Sandra Zimmer featured in Houston Chronicle Article on Public Speaking as a Career Tool

Speaking Freely

Today, Sunday, March 23, 2014, The Houston Chronicle Jobs Section is printing an article entitled “Public Speaking an Important Career Tool.” ” This article written by Emilia Benton, a copy editor from the Special Publications of Houston Chronicle Media Group, features some of my ideas about the value of public speaking skills for career development.

Heroic Leadership - Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Of course, the undocumented in the Houston Metro area are frightened. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner has assured them that he has their backs. On Friday, Texas Law SB4 is scheduled to go into effect. Essentially it's all about  Show Me Your Papers. 

Whitney Houston: Jersey Girl

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

This Saturday Whitney Houston will be laid to rest in her hometown of Newark, New Jersey.    For this Jersey Girl, the flags in her city will be lowered. May this once suffering soul enjoy her new-found peace, back at home. careers Current Affairs Music Personal Musings Politics

Hudson, Houston, TX - Legal/Technical Writing Specialist (help-wanted)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Here are details and how to apply. careers

Accent Reduction: Freedom of Speech for Non-Native Speakers of English

Speaking Freely

Houston, Texas is truly a melting pot for professionals especially in [.]. Sandra Zimmer’s Google+ People from all over the world come to the US because of the freedoms and opportunities we enjoy in our country. Freedom of speech is among our most cherished and valuable rights which draw ambitious and educated people to our nation. Accent Modification Accent Reduction Communication Accent reduction Confidence Fear of Public Speaking Freedom of Speech

Whitney Houston: Gone way too soon

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Whitney Houston is dead at age 48.  At the Sunday 12-step meetings there will be much soul-searching about why we are there at a meeting and Houston is beyond that.   I heard the news as I was driving home from my usual Saturday night 12-step meeting.    At it was a man, age 80, who had been in the rooms for more than 40 years.      Why do some die and some manage to surrender to the reality of the disease and live?

Whitney Houston: That voice laid to rest

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Today, that big voice Whitney Houston is laid to rest in Newark, New Jersey.    Why can some of us come out of those mean streets of Northern New Jersey and make it through and some assume they need help from drugs to just hold on? careers Current Affairs Music

Memoirs, Secrets, Boredom Tipping Point - Brooke Shields, Angelica Houston, et al.

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

They are Brooke Shields and Angelica Houston. And, Houston allowed an abusive romantic relationship to continue for much much too long. Have memoirs become more self-serving (therapy, retaliation, anger management) than platforms of insight for readers? That could be. 

Space Tourism - We Have A Problem, Houston & We May Need Lawyers

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  As for technology, we know from "We have a problem, Houston," the situation mandates leveraging the right resources. The high-profile crash of the Virgin Galactic spacecraft has some assuming space tourism is on-hold. Maybe not.

A Master Speaker Presents ? W Mitchell at NSA Houston |

Speaking Freely

4 Ways to Use Storytelling in Marketing That Have Nothing to Do With Heart Wrenching Videos

Duarte Blog

For instance, Dropbox’s foundation story is about founder Drew Houston ’s bus trip from Boston to New York. On the bus, Houston realized he forgot his USB memory stick. So many of the articles about storytelling in marketing today focus on brand storytelling.

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When Things Go Wrong: Ten Presentation Lessons from Apollo 13

Manner of Speaking

Lesson 2: If you cannot fix the problem quickly yourself, enlist the assistance of those who can. (“Houston, we have a problem.” The day of the big presentation has arrived. You’ve prepared, you know your material and you’ve arrived at the venue early to get set up.

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Intention vs. perception: Christina Aguilera and "oversouling"

Speak Schmeak

I enjoyed this article about "oversouling" on Huffington Post, referring to the vocal style demonstrated by Christina Aguilera during her performance of the national anthem, that is currently popular among many singers.

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Therapist Erika Hilliard on Shyness and Social Anxiety

Speaking Freely

On August 29, 2012 The Houston Chronical reprinted a Chicago Tribune article on shyness in people who are single and breaking the bashful barrier. The article states that behind shyness is extreme self-consciousness. Shy people constantly worry that others are judging them, and they blame themselves for negative outcomes, so they choose to not [.].

Great Article on Why Public Speaking Scares You by Susan Adams at

Speaking Freely

I am a presentation and speaking coach in Houston. I just read an article on Forbes called “Why Public Speaking Scares and and How to Overcome your Fear” by Susan Adams. This is one of the best articles on fear of speaking I have seen in a long time! I have specialized in transforming [.].

Harvey - Dog Abandoned, Chained in Victoria, TX Rescued by Photographer

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Also, those being transported by bus from New Orleans to Houston couldn't bring their animals. During Katrina, part of the tragedy was that many struggling to survive had to leave their animals. At the time, the shelters didn't allow pets.

Brené Brown on the Power of Empathy

Presentation Zen

One of the books I''m including on that list is Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by University of Houston research professor Brené Brown. Currently I''m compiling a list of my "Top-10 books for 2014."

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@carolinegoyder guest post: Feel the fear and film your talk, anyway.

The Eloquent Woman

Brene Brown reveals here in her 2012 TED talk , how paralysed by fear and vulnerability she was after her 2010 Houston TEDx on that very topic.

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Do You Have a Speaking Tic?

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

Then we do have a problem, Houston. Some people say “like” and “you know,” so often that you want to strangle them. Others say “um” often and enthusiastically. Some people swallow nervously and spasmodically. Some people let their voice swing up in pitch at the end of every sentence as if they were always asking questions. For some, it’s happy feet – wandering around the stage as if they really loved walking and couldn’t wait to get off the platform.

Famous Speech Friday: Jessica Mendoza calls major league baseball playoff

The Eloquent Woman

It's 2015, and a first has just occurred: Olympic softball medalist and sports announcer Jessica Mendoza called a nationally televised Major League Baseball (MLB) playoff game between the New York Yankees and the Houston Astros.

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Famous Speech Friday: Judge Phyllis Randolph Frye's "My Son"

The Eloquent Woman

Along with her private legal practice, she serves as an associate municipal judge in Houston, presiding over the same courtroom she had dreaded entering decades before, fearful that she would be swept up by the city's anti-cross-dressing laws.

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Feel vulnerable when you speak? Embracing weaknesses to succeed

The Eloquent Woman

University of Houston social work researcher Brene Brown looks at "messy" topics in human relationships, like vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame.

We don't seek your perfection, only your authenticity

Presentation Zen

What makes you vulnerable also makes you beautiful, says Brene Brown, a professor at the University of Houston who touches on some key issues related to her work on vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame in a recent presentation at TEDxHouston.

PowerPoint Lessons at 30,000 Feet

DeFinis Communications

I was flying to Houston recently and sat next to a woman who was working on…you guessed it… her PowerPoint presentation.

What America Reads…

Matt Eventoff

9 – The Houston Chronicle 425,138 583,364. I found this post from Brian Solis very interesting – a list of the top media outlets, by circulation, as well as the 25 most popular blogs in America, as compiled by BurrellesLuce. . Marshall McLuhan is famous for stating “the medium is the message&# and with the introduction of a newer medium (online, web) there is constant debate as to its effect on older mediums (print, broadcast).

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Rebranding - Not So Fast

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It decided to rebrand itself to Houston College of Law. Yet, four miles away is the University of Houston Law Center. Rebranding is the meme of our times.

From the vault: Finding your voice as a speaker

The Eloquent Woman

But the only way to find out how you tell a story is to tell stories, your stories: the funny thing that happened at work, the coincidental meeting that led to a first date, how you got the idea to move to Houston.

Meeting Report: The wit and wisdom of speechwriter Hal Gordon

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Since 2005, Hal has provided executive speech writing for top executives of Shell Oil, Royal Dutch Shell, CenterPoint Energy, GE Aero Energy, UPS, Sim-Tex LP, cPanel and the Greater Houston Partnership. On Thursday September 17, 2015 the Silicon Valley Speechwriters welcomed Hal Gordon as our guest on a conference call. Hal was a speechwriter for the Reagan White House and later wrote for Gen. Colin Powell.

The Firm - Will Blockchain End All That?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

They, for example, can transfer funds to their relative in Houston, Texas, without the oversight or infrastructure of any financial institution. Many who understand the implications of technology already have gotten it: Blockchain can eliminate the need for lawyers in routine transactions.

Ecommerce - Landlords Could Halt Momentum (Amazon, You May Have A Problem)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

So the Houston-based apartment landlord took drastic measures. What could stop the momentum of ecommerce? Answer: Landlords. In The Wall Street Journal , Laura Kusisto reports: "Camden Property Trust was being buried under a mountain of packages.

Sandy: NYC 65 shelters allowing pets (learning from Katrina)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

One of the most heart-wrenching tragedies during Katrina was that people were not allowed to bring their pets into shelters or on buses to Houston

Katrina - Social Media Proved Itself Out As Game-Changer

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Especially soul-wrenching was the story in establishment media about the boy who had to give up his cat, Snowball, to board the bus out of New Orleans to Houston. Katrina was more than a  media event. It provided the platform for early adopters in social media to leverage our new power.

Nathan DeSai - As We Reflect on Our Own Business Problems

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Law enforcement has not officially identified the lawyer who was the alleged shooter at the Houston Mall and killed by police. But the media, such as LawNewz , had connected the dots. For example, his vehicle which contained a supply of firearms is registered to Nathan DeSai.

Impression Management at Work, Being Ourself in Personal Life

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Research at the University of Houston and the University of Greenwich in London, reports Bloomberg Business Week, confirms that conventional wisdom.    Being ourselves at work, despite all the stuff Oprah told us about sharing, is poison. 

Alleged Police Brutality - TV Cop Shows Should Be Scripting More Objective Content on Issue

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

As lawyer-journalist Kathryn Rubino reports at , SCOTUS denied certiorari to the case concerning Houston police officer Chris Thompson and Richard Salazar-Limon.

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Steve Tomlin, AT&T Consultant - And, I Assumed I Couldn't Afford Adding On Landline

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

I sense the clear reception on the phone as I pitched to prospects in Houston and Los Angeles was the tipping point. Can adding a landline phone be a game-changer in a ghostwriting/speechwriting business? That's my hunch.

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"Held against our will" - How that happens to ghostwriters/speechwriters

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The latest odd-ball story of those "held against their will" concerns four men in Houston, Texas.   THE GUARDIAN reports that they contend that they were lured into alleged captivity 10 years ago with offers of beer and cigarettes.

Intention vs. perception: Christina Aguilera and "oversouling"

Speak Schmeak

I enjoyed this article about "oversouling" on Huffington Post, referring to the vocal style demonstrated by Christina Aguilera during her performance of the national anthem, that is currently popular among many singers.


Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Governor of Texas and possible presidential candidate Rick Perry had 30,000 in Reliant Stadium in Houston open their hearts to a force beyond themselves. 

A woman among "The Great Debaters"

The Eloquent Woman

They went to Chicago, they did a tour with Fiske College to Pine Bluff, Ark, and to Houston, which was exciting for Henrietta because that's her hometown.