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. It doesn't matter what business you are involved in or what you are planning on doing for a living, if you can communicate well, you will be successful.
Effective use of Twitter by businesses
MAY 5, 2011
I've spoken a couple of times about the importance of using Twitter correctly over the past couple of years and while some people have not learned that lesson, others are starting to.
Why I wear an eye patch!
DECEMBER 28, 2010
I wear an Eyepatch because of the presentations that I have seen have caused me to stab myself in the eye so I didn't have to see half of the presentation. What caused this to happen: three things really: 1) People who put their entire speech on their slides then read it word for word.
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. I 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. Much like the NBA dunk contest, I think it’s time to face a simple fact: Super Bowl ads had a nice run, but their time has gone.
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." " Paper.li is fairly new and more people are starting to use it, but I find it very useful for a few reasons.
Global Ignite Week!
FEBRUARY 7, 2011
This week is Global Ignite Week around the globe. If you are in Sioux Falls or anywhere close, come on down to the Museum of Visual Materials and listen to some great speakers!
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. Communication Public Speaking
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. In this Ignite speech, I decided to not talk about communication, powerpoint or delivery. Instead, I wanted to talk about my other passion - Music! It's a bit quirky, but I hope you like it.
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. That is one thing that I have found with the English language. Foxtrot has a great example of this which I thought was great. 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. Instead of talking about the politics in his speech, I wanted to touch on the idea of expectations. 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. This map, as shown above, is something that you will probably recognize. I thought this map was correct. Why would we be studying something that was wrong?
Mantras versus Mission Statements? How about a Passion Statement
APRIL 15, 2009
In Guy Kawasaki's book Reality Chec k (as well as his blog ), Guy talks about putting together a Mantra for your business versus a mission statement. He states simply that "A mantra is three or four words that explain why your product, service, or company should exist."
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. So - do you need an excuse to get out of the office early on a Wednesday and head to Monks for a beer afterward? 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. If you want a quick run-down of my thoughts on communication, you can take the abridged version and check out last years top posts list and then check out this years.
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.) but I've been wanting to get back into writing more consistently, so why not talk about beer. And not just any beer, but America!
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. We've gone from face to face conversations just 20 years ago (even 15 or 10) to texts, tweets and facebook posts.
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. I always felt that his writing paired with Kennedy's speaking ability is the greatest we have seen.
Dr Pepper Ten - is it manly or offending?
NOVEMBER 28, 2011
Maybe its because I'm the only guy in a house with 3 other women or I'm just secure enough of a man, but I just don't get the whole "manly" advertising of some companies. The latest attempt at advertising directly to men is Dr. Pepper Ten.
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. What I have learned over the past couple of months is that it has the relaxed feel of a coffee shop , but the people here all have things to do and are not here just to get coffee and chat.
Tim Tebow and Messaging
NOVEMBER 7, 2011
Being a Denver Broncos fan means that I've seen a lot in my life. I was 6 years old when they drafted John Elway and watch him lead the Broncos to five Super Bowls , winning his last two.
Would 9/11 be different today? MIP asks a compelling question
SEPTEMBER 12, 2011
( image from the cover of The Economist magazine ). Like most Americans, I remember exactly where I was, what I was doing and the rest of the day on 9-11-01. This year we observe the 10th anniversary of that tragic day when thousands of Americans lost their lives.
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. This year I get to learn about Space! It's like I'm a kid again.
Does our Educational System Need Changing?
AUGUST 22, 2011
It's that time of year again - millions of students are either starting or getting ready to start the school year, which is why this post is going to be more about education than communication. Here in Sioux Falls, students begin today and will finish around mid-May with their year.
A touching and inspiring speech
JULY 13, 2011
This is one of the most touching and inspiring speeches that I hear every year. Jimmy Valvano was a college basketball coach and in 1993 created The V Foundation , which funds cancer research. A few weeks after giving this speech he died from his battle with cancer.
Slide Handouts - a quick guide
DECEMBER 20, 2010
I have always felt that slide presentation handouts were a bad idea. Your intentions might be good, but as the saying goes, "The road to hell is paved with good intentions." " 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. I love teaching and coaching speech and debate. While I am only a half-time teacher (working on Dahle Communication Group the other half) I do really enjoy my time at school working with those kids. Here is the dilemma: my daughter says she wants to be a teacher.
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. 2) Others will get sick (not this bad I hope). 3) Businesses are not quite sure what a Public Speaking Class can do for them.
Hook: The Presentation Conference
NOVEMBER 29, 2010
I am quite excited about an event that is coming up on March 25th and March 26th that I have been invited to be a part of - Hook: The Presentation Conference. Scott Schwertly at Ethos 3 is putting together what looks like an amazing conference.
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. However, he was much more than this. I had the honor of meeting Senator McGovern three times in my life.
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. This is probably why I enjoy social media: companies cannot control their messages. Does that mean they have no control over what happens? What it does mean is that they can't control everything.
15 Minutes - Including Q & A - A Book Review
SEPTEMBER 27, 2010
Many of us have seen lousy presentations after lousy presentations. I am sure most of you have asked a simple question: "Why are these presentations so bad?" " Well, there are a lot of reasons to be sure.
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. Sadly, one of the guests was not.
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. It comes from a public speaking company. I have no idea how good they are, but I liked their video and wanted to share it with you. 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. Now that is quite a jump from the 725,000 users in March , but it is still quite short of the 500 million users on Facebook. 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. This has been a long summer - a total of 5 posts from the end of May to today.that is just sad.
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. While a lot of cities have hosted Ignite events, the 9 Clouds, Inc. team wanted to have the event in more than one location. To understand why is to understand South Dakota.
Know Your Audience - IBM marketing should read this article
JUNE 28, 2010
An important feature when speaking is knowing who your audience is. This is one of the most vital pieces of information you need to have if you are going to be successful. However, this is not just for public speaking. With any form of advertising or marketing, you need to know your audience.
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. Scott Hay - check it out!) On April 20th, a BP owned off-shore oil platform exploded and started spilling oil into the Gulf of Mexico.
Google is driving me mad!
JUNE 3, 2010
I'm a fairly tech-savvy person. I'm up-to date on most tech things that come out, I pretty much manage a lot of my on-line accounts and I try to keep up on it as much as I can. I will admit that I am no tech expert and am woefully inadequate when it comes to some things.