Oklahoma! - Breaking Down the Fourth Wall

Green Room Speakers

One of the most thrilling aspects of Arena Stage's revival of Oklahoma! connect to audience Arena Stage Fourth wall OklahomaThe "fourth" wall in theater refers to the imaginary wall between the audience and the action on stage. was the way performers broke down the fourth wall. The small theater in the round combined with the actors' incredible energy made the audience feel like they were part of the action.

The Voodoo of Public Nuisance - Spells Cast in California and Oklahoma

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

This morning on broadcast news the media focus was on how the Oklahoma attorney general Mike Hunter used the concept of public nuisance to bring Janssen Pharma (whose parent if Johnson & Johnson) into court. The issue, of course, was opioids. The verdict was due later in the day. Introduced by the media was even the historical data of how this leveraging of public nuisance had first been used by state attorneys general against BigTobacco.


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65+ - The New Nomads

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma  Toledo, Ohio. The BigUncertainty for the aging in relocating for a lower cost of living is this: That might not last.    For example, cities in southern Arizona had represented Paradise for retirees and the semi-retired. Then the middle class throughout California could no longer afford the state. They migrated to nearby states, including AZ. That drove up costs, especially rent. 

Alum news: speech publication

Joan Detz Speaker Services

Jack) Hayes, NOAA Assistant Administrator for Weather Services and Director, National Weather Service. “50 Years of Meteorological Advances: What They Mean to the United States Today and Will Mean Tomorrow&# was delivered at the University of Oklahoma, in Norman, OK Stanley Dambroski, PhD, wrote a speech that was selected for Vital Speeches of the Day. . The speaker was Dr. John L.

Talc Verdict - Jittery Investors, Brand Equity in Play

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Meanwhile, in Oklahoma, Johnson & Johnson is battling in court the accusation that its opioid-related drugs caused a public nuisance in that state. Today, the jury for the California Superior Court for Alameda County awarded plaintiff Patricia Schmitz $12 million. The defendants were Johnson & Johnson and Colgate-Palmolive. Here are more details from HarrisMartin Publishing. Of that $2 million was for economic damages and $10 million for non-economic damages.

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Purdue Pharma Sends a Message

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Purdue Pharma opted to settle for $270 million with Oklahoma about alleged illegal marketing of opioids. It could have chosen to go to trial in two months - or to file for bankruptcy. Here are details from Bloomberg. This particular settlement sends the message to plaintiffs and their lawyers that this could be what they should be aiming for. Trials are wild cards. And, in a bankruptcy they could wind up with relative peanuts. 

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June Rent Will Soon Be Due: The Sheriff Doesn't Ring Twice

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In the Oklahoma City metro area the sheriff was compassionate about the situation but indicated that evictions would take place. Leasing residential property is a business - not the mission of a nonprofit to provide shelter for human beings. This is capitalism.

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Disconnect Between Litigation Verdicts and Stock Price - What Could Be in Store of Sherwin-Williams

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  It's the day after the bench verdict in the Oklahoma opioid class action public nuisance litigation. The activity of Johnson & Johnson stock provides insight into the investor mindset.  The stock is up 3.9 points, at 10:15 A.M. New York time. The prosecution had asked for billions to abate the public nuisance, over the long term. The judge thought differently. Although there was a conviction, it was for only millions and for one year.

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Music, the Mind and Public Speaking

DeFinis Communications

As it turns out, Sonic Corporation, headquartered in Oklahoma City and Oklahoma City University have joined forces to offer Tiffany Clay a fall scholarship worth 100,000. Back in April, I came across the heartbreaking front page New York Times story of Newark, Ohio high school student Tiffany Clay. Tiffany is the recently graduated and highly gifted first violinist for the Newark High School Sinfonia.

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State Attorneys General Contending Public Nuisance on Side of the Angels

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Beginning tomorrow, Johnson & Johnson will face off in court with the Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter.   Specifically, notes Randazzo: "Oklahoma is set to argue that Johnson & Johnson's alleged deceptive marketing campaign created a 'public nuisance' that will cost the state as much as $17.5 Among what will be on trial is the legal concept of public nuisance as applied to the opioid epidemic.

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BigTech & The State Attorney General

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Currently, that same momentum, as in Oklahoma, is directed at manufacturers and marketers of opioids.  BigTech is under attack.    It's for many issues. But where the DOJ, FTC, and Congress have stepped up their focus is on alleged antitrust.    Now, there is a new player in the loop, reports John D. McKinnon in The Wall Street Journal. That's the state attorney general. The impact could be huge.

In Grade School, We Put Gum in Their Hair

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In a court in Oklahoma, the prosecution is arguing that Johnson & Johnson created a public nuisance. That is what state attorney general Mike Hunter contends about its marketing practices for opioid type pharmaceuticals. Here is more on that. Previously, public nuisance lawsuits have targeted industries ranging from tobacco to lead paint. Regarding the latter, Sherwin-Williams, represented by Jones Day, lost a big one on that in a bench trial in California. 

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Bayer, Purdue Pharma, et al. - The Wisdom of Settling

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Purdue Pharma has done that in Oklahoma for $270 million in the opioid lawsuit, two months before the trial. So far, Bayer has lost two trials in California, one is state court and one in federal, associated with Roundup. Another trial is underway in Oakland. It will probably appeal the approximately $80 million verdict in the federal one - the case of Edwin Hardeman.    One strategy Bayer can pursue, reports Bloomberg , is to continue to go the litigation route.

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Turning Republicans and Democrats into Americans: a talk by Mickey Edwards

Speak Schmeak

I may be biased, because this speaker in this video is my uncle, former Republican Congressman from Oklahoma Mickey Edwards, but I really enjoyed this talk based on his book, The Parties Versus the People: How to Turn Republicans and Democrats into Americans.

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Professionally Speaking...

When there is talk of violence, let us stand up and talk against it." . William Jefferson Clinton, Oklahoma Bombing Memorial Prayer Service Address. "Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.". Rudyard Kipling. . Words are the primary mechanism we use to transmit ideas. Words encourage, challenge, persuade, teach and transform. Yet many business presenters speak without adequate knowledge of, or attention to, the tools that can hone their craft.

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Contest Results: Official Book/Movie/Song

Humor Power

Oklahoma movie: Gone with the Wind. 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 **.

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2020 Toastmasters Zoom Challenge - Part I

Speak and Deliver

After a post on my own page, I was able to visit Oklahoma City on April 6, and British Columbia April 7 - thanks to friends Michael Rodman and Sharookh Darawala, respectively.

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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. Of course, we're in a New Year - which means lots of excitement and plans and goals - and bringing myself back to the keyboard for blogging is one of my big ones. While the blog has been dormant - I have NOT been.

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Dan Edelman, PR Pioneer/Empire-Builder, Dies at 92

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Hazley goes on to report: "When a set of twins was arrested in Oklahoma for practicing cosmetology without a license, Dan called the Associated Press and made it a national story."  Dan Edelman, who went on to launch the Edelman Group, had a nose for what would get attention. As Greg Hazley recounts on Odwyerpr.com , early in his career Dan created the Toni Twins gimmick for hairstyling products. 

Lessons from Broken Arrow, OK - What If Petit Family Had Been Armed

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Now we read about how a 23-year-old in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma prevented what might have been a similar tragedy. The memory of the fatal home invasion of the Petit household, Cheshire, Connecticut, is stuck in our consciousness. The mother and two young daughters were murdered. It was during the day. The father William Petit, who survived a brutal beating, still has nightmares. He fears that he won't be able to protect his new family, which includes a toddler son.

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The State of Remote Work: Key Trends for 2019-2020


The State of Vermont and the city of Tulsa, Oklahoma recently launched remote grant programs, aimed at enticing more location-independent professionals to the area. The face of the modern workplace is changing. It’s a matter of several things – companies are going global, or at least employing workers in places all over the globe.

Famous Speech Friday: Wilma Mankiller on rebuilding the Cherokee Nation

The Eloquent Woman

The second half of her childhood and her early days as a wife and mother were spent in San Francisco, where her family had lived since 1956, after leaving Oklahoma in the Indian Relocation Program. You can listen to Mankiller describe these events at the Voices of Oklahoma oral history website.) Mankiller returned to Oklahoma newly divorced with two children, and most of the family's belongings stashed in her car.

Drudge Report Headlines with Low Turnout for Donald Trump Tulsa, OK Re-election Campaign Rally

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It reports on the bust of a campaign rally for Donald Trump in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The headline on the influential Drudge Report is from Mediaite. So few indicated they were going to show up for the outdoor rally that it was called off. 

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Top stories for Tuesday

TJ Walker Interactive

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New Joke Contest — Haiku

Humor Power

by Soli Deo Gloria (Oklahoma). Our contest theme for January is a change-of-pace. It was suggested by Kaye Newton, Raymond Terrace, Australia. Haiku is a short-form Japanese poem. It has more complexity and nuance than we’re going to honor here, our apologies to any Haiku masters reading this. .

Are you quoting the King James Bible in your speeches?

The Eloquent Woman

s "I Have a Dream" speech and President Bill Clinton's remarks after the Oklahoma City bombing, which drew inspiring language from this elegant work. There's every chance that, when you give a speech or presentation, you're quoting from a 400-year-old reference book that you probably didn't even pick up or look at. That's how ingrained the language from the King James bible is in English-speaking cultures.

Conference notes from #uksgcam2015: Diving into speechwriting

The Eloquent Woman

President Bill Clinton just demonstrated the art of a seemingly digressive story in his speech at the 20-year anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing , which occurred during his presidency: “I prepared for this day yesterday, in New York, by taking Hillary to see our daughter and son-in-law and my about-to-be 7-month-old grandchild. Last week, I had a deep dive into talking, speaking, and language.and it was all about writing speeches.

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Heading to TikTok, Not Court - Digital Activism as THE Tool for Reform

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

That helped leave 12,800 of the 19,000 seats for the Tulsa, Oklahoma reelection campaign empty. "Thousands of teens on TikTok shared videos encouraging people to reserve tickets for Mr. Trump's rally but not attend …"  - The Wall Street Journal , June 21, 20212.

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Segregation silenced this valedictorian: Mary French's inspiring speech, 42 years late

The Eloquent Woman

From the article: Over the years, French has returned to Foreman -- a town of about 1,100 just a few miles from where Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas come together -- and each time, she has felt disappointment when walking past a display honoring the school's valedictorians. want you to bookmark this blog post and pull it out on another day when you need encouragement in public speaking and persistence, because it is a tale that will make your speaking troubles look small.

The Almost Dictionary — Humor Contest

Humor Power

Tinker Belle : A debutante coming out at Tinker AFB, Oklahoma. This was posted on the FohBoh.com Blog : “I was reading something today that talked about the economy ’souring’, but as I read it quickly, thought it said ’soaring’ at first and was struck by what a difference one little letter makes in the meaning of that phrase!&#. And of course I thought, let’s have a contest!

Yet Another Flashpoint (William Barr v. Geoffrey Berman): Can a Weary Nation Endure Any More Chaos?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  The polarization of this development in DOJ could be even further intensified today by the Trump campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, as well as other rallies. 

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Speaking of MLK

Speak and Deliver

In my small Christian College in Oklahoma, diversity wasn''t extraordinarily apparent, beyond the athletic department. Every year, Martin Luther King Day rolls around, and I feel a responsibility to post SOMETHING. A responsibility I don''t fulfill - I don''t even do the minimum, say, posting a meme, a picture, or a YouTube video.

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The Almost Dictionary — Contest Results

Humor Power

Here are the results from our Almost Dictionary contest. New Joke Contests are announced mid-month. New Cartoon Caption Contests are announced on the first of the month. Here are this month’s top lines: ** FIRST PLACE **. Whine Flu: Contagious disease whose primary symptom is complaining about everything. Terry Wall, Washington Township, New Jersey, USA. ** SECOND PLACE **.

Toastmasters Friday: The Quest for the Trophy

Speak and Deliver

Yesterday I posted a quote on Facebook from the Dallas Maverick's Dirk Nowitzki - a comment he made in post-game press conference following his team last victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder to send them into the NBA Finals. Dallas, for those of you non-basketball historians, lost in the NBA Finals in 2006 to the Miami Heat, who, ironically, will be their opponent yet again. That year they faced a still powerful Shaquille O'Neal and a young, healthy Dwayne Wade.

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Pennsylvania Education Policy Roundup for September 17, 2013: “Anyone want to see the “crisis in American education”? Come see how the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is denying a thorough and efficient education to the children of Pittsburgh.”

Speaking Of...

Not just pre-K for 4-year-olds, as in Oklahoma ’s widely praised program, or for poor children, as President Obama has proposed.

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How to Successfully Moderate a Conference Panel, A Comprehensive Guide " Web Strategy by Jeremiah Owyang | Social Media, Web Marketing


Web Strategy by Jeremiah Owyang Home Popular Posts About Contact Subscribe via RSS Connect with Jeremiah: twitter friendfeed linkedin flickr technorati Connect with Jeremiah on twitter Ripple 6 says the timing of my report is off [link] Ive observed most vendors are optomistic, brands the opposite.

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