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Ruth Milligan
Year 11. Last week we announced our 11th year of speakers for TEDxColumbus.  I’ve transitioned to become a member of the curatorial committee, after 10 years of chairing and facilitating it. It reminded me of the values on which TEDx was formed and how they’ve helped to translate and ground us in our own coaching...
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A while back a friend was invited to speak to the Board of Trustees at his institution. We discussed that while he knew the topic well, he didn’t know the exact question he was answering. “Does there need to be a question?” he asked me. You decide which pathway would bring him to a more...
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Every conversation we have is with ourselves.  And on occasion it involves someone else. Every time I repeat this quote in a public speaking class or executive presentation training, I get a good chuckle out of my audience.  It’s the nervous kind, that says, “uh, you are probably talking about me.” What can you do...
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As part of NPR's StoryCorp visit to Columbus, Ruth Milligan participated in a panel discussion on the power of story and storytelling.
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talk preparation
This blog post is a quick dedication to the one step in the talk preparation process that is the most important outside the day itself: the final rehearsal.
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ted-inspired-talks for research
The Ohio State Research & Innovation Showcase was part of the OSU Innovator of the Year Awards Event. While the event has been held previously, it's the first time the nominees each presented a short TED-like talk. And Articulation was called in to help. Coaches Ruth Milligan and Acacia Duncan coached the speakers using our...
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vocal fry
For the last eight or nine years, vocal fry has been a thing. And it’s kind of driving us crazy. We assure you, no leaders we work with have vocal fry. In this video, Ruth Milligan encourages you to reclaim your strong voice! Breathe in. Breathe out. And eliminate the vocal fry. You’ll be better...
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executive communication tips for introverts
We’ve recently worked with an executive communication coaching client who’s been flip flopping decisions. Saying one thing in a meeting, then reversing it later in an email. It’s a huge executive communication problem. Through our experience, we’ve found a pattern with situations like this one. People like this client are almost always textbook introverts. The...
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how to close a speech
The hardest part of speaking is getting in… and getting out. In this short video, Ruth explains three strategies for how to close your speech with impact.
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how to open a speech
The hardest part of speaking is getting in... and getting out. In this quick tips video, Ruth Milligan shares an effective tip for opening your speech strong.
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For over a year or more as I walked the halls at a large executive speaking coach client organization, I’d been told about an executive with the UM, AH and LIKE problem. YOU KNOW, those filler words people use when speaking, and in public speaking in particular. They were correct but not complete. After a...
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What do you say in a short speech or talk when you don't have much time to prepare? In this short video public speaking tips, Executive Communication Coach Ruth Milligan shares a hack to help you organize your thoughts. Start by answering these 2 questions.
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metaphors for storytelling
Executive communication coach Ruth Milligan is back with more quick public speaking tips. In this video, she provides some reasons why metaphors are beneficial to storytelling. They help us make a greater impact on our audience, and provide a bridge so we can convey a thought or information in a more influential and engaging way....
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public speaking time vs content
In the battle of time vs. content, which wins out? The answer to this question is the top piece of advice we give out at Articulation. So which is it? Ruth Millgan explains in this short video.
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Instead of suggesting to a fast talker to "slow down," Ruth Milligan says try pausing instead. Watch this short video for public speaking tips.
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