Mine That Bird, Calvin Borel and What the Kentucky Derby Can Teach Us about Public Speaking

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I’m a horse racing fan and especially love the Kentucky Derby. But at last Saturday’s Kentucky Derby I found myself fixated on jockey, Calvin Borel. . Tags: Confidence Building Speaking Tips Calvin Borel Horse Kentucky Derby Physical Presence Strategy

Lessons about Stage Fright from the Kentucky Derby Announcer

Green Room Speakers

This year, Tom Durkin, who has called the Kentucky Derby and the Triple Crown horse races on network TV has decided not to renew his contract on NBC Sports. The interviewer then brings up the 2009 Kentucky Derby, where a horse comes out of nowhere and wins. performance anxiety NPR Kentucky Derby Tom Durkin All Things Considered

Roger Ailes Tried to Convince Petraeus to Run for President…Rupert Murdoch Would “Bankroll” It

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The Rhetorical Genius of Muhammad Ali

Manner of Speaking

Born Cassius Marcellus Clay in Louisville, Kentucky. The world has lost a legend. A boxing legend, a sporting legend, a human legend. Muhammad Ali has passed away at the age of 74. Ali gained worldwide attention in 1960 when, at the age … Continue reading → Rhetoric Antimetabole Asyndeton metaphor Muhammad Ali Polysyndeton public speaking rhetoric

The Rhetorical Genius of Muhammad Ali

Manner of Speaking

Born Cassius Marcellus Clay in Louisville, Kentucky. The world has lost a legend. A boxing legend, a sporting legend, a human legend. Muhammad Ali has passed away at the age of 74. Ali gained worldwide attention in 1960 when, at the age … Continue reading → Rhetoric Antimetabole Asyndeton metaphor Muhammad Ali Polysyndeton public speaking rhetoric

To Make America Great Again Comes Jason Miller

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Matt Bevin in Kentucky and the comeback run for Congress of former Gov. "Donald Trump's presidential bid has tapped political ad maven Jason Miller as communications director. His campaign experience includes successful bids for Gov.

Suicide Prevention - Connecting the Dots in Different Ways

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Sensational was the phenomenon of the cluster suicides of middle aged lawyers in Kentucky. Last August 27th, the body of Bruce Wickersham was discovered in southern Massachusetts. Recently, reports Meghan Tribe at Law.com , his death, at age 54, was ruled a suicide.

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New York City's Silent Killer

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Could that early conditioning help explain phenomenon such as the more than a dozen lawyers in Kentucky who committed suicide since 2010?

Amber Siyavus, et al. - Seeming "Cluster Suicides" in Perry Township, OH

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In Kentucky , during a period of about three years, at least a dozen trial lawyers killed themselves. Five teens have recently taken their own lives in Perry Township, Ohio. The location is essentially a small Midwestern town.

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Contest Results: Official Book/Movie/Song

Humor Power

Kentucky: The Horse Whisperer. 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. Here are the top lines from this month’s contest. ** FIRST PLACE **. OFFICIAL STATE BOOK.

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Speaking with Your Customers-Case in Point

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On a rare sick day this weekend I had some screen time and stumbled across this video segment that caught my attention: [link] Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack met people (his customers) from Kentucky who have directly benefited from stimulus funding, and talked to them about their programs and life situations. I learned that Kentucky has a higher unemployment rate than the national average, which is why financial support is so important now.

Jobs - The Goofy Effect

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Did the dozen or so middle aged trial lawyers in Kentucky who offed themselves question the meaning of their life's work? Members of the JD Class of 2018 hired in by law firm Milbank and the other laws firms which followed that $190k bump initiative may feel they have been blessed.

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Whistle-Blowing - Elite & Street

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The one expert who responded to Rubino has been University of Kentucky law professor, Richard Underwood. Let's cut to the chase. On Reddit, the 1L at the University of Virginia Law School alleges that a classmate has a Sugar Daddy who is a married lawyer.

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Careers - Job Number-One Is Staying Alive

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In Kentucky, for example, there was a cluster of lawyer suicides. Another tragedy has occurred in the legal sector. The bell tolls for all of us. A native of India and a partner at Davis Polk, Kirtee Kapoor was killed by a train in San Mateo, California.

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FUN! When It Pulls Revelers toward Death

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

On Memorial Day in 1997, 165 died in the Beverley Hills Supper Club in Southgate, Kentucky. On February 20, 2003, about 11 P.M., the Great White concert pyrotechnics ignited flammable foam used to soundproofing. The setting was the crowded Station nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island.

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Simplification: Making Not Killing Yourself Your Goal

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

We recall the cluster of more than a dozen suicides in Kentucky among middle-aged trial lawyers. Six years ago, before preventing suicide became the national meme , I coached a lawyer who had two strikes against him. He was middle-aged since he had entered law school as a second career. The rate of suicide goes up as men age. Secondly, he had been knocked out of the partner box as an eight-year associate. That meant he went from $300k to zero, given that he was unable to work. 

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Joke Contest Results — State Slogans

Humor Power

Kentucky: Southern Comfort. 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. Terry Wall, Washington Township, New Jersey. ** SECOND PLACE **. Washington: Like rain?

Professions with High Suicide Rates - Ervin Gonzalez

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Some recall the cluster suicides of middle aged lawyers in Kentucky. Respected member of the Miami, Florida legal community, Ervin Gonzalez , 57, is dead. That death is being investigated as a suicide.

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Suicide: Epidemic among KY lawyers

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The Kentucky Bar Association is shaken to the core.    Since 2010, there has been an epidemic of suicide among middle-aged male trial lawyers.    Of course, there's a search for the reason why.    Since none of them has come and explained himself, that's pure speculation.

A Society Estranged from Psychotherapy - Deadly Outcomes

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In Kentucky , there had been a cluster of about a dozen suicides among trial lawyers in a short period of time. Research documents that, yes, psychotherapy can be effective for some conditions. Among them is clinical depression.

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Kenneth Freeling's Suicide Leaves Us with 2 Questions

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

A few years ago there was even the cluster phenomenon of suicides among Kentucky lawyers. Two issues grab us by the throat when we find out that Kenneth Freeling has committed suicide. He leaped from his Manhattan apartment building.

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Joke Contest Results — Comedy Across the Globe

Humor Power

Kentucky Comedy: The jokes get funnier with each shot of bourbon. 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 **.

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Xanax: Public Relations can run contest on rebranding pain as +

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  This time it's Xanax and it made itself into the influential THE NEW YORK TIMES because a clinic in Louisville, Kentucky shut down prescribing it. No new story in America, an anti-anxiety medication has been fingered for abuse by users. 

Interview: Phillip Van Hooser - President, National Speakers Association

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

That didn't happen, but he did became enamored with natural orators: the preachers, teachers and politicians of his Kentucky childhood. “We must always remember that the act of speaking professionally is only a part of our individual journeys. It is not a destination.&#.

Public Speaking - Lost In Translation Humor

Great Public Speaking

Also in Chinese, the Kentucky Fried Chicken slogan "finger-lickin' good" came out as "eat your fingers off." Scandinavian vacuum manufacturer Electrolux used the following in an American ad campaign: "Nothing sucks like an Electrolux." The name Coca-Cola in China was first rendered as Ke-kou-ke-la.

March Madness and the World Championship of Public Speaking

Speak and Deliver

I just finished sweeping my Area Contest last Friday night, both Table Topics and International Speech, as I make yet another run at a third District Trophy in Topics, and hopefully, finally, a 1st place trophy at the World Championship of Public Speaking (WCPS).

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Important Stories I’m Following Now

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Christie: Paul should ‘start cutting pork barrel spending he brings to Kentucky’ – The Hill’s Blog Briefing Room. Christie: Paul should ‘start cutting pork barrel spending he brings to Kentucky’ – The Hill’s Blog Briefing Room New Jersey Gov. Maybe he should start cutting the pork barrel spending he brings home to Kentucky,” Christie said at a press conference announcing monetary grants for homeowners affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Great Public Speaking: Places

Great Public Speaking

Besides cities and roads, you have at your disposal an unlimited number of funny names related to restaurants, hotels and stores like Pigly Wiggly, Kangaroo Katies, Motel 6, The Colonels Kentucky Fried Chicken, and K Mart. Some places are simply funnier than others. Cleveland is funny. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, is funny. I live just off Goodluck Road. That's funny. My computer consultant used to live on Easy Street in Temple Hills, Maryland. That's funny.

Interview: Phillip Van Hooser - President, National Speakers Association

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

That didn't happen, but he did became enamored with natural orators: the preachers, teachers and politicians of his Kentucky childhood. “We must always remember that the act of speaking professionally is only a part of our individual journeys. It is not a destination.&#.

Cartoon Caption Contest Results

Humor Power

It’s time for the top captions in our May Cartoon Caption Contest featuring the artwork of Dan Rosandich. For the first time, our top three captions all came from the same state! New Cartoon Caption Contests are announced at the start of the month (alternating months).

Important stories I am following now

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Three Steps To A Joke

Humor Power

is tricked into thinking that the answer couldn’t be the obvious one, but must certainly be a clever or tricky one (such as, to avoid walking by Kentucky Fried Chicken). Here’s a methodical way of creating a joke. It’s a three-step process. Even if you never formally use this process, understanding it will give you insight into the inner-workings of a joke. 1. The Connection. 2. The Conceal. 3. The Reveal. The Connection.

Pennsylvania Education Policy Roundup for September 13, 2013: Forbes: Charter School Gravy Train Runs Express To Fat City (using “other people’s money”)

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They’re not going to be drilling for it in Kentucky.”

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