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#Effective Public Speaking
Three public speaking tips from executive communication coach Acacia Duncan that can help you hone in on your one idea for a successful TED-style talk.
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Lessons from 10 Years of TEDxColumbus
As TEDxColumbus marks its 10th anniversary, let's memorialize the culture of support that TEDxColumbus has created for the speakers to deliver such consequential and memorable talks. 
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So, are your presentations for your audience or yourself?  Are they thoughtfully planned stories with which your audience can relate? Convert your conversation into a presentation.
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Last night I coached a young woman who was being interviewed later this week for a $250,000 full ride scholarship to the college of her choice. She was tasked to give a 15 minute presentation and answer questions to an unknown panel. The challenge she faced is that the organizers from the admissions office gave...
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These are calls I’ve gotten recently from clients, concerned about performances of some of their key women. “She is fine when she’s one-on-one with colleagues, but as soon as she goes into a group meeting or presentation, she clams up. We know she has good communication skills, but she refuses to use them.” “During the...
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This month I’ve been asked twice to orient / train / tell / brief people on how to coach speakers inside their companies.  I’ve struggled with responding as I never like to say no, but in this case, it’s the only answer. I came to appreciate that I haven’t clearly articulated (pun intended) why I...
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It was five years ago this last winter that I applied for one of the first TEDx licenses. And apparently, I’m one of the few crazy enough get a 6th consecutive one.  Our event has grown both in size and maturity, and it’s become a well anticipated event in Columbus each fall. As we began choosing our speakers this year,...
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I just returned from Dallas and an annual conference for the 250 HR professionals within the Alliance Data family  which includes Alliance Retail, Epsilon and Loyalty One Companies. I was invited to curate, coach and host a session called “Perspectives” involving 8 speakers (all associates within the enterprise) for the last day of the conference....
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After the first TEDxColumbus event in 2009 at the Wexner Center, I remember thinking the day after: why aren’t I doing more of “THIS?”  This being helping speakers architect their story and find their voice.  And deliver what I am now calling “The Talk of Your Life.”  It is what lead me to create ar.tic.u.la.tion...
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While we have been involved in hundreds of keynote addresses over the years, I thought it was time to document the pathway of one from start to finish.  Each is different of course based on the speaker, event and audience.  We adapt for each and in this case, we’re working with the founder of a...
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This week I’ll be speaking at the Cityworks (X)po in Roanoke, Virginia. I was invited to speak on behalf of the TEDx global community, which now equates to 3417 events in 117 countries. Humbled, yes. Nervous, no. Since this is my “TEDx” season, the content is omnipresent in the brain, especially thanks to a great hour-long talk show with our leading...
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Let me thank the panelists from last week’s Women and Marketing event at TECHColumbus :Joan Manter,Nancy Bohman,Amy Marshall and Padma Sastry.  I won’t repeat the content of the panel discussion since Nancy has a wonderful recap on her blog. ​LXLMS​​​   But what I do want to explore for a moment is the notion of the panel...
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A friend told me recently he 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? So — You decide which pathway would bring him to...
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Late last year when we started paying close attention to good opening hooks, we started noting those TED talks that had particularly good ones. In this 3 minute video we produced below, we’ve spliced out 6 really notable ones, and what we consider a represenative sample of the different types of hooks you can deploy. From self-deprecating...
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A client engaged us recently to architect a brand-new signature presentation. So we got out our very sophisticated tools:  some markers, flip charts and a whole bucket of post it notes. But we find the questions we ask at every step aren’t so simple: What insight can you reveal?  So what?  Why will your audience...
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