Money Talks: Silicon Valley Venture Capitalists

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Here in California, the rush for wealth long ago shifted from the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains where the 49ers panned for gold, to the Sand Hill Road offices of Silicon Valley venture capitalists (V.C.’s).

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Boxing Needs To Incorporate Media Training…Immediately

Matt Eventoff

Boxing needs to adopt media training immediately. The sport is unquestionably very good at promotion, public relations, marketing and presentation.

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Trending Sources

Stephen Paddock Had Lived in Gun Country - So, What Did We Expect.

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Paddock had lived in Nevada. All night, the major television news networks provided special and ongoing coverage of Stephen Paddock's sniper attack in Las Vegas. In the background of the video feeds there was the noise of sustained gun fire.

Interview: Melanie Watkins, MD – motivational speaker

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Her specialty training in Psychiatry was at the University of Nevada, Department of Psychiatry. Her son, Jonathan, is 18 years old and is a freshman in college in Reno, Nevada. Melanie Watkins always dreamt of becoming a doctor but when she found herself sixteen and pregnant, that dream seemed out of reach. Having been raised by a single mother, Melanie knew the challenges single motherhood presented. Despite the uphill climb, Melanie made the decision to raise her child on her own.

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Fun Friday: Miss America introductions

Speak Schmeak

From the state that weds 150 couples each day in Las Vegas -- Tim Tebow, what do you say we make it 151? -- I''m Randi Sundquist, Miss Nevada." I never managed to post this in January, but it''s a perfect video for a Fun Friday!

World Championship of Public Speaking, 2011

Manner of Speaking

The 2011 World Championship of Public Speaking , hosted by Toastmasters International in Las Vegas, Nevada is now history. Congratulations to all contestants, especially Jock Elliott (1st Place), Kwong Yue Yang (2nd Place) and Scott Pritchard (3rd Place).

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Famous Speech Friday: Sarah Winnemucca's San Francisco lectures

The Eloquent Woman

The last time the Malheur region of Oregon made the national news, it was the 19 th century, and it was yet another story of armed occupation and mistrust. The Paiute people living on the Malheur Reservation were caught in the middle of a 1878 war between the Bannock people and the U.S.

The O.J. Simpson Brand - It Can Be Restored (and the controversy will help that)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Simpson was released from Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada. Under the cover of darkness, O.J. The reason for that arrangement, of course, was to prevent a media frenzy.    Anyone who understands the dynamics of branding knows that O.J.

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.

Donald Trump says out loud what the rest of us are thinking - Ultimate rhetorical genius

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In Nevada, Donald Trump said that he wanted "to punch the protester." " That's exactly what a lot of men in the audience might have been thinking, at least those who share Trump's ideology. And that is part of his rhetorical genius.

Drudge Report - PANIC Meme

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The Drudge Report headlines this Sunday before election day with the panic at the Trump rally in Reno, Nevada. Security assumed that a Republican Against Trump, Austyn Crites, was going to harm Trump. "Gun" had been shouted. Trump was hustled away and later returned.

Drudge Report - Close Race in 5 States

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The Drudge Report headline this morning is that the race is tied in Colorado, Michigan, New Hampshire, Nevada, and Pennsylvania. The Drudge Report has ramped up expectations that Donald Trump could win on Tuesday. That could encourage his supporters to vote, if they haven't already.

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

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

To pull off getting parole he has to do this: Convince four out of the seven parole hearing commissioners that he has conducted himself as a good communal citizen in the Nevada prison which has been his home for almost a decade.

What Happens When the Win Anyway Guy Loses? Part I

Speak and Deliver

I've also competed in D9 (Eastern WA, NE Oregon, Northern Idaho), and D15 (Utah, Southern, Idaho, Eastern Nevada). Yesterday was a unique day for me, in terms of competing in Toastmasters at the District Conference Level.

John Lunetta - The Heart of Darkness

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

All the world really knows is that the Red Cross medical director for the Nevada region - John Lunetta - murdered his girlfriend Karen Jackson, their infant son John Jr.

Joke Contest Results — State Slogans

Humor Power

Nevada: The funnest state ever. Nevada: What’s gambled here stays here. 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.

Donald Trump Blows Up Fundamentals of Public Relations (including crisis communications)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

After Donald Trump's win in Nevada, the meme is: The Nominee. His success is blowing up all the fundamentals of how to play the public relations game. That includes crisis communications. The world of PR has to go back to the drawing board if it wants to remain credible.

In-N-Out: Smart Brand Strategy

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

 Winners get a free trip to Nevada, Arizona, Utah or Texas where there are In-N-Out outlets. Those of you in the East who crave the experience of an In-N-Out burger will have to come here out West. It's not expanding Eastward, at least not any time soon.

"Ugly Betty" - Eric from "CSI: Miami" Guest Stars

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  That means he was out of the loop on the three-part series joining CSI teams in Miami, Nevada, and New York.  Several weeks ago, on "CSI: Miami," Eric confided to Cali that he was leaving the unit.    He indicated he would tell the rest of the team later.    On the show that never happened.    Eric hasn't appeared since. 

Drudge Report - Is It Launching Disabled-Hillary Meme?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Part is to blare that Donald Trump is making significant progress in battleground states such as Nevada, Ohio, and North Carolina. Drudge Report sometimes hammers a point directly. Sometimes its approach is more Machiavellian indirect. Tonight's headline might be the latter. Essentially, this evening's headline is a double one. The other part is a developing story.

Contest Results — State of the Humor

Humor Power

Nevada is funny because Prostitution is legal but jaywalking is illegal. Here are the top lines for the February Joke Contest — State of the Funny. Some of our subscribers said that this contest was more difficult than most. New contests are announced on the first of the month. The next contest starts on March 1, 2015. Here are our top three and honorable mention entries: ** FIRST PLACE **. The District of Columbia is funny because it has the most politicians.

New Joke Contest — State Of The Funny

Humor Power

Nevada is funny because you can get married and gamble…but I repeat myself. The theme for February is The State Of The Funny. Why is a specific state funny? Here are three states I’ve lived in. North Dakota is funny because you need a sense of humor to deal with the winters. California is funny because you can deliver your punch lines in 85 languages. Your joke should fit the formula: STATE is funny because…. You can submit one joke each for the state you live in and two other states.

Contest Results: Official Book/Movie/Song

Humor Power

Nevada: Succeeding Against the Odds. 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 **.

Joke Contest Results — What Makes You Laugh

Humor Power

Mishaps on stage. Kim Spero, Las Vegas, Nevada. ** SECOND PLACE **. Big people falling. Jim Spero, Las Vegas, Nevada. ** THIRD PLACE **. It’s time for the results of our October Joke Contest — What Makes You Laugh–In Three Words or Less. Our Cartoon Caption Contests with Dan Rosandich are on hold while he is upgrading his web site. For now, we will have Joke Contests every month. New Joke Contests are announced on the first of the month.

Muhammad Yunus To Receive Toastmasters International's 2015 Golden Gavel Award

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

12-15, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Toastmasters International announced today that world-renowned economics professor, founder of Grameen Bank and humanitarian, Muhammad Yunus, is the recipient of the organization’s 2015 Golden Gavel award.

"CSI: Miami" - H gets help from Dr. Ray, who tells team "think like a bear"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Dr. Ray from the Nevada branch of CSI flew to Miami to investigate the murder of a woman from the Vegas area.  Beginning tonight, "CSI: Miami" joins three crime teams to find out who's killing and dismembering young women.    At the dumping site for the bodies, one of H's staff asks Dr. Ray how to search for the missing body parts scattered by animals.    "Think like a bear," Dr. Ray advises. 

Joke Contest Results — New Holidays

Humor Power

Slinky Day: The day it’s OK to push your co-worker down the stairs. Samuel McRae, Battle Mountain, Nevada. ** SECOND PLACE **. True Labor Day: A day to say thank you to all Mothers on the day of their children’s Birthday. Jim Spero, Las Vegas, Nevada. Here are the results from our February contest — New Holidays. The top three entries were selected by a panel of six judges (speakers and improv players).

Half CT Wants Out: This Writer Pulled That Off

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, Rhode Island, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Louisiana and Mississippi are also on the Gallup list of perceived wastelands)? Why do so few pull up roots in a geographical area where they feel stuck?

Sweet jesus, save us from company retreats, particularly if we have to pop for one night

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  In legal tabloid Abovethelaw.com , head writer Elie Mystal reports that California and Nevada law firm Morris Polich & Purdy is requiring associates to pay out of their own pocket for the cost of a hotel room [$150 per night] for one night of the two-day meeting. 

World Championship of Public Speaking, 2011

Manner of Speaking

The 2011 World Championship of Public Speaking , hosted by Toastmasters International in Las Vegas, Nevada, is now history. Congratulations to all contestants, especially Jock Elliott (1st Place), Kwong Yue Yang (2nd Place) and Scott Pritchard (3rd Place). Left to right: Kwong Yue Yang, Jock Elliott and Scott Pritchard. I must, however, say a special word about my friend, Olivia Schofield , who also participated in finals.

Cartoon Caption Contest Results

Humor Power

Ignore him, if you give him anything he’ll just go spend it on Beggin Strips. Scott Knight, Las Vegas, Nevada. It’s time for the top captions in our September Cartoon Caption Contest featuring the artwork of Dan Rosandich.

Humor Contest Results — Geo Foods

Humor Power

Long Beacheetos: Cheetos that are salty and have an oily aftertaste. Jim Spero, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. ** THIRD PLACE **. The Geo-Foods humor contest was popular. Our readers submitted many entries. Special thanks to Sol Morrison of Santa Barbara for the contest theme. New Joke Contests are announced mid-month. New Cartoon Caption Contests are announced at the start of the month. Here are the results selected by our panel of ten judges. ** FIRST PLACE **.

White House Correspondents Dinner — Implied Punch Line

Humor Power

Medalist) since Rand Paul dis-invited that Nevada rancher from this. President Obama showcased his comedy skills at the 2014 White House Correspondents Dinner. In addition to using good comic timing and self-deprecation, the President also made good use of the Implied Punch Line. A joke is usually funnier when the speaker allows the listener toconnect the dots and complete the joke, rather than completely providing the punchline.

Toastmasters International Speech Contest

Humor Power

And third-place was Scott Pritchard of Henderson, Nevada, United States. The Toastmasters International Speech Contest, August 20, 2011, was a true international event. The Speech Contest Chair was John Lau, DTM, International President-Elect, from Kuching, Malaysia. The 2011 World Champion of Public Speaking was awarded to Jock Elliot from Bongaree, Queensland, Australia. Second-place winner was Kwong Yue Yang of Guangzhou, Guangdong, China.

Humor Contest Results — It Was So Windy

Humor Power

Ethan Nguyen, Las Vegas, Nevada. - It’s time for the March Joke Contest. The theme comes from the popular “How Windy Was It” Johnny Carson routine. We had the challenge to come up with lines for: - How hungry were you? - How hot were you. - How rich were you? - How funny were you? Here are the top lines submitted by our readers: BEST LINES. - I’m so hungry, I’ll swallow anything that political pundits are saying. Tom Nee, Oak Lawn, Illinois. -

Cartoon Caption Contest Results

Humor Power

The music is so bad there it will make you want to cut off your ear. Scott Knight, Las Vegas, Nevada. ** SECOND PLACE **. It’s time for the results of our July Cartoon Caption Contest featuring the artwork of professional cartoonist Dan Rosandich.

Observational Humor — Case Study #101

Humor Power

Scott joked about being booked to do a comedy appearance in Primm, Nevada, which is a small town about 40 miles from Las Vegas. Monologue #101. We’ll take a look at the set-up for the jokes. And then present each joke and take a look at the triggers that made the joke work. THE SET-UP (What was said and what happened during the meeting before the monologue was delivered.). Bill gave a passionate speech about being a race car driver. .

May Cartoon Caption Contest Results

Humor Power

Whaddya mean you’re making an exception to the “No Child Left Behind&# policy? Al Jensen, Las Vegas, Nevada. ** THIRD PLACE **. It’s time for the results of our May Cartoon Caption Contest featuring the artwork of professional cartoonist Dan Rosandich.

Cartoon Caption Contest Results

Humor Power

This is like a check book: The bottom part is what you think you have, and the top part is what the bank says you have. Jim Nott, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. It’stime for the results of our January Cartoon Caption Contest. We feature the art of professional cartoonist Dan Rosandich.

Joke Contest Results — Quirky Medications

Humor Power

Aussiecotton: Softens and protects any condition “Down Under.&#. Jim Spero, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. ** SECOND PLACE **. This month’s joke contest is Quirky Medications. The top lines were selected by our panel of seven judges (improv players and speakers). New Joke Contests are announced on the first of the month (alternating months). The next joke contest is April 1, 2010. New Cartoon Caption Contests are announced on the first of the month (alternating months).