National Association of Government Communicators: June 13-15, St. Louis

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Here’s some information on NAGC’s Communications School in St. Louis: Chris O’Neil, Chief of Media Relations for the National Transportation Safety Board, will teach you how to define communication goals, separate strategy from tactics, and effectively use research and evaluation in a half-day advance training workshop at the 2017 NAGC Communications School in St. Louis. […].

Whistleblowing: Reaches right up into the office of Janet Napolitano, St. Louis U blows whistle on whistleblower

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Meanwhile, back at the St. Louis University Law School where former Dean Annette Clark blew the whistle through letters to the President and to the faculty, which were made public, now has had the whistle blown on her.  What a difference a few days make.    What started out on this blog as a deconstruction of the strange and reckless values of whistleblowing could wind up a dark comedy.

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Johnson & Johnson Branding, Market Value - 2019 Looks Horrific

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It was in July 2018 that a jury in plaintiff-friendly St. Louis, Missouri awarded a $4.6 The St. Louis courtroom action was only one of the eight such trials in 2018. Of them, four will be that same plaintiff-friendly court in St. Louis. billion verdict against Johnson & Johnson to 22 women.    The issue was that its product - talc-based baby powder - caused ovarian cancer. The fatal ingredient is asbestos.

Mark and Patricia McCloskey - Not a Karen-and-Ken Mess

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The sensationalistic media about St. Louis lawyers Mark and Patricia McCloskey is, well, amazing. Essentially, those just scanning the headlines would conclude: Here is a Karen and Ken. They are living in a McMansion. When BLM supporters took a shortcut across their property on the way to the mayor's house, both Mark and Patricia waved firearms. Yes, both were packing heat. Mark had an AR and Patricia a handgun.

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That Child Face Down On Turkish Beach - Memories Of Voyage Of Damned During Holocaust

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The St. Louis , carrying those attempting to flee the Nazi, wasn't allowed into Cuba or the U.S. Those who secured passage on St. Louis assumed that they had escaped the fate of so many of their Jewish relatives and friends. That image of a child face down on a Turkish beach already is iconic. But, just as in the Holocaust, some of us don't have much hope that the tragedy impinging on most of these refugees can be prevented.

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Extreme Branding Opportunity for Johnson & Johnson: Verdict Win in Talc "Forrest et al."

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The jury in St. Louis Circuit Court ruled for the defense in "Vickie Forrest et al. Johnson & Johnson et al."  "  As Bloomberg reports, members of the jury determined that Johnson & Johnson's talc product did not cause the plaintiff's ovarian cancer and the corporation did not fail to warn about any medical dangers. Medical testimony showed no evidence of asbestos in Forrest's tissues.

Reform Coming from Unexpected Source: Jurors

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  The latest message sent has been in St. Louis County. The trend, reported Law.com , is over-the-top jury awards. Currently, some jurors view themselves as change agents in society. And they are leveraging nuclear verdicts to send messages to the defendants. One of those awards was for $8 billion against Johnson & Johnson in the Risperdal litigation.  Victim of gay bias in the police department, Sgt. Keith Wildhaber had been awarded $20 million.

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This Doesn't Fit with How FBI Is Portrayed on TV - Allegations about William Tisaby

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Back in 2015, St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner contracted with Tisaby about allegations that the then governor was threatening to release to the public a naughty photo of a woman if she outed their affair. "The former FBI agent [William Don Tisaby] who investigated Missouri's former Republican Governor Eric Greitens has been indicted. on six counts of perjury and one count of tampering with physical evidence." 

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Age Bias? Smirk Smirk

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

For example, here are the myriad categories of remote gig, part-time, and full-time ways to make a buck in St. Louis, Missouri. According to ProPublica , you as aging workers are bound to be forced out of your job and only one in 10 of you will land a comparable one.    You can rant against age bias or you can do The Hustle. That's the new way the majority of adults of all generations are making ends meet after losing a job or having their hours cut.

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Haran Kumar, 17, Headed for Harvard - Dead, Possibly a Suicide

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Missing since Thursday from his family's home in the St. Louis, Missouri Metro area, Kumar's body was found.  Darkness has again fallen on one of America's best and brightest. Haren Kumar, 17, was headed for Harvard in the fall to study computer science and history. That won't happen.   Some suspect suicide. He was known to have suffered from clinical depression. Too often he isolated himself. Here are more details from the New York Post. 

The Hero Who Makes the Beer Run - 7Now App Can Eliminate the Hero's Journey

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Those markets include biggies like New York City and San Francisco but all less prominent metro area like St. Louis, MO. There is that moment: Everyone in the social gathering realizes the beer is running out. The good mood will deflate - unless some hero makes a beer run. We hear that narrative over and over again at recovery meetings. Soon enough the cops stop the hero on the road. He or she is arrested for DUI. And, another lawyer gets a nice piece of that niche business.

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NYC PR Pro, Virginia Jamieson, Management Consultant, Ryan Dipede, Investigated In Their Baby's Death

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

At the time, he was being cared for by a nanny, Claire St. Louis. "A wealthy Brooklyn couple [Virginia Jamieson, Ryan Dipede] is at the center of a murder mystery involving the death of their 2-month old baby [Hudson Dipede] - which was ruled a homicide Tuesday, nearly nine months after he died." " - New York Post, June 23, 2015. Here is the article.

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All-Too-Familiar Political Narrative: Illicit Affair, Then Alleged Blackmail

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Today he was indicted by a St. Louis grand jury. When members of the media out an illicit affair by a government official constituents et al. brace for the next shoe to drop: disclosure that those in the loop have been blackmailed, have been the blackmailers, or have been threatened with blackmail. That's the #1 peril of having trusted servants caught up in matters of the heart.

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On My Regret List: Over-Education

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

So obvious is this mismatch that the Federal Reserve of St. Louis has raised the issue if higher education is worth it. Bloomberg hammers this: For Q4 2018, student loan delinquencies totaled $166.4 billion. An account is classified as "delinquent" when it is 90 days overdue. The main reason is that what graduates earn is not enough to enable the payment of the student loan debt.

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"Burroughs: The Movie" - The Legacy Of Survival Outlives Dated Writing

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Born and reared in St. Louis in a middle-class family, he experienced homosexuality as a very young boy. Who, except some literature scholars, care about much of the writing of William Burroughs? We went to view the documentary "Burroughs: The Movie"  to enmesh ourselves in this unconventional mind. Long lost, that film is now being shown in independent theatres such as The Loft in Tucson, Arizona.

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Disney Studios 1st 20th Century Fox Release Since Acquisition - Christian Film "Breakthrough"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

" Three teenage boys in St. Louis, Missouri, are warned not to venture out on the ice. The Christian market segment is huge. So, it's no surprise that "Breakthrough" is doing well at the box office and delivering an inspiring message to audiences.    This is good news for Disney Studios. This is its first 20th Century Fox film release since it acquired that company. The film is based on a true story.

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1,000 victories

Speak Schmeak

Regarding her young team that includes seven freshmen, she says, "We may be young and we may be inexperienced, but our goal is to be in St. Louis at the Final Four,” she said. “We Yesterday Pat Summitt, long-time coach of the Tennessee Lady Vols, became the first Division I basketball coach -- male or female -- to reach 1,000 victories. She's won eight national championships in her 35-year career at Tennessee. In 1976, she played on the first U.S. women's Olympic basketball team.

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What America Reads…

Matt Eventoff

22 – St. 27 – St. Louis Post-Dispatch 238,400 415,815. 42 – Pioneer Press (St. I found this post from Brian Solis very interesting – a list of the top media outlets, by circulation, as well as the 25 most popular blogs in America, as compiled by BurrellesLuce. .

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Niche lesson for us writers

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  In St. Louis,  reports  Steve Rosenbush in PORTFOLIO, Sivia Business and Legal Services assists same-sex couples with everything from protection of assets to custody issues.  We've been told this a million times: get a niche.    It might be finally sinking in, given that the glut condition in our field isn't going away.

The Facebook Effect - 6 Ways To Be Personally Authentic

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Because she had made herself part of our lives, we did follow her frequent postings recording her journey from St. Louis, MO to her new home in California.   For businesspeople over-50, it may be a shock: Those in  our professional networks mandate we disclose our personal side. And what we reveal should be authentic. That has happened because of what I call "The Facebook Effect."

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Whistleblowers: A strange and reckless courage

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  At St.   The latest is Annette Clark, who resigned as dean of the St. Louis University School of Law.  For the majority of whistleblowers, professional life and even personal life are not easy.    Enron's very timid version of that Sherron Watkins regrets even making a peep.  John's Roman Catholic Church, Darien, Connecticut, the assistant priest who went to the media with his concerns eventually left his vocation. In

Famous Speech Friday: Phyllis Schlafly's What's Wrong With Equal Rights for Women?

The Eloquent Woman

She paid for her education at Washington University in St. Louis in part by test-firing machine guns in a World War II ordnance plant, and she wrote her own speeches and planned her own speaking engagements during two unsuccessful bids for a congressional seat. Phyllis Schlafly, the "Queen of Conservatism," became a household name for her rousing challenge to the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970s.

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Joke Contest Results — Simple or Complex

Humor Power

Cindy Tebo, St Louis, Missouri. ** THIRD PLACE **. Here are the September Joke Contest results. The theme is to create book titles which feature very simple or very complex subjects. New joke contests are announced on the first of the month. Our next contest will be announced on October 1. Here are the top lines for this month’s contest selected by our panel of six judges (speakers and improv players). ** FIRST PLACE **. Ninety Days to a Better Three Months.

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Joke Contest Results — The Big But

Humor Power

Cindy Tebo, St Louis, Missouri. ** SECOND PLACE **. It’s time for the results of the August joke contest. The theme of the contest is THE BIG BUT. The challenge to the write is to write a line where the word BUT changes the meaning of the end of the sentence in a funny way. Joke contests are announced on the first of the month. The next joke contest will be announced tomorrow. ** FIRST PLACE **. She looked like a keeper, but needed a finder.

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Timeless Before Timely

Green Room Speakers

Louis Jewish Federation, and Maryland Nonprofits. Wednesday, November 24, 2010 Timeless Before Timely Who could help but love Gwyneth Paltrows performance on Glee last week, especially the finale: a mash-up of Singin; in the Rain and Rihannas Umbrella: While the number may have devoted more time to the Rhianna song, Singin in the Rain was clearly the heart of the performance. Mr. Schuester said it himself when he asked Hollie Holiday (Gwyneth) to help him update the classic song.

One Outstanding Business: Legal Fees for Clergy Sex Abuse

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Today, Cheryl Wittenauer of the AP reports that the St. Louis Archdiocese spent $843,000 in fiscal 2009 in legal fees.  Like many industries, law has had a bad year.    Those BigFoot white shoe law firms are laying off associates, deferring the start date of those promised jobs, cutting salaries, and making partners kick in up to 15% of their pay.    But there is one strong area of demand: Legal assistance for clergy sex abuse cases. 

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Speech Advice from the Boss

Green Room Speakers

Louis Jewish Federation, and Maryland Nonprofits. Monday, December 21, 2009 Speech Advice from the Boss After listening to quite a few bad acceptance speeches at this years Golden Globe Awards, heres a great one: No magic potion here. Hes 100 percent himself. Humble. Lyrical. Inspiring. From the Green Room: Find your authentic voice. There is no great way to communicate your message. And no greater gift you can give your audience.

Green Room Speakers: Will Ferrell's Harvard Commencement Speech

Green Room Speakers

Louis Jewish Federation, and Maryland Nonprofits. Sunday, June 27, 2010 Will Ferrells Harvard Commencement Speech OK - So this is from 2003 and I am honestly not sure what you can learn from it, but I had to include it because it is just so funny. (I I especially appreciate the contrast of Will dancing while the Harvard faculty claps stiffly in the background.) Enjoy!

Green Room Speakers: Anne Hathaway and James Franco: What Not to Do

Green Room Speakers

Louis Jewish Federation, and Maryland Nonprofits. Wednesday, March 2, 2011 Anne Hathaway and James Franco: What Not to Do Clearly, Anne Hathaway and James Franco bombed as hosts of this years Academy Awards. Their downfall can be summed up in one word: Status. From the moment they stepped on stage, Hathaway and Franco lowered their status. They managed to appear even younger and sillier than they actually are.

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Green Room Speakers: Lessons from The King's Speech

Green Room Speakers

Louis Jewish Federation, and Maryland Nonprofits. Sunday, December 26, 2010 Lessons from The Kings Speech As a speech coach, I couldnt wait to see The Kings Speech , particularly as I am interested in learning more about how to help people who stutter. What I found was a lesson for all of us: The Kings brilliant speech therapist made clear that there is no substitute for hard work, and he had the King practice countless speech exercises.

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Famous Speech Friday: Annie Oakley's Libel Cases

The Eloquent Woman

Oakley won 54 out of 55 libel cases she brought against newspapers from St. Louis to Scranton. (Editor's note: For Women's History Month, our famous speeches series turns to historic women's speeches. Writer Becky Ham gives us this look at sharpshooter Annie Oakley's series of courtroom speeches, defending herself and her reputation against libelous accusations, early in the 20th century.)

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How to Feed Your PowerPoint Addiction

Green Room Speakers

Louis Jewish Federation, and Maryland Nonprofits. Thursday, March 17, 2011 How to Feed Your PowerPoint Addiction Who knew there were smartphone apps designed to help people give better presentations? In this weeks "Killer Apps" on Slate.com, Farhad Manjoo shows us a few: [link] I was disappointed to see that the main app featured enables further dependency on PowerPoint. The app actually lets you download your PowerPoint presentation right onto your phone.

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for more on conference calls

Green Room Speakers

Louis Jewish Federation, and Maryland Nonprofits. Thursday, May 28, 2009 For more on conference calls Check out this great list of conference call tips from the blog Bad Pitch: [link] Enjoy! Posted by Sarah Gershman at 3:10 PM 1 comments: Anonymoussaid. Nobody wants to conference with Kenneth Branagh." Oh really? Id take that call in a heartbeat!!

Colin Firth: How to Make the Universal Unique

Green Room Speakers

Louis Jewish Federation, and Maryland Nonprofits. Tuesday, March 1, 2011 Colin Firth: How to Make the Universal Unique Could there have been a duller set of speeches than the ones at this years Academy Awards? How many times must we witness the same old "incredulous" reaction of the winners? Last year, Sandra Bullock stood out from the crowd. This year, it was Best Actor Winner, Colin Firth.

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The Skill of Knowing Your Audience

Green Room Speakers

Louis Jewish Federation, and Maryland Nonprofits. Sunday, July 4, 2010 The Skill of Knowing Your Audience We all know that key to a successful presentation is knowing your audience. But how do you really do that? One way to begin, is by thinking of "knowing your audience" not as a task but rather as a skill. In other words, if you work on knowing more deeply, the people with whom you communicate on a daily basis (spouse, family, friends, colleagues, etc.),

Green Room Speakers: Lessons from a Ukulele

Green Room Speakers

Louis Jewish Federation, and Maryland Nonprofits. Tuesday, February 1, 2011 Lessons from a Ukulele According to musician Jake Shimabukuro from his bio on this weeks Ted.com: ".The The ukulele means more (to Jake) than grass skirts and loud shirts. Hes on a mission to revolutionize our perception of the four-string, two-octave instrument."

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Give Don't Sell

Green Room Speakers

Louis Jewish Federation, and Maryland Nonprofits. Tuesday, January 11, 2011 Give Dont Sell How do you feel when someone tries to sell you something? At best, you may feel compelled to buy it. At worst, you may feel manipulated, annoyed, and even violated. But you almost never feel a true sense of connection with the seller. Now, how do you feel when someone gives you a gift? At worst, you may feel disappointed not to have gotten something better. At best, you feel terrific.

How to Look at the Camera

Green Room Speakers

Louis Jewish Federation, and Maryland Nonprofits. Friday, October 15, 2010 How to Look at the Camera Watch the way Mark Bittman, "The Minimalist," focuses his eyes straight at the camera in this NYT cooking video, "Agua Fresca:" Dont you feel as though hes talking directly to you? From the Green Room: When youre speaking on camera, focus your eyes like a laser directly at the camera as if you were having an intense conversation with one person.

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Green Room Speakers: Speak to Move, Not to Inform

Green Room Speakers

Louis Jewish Federation, and Maryland Nonprofits. Tuesday, April 5, 2011 Speak to Move, Not to Inform In this TED video, Salman Khan, founder of the Khan Academy, discusses his revolutionary approach to education: Khan advocates flipping the traditional classroom model. Lectures happen at home, and homework happens at school. At the Khan Academy, students first watch educational videos in order to learn the material at home at their own pace.

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Not My Job?

Green Room Speakers

Louis Jewish Federation, and Maryland Nonprofits. Friday, September 17, 2010 Not My Job? I love this slide used by Seth Godin in his presentation on Ted.com entitled, "This is Broken." link] He uses the slide to make the point that one reason why things break is that no one takes responsibility for fixing them. The guy who made the soccer sign probably knew it was ridiculous, but felt it wasnt his job to change it. And so the rest of us are stuck with this (funny) but absurd sign!

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Green Room Speakers: Speaking Advice from SNL

Green Room Speakers

Louis Jewish Federation, and Maryland Nonprofits. Friday, March 11, 2011 Speaking Advice from SNL In this weeks New Yorker, Tina Fey recounts nine "Lessons from Late Night" - what she learned from working with Lorne Michaels. Lesson #7 is "Never cut to a closed door." Tina writes: Lorne said this once in exasperation.the director had cut to a door a moment too soon, before the actor entered, and in that moment Lorne felt we had "lost the audience".Lorne

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Vary Your Levels - Just Like Danny and Sandy

Green Room Speakers

Louis Jewish Federation, and Maryland Nonprofits. Sunday, July 11, 2010 Vary Your Levels - Just Like Danny and Sandy With the release of the Grease Sing-a-Long Movie this month, I just had to find some speaking advice from my favorite childhood movie. Take a look at "Summer Nights:" What makes this performance so fabulous?

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Get them Standing: Commencement Speeches 2010

Green Room Speakers

Louis Jewish Federation, and Maryland Nonprofits. Tuesday, June 22, 2010 Get them Standing: Commencement Speeches 2010 As I looked through this years commencement speeches, I came across this delightful opener. Hamid Mir addresses the graduates of the Kennedy School at Harvard and begins by asking everyone to get up and stretch. Its a simple, but brilliant idea that instantly raises the level of energy in the room.

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