Public relations is one of the businesses exploding in growth because it gets things done. 

Coaching a cadre of conference speakers to give TED-quality talks

The Eloquent Woman

If you want to invest in your executives--be they nonprofiteers, government leaders, or company managers--public speaking and presentation coaching and help preparing for a high-stakes event are investments your executives will truly appreciate. You can shape and hone messages and speakers to create a cadre of messengers for your nonprofit, agency, company or product, as Browne points out. "Amazing." Most interesting thing I''ve ever seen at a conference."

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Group & 1:1 speaker training for TED talks and more: 4 case studies

The Eloquent Woman

Take a look at these examples, just some of the group training projects I've conducted for corporate, nonprofit, and government clients. If you have a group of executives and want them to do a better job as speakers, there are lots of ways to reach that my clients have proven in this quartet of case studies from coaching projects I've done over the past few years. In many cases, these coaching projects have included a mix of group and 1:1 coaching.

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Brand Equity: The Sustainability Factor

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Sustainability has become a key aspect of the brand because investors, global and national government regulators, environmental activists, and consumers recognize that it covers a lot. No entity, including government and nonprofits, can risk being careless about impacts to planet earth. Sustainability will continue to reshape how business, nonprofits, government, and even individuals conduct themselves. You readers asked for more expert input on sustainability. 

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Famous Speech Friday: Reps. Jackie Speier and Gwen Moore

The Eloquent Woman

She used her brief allotted time to speak about her own abortion, during a heated debate over an amendment to take funding away from Planned Parenthood, a nonprofit, for its women's health and sex education services. federal government budget. Speier then pointed out that abortion and other services offered by the nonprofit were legal under current U.S.

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Social Media: Too many choices to do everything

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  That's what the private sector, government, and nonprofits are preoccupied with as the platforms in social media proliferate. Google+ and/or Facebook, a separate blog for each niche business, how many videos for YouTube, and is obsessive tweeting worth the investment of time and fresh slants?  The first item to put on the table is: what is the immediate objective?    That's key since some tools are more for branding than conversion to sales. 

Employee Communications: Lorene Schaefer looks at those 86% planning to jump ship in 2013

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

So, what can employers, in the private sector, nonprofit, and government, do to change that feeling?   This is not good news for employers. ManpowerGroup found that 86% of employees plan on looking for a new job in 2013.    Only 5% plan to remain with their current employer.

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Why (and how) you should publish your speeches

The Eloquent Woman

Make it normal to do this: If every organization with a women's committee, every professional group, every conference organizer and every company or nonprofit made publishing speeches and presentations routine, we could make this process the new normal. Government agencies, the keepers of public record, are better at publishing speeches as a matter of practice.) If you give a speech, but don't take steps to publish or preserve it afterward, did you make a sound?

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From the vault: Balancing technical & non-technical for mixed audiences

The Eloquent Woman

This happens a lot in corporate cultures, but not exclusively: Government officials and even nonprofits will find occasions when a technical expert's knowledge is needed to help a group of important decision-makers get informed on key issues. (Editor's note: I've updated this post, one of the most popular ever on the blog, because this question just keeps coming up. Here, your balanced formula for presentations.)

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New Profile of Power

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

That mover and shaker might be a fellow on a think tank such as Manhattan Institute, plus instructor for a course at New York University or the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, a member of the board of a nonprofit, and guest on television talk shows.   The new power broker is a flexi person who has multiple professional roles or identities and functions behind the scenes, documents Janine R. Wedel in her book  THE SHADOW ELITE.

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Making the audience part of your keynote

The Eloquent Woman

In a group of communicators, are there PR and marketing and government relations specialists, for example? Among scientists, are they industry, government or academic researchers? Some speakers fear what the audience knows, figuring that smartypants or showoff in the back row is going to nail them on a forgotten detail or challenge their basic thesis. Academics, does this sound familiar?)

Send it again: Memo to the boss on 8 reasons I need speaker training

The Eloquent Woman

I hope you'll put this to use and attend my November 3 & 4 "Good on Your Feet" workshop--we have registrants from government agencies, nonprofits and a labor union, and I'd love to have you join us. (Editor's note: This week, my team and I are holding a retreat to plan for new initiatives, training and content for The Eloquent Woman, so I'm turning to the vault to share past posts you may have missed--which are still relevant.

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How do we balance technical v. non technical for a mixed audience?

The Eloquent Woman

This happens a lot in corporate cultures, but not exclusively: Government officials and even nonprofits will find occasions when a technical expert's knowledge is needed to help a group of important decision-makers get informed on key issues. This month, I'm asking readers "Who are you? What are you looking for here?" Follow the link to share your reasons, questions and speaking challenges.

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Remember the Rule of Three

Green Room Speakers

" " that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth." Louis Jewish Federation, and Maryland Nonprofits. Tuesday, November 3, 2009 Remember the Rule of Three Today I taught a music class for a group of 2-year olds. One of the songs they like best is called "Me, You, We."

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Pennsylvania Education Policy Roundup for September 8, 2013: Where’s the accountability for state and local elected officials responsible for providing a constitutionally mandated “thorough and efficient” education for 134,000 Philly students?

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The state government has financially starved the district for years, and the city’s public school system has been subjected to one reform experiment after another. The complex financial deals were legalized for Pennsylvania local governments about a decade ago, but critics say they are gambles unfit for publicly funded entities. A bipartisan group of lawmakers is moving to ban the agreements not just in local governments, but in the city of Philadelphia as well.

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Pennsylvania Education Policy Roundup for September 5, 2013: School Funding shouldn't depend upon how powerful your legislator is – Join us in Harrisburg Sept. 23rd

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The reason: financial pressures on districts that include drops in state and federal funding, large hikes in pension contributions and state-imposed limits on raising taxes, coupled with a state law governing contract negotiations that has no real teeth. Here are seven myths and realities about the new tests, from FairTest, or The National Center for Fair & Open Testing , a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending the misuse of standardized tests.

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Pennsylvania Education Policy Roundup for September 20, 2013: If you are involved with policy regarding charter schools you need to read SRC member Joseph Dworetsky’s lucid analysis of their financial impact on school districts (and taxpayers).

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link] Unsealed records show PA Charter Cyber School investigation began with inside sources By Rich Lord / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette September 19, 2013 10:18 am The federal investigation that led to the indictment last month of Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School founder Nick Trombetta started with two inside sources and spread to include inquiries into transactions involving about 20 businesses and nonprofits with which he had dealings, according to records unsealed this morning.

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Pennsylvania Education Policy Roundup for September 12, 2013: State Board of Education set to vote on revised set of Common Core standards

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But educators and public employees are under attack from forces intent on rolling back the promise of equal opportunity, basic fairness and responsive government. Education Week Politics K-12 Blog By Alyson Klein on September 11, 2013 9:45 PM Here we go again: Brokedown Congress is gearing up for its umpteenth game of fiscal chicken, as lawmakers have to craft not one, but likely three separate budget agreements over the next several months to keep the federal government from shuttering.

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Pennsylvania Education Policy Roundup for September 16, 2013: Since 1991-92 there has been no set formula for providing funds for PA schools. 65% of all funds now distributed in this school year are based on statistics from the 1989-90 school year.

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The bill, which is being debated in the House Committee on State Government, would limit when members of school or township boards, city councils or any other elected body, can retreat into “executive session.” Finding new uses for these buildings also can be daunting, according to a report released this year by The Pew Charitable Trusts, a nonprofit that focuses on public policy and community service issues.

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Marketing Through Speaking Engagements - Nolo's Legal Marketing Blawg

Furthering innovation in management, governance & ethics for lawyers Ross Ipsa Loquitur : Thoughts on law practice management and technology issues, product reviews, etc. Nolos Legal Marketing Blawg Published by Home Website Practice Areas Contact Us « Previous | Home | Next » Jan 14, 2009 Marketing Through Speaking Engagements Virtually every guide on marketing a law firm recommends speaking engagements as an effective way to generate clients.

Pennsylvania Education Policy Roundup for September 11, 2013: Teaching? Piece of cake. Everybody knows you can pick that up in just five weeks….

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After leaving government, she called for the removal of incompetent teachers, for tying school performance to student scores, and for closing failing schools. Washington Post By Dylan Matthews , Published: September 10 at 12:38 pm Teach for America , the nonprofit organization that places high-achieving college graduates in school districts in underserved areas of the country, hasn’t lacked for evaluations over the years.

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Pennsylvania Education Policy Roundup for September 6, 2013: Pennsylvania is a national poster child for why charter schools need better oversight

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A group of parents met Thursday with officials from the nonprofit Public Interest Law Center in Philadelphia to learn what steps to take if they believe their child''s school is failing to provide education as required by law. "We

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