Ruth Milligan

10 Tips for Entrepreneurs on Articulation’s 10th Anniversary

It’s been 10 years since I shed the skin of my first business, a traditional PR practice, which I ran for eight years, and then founded Articulation where we unleash leaders through storytelling power. This means I’m finally an adult – 18 years strong – in entrepreneurship. So as I celebrate the decade-a-versary of Articulation, …

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Leaders: How to Alienate Your Audience in 5 Minutes or Less

As you’re preparing for your next presentation, will you engage your audience or alienate them? Here are 5 different but surefire ways to alienate your audience… and how to avoid them. 1. “Let me tell you the same 7 stories I told you I told you at my first all employee meeting.” That’s not a …

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Go Deep: How to Show and Manage Your Emotions in Public Speaking

Emotion. Besides breath, emotion is one of the most underrated attributes of our oratorical treasure chests. Dig deep and you will find it can unlock the most unengaged of audiences. But what happens when you get really emotional while telling a personal story? Let me preface this by saying emotion is anything that makes you …

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The Values of TEDx: Building a Resilient Storytelling Culture

Year 11. Last week we announced our 11th year of speakers for TEDxColumbus.  I’ve transitioned to become a member of the curatorial committee, after 10 years of chairing and facilitating it. It reminded me of the values on which TEDx was formed and how they’ve helped to translate and ground us in our own coaching …

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Convert the conversation into a presentation

Every conversation we have is with ourselves.  And on occasion it involves someone else. Every time I repeat this quote in a public speaking class or executive presentation training, I get a good chuckle out of my audience.  It’s the nervous kind, that says, “uh, you are probably talking about me.” What can you do …

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Ohio State Puts Culture of Innovation in the Spotlight with TED-inspired Event

The Ohio State Research & Innovation Showcase was part of the OSU Innovator of the Year Awards Event. While the event has been held previously, it’s the first time the nominees each presented a short TED-like talk. And Articulation was called in to help. Coaches Ruth Milligan and Acacia Duncan coached the speakers using our proven Transforming Talks process.