• JANE GENOVA: SPEECHWRITER - GHOSTWRITER  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2016
    [PEG] Benoit Violier - Darkness Fell Fast
    The irony is that those who check out are not usually the ones you would peg as "suicidal." "Swiss police say 3-star chef Benoit Violier, whose restaurant near Lausanne recently topped list of the world's best, has been found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot. He was 44." " - AP, February 1, 2016. Here is the article. There have been so many books trying to explain suicide. One has been Kay Jamison's "Night Falls Fast."
  • PRO HUMORIST  |  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2015
    [PEG] Sitcom Pilot Script – Some Traps and How to Escape
    I also need to spend some time thinking about my sense of humor and if I’m trying to put a square peg in a round hole, and trying to do something that’s unnatural. Here are a few sitcom pilot scripts traps I’ve experienced myself, and some potential ways to escape. This is not an exhaustive list of traps by any means. And I am writing from the perspective of a first-time sitcom pilot script writer.
  • THE ELOQUENT WOMAN  |  FRIDAY, AUGUST 21, 2015
    [PEG] Famous Speech Friday: Elizabeth Warren on The Daily Show in 2009
    Use familiar pegs to help us follow your new information: Warren's trying in this segment to share a different way of looking at how economic problems develop, so she ties it to a familiar-to-the-audience timeline of historic economic scandals and failures--with the twist of perspective we wouldn't necessarily know or have noticed.
  • THE ELOQUENT WOMAN  |  FRIDAY, MAY 31, 2013
    [PEG] Famous Speech Friday: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf: "If your dreams do not scare you."
    Instead, she pokes fun and prompts smiles throughout, not to make light of her nation or its challenges, but to take the mighty down a peg or two. Focused as I am on women and speaking, this commencement speech by the powerful Ellen Sirleaf Johnson--the president of Liberia and the first female head of state in Africa--is remarkable because it details how public speaking got her into serious trouble more than once in her career.
  • SPEAK AND DELIVER  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 19, 2013
    [PEG] Head to Mouth Disconnect
    Stories that you have force - the square peg in the round hole - simply because it moves you, so you HAVE to share it. It sounded SO profound in my HEAD! It looked SO funny on PAPER! But.But.it FLOPPED! Yeah, that'll happen. Head to mouth disconnect. In fact, it happens a lot. When we think or write about what we're going to say, we hear it perfectly in our heads, and the audience reacts exactly as we think they should. Unfortunately, two big things can go wrong: 1.
  • THE PRESENTER'S BLOG  |  MONDAY, MARCH 11, 2013
    [PEG] Sales pitch strategy
    We verbalise it with phrases such as “a square peg in a round hole” when we want to denote a situation that doesn’t work. Match your character to the customer. Audiences like to believe that presenters see, hear, and feel the world as they do. When this occurs they become more inclined to give credibility to the presenter’s sales message. How much thought do you put into selecting the most appropriate persona for your presentation?
  • HUMOR POWER  |  SUNDAY, JULY 8, 2012
    [PEG] Observational Humor — Case Study #84
    He had a hook…and a peg leg and eye patch. Here’s another Observational Humor monologue and an analysis of what makes the humor work. THE SET-UP (What happened and what was said during the meeting before the monologue was delivered.). The club had five guests that evening. The President announced that we would be serving cake at the end of the meeting. A speaker talked about wine. He suggested that we might have wine with the cake.
  • THE ELOQUENT WOMAN  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 30, 2012
    [PEG] Does simple=stupid in speaking? Why Congress's report card isn't bad
    I think we also try to bring good speakers "down a peg" by mocking them for being clear and simple. With headlines like Study: Congressional Speech Drops Grade Level and Congress quite literally talks like a bunch of 15-year-olds , you could almost hear the laughter and head-shaking going on as people learned about the Sunlight Foundation's annual study of what it calls "the complexity of congressional speech patterns."
  • THE ELOQUENT WOMAN  |  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2012
    [PEG] From the vault: 7 times to turn down a speaking gig
    I've had a few speaking invitations pegged to a specific topic, then found out it had changed after I accepted--without hearing directly from the organizers. It might seem counterproductive to turn down speaking requests--after all, they give you a chance to promote yourself, your cause, your company or your career. But in these cases, I'd advise you to at least take a second look or turn down the opportunity outright.
  • SPEAK SCHMEAK  |  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2011
    [PEG] Don't let the confidence-suckers get you down
    So if friends and family have knocked them down a peg, it's not like their performance is going to suffer as it might if they were being asked to put on a show themselves. At the Emmys last night, there was a similar thread running through several of the winners' speeches. Jim Parsons, upon winning his award for "Big Bang Theory," said, "I was assured by many people in my life that this wasn't happening."
  • SPEAK SCHMEAK  |  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2011
    [PEG] Don't let the confidence-suckers get you down
    So if friends and family have knocked them down a peg, it's not like their performance is going to suffer as it might if they were being asked to put on a show themselves. At the Emmys last night, there was a similar thread running through several of the winners' speeches. Jim Parsons, upon winning his award for "Big Bang Theory," said, "I was assured by many people in my life that this wasn't happening."
  • THE ELOQUENT WOMAN  |  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2011
    [PEG] From the vault: Balancing technical & non-technical for mixed audiences
    If the room is packed with Nobel laureates, but the decision-maker is not, peg your remarks to the leader. (Editor's note: I've updated this post, one of the most popular ever on the blog, because this question just keeps coming up. Here, your balanced formula for presentations.) A young executive in a special training program at a multinational corporation wrote in because she's riding a see-saw on a particular presentation issue.
  • MANNER OF SPEAKING  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 25, 2011
    [PEG] Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 97)
    The round pegs in the square holes. Steve Jobs (1955-2011) American Businessman, Inventor, Public Speaker and Co-Founder of Apple Inc. Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward.
  • MANNER OF SPEAKING  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 25, 2011
    [PEG] Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 97)
    The round pegs in the square holes. Steve Jobs - American Businessman, Inventor and Co-Founder of Apple Inc. Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward.
  • TJ WALKER INTERACTIVE  |  MONDAY, JULY 11, 2011
    [PEG] Cigar PEG 2011 Presents Pirates of the Podium
    Party Information: [link] Join the Cigar PEG: [link]. Uncategorized Cigar PEG 2011 Pirates of the Podium
  • SPEAK SCHMEAK  |  MONDAY, JUNE 6, 2011
    [PEG] Don't distract: Contract!
    But speaking entirely without contractions sounds unnatural and will certainly peg you as reading straight from a script, in addition to becoming a distraction for the audience. In my post, Speaking from a script doesn't have to sound scripted , I neglected to mention a big red flag that you're sounding stilted and stiff: Missing contractions. As writing is a more formal way to express ourselves, we tend to write without contractions.
  • SPEAK SCHMEAK  |  MONDAY, JUNE 6, 2011
    [PEG] Don't distract: Contract!
    But speaking entirely without contractions sounds unnatural and will certainly peg you as reading straight from a script, in addition to becoming a distraction for the audience. In my post, Speaking from a script doesn't have to sound scripted , I neglected to mention a big red flag that you're sounding stilted and stiff: Missing contractions. As writing is a more formal way to express ourselves, we tend to write without contractions.
  • PUBLIC SPEAKING ADVICE AND COMMENTARY  |  MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2011
    [PEG] Win by Telling Great Stories with Peter Guber
      Guber tells the story of presenting former President Reagan and former President Mikhail Gorbachev with Tiffany-designed jackknives and reminding them of playing mumblety-peg as boys.  Peter Guber has written a masterful additional to the storytelling library shelf with his book, Tell To Win.
  • SPEAK SCHMEAK  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2010
    [PEG] The one thing you can do to be a better speaker.
    If your product is a square peg and your client is a round hole, no matter how hard you push or insist, there will not be a good fit. Your client will look elsewhere until they find the round peg. If there's one thing that will make you a better speaker. If there's one thing that will make you a better networker (both online and in-person). If there's one thing that will make you a better businessperson, it's this: Show interest in others.
  • SPEAK SCHMEAK  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2010
    [PEG] The one thing you can do to be a better speaker.
    If your product is a square peg and your client is a round hole, no matter how hard you push or insist, there will not be a good fit. Your client will look elsewhere until they find the round peg. If there's one thing that will make you a better speaker. If there's one thing that will make you a better networker (both online and in-person). If there's one thing that will make you a better businessperson, it's this: Show interest in others.
  • JANE GENOVA: SPEECHWRITER - GHOSTWRITER  |  SUNDAY, JULY 25, 2010
    [PEG] Tony Hayward: I peg him as a King Lear
    BP head Tony Hayward is reported  to be on his way out.    After the last of the jeers has died down and he resumes private life, I predict he will become one of the King Lear types.      He will spend his remaining years perceiving himself as more sinned against than sinning.    That stance would make for a great satiric monologue drama, either on Broadway or "SNL." " Tags: Current Affairs
  • THE SHY SPEAKER'S GUIDE TO SUCCES ON STAGE  |  SUNDAY, JUNE 27, 2010
    [PEG] The Biggest Lesson You'll Ever Learn About Stage Fright to Become.
    Despite the deluge of resources and information, and your ability to do more and progress further, a round peg may not always fit a square nut – meaning that not every skill, suggestion and strategy can serve to fulfill/match one’s needs, abilities and potential all the time. Home About Gary Testimonials FREE MATERIALS!
  • THE ELOQUENT WOMAN  |  MONDAY, APRIL 5, 2010
    [PEG] 7 times you should turn down a speaking gig
    I've had a few speaking invitations pegged to a specific topic, then found out it had changed after I accepted--without hearing directly from the organizers. It might seem counterproductive to turn down speaking requests--after all, they give you a chance to promote yourself, your cause, your company or your career. But in these cases, I'd advise you to at least take a second look or turn down the opportunity outright.
  • PUBLIC SPEAKING ADVICE AND COMMENTARY  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2009
    [PEG] How good a speaker is Ram Charan?
      Forbes pegs him at #13 on its list of the world’s 50 most essential management gurus. Ram Charan once was the best-kept secret in the business world.   Only the CEOs of companies like GE, Verizon, Novartis, Dupont, Honeywell, KLM, and Bank of America had heard of him.
  • JANE GENOVA: SPEECHWRITER - GHOSTWRITER  |  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2009
    [PEG] Over-60, Want to Lose Weight? Have your car stolen
      I pegged him as one and blogged/blog obsessively about it here as well as my other two sites here and here.  About 10 weeks ago my 2003 Ford Escort was stolen.    The agita and more to the point the walking, chasing after the bus, and carrying items like kitty litter and Diet Pepsi have left me 15 pounds lighter.    At my post-60 age category, that's an amazing feat.    Of course, I look and feel better. 
  • IAN GRIFFIN - PROFESSIONALLY SPEAKING  |  THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2009
    [PEG] Teleseminar: Magcloud - magazine printing on demand
    I was recently invited by Dick Bruso of the Writers and Publishers Professional Expert Group (PEG) of NSA to deliver a one-hour teleseminar on Magcloud. Back in August 2008 I wrote a long review of the Magcloud print-on-demand publishing solution from HP Labs. Since then I’ve helped produce a number of editions of Professionally Speaking for our local National Speakers Association (NSA) chapter as well as a magazine for my wife’s College Admissions Counseling business.
  • MAX ATKINSON  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15, 2009
    [PEG] Derek Draper – another psycho-therapist who talks too much and listens too little?
    Given that being a good listener is presumably essential if you’re going to be any good at helping people with their problems, I’ve often wondered if psycho-therapy and counselling are occupations that, for some mysterious reason, attract square pegs into round holes. I recently posted a note about Derek Draper breaking a basic rule of turn-taking in conversation (‘one speaker at a time’), illustrated by a video of him and Paul Staines being interviewed by Andrew Neill.