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[On] Point to Ponder: Insights from Loveland Startup Week

Last week, I presented “The Entrepreneurial Artist’s Business Model Canvas” with Harrison Hand and Ariana Friedlander at Loveland Startup Week. We had a great turnout – the room was packed at over 50 attendees, many of whom lingered long past our 90 minute time limit to continue side conversations. To what can we attribute the event’s success, and what can we glean for future talks? Preparation is Paramount. Harrison Hand did a fantastic job setting up the event and thinking through its purpose and objectives. An artist and author himself, he is steeped in the local artist community. He specifically…

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[On] Point to Ponder: The Four Expectations an Inaugural Address Demands

All presidents strive for a strong start to their term in office. Their first official opportunity to do so takes place on January 20 when they deliver their inaugural address. Tomorrow, President-elect Trump will give his first, and like every president before him, he will strive for a strong start. Inaugural addresses provide incoming presidents with their “first official opportunity to wield the power of language”, noted by the late political science expert, Lee Sigelman.  Inaugural addresses are powerful. They come with myriad constraints. Like all speeches, they come with certain expectations. Like all major political addresses, they become part of…

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[On] Point to Ponder: The “I Nailed It!” Feeling

This is a story about why I do what I do. Looking back, there are many stepping stones that led to my passion for public speaking. This is one of the early stones. The year was 1999. The conference room felt enormous, and I stood front of the wall-sized projection screen. Wearing a suit and heels, I looked at my audience of over 100 predominantly male managers. Our client was a multi-billion dollar global pharmaceutical company. I was one of 5 women in the room and the only speaker on the agenda. The technology was working, the microphone was hooked up, and my…

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[On]Point to Ponder: The Stories Inside Christmas Songs

Throughout the year, there are countless articles on the importance of good storytelling. As we near Christmas, have you ever stopped to think about the stories we hear during the holiday season – the ones that come right through our radios (or iheart, Pandora, or Amazon Prime apps)? I find Christmas music fascinating. Every year, I look forward to hearing this genre of music, nearly non-stop. I am particularly fond of the original version of these songs versus the re-recorded, “new” versions of today. And recently, I’ve begun to wonder why. What do the songs of old have that their re-makes do…

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[On] Point to Ponder: Effectuation and Iceland Air’s In-Flight Video

When Iceland Air went behind whatever closed-door branding session was held for its executives, truly innovative ideas emerged. I would have enjoyed being a fly on the wall at those meetings. I saw these ideas first-hand when I recently flew them to and from London, stopping briefly in Rejkavik to change planes. I was impressed. The branding was fresh. It was unique. It was exciting. And it was Effectual. There’s no question – strong branding takes time to develop.  During On Point branding workshops, for example, we help entrepreneurs and management teams dig deep. We invite them to turn off phones, close…

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Testimonials

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

“As a professional speaker, I know the value of getting feedback before giving an important speech. As I prepared my TEDx talk, Cindy was the perfect person to give me outside perspective. She did a beautiful job taking the many ideas I had floating around in my head and helping me select what to use, how to organize them, and how to tie it all together.

I love the way she coached, not trying to make her words my own, but instead, considering what I was trying to achieve and helping me stay true to my voice. If you have to stand and deliver a great talk, working with Cindy can help you ensure you’re at your best!”

Tanis Roeder, Elevate Your Communication

Cindy was selected to present at the Career Thought Leader Conference in Denver. I attended her session and was impressed with her presentation and content marketing expertise. I have been a trainer for over 20 years and her presentation added specific impactful strategies that I will include in my next training. Cindy has a natural engaging style that is persuasive and professional. I would highly recommend working with her if you are looking to increase your business presentations.

Beth Kennedy, Executive 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

Cindy, you were immensely helpful in narrowing down the story part of our pitch. With your guidance, we were able to make a very complicated technical problem relatable to a mixed audience. We still can’t believe the first questions was, “it sounds too good to be true.” That is so much better than the feared, “I do understand what your product does.” Thank you for your professional help and support. RVC knew what they were doing bringing you in as a pitch coach.”

Samuel Thomas Elliott|Co-Founder, Tejon Technologies