Acacia Duncan


Acacia Duncan 

Senior Director

Executive Communication Coach and Trainer 

Before becoming an ICF Certified coach and joining Articulation in 2016, Acacia spent fourteen years as a corporate coach and trainer in the retail sector. As a coach, she specializes in helping clients discover their authentic voice and unlocking the confidence to achieve their goals. As a facilitator, she has created and led training and development courses for groups of up to fifty. By keeping the room lively and curious, and asking questions before answering them, she creates an environment that fosters adult peer learning.

In addition to coaching and facilitation, Acacia is a professional theatre director and actor. Her years of experience on and off stage have taught her to how bring out the creativity in any individual or team and how to engage an audience.

Acacia graduated from Miami University with degrees in Theatre Performance and Economics and has studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, and with the SITI Company. She lives in Columbus with her husband, Matthew Slaybaugh, and her adorable Weimaraner, Beckett. 

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How to Make it Through Giving an Emotional Talk

I work with a lot of speakers sharing personal stories. Patient stories. Caregiver stories. Stories of triumph. Stories of overcoming impossible odds. Audiences crave these stories— our social media feeds are filled with them. Why do we crave them? They connect us in a deep and human way. But what do you do, as a...
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Speaking? It’s Normal to Be Nervous.

As I am writing this blog today, I am preparing to open a one-person show. I am sitting in my living room and my stomach is churning, my breathing is shallower than usual, and I can feel my heart pounding. I am “nervous.” I have coached many executives as they prepare to speak publicly and...
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To be a Winner in Public Speaking, Banish Comparison

This article on praise from TED was passed around the Articulation office/treehouse. It was an important reminder for any coach, manager, or even parent, that comparison, even positive comparison, can have negative (unintended) consequences to confidence. It was with this article at the top of my mind that I watched this year’s Women’s Skating finals...
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