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The Communication Blog: A Speech of Dedication

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Brommel of Northeastern Illinois University at the naming of Brommel Hall. I reprint it here, with Bernard’s permission, not only to illustrate an excellent speech of dedication but more important to celebrate Bernard’s dedication and generosity to education, to students, and to Northeastern Illinois University. Brommel Hall, November l8th, 2010, at Northeastern Illinois University Bernard J.

The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

The Eloquent Woman

When women speak: An official at the Illinois State Supreme Court shares how you can interrupt the gender bias of speaking. Fans of The Eloquent Woman on Facebook see links to good reads, resources and ideas from other sources there, in addition to posts from the blog.

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Fun Friday: Miss America introductions

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From the home of Abraham Lincoln -- before he was a movie -- I''m Megan Ervin, Miss Illinois." I never managed to post this in January, but it''s a perfect video for a Fun Friday!

Dennis Hastert - Could Ambition Have Prevented Alleged Misconduct?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

million to hush up allegations of sexual misconduct when Mr. Hastert was an Illinois high-school teacher before his election to Congress." When Dennis Hastert was teaching school in Yorkville, Illinois, he might have been self-aware enough to recognize that he was an ambitious guy.

GOP Goes Cool - Supports Uber

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  The Governor of Illinois Pat Quinn has legislation banning the Uber concept. Uber has become a symbol of innovation, digital, sharing.    In short, cool. Getting its ducks in a row for the midterms and onto 2016, the GOP is supporting Uber. 

IABC Silver Quill Awards: Pacific Region

Joan Detz Speaker Services

The Pacific Plains Region includes communicators from: Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Earn recognition for your speechwriting skills (and other business communication expertise) from the Pacific Plains Region of IABC.

Humor Role Models

Humor Power

Submitted by Marty Bernstein , Oak Park, Illinois. Submitted by Sandy Kampner , Evergreen Park, Illinois. Submitted by Tom Nee , Oak Lawn, Illinois. The contest theme for the month of May is Humor Role Models. Contests are announced on the first of the month. The next contest come out on June 1. Here are seven top Humor Role Model submissions. It didn’t seem appropriate to rank them in first, second and third place.

Research Efficiency and Reliability: An Exercise for Public Speaking

The Communication Blog

What is the graduate program in Communication at the University of Illinois like? An old television game show from the 1950s, Name that Tune , pitted 2 contestants against each other. The objective was for one contestant to name the tune the orchestra would play in fewer notes than could the other contestant. In this exercise, the objective is similar; it’s to find reliable information most efficiently, in as few mouse clicks or time as possible.

Pre-Pill/Legal Abortion Saga - Lindsay Johnson

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

As Daily Mail reports, she gave birth to a male in the University of Illinois - Urbana campus dorm bathroom. The saga brings back memories of those pre-Pill days. Back then, women in colleges attempted to conceal their pregnancies.

Cartoon Caption Contest Results — Witch Brew

Humor Power

If you can swallow the entire cauldron, Newt, I guarantee the primary voters will swallow anything. Tom Nee, Oak Lawn, Illinois. Here are the results of the March Cartoon Caption Contest–Witch Brew.

Famous Speech Fridays: Coretta Scott King's "10 Commandments on Vietnam"

The Eloquent Woman

Photo by the Chicago Urban League, from the University of Illinois at Chicago library archives on Flickr.)

O.J. Simpson - What Will Public Opinion Be on His Possible Returnt to Society

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Its headquarters could be in Chicago, Illinois. Simpson has never stopped being one of those megawatt celebrities. The recent television series "The People v. Simpson: American Crime Story" recharged the grid. Now, Simpson has a chance of receiving parole.

Chick-fil-A: The legal problems

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In the CORPORATE COUNSEL article, Illinois employment attorney in private practice Peter LaSorsa says that, based on the state it's in, Chick-fil-A could be nailed for discrimination on sexual orientation, marital status, and religious grounds. 

The Strange Case Of Curtis Lovelace

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Former football star and current assistant state prosecutor in Adams County, Illinois, Curtis Lovelace is being tried for his wife's murder. Cory Lovelace died on Valentine's Day in 2006. In itself this delayed trial is amazing.

Joke Contest Results — State Slogans

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Marty Bernstein, Oak Park, Illinois. ** THIRD PLACE **. Tom Nee, Oak Lawn, Illinois. Our State Slogans theme was inspired by long-time subscriber and funny guy Sol Morrison, Santa Barbara, California. New Joke contests are annonced on the first of each month. Look for the next contest on October 1, 2014. Here are the top lines selected by our panel of judges (speakers and improv players). The Theme: State Slogans. ** FIRST PLACE **. California: All Shook Up.

No more erotic ads on Craigslist: Now the harder part begins

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

We all know by now that state attorneys general, led  by Illinois AG Lisa Madigan, helped end the era of so-called "erotic" ads on Craigslist.    Now comes the harder part: Determining what might be, well, erotic but allowable on the popular online site. For example, could this be a will-publish: "Jumping out of cakes for money.    Will dress to please." " Tags: Web/Tech

Joke Contest Results — Unlikely Endorsements

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50 Cent for Dollar Stores. Tom Nee, Oak Lawn, Illinois. ** SECOND PLACE ** (tie). Beyonce for Bed Bath & Beyonce. Sandy Kampner, Evergreen Park, Illinois. It’s time for contest results for the June contest: Unlikely Endorsements. New Joke Contests are announced at the start of the month (alternating months). . New Cartoon Caption Contests are announced at the start of the month (alternating months). The next Cartoon Caption Contest is July 1, 2012.

Cartoon Caption Contest Results

Humor Power

Perhaps you should have saved the 500 page novel you just finished writing before turning off the computer. Tom Nee, Oak Lawn, Illinois. ** SECOND PLACE **. There, feel better? Marty Bernstein, Oak Park, Illinois. ** THIRD PLACE **.

Pig Ears Threat: Beware these dog chews

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

    Produced by the  Keys Manufacturing Company of Paris, Illinois, this treat is being recalled.  Again there is a threat of contamination in pet food.    That big favorite of dogs - Pig Ears for Pet Treats - could contain salmonella. 

Joke Contest Results — Drugs You Can’t Live Without

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Sandy Kampner, Evergreen Park, Illinois. ** THIRD PLACE **. Tom Nee, Oak Lawn, Illinois. ** FOURTH PLACE **. Marty Bernstein, Oak Park, Illinois. Here are the results of our January Joke Contest. This month’s contest theme was suggested by long-time blog contributor, and funny guy, Gerald Fleischmann. The theme is Drugs You Can’t Live Without. Submissions create a fictional drug, and make up a description of the properties of that drug.

Joke Contest Results — Comedy Across the Globe

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Tom Nee, Oak Lawn, Illinois. ** SECOND PLACE **. Marty Bernstein, Oak Park, Illinois. ** THIRD PLACE **. It’s time for the results of our December Joke Contest. The theme is Comedy Across the Globe. It’s not factual. It’s just intended to be funny. Our entries were evaluated by a panel of 12 judges (speakers and improv players). Exercise your humor skills in next month’s contest which will be announced on January 1 , 2015. Past contests.

Excellent Events

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Chicago, Illinois. Invest In Yourself. – Have Fun. – Advance Your Career. – Expand Your Network. Here are some great professional development conventions I’d recommend: AATH’s 25th Annual Conference. Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor. April 19-22. Humor Project Conference. The Positive Power of Humor and Creativity. June 1-3. Silver Bay, New York. Alexander Technique Workshops. Move naturally with greater ease for impact and.

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Contest Results — Living on Mars

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Marty Bernstein, Oak Park, Illinois. ** SECOND PLACE **. Sandy Kampner, Evergreen Park, Illinois. ** THIRD PLACE **. It’s time to share our best lines from our June Joke Contest. The theme is “I Want To Live On Mars Because…” Our readers submitted their unusual reasons why they would want to live on Mars. Here are the results selected by our panel of six judges (speakers and improv players). Our next contest will be announced on July 1.

Courtroom v. Street

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Those coming of age in machine cities such as Jersey City, New Jersey or Chicago, Illinois, often only know how to survive via the underground. Pop culture couldn't keep putting out there content about the U.S. official legal system unless the subject was marketable. And that it is.

Contest Results: Official Book/Movie/Song

Humor Power

Marty Bernstein, Oak Park, Illinois. ** SECOND PLACE **. It’s time for the results of the Official State Book/Movie/Song contest. The top lines are listed below. New joke contests are announced on the first of the month. Our subscribers submitted the Official Books, Movies, and Songs for the different states. Not REAL ones. Just ones they came up with using their creativity. The next contest is November 1, 2014.

"The Good Wife" - Did Kalinda off Nick?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

A sad part of the plot line is that an innocent man in Minooka, Illinois gets convicted of a crime the Will's client Troy really committed.  Kalinda assures Alicia they have nothing to fear from Nick. 

Contest Results — Incompatible Careers

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Five old rich guys should not moonlight as the Rolling Stones. Tom Nee, Oak Lawn, Illinois. ** SECOND PLACE **. Sunshine should not moonlight. Marty Bernstein, Oak Park, Illinois. It’s time for the results of our October Joke Contest: Incompatible Careers. Our readers submitted moonlighting careers which would be a mis-match. . New Joke Contests are announced at the start of the month. The next contest will be announced on November 1.

Cartoon Caption Contest Results

Humor Power

First question: What color is your wife’s dress? Tom Nee, Oak Lawn, Illinois. ** SECOND PLACE **. And then we’ll remove the right side blinder and see if communication improves. Sandy Kampner, Evergreen Park, Illinois.

Joke Contest Results — Simple or Complex

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Sandy Kampner, Evergreen Park, Illinois. ** SECOND PLACE **. Marty Bernstein, Oak Park, Illinois. Here are the September Joke Contest results. The theme is to create book titles which feature very simple or very complex subjects. New joke contests are announced on the first of the month. Our next contest will be announced on October 1. Here are the top lines for this month’s contest selected by our panel of six judges (speakers and improv players). ** FIRST PLACE **.

exhibit: Americans who tell the truth

The Eloquent Woman

If you're in or near Geneva, Illinois, this month and next, you'll have a chance to see an art exhibits and events based on portraits from the book Americans Who Tell the Truth , a personal collection of favorites by Maine artist Robert Shetterly.

"The Good Wife" - Will gets off, for now

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  She is referring the case to the Illinois Bar Association.  It's obvious.    Alicia still cares about Will.    Maybe even in a romantic way.    As he went through his ordeal before the Grand Jury, she was there for him. 

Contest Results — New National Holidays

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Marty Bernstein, Oak Park, Illinois. ** SECOND PLACE **. Illinois voter day: April 7. It’s time for the best lines of our April Contest. The theme for the month is New National Holidays. New contests are announced on the first of the month. The next contest will be introduced in the May 1 newsletter. Here are the top lines for New National Holidays: ** FIRST PLACE **. National Fiction Day: Not a real holiday. National Procrastination Day: To be determined.

President Obama’s speech on health care

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“One man from Illinois lost his coverage in the middle of chemotherapy because his insurer found that he hadn’t reported gallstones that he didn’t even know about. I watched U.S. President Obama’s speech this morning, having taped it from last night. I took 16 pages of notes! It’s an example, in my opinion, of a great presentation — all without PowerPoint! To summarize, it was clear and passionate.

Cartoon Caption Contest Results

Humor Power

I have blue genes. Marty Bernstein, Oak Park, Illinois. ** SECOND PLACE **. You should see my tan lines. Tom Nee, Oak Lawn, Illinois. ** THIRD PLACE **. And I changed my name to Ava Tarr. Sandy Kampner, Evergreen Park, Illinois.

Rhetoric, oratory and Barack Obama's 'The Speech' (2004)

Max Atkinson

Published in June 2007, the summary at the top of David Bernstein's article says: When Barack Obama launched into his keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, he was still an obscure state senator from Illinois. About eighteen months ago, David Bernstein of the Chicago Magazine phoned me. They were, he said, preparing a major article on the keynote speech given at the 2004 Democratic Convention by Barack Obama.

This Week in History: Government

Joan Detz Speaker Services

1858 Abraham Lincoln agreed to the debate terms that were proposed by Stephen Douglas (senatorial campaign in Illinois). Events from July 27 through August 1 : 1779 Birthday (8/1, in Maryland) of Francis Scott Key, who wrote “The Star-Spangled Banner&#. 1789 Congress established the Department of Foreign Affairs (the State Department). 1790 The first U.S. patent was issued. 1790 The first U.S. census began.

This Week in History: Birthdays

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1899 Birthday of Ernest Hemingway … in Oak Park, Illinois. 1816 Birthday of Paul Reuter (father of the modern news service) … in Cassell, Germany. 1822 Birthday of Gregor Mendel (monk who pioneered the science of genetics) … in Silesia. 1865 Birthday of Charles Mayo (co-founder of the Mayo Clinic) … in Rochester, Minnesota. 1898 Birthday of sculptor Alexander Calder … in Philadelphia .

Joke Contest — Retirement Gifts

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Rush Limbaugh: A bucket of fried chicken — all right wings. Marty Bernstein, Oak Park, Illinois, USA. ** SECOND PLACE **. Our Joke Writing Contest theme last month was: Retirement Gifts. New Joke contests are announced mid-month. New Cartoon Caption Contests are announced on the first of the month. Here are the Retirement Gifts top lines: ** FIRST PLACE **.