Glut Glut Everywhere - In Long Beach, CA, Going Price for Blog $5.50

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Glut makes the marketplace goofy. Here on Craigslist is a verbose help-wanted ad offering $5.50 for a blog. The most goofy part of all is that the poster seems to expect plenty for peanuts.    Takeaway: If you are in a glutted niche, figure out how you can leverage your skills and contacts to pivot to more marketable territory. Here is my book, free to download, on that journey out of professional hell. Communications Strategy/Services and Career Coaching.

Goodbye, OC Weekly - And, Jobs of All Employees

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Launched in 1995, this publication had a circulation of about 45,000 in Orange County and Long Beach. Maybe the timing was the cruelest cut of all. Yesterday, the day before America celebrates its blessings, owner of OC Weekly Duncan McIntosh informed employees he was shutting down the print publication. All 19 were immediately laid off. And, of course, they land on the street when the glut grows of editorial types and those associated with the newspaper industry.

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TED Talk: Mastery & the Passion Imperative

Presentation Zen

His answer was BLACK , a former salaryman and engineer turned professional yo-yo performance artist whose talent was impressive enough to pass the auditions for Cirque du Soleil, and got him an invitation to perform and tell his story at TED in Long Beach earlier this year. I asked Patrick Newell below for an example of a Japanese presenter he had worked with who greatly improved over the years.

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#illustraTED | Duarte is Visualizing TED Talks All Week

Duarte Blog

As the world’s best and brightest are converging in Long Beach for the 23rd annual TED Conference, we’re hunkering down here at Duarte, getting our pens and papers and devices ready to visualize, summarize, and share their brilliant speeches. Another TED Conference means another #illustraTED event at Duarte!

Interview with Patrick Newell from TEDGlobal 2013

Presentation Zen

I attended my first TED Conference in 2009 in Long Beach and have learned a great deal from my involvement with TED/TEDx over the years. The TED organization provides many lessons in 21st-century presentation approaches. I first featured TED Talks on the presentationzen website way back in 2006, just after TED made some of its talks available on line for the first time.

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A great story: curiosity & creativity inspire child inventor

Presentation Zen

The presentation by 13-year-old Kenyan Richard Turere was delivered last month at TED in Long Beach. Here's a great short presentation which tells a wonderful story about a child in a challenging situation who applies creativity to engineer a smart solution to overcome a big problem. TED discovered Richard's story during its worldwide talent search last year in Kenya. ( See Richard's interview with Chris Anderson and a short film about his story from last year).

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A powerful narrative in transformation (redux)

Presentation Zen

TED 2013 Koyczan was asked to speak at the 2013 version of TED in Long Beach, California. What lingers long after the performance is the meaning. Canadian poet and writer Shane Koyczan 's To This Day was featured below a few weeks ago because it's an excellent personal narrative amplified by its visual presentation.

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TED Talk: A story of survival, resilience, and hope

Presentation Zen

If we define plot point, for example, as an event that sends the story spinning off in a new direction, then certainly we can see the decisions to escape to China, and then to South Korea, and then back to rescue her family to bring them on the long complication-filled journey back to South Korea as plot points. Watch the YouTube video of Hyeonseo''s first go at the same talk which she would refine and deliver to a standing ovation some 8-9 months later in Long Beach.

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Impressions of TED2010 so far…

Duarte Blog

It’s nice to be an attendee this year instead of running around the bowels of the Long Beach Performing Art Center supporting speakers. I gotta say, the presentations are of utmost caliber. There were only a couple so far were in desperate need of help. For me, that is fantastic news. Many presenters have figured out how to build effective slides themselves. TED gives each presenter a copy of slide:ology.

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Presentation Zen Design (the book)

Presentation Zen

Note: I am not attending TED in Long Beach this week so that I can be closer to home here in Japan, for reasons I think Nancy alludes to in her post on the book. The Presentation Zen Design book has been available from online retailers for about 5-6 weeks now, and the book is just now starting to show up on the shelves of book stores.

The visual transformation of Bill Gates the presenter

Presentation Zen

When I attended TED in Long Beach that year, I witnessed an engaging presentation by Bill Gates. Many years ago I began pointing to the presentation style of Steve Jobs as a good example of how to present with visuals on a large stage. Often I would contrast Jobs' presentation techniques with those of Bill Gates. Bill Gates is a man with a big heart and a big brain. I'm a fan.

Joke Writing Contest — Blended Cities

Humor Power

Long Beach and Chicago — LongAgo: A city of fond memories. The theme of this month’s contest, Blended Cities , is inspired by Sol Morrison of Santa Barbara. New Joke Contests are announced mid-month. New Cartoon Caption Contests are announced on the first of the month. Your challenge is to combine two city names to create the name of a new community.

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The TED Commandments: lose hustle, win friends.

Can You Hear Me Up the Back?

TED stands for Technology, Entertainment & Design, with the motto ‘Ideas Worth Sharing’ It holds an annual conference in Long Beach, and tickets to it are among the most sought-after in the events world. There’s a time and a place for a sales presentation, and conferences aren’t it. People pay good money to go to conferences.

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Good Customer Service Is More Than Good PR

Fripp THE Executive Speech Coach

Last week I checked into wonderful Hyatt in Long Beach for The American Payroll Association Congress. Good Customer Service Is More Than Good PR. At a time when every customer counts we must never forget how our customers see us. One single negative contact can ruin your reputation in the eyes of not only that one customer -- but everyone he or she knows as well. After all, word of mouth works both for or against you.

The secret of making today great

SpeakerSue Says...

Years ago in a motel in Long Beach, CA, I remember men gathering a few minutes before 7a. The three women ranged in age from 18 - 23. They stood behind the cash register, in the small dress shop, clapping and singing. Because they were speaking Chinese, I had no clue what they were saying. But I had an idea what they were doing. My escort, oblivious to the singing because she had heard it in shops so often, asked one of the girls what they had said.