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Coaching and Training Reflections
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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Last week during one of our Influential Storytelling trainings, a participant was proud of herself for using an analogy to get a point across to the COO of her company. It was the week the Mavericks beat the Heat, and if you aren’t into sports, that meant that the basketball season was over and LeBron lost. Just...
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Make no mistake about it, presentations and public speaking is in my blood.   I’ll just caption these two images to demonstrate my point. Exactly 100 years ago, a local club was founded – inspired by a simliar club in England founded in the 1700s. Part literary society, part salon, part bonding just for the...
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One of my clients called me yesterday to share how her recent presentation went. We’d spent about 6 hours together reviewing, practicing, taping, testing, editing and more. It was a 45 minute talk to a consequential group in her industry. She couldn’t retain her excitement. “So I started with that story we practiced – where...
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I was at a meeting recently with a local township official, and when I asked about what highlights we should know about his community, he left the room.  He quickly and enthusiastically returned with a huge power point deck titled “State of the Township.”  All I could see was page after page of bullet points....
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Talkback is an occasional series of review of live talks we’ve attended. I’ve been listening to speeches the last few months with an eye to “the story.”  You know, the example you give that transports you to a place with real sound, smell, taste and an example you can most assuredly repeat. That relatable moment that says I...
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Consider:  We spend 4 billion hours in traffic.  There are 1 billion people in the world with a brain disorder.  For every 400 movies made, another 11,000 porn flicks are produced.  And there are 113 official ways to die in the US.   These are but a few of the interesting bits I absorbed at...
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Experience Columbus, our travel and tourism bureau, invited articulation to help curate their “keynote address” for their annual meeting.  These five dynamic people pictured above ended up being the participants in what became a ‘fam tour’ — five short stories that wove a larger story about how Columbus is a great destination for tourism and...
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So she sat looking suspicious at me from the middle of the room.  I was pretty sure she didn’t ‘buy’ what I was selling about the need to have your own signature story.  After all, this is a group of highly motivated, intelligent and soon to be MBA’s from the Fisher College of Business. There it...
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