IABC Silver Quill Awards: Pacific Region

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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.

New Joke Contest — Official State Book/Movie/Song

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Movie: North Dakota–Frozen. The theme for our October joke contest is Official State Book/ Movie/Song. These are not really the official books/movies/songs. You make them up. Hopefully your connections and creativity will make your lines funny. This theme was inspired by a suggestion submitted by Sol Morrison from Santa Barbara. Here are three examples : Book: Wisconsin–Who Moved My Cheese? Song: California–Good Vibrations. Write as many lines as you can.

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New Joke Contest — State Slogans

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North Dakota: The Snow Me State. 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. Here are three examples: Kansas: Not in OZ Anymore. Wisconsin: Chez Cheese. Challenge yourself to write a dozen lines. Maybe more.

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Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

They are West Virginia's Joe Manchia and North Dakota's Heidi Heitkamp.  The first major setback for the Trump Administration - Trumpcare - is only one-week young.

New Joke Contest — State Of The Funny

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

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Observational Humor — Case Study #132

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A speaker commented that many people from North Dakota had stoic, peaceful, laid-back personalities. I’m from North Dakota…where this is high energy. Here’s another Observational Humor Monologue from an NSA Las Vegas chapter meeting. First we will look at the set-up. And then we’ll review the monologue and what made the jokes tick. It was an average monologue with a terrific closer.

U.S. Senate in Play - Lou Dobbs could be game-changer

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Democratic Senator  Byron Dorgan from North Dakota has already said he won't run for reelection.   What former CNN business anchor Lou Dobbs intends to do politically has suddenly taken on new significance.    That's because power in the U.S. Senate is in play.   The Democratic majority is fragile.    U.S.   The same kind of announcement is expected today in Connecticut from the beleaguered Christopher Dodd. 

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Observational Humor — Case Study #116

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I was raised in North Dakota. I was raised in North Dakota and have scars that are difficult to share with you. Here is another Observational Humor monologue presented at the end of a meeting. We’ll look at the set-up for the joke. Then we’ll examine the joke and what makes it tick. THE SET-UP (What happened and what was said during the meeting before the monologue was delivered.). The Sgt At Arms opened the meeting saying “Please find your seat.”

Observational Humor — Case Study #100

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That was a North Dakota Norwegian jumping for joy. Not everyone in North Dakota is just like me. Here’s another Observational Humor monologue. This is monologue #100. I’ve probably opened speeches with Observational Humor or delivered Observational Humor monologues more than 1000 times. There is no substitute for experience. Speakers who practice the skill just keep getting better. I’ve been practicing Observational Humor for over 30 years.

Observational Humor — Case Study #90

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I want you to know that I’m the only North Dakota Lutheran who has been the president of a Jewish Synagogue. . Here is another Observational Humor monologue presented at the end of a meeting. First, I’ll give you the set-up. The “you-had-to-be-there” factor requires that you know what happened during the meeting, in order to understand the humor. After each observational joke, I’ll make a brief comment about what makes the joke work.

Observational Humor — Case Study #126

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That’s probably natural for anyone who grew up in North Dakota.). Here is another VIDEO BLOG of Observational Humor presented at the end of a meeting. First we will look at the set-up for each joke. Then we’ll hear (read) the joke.

Observational Humor — Case Study #83

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I’m from North Dakota. Here’s another Observational Humor monologue and an analysis of what makes the humor tick. THE SET-UP (What was said and what happened during the meeting before the monologue was delivered.). A speaker said that he was going to make a speech that would violate our expectations. Mike Denley was assigning impromptu speech topics and forgot Emily’s first name. He introduced her as “Ben Klink’s wife.” ” 3.

Observational Humor — Case Study #57

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I’m a country boy from North Dakota, a long-time Toastmaster, and a repulsive poker player. Here’s another Observational Humor monologue presented at the end of a Toastmasters Club meeting. It’s presented as a learning tool to help you find your own, original humor. . THE SET-UP (What was said and what happened during the meeting before the monologue was delivered.). One of our speakers, George Irish, used a note card about the size of a Post-It note.

Observational Humor — Case Study #51

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I’m from North Dakota. Here is an opportunity for you to see and hear an Observational Humor monologue presented on January 25, 2010. It was delivered at the end of a program, “Good to Great — Speech coaching with Patricia Fripp and Darren LaCroix.&# This was a special event sponsored by PowerHouse Pros Toastmasters Club. Here is what Patricia Fripp and Darren LaCroix said about the humor: “You ROCKED. Wow…that was funny.&# Patricia Fripp.

Observational Humor — Case Study #51

Humor Power

I’m from North Dakota. Here is an opportunity for you to see and hear an Observational Humor monologue presented on January 25, 2010. It was delivered at the end of a program, “Good to Great — Speech coaching with Patricia Fripp and Darren LaCroix.&# This was a special event sponsored by PowerHouse Pros Toastmasters Club. Here is what Patricia Fripp and Darren LaCroix said about the humor: “You ROCKED. Wow…that was funny.&# Patricia Fripp.