When Regulators Snoop, Crypto Markets Get Spooked

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Every time there is a threat of regulation or an actual regulation, the market prices of various cryptocurrencies usually plunge. It's a hex on your stock price. That is, when the SEC begins snooping around if a subsidiary is trading cryptocurrencies.    Overstock's tZero has been hoping to use a token sale to raise $250 million.

Premium Branding in Residential Complexes: Child-Regulated Zones

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Maybe it is a new kind of war: Those over-50 w/o grandchildren and those with them. Maybe the law just hasn't caught up to the realities of apartment living. Or, it could be that America is no country for children. Whatever. I anticipate individual and class-action lawsuit contending children in a residential complex have been a public nuisance. This could become as much a legal trend as gender discrimination litigation against employers such as major law firms.


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"60 Minutes" Interview with YouTube's Susan Wojcicki - Bring on the Regulators

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Bring on the regulators. On "60 Minutes," YouTube chief executive officer Susan Wojcicki shocked the world. And, probably never again, will anyone put the knock on lawyers for being moral relativists. She won that title. Here is the coverage from Tech Crunch. And, here is video of the actual "60 Minutes" interview. In her conversation with Lesley Stahl, Wojcicki made a distinction. 

Screaming Kids - Yes, Regulate Them Out Of Public Places

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

We want regulations created about how long that screaming can go on before the child and caretaker have to be ejected from the scene. Since there are no regulations in-place, that disturbing behavior was allowed to continue. Supposed modern parents assume that it's "natural" for their kids to scream in public places. And that they are doing in restaurants, transportation facilities, and even libraries. Many members of society are not as tolerant.

Anonymous "Cyberbullying" - NY State wants to regulate

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Both the New York State House and Senate have bills which would create regulations about anonymous comments posted on sites on the Internet, reports Margaret Hartmann at  NEW YORK Magazine.   For example, if the comment is perceived as "cyberbullying" and the website is notified about that through an 800 number or email address it provides, then the website would have to notify the posters to reveal themselves or the comment will be deleted.

Financial regulators were 'party poopers'

Max Atkinson

Talking about the origins of the crisis, Nobel prize winner Joseph Stiglitz is explaining the origins of the crisis - when there was a party going on that got out of hand because the regulators didn't want to be 'party poopers'. Economics is a highly technical subject that can make it difficult for anyone trying to explain things like the recent financial crisis to a general audience.

No, Social Networks Aren't Effective at Self-Regulating - But, Beware What's Proposed to Take Over that Function

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The assumption was that those digital platforms for self-expression and connecting could and would regulate themselves. The assumption is that networks are unable to self-regulate and/or if they do it is too little too late.  There was really a time - it seems light years ago - when idealism was high about social networks. In the worse-case scenarios, if posters proved to be rhetorical miscreants, the network's powers that be would remove the content.

Mickey D: No pinata for regulators, plaintiff bar

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Chamber of Commerce and other pro-business, anti-tort groups, it could have found itself a target for regulators and a pinata for the plaintiff bar.  In a brilliant and self-protective public relations move, McDonald's issued an immediate recall of those cadmium Shrek glasses.    As Kit R. Roane reports  on CNNMoney.com, the world didn't "hear McDonald's complaining, shifting blame or running for cover." 

Viagra-Ad Spoof: Tactic leveraged in lawyer's presentation about tax regulations

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Abendroth framed discussion of tax regulations as a spoof of the Viagra ad.  In its marketing, the legal sector is not known for great performance art.    Television, for example, is filled with talking heads hammering how important are your rights and how much they will help you achieve justice. That's the low end.    At the high end is the old-line persona of WASP gravitas.

Crisis Media Preparation – 6 Crucial Rules

Matt Eventoff

regulators warned West Virginia Coal Mine This week has been rife with examples of organizations that have had a rough go in the media. The week began with the social media storm surrounding GreenPeace, Sinar Mas and Nestle, playing out on Nestle’s Facebook fan page. There are new issues, a record fine and overall Washington troubles for Toyota (more on this here and here ). Front and center has been Massey Energy and the unspeakable tragedy unfolding in West Virginia.

How Obama Can Smoke Out Mitt: Call for Breaking Up the Biggest Banks – Robert Reich

TJ Walker Interactive

Uncategorized "Barack Obama (US President)" "Mitt Romney (Businessperson)" Breaking banks Biggest financial regulation Robert Reich

Japanese Crypto Coincheck Exchange Hacked - Expect More Regulation

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

At most, investors and advocates should expect more regulation. and worldwide regulation of cryptocurrency specifically and blockchain technology in general, the Chamber of Digital Commerce has hired a lobbying firm. The hack of Japanese Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange didn't bring the whole cryptocurrency industry down. Yes, in 2014, the company went bankrupt. But investors continued their interest in cryptocurrencies.

Unmasking the Myths of Silicon Valley Innovation

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

She debunks the myth that innovation in Silicon Valley is a result of brilliant young minds (Jobs & Wozniak; Page & Brin) unfettered by regulations thriving in garages in a California […]. Alerted to the work of the economist Mariana Mazzucato by an intriguing Lunch with the FT article I took a look at her blog.

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Free Webinar tomorrow: Learn the Physiology of Information Overload

Beyond Bullet Points

How an effective presentation regulates the physiology of the audience. What you can do to start regulating your audience – and yourself. Have you ever wondered why your blood boils or you grow ice cold when you experience an overwhelming amount of information? There actually may be a physiological explanation, which heightens the need for getting it right when it comes to presenting information effectively no matter what tools you use.

Every Breath You Take

Manner of Speaking

Intentional deep breathing calms and regulates the autonomic nervous system. Every breath you take, Every move you make, Every bond you break, Every step you take, I’ll be watching you. The Police. Breathing. We do it constantly and, usually, unconsciously.

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Speech quotation for the week

Pivotal Public Speaking

It’s regulated because it’s often effective speech. ~. ~ Advertising is speech. Jef I. Richards.

Compliance - That's where the jobs are, including for ghostwriters

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Increasingly, as a ghostwriter/speechwriter, I am doing assignments associated with regulations. Those range from explaining the regulation to lobbying against a certain proposed law. What makes compliance issues intellectually stimulating is speculating about the implications of a regulation. New York University School of Law has started a blog focused solely on the field of compliance. It's called "Compliance & Enforcement."

2016 43

Have Carrier, Can Travel - Dogs Beat Our Regs on NYC Subway

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

On that massive underground maze - the New York City subway - there is a regulation.   Some speculate that particular regulation was intended to discourage riders from bringing along large dogs. It is that dogs brought on the trains must be contained in a carrier.  Whatever. Well, dog parents have gotten creative and Instagram has taken notice. Dogs, of all breeds and sizes, are coming aboard in containers ranging from shopping totes to suitcases.

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John Roberts - Restores Integrity to US Supreme Court

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Thanks to his vote, as reports The Guardian: "The US supreme court is stopping Louisiana from enforcing new regulations on abortion clinics, in a test of the conservative court's views on abortion rights." The four other conservatives on the court such as Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh would have permitted the new regulations to be legal. Social media, such as Twitter, buzzed with amazement at and praise for SCOTUS chief justice John Roberts' objectivity.

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Presenter roles: What role do you play?

PowerPoint Tips

Perhaps employees are not following regulations and so you set up a presentation to show them why the regulations are important and the consequences of not following them. You want to persuade these employees to follow all of the regulations. As presenters, we play various roles. It all depends on the situation. Who gave you the assignment to present. What the goal is. Who the audience is.

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Cryptocurrencies - South Korea Backs Off from Harsh Regulatory Position

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

That was primarily triggered by South Korea's regulations.  As Eli Meixler reports in Fortune , the nation's leaders are considering creating a licensing system which would regulate its cryptocurrency exchanges. Essentially, the licensing system, explains Meixler: " imposes detailed reporting regulations and a minimum capital requirement, limiting the number of firms and currencies that qualify.

PR Representatives - Are they lobbyists?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"Five PR agencies filed suit against the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics on Tuesday morning, seeking a temporary restraining order blocking the body from enacting regulations that would reclassify public affairs professionals as lobbyists."  If New York has these regulations, other states could adopt them.

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Bitcoin - Lobbyists, Public Relations Pros Understand Power of Regulatory Uncertainty

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

So, it should have been expected that the perceived value of bitcoin would plummet as the world embraced that it as well as  other cryptocurrencies would be regulated. Part of the terror about regulation was kicked off by indications in China, Japan, and South Korea about getting serious about creating and imposing regulations. It's downright primitive. Fear of the unknown is the most terrifying form of angst.

2018 43

RISK - Of Course, That's Part of Investing in Cryptocurrencies (and it's big)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

there could be regulations which are game-changers. SEC head Jay Clayton indicated that he considered Initial Coin Offerings (ICO) securities and would regulate them as such. Throughout the history of capitalism, the threat of new regulations could spook investors. The gleeful meme about cryptocurrencies is that they are the newest way investors could lose everything. And in the future.

2018 40

Global Crypto Players Get Smart about Public Relations

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It has long been known in the cryptocurrency market that the future will be determined by regulations around the world. They're the ones advocating regulations for themselves. "Some of Europe's largest digital-coin brokers, who would be saddled with the new rules, are actually asking for them in a bid to clear the air and shake off perceptions they help criminals transfer money."  "  - Todd White, Bloomberg, May 7, 2018. Here is the article.

2018 40

Should $137.5 Billion (annually) U.S. Gambling Industry Be Worried?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Schuster contends that tables games and the slot machines withhold funds from winners and violate state gaming regulations. According to state regulations 6-5 can be legal only when certain terms and conditions are made that ensure a level playing field.  In its first week the new Everett, MA casino Encore Boston Harbor made $16.79 million. Annually, it estimates it will earn revenue of $800 million. That's a nice economic story for the Boston Metro area.

2019 40

Brand Bitcoin - No Longer Megawatt

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

" What could be spooking traders is that the threat of regulation hovers over the now-wild west territory of cryptocurrency. Of course, regulations will change the game. As an investment and a possible platform for everyday financial transactions, bitcoin may become solid. But, what's currently in play is its brand as the shiny new toy everyone who's anyone should own. That is, its popularity is in the decline, at least for the current time.

2018 40

The Introductory Guide to Psychographic Segmentation


Regulators worldwide are now issuing compliance requirements for digitally collecting, storing, and analyzing sensitive customer data. These regulations also limit the scope of psychographics in marketing. How do you know that your marketing campaign will appeal to the target audience?

Uber - Public Relations Strategy + Delaying Tactics in the Courtroom

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Uber has the resources to play a long game in public outreach and in terms of litigation and regulations.  In California, Uber has not been doing so hot. The latest ruling reclassifies Uber's gig workers as employees. But that's on hold as Uber appeals.

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Cryptocurrencies - Regulaton Coming, Predicts SEC Head Jay Clayton

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Some contend that cryptocurrency couldn't and shouldn't be regulated.   However, he also predicted that digital currencies will be monitored and regulated as have traditional currencies. SEC head Jay Clayton does not agree. This week he issued a 2,300 word guidance on how investors and Wall Street should approach and manage digital currencies. Here is a copy of that document. Essentially, Clayton said: Use extreme caution. Ask questions. 

2017 40

Uber Earns "Branding Points" During MTA Power Outage Delaying Subways

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

This will earn it plenty of branding points with all its constituencies, ranging from riders to regulators. The weather is hot. With more hot to come. The city is on edge. And then the MTA power goes off. That delays subways for all lines. Even after the power got back on the subway system was still running slow. Uber moved in. It offered $5 UberPool rides anywhere in New York City. Here is the coverage in the New York Post. Branding Current Affairs Personal Musings Politics Travel

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Cryptocurrency - Wild West, Way Internet Had Been

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Since there is little regulation globally, this kind of scam is not illegal. Part of the solution could be to regulate cryptocurrency exchanges and markets. It's a $200 billion market. And essentially unregulated, just as early internet activities had been. That's where cryptocurrency stands.    So, no surprise, members of the business media are reporting the wild fluctuations in the investment value of various cryptocurrencies. 

Bad Timing for Alleged Sexual Harassment at Amazon

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Increasingly, regulators in Europe and the U.S. If sexual harassment is proved, that could push open the door for regulators to check out what else might be going on. The "verdict" is in: Sexual harassment of females has been standard in the U.S. entertainment industry. The latest development in that is that head of Amazon Studios-Roy Price-has been put on immediate leave. The allegation, you got it, is sexual harassment. Here are the details. 

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Getting Out of the Uber Habit

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

COVID-19, not international, national, and local regulation, could be the beginning of the end of Uber. Depending on who is doing the counting, Uber's core business - ride-hailing - is down 80% to 94%. With shelter-in-place standard in so many locations, folks aren't using Uber much. The company, reports BusinessInsider , is considering a variety of options for weathering the COVID-19 realities and uncertainties. One is laying off 5,400 workers or 20% of its workforce.

2020 43

Drudge Report - Trumpism Triggers Confidence Surge among Small Businesses

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

After all, Trumpism advocates blowing up unnecessary regulation. And regulation not only impedes small business. The conservative Drudge Report links the boom in optimism among small businesses to Trumpism. The Drudge Report may be on he money. Compliance is expensive. "Small business" is officially defined as an enterprise with no more than 500 employees. So how does this confidence surge look?

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Kinesics: The Categories of Gesture

Kuhnke Communication

Building on Birdwhistell’s work, Professor Paul Ekman and his colleague Wallace V Friesen classified kinesics into five categories: emblems, illustrations, affective displays, regulators and adaptors. Regulators. Regulators – body movements that control, adjust, and sustain the flow of a conversation – are frequently relied on to feedback how much of the message the listener has understood.

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The Roman Catholic Church Brand - Can Reduced Corruption/Transparency Restore It to "Grace?"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Recently he issued rules regulating both vendors and those inside the Vatican doing the purchasing. "The Vatican published new procurement rules intended to prevent corruption …"  - Francis X. Roca, The Wall Street Journal , June 1, 2020. With increasing scrutiny on all aspects of how the Roman Catholic Church operates, its leader - Pope Francis - has evolved into a kind of Chief Compliance Officer.

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Those Cryptocurrency Exchanges - SEC Issues Warning to Investors

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Eventually regulations will be put in-place. So, no surprise, when there is a new regulation enacted or threatened anywhere around the world, the price of crypto can drop. Until Cryptoland is regulated, reports Romain Dillet in TechCrunch , the SEC warns investors to be cautious. Much of CryptoLand is a Wild Wild West. Not that such chaos is all bad. Lots of wealth is being built. But also plenty of fraud is occurring. That will change a lot.

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Dunning Kruger-Effect: Why Unintelligent People Don’t Learn?


A statement by Eric Schmidt, the former CEO of Google, warned that the ‘excess’ of social media is going to result in more regulations on the Internet. Many people claim to be experts at something they are simply not good at. Despite this, they can claim to be exceptionally good at the task.

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Crisis Response – Plan to Protect Your Corporate Reputation… Today, Pt I

Matt Eventoff

Who reaches out to Regulators? An unfortunate reality of life is that crises occur, and they often occur when we least expect it. Few organizations are hit with a crisis situation on a Tuesday afternoon at 2pm when things are a bit slow and all hands are on deck. So what are some steps your organization can take to prepare today? 1) Start planning now. Plan and prepare before you need to. What are your organizational themes when you are not in crisis mode? Identify your key messages.

The 6 Key Principles of Effective Stakeholder Management


There are also other external project stakeholders, less often identified as such public agencies when projects involve current legislation or regulations, customers of the client company who stand to benefit, outside groups/organizations that may support or oppose the project.

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Theranos - Limits to the Power of Story-Telling

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

regulators, the company now faces at least eight other lawsuits filed in federal courts in California and Arizona by patients who claim that faulty blood tests led to heart attacks or other issues. Regulators have banned Holmes from being in that industry. After being sanctioned by U.S. It's also facing fraud claims in state court in Delaware from one of its investors [Partner Fund Management]." " - Bloomberg, October 14, 2016.    Here is the article.

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New York City Streets - Suicide Lane for Yellow Taxi, Black Car Drivers

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Uber and Lyft, which aren't subject to the same regulations, are eating not only their lunch but also their investment in taxi medallions.   Those old-line regulations dictate the amount of fares and the number of vehicles. Suicide seems like a solution when you can't pay your bills. And there seems to be no exit ramp from the financial troubles. After all, America is the global headquarters for capitalism.