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Ruth Milligan
Everyone has their pet peeves.  I have my pet loves.  Among them, really awesome opening hooks.  As in, how do you grab your audience from the first words out of your mouth. That means, ‘Thank you for having me,” or, “I’m here to discuss an idea…” are no where to be heard. This week at TEDGlobal, among...
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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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Do you ever wonder why ESPN Classics became so popular? We want to know why those games were so great.  We don’t see how the play is developed until the second time around. So — when watching a great talk, do you ever wonder, what made it so great? Sometimes it’s hard to understand why...
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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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To kick off this year’s TEDActive conference in Palm Springs, the TED staff held a special workshop day for TEDx organizers. I gave a brief presentation on speaker preparation to my peers and I’ve included the slides (with notes) below. The irony of these slides is that they weren’t seen at the workshop — the tech...
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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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Every conversation we have is with ourselves.  And on occasion it involves someone else. Every time I repeat this quote, I get a good chuckle out of my audience.  It’s the nervous kind, that says, uh, you are probably talking about me. Last week when I was teaching a class of MBA students at the OSU...
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Note: This is the first in an ongoing series of reviews of live talks called Talkbacks that we’ll be posting on ar.tic.u.la.tion. Some reviews will be full critiques while others will share inspirations from the viewing experience. Jim and Nancy Petro have risen to the top of the many lists in their lives. Jim was once Ohio’s Attorney General...
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This group of junior and high school students took over a big, open, colorful studio space filled with German-designed, state-of-the-art, learning-inspired furniture created within the confines of the convention hall / trade show, and were broken down into six teams and given a challenge: design a solution to any problem you want to solve. You’ll...
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In a recent meeting with a Learning and Training executive, we got on the topic of who is most coachable for public speaking? And related, why have we become so polite in ignoring those who are ineffective presenters? It seems, after mapping out a few characteristics of those who we coach, that it comes down...
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