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Obama “On Fire” in Iowa

DeFinis Communications

If you’re looking for an example of someone who knows how to create a fire in the belly of an audience, look no further than President Obama’s speech last Friday in Urbandale, Iowa. There, Obama launched The Road to Charlotte Tour with a rousing rebuttal to the GOP convention platform last week. There are numerous best practices to note in this speech, but the one I want to emphasize is the use of his overall energy.

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Iowa Caucuses: Battles won, Wars lost

The Presenter's Blog

Wednesday January 3rd will yield the first results in the form of the Iowa caucus. Presentation Content Presenting audience Bachmann base caucus election 2012 GOP Iowa Paul Romney SantorumHere come the caucuses, and I don’t mean the mountain range between Europe and Asia. This is the process by which the US Republican Party will choose the individual who faces-off against President Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential election.

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Bruce Springstein, The Boss, will campaign for Obama in Ohio, Iowa AP

TJ Walker Interactive

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Should There Be Day of Prayer for Sears (Katie and John) of Iowa?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

A lawyer in Iowa had a good thing going for her - at least financially.    Three weeks a month she - Katie Sears - would spend time working in a brothel in Nevada. Her job title was not chief legal officer. It was  prostitute.     Working that gig she pulled down about $55,000 every three weeks. In NV, prostitution is legal. Hers is among the better kinds of side hustles. Here are more details. Now, as the old saying goes, life may intervene.

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Political Debates: Post Iowa debate Republicans need to heed advice given to Nixon

Speak to Lead

Richard Nixon in 1967, a Washingtonian Magazine article in 1984, and an experience with political bloggers in 2009, all came into alignment as I was thinking back on last week's Iowa Republican Debate. Persuasion 2012 presidential race conservatives Iowa Republican debate Lou Hampton Nixon persuasion political debates

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Iowa - Drudge Report Brings Back Flashing Blue LIght

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

So, it's no surprise that with Iowa so near, the Drudge Report has brought back its once-standard flashing blue light. Campaign 2016 has become the story of the year. We early adopters of reading news on the Internet vividly remember that light flashing. Among the news items that the light hovers over is the headline that Hillary Clinton is at 45 and Bernie Sanders at 42 in the polls. God bless America. May the best leader move into the White House in January 2017. Politics

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Kayla - Hillary, Bernie, Donald, Ted, Et Al. All Cozy Together In Iowa

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Hail, hail the gang will likely still all be there in Iowa. At least a day after they find out where they stand in the presidential race, at least according to the folks in Iowa. Kayla is supposed to hit this evening. So, planes could be stuck in place. Perhaps Hillary, Bernie, Donald, Ted, et al. will get to know each other better. Acts of Mother Nature can draw people together. Current Affairs Games Personal Musings Politics

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Public Speaking - Clintons Do Un-Christie in Iowa

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

At the Senator Tom Harkin Steak Fry Sunday in Iowa, they held their own in their speeches. Hillary and Bill Clinton are all grown up - in terms of public speaking. But they didn't overshadow the Senator. This must have required extensive restraint for Bill, the Great Speechifer. Also, they demonstrated that they could operate as a team. Bill won't be an obstacle this time around, if there is to be another run for the presidency by his wife. 

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Iowa Caucus: Mitt Romney Wins Squeaker Over Rick Santorum. Mike Bako on Headline News

TJ Walker Interactive

Romney came out on top after running in a tie with Santorum at 25 percent of the vote for much of the night, winning the Iowa [.]. Mike Bako on Headline News: It came down to a razor-slim margin of votes Tuesday night (January 3) between former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and former Senator Rick Santorum. Analysis Crisis Communications Government & Politics News Press Room Video headline news mike bako Mitt Romney Ron Paul

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Big 10 QB Kirk Cousins – The Heisman Speech

Matt Eventoff

There are many reasons why Michigan State Quarterback Kirk Cousins has a bright future – and his public speaking skill is one of them. Cousins delivered a Heisman-esque speech last week while addressing the annual Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon. Cousins’ speech exemplified all that is right with college sports, and is a much needed contrast to the barrage of stories that are not so positive. .

9-Line Headline about Iowa - Drudge Report Returns to (first-love) Politics

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  The Drudge Report greets readers this morning with a 9-line headline about Iowa. Matt Drudge knows a good story. And,  the  story has switched back to U.S. politics. That's away from the coronavirus and the world economy.  Given that the digital tabloid has its roots in extreme conservatism, it's no surprise that the links highlight the Dems' disarray.    There are many reasons why politics has regained status as the center of buzz.

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Big 10 QB Kirk Cousins – The Heisman Speech

Matt Eventoff

There are many reasons why Michigan State Quarterback Kirk Cousins has a bright future – and his public speaking skill is one of them. Cousins delivered a Heisman-esque speech last week while addressing the annual Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon. Cousins’ speech exemplified all that is right with college sports, and is a much needed contrast to the barrage of stories that are not so positive. .

Mike Pence in Iowa - The Crowd Is Fickle

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

vice president Mike Pence's attempt at a loyalty hack in Iowa. The conservative Drudge Report headlines with U.S. Since Matt Drudge has down cold the dynamics of Midwest conservatism, we can consider credible the media coverage he curates on this. On the one hand, there is still about a 85% approval of U.S. president Donald Trump. But the Trump Administration seems to also have had a course in high school or college on the history plays of William Shakespeare.

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Happy New Year! What are your goals for 2015?

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It highlights photos I’ve taken during all 4 seasons, from New York, to Florida, to Iowa and Nebraska. Here’s my New Year’s card to you. I hope you enjoy it! I have big plans for 2015 — a weekly 15-minute webinar series, a new/old e-book, and more. How about you? Leave a comment! https://s3.amazonaws.com/ellenfinkelstein.com/new+year+2015-4+seasons.mp4. Did you find this post useful?

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During the Break - WGN news anchors entertain

Speak to Lead

But, to quote Hillary Clinton in Iowa, "Im Baa-aack!" I''ve taken a long break from posting - 11 months. So, before I get to insights from my hiatus, here is a chance to see two WGN anchors during their two. Television Hillary Clinton Lou Hampton Speak to Lead tv anchors WGN

Rick Santorum: He's a contender

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It doesn't matter, at least not at this stage of the game, who finishes first in Iowa.    And this showing in Iowa will also encourage a lot more influential Republicans to support him.   What we do know is that Rick Santorum is a contender.    Did Rupert Murdoch's tweet help him?    Probably.  Branding careers Current Affairs Politics

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During the Break - WGN news anchors entertain

Speak to Lead

But, to quote Hillary Clinton in Iowa, "Im Baa-aack!" I've taken a long break from posting - 11 months. So, before I get to insights from my hiatus, here is a chance to see two WGN anchors during their two. Television Hillary Clinton Lou Hampton Speak to Lead tv anchors WGN

During the Break - WGN news anchors entertain

Speak to Lead

But, to quote Hillary Clinton in Iowa, "Im Baa-aack!" I've taken a long break from posting - 11 months. So, before I get to insights from my hiatus, here is a chance to see two WGN anchors during their two. Television Hillary Clinton Lou Hampton Speak to Lead tv anchors WGN

A conversation with Bob Lehrman

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he studied with Kurt Vonnegut and Richard Yates. On Thursday September 1, members of the Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable hosted a conference call with with renowned author, speechwriter and professor Bob Lehrman. Robert A.

Mitt Romney Set For More Battles In New Hampshire: Mike Bako on Headline News

TJ Walker Interactive

Mike Bako appears on Headline News to discuss the upcoming battle Mitt Romney will have in New Hampshire after his win in the Iowa caucuses. Analysis Body Language celebrities Communications Government & Politics Media media relations News Politics Video headline news mike bako Mitt Romney Ron Paul

Ron Paul Twitter Post backfires

Dahle Communication

This is probably what Ron Paul is thinking this morning after the following was posted on his twitter account : @JonHuntsman we found your one Iowa voter, he's in Linn precinct 5 you might want to call him and say thanks. Ever had that one idea. It's a great idea. Almost epic! Of course, the next morning you wake up and think - wow, that was a really, really bad idea - next time, probably not going to challenge the bikers at the biker bar to a fight.

Public Speaking In A Digital Age: It Can Still Do You In, As It Did Sarah Palin

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"Her [Sarah Palin] address [at the 2015 Iowa Freedom Summit] was a 34-1/2 minute roller coaster ride of cliches, non sequiturs and warmed-over grievances."  And, it seems to be her speech at the recent 2015 Iowa Freedom Summit which is doing her in. "  - Karen Tumulty, "Sarah Palin and her onetime fans on the right: It's so over," in The Washington Post, January 28, 2015. Here is the article. This is a digital era.

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Ron Paul Twitter Post backfires

Dahle Communication

This is probably what Ron Paul is thinking this morning after the following was posted on his twitter account : @JonHuntsman we found your one Iowa voter, he's in Linn precinct 5 you might want to call him and say thanks. Ever had that one idea. It's a great idea. Almost epic! Of course, the next morning you wake up and think - wow, that was a really, really bad idea - next time, probably not going to challenge the bikers at the biker bar to a fight.

Before giving a presentation try to get an idea of what they want

Dahle Communication

When they are in Iowa, they will talk about Ethanol subsidies and Farm subsidies. Next week I am going to be giving a presentation to Sioux Falls Up & Coming - a group of young professionals that meet weekly to "pursue common goals and inspire great change."

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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.

Why Internet marketing is green

PowerPoint Tips

Locally (Fairfield, Iowa), I help people with Internet marketing. Along with two colleagues, I recently held a free “Marketing Makeover Session&# during which we went over the basic structures: blog/website. Facebook. Twitter. YouTube. LinkedIn. social commenting and bookmarking. email marketing. all guided by SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and SMO (Social Media Optimization).

Chris Christie - Without His Signature Brashness Can He Work A Room?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"The new Chris Christie [in Iowa] was serious, earnest, calmly gesturing as he spoke - hoping to reach the kind of moderate, business-friendly Republican voters he will need if he is to compete in Iowa and eventually take the GOP presidential nomination."

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A Teacher, Blackface at Halloween Party, Now the School District Investigates

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In Iowa, the Davenport School District is investigating a first-grade teacher who wore blackface at a Halloween party. Megyn Kelly isn't the only one who has been oblivious to how offensive - and hurtful - blackface can be.

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Puritanism Disrupted - Lawyer Katherine Spears Is Activist for Making Sex Work a Right (while employed in NV brothel 3 weeks a month)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Iowa lawyer Katherine Sears has made it a cause to disrupt conventional notions of what being a sex worker is all about. America's Puritan roots go deep. Prostitution, despite being legal in Nevada, continues to be a taboo subject - and not a respected way to earn a living. However, when all the moving parts are operating smoothly and on the right side of the law box, the profession can be lucrative. 

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Megawatt Branding Dimmed - The Jersey City Miracle

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

His mother Katrina Moore claims he will never be able to play football again at Iowa Western Community College.  Old-line Jersey City, New Jersey became The New Brooklyn. It went from a decaying joke to gentrified. The brand aura has been megawatt. A studio apartment downtown lists at $2,325 a month. For much of that, the businesses in Jersey City have to thank The Mayor From Wall Street Steve Fulop. And because he helped rebuild the city, new businesses did come.

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Rick Santorum + Rupert Murdoch: Will this take candidate all the way to the White House

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  We will know a lot more after the people of Iowa vote. Jejaphtog - Dreamstime.com. Can the road to the White House be navigated through tweets?    Maybe if the author of the tweets is an influential like Rupert Murdoch.    Here is Murdoch's tweet regarding Rick Santorum as a leader with vision.  Tweets are the perfect vehicle for communicating via mobile.    They are short form which can be taken in while people are on the go.

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Don't Undermine Yourself

Green Room Speakers

Listen to how Michelle Bachmann responds to her introduction at the opening Iowa Caucus Night Speech: Brad gives her a rousing introduction which he ends by saying that Bachmann: ".pound pound for pound is the toughest person in Washington, DC." Bachmann proceeds to take all the energy out of his words when she says: "I was introduced in all 99 counties counties with that same phrase, "pound for pound."

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Carly Fiorina Brand = Harry Truman Plain Speaking

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

She was the Wow in Iowa. "[Carly] Fiorina said, 'I come from a world where titles are just titles, and talk is just talk. It's only in politics where titles and words mean a lot. In the rest of the world, it's actually about what have you done, actions speak louder than words." " - Jan Hanchett, Breitbart, May 27, 2015. Here is the article.

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Christie, Now Santorum: Birth of blue-collar meme

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  No surprise, Santorum, son of an Italian immigrant coal miner, is surging in the polls about Iowa. Let's hope Santorum does as well in Iowa as it appears he will. Beaten-down by the economy and starved for reality, we are embracing Blue Collar values, body language, and its plain-speaking.    Not all the way to Archie Bunker but not far. Why

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Mainstream Media: Volatility Continues

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Mediabistro.com reports  that Readers Digest replaced president Eva Dillon with Lisa Starples and in Iowa, Meredith laid off 20.  Mainstream media, not the secure place to be.    Volatility continues.    Yet young people keep signing on as interns at mainstream media.    Some will get lucky.    But most will wind up with serial internships and no paid job at the end of their youth.

Hillary Clinton's Kickoff Speech = Good Performance Art, Lousy On Specifics

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

How Iowa treats Clinton will tell us a lot about how her campaign is going, post-kickoff speech. For once, Hillary Clinton put on a good show. She did not look haggard. The light blue of her pantsuit was her color. There was energy in her delivery. That included her body language. She even managed a good one-liner: She would be the youngest woman president in the U.S. But a Freshman Comp instructor would have given her a lousy grade on the speech in general.

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Tips from my first professional Pecha Kucha

PowerPoint Tips

You can read more about the Fairfield, Iowa pecha kucha group and about the International organization here. What’s that? Pecha Kucha is a presentation format that gives you 20 slides that display for 20 seconds each. So the entire presentation is 6 minutes and 40 seconds. You have no control over the timing; it is all set up automatically in advance. I explain more about pecha kucha and how to set it up here.

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The Perils of Time Travel

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In The Wall Street Journal , Clare Ansberry features Sorority Sisters (Gamma Phi Beta) from Iowa State College's Class of 1956. Through newsy but intimate letters they have continued sharing their lives. That closeness may be enviable in this era when loneliness is at epidemic rates.    But, lots has changed since 1956. So much continues to change. That includes expectations about what constitutes a "friend."

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The Speechwriting Secrets of Jon Favreau

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

The payoff of this story-centered approach was illustrated in the November 2007 Iowa Jefferson-Jackson Dinner primary debate when the opposing Clinton campaign delivered the forgettable tagline Turn up the heat, turn America around. There’s only 24 hours in a day, which is why President Obama, despite being an accomplished writer and orator, needs help with his speeches.

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Mystery: Can Sarah Palin manage this tactic

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

    The news has been all about her in Iowa and, you bet, she is there.  The ability to create mystery is a key public relations tactic.    Its effectiveness gets demonstrated over and over again by how Steve Jobs uses it to position the release of new Apple products.    The trick with mystery is that it requires brilliant handling.    Jobs clearly can oversee that at Apple. 

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Mitt Romney: Now he has to be thinking seriously about pulling Chris Christie in Campaign 2012

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In Iowa, Rick Santorum did well enough not to embarrass his Twitter champion Rupert Murdoch.    But polls about the next stop - New Hampshire - show that Mitt Romney is way ahead of him. It's time for Romney to become pro-active.    At the top of the list is to pull plain-speaking popular Chris Christie into Campaign 2012.    There should be explicit hints about Christie being the vice president on the ticket. 

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Getting Your Audience to Love You

Speak and Deliver

I don't understand it, I can't dance to it, and I'm from Iowa, so that's three strikes against it from the get go. I hate rap. Always have. But I know a great performance when I see one, and Astro gave us one on the first live edition of X-Factor USA last night. Three things stuck out to me as he 'Talked.with Style' in front of millions: 1. Enthusiasm! Do you love your message as much as Astro loved his? Customization.

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