Sat.Mar 28, 2020 - Fri.Apr 03, 2020

An Exercise for Managing Anxiety from Sandra Zimmer

Speaking Freely

It seems like a good time to share some techniques and exercises for managing anxiety with whomever happens to land on my blog. The Coronavirus outbreak has brought a focus on anxiety. It is a real issue for many of us as we are working from home and sitting with uncertainty about our future.

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4 Tips for Choosing the Best Virtual Backgrounds on Zoom Meetings

Duarte Blog

Here at Duarte, we not only teach communication skills, we teach people how to present themselves. In this new virtual world, we have to consider how we appear and communicate virtually—like on Zoom meetings—and what that means for how our audience perceives our brand.

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Generation Z - Lost Edge

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Generation Z went by the nickname "iGen." " Their signature had been their total comfort with digital technology. Digital, not analog, had been the world they had been born into. And that gave them the unique edge. They were designated as Golden. That was then. 

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Zoom Tips to Earn More Through Virtual Speaking with Marquesa Pettway

Speaker Launcher

We did this recording before social distancing was in effect, but now more than ever we need to find new and creative ways to serve our clients. On this episode of The Wealthy Speaker Show, I am so happy to welcome Marquesa Pettway.

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Grow your Self-Confidence

Speaking Freely

Self-Confidence – a feeling of self-assurance arising from your appreciation of your own abilities or qualities. No quality is more important for success than self-confidence. Confidence in yourself allows you to go through life as an adventure.

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Let’s Get Trigger Happy!

Presentation Guru

We all know it’s important to engage our audience when presenting. And we all know how distracted and hard to impress audiences can be… so here at Presented we have a few suggestions you should start using. In a nutshell, let’s get Trigger Happy.

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Coronavirus Economy, Legal Sector & Branding - How Law Firms Frame Cost-Cutting Initiatives

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The challenge for many law firms in what could be called The Coronavirus Economy is this: How to do extreme cost-cutting without appearing to be in financial distress. Yes, that's a branding issue. And it's serious.

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A Quick Guide to Buyer Personas

SlideModel

Personalization. Every marketer today understands that personalized messages hit the mark way more frequently than generic pitches. In fact, every dollar invested in advanced personalization generates twenty dollars in return.

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Uncertainty Tests Your Values: Five Stories From Times of Crisis

Duarte Blog

Leading is imperfect, and when a crisis piles on, it gets extra messy. Crisis requires we become decisive about problems we’ve never faced. Good leaders get extra brave, extra calm, and extra clear in moments like this one.

2020 52

The Year of COVID-19: April 1, 2020 (no joking around)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Tone-deaf. That essentially is the way many people feel about April Fools jokes during this deadly pandemic. So, here we are on April 1st living it as if it's any other day in early spring. Hold the pranks.    Cooling it on if it bleeds, it leads. 

2020 56

Editorial: Are we financially doomed?

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Are we financially doomed? We’re acting as if we are still a first world country. We have a problem. Hardly anybody is working. Businesses are not generating revenue. Here, throw money at the problem and hope it goes away, our … Continue reading →

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How to Create an Out-of-Office that Makes You Look Like a Professional!

SpeakerSue Says...

If you’ve been furloughed, your work week reduced or if you’re working solo in place of five others, the last thing you’re likely thinking about is your out-of-office message. But please do. Take a moment to consider the impression your OOO is making. We’re all just one word, one look, one emotion away from panic and your message will either add to your recipient’s sense of emotional certainty or elevate uncertainty. Here is a doozy: “I will be out of the office.

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The Communication Guide For Leaders Who Aren’t Sure What’s Coming Next

Duarte Blog

Here’s an uncomfortable truth: Leaders don’t always know what changes are around the corner. Good or bad, change breeds uncertainty, and uncertainty can breed fear—especially when it will affect employees, whose jobs hang in the balance, and customers, who depend on a product or service.

2020 52

Amazon's David Zapolsky - He Should Have Watched His Language

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The old joke is that the best and brightest in college go to law instead of business school because they are lousy in math. But they sure are off the chart in verbal skills. Much of law is transacted through language.

2020 52

Tone-Deaf in Time of COVID-19: April Fools Jokes

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

This is one we should all pass on this year: April Fools Jokes. At least those of us who aren't professional comics or comedy writers.    The nerves of the nation are too raw for amateur joking around.

2020 56

Close to Home: NY State Gov Andrew Cuomo's Brother Chris Infected with Coronavirus

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In the latest presser, New York state governor Andrew Cuomo indicated this: Yes, his brother Chris, the television anchor, has COVID-19 but it has been caught early. 

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The Year of COVID-19: April 2, 2020 (worse than our worst)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It's dawning: We haven't been here before. The "here" is widespread death, along with economic catastrophe. No one dares use the comforting platitude:  You've been through worse.    Tone is everything.    U.S.

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Stay-at-Home in Ohio Extended to End of April

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

On the border of Ohio is hotspot Michigan. Detroit has been hit hard.    But, the attitude of many in OH is philosophical, not anxious. It's usual to hear: Gotta die sometime. In contrast, the governor Mike DeWine is being aggressively proactive.

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Yes, We Love Oliva Benson, But.

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"Law & Order SVU" remains a favorite. It's the longest running series with new episodes from the original Dick Wolf "Law & Order" franchise. It has been renewed for the 2020 - 2021 season. And, its ratings, documents TVSeriesFinale , have been on an upward trajectory.

2020 52

Doing Well, Doing Good for Employees - Law Firm Cahill Gordon

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

No layoffs. No furloughs. No salary cuts. That's what Cahill Gordon told its associates, reports Abovethelaw. Along with that it thanked them for their performance. In Q1 2020, the law firm crushed it. It had its strongest first quarter ever. Could this be a sign of the softening of capitalism?

2020 52

The Coronavirus Economy - Will You Have to Retire Early, Relocate?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

For those aging, relocation has always been a tough decision. Because of what might be called "The Coronavirus Economy" that decision has become lots more complex. The process used to be fairly predictable - but still soul-wrenching since the aging are leaving what's familiar.

2020 52

Andrew Cuomo - New York Accent Gains Cool, Blunt Becomes Acceptable

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Daily Andrew Cuomo gives a presser.    Because he is doing such an amazing job managing the COVID-19 in his state, his New York accent has become cool. It's the same way in which the young dashing John F. Kennedy made the Boston accent fashionable.

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The Year of COVID-19: March 30, 2020 (Monday is cruelest day of all)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The routine for many adults in America is this: the weekend, then work on Monday. Monday then becomes the cruelest day of all when there is no work - or there is fear that employees are reporting for duty (including remotely) and will be told they are being laid off.

2020 56

COVID-19: Global PR Industry Expects Hard Times

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The assumption might be that during a crisis such as COVID-19, around the world PR agencies would be scaling financially. After all, such a comprehensive upheaval requires so much messaging.    Just look what's arriving in the email and by text.

2020 56

Thanks for Being Here: That's What Shopper Tells Kroger Workers

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The Kroger store on W. Alexis, Toledo, Ohio is jam-packed with merchandise. That includes toilet paper, as well as paper towels. The makings for a gigantic salad look mighty fresh. And not only premium-priced but also the low-cost house brands are on the shelves.

2020 56

Ad Industry Hit Hard - Don Draper from "Mad Men" Would Probably Get Laid Off

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The economy is a system - that is, an interrelated entity with lots of moving parts. Right now some of those parts stopped moving because of the coronavirus. Therefore, the advertising industry is among those being hit hard by the shut-down of so many businesses in so many sectors.

2020 56

"Good Girls" - Boys Gone Bad

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Bad is contagious. In tonight's episode of "Good Girls" boy-scout Stan turns master criminal. What used to be an amateurish theft ring by one of the escorts he is making more sophisticated.

2020 56

Madame Clairevoyant in Era of COVID-19

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The "experts" really don't know, do they. At least not enough to make us feel assured that we won't be dying this spring of COVID-19, that our investment portfolio won't totally tank, or if our whole industry will go poof. 

2020 56

Disrupted Gossip Media - David Pecker Imposing 23% Pay Cuts, April 1

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Like every other sector, the gossip one keeps changing. The empire American Media , with its print legacy, has been struggling. At one time, its National Enquirer had so much reach that legal journalist Dominick Dunne used to buy it at the supermarket on Thursdays.

2020 56

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

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

COVID-19 isn't just a sustained narrative of fear and suffering. There have been miracles. Big ones, that is, the old-fashioned kinds when people assumed to be dying roared back to a life. Also, there have been profound acts of generosity. 

2020 56

Thomas Schaefer - Financial Fallout from COVID-19, The Suicides Begin

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Financial leadership can be an overwhelming burden during depressed economic times. Thomas Schaefer might have become overwhelmed by that responsibility. This finance minister of Germany's Hesse region committed suicide. It was at the railway station of Hocheim, near Frankfurt.

2020 56

That Other War - In The Time of Coronavirus, Farrow-Allen Feud a Fun Distraction

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Cain and Able. Families of Romeo and Juliet. Jack O'Dwyer and the PRSA. Harry/Meghan and The Firm. And, the Farrow Clan and Woody Allen. Feuds are a mainstay of civilization. In difficult times they are solid platforms for gossip. Nice distraction.

2020 56

When Is Last Time You Went Out to the Movies?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Both short term and longer term business prospects don't look good for AMC Entertainment Holdings.    Short term its 1,000 movie houses around the world have been shut down because of the coronavirus. 630 of them are based in the U.S.

2020 52

Media Disruptor David Lat Survives COVID-19, Heads Home to Whole New Phase of Life

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The media player he had been for more than a decade, David Lat has chronicled his near-encounter with COVID-19 death on social media and with the establishment legal one such as Law.com.

2020 52

Sleepless in Toledo

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Over-the-counter sleep aid Melatonin joins toilet paper in being scarce. At Kroger, located on W. Alexis, Toledo, Ohio, the only bottles of Melatonin available were the premium-priced gummy-bear version. They are priced about seven dollars more than the less-fun kind. 

2020 56

Christopher Meloni (who played Elliot Stabler) Coming Back to NBC

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

For 12 seasons the hot-head emotionally conflicted Eliot Stabler, played by Christopher Meloni, kept audiences riveted on "Law & Order SVU." " He was always in the soup, either at work or with his wife Kathy and their five children. Soon enough Kathy was his ex wife.

2020 52

The Year of COVID-19: March 31, 2020 (Maybe No Ventilator for Ok, Boomer in ER)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It's come to this:  rationing of emergency medical care.    The Wall Street Journal reports that at NYU Langone Health, Robert Femea gave ER front lines "sole discretion" for who is put on a ventilator. They also have permission to withhold futile incubation.

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