Props to panel moderators, your awesome goals are vast! And your leadership resource guide is coming soon.

What’s your interest in or overall perspective toward moderating a panel? Well the leadership and creative opportunity for panel moderators has fascinated me actually for forever. In related discussions, often speakers preparing to moderate panel events (on Zoom or offline) have said many panel programs are not very clear or engaged…or they sometimes come across asContinue reading “Props to panel moderators, your awesome goals are vast! And your leadership resource guide is coming soon.”

A vital storytelling decision: the first 15 seconds

A colleague-friend years ago scolded me for how I was preparing for a short talk (to be roughly five minutes of stage time). I recall being very concerned that five minutes with the audience ‘just wouldn’t be enough time to make a credible effort…’ During these informal rehearsals, the intro would start with biographical remarks aboutContinue reading “A vital storytelling decision: the first 15 seconds”

How great (AWESOME) is context for your next speech or story to tell?

I looove all the context ever. It provides orientation, setting, clarity for how the bulk of intended meaning shall ideally unfold. Context gives our oral stories a unifying and structural launching pad for both storyteller and the listeners gracing them. The storytelling experience for our audience builds from relatable ‘chunked’ or thematically grouped scenes, whichContinue reading “How great (AWESOME) is context for your next speech or story to tell?”