Preparing to Improvise, Start with the Future and Work ALL the way Back

Last Wednesday, I arrived at Washington and Lee University, in Lexington, Virginia, to offer a guest lecture for Professor Caleb Dance’s undergraduate course, “Improvisation and Performance Culture in the Ancient World.” The class examines improvisation’s fundamental role in the overlapping art forms of storytelling, public speaking, theater and music. Dr. Dance asked me to relate…

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Corporate Storytelling: the 7 Tips for Audience Engagement #6 – Crafting Details and Scenes, not Dates and Statistics

Remember that interesting couple you met at the party, the ones from my last blog installment? Well, picture this: you come home from that same party and tell your wife that you’d like to invite them over for dinner sometime. “Okay, but which couple?” she replies. “We met a ton of people tonight, Charles.” “Joel…

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A Mirror from the Past: The Commoditization of Advertising in the Internet Age

In recent years, I have presented the history of Chicago advertising and public relations as a guest lecturer for Ron Culp’s DePaul University class “Chicago Agencies: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow.” While the students’ learning has been a focal point of my lectures, my own learning was piqued while preparing for my early January 2015 presentation,…

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