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Ruth Milligan
I was at a meeting recently with a local township official, and when I asked about what highlights we should know about his community, he left the room.  He quickly and enthusiastically returned with a huge power point deck titled “State of the Township.”  All I could see was page after page of bullet points....
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Talkback is an occasional series of review of live talks we’ve attended. I’ve been listening to speeches the last few months with an eye to “the story.”  You know, the example you give that transports you to a place with real sound, smell, taste and an example you can most assuredly repeat. That relatable moment that says I...
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Do you ever wonder why ESPN Classics became so popular? We want to know why those games were so great.  We don’t see how the play is developed until the second time around. So — when watching a great talk, do you ever wonder, what made it so great? Sometimes it’s hard to understand why...
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Consider:  We spend 4 billion hours in traffic.  There are 1 billion people in the world with a brain disorder.  For every 400 movies made, another 11,000 porn flicks are produced.  And there are 113 official ways to die in the US.   These are but a few of the interesting bits I absorbed at...
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Experience Columbus, our travel and tourism bureau, invited articulation to help curate their “keynote address” for their annual meeting.  These five dynamic people pictured above ended up being the participants in what became a ‘fam tour’ — five short stories that wove a larger story about how Columbus is a great destination for tourism and...
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To kick off this year’s TEDActive conference in Palm Springs, the TED staff held a special workshop day for TEDx organizers. I gave a brief presentation on speaker preparation to my peers and I’ve included the slides (with notes) below. The irony of these slides is that they weren’t seen at the workshop — the tech...
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So she sat looking suspicious at me from the middle of the room.  I was pretty sure she didn’t ‘buy’ what I was selling about the need to have your own signature story.  After all, this is a group of highly motivated, intelligent and soon to be MBA’s from the Fisher College of Business. There it...
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Every conversation we have is with ourselves.  And on occasion it involves someone else. Every time I repeat this quote, I get a good chuckle out of my audience.  It’s the nervous kind, that says, uh, you are probably talking about me. Last week when I was teaching a class of MBA students at the OSU...
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Note: This is the first in an ongoing series of reviews of live talks called Talkbacks that we’ll be posting on ar.tic.u.la.tion. Some reviews will be full critiques while others will share inspirations from the viewing experience. Jim and Nancy Petro have risen to the top of the many lists in their lives. Jim was once Ohio’s Attorney General...
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This group of junior and high school students took over a big, open, colorful studio space filled with German-designed, state-of-the-art, learning-inspired furniture created within the confines of the convention hall / trade show, and were broken down into six teams and given a challenge: design a solution to any problem you want to solve. You’ll...
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In a recent meeting with a Learning and Training executive, we got on the topic of who is most coachable for public speaking? And related, why have we become so polite in ignoring those who are ineffective presenters? It seems, after mapping out a few characteristics of those who we coach, that it comes down...
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When Thomas Jefferson was President, he didn’t give a State of the Union. And it wasn’t until 26 Presidents later that Woodrow Wilson took up the tradition again. History reports that Jefferson thought it was too monarchial like the Speech from the Throne, the equivalent talk in the House of Parliament kicking off a new session....
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“I guess I just want to get it over with. ” – Julie, an ar.tic.u.la.tion client. When someone is either bored with their content, nervous to speak or unable to engage their audience, the focus isn’t always the message, it’s the finish line. As a result, a mini-crisis happens when no one is happy with your talk....
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  ​​SLXLM ​Yesterday I attended the 69th inauguration of a governor in Ohio, this time for Gov. John Kasich.  His personal brand is immutable:  he’s driven by a higher force, is fiercely devoted to his family, and is determined to not let special interests get in the way of fixing Ohio (we have a $10...
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Last year when we launched ar.tic.u.la.tion in mid-summer, we had no idea that we’d get the overwhelming response that we did.  Between individual style coaching, signature story development advising and some unique teaching opportunities, we feel very lucky.  But we know we need to work hard for that luck, so here are the top 11...
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