Those Unpaid Interns: Risky business

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Craigslist help wanteds still carry myriad ads for unpaid interns.  Obviously, those placing the are unaware of the legal and public relations risks or just don't care. A number of disgruntled former unpaid interns had filed lawsuits - and won.

[Unpaid] Experience in Speechwriting

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Those in the Norfolk, Virginia area can break in through unpaid speechwriting for a local campaign.  Tags: Public Speaking "So how do I break into speechwriting?" " That's a question readers of this blog constantly ask.    Now I have a concrete answer.    We are our portfolios.    This will provide samples.    Here are the details.

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Unpaid Interns/Bloggers: Is this a domestic Foxconn heating up?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Unpaid interns/bloggers are proving to be more trouble to organizations than the expenses they might be saving.    Lawsuits and lousy publicity have become standard.  I look at the risk shareholders face when they invest in companies which contract with unpaid help. 

Those 8000 new Huffington unpaid Patch bloggers: Develop niche expertise

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  According to Jeff Bercovici in FORBES , 8000 unpaid bloggers are being recruited by Huffington's hyper-local Patch.    Monday, I begin a telecommuting Managing Editor position for a publication dealing with consumer rights. 

AOL, Huffington: Unpaid Bloggers File Class-Action Suit

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  The unpaid bloggers, who view themselves with a grievance, are filing a lawsuit against Arianna Huffington and AOL.  The legal system is a crap shoot or a hail-mary pass. 

Here's the deal: Paid greeter at Wal-Mart or Unpaid Public Affairs Intern at Columbia Law School

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

There is a growing controversy: Should someone gain workplace experience by seeking out paid work, any kind, or by taking an unpaid internship in a prestigious institution.    It is seeking an unpaid Intern for its Public Affairs, 10 to 20 hours a week.    The latter, of course, provides access to power and that could be useful if you are young and attractive.

Chipotle Can't Catch a Break, Not in Court of Law, Not in Court of Public Opinion

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The obstacles include unpaid maternity leave at G-III. This is bad publicity for Trump since her signature is being the champion for women. Branding careers Current Affairs Ethics Food and Drink Games legal Media Personal Musings Politics Public Speaking Selling Values

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2009 in Public Relations

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The year 2009 was a crossroads one for public relations.    Expect more brutal outings as client grouse that the PR folks can't get them publicity because they don't know digital. Put in place an ethical policy not to recruit, use and abuse unpaid interns.    Publish opinion-editorials in THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, NEW YORK Magazine, and Politico.com when you do not and will not hire unpaid help.

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"What Happened" By Hillary Clinton - Books Keep Personalities in Limelight

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

That's if they have a seasoned publicist with the contacts to get them media interviews, paid or unpaid speaking engagements, and published reviews. Last night on "The Late Show" was Bernie Sanders. His new book is "Guide to a Political Revolution."

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Year of COVID-19: March 29, 2020 (a time of miracles)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Maybe Michele should add to her menu of paid services:  Dog Rescuer (which she already has been doing, unpaid, for decades and made her birthday a fundraiser for the CT Animal Haven). COVID-19 isn't just a sustained narrative of fear and suffering. There have been miracles.

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Chad Albright - The New Kind of Expatriate

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Albright majored in public relations. During that time, the unpaid nut was accruing interest. Of course, the student loan debt goes unpaid.  Back in the time of Ernest Hemingway and Gertrude Stein, being an expatriate was glam.    Now, it's evolved into a financial necessity. And not only for retirees and the semi-retired.    What could become commonplace is the narrative about Chad Albright. Here are all the details from the media.

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Before You "Do The Right Thing" and Blow Any Whistles.

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The Internal Revenue Service offers up to 30% on what your tip brings in about unpaid taxes. " Marketwatch provides a comprehensive guide about the rewards and risks of whistleblowing, along with what to do before making the decision to go public with a contention about wrongdoing.  In the end, their disclosures might have benefited the public good as well as the specific causes of individuals.

2019 40

The Black Life We Care About: Elie Mystal

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

After all, Mystal was hired by Abovethelaw and is a sought-after commentator and public speaker because the space he inhabits is unique. Most of us wring our hands over the $12K unpaid credit-card balance.

2016 60

AOL: Judge tosses lawsuit filed by dummies who blogged for free

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  I refer to them as dummies because, as with unpaid serial interns, they rarely get anywhere laboring in the digital vineyards for nada.    Unpaid work is of a lot less value than paid work.  "Tasini v.

Those Job "Auditions" - 4 Tips

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

There are also multiple copies, free to check out, in the public library. " Essentially that is a mandate in the recruitment process that you do unpaid work. Sure, the numbers have it that the job market in the U.S. is strong. 

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Donald Trump - Should he yank the account from Jones Day (and hire Saul Goodman)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

On Yahoo , Michael Isikoff reports: "While Donald Trump publicly calls for mass deportations of all undocumented immigrants, his presidential campaign has hired a law firm [Jones Day] that is fighting against the deportation of thousands of undocumented refugees from Central America."

2016 56

Manhattan PR - Fewer Jobs, More Internships

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The last full-time employee in a Manhattan public relations firm, shut off the light.    A cunning organizer would establish a collective bargaining something for the surging number of interns, paid and unpaid, in the public relations industry.    A performance art maestro can stage a 90-second event in Grand Central.    You bet, the interns will have the media contacts to cover that.

Non-Disclosure Agreements - Issue Crying Out for Congressional Investigation

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Therefore, it should not have been a surprise to me that I had to turn over the unpaid invoice for six completed assigned articles to collection agency AccountsReceivable. Often, both employees and gig workers are required to sign Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs).

The one habit you have to change to be a better speaker

Speak Schmeak

First of all, here are a few of the reasons I've heard for why someone would want to be better at public speaking: 1. Hard work includes practicing your skills so you get better at whatever it is you choose -- in this case, public speaking.

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David Messerschmitt - Confirmed He Was Living Sustained Double Life

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Messerschmitt's widow, Kim Vuong, had made a tearful public plea about information regarding the murder of her husband. Yet, this same man had to understand that recreational sex, paid and unpaid, was high risk.

2015 61

Paternity Leave - Still Throws Shade on a Career

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Yes, the federal Family and Medical Leave Act mandates 12 week of unpaid leave. In some top public relations firms, both sexes, childless and parents, hesitate to take all or even some of their vacation time.

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The one habit you have to change to be a better speaker

Speak Schmeak

First of all, here are a few of the reasons I've heard for why someone would want to be better at public speaking: 1. Hard work includes practicing your skills so you get better at whatever it is you choose -- in this case, public speaking.

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Media with Print Legacy - Even Andy Warhol's Interview Couldn't Make It

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The tipping point had been lawsuits over alleged unpaid wages and harassment.  I have handled digital publicity for a few of those books.  I also didn't need a ghostwriter to prepare articles for publication in third-party media.

2018 52

It's not about luck

Speak Schmeak

When I say I'm going on vacation, or working out in the middle of the day at a beautiful stadium across the street from the beach, or that I enjoy public speaking, there's always someone who says, "You're so lucky." I created this job for myself because I love public speaking.

2010 141

Playing Christopher Molisanti on "The Sopranos" - Road to success [much] longer than Michael Imperioli dreamed

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  That's what he tells readers in the current issue of the Buddhist publication SHAMBALA.     For four years the acting he did was unpaid [sound familiar, writers?] 

It's not about luck

Speak Schmeak

When I say I'm going on vacation, or working out in the middle of the day at a beautiful stadium across the street from the beach, or that I enjoy public speaking, there's always someone who says, "You're so lucky." I created this job for myself because I love public speaking.

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Guest post: The Woman Speaker Slot

The Eloquent Woman

I co-run a newsletter on public speaking in tech. There’s plenty to be said on fixing the problem of poor representation of women in tech, but there is one thing I am relatively certain will not fix anything, and that is asking women to do extra unpaid work.

2015 81

Lessons from a trade show

Speak Schmeak

It's a fun hobby for me, and unpaid, but I work it like the rest of them! Stories Engaging the Audience Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies The Business of Speaking CommunicationDownload audio here. I just spent the past three days at a specialty foods trade show.

Debt: Chasing the big score

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  There it would be possible to learn the dollar store business, maybe move up into store management, then corporate public relations.   The role she had was unpaid.  The big score.    The home run.    The big job. Close

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Beyond the Power of Position

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Of course, just as with the law firm employees, I never made the bad behavior public or reported it. Indirectly, I do work for them when the middleman is a public relations agency or think tank. Years ago, the unequal power in higher education also generated inappropriate behavior, ranging from sexual abuse to turning students into unpaid work slaves on behalf of professors.

2018 40

Beyond the Power of Position

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Of course, just as with the law firm employees, I never made the bad behavior public or reported it. Indirectly, I do work for them when the middleman is a public relations agency or think tank. Years ago, the unequal power in higher education also generated inappropriate behavior, ranging from sexual abuse to turning students into unpaid work slaves on behalf of professors.

2018 40

Jersey City, NJ - Hague era may be over, but not extreme (yenta) chutzpah

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

If you need your street cleaned you might be able to call Public Works, not have to proceed sideways.  Hasn't this street wear company heard that unpaid interns have successfully sued companies for violation of labor laws?

2013 61

Real Magic by Nana Danso - A Book Review

Speak and Deliver

Nana Danso is an up and coming speaker who has made a huge mark in Toastmasters as a four-time semi-finalist in the World Championship of Public Speaking, and, as seen in his TEDx presentation , has a bright future ahead of him. As I''ve said before - every speaker should have a book.

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Rogers & Cowan: Class Action Lawsuit Not Dead

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  A former account coordinator at Rogers & Cowan public relations agency filed a class action lawsuit which could include 500 people.    The suit seeks unpaid wages, penalties, and other compensation.  The U.S.

2011 52

Rule-Followers - Smirk Smirk

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

They are the folks at plaintiff law firm Motley Rice who conjured up applying the traditional concept of public nuisance to product liability.   When iGens ask me for an unpaid internship for my communication businesses I tell them: Stop listening to the rules.

2018 52

AT&T - Chest Pains, Recovered Alcoholic Craves Drink, Tears, and Lost Time from Business

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The billing on the new account (a downsized smart phone replacing the iPhone) would not proceed  The new account, because of an unpaid bill, would be shut down. Making points of law, policy issues, and politics accessible and engaging for the public, media, investors, and more.

2018 52

Grim Job Market? Think Work, Not Career Path

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  A number of my colleagues in public relations feel like telling those newbies applying for unpaid internships to get a paid job in Mickey D, keep their eyes open, and then eventually transfer what they learn to nail down better paying work or a position higher up the food chain. The new game might be getting, keeping, and moving on to better work, not starting and enhancing a career path. 

Time with Teachers-- or What I Did on my Summer Vacation

Speaking Of...

I''ve just returned from a three-day trip to Indianapolis, where I joined more than 85 members of the Madison Metropolitan School District and the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County spending their unpaid time participating in AVID Summer Institute. teaching AVID public schools Madison Metropolitan School district I am a tenured professor, and this is July of my first-ever sabbatical.

Influence: Lifestyle money can't buy

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  That's why when HuffingtonPost.com fired unpaid writer Mike Elk the story made waves.    careers Current Affairs Games Generational Divide Media Politics Public Speaking Web/TechWikileaks folk hero Julian Assange  likely doesn't give money a thought.    Even when the issue of bail came up, he could leave the gritty monetary details to his supporters who seemed tickled pink to get in the loop on that one. 

NEWSWEEK: Why so few ads

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  One digital property would could go under, and partly from the increasingly ugly feelings towards it in the court of public opinion, is AOL.    The plaintiff constitutes 9000 unpaid bloggers. 

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MBA still not a dog

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Meanwhile, fallbacks such as public interest law have become as glutted as trying to land a high paying job in a top law firm.    Some third-year law students feel a sense of victory if they are able to get an offer to do an unpaid job for a government agency. Overall, going for an MBA is still a good bet.    About 88 percent of the class of 2010 received offers, up from 84 percent from the class of 2009, reports THE WALL STREET JOURNAL. 

How to write, sell, and market a business book – II

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  At that major publishing house there is a lowly unpaid intern whose job it is to read every one of those manuscripts in the slush pile.    Once every five years or so, the intern finds a manuscript that is so compelling that she reads it all the way through, takes it up with an editor, and champions it all the way through the rest of the process to publication.  Tags: Audience-Centered Speaking Authenticity Books Current Affairs Public Speaking

Controversy Sells Book in Tough Market: Murdoch defender's book gets a bounce

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  That's exactly what public relations leader Bob Dilenschneider did late last week.    And that's this surprising development:  Dilenschneider's book "The AMA Handbook on Public Relations" started selling again. 

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