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[On] Point to Ponder: The Story Log Tool

Since developing the Story Log tool, feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Clients and workshop attendees have shared consistently how much they value this simple tool. But what is it? How was it created? Well of course, there’s a short story behind that… Harry Potter … and The Story Log? My daughter attends a school where the leadership program is modeled after the Harry Potter system of “houses” (e.g. Gryffindor). Like student council, only way more fun. Each house tries to acquire the most points to win the big end of year prize. In junior high, they learn the ropes of…

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[On] Point to Ponder: One Speaker’s “Mastery Moment”

As a public speaking coach, sometimes I get to see my clients in action, but not often. They’re in various cities pitching investors. Or competing at city- or state-wide Challenge Weekends. Giving keynotes or sales presentations. Occasionally I get to see a recording, and at the very least, I hear their feedback. But today was rare. Today I was in the audience, and wow, did Sarah shine. She had a true “Mastery Moment.” After presenting, she definitely left the building with “that feeling” – the feeling I want everyone to have from the stage – that “I nailed it!” feeling.…

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[On]Point to Ponder: Which Messages Surround You?

When I was a child, my two best friends lived 4 houses away. One summer when we were teenagers, we took a package of 3×5 index cards and a box of skinny markers to the kitchen table. My friend had an idea. We began to write positive, uplifting quotes and messages – one on each card – along with some subtle artistic designs. We taped them at the top of our bedroom walls a few inches below the ceiling, making a border all the way around. We loved the creative outlet, and over time, I came to realize they had…

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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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Testimonials

When you meet Cindy, you can’t help but feel engaged and pay attention. She clearly is an outstanding communications professional. The way she took the stage, conveyed her message and shared her approach to storytelling at the recent conference was mesmerizing.

Cindy made me rethink my approach to storytelling that I had used in my client work for many years. Cindy’s workshop alone made my trip to Denver worthwhile.

Ruth Winden, Executive Coach (UK)

“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

“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, Your coaching was fantastic. You are so good at this. I have done a lot of this too, but I am in awe of your approach, the simplicity of your suggestions and your general professionalism. Thank you.”

Susan Strong, Director at SAGE Boulder

“The On Point ‘Investor Pitch as Story’ online course was a great fit because of my heavy travel schedule. It gave me flexibility as a student to learn and connect with Cindy as necessary. The videos and homework helped me to prepare strong, compelling presentations for potential customers (coaches, directors, school districts) and becoming investor ready.”

Justin Fleming | CEO at MyPerforma