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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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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 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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First, a quick refresher on the classic tale. Goldilocks, after breaking and entering into the empty home of The Three Bears, proceeds to eat the dinner the bear family worked very hard to prepare. First she tries one porridge and decides it’s too hot. The next bowl is too cold. The last bowl is juuuuuuust...
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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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Wow, what a way to start the year. I didn’t take my own advice. Mid way through a recent assignment (an event featuring 5 different talks from the same company), I was told that I offended an executive by what I thought was a simple suggestion. The suggestion was, “Have you ever recorded yourself?” I...
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The City of Columbus asked me to host a roundtable discussion on the city’s culture and how it informs us as an intelligent community for the Intelligent Communities Forum. We were giving the breakdown of culture by art, heritage and attitude and curated the conversation around it. I was chosen due to my role of co-host...
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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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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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We were invited into a major financial institution this week to help check the pulse of their culture. And we did it thru stories. A few years ago I was inspired by a training group in Australia who talked about their anecdote circles.  Playing on the idea, yesterday we facilitated ‘story circles’ for 100 associates...
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I just finished reading one of the most compelling stories I think I’ve ever read:  Escape from Camp 14 by Blaine Harden.  It is the incredible tale of Shin Dong-hyuk, the only person to have been born in a North Korean work camp and to have survived a harrowing escape.  He was about 24 when he escaped...
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I just finished a six week assignment with a major health corporation in town, helping them to cascade their 10 year vision into a repeatable resonant story for their 16,000 associates to understand. The experience was a familiar one — take two years worth of strategic planning work and find a way to get it...
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Yesterday morning I delivered a keynote address on influential storytelling to 80 executives at the company DSW, headquartered in Columbus.  They sell shoes and lots of them.  In attempting to find the perfect metaphor to begin my talk, I made them each take off their right shoes.  To a group of shoe execs, the energy...
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Last week, we suggested an outrageous idea to a client who was addicted to PowerPoint (as in she had sent at least 200 pages of slides in 4 decks). While we were helping her to narrow down a presentation to 15 slides, we also suggested they use a black slide when one of the 5...
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