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Three public speaking tips from executive communication coach Acacia Duncan that can help you hone in on your one idea for a successful TED-style talk.
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Helping clients crank a reluctant wheel
Our speech coaching practice rests on iterating: Helping clients crank a reluctant wheel from event invite to idea to proof to story to imagery to delivery to reflection - and then starting all over again.
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TED-style Talk leadershipo
You could call it the TED talk effect. We have come to expect people to share complicated, technical, even scientific and medical concepts in an accessible way. One key area of change that organizations want is a culture that embodies communicating ideas in short, impactful talks. But, changing the culture and norms of an organization...
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Lessons from 10 Years of TEDxColumbus
As TEDxColumbus marks its 10th anniversary, let's memorialize the culture of support that TEDxColumbus has created for the speakers to deliver such consequential and memorable talks. 
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To celebrate 10 years of TEDxColumbus, I present to you the ideas we’ve hosted on the stage. Curating and coaching most of these talks has been one of the most challenging, rewarding and memorable jobs I’ve ever tackled. Nearly every speaker always reflects about how much they got out of giving their talk – but...
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4 Levels of Learning for Public Speaking
When working on any skill, especially one that has to do with public speaking, it helps to remember the four stages of learning that can lead to public speaking mastery.
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Time flies when you’re having fun. It’s hard to believe our Talk Like Someone’s Listening video series has already come to a close. The series included nine videos that took a humorous look at some less than desirable speaking habits. They made us smile, nod our heads, wince a bit, and yes, laugh out loud!...
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To shape a culture where the complex messages truly resonate in clear and concise ways, it hinges on one thing: feedback.
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Don't bog down your message. To present a compelling presentation, public speakers should start with “why” the audience should care, and simply get to the point.
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Executive Presentation Style and Delivery: Make it about the green
I remember back in elementary school, lining up in gym, tensing all my muscles, just waiting for the teacher to yell, “GREEN LIGHT!” I’d take off as fast as I could trying to cover as much distance as I could before I heard “RED LIGHT!” I hated the red light. I just wanted to run....
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Ah, rhetorical questions. They are a favorite tool of public speakers. But are they useful? (Don’t answer that!) Rhetorical questions are asked not for the answer, but for the effect. But the truth is, your audience wants answers, not questions. In your next speech, avoid a barrage of rhetorical questions. Instead, flip the narrative and...
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Your talk is only as good as someone’s ability to receive and understand it. When choosing words for your presentation, think small.
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Death by Bullet Point: Talk Like Someone's Listening
More is NOT always better. For years (and years, and years) one of the most common complaints about presentations has been bullet-ridden and text heavy slides. You’d think by now speakers would know to avoid this presentation faux pas. Yet we still see slides that rival War and Peace. The victims of this death by...
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That's all the time we have
If audiences want short talks, why is it still so hard for speakers to oblige them? Here are three strategies we use when helping speakers to be more (much much more) concise.
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