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Podcast with Linda Jane Smith, author, Lessons from The Meanest Woman Alive, about how women can unleash their power

Posted by Elena del Valle on January 21, 2019

Linda Jane Smith, author, Lessons from The Meanest Woman Alive

Linda Jane Smith, author, Lessons from The Meanest Woman Alive

Photo: Linda Jane Smith

A podcast interview with Linda Jane Smith, author, Lessons from The Meanest Woman Alive (see Lawyer shares advice with women on breaking glass ceiling) is available in the Podcast Section of Hispanic Marketing and Public Relations, HispanicMPR.com. During the podcast, she discusses how women can unleash their power with Elena del Valle, host of the HispanicMPR.com podcast.

Linda strives to strike fear into the heart of opposing counsel. According to her resume, she is one of the top five female litigators in the United States. She is teaching working women in varied fields to shine, lead and succeed, not by leaning in or out manning the men, but by using their unique feminine advantages to advance their careers.

To listen to the interview, scroll down until you see “Podcast” on the right hand side, then select “HMPR Linda Jane Smith” and click on the play button below or download the MP3 file to your iPod or MP3 player to listen on the go, in your car or at home from the RSS feed. Some software will not allow flash, which may be necessary for the play button and podcast player. If that is your case, you will need to download the file to play it. To download it, click on the arrow of the recording you wish to copy and save it to disk. The podcast will remain listed in the January 2019 section of the podcast archive.


Smashing Glass & Kicking Ass

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New book seeks to uplift readers

Posted by Elena del Valle on January 17, 2019

You Can Do All Things

You Can Do All Things

Photos: Kate Allan

Has the New Year got you down? We all know someone who could use a pick me up. California artist Kate Allan does too. Many times drawing and being kind to herself helps her feel better. Her first book, You Can Do All Things (Mango, $22.99), is filled with 187 colorful drawings of animals and plants as well as words of encouragement for anyone suffering from anxiety and depression.

“I’m an artist and writer who has struggled with anxiety and depression for most of my life,” she said by email when asked about the book. “Both illnesses have set me back in a variety of ways; I learned to drive, had my first relationship, and got my degree later than my peers. So, I wanted to create a book of all the things I’ve learned along the way, everything that kept me going— whether it was calming myself through a small worry about not being good enough, to diffusing an intense preoccupation with suicide. The biggest lesson for me has been that self compassion and understanding will carry you through the worst of life, so most of the book’s messages are about validation, encouragement, and kindness.”

The 201-page hardcover book published in 2018 is made up mostly of color full page drawings in pages without page numbers, accompanied by short text. Examples of the inspirational messages include: “No one else knows what they're doing either. It's all going to turn out fine; No negativity today. You're gettin' work done! everything will work out, you'll see.” In the conclusion she shares self help ideas such as creating something or de-cluttering.

Kate Allan drawing

Kate Allan drawing

Kate Allan drawings


“All of my book is written by someone who has been through the same struggles,” she said. “I argue my negative thoughts and turn those arguments into captions. Somehow it can feel more legitimate to hear something like, “you’re not failing, anxiety lies” coming from a sparkly purple cat rather than a person. Not sure why, but I’m rolling with it!

It’s all about challenging those insidious thoughts that bring us down, and I think that is the unfortunate commonality we share, no matter what gender or age.”

“I was a bit lucky that most of the book’s content had been created before my publisher Mango came along— I have always wanted to create a book of my writings and illustrations, and it was really just about waiting for the right opportunity,” she said regarding the publication timeline. “Mango contacted me in February 2018, and it was all put together by July.”

Regarding the artwork she said, “My process is that I sketch in pencil, looking at various reference photos online. Then I do the digital line work, coloring, and lettering in Paint Tool SAI and Photoshop.”

Her way of measuring success? “I just want the book to be helpful. I’ve created something that represents all the work I’ve done over the course of my life to succeed despite mental illness, and I hope that work will benefit others as well.”

Kate Allan, author, You Can Do All Things

Kate Allan, author, You Can Do All Things

Allan has been making a living as an artist for several years, partially through a shop where her artwork is sold, and partially through support by Patreon members. She is also the creator of the mental health art blog, The Latest Kate.


You Can Do All Things

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Job Ad Placement

Posted by Elena del Valle on January 10, 2019

Welcome to the HispanicMPR Job Ads page!

If you're looking for a job, scroll down to see job ads. If you want to place an ad, see the next paragraph.

How to place an ad (if you visited this page before October 2018, please read this again as the instructions have changed)

Ads must list an employment opportunity or employment search related to business, Hispanic marketing, communication, public relations, media, events planning or other job fields.

Cost for one Job Ad: $100

The first 50 words will appear on the Job Ads main page. If your ad has more than 50 words, the words "click here to read the entire ad" will appear at the bottom of the ad with a hyper link to the remaining text. See below for sample ads.

Want extra visibility? Add your logo. Do you have your company logo in a jpg file (maximum size 100 x 100)? Add your logo for only $50 more.

Cost one Job Ad with jpg Logo: only $150

For your convenience you can pay online.

Step One Pay for the ad using the hyperlink below

Step Two After you submit payment using the hyperlink, send the ad within a week of payment in a Word file or in the body of the message by email to sales@hispanicmpr.com . If you're submitting a Job Ad with jpg logo submit the job ad and graphic jpg logo at the same time. The jpg logo should be an attachment. Job Ads are nonrefundable.

Please submit copy in regular fonts with standard capitalization. Note: text in all caps, underline, extra bold or with special fonts or characters is not accepted. Ads are published in black. Formatting is removed as part of publishing process.

Ads will be published within a week (usually much sooner) in the Job Ads section of our website. In the event we make a mistake in the publishing process we must receive notification with 48 hours of publication so that we may make any corrections in a timely manner.

Note: Once submitted or published Job Ads may not be edited or modified in any way.

Click here to place a Job Ad $100

Click here to place Job Ad with jpg Logo $150

Thank you!

Click here for information or if you would like to place a Text Link Ad, graphic, audio or video ad

Macy’s – Media Relations Manager

Posted by Elena del Valle on January 10, 2019

Job Overview:

Are you passionate about corporate communications and excited about informing and engaging Associates for a well-known consumer brand? Macy’s is currently seeking a Media Relations Manager, who will work closely with the South regional media team and Macy’s Corporate Communications team in developing the regional press strategy, providing Click to read the entire Job Ad for Macy’s - Media Relations Manager

Consultant updates public speaking guide

Posted by Elena del Valle on January 9, 2019

Knockout Presentations

Knockout Presentations

Photo: Diane DiResta

Diane DiResta, chief executive officer, DiResta Communications, Inc., has dedicated her career to sales training and communications consulting. She coaches leaders on communications and public speaking who wish to gain business influence and impact. The third edition of her first book Knockout Presentations How to Deliver Your Message with Power, Punch and Pizzazz (Morgan James Publishing, $19.95) was published recently.

The 268-page softcover title has 10 chapters and an appendix of resources. She discusses issues such as myths, mistakes, nervousness, listening, presentation and persuasion skills, visual aids, setting the stage and dealing with difficult people. The third edition features new links, resources, and references representing about three percent of the book's total content. 

The target audience? "Business professionals," she replied by email. "It has a wide breadth and has been read from the college campus to the C Suite. There are college professors who use it in their public speaking classes. It’s also the perfect book for sales teams as so many sales professionals give presentations. A professional speaker said Knockout Presentations helped her to write her keynote speech. The book has valuable tips and exercises for the novice to the seasoned speaker. Another professional speaker was given the book as a gift and thought she wouldn’t learn anything. But she was surprised that she gained some new tips even though she was an experienced speaker."

"It took me 15 months to write it while working in my business," she replied when asked about the book project duration. "It took a bit longer to publish. A traditional publisher can take up to 18 months to publish a finished manuscript."

Regarding the book title and cover art she said, "The boxing glove is a visual for the title and a metaphor for giving a knockout presentation. It’s not a sports book but I did work with clients from the NBA, WNBA and USGA."

When asked how she will measure success she replied, "Success is measured in two ways: sales and impact. Sales can be measured by the publisher. Impact comes from the many testimonials saying how it changed people’s lives."

When asked: Many executives underestimate the value and effort required to be a good public speaker. What is the strongest financial argument you make to prove them wrong? she replied, "People who have good presentation skills have greater success in getting the job, getting promoted, making a sale, and making more money. Professors from Duke University, Fuqua School of Business studied voices of CEOs during investor earnings calls. They discovered that the CEOs with a deeper voice earned $187,000 more in pay and led companies with $440 million more in assets.

A CEO from a pharma company was able to convince the executive committee to fund the building of a $300 million facility with no guarantee of success. He was awarded the money and the initial investment yielded a 1 billion dollar profit. Public speaking is a soft skill that has a hard bottom line result."


Knockout Presentations

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Happy New Year 2019!

Posted by Elena del Valle on January 2, 2019

Best wishes for a healthy, happy and prosperous new year.