Millennials No "Easy Rider" Generation - Harley-Davidson's Sales Continue Downward

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Harley-Davidson can't regain its cultural hold as a symbol of freedom. The "Easy Rider" mindset isn't catching on with Millennials.    For 2017, reports MarketWatch , the company's motorcycle revenue dropped 6.8% to $4.92 billion. Global sales were down 6.7%, with the largest drop in the U.S. , at 8.5%. Harley-Davidson announced it's closing its Kansas City, Missouri plant, wiping out 800 jobs. There the popular Softtail model had been made.

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Uber, Lyft Could Shut Down Service in California

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  For riders, ride-hailing could be their only affordable option in the era of the coronavirus. As was major news, in California, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Ethan Schulman ruled Uber and Lyft had to reclassify their gig drivers as employees. The defendants have 10 days to appeal.

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Big Apple & New Year's Eve - Choose Between Uber Surge Pricing Or Cost of DUI Lawyer

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

" In the Second Circuit is the specific matter if riders have to submit to arbitration for resolving complaints. As many Uber riders know, they usually "click" the agreement to surrender the right to litigation. That means that riders using Uber will still have to absorb surge pricing. Right now in the Southern District of New York and the Second Circuit, issues related to Uber's surge pricing are pending. The case is "Meyer v. Kalanick."

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

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Some speculate that particular regulation was intended to discourage riders from bringing along large dogs. On that massive underground maze - the New York City subway - there is a regulation. 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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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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Quick takeaways from Presentation Summit 2011–Day 1, Part 2

PowerPoint Tips

She used a Buddhist metaphor of a rider on an elephant. The rider represents the mind and the elephant represents emotions and instinct. In the afternoon of the first day of Presentation Summit 2011, I heard 2 excellent presentations and wanted to share them with you. Carmen Taran: I Can’t Remember %#&$! Carmen Taran was the afternoon keynote speaker.

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Uber - Dark Symbol of What Can Go Very Wrong in Tech

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The concern is rider safety. Uber is not only financially distressed and considered a dog of an investment by SoftBank. It also remains a target for regulatory constraints. In fact, it is evolving into the signature for what can go so wrong in technology. Today, in the lucrative and large London market, the powers that be yanked Uber's permission to operate there. It is alleged that too many of the Uber drivers are unlicensed and uninsured. Here are more details from the media.

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How to simplify your presentation without dumbing it down

Speaking about Presenting

One of the hallmarks of a good rider is that their heels are down. But the low heels of the good rider are a product of the way they sit on the horse, not a product of jamming their heels down. Making a presentation simple requires hard thinking. You might be concerned that in your quest to make your presentation simple, you’ll dumb it down.

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Dental - Will That Be Next Industry U.S. Will Lose?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

That is the cost for enrolling in the dental rider program for one month. Therefore, after that one-time use, I had called and terminated the rider. The irony is this: On October 24th, when I cancelled that dental insurance rider, I warned the UnitedHealthcare customer folks that this would happen. The billing mistake entailed $39. I had used it in October 2018. I wanted that to be a one-time use.

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A lesson from George Hincapie

Speak Schmeak

At 36, Hincapie is a veteran rider of five Olympic Games, 13 Tours de France, dozens of international races, and has several national and world championships to his name. He hasn't risen to the position of team captain, won stages and races, and received awards like "Most Aggressive Rider" by letting his fears inhibit him and hold him back.

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Hardball - Playbook of Ride-Hail Companies in California

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In that both drivers and riders can find themselves financially undone at the worst of times. The San Francisco, California trial judge who reclassified Lyft gig workers, along with those at Uber, as employees had been willing to hold off on imposing the ruling until August 20.

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Joke Contest — Creative Cures

Humor Power

The cure for young people wearing low-rider pants exposing their underwear: Require all parents to wear low-rider pants exposing their underwear. The challenge for this month’s Joke Contest is Creative Cures. The theme was inspired by Sol Morrison from Santa Barbara, California. Here are three examples: The cure for global warming: Outlaw political speeches.

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Girl Falls From Amusement Park Ride - Legal/Branding Fall-Out

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Not giving appropriate instructions to riders. On the con side, here are the amusement park's usual defenses: Riders are aware of the risks and decided to go ahead anyway. The world rejoices that the ride-faller at Six Flags Great Escape was rescued. The condition of that 14-year-old girl remains unknown, however. But, in this litigious society, the question on so many minds is: Does she have grounds for a lawsuit? In addition, the brand is everything.

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Rosie's 1901, Mobile, Alabama - Ministering to the Soul of Motorcycling (step-thru scooters, too)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Essentially, what I had been looking for was this: I needed a motorcycle dealer to answer my questions about how to become a legal motorcycle rider in AL and if I could get away with graduating from a scooter to a real motorcycle without having to re-learn how to shift gears.

"Michelangelos" - Titan Brings Ceiling Ads To MBTA Trains, Buses

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

When stuck on the subway or bus and determined to avoid eye contact with fellow riders, we tend to stay looking up. Yes, we look up. That's what the Titan Advertising Agency in the Boston area knows. For its long-term client the MBTA, Titan is piloting the placement of ads on the ceilings of trains and buses. The experiment is called "Michelangelos." " As you recall, it was the design genius by that name who put religious art on the ceilings of cathedrals.

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Crashes are part of the race

Speak Schmeak

Having watched the Tour de France for the past eleven years as well as other cycling races, I have come to understand that riders will get sick, the weather will range from sweltering to freezing, people will crash, get injured and leave the race, and all of this is completely normal. Sure, I imagine that the riders hope for perfect weather, no illnesses and no crashes, but that never happens.

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Off Rollercoaster for Weekend - Dow Expected to Head Higher Today

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

" But for the weekend, riders probably have received a pass to get off the ride and relax. Like the cliché "perfect storm," a stale buzzword has been applied to the global equities markets. The term is "rollercoaster." The Wall Street journal reports, "Futures pointed to a 0.4% opening gain for S&P 500 and Dow …" It's 8:01 A.M. New York time. Those who checked our portfolios see losses still.

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Merwede - Model for Pedestrian/Bike-Friendly Neighborhood Can be Imported to America from Netherlands

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

As confidence and skill build, riders can trade up their bikes to a more sophisticated model.  The proposed neighborhood of Merwede in Dutch city Utrecht will be totally walk/bike friendly for its 12,000 residents, reports Fast Company. Public transportation will be available to all parts of the Netherlands.    Those residents will have to adjust, though, to sharing a car with two other neighbors. Yes, there will only be allowed one car for every three households.

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Don't crash and burn

Speak Schmeak

Some teams and riders have been caught off guard by tight curves and hairpin turns, causing crashes or loss of time taking unexpected turns too cautiously. Riders will note how tight the turns are, how bumpy or gravelly the road is, where there might be slippery painted lines on a rainy day. Another Tour de France analogy (sorry, folks -- if athlete analogies bug you, come back in a couple of weeks when the Tour is over!):

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Don't crash and burn

Speak Schmeak

Some teams and riders have been caught off guard by tight curves and hairpin turns, causing crashes or loss of time taking unexpected turns too cautiously. Riders will note how tight the turns are, how bumpy or gravelly the road is, where there might be slippery painted lines on a rainy day. Another Tour de France analogy (sorry, folks -- if athlete analogies bug you, come back in a couple of weeks when the Tour is over!):

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Cereal Needs Its Cool Factor

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Uber riders' rankings could go up one notch on that 1-to-5 scale if they tip partly in those mini boxes of cereal.  Cereal just isn't cool. And in this era of high tech we all have to be cool or seem it. No surprise, Kellogg's earnings for Q2 were down 16%. Here is the coverage from Annie Gaspararro at The Wall Street Journal (sub. req.).

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Let go of your ego

Speak Schmeak

How hard do you think it must be to take a back seat to a fellow rider? As speakers, we are often concerned with appearing perfect and flawless to our audiences. While we're focusing on ourselves and trying so hard to come across as witty, clever, brilliant and smooth, our egos are getting in the way of serving the audience. Take a look at Lance Armstrong , 7-time winner of the Tour de France.

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Reflections on Lance Armstrong’s Confession

Manner of Speaking

My wife Julie and I got engaged in France in 1991 and spent three days in the French town of Alençon cheering on riders like Greg LeMond, Steve Bauer and Sean Kelly. An awful lot of ink has been spilt over the past few days about Lance Armstrong in the wake of his confession to Oprah Winfrey. And more ink will doubtless continue to be spilt in the weeks, months and years to come. As it turns out, it really wasn’t about the bike.

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I went for my third bike ride in 13 years today.

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

From the ages of 5 to almost 45, I was an avid bike rider. I went for my third bike ride in 13 years today. Rode spring, summer and fall almost on a daily basis; a one-hour ride was a short ride for me.

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Post-Affluence: Salvation Army vs. Goodwill

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  The other riders interrogated her what was the better thrift shop: Salvation Army versus Goodwill. "This top, which still had a Talbot label on it, cost me $1.80 in the Salvation Army." "   That was the talk on the bus today.    The woman, who had been laid off from a bank last year finally got another job at Wal-Mart.    She was boasting about her bargains. 

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Crashes are part of the race

Speak Schmeak

Having watched the Tour de France for the past eleven years as well as other cycling races, I have come to understand that riders will get sick, the weather will range from sweltering to freezing, people will crash, get injured and leave the race, and all of this is completely normal. Sure, I imagine that the riders hope for perfect weather, no illnesses and no crashes, but that never happens. Download audio here.

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The Stare: Perception

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

 As the NEW YORK POST reports, she perceived fellow rider Heather Burke staring at her. It must have been pretty hot standing on the subway platform waiting for the #6 train heading north in Manhattan.  Once on the train Ashley Jacob's demons might have started in on her.  Apparently that didn't sit well with her.  Jacob allegedly stabbed Burke. In communications we know perception is everything.

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Current Speakers and their Books – V: Chip and Dan Heath

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

The second, Switch , creates a very simple framework for accomplishing change: Direct the Rider (provide clear directions for our rational sides), Motivate the Elephant (engage our emotions), and. Chip and Dan Heath have written two highly successful books: Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Thrive and Others Die , and Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard. The first, Made to Stick , took Robert Cialdini’s ideas from his classic book Influence and made them more accessible.

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4 famous speeches by women athletes from The Eloquent Woman Index

The Eloquent Woman

Worth a thousand Lances:" British Olympic cyclist Nicole Cook''s retirement speech took on Lance Armstrong and the cyclist doping scandal, how poorly women are treated in the sport, and the need for future protections for women and girl riders. With the Winter Olympics in full swing, it feels right to turn Famous Speech Friday over to some women athletes whose words are as powerful as their performances in sport.

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Life Is a Highway - But What Has the Right to Be on It, As Well as the Sidewalks?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Issues include: Safety of both those on the alternates and pedestrians/car riders. Ok, Boomer remembers the Americana of Seeing the USA in Your Chevrolet. It was all that simple. The "it" was how to get from Point A to all the other locations out there. The answer: a car. No longer is it that simple. We are asking: What kinds of vehicles have the "right" to use the roads, as well as the sidewalks, particularly in urban areas?

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Obstacles to Traveling Green - "Decesare v. Horn, Revel Transit"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Yet, the vehicle can travel up to 30 miles an hour and the rider has to navigate the crowded streets of New York City. Last July, a New York City bicyclist filed a lawsuit in New York State Supreme Court against a man riding an electric moped (e-motor scooter) and the company renting out that vehicle. Soon enough, the whole e-motor scooter industry has been put on trial - in the media, among safety activists, and seemingly even dealers who sell those vehicles.

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"Remember James Tate" - Speakers have a new multi-purpose anecdote

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Currently the state legislature is considering a rider on a bill which would permit Tate to attend the prom.  James Tate has evolved into a global symbol of a miscarriage of justice.    Media coverage of this "crime" and the punishment inflicted on him by the Shelton, Connecticut high school has gone viral, including late-night's "Jimmy Kimmel" show. 

Building the Best Possible "Pay It Forward" Model for Higher Ed Finance

Speaking Of...

The only way to make it financially feasible and prevent it from furthering inequality is to reduce the fraction of free-riders. There are simply too many free-riders in the Pay It Forward model, affecting both its sustainability and creating some really negative consequences for those in the public sector. The last week was swept away by Hurricane "Pay It Forward," a new bill advanced by progressives in Oregon.

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Do your company's meetings and offsites need a code of conduct?

The Eloquent Woman

It's called "voting with your feet," and many have suggested riders do the same with Uber to make their disapproval known. In the recently released "Holder report" recommendations prepared by Covington & Burling for Uber about its corporate culture and needed changes , there was buried a recommendation that women speakers should know about: Codes of conduct should apply to both in-house meetings and offsite meetings.

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How are your observational skills?

Speak Schmeak

A lot of riders, Bob, are going to have to dig deep today." During last night's Tour de France coverage, commentator Craig Hummer made the following segue: "We should make note of the area's most famous landmark, the coal mine behind us. Clever! He managed to give a bit of information about the area, and use the expression "dig deep" as a subtle double entendre, in order to transition to his next idea.

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Top Stories for Wednesday

TJ Walker Interactive

Ann Coulter On O’Donnell And Bill Maher: They ‘Date Black Gals So They Think They’re Freedom Riders’ HD. Ann Romney appears on NBC’s Tonight Show With Jay Leno HD. September 26, 2012 8:49 AM. Edit. " />. 91 6 0 7. Mitt Romney Bashes Teachers Unions HD. September 26, 2012 8:47 AM. Edit. " />. 9 2 0 1. Obama Campaign Launches new Anti- Romney 47% TV Ads HD. September 26, 2012 8:46 AM. Edit. " />. 15 2 0 1.

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Are You Storytelling Challenged?

Speak and Deliver

It took a few days, but now Riley is an expert rider, and loves the feeling of the wind blowing through her blonde hair as she zooms down our street." Storytelling is the sinewy strength of your ability to Speak & Deliver. Our lives are full of stories, from the ones we read, watch, and listen to to the stories we live everyday. Stories provide the muscle, skin, hair, and even the makeup on the skeleton of our speech structure.

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How are your observational skills?

Speak Schmeak

A lot of riders, Bob, are going to have to dig deep today." During last night's Tour de France coverage, commentator Craig Hummer made the following segue: "We should make note of the area's most famous landmark, the coal mine behind us. Clever! He managed to give a bit of information about the area, and use the expression "dig deep" as a subtle double entendre, in order to transition to his next idea.

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Jobsworthy News: Council official to walk along a path that doesn’t exist

Max Atkinson

A council surveyor will have to walk the length of the path, which does not yet exist, and decide if trees might be damaged by cyclists, walkers and horse riders. For sheer entertainment, our local newspaper takes some beating. Where else but in the Wells Journal would you find such surprising news in the run-up to Christmas as was revealed under the headline ‘BUSY TIME FOR POSTAL WORKERS’?

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Occupational Illness — Joke Contest Results

Humor Power

The Occupational Illness contest was popular. It’s time for the results. New Joke Contests are announced mid-month. New Cartoon Caption Contests are announced on the first of each month. Here are this month’s top lines: ** FIRST PLACE **. Vanna White: Irritable Vowel Syndrome. Marty Bernstein, Oak Park, Illinois, USA. ** SECOND PLACE **. McDonald’s restaurant manager: Fallen Arches. Carrie Paige. ** THIRD PLACE **.

Contest Results — IQ Pressure Points

Humor Power

It’s time for the results of our July Joke Contest. The theme is “ IQ Pressure Points.” ” Things that raise and lower your IQ. The top lines were selected by our panel of eight judges (speakers and improv players). New Joke Contests are announced at the start of the month. The next contest will be announced on August 1. Here are the top lines for the July contest: ** FIRST PLACE **.

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Rosa Parks: Speak for yourself

The Eloquent Woman

Famous for refusing to give up her seat on the bus in Montgomery, Alabama, for a white rider, Parks often had her story interpreted for her, as Gail Collins notes in America's Women : The legend that built up around the incident.was that Parks, a simple woman exhausted from a hard day at work, took her stand because she was tired.

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Famous Speech Friday: British Olympic cyclist Nicole Cook's retirement speech

The Eloquent Woman

With three themes--the difficulty she faced as a woman cyclist, the doping scandals, and the need for future protections for girls and women in the sport--Cook balances often damning revelations about the sport''s governance, fellow riders and sponsors with support and praise for those who did the right thing. Because she isn''t Lance Armstrong, you may not have noticed British cyclist Nicole Cook''s retirement speech back in January.

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