Here’s where you’ll find insight into how we think and work, how we look and sound, and the tools we deploy to bring your goals to life. Our blog stretches way back, so you might want to peruse the list to see what strikes your interests or needs. Our videos offer a glimpse of several of our coaches — as well as insights into our methods. And when you do work with us, you’ll want to familiarize yourself with our Resource Toolbox to make working with us that much easier.

Blog

Our blog posts offer a rich gathering of insights, tips and suggestions designed to help you become more polished, more influential and more impactful in how you communicate with others. Skim to a title that strikes your interests or needs. And come back often because we are serious keeping it fresh and useful for storytellers everywhere.

The Power of Breath

I am passionate about the power of breath. It not only makes for good public speaking, but it also helps a person feel grounded and confident in any area of life. Allow me to share a three quick tips to harness the power of your own breath.

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They Want the Teddy Bear, Not the Stuffing

Are you trying to sell the teddy bear… or the stuffing? See Ruth Milligan’s presentation to Columbus’ Web Analytics Wednesdays group to appreciate the relevant metaphor shared with her by an analytics client and her top list of components to assure a complicated, complex topic gets understood by their audience.

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[VIDEO] Short Words, Big Impact

Step away from the thesaurus. Forget the jargon, too. To engage your audience as a reputable speaker, be relatable instead. Small words can make a big impact in your presentation.

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The Idea Reigns Supreme

Once a year, we enjoy an exhausting, exhilarating, thought-provoking discussion to identify the speakers for TEDxColumbus. What the discussions demonstrates is the commitment to identifying ideas worth spreading.

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[Video] Take a Breath, or 10

As coaches, we’ve seen it a thousand times before. Speed talker syndrome. Sometimes it happens when a speaker is excited or just plain nervous. Other times it’s the guy who tries to fit 38 minutes of content into a 7-minute presentation. To increase your credibility and make a better impression, slow it down. Take a breath, or 10.

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[Video] The Joke Will Be On You

Use too much humor in your speech? The joke will be on you. Watch the latest episode of Talk Like Someone’s Listening to learn how to engage your audience without losing credibility.

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Thanks Ecolab!

Yesterday Ecolab (St Paul, MN) hosted their second extremely successful “StratChats” revealing insights and stories rolling up to their 2020 Global Strategy. We were proud

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[Video] Translate Your Science

In the last few years we’ve delightedly become adept in helping scientists (data to medical) and researchers (you name it) understand how to translate their insights to lay audiences. This second video in our  Talk Like Someone’s Listening series gently reminds us that sometimes it takes careful effort to turn outward for others to access your insights.

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Trash the Podium

This may be the shortest blog I ever write. With good reason. The message is simple: Trash the podium. Literally. Throw it away. Don’t ask

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Videos

Our videos offer a glimpse of several of our coaches — as well as insights into our methods. And you can find more of our videos on our YouTube channel.

Ruth's Tips

FEATURED CLIENT TALKS:

The Ohio State University, Wexner Medical Center, WexMed Live

The Ohio State University, Masterminds

Nationwide Children’s Hospital, DiscoveryX

TEDxChicago

Talks not publicly posted: Articulation has additionally coached talks at the following institutions and corporations: UnitedHealthcare, Ford, EcoLab, NetJets, Designers Brands/DSW, Miami University and University of Virginia. 

Resource Toolbox

We go through lots of Magic Markers, Post-it Notes and handouts during our classes and coaching sessions. Aside from these basics, we rely on a set of readily available resources designed to be platform agnostic, intuitive and easy to work with. Take a moment to review the tools we’ll be using together.

Voice Memos

This voice recording app comes standard on all iPhones and is available for free for Android devices at the Google Play store. We use this app more than anything else to record practice sessions. We ask speakers to use it to share recorded versions of their talks. All files can be shared via text or email.

We use this tool to record all of our coaching calls. By using it, you’ll be able to listen to your call history and measure your progress over time.

This is our first choice for remote coaching sessions. If you’re used to working with Webex, that’s okay because we are, too. However, we find Zoom better suited to remote coaching and simplifying interaction online.

Power Point and Keynote

Speakers often use support slides in their presentations. But the slides — whether built in PowerPoint or Keynote — are less important than being able to record over them for practice, timing and sharing. That’s why we encourage clients to familiarize themselves with their preferred slide presentation software and its voice recording features. For more on recording with PowerPoint, visit Microsoft support. For Keynote recording help, go to Apple support. 

Undoubtedly, this is the Cadillac presenter on the market. But once you understand its capabilities to help with timing and spotlighting, you’ll want one too.

Our most valuable tool is our Mac to HDMI adapter. Regardless of which computer you use, you’ll need the right HDMI cable to connect to our projector. You’ll find the one right for your computer on Amazon.

At-Home Recording Equipment List

Equipment suggestions for at-home video recordings. Download it now.