Inspired Leadership

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Today when I went in search of what the Duarte folks (who bring you compelling visual presentations) are saying on their blog, Todd Cherches had this to say:

Among the many amazing features of Dr. King’s numerous classic speeches — including, of course, his iconic, “I Have a Dream” speech — was his use of “visual communication”… his talent and ability to paint pictures with words. While Dr. King drew on a variety of rhetorical techniques to “Educate, Engage, & Excite”  his audiences — e.g., alliteration, repetition, rhythm, allusion, and more — his ability to capture hearts and minds through the creative use of relevant, impactful, and emotionally moving metaphors was second to none. 

Here are some examples of how Dr. King painted visual pictures with his words: [click to continue…]

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Baratunde on stage at SXSW 2012

Baratunde on stage at SXSW 2012. Photo from NY Times Wire.

@baratunde is a @jjpolitics colleague of my @FissionStrategy colleague @ch3ryl, but I hadn’t grasped the extent of how quick witted and awesome he is. Now I’ve got it.

Today to talk about the power of satire, he put into action his prowess in storytelling and visuals to share his beliefs and experiences about transforming the world … with as much use of Twitter-type communication as possible 😉 such as hashtags and usernames. [click to continue…]

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Jendi Coursey is a mother and a small business owner. This is her story of starting Indigo Studios and following her passion of photography. Jendi has business advice up her sleeves to share with you — take a look & listen.

As the owner of Indigo Studios, she works with a talented team of creative professionals to help businesses grow. Also, as a photographer, she enjoys providing clients with FUN portrait sessions (seriously!) and beautiful event photos that they’ll enjoy for years to come.

We created the interview in a digital story format! You’ll see why she has a reputation for fun photo sessions and helping businesses grow.

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Karen Adair is a lively and talented designer I met through a lively and talented marketing expert (sense a theme?!). She helps local wineries and other businesses raise their stature through design. Clearly not one to let moss grow under her feet, I thought she’d have a fun and interesting story.

[Karen Adair portrait]Karen asked me to “order something without raisins!” Knowing she needed to move along quickly, we jumped right in over a muffin and latte …

What does a “day in the life” of Karen Adair and DG Creative look like?

A day in the life is meeting with clients, and managing, designing, and producing the projects. Every day has projects and meetings scheduled on the calendar with a particular flow. My day always starts with emails. Then I have to reprioritize — it’s never what I expect it to be. We’re really responsive. We don’t like clients to have to wait too long when they request something.

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Sit back and enjoy Seth Godin’s TED talk, “The Tribes We Lead,” as he introduces the fall of mass marketing and the revival of social interaction. Tribes = the building of community around shared ideas and values. Tribes offer ordinary people the opportunity to lead and instigate change. After you’ve checked this video out consider reading or listening to his book, Tribes.

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YWSE-SF Board meeting with national board co-chairs at Sara’s home in 2008

Years ago … way back in 2004 … I had my best job interview ever. I talked with Sara Ellis Conant in her living room in the hills of Oakland to pitch myself for the chapter coordinator position with Young Women Social Entrepreneurs (YWSE). [click to continue…]

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