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Celebrities – They’re One of Us! How the Year’s Best Commencement Speakers Made Themselves Relatable to Graduates

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Oxford graduate becomes prime minister

Max Atkinson

Harvard Law School Graduation - Mumps Protocol

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In Abovethelaw.com , lawyer-journalist Joe Patrice reports that the outbreak of mumps on the Harvard campus has impacted the prestigious graduation rites and rituals of Harvard Law School. For example, the dean of the law school, Marcia Sells, has instructed the graduating class not to shake hands. Nature still has the upper hand. Even elite Harvard Law School has to cave to the whims of natural forces.

Proposing Graduated Pay Cuts - BuzzFeed Wants to Prevent Layoffs in Time of COVID-19

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The plan, which needs union approval, reports the Daily Beast , is to implement a graduated system of pay cuts. Like so many media outlets, BuzzFeed is experiencing financial challenges. The usual play-out in this Time of COVID-19 is that readership is up but not necessarily revenues. 

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Two must-see college graduation speeches

Presentation Zen

It's graduation time in many parts of the world , and that means long ceremonies and a lot of speeches. The graduation speech is a tough gig; most speeches are soon forgotten, assuming they made any impact at all. The 2005 graduation speech by Steve Jobs garnered a lot of attention at the time, and is still talked about today, having been downloaded millions of times. Truth be told, this is the closest I've ever gotten to a college graduation."

Living Like Graduate Student @ Age 71

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

And, as a graduate student, on a fellowship and with a part-time teaching contract, I enjoyed that fine style of living. Here in the hot desert of Arizona, I have returned to the simple and low-cost way of living of a graduate student. Currently I keep wondering: Why did it take me so long to re-discover the good life of a graduate student? In university town Ann Arbor, Michigan, the status symbol was being able to afford to rent a studio apartment.

The Extreme Trauma of Matriculating for Professional and Graduate Academic Degrees

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Maybe, at least if the studying takes place in the competitive environment of a university in high-stakes professional programs or graduate specializations. Let's cut to the chase: Does studying make you crazy?

2019 52

Executive Communications Manager, Stanford Graduate School of Business (help-wanted)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

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Right Out of the Gate, Law School Graduates Learn How Unfair Life Can Be

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In four states, those graduating from ABA-accredited law firms got very lucky because of COVID-19. That means that the law school graduates do not have to take the bar exam - ever. Those states are Louisiana, Washington, Utah, and Oregon. The Supreme Courts in those four approved the Diploma Privilege. Instead, if they fulfill all the other requirements of their state bar association, they can be licensed without passing the bar exam. And that's that.

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Graduation Quotes

Joan Detz Speaker Services

“You have but to hold forth in cap and gown, and any gibberish becomes learning, all nonsense passes for sense.&# (Moliere). “Training is everything. Cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.&# (Mark Twain). “Commencement speakers, said Father Flynn, should think of themselves as the body at an old-fashioned Irish wake.

Humanities - Young, Hopeful Graduate Students Start Perilous Journey

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

" They are young, hopeful graduate students in the Humanities. But current law and Humanities graduate students might cave to the same tactic, in time.  Their friends from the state they came from or even a mother have helped them "get settled in." Slowly and carefully they describe to me their niche interest such as medieval history or the American novel.    Like the current 1Ls in law school, they can beat the odds.

Investing Our Young Lives in Professional/Graduate Degrees - Wounds That Rarely Heal

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Also, one reason the number of those landing jobs 10 months out of law school which require passage of the bar exam has gotten better is that there are fewer graduates. What could be in the making is yet another glut situation: More JD graduates than jobs available.  Once hailed as the best and brightest who had received prestigious fellowships to matriculate in graduate studies, we became unmarketable.

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Change in Graduate Federal Loan Program - No One to Replace Jack McCoy

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The graduate federal loan program is what so many law students depend on for lower-interest financing of their education. House of Representatives in December advanced out of the committee a Higher Education Act reauthorization bill that would make several major changes to graduate federal loans."   A change in the graduate federal loan program would, of course, present a bigger threat to the future of legal education than the downsizing of the legal sector. 

2018 40

Retirement/Semi-Retirement - More Brutal Rite of Passage Than Graduating College

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Remember the film "The Graduate!"  Retirement - or even the semi-retirement version - is turning out to be a rite of passage as brutal as transitioning from formal education to the world of work. "  After the organization sings some variation of the theme of "Happy Trails to You" you tend to fall into a black hole. For instance, that's what those former general counsels report in Phillip Banz's article on Law.com.

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Mary McCarthy's "The Group" - How Those 8 Graduates of a Woman's College Might Have Aged

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

" It chronicled how 8 graduates of an all-woman's college navigated life post graduation. " It would track the emotional, social, and work lives of graduates of all-women colleges as they aged. By graduation, though, we were convinced we were smart enough to not make the mistakes our mothers had. In 1963, pre-Second Wave Feminism, Mary McCarthy published the novel "The Group."

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Even Elite Liberal Arts Institutions Leave Graduates Behind In Earning Power

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In fact, I graduated college in 1967. My Millennial clients who graduated from research universities were required to take 1 course in the Humanities. "For the first time, government data back up what some parents have long suspected: Students who choose elite liberal arts colleges don't earn as much money early in their careers as those who attend highly selective research universities." " - Andrea Fuller, The Wall Street Journal, November 3, 2015.

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PowerPoint Tip - Graduated Backgrounds

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

One of the most popular ideas I shared on my webinar last month about creating your own custom PowerPoint template was to use a graduated background instead of a solid color. So I suggest a graduated background where the color at the top gradually changes to the color at the bottom. While this is a better idea than a flat color, too many times I have seen the color choices make a graduated background look worse than any distracting picture could ever do.

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Cute Power Tricks - Stanford Graduate Business School Scandal Position 'Em As, Well, Crass

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

That is among the lessons Stanford Graduate Business School tenured professor, Deborah Gruenfeld, teaches the next generation of leaders. Cute Power Trick: When someone is speaking to you, look down to your smartphone, fiddle with it. Recently she received a million-dollar advance for a book focused on power. However, this approach on how to treat other human beings could be being re-thought.

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Mary McCarthy's "The Group" - When Graduates of Women's Colleges Get Old

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

" It chronicled eight graduates of an elite all-women's college. In 1963, Mary McCarthy shocked the literary world with her novel "The Group." They seemed unable to get a handle on life.   Here Vanity Fair recounts that publishing milestone. That was the year we young women entered Seton Hill in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. It should have been different for us.

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Underemployed College Graduates' Majors - Criminal Justice, Liberal Arts, English Lit Top List

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

No shock to those of us who are out here hustling for work, PayScale reports that among the top majors for underemployed college graduates are Criminal Justice, Liberal Arts and English Literature. The bad news for underemployed graduates of law school (JDs), a number of those are making their living (and not a good one) being paralegals.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 89)

Manner of Speaking

“A graduation ceremony is an event where the commencement speaker tells thousands of students dressed in identical caps and gowns that ‘individuality’ is the key to success.&# — Robert Orben. Humour Quotes for Public Speakers Business Commencement speech Communication Graduation public speaking Robert OrbenRobert Orben - American Magician, Author and Comedy Writer.

That Personal Essay for Admission to College, Graduate/Professional Schools: Make it personal

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Globally, students, from ages 17 to 70, are having difficulty with the required personal essay for admission to college as well as graduate and professional schools.    When they contact me for coaching, I say three words: Make it personal.    The lion's share of the drafts I review are not personal.    They are stuck in the data and cliches which frightened applicants assume they have to present. 

Why you will fail to have a great career

The Presenter's Blog

Universities can scrap the scheduled speakers for this year’s graduation ceremonies. No punches are pulled in highlighting the self-destructive tropes we feed ourselves for why we can’t stand-up to achieve greatness…… Unless…… Opinion Page Stagecraft Tips From The Top commencement address graduation speech ideas inspiration Peter presentation skills presenters' blog professor larry smith structure TEDx Watts

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Plastic: Just as in "The Graduate," only it refers to credit cards

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In writing - oh, excuse me, we have to now call what we do "creating content" - the game is all about following the money.    Some of us assumed the money was going to be in green, pun not intended.    I bulked up on knowledge of sustainability and did lots of work for clean tech companies.    Ha, that got me less than $2000. But the money is really there in credit cards, that is, writing and ghostwriting about them. 

Woman has baby and another Oxford graduate becomes PM

Max Atkinson

Published in July 2013 (above), it was one that marked the Duchess of Cambridge giving birth to Prince George( THIS BLOG My regular readers will know why I've juxtaposed "woman has baby" with "Oxford graduate becomes prime minister" - because neither event was a newsworthy surprise either in 2013 or 2019. PRIVATE EYE Regular readers of Private Eye have been awaiting the outcome of a r eferendum announced in the 1500th edition a few weeks ago. The latest edition (no.

New Holiday: Take your college-graduate son/daugther to peek at work underbelly

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Total perception management.    From the admissions online information to the commencement address, most of the messages undergraduates receive is that their future work will have meaning, provide a self of belonging, and pay well.    In her book THE WORKING LIFE: THE PROMISE AND BETRAY OF MODERN WORK, Joanne B. Ciculla describes those embedded mindsets about professions. 

J.K. Rowling’s Commencement Address – Grabbing and keeping audience engagement

Pivotal Public Speaking

public speaking videos commencement address graduation J.K. Just magic!! What an inspiring speech this was! Even if you watch only the beginning, you can learn from her technique. She had them laughing with her from the start. . Rowling

Supposedly Sending a Message: Will Harvard Graduate Teaching/Research Assistants Be Heard (inside and beyond that elite academic institution)?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

So, of course, the strike by graduate and research assistants is being closely watched by the media. Those who have been a graduate teaching or research assistant (I had been both) in elite academic institutions understand that they are the front lines of service. It's Harvard.

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Don’t blow it with your audience

Manner of Speaking

Last week I attended the graduation ceremony for the class of a business school where I teach. The graduates had taken their seats, the audience was settled in, the three-piece orchestra had just finished the last of its pieces. Everything … Continue reading → Delivery audience Microphone presentations public speaking

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Quintessential Public Speaking: The Commencement Address

DeFinis Communications

When my son was in the 8 th grade I had the privilege of preparing and coaching the graduation speakers of Kent Middle School in Kentfield, California. The speakers were terrific, and those speeches were everything a good graduation speech should be: personal, hopeful, reflective, inspiring, cautionary and funny. It’s hard to believe, but those 8 th graders from Kent Middle School are graduating from college this year.

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A Lasting Impression: A Lesson Once Again on the Power of Stories

DeFinis Communications

Tags: Examples of Powerful Speakers Speaking Tips Analogies Commencement Graduation Lasting Impression Metaphors Quotes Stories

2009 100

Did Admiral McRaven REALLY Speak & Deliver?

Speak and Deliver

Admiral McRaven Commencement Ring the Bell SEALS University of Texas UT Graduation Speech Naval Adm. William H. McRaven, BJ ''77, ninth commander of U.S.Special Operations CommandThe commencement speech by Naval Adm. William H. McRaven, BJ ''77, ninth commander of U.S.Special Operations Command, has been making both the internet and TV news blurbs today, with the video of his commencement speech at the University of Texas.

2014 52

A Great Speaker - er.Leader - Retires.

Speak and Deliver

Stanford Graduation Steve Jobs Speaking Storytelling AppleSteve Jobs, the iconic CEO of Apple, the financial engine behind the success of Pixar, and oft-described fantastic speaker has retired. Jobs' speaking was peppered with stories, humor, and dream-building. His magic from the stage, however, came less from what he would say and how he would say it, and more from who he was, and what he had done. More than a 'celebrity' speaker, he is a 'celebrated' speaker'.

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Graduate With Skills, Not Just a Degree

Executive Speech Coach

Thursday, August 26, 2010 Graduate With Skills, Not Just a Degree The Wall Street Journal By Heather R. ▼ August (6) The “One Thing&# to be a Powerful Presenter: Pause Graduate With Skills, Not Just a Degree Speaker Boot Camp in the UK Presentation Skills Club Page on Facebook How Long is Forever?

Get them Standing: Commencement Speeches 2010

Green Room Speakers

Hamid Mir addresses the graduates of the Kennedy School at Harvard and begins by asking everyone to get up and stretch. Sarah is a Wexner Graduate Alumni Fellow and has a Masters in Social Work from Columbia University and a Masters in Judaic Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary. Tuesday, June 22, 2010 Get them Standing: Commencement Speeches 2010 As I looked through this years commencement speeches, I came across this delightful opener.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 331) – Peter Drucker

Manner of Speaking

Photo courtesy of The Drucker Institute, Claremont Graduate University. Peter Drucker (1909 – 2005) Austrian-born American Management Consultant and Author. The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn’t being said.”. Peter Drucker.

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Find the extraordinary in the ordinary

Manner of Speaking

He graduated from Michigan State University with a Degree in Food Systems, Economics and Management. My friend, Lance Miller is an award-winning public speaker and trainer. Lance has an extensive background in business and is a philanthropist who has worked in numerous … Continue reading → Speechwriting creativity Lance Miller public speaking

2018 160

NSA/NC Speaker Academy Success Stories

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

The Speakers Academy (originally called Pro-Track) has graduated over 300 speakers from the year-long training program. Since 2007 I have interviewed over 45 graduates and posted their information and the accompanying podcasts to this blog. The Northern California Chapter of the National Speakers Association has been running an Academy for emerging speakers since 2005.

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You Can't Beat Experience

The Shy Speaker's Guide to Succes on Stage

It is about how an ITE (Institute of Technical Education) graduate’s commitment to learning has paid off since he left school. He enrolled in the Institute of Tecnical Education (ITE) and graduated in 1976 with was was then called an Industrial Technician Certificate. His story of determination was highlighted by Education Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam in a speech at the ITE graduation ceremony. Home About Gary Testimonials FREE MATERIALS!

2007 40

A Working Life: Going West

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

In Part 2 I graduate from college and move to the States. “Go West, young man.” ” — Horace Greeley, 1865 This is the second part of the review of my working life. Part 1, The Early Years, covered the part-time jobs I had while in school in England. Student and Teacher 1972: Traffic Survey, Leicester: […]. Personal

2018 109

A Working Life III: My Early Career

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

In the spirit of full disclosure I should say that, following my adventures in America detailed in Part II of this series, I returned to England in the Summer of 1978 after three years in the States without a graduate degree. My studies at Tufts had been frustrating, and had cured me of any desire […]. Personal

2018 100

The Andrometer – how do you measure up?

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Sir William Jones (1746 – 1794) a linguist and hyperpolyglot who knew 13 languages thoroughly and another 28 reasonably well, was an Oxford graduate and lawyer who moved to India where he studied Sanskrit. A recent article in Mental Floss notes that as a young man, while working as a tutor to English nobility, Jones […]. Public Speaking Rhetoric