On Effective Communication - Inc. Magazine's interview with Peter Guber
APRIL 4, 2011
I've always preached the idea that communication is first and foremost something that everyone needs to do well if they want to succeed.
Effective use of Twitter by businesses
MAY 5, 2011
What I was surprised by was what happened next. First, Casey's replied to me and said "Thanks Travis!" " I thought that was cool.
Why I wear an eye patch!
DECEMBER 28, 2010
and 3) People who talk like they clearly don't care about the speech.so why are you even talking. Are you?
Super Bowl Ads Just Ain’t What They Used to Be
FEBRUARY 9, 2011
The following is a guest post by Brett Duncan of Marketing In Progress. love Brett's stuff and he has been gracious enough to do a guest post here. I must be getting old, because I find myself looking back on the “good ol’ days” at a much higher frequency than ever before. And I’m about to spring it on the ads for this year’s Super Bowl.
Thoughts on "The Communication Daily" and Paper.li
JUNE 2, 2011
A couple of weeks ago I was included in the Kjell Kallman Daily and thought the idea behind it was fantastic. Here was a way for me to put together a daily on-line newspaper that I could somewhat control the content, but didn't have to spend hours on as well. Since then, I set up the " Communication Daily." Secondly I love the layout.
Global Ignite Week!
FEBRUARY 7, 2011
This week is Global Ignite Week around the globe. If you haven't seen any of the previous talks, you can go here and view them all.
In honor of another great public speaker
JANUARY 20, 2011
Today is the 50th anniversary of JFK's Inaugural address. So this week we get to celebrate two great public speakers.
Ignite SD Talk
DECEMBER 27, 2010
It's been a while since I gave this presentation at IgniteSD , but I wanted to share it with you all. Ignite IgniteSD
How English can be misinterpreted
MAY 16, 2011
When communicating, even if you use the correct words, how they are interpreted can change their meaning. Enjoy
What we can learn from the State of the Union
JANUARY 31, 2011
Last week President Obama gave his second State of the Union. Expectations can be both a good thing and a bad thing.
Mercator versus Peters Projection - why change is a difficult process
OCTOBER 26, 2009
When I was growing up studying geography, my school, like every other school in the world, used what is referred to as the Mercator Map.
Mantras versus Mission Statements? How about a Passion Statement
APRIL 15, 2009
He states simply that "A mantra is three or four words that explain why your product, service, or company should exist." Travis.
In Memory of a Great Public Speaker
JANUARY 17, 2011
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr - the complete 'I Have a Dream' speech. Communication Public Speaking
Ribbon Cutting, then after party - are you in?
JANUARY 12, 2011
Just wanted to send out a reminder about the Ribbon Cutting that I am having today. Here are the specifics: Location: Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce Office (corner of 8th and Phillips). Time: 4:30 p.m. After-party: Monks - right after the ribbon cutting. If so, come on down! -Travis
My favorite posts from 2010
JANUARY 4, 2011
Two years ago I wanted to have a website up where I could talk about my ideas regarding communication. I've had a lot of ideas over those past two years and it is time for another year in review. There were a lot of issues that I looked at over the past year, but these were my favorite: Get off line to get some perspective - and work done.
Are the Belgians Trolling American Beer Drinkers?
MAY 12, 2016
I know it's been sometime since I've posted here (is a 3 year hiatus a bad thing.) And not just any beer, but America! No I'm not kidding.
Have we lost our ability to communicate
OCTOBER 10, 2013
Over the years we've seen dramatic changes in how we communicate with each other. Or is it just a problem with politics? Politics White House
McGovern's 1972 Acceptance Speech
OCTOBER 24, 2012
If you have read my blog at all, you know that I am a big fan of John F. Kennedy 's speech writer Ted Sorensen. after a contentious convention.
Dr Pepper Ten - is it manly or offending?
NOVEMBER 28, 2011
The latest attempt at advertising directly to men is Dr. Pepper Ten. When I first saw this commercial it just made me laugh. Really guys.
How early is too early for Christmas Music?
NOVEMBER 16, 2011
One thing I like about co-working with everyone at Meso is the relaxed, yet get your work done, atmosphere. Its not the typical 92.5 co-working Music
Tim Tebow and Messaging
NOVEMBER 7, 2011
Since that time, the Broncos have been good, then bad, then horribly bad - but I have never seen anything quite like the Tim Tebow phenomenon.
Would 9/11 be different today? MIP asks a compelling question
SEPTEMBER 12, 2011
( image from the cover of The Economist magazine ). Brett brings up the question of what would happen if the 9/11 attacks were attempted today.
The Benefits of Debate - Learning about Space Travel!
AUGUST 29, 2011
One of the greatest things about being a debate coach is that I have to learn a great deal about a new topic each and every year.
Does our Educational System Need Changing?
AUGUST 22, 2011
Here in Sioux Falls, students begin today and will finish around mid-May with their year. think that it does. Read the entire review here. education
A touching and inspiring speech
JULY 13, 2011
This is one of the most touching and inspiring speeches that I hear every year. You can bid on a variety of prizes and events or just donate money.
Slide Handouts - a quick guide
DECEMBER 20, 2010
I have always felt that slide presentation handouts were a bad idea. " The idea is a good one: you want your audience to follow along.
Educators need some new branding
DECEMBER 15, 2010
I'm in a bit of a dilemma. love teaching and coaching speech and debate. Now why don't I want her to be a teacher? How do we do this?
What Can Dilbert Teach Us About Communication?
DECEMBER 6, 2010
Lot's of things - specifically that: 1) Most people will freak out if they have to give a presentation.
Hook: The Presentation Conference
NOVEMBER 29, 2010
Scott Schwertly at Ethos 3 is putting together what looks like an amazing conference. This is what you should expect: Arrive. Have your mind blown.
Senator McGovern and Debate
OCTOBER 22, 2012
Being from South Dakota, a state of only about 800,000 people, we have had our share of nationally prominent people. One of the greatest of those passed away this weekend, former Senator George McGovern. Most people know McGovern as the candidate who was defeated easily by Nixon in the 1972 presidential election.
Take Control of the Conversation or Message
OCTOBER 4, 2010
I usually don't like to try and control things - especially when it comes to communication. Does that mean they have no control over what happens?
15 Minutes - Including Q & A - A Book Review
SEPTEMBER 27, 2010
There are a lot of people trying to change this however: Duarte Design , Garr Reynolds , Sticky Slides , your truly, Joey Asher and many others. Maybe.
Know who you are following on Twitter - don't just use Keywords
SEPTEMBER 13, 2010
A little over a week ago I was at a beautiful outdoor wedding. The entire wedding party was dressed nice and very classy. Are you a communicator?
I Hate Public Speaking Song
SEPTEMBER 7, 2010
Thanks to Megan for sending me this video yesterday. It sums up what a lot of people feel when they are getting up and speaking. Enjoy!
Foursquare Badges Tell Stories - Which One Is Another Story
AUGUST 30, 2010
If you don't know what Foursquare is you are not alone. There are a little more than 3 million users currently on Foursquare. What is Foursquare ?
Hello.Is There Anybody In There
AUGUST 23, 2010
That is what I am sure a lot of you have been asking if you have been checking my blog for updates this summer. Stop making excuses. Travis
Ignite SD # 3 is tonight!
AUGUST 2, 2010
Ignite SD is finally making its way to Sioux Falls this evening and I have the pleasure of speaking at the event.
Know Your Audience - IBM marketing should read this article
JUNE 28, 2010
An important feature when speaking is knowing who your audience is. However, this is not just for public speaking. Sounds like a great deal right?
Should Obama become the Hulk?
JUNE 14, 2010
(note: the drawing comes from a friend of mine Tim Keller who does a weekly moleskine drawing along with M. This should be the story.
Google is driving me mad!
JUNE 3, 2010
will admit that I am no tech expert and am woefully inadequate when it comes to some things. know I sound irritated and angry because I am.