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Do you write about finance?

If so, consider attending the Association for Financial Professionals annual conference: October 23-26 in Orlando FL.

I was invited to speak at their 2014 conference in Washington DC. With about 6000 attendees from all over the world, the networking was terrific. I gave a sold-out session on public speaking to a room of 300 and made great business contacts.

www.AFPConference.org

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How can writers/reporters/authors tap into the resources of government communicators?

Here’s a brief interview I did with Kathryn Stokes, president of the National Association of Government Communicators:

1.What was your first job in government communications? What is your current title?

I came to state government first as a contractor in the communications department tasked with writing the agency’s Continuity of Operations Plan, then was hired on as the Public Relations Manager.  Currently, I am the Strategic Affairs Officer [Mississippi Department of Employment Security] reporting to the Deputy Executive Director, CFO.  I manage the agency’s social media, provide backup for communications department, track agency performance measures, and manage executive projects.

2. How has government communications changed during your years in this field?

Since my tenure in government communications is relatively short [8 years], the primary changes I have seen are the adoption of social media and other technology we use to get our messages out.  In addition, changes in executive appointments have impacted how our agency communicates.  When new political appointees come on board, they seem to want to manage communications until they become comfortable with our skills.  Our most recent appointee has an English degree, so he wants to see all written communication.  However, he relies on his communications team for talking points if he has to appear on TV or radio, and has even engaged in the use of social media, something he was vehemently opposed to when he came on board 4 years ago.

3. What would you like journalists/writers/authors to know about working with government communicators? Or, put another way, how can government communicators serve as resources for journalists/writers/authors?

Journalists/writers/authors should look to government communications as the conduit for getting them the information they need. They should know we are not always the masters of our strategies; political appointees often control communications activities and although we do our best to facilitate their requests within their timelines, we rarely have control over getting the information/SME/spokesperson, etc., in a timely manner.  It would be helpful for them to know this when requesting information and to leave plenty of time for us to manage their requests.  It’s also a bit frustrating that they do not use our websites to gather information.  We often get requests for information that is readily available on our website.  At least in our case, we encourage journalists to get on our lists for e-mail blasts and to follow us on Twitter to keep abreast of timely information.

Top writers discuss the future of public health

What’s Next? The Future of Public Health

Bold thinking. Provocative discussions. Future visions.

Join us for a remarkable live webcast June 9, 2016 for What’s Next? The Future of Public Health as three of the nation’s leading writers explore what’s ahead in pandemics, social justice and other critical issues that will shape human health in the coming decades and beyond. Participants include:

Yamiche Alcindor, a national political reporter for The New York Times, who has produced videos on human trafficking, gun violence and poverty.

Sonia Shah, a science writer, whose most recent book is Pandemic: Tracking Contagions from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond.

Laura Sullivan, an NPR News investigative correspondent who has reported on the business of disaster response, the de facto housing of the mentally ill in America’s jails, and other major issues.

Julie Rovner (moderator), the Robin Toner Distinguished Fellow and senior correspondent for Kaiser Health News; and author of Health Care Politics and Policy A-Z.

The onsite event is sold out. Please be sure to  watch the webcast.

What’s Next? The Future of Public Health

1 – 3 p.m. Eastern

Thursday, June 9, 2016

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How to make money writing speeches: ASJA “Shop Talk” on June 15

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What questions should you ask to build your speechwriting career?

I’ll address speechwriting topics during the June 15th “Shop Talk”, a monthly webcast sponsored by the American Society of Journalists and Authors – hosted by Sandra Beckwith. If you’ve ever wondered about any of the following questions, participate on 6/15 and get answers:

How can I break into speechwriting?

Does a speechwriter need a specific academic background?

What’s the difference between political speechwriting and corporate speechwriting?

How can freelance speechwriters build their businesses?

What does a staff speechwriter need to know before going freelance?

Why is social media so important to an independent speechwriter?

What should be in my writing/speechwriting portfolio?

How much can a speechwriters earn?

What role does geography play in freelance speechwriting? (Can I still make money writing speeches even if I don’t live in a big city?)

How has speechwriting changed in the 30+ years since HOW TO WRITE & GIVE A SPEECH was first published?

ASJA members have free access to “Shop Talk” webcasts. (Yes, that’s another good reason for you to apply for ASJA membership!) But you don’t have to be a member to benefit from this superb Shop Talk series. A modest $19 fee lets you gain access to the insights and expertise of top nonfiction writers.

Join me 6/15 to learn about the business of speechwriting.

Details:

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What is the future of journalism?

I look forward to attending “The Future of Journalism” panel at next week’s NAGC Communications School in Washington DC.

This panel is being organized by NAGC’s current president, John Verrico. Panelists include:

Wendy Benjamin (AP Washington Assistant Chief of Bureau)

Ellen Shearer (Bureau Chief, Medill News Service & Medill Washington Program)

Marisa Jean Endicott (Medill News Service)

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June 7-9, 2016: NAGC Communications School, Washington, DC

Freelance writers, mark your calendar: Atlanta, Nov 5

AMERICAN SOCIETY OF JOURNALISTS & AUTHORS

REGIONAL CONFERENCE – Atlanta GA

Saturday, November 5, 2016

 

Join ASJA’s Atlanta Chapter for Dream Bold Atlanta (#DreamBoldATL), a one-day conference at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA, where ASJAers will have an opportunity to meet one-on-one with editors, content providers and agents. Keynoter and international bestselling author Robert Hicks will debut his new book: The Orphan Mother. Mark your calendars now and watch this space for more details in the weeks to come!

Learn how to make money writing speeches

American Society of Journalists & Authors: June ShopTalk

“How To Make Money Writing Speeches”

Wednesday, June 15, 1 pm Eastern

Whether you’re an experienced speechwriter or just breaking into this specialty, you’ll learn how to make money by speechwriting. You’ll discover how to prepare a professional speechwriting portfolio, identify the best leads for freelance assignments, get referrals that build your business, leverage social media, and avoid speechwriting pitfalls.

ASJA member Joan Detz is the author of How To Write & Give A Speech, which recently celebrated 30 years of publishing success. She teaches speechwriting online and onsite at three levels – basic, advanced, and master. Working in person, by phone, or via Skype, she coaches top executives for major presentations and media interviews.

FREE for ASJA Members, plus bonus handout. Don’t worry if you have a schedule conflict; everyone who registers will be able to download the recording later.

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How to make money writing speeches

American Society of Journalists & Authors: June ShopTalk

“How To Make Money Writing Speeches”

Wednesday, June 15, 1 pm Eastern

Whether you’re an experienced speechwriter or just breaking into this specialty, you’ll learn how to make money by speechwriting. You’ll discover how to prepare a professional speechwriting portfolio, identify the best leads for freelance assignments, get referrals that build your business, leverage social media, and avoid speechwriting pitfalls.

ASJA member Joan Detz is the author of How To Write & Give A Speech, which recently celebrated 30 years of publishing success. She teaches speechwriting online and onsite at three levels – basic, advanced, and master. Working in person, by phone, or via Skype, she coaches top executives for major presentations and media interviews.

FREE for ASJA Members, plus bonus handout. Don’t worry if you have a schedule conflict; everyone who registers will be able to download the recording later.

Register here!

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3 ways to know if you would benefit from speaker coaching

Ask yourself these 3 questions:

  1. Do I spend way too much time preparing my presentations?
  2. Do I feel nervous when I get a public speaking invitation?
  3. Do I sometimes walk away from a lectern feeling I did less-than-my-best?

Keep notes.

  1. Log your preparation time.
  2. Annotate exactly when you get podium jitters.
  3. Write down your key points before you speak. After the speech is over, check that list. Did you – or did you not? – say what you needed to say.

Presentation success starts with honesty. And honesty begins with you.

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A one-hour consultation might be all you need to go from good to great … from nervous to confident … from frustrated to productive.

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