Ruth Milligan

Founder, inc.
Columbus, OH, United States

About Ruth

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A midwest born, raised and centered communicator with a background in politics, fund raising and media relations, seeking a new challenge to solve every day.

TED Conferences

TEDActive 2013, TEDActive 2012, TEDActive 2011

Areas of Expertise

Public Speaking and Speech Coaching, Presentation Coaching, Influential Storytelling

An idea worth spreading

If you don't know if you are ready to give a talk, take a long walk - alone. Instead of giving that talk to someone else, give it to yourself.

I'm passionate about

The oratorial, storytelling, public speaking and presentation process.


Miami University (OH)

Talk to me about

Organizing a TEDx event and getting your speakers good and ready!

People don't know I'm good at

Tennis. Cooking gluten - free.

My TED story

I started planning my first TEDx event the day after they posted the initial TEDx announcement on the blog in the winter of 2009. I am now organizing my fifth TEDxColumbus and also curated a TEDxKids event for my kids' aftercare program. I have co-hosted the TEDx learning series webinars and presented at the TEDx workshops at TEDActive in 2011 and 2012. While my day job affords me a decent lifestyle, my TEDx work keeps my intellect from shriveling up and introduces something or someone interesting to me every day.

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Ruth Milligan
Posted about 1 year ago
Amanda Palmer: The art of asking
I spoke to Amanda backstage about her talk before her rehearsal. She said she was nervous as hell and not done with it. Could have fooled me! Outstanding effort she invested that paid off -- what a remarkable message and talk.