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Public Speaking and Presentation Tips
Ruth Milligan Executive Communication Coach WAW Event
Are you trying to sell the teddy bear... or the stuffing? See Ruth Milligan's presentation to Columbus' Web Analytics Wednesdays group to appreciate the relevant metaphor shared with her by an analytics client and her top list of components to assure a complicated, complex topic gets understood by their audience.
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Step away from the thesaurus. Forget the jargon, too. To engage your audience as a reputable speaker, be relatable instead. Small words can make a big impact in your presentation.
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TEDx Columbus Curatorial Committee 2018
Once a year, we enjoy an exhausting, exhilarating, thought-provoking discussion to identify the speakers for TEDxColumbus. What the discussions demonstrates is the commitment to identifying ideas worth spreading.
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Talk Like Someone's Listening Take a Breath
As coaches, we’ve seen it a thousand times before. Speed talker syndrome. Sometimes it happens when a speaker is excited or just plain nervous. Other times it’s the guy who tries to fit 38 minutes of content into a 7-minute presentation. To increase your credibility and make a better impression, slow it down. Take a...
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So, are your presentations for your audience or yourself?  Are they thoughtfully planned stories with which your audience can relate? Convert your conversation into a presentation.
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Provide more value to speakers when you deliver actionable feedback using these four tips from Coach Acacia Duncan.
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Talk Like Someone's Listening: Translate Your Science
In the last few years we’ve delightedly become adept in helping scientists (data to medical) and researchers (you name it) understand how to translate their insights to lay audiences. This second video in our  Talk Like Someone's Listening series gently reminds us that sometimes it takes careful effort to turn outward for others to access...
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record your speech
An executive communication coach explains why one of the most powerful tools for improving public speaking and communication skill is recording yourself.
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It’s been about 9 years since we opened up Articulation. Which means hundreds if not a thousand talks we’ve watched, coached, edited, coached again, reviewed, shared and more. It also means that it’s time for a little fun. As many know, we call out behaviors, never names. And our campaign that we are launching today...
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I work with a lot of speakers sharing personal stories. Patient stories. Caregiver stories. Stories of triumph. Stories of overcoming impossible odds. Audiences crave these stories— our social media feeds are filled with them. Why do we crave them? They connect us in a deep and human way. But what do you do, as a...
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  I wonder what Albert Mehrabian would have thought of the Royal Wedding. Or more importantly, the news reports of the non-verbal behavior sightings at the Royal Wedding. Mehrabian was the researcher that studied how much non-verbals impact our communication. Many people have mused and debated his findings that 93% of our communication is non-verbal. I’ve been...
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In the The Greatest Showman , P.T. Barnum uses a well placed story to recruit his first circus actor. The scene starts with a knock on the front door. The actor’s mother answers. P.T. says, “I’m looking for your son.” The mom replies, “I don’t have a son.” He responds, with paper in hand, “I see...
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We kicked off the DiscoveryX program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital last week. Now in its third year, this Transforming Talks, a white-label TED-style talk event, was brought to the hospital by Lara McKenzie, PhD. Lara is a Principal Investigator in the Center for Injury Research and Policy at the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital....
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This may be the shortest blog I ever write. With good reason. The message is simple: Trash the podium. Literally. Throw it away. Don’t ask your production company to bring one. Don’t ask for a new one to be built. Don’t dare let the hotel put one on stage for your event. Trash it. My...
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As I am writing this blog today, I am preparing to open a one-person show. I am sitting in my living room and my stomach is churning, my breathing is shallower than usual, and I can feel my heart pounding. I am “nervous.” I have coached many executives as they prepare to speak publicly and...
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