JMG 2016 Present - Panoramic



Most topics are available as 30-45 Min Keynote Speech, 45-60 Min. Talk, One- or Mutli-day seminar, or Focus Brief versions.

Please  read on for content and more details.

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Current talks include:


Corruption: Up Closer Than Expected

In 55 words or less:

This interactive talk*provides perspective for individual members in your organization to identify risks of corruption and understand its mechanics. It guides them in assessing their personal concerns and hardening their resolve about the issue – or discover soft spots. Seminar and Brief formats include exercises for internalizing the subject and declaring personal postures

Audience: Talk format for executive and administrative human resources. Seminar format for executives and security resources; Focus brief for board members, top executives or ad hoc teams.

Substantial Topics: Corrupt behavior, identifying signals, personal choices, how to confront it.

Objectives: Provides basic knowledge for heightened awareness of corrupt behavior and practices. Provides moral perspective on the meaning and consequences of corruption. Longer duration formats expand further on concrete practices and some investigative approaches.

Pace: Variable, from moderate to contemplative.

Tone: Motivational and inspirational. Participatory.

Equipment requirements: PP-type visual aids require HDMI projector and laptop. Please advice if not available for arrangements.

 Notes:  Not necessary to take notes.


Travelling for Government and Corporate Work

  The How and the Why

 In 55 words or less:

Travelling for Government and Corporate Work discusses with expanding companies and their new or mid-career employees why to, and how to, add travel to careerists’ work, including preparation, benefits and consequences to their lives and to the company. It also covers basic risks and benefits, and dos and don’ts.

 Target audience: Early and evolving career stages, including

1 – Novice employees, 2- Career development and skills diversifying

 Substantial topics:

  • When travel is necessary
  • Travel as Motivation
  • Company perspective: benefits beyond the immediate task
  • Emotional preparation and effects of travel
  • Short term travel and long-term deployment
  • What may add travel to your work (How to get to travel)
  • Procedures and experiences
  • Fears, Dos, Don’ts, Dangers and Rewards

 Handouts and material: None

 Equipment requirements: PP-type visual aids require HDMI projector and laptop. Please advice if not available for arrangements.

 Duration: 60-minute and 90-minute versions

 Notes: Not necessary, some optional

This talk is delivered in a colloquial tone, allowing questions throughout. It educates and motivates an interest for relocation or travel.

Through his career Jorge Manuel learned ways to introduce travel to otherwise sedentary work.  He spent seven of his first twelve months in government overseas- when his position was technically a “desk-jockey” job.  The last few months of that career took him to four different countries.

The topic may be light, but it is useful to the company and attracts novices and established careerists seeking to expand their experience.  It is filled with lessons and tips, directed mostly to the employees’ perspective but addressing also the employer’s needs and benefits.


What School Is To Life And To College

  A page out of the book of instructions for your life

In 55 words or less:

What School Is To Life And To College highlights often-overlooked opportunities in student’s time in high school. It aims to enable them, examining strategies and tools to make the most of this step as preparation for the next one and the rest of their lives.

Target audience: High school students

Substantial topics:

  • The often overlooked value and uses for our time in High School.
  • Strategies to make use of the resources provided by this opportunity
  • Building a lifelong support base for the future
  • Vocation, college and alternate options
  • Technological and traditional tools available to realize the strategy
  • Leadership-peership
    • Personality and fitting in
    • Bullying
    • Hierarchies
  • Collaboration
  • Use and caution regarding social media

Handouts: One- long term challenge assignment in card form. Will provide.

Pace:  Fast-paced

Tone:             Inspirational

Promotes peership and collaboration; use of humor, insight, anecdote, and reflection. Interactive participation.

Equipment requirements: PP-type visual aids require HDMI projector and laptop. Please advice if not available.

 Notes:  Not necessary to take notes.

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Seminario del Café  (Seminar on Coffee, in Spanish) –

Informative  look at the big coffee chain’s tactics, with countering strategies for the small business owner, available in two-hour or full day (5-hr) versions. Requires  HDMI link and projector.

Factories Need Not Apply

Implications of 3D printing technology for employment and options for labor’s response.


Talk Formats, Length & Fee Schedules

Talk: A talk is essentially a keynote one-hour session, which may be shortened (sans break) or lengthened up to 90 minutes to accommodate client’s special needs as expressed in the booking request and subsequently negotiated. The base Talk fee starts at $5,000.00 each for CONUS or Caribbean locations, plus inclusive travel and per-diem expenses for a minimum one-day stay. Please see travel expenses, below.

Seminar: Half-day (3 to 5 hours), full-day (5 to 6 hours), or multiple-day versions, starting at $7,500.

Focus Brief:  A report on results of research commissioned on behalf of the organization, usually delivered to key executives or board members.




A good speech should be like a good magazine article or a T.V. documentary in my opinion, except delivered in person.

It should not take the whole magazine, but still have enough space to deliver substance to the conversation. Too short, and it does not have time to develop any points. Too long, and it becomes redundant. As long as you have useful substance to convey, it is worth writing, or speaking. And no more.

I am not a salesman. I do not perform infomercial-type presentations, product presentations nor endorsements, or sales of any kind. I reserve my right to refuse at my sole discretion any request to add to my talks a particular topic or material, or to advocate a given posture on a particular issue.

I deliver seminars and keynote speeches on topics of my original research, “on spec,” or as commissioned by Client, but I will not pitch to sell books or publications. I may provide information to anyone who inquires about my services but will not market them onstage.

I am not a motivational speaker, either. The suave sweet talker dressed in the finest clothes ever may tell you that you, too, can be successful. I will not discourage you at all, but I will rather give you some tools to achieve your goals than just pep you about it.

I would rather define myself as an informative speaker. Inspirational? To some degree, yes, that is the aim. And that implies I may achieve some motivation by other means, inevitably. As the magazine article allegory illustrates, I concentrate on offering substance and content.

My talks involve my own research and others, but also experience. I don’t make a scholarly lecture of it, but I may mention the scholars’ views to convey a complete picture and so you may explore the subject further on your own.

The topics I talk about I have either studied, worked on or lived through, and often all three.

  When I take on the subject of corruption, I don’t rehash what most of us read in the media, adding my natural reactions. It was a subject of study and research in my education on Social and Political Sciences, and something I fought in government, not just as any good public servant should do, but purposefully as a member of committees and inter-agency efforts. I have witnessed some of it firsthand, and I use that to tell the audience where to look for it, what to beware about, how hard it can be to fight it, but also how rewarding it can be. And I touch on practitioners’ perspectives as well as scholars, so the focus is wider than the anecdotal or even prescriptive.

Telling students about high school or college, I take off from how school was in my time, but I will reckon as well how much it has changed since. From the everlasting chances school afforded then as it does now, to what else is available today, like social media and the like; the life experience I enjoyed then plus the lessons learned thereafter, and, of course, the tools available to today’s student to make things happen for them.

I will go into how to make the most of it, but also into why they want to do it and, again, what to be aware of on the way. A little fatherly advice mixed in with conspiratorial nudging, all aimed at promoting their success in life.

Travelling should be an enjoyable task, so most people think it could only be a motivational subject. But any seasoned traveler can tell you how even a short touring trip could turn into a grueling mishap, about the long and senseless waits in airports, risks, from missed connections or deadlines to personal injury, or rewards to your career and company. The fact is you could benefit from having some cold facts before you go.

The risk is higher if your work takes you on the road, or tarmac, every couple days or weeks, or if you travel for months at a time. The nature of your work might compound it even further.

Again my talks combine experience, research and perspective to help the audience prepare for their own experience, even make their own minds whether travel is really their best choice, or how and why to make it so. The pros are usually better than the cons.

That might not sound very motivational, but it is rather out of discipline, as I am enthused by the topic myself. Nonetheless I still aim to be informative and realistic.