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Ruth Milligan
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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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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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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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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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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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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It’s safe to conclude that when a client “wins,” we win too. In the spirit of transparency, let’s look at where those win were for second quarter. And a few near losses, too. ECOLAB – Last December, Ecolab, a St. Paul, based international company that focuses on supporting the energy and hospitality sectors, launched a...
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Yesterday Ecolab (St Paul, MN) hosted their second extremely successful “StratChats” revealing insights and stories rolling up to their 2020 Global Strategy. We were proud to be their partner again, helping to prepare the speakers throughout the last 6 weeks.
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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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  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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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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About two years ago this week, we met a young, dynamic woman at the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH). We were there to brief her and about 10 others on a journey they were about to take to deliver a new style talk at a brand-new event open to the hospital community. Everything...
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  One of our company values is transparency. We believe in it when working with clients, with speakers and when people give us feedback. We decided that it was time to be transparent in a “reporting” way about the work we’ve been doing. It’s in the spirit of if we don’t share it, you won’t...
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