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 … Read more

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. … Read more

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

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 … Read more

Brain Science: Help Your Team Have Insights and Solve Their Own Problems

As leaders, we are often approached by our team members who need help. They’re struggling to think through a technical issue on a project, a relationship issue with another team member, or even both. How do we avoid the trap of trying to solve our subordinates’ problems and help them think better at the same … Read more

Streamlining It All: Preparation Process

Crafting an outstanding technical presentation is an art form that hinges on several pivotal elements: Cultivate Self-Assurance A great technical presentation begins with the presenter. It’s about building a foundation of confidence that supports the weight of your expertise. This self-assurance isn’t just for show; it radiates to your audience, compelling them to trust in … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

Technical Presenting Series: Powerfully Engage Your Audiences Every Time

I must admit, I’m quite the enthusiast for intellectual pursuits. The thrill of learning and distilling complex information invigorates me. STEM fields? I’m all in! Economics? Absolutely, let’s dive deep! So, you can imagine my excitement when a Big 4 accounting firm sought my expertise as an executive coach to enhance its presenters’ skills for … Read more

Just Talk to Us!

The Pitfall of Scripted Presentations When it comes to presenting technical information, there’s a common temptation to script the entire talk. It’s a natural response, aiming to ensure that all critical information is covered. Yet, this often backfires. Presenters end up sounding less like humans and more like robots. The essence of a good presentation … Read more