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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 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

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

“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

Tim Ash, Agent at The Group Real Estate