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Need to Turn Data into a Story? Turn to Sports.

Struggling with making data exciting in your slide deck? Data can be dynamic. Statistics can tell superb stories. Here’s The Formula:Start with facts. Add feelings. And you’ve got a data story. Let’s turn to the world of sports for a timely example. Let’s build a short story with data we have from the Washington Nationals path to the World Series. Here we go — stay with me to the end.Because business owners can apply the above formula, too. Data You Have Prior to Making it a Story (using MLB as example):- Winning percentages- Games played, wins and losses- Names and…

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[On] Point to Ponder: 3 Reasons This is Excellent Scientific Writing

Scientific writing is hard to do well. There’s just no question about it. Clunky terminology, 6-letter acronyms with hyphens, latin terminology none of us learned, even if we took etymology in high school… the list goes on. But in a recent Wall Street Journal, I was hooked by an article about cancer. Instead of a wrinkled brow, I was nodding my head and drinking in the science-y prose. It’s an example of excellence in scientific writing, and it’s worth unpacking. It’s right here, and it’s called “The Saturday Essay.” BARDIC AND PRIESTLY VOICES:The job of any scientific speaker? It’s to…

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Case Study: Jennifer Henderson | CEO at TiLT

This is a story about a founder who learned the “Investor Pitch as Story” model (IPAS) from Day 1 of her pitch journey – and how the opportunities, wins, and checks began to accumulate. Jen wrote her first company check to On Point. It felt like a gamble. Would it be worth it? She admits in the interview… “it was a hard check to write.” Now that she’s mastered this model, she has investors writing checks to fund TiLT (formerly Career Allies) into its next phase of growth. This is a story about how and why the Investor Pitch as…

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[On] Point to Ponder: Should You Model Queen?

I was about 7 rows back in a packed theatre the 2nd day this movie was out. It was one of the only times in recent memory the audience clapped at the end. Which was deserved. Here are some key takeaways, one being the unlikely suggestion that  we all need to be more like Queen in our public speaking endeavors – especially founders pitching investors. * Side note: I was floored that Hollywood made a PG-13 movie about Queen, and that it is in my view, legitimately PG-13. As many others have already suggested, I predict an Oscar Nomination for…

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The ‘Wait’ of the World Series. Lifted.

*editor’s note: This is a shift from regular On Point posts – although we do teach storytelling in a professional context – this is part of my story, and a fun, light-hearted and personal example. Enjoy. ———————————- On the morning of November 2, 2016, I was talking to my 4 kids in the car on the way to school. They ranged in age from 7 to 13. We were pretty giddy, and rightfully so. “So guys, it’s Game 7 tonight right? Well there’s a tradition that after sports teams win it all, they go back to the locker room and…

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“Cindy was truly instrumental in getting a compelling, professional pitch deck put together. Without her structure and guidance on how to tell a compelling story, I know we wouldn’t have had nearly the success and traction that we have. I look forward to continuing to work with Cindy and making our pitch evolve alongside our business.”

Jennifer Henderson| CEO at Career Allies

Tim Ash, Agent at The Group Real Estate

When speaking at the CTL conference this spring, I had the privilege to sit in on Cindy’s Storytelling talk. Cindy has an impressive background, and a wonderful approach to helping you present more effectively. Telling a compelling story is crucial for effective presentations that connect with your audience, and Cindy can equip you to prepare and present in a structured, but seemingly unrehearsed way.

Kristin Sherry, Author|Speaker|Coach

“Last year, I reached out to Cindy to help me with a sales deck I use frequently. I learned how to personalize my presentation in an authentic and informative way, making it more interesting to deliver and for my audience to observe!  Cindy was professional, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable and her suggestions were spot on.  If you want to enhance your communication skills, gain confidence in speaking, and improve overall delivery, I definitely recommend working with On Point!”

Nicole Steed, Global Account Manager | Helms Briscoe

You are a wonderful presenter Cindy! I have taken so much from your presentation at the conference. I noticed when you speak, you at times lowered your volume in a way where we still heard you, but it PULLED the audience in, as if you were confiding in us.

Your vocal variety was lovely, (as well as your content, of course!). The advice to gather your stories from your past and weave them into your presentations is spot on.

Julie Roberts, Linked In profile writer|Coach