How Can We Trigger Insights?

In my previous post, I looked at the science of how insights happen in the brain. So if we know how insight proceeds in the brain, can we also trigger those Aha! moments? I believe we can. The process starts when a person is holding a problem in their minds. They haven’t been able to …

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The Neuroscience of Insight: For Women and Gender Non-Conforming People

We have images, based on cultural conditioning, of what inventors and disruptors look like. They are invariably white, male, and young. They are usually American. But the ability of the human brain to have insights, to be creative and innovative, to disrupt and break through, is human. It’s not specific to any race or gender. …

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Innovation Coaching and a Life in the Arts: How I Got Here

Innovation

For my entire adult life, I’ve had 2 careers: one in the arts, and the other in business (L&D). In the freelance world of training and coaching, I was advised to keep a strict separation between my art work and my coaching work. The sense was that if anyone in business knew I was a …

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Streamlining It All: Preparation Process

I have incorporated every single one of these priorities – from audience-focused material to a conversational style to engaging slides – into a streamlined preparation process that saves the presenter a lot of time. I designed it specifically for really smart people that are dealing with technical topics. With my process, content preparation and presentation …

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What to Say? What to Leave Out?

The Second Step for Technical Presenters.  STEM and other technical people love to figure things out. It’s fun to sort out a complex problem! It can be even more fun to tell others how you did it. In a presentation that is driving action, though, it’s important to shape content according to the audience’s interest …

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Confidence

The First Step for Technical Presenters.  Celebrate your achievements! If you are a STEM or other technical professional, you’re probably a very smart person. You understand the nuances of the SEC standards, or you get the complexities of digitalization. You not only grasp the nuances of your subject, you also create recommendations and processes to …

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Technical Presenting Series: Powerfully Engage Your Audiences Every Time

I must admit, I’m a bit of a nerd. I really enjoy learning and conveying complex information. STEM? Bring it on! Economics? Let’s go! So when a Big 4 accounting firm approached me to help its presenters on their technical accounting webcast, I relished the opportunity. Over time, I found that these experts in accounting …

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Just Talk to Us!

The Third Step For Technical Presenters.  With technical information, the temptation is for presenters is to write a script. But it’s nearly impossible to sound conversational while you’re reading a script. And being conversational is the only way you’ll hold the audience, no matter how great your slides are. In my coaching practice, I’ve developed …

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