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Ruth Milligan
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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  This blog post shares reflections on a recent TEDx milestone and a tribute to one of TEDxColumbus’ most loyal collaborators. Ten years ago last week, the first TEDx event in the world happened at USC. The founding genius behind TEDx, Lara Stein, reminded us on Facebook of this milestone and how beautifully the global...
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The first annual Women in Analytics conference took place last week in Columbus. We think it’s the first conference of its kind. It had a pilot year a few years ago when its current co-organizer was still in college.This was the first full-blown organized, public access, kick-ass attendee, SOLD OUT event. While it was not...
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  When we coach cohorts (three to 10 speakers at a time for a specific event), we get a front row seat to the diverse emotions people experience in preparing a talk. I like to coach my clients (those that hire us to work with the speakers) that getting a speaker’s idea, content and story...
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On November 19, 1863 Lincoln was not the scheduled speaker the dedication of the Soldiers National Cemetery in Gettysburg. After all, the country was in the middle of a Civil War. The organizers did not expect him to come, let alone speak. It was his request to say a few words when he did arrive....
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Since we spentgood time last week coaching really sophisticated research scientists helping them to make their science accessible to important audiences, we were thrilled that Quicken Loans did this ad for the Super Bowl.   We are “that guy” in the background, every day.   Helping really smart folks understand how to translate their complex ideas into simpler...
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This blog is in our series of coaching reflections, where we pick an experience while working with a client in public speaking, keynote talks, TED-Like talks, presentation skills, executive communication, storytelling, content framing and/or executive presence.  Background: Head of a division of a global company has been invited to give a talk at a a leadership...
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In our classes, we often ask: Who gave the most important vision speech in U.S. history? Someone has always answered: MLK’s “I have a Dream.” (correct) I would argue that no one will ever be close in the gravitas of his words, during that time, with that consequence, and with his delivery. But last night,...
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What’s in store for 2018. (Alas, we are back on the blog after a little hiatus!) Two minutes of updates about how we have improved our offerings and expanded our team to help your leaders continue to grow their influence and win ideas. TRANSFORMING TALKS – to transform leaders and make leadership waves. Annual sales...
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