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Ruth Milligan
Two weeks ago we produced the second TEDxColumbus.  Huzzah!!!  A wonderfully moving and inspiring afternoon of 13 different short talks and performances over 5 hours.  I adored helping talented, articulate people find their inner voice to share their riveting ideas.   And from our feedback and evaluations, we gave 400 enlightened audience members a moment (or...
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In our Influential Storytelling class at ar.tic.u.la.tion, we apply critical thinking methodologies to help properly frame a story. So on our summer family vacation a week ago, I thought I’d test the logic with my 7 year old daughter.  What better story to practice than “what I did this summer,” knowing she’d be quizzed upon returning to school...
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A college professor commented that his students were giving him a wide range of feedback on his lectures. “Some students think I’m the second coming and others think I’m a train wreck.  What gives?” Having heard him speak at a public forum and also having had many conversations with him, the answer was pretty simple....
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Today I found a little black dress. There it was hanging on the clearance rack, all unassuming, half-dangling from the hanger, slotted in the wrong size, looking plain, simple and even a bit forlorn. In my desperation to get a dress -any dress-  for an upcoming special occasion, I grabbed it, raced to the fitting...
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On Wednesday this week, Jan and I attended the ‘final exam’ in Alaina Sheer’s presentation transformation.   I hadn’t written about our style and delivery session that we had a few weeks ago as I knew there was some additional work to be done before she was really ready to present. Tuesday night we had a chance...
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Every May and June for 15 years I’d tune into CSPAN and watch graduation speeches. Thank goodness I got married one June and now have a few better things to do with my leisure time. But hearing about graduation speakers the last few weeks brings back some of those memories and how I would look...
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From fairy tales to extreme makeovers, who doesn’t love a good before-and-after story? HGTV has built an empire around ’em (with good reason) and TLC offers a veritable pantheon of makeover shows about babies, weddings and beauty. So Ruth and I thought it would be fun and, more importantly, helpful and enlightening, to feature a before-and-after story of...
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In today’s New York Times, an illuminating story about multi-tasking adorned the front page.  It’s disintegrating our ability to focus, the research argues (I would personally agree!).  And indeed, checking email, texting, facebooking, skyping, webinaring- whatever the task- must all be but aside for the careful work that is presentation preparation. I recently queried a PR...
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San Diego, August, 1996: I was sequestered for a day in the speechwriters’ room behind the big stage at the Republican National Convention. I was there to “traffic” a speech. I was charged to make sure the one that was supposed to scroll on the teleprompter was the one my ‘principal’ was expecting to give,...
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This is a note to organizers.  Your role in getting a speaker ready to talk is as important as the speaker’s own preparation. In the last post about the “What If” event, there was a fatal flaw on behalf of the organizers. I thought I’d illuminate our top three forget-me-nots that every organizer needs to know....
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Talk Back is an occasional review of talks we’ve attended or heard. Yesterday, it was a delight to attend the first “What If” conference at the OSU Fisher College of Business. It was a showcase of successful entrepreneurs and their various approaches to innovation. Each person was given 20-30 minutes to present. To keep it light,...
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