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

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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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Use Effective Visuals

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The Fifth Step for Technical Presenters.  Many technical presenters fall into the trap of designing slides or white boards that are too busy. The slides are dense with text. They act as speaker’s notes, leaving the presenter with nothing of value to add. Or the white board gets crowded with chaotic charts and notes, confusing …

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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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Tell A Story

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The Fourth Step for Technical Presenters. Technical information can be difficult to follow. Even people who are familiar with a technical topic may not immediately understand a new concept. This is especially true if the concept is presented only the abstract. What’s the solution? In my coaching practice, I work with presenters to come up …

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