The Growth of Social Media: Believe it & Engage.

Amazing visual portrayal of stats related to social media usage on this video. I am a believer in the power of videos like this because it got one of my last hold out friends onto Facebook! Maybe this new video will get him on Twitter? We should devote more energy to finding better ways to…

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How to create a visual keynote speech

I’m doing a pecha kucha keynote speech for an event called Showcase at the University of Wisconsin. This is my story of how I’m developing it. A pecha kucha is a structured framework for a presentation. It consists of 20 visual slides that advance after 20 seconds. It is only a 6:40 long speech! Some…

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Advice for Conference Speakers on their Presentations

This advice holds true for both the speaker and the conference organizer advising the speakers on their presentations. A killer presentation is like a killer product. It takes some time to develop and involves many prototypes and iterations. If the presenter is giving their speech or facilitating their program for the first time, it will…

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Out-innovate, outeducate, and outbuild: Obama’s call for a focus on education & innovation

“We need to out-innovate, outeducate and outbuild the rest of the world.” This was President Obama’s memorable quote from the 2011 State of the Union Address that summed up what we need to do as a country. Innovation is critical. It is at the center of the radar. But first, we need to teach people…

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How to Encourage Creative Thinking: Developing experiential training activities to teach the innovator’s DNA

My favorite innovation articles are those that focus on which capacities we need to cultivate to become better innovators personally. Innovation processes and systems are excellent but learning how to develop our own innovation skills is truly compelling because it is personal. Plus, much of the innovation chatter in organizations now is shifting from adopting…

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Teach Creativity, Not Memorization & The Creative Campus

 The Chronicle of Higher Education has done what many other publications have been doing. They are publishing articles that are shining the light on the need to teach creativity and innovation to students in our educational system. This October 2010 issue featured two articles raising attention to our need for creativity to teach creativity and…

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