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Coaching and Training Reflections
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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  Last week we re-launched our Influential Storytelling class.  Like all good motors, it needed a tune up, and just in time too.  These 15 participants came together from 7 different organizations to get down to the business of “story.” One of the attendees in his evaluation said: “It is rare that one experiences something...
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Every car has four wheels, a radiator and glove compartment. It is not those things that make a car fancy, fast or memorable. But without those things it would not be a car. After attending my second TED conference and beginning to preparing our 5th TEDx event, I thought it was time to take a stab at my interpretation...
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This week we were welcomed into the capacity building workshop for the 12 grant partners of the Women’s Fund of Central Ohio.  We fashioned an abbreviated version of a critical thinking workshop, helping them to focus on their high-value ideas and resonating stories. We were thrilled to be there as these partners had amazing passion...
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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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No theory or speaker reviews in this post, just a quick update on some of our whereabouts for the new year. Ongoing Training and Coaching We are actively scheduling both classes and individual sessions for our Storytelling Training and Presentation Coaching offerings.   These are private-reserve classes (no public sessions, sorry) which means we can customize them...
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On the TEDxColumbus stage over the last three years, we’ve had a variety of performance artists: musicians, poets and such.  This post is not about them. It is about those individuals who have a medium other than their own voice, movement or acting to express their artistry (design, painting).  I turned to wikipedia for a...
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Allyson, my outrageously dedicated associate, got to take the stage herself this week for the first time since joining ar.tic.u.la.tion full time in May.  She was invited to speak at a local high school – not our typical audience – so she worked hard to adjust one of our favorite tips for them on connecting...
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Rose Smith, during her highly provocative poetry performance at TEDxColumbus, challenged us all to betools. You know, as in a conduit for helping others, making change or doing good. While my tip this month isn’t as deep, her challenge made me think about the tools that the speakers used during TEDxColumbus in their variety of preparation pathways (and...
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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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They say once is an event, twice is a coincidence and three times is a trend. As we organize the third TEDxColumbus event, we’re definitely feeling the trend. Consider our first year when no one knew what TED  or TEDx was. I had to explain, clarify, demonstrate and explain some more. Last year, we had some awareness but still needed to...
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Everyone has their own preparation path toward great speaking, we’re thrilled to see what changes our clients have made in theirs. One of our clients shared with me in an email that her speaking style had improved so much after her sessions with us. I asked her for what strategies were helping HER the most....
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My normal client is the person or team that wants to up their game in their critical thinking, storytelling and/or presentation skills.  Last week I switched hats and became a coach to the coaches. A group of curators from TEDx programs in San Diego and Jackson Hole asked me for some help in how they...
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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 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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