Public Speaking and Presentation Tips

Bringing closure to the year, and your talk.

As we close out 2012, I have produced another ‘best clips’ video (you may remember the first one on opening hooks), this time, on great closings.  As a speechwriter friend of mine told me once, the hardest part for her clients was “Getting into and getting out of the talk.”  So here’s some inspiration to …

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It takes both sides.

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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Our Influential Storytelling Class

  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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The arc, or rather petals of a TED talk

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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Women’s Fund Workshop: High Value Ideas and Overflowing Passion

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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