Post-Oz - Did Dorothy Find Kansas No Longer Her Idea of "Home"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

" Only, it's possible that after hanging out in Oz, with all those wonderfully wounded characters like The Lion, Dorothy couldn't feel at home in plain-vanilla Kansas. Dorothy clicked her ruby teds, chanting, "There's no place like home."

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Truman Capote Probably Manipulated Kansas Lawman Alvin Dewey, Jr. - So?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In THE WALL STREET JOURNAL , Kevin Helliker reports that there is evidence turning up indicating that Capote might have cast a spell on Kansas lawman Alvin Dewey, Jr. In some enlightened groups, writers are viewed as poison. 

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Kiddie Porn in Kansas Roman Catholic Diocese: Memories of Catholic Girlhood in Jersey City

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  More recently, out in the staid midwest, the Kansas City Catholic Diocese and its bishop Robert Finn have been charged, reports BLOOMBERG LAW , with not reporting their suspicions that a priest was producing kiddie porn, using children from the parish.

How to Speak & Deliver in 2016

Speak and Deliver

I've been OUT there speaking and delivering - at conferences is New Mexico, Oklahoma and Kansas City. Great Caesar's Ghost! Has it really been since September 7th, 2015? Has Speak & Deliver been left dormant for 4 long months? Indeed, it appears so.

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Breaking News On House Offer to Obama

TJ Walker Interactive

Analysis of a Speech by Janine Shepherd

Manner of Speaking

Recently, Janine told her story at a TEDx event in Kansas. Janine Shepherd is one of those people whose picture should appear beneath the definition of “remarkable” in the dictionary. I chose one of Janine’s quotes as the 100th quote for public speakers , and you can read a short summary of her incredible life there. It was moving and motivating. The video of her TED Talk is below. I encourage you to watch it and be inspired.

Famous Speech Friday: Debi Jackson on her transgender child

The Eloquent Woman

In Kansas City in May, Debi Jackson''s turn at the microphone captured listeners all over the world as she described her 6-year-old transgender daughter''s transition from boy to girl at age four.

What America Reads…

Matt Eventoff

28 – The Kansas City Star 234,667 333,006. 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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D.C. Is About Power, Not Policy

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The two master players in the Senate in humiliating McConnell and Trump are GOPers Mike Lee of Utah and Jerry Moran of Kansas

Speak & Deliver Day of Reckoning, 2013

Speak and Deliver

I then categorized a few sub-goals: Speaking Sub-Goals Reach as many people with my Win Anyway message as possible RESULT: I gave this keynote roughly 15 times in my travels to Kansas City, Honolulu, and Toronto, as well as a time or two here in Denver.

How to turn a “no” into a “yes” … or at least a “maybe”

Joan Detz Speaker Services

I’ve been asked to do a program on “persuasion&# at the annual NRECA conference in Kansas City, MO, in May. I’ll also be teaching an advanced-level speechwriting workshop. To learn more, visit: https://touchstoneenergy.cooperative.com/public/programs/ConnectConference2010/. (I I spoke at last year’s NRECA conference and was impressed by their excellent agenda. NRECA offers a truly worthwhile learning experience for any attendee

New Joke Contest — State Slogans

Humor Power

Here are three examples: Kansas: Not in OZ Anymore. The theme for this month’s contest is STATE SLOGANS. Thanks to Sol Morrison, Santa Barbara, for suggesting this theme. Many states have slogans, such as New Hampshire’s “Live Free or Die.” ” Your challenge is to create a State Slogan that is not real, but funny. Wisconsin: Chez Cheese. North Dakota: The Snow Me State. Challenge yourself to write a dozen lines. Maybe more.

"Mad Men" - On The Road To Salvation

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Pete saves his soul and his family life by taking a job in Kansas. Bye-bye the self-absorption of Gotham. Betty had saved herself by earning Don's respect. But that was short-lived since she finds out she is dying of cancer.

If you write or speak about energy …

Joan Detz Speaker Services

Consider attending the NRECA conference in Kansas City, MO … May 10-13. (No, No, you don’t have to be a member of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association to attend.).

Politics and Debate Performance: What to do in a crowded field

DeFinis Communications

If this is the Emerald City, then please lead me back to the Yellow Brick Road so I can get back to Kansas! What do you do when you are one of twelve panel members given just one minute to answer questions in an hour and a half political debate? Which sound bites do you perfect? How do you deliver with just the right amount of information so when you do get the spotlight you perform well?

"Mad Men" - Maybe There Isn't More To Life Than Work

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Pete and Trudy fly off to Kansas, where we know they will make it big socially. We have a hunch that Don Draper finds that he is his work. And that's okay with him. He might have produced the most brilliant part of it.

Today’s Slang: Words Without Definition?

DeFinis Communications

For instance, surfer-speak like, “stoked” or “gnarly,” can now be heard regularly in land locked areas like Kansas and New Mexico. . . In August, I wrote a blog about hippie-era slang that coincided with the 40 th anniversary of Woodstock. I explained how speech has always been a principle medium for cultures to define and differentiate themselves.

Persuasion 101

Joan Detz Speaker Services

I just returned from speaking at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association conference in Kansas City. In addition to teaching a speechwriting workshop, I also taught a session on persuasion skills ( How To Turn A ‘No’ Into A ‘Yes’ … Or At Least A ‘Maybe’ ). A question that kept popping up: “How can I make my speaker more likable?&# My advice: . Pay more attention to the audience.

They Wait For Us: Satisfaction of being Dog Lady/Cat Lady

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Kat Quigley is  Dog Lady in Kansas.    She does what she can to provide a better life to dogs which deserve better.    Only those who go this road less traveled understand the deep satisfaction Quigley derives. For 15 years I have been Cat Lady around Connecticut.    My current mission was thrust upon me.    When residents of the 1400 unit complex I reside in die, the dogs are usually taken in by relatives or brought to a shelter. 

This Week in History: Birthdays

Joan Detz Speaker Services

1898 Birthday of aviator Amelia Earhart … in Atchison, Kansas. 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 .

Saying the Unexpected

Humor Power

Who would have thought that a farm girl from Kansas would be the hit of the roast? The guest of honor at a roast opens with: “There are nights which turn out magical. This was not one of those nights.” ” The audience is expecting to hear: “This WAS one of those nights.” ” By saying the opposite, he uses the trigger of surprise. The line is a sure laugh and most people will realize that it’s said in jest.

Saying the Unexpected

Humor Power

Who would have thought that a farm girl from Kansas would be the hit of the roast? The guest of honor at a roast opens with: “There are nights which turn out magical. This was not one of those nights.” ” The audience is expecting to hear: “This WAS one of those nights.” ” By saying the opposite, he uses the trigger of surprise. The line is a sure laugh and most people will realize that it’s said in jest.

Joke Contest Results — Comedy Across the Globe

Humor Power

Kansas Comedy: Rest-stop comedians tell jokes to keep drivers awake. 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. Here are the top lines for this month. ** FIRST PLACE **.

Speechwriting seminar: Master level lesson … from Defense Secretary Gates

Joan Detz Speaker Services

Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum in Abilene, Kansas. To those of you who have attended my annual master-level speechwriting seminar: Remember how I emphasized the importance of where and when a speech is given? Consider this excellent example from Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates: In a blunt speech given on Saturday, May 8, Defense Secretary Gates challenged some of the Pentagon’s spending practices. . Where did Gates choose to give his speech? At the Dwight D.

This Week in History: Politicians, Warriors, and Pioneers

Joan Detz Speaker Services

Roosevelt beat Kansas Governor Alfred Landon … winning in all but two of the states. 1734 Birthday of Daniel Boone (near Reading, PA). [A A bit of trivia: Did you know that Daniel Boone used a tuliptree to build his 60-foot canoe? If you’ve never seen a liriodendron tulipifera , I encourage you to visit an arboretum to see one … it will bring history to life.

Observational Humor — Case Study #119

Humor Power

If you drove to the meeting tonight…your car is now in Kansas. (We The first thought I had was “You’re not in Kansas anymore.” More Observational Humor from an excellent meeting. We’ll look at the humor, starting with the set-ups, the jokes, and a brief examination of what made the jokes funny. THE SET-UP (What was said and what happened during the meeting before the monologue was delivered.).

Observational Humor — Case Study #117

Humor Power

If you drove to the meeting tonight…your car is now in Kansas. (We thought I had was “You’re not in Kansas anymore.” We had another excellent meeting. Two guests. Four speakers preparing for their Area Contests. We’ll look at Observational Humor, starting with the set-ups, the jokes, and a brief examination of what made the jokes funny. THE SET - UP (What was said and what happened during the meeting before the monologue was delivered.).

What’s the New Normal in Speaking?

Speaker Launcher

While traveling to Kansas City this past week, I noticed a new normal in air travel. We pay extra for checked bags, we pay extra for carry on, we pay extra for aisle seats, we pay extra for snacks.

Joke Contest Results — Name That Drink

Humor Power

It’s time for the results of our December Joke Contest: Name That Drink. Here are the top lines for for the contest. New Joke Contests are announced on the first of each month. The next contest will open on January 1, 2014. Set a resolution to improve your humor by entering the contest every month. ** FIRST PLACE **. The Charlton Heston: Served with the Ten Condiments. Tom Nee, Oak Park, Illinois. ** SECOND PLACE **.

need a candidate for a good opening line?

The Eloquent Woman

Some examples from the story: - Kansas Republican Senator Sam Brownback's introduction aimed for a joke that, well, misfired: "I hope there are no fires breaking out anywhere across the country with all you guys here."

Public speaking vs. death

Speak Schmeak

She is a former comic actress, a Past President of the National Speakers Association Kansas City Chapter, and a certified facilitator of SPEAKING CIRCLES®,a revolutionary new approach for building speaking skill and confidence. Happy Monday!

TV Debate Claptrap: a warning to those cooking up rules for the leaders' election debates

Max Atkinson

In the Kansas City debate, a technically simpler contrast also brought applause for Mondale: a) Mr. President, I accept your commitment to peace, b) but I want you to accept my commitment to a strong national defense.

Ronald Reagan's moving tribute on the 40th anniversary of D Day

Max Atkinson

in Kansas they were kneeling on their porches and praying, and in Philadelphia they were ringing the Liberty Bell. Iain Dale surely speaks for many of us in not being very pleased about the Queen's non-attendance at the Normandy commemorations. To see how impressively D Day can be commemorated, have a look at Ronald Reagan's address to veterans on the 40th anniversary of the D Day landings.

Joke Contest Results — Reality TV

Humor Power

Here are the results of our April contest– Reality TV Shows We Don’t Want to See. The winners were selected by our panel of seven judges (speakers and improv players). New Joke Contests are announced on the first of the month (alternating months). New Cartoon Caption Contests are announced on the first of the month (alternating months). The next caption contest is May 1, 2012. . Here are this month’s top lines: ** FIRST PLACE **.

Important stories I am following now

TJ Walker Interactive

Broadcasting Giant Under Fire After Pulling Ads For Abortion Clinic Radio broadcasting giant Clear Channel is under fire after pulling ads for a Wichita, Kansas abortion clinic. George H.W. Bush: Shaving head was ‘right thing to do’ Former President George H. Bush made headlines earlier this week when he shaved his head in support of a little boy battling leukemia. 50min. . Things Fell Apart It’s not 1986 anymore. 32min. .

Michigan: Women's words as fuel

The Eloquent Woman

She gave more than 300 speeches in one four-month period in Kansas, and even though the suffrage amendment failed there, leaders of the movement considered her work a great success.

Answers Are Everywhere

Communication Steroids

“Years ago when I was a district manager for Payless Shoes in Kansas, my boss told me to take a ‘facilitation skills’ workshop.

I've Been Out.Speaking and Delivering

Speak and Deliver

Louis, Kansas City, Phoenix, Flagstaff, and Tucson.

Scott McKain "Seven Biggest Lies in Business" this is #3 Management

Fripp THE Executive Speech Coach

That is, until you realize that Dr. Brockelman's company - competing for top talent against the GE's and Microsoft's of the world - is the Farm Credit Bank of Wichita, Kansas. Biggest Lies in Business : #3. Time for the third in our series of the "Seven Biggest Lies in Business" - our ongoing series here in the UCE-zine -- moving you to enhance and alter your perceptions of what is true.and what isn't.in today's dynamically changing business world.

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

Speaking Of...

a publicly-traded, for-profit online charter school company, has flooded the Kansas airwaves with advertising this summer and into fall.