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If you have the goal of becoming a successful guest speaker in the business world, I have some tips to share about getting started. These are based on my experiences working with some very talented people who are currently on-the-rise as star presenters, including Sarofsky Corporation’s Erin Sarofsky – and Chad Hutson and Jason White, the principals of Leviathan. Here are the preliminary tips (two more follow below):

. Start early
. Focus on these efforts as a key business activity
. Set your sights strategically to target the right opportunities
. Have a very specific vision for your proposed presentation and communicate it with the correct person before the deadline while also providing a well-organized summary of your speaking history Read more

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The Creators Project is a global celebration of creativity, arts and technology. Launched in 2009 with Intel as founding partner, the platform features the works of visionary artists across multiple disciplines who are using technology to push the boundaries of creative expression.

The Creators Project includes daily video and editorial content, an official YouTube Channel developed in partnership with Intel and VICE, original artwork commissions and global events. Read more

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It’s almost ESPY Day, friends! Benefitting The V Foundation for Cancer Research, this week’s ESPY Day festivities will once again feature integrated fundraising messaging across ESPN networks, culminating with a special simulcast of the ESPYS on ABC at 8 p.m. Eastern time on Wed., 15 July. The simulcast will include fundraising elements and heavy social media integration of the hashtag #DontEverGiveUp, inspired by Jim Valvano’s iconic speech at the inaugural ESPYS in 1993.

As a key part of this, The 11th Annual V Foundation Auction is now LIVE with many bids closing very soon! If you act quickly, you can still bid on hundreds of unique experiences and items, Read more

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A year ago, a story from Chris Trimble appeared in the Guardian proclaiming video as the future of content marketing, with this dire warning: “small businesses who ignore it do so at their peril.” As video usage continues to climb, we will see a lot more people and businesses trying to engage, entertain and educate us with their on-screen storytelling. Bearing this in mind, I wanted to share some videos I’ve collected over the past five years in the course of working beside some above-average storytellers.

For your reference and enlightenment, I have chosen 10 examples apiece for three well-established niches of corporate communications. While most of these videos were designed for business audiences, their creators invested some artistry to try to make them appeal to all of us. Read more

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Featured Image: “Red White & Blue” Sunland, California, by imagemaker Tommy Ewasko.

Tommy writes: “The canyons throughout Southern California have various terrains, and getting the most interesting perspective always takes a little homework. While perched on the top of a ridge on the birthday of this great country, I once again grabbed my favorite tripod, placed sandbags on the legs to anchor it properly and started the process of laying down exposures. Read more

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Posted on 06.30.15

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Happy Friday friends! I hope your work week is wrapping up nicely and that you’ll soon be able to enjoy some well-earned downtime, like a lot of people have been doing all week in Cannes (kidding, of course). Before ending this week, I wanted to share this video I’m embedding here from experience design agency FreeState, and a few more comments about the significance of winning a Cannes Lion award.

As you can hear first-hand from FreeState’s creative director Adam Scott in this video directed by Ilan Metev, FreeState won a Gold Design Lion at Cannes in 2013 after designing the world’s largest kinetic sculptures for Blackpool’s promenade. Under the heading of “Why Winning a Lion Matters – An Agency’s View,” Mr. Scott enlightens us while pedaling his bike around the city: “Sometimes it’s hard to find your way, and especially hard given it’s so darn crowded out here…. How do you stand out,” he asks.

And about the results of winning Cannes Lion Gold, he continues: “I would say people are far more interested in our approach, and that has to be a good thing. And well, if it can happen to us then it can certainly happen to you.”

Isn’t that lovely? Also, to me, it’s a perfect summation to what it means to win a Cannes Lion.

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It’s going to be an exciting week for me, even though I will once again miss attending the annual Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity currently shaping-up in France. Fortunately for us non-attendees, the Festival running 21-27 June has teamed-up with Mindshare and YouTube to provide one live-streamed session every day over the next week, beginning today. I’m embedding a YouTube playlist here featuring every one of these sessions… so new videos will go live here over the days ahead. Hopefully these presentations – streamed in real-time for a global audience – will be rich with valuable secrets and insights.

Here is the complete rundown of the sessions that were chosen by almost 20,000 voters: Read more

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You don’t have to be a fan of beer to love Warsteiner, Germany’s largest privately owned brewery, which has now been owned and operated by the Cramer family for 262 years. Brauerei Warsteiner has had a close relationship with the arts for more than thirty years – starting with Andy Warhol, who immortalized the Warsteiner Pilsner glass to help launch the Warsteiner Art Collection. In 2010, Warsteiner established The Blooom Award to offer young creatives in Germany a chance to get their start in the international art market. Since 2012, the competition has been opened up to artists all around the world in the fields of art, design, urban art and film. Applications are due by 31 July. Read more

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When I graduated from college, I wound up earning two B.A. communications degrees instead of one, without really having to take any extra classes. After studying the degree requirements, I saw that the ones for a Bachelor’s degree in Film were close enough to the ones for the same degree in TV/Radio that by taking the right classes and submitting the paperwork properly, I could earn them both. That experience taught me to look for overlaps between the various areas represented by my interests… in the hope of finding more advantages and synchronicities. This week, I’m happy to share some tips with you that have grown from these types of confluences. Read more

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The Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP) is about to light the fuse on what is sure to be one of this year’s most celebrated creative industry gatherings. To connect and secure tickets to all events, be sure to visit AICP Base Camp – physically located at the Helen Mills Event Space and Theater at 137 W. 26th Street in NYC. Operating during business hours June 2-4, Base Camp will serve as AICP Week information central, host many discussions and panels and feature numerous sponsor lounges. Read more

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Tommy Ewasko, Imagemaker Extraordinaire…

Posted on 12.14.09

Video: Trailer written, produced and edited by Roger Darnell. Imagery copyright Tommy Ewasko: All rights reserved. [watch video]

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