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Rob Cottingham
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Behind me, there's a long trail of productivity-tool corpses, from Remember the Milk to Daylite. Got a favourite tool that you still use? Or one that everyone told you was the tool you had to get, but never clicked with?
Last night, I finally watched the Mythbusters’ finale, in which they revisited one episode’s explosive destruction of a cement truck. The myth they’d been testing: that you can clean off hardened cement inside the truck’s mixing barrel by throwing in a stick of dynamite. They concluded that you can clear out some debris, but not a big slab.… Continue reading Wanted: a task manager manager
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When the leading contender for a U.S. presidential nominee is a guy who just seems to saunter up to the mic and yammer on for an hour or so, why should anyone ever use a speechwriter?

A few folks have been asking that in the shadow of Donald Trump's campaign. But I suspect his success comes not so much from speaking off the cuff, as from appearing to be authentic. And authenticity looks a lot different for most speakers than it does for Trump:

_Authentic speaking involves a lot less heightened formality and rhetorical ornamentation. We won’t discard those flourishes, but they may well spend more time in our toolboxes and less time on the page (and at the lectern).+

In their place, we’ll be boning up on plain, clear, conversational language. We’ll find ways to express things in starker terms, with sharper contrast—but without losing nuance, especially when we’re dealing with more complex or delicate issues.

In short, many speakers will still need speechwriters to help bring sharp narrative clarity to their speeches. We have to keep honing our craft because of changing audience expectations. But those changes were happening long before Donald Trump threw his hat into the ring.
Donald Trump's off-the-cuff bluster isn't a winning strategy for speakers or speechwriters. Substance and nuance still matter.
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My sketchnotes from tonight's Edward Snowden talk. It was inspiring, disturbing and thought-provoking in equal measure.
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E-book? Paper? I don't think it's an e-ither/or. You?
My reading has reached the point now where there are some books I prefer to read on paper (e.g. mystery novels), some on an e-book reader (e.g. science fiction and other novels), and some on a tablet, so I can see the diagrams in glorious colour (e.g. software guides). And I suspect this may be where we… Continue reading A real page-turner
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Here's the complete gallery of cartoons I drew for +Alexandra Samuel's #SXSW talk on Sunday, The Myth of the Family Tech Market. Be sure to catch it! http://schedule.sxsw.com/2016/events/event_PP53609
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This just crashed my brain, mostly because of the Lamy pen.
 
Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories presents AxiDraw - A new, hackable draw bot with excellent penmanship.
AxiDraw is the latest draw bot to come out of Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories. You'll be impressed by what it can do!
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I've been posting a fair amount about speechwriting on my blog over the last year or so, and I'm going to start sharing some of those here. I hope other folks will feel free to share tips, advice, resources and — especially — questions.
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In a legal jam? Facing some hard time? Maybe give this a try (and let me know how it turns out).
“Follow your passion” was a pretty popular piece of advice in the early days of the social web, as a new sense of limitless possibility swept the world. Well, North America. Okay, Silicon Valley. Okay, already-prosperous people in Silicon Valley. My point is… that now there’s a passion backlash. (Packlash? Backpash?) Some have argued that… Continue reading Your honour, the defense pleads YOLO
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I got to read this while +Alexandra Samuel was putting it together, and laughed loudly enough to disrupt a hotel lobby. But the photos take it to a whole 'nother level.
The NCAA’s Final Four may determine who rules the court, but the Final Four-Year-Old determines who rules the playground…
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For your convenience, all of my cartoons for Alexandra Samuel's #SXSW   #familymkt  presentation tomorrow in one handy location! Check her session out: 12:30 Sunday, March 13. Details: http://schedule.sxsw.com/2016/events/event_PP53609
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The latest cartoon for +Alexandra Samuel's #SXSW talk, The Myth of the Family Tech Market. (Check it out, so'westers: http://schedule.sxsw.com/2016/events/event_PP53609)
This week’s cartoons about parents, kids and tech are in honour of Alexandra Samuel’s session this weekend at SXSW, The Myth of the Family Tech Market. It’s based on her two-year study of how more than 10,000 North American parents manage their kids’ interactions with digital technology. Here’s the info on Alex’s SXSW session: The Myth of the… Continue reading Would you code it in the rain? Would you code it on a train?
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Rob Cottingham is the co-founder and a principal of Social Signal. He is a digital veteran, with more than 20 years experience helping organizations with communication, engagement and strategy in both the online and offline worlds.

Rob is Canada's leading progressive speechwriter. And he's also a pioneer in online campaigning and communication, creating one of the first youth-centered anti-tobacco web sites, Canada's first national party leadership campaign site and the first-ever online political game. His projects have ranged from Vancity's Webby-nominated ChangeEverything.ca to BC Hydro's Power the Games application on Facebook.

Rob is a frequent speaker and workshop leader on social media, for audiences ranging from the Canadian Marketing Association to the Conference Board of Canada to NetSquared. A standup comic, Rob also draws the popular Noise to Signal webcomic, which has appeared on such sites as ReadWriteWeb and the Huffington Post.
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