Mixing Chamber

The transformational experience that drives innovation and revenue.


Like a TED-style event for your company, Mixing Chamber® is the transformational experience for groups to CURATECOMMUNICATE and ACTIVATE groundbreaking ideas. It’s also for teams that know they have fresh ideas, and crave ways to concisely communicate the VALUE of those ideas.

It’s a powerful process streamlined into one customized package to drive innovation and revenue.

How the three components of Mixing Chamber™ work:

Together, learners innovate and innovators learn…via crowd- and colleague-accelerated innovation that:

  1. Curate.

    First, our Mixing Chamber™ team helps you hand select (“curate”) your organization's top thinkers and doers. (It's not always the obvious ones!) Together we’ll uncover internal colleagues with fresh, compelling ideas that, when further developed, will generate buzz, traction and—over time—revenue.
  2. Communicate.

    Then, we give this group of thinkers and experts presentation skills buy-in training from top coaches, including those who’ve trained TED and TEDx presenters. They learn to succinctly and un-boringly communicate their ideas. And present them in memorable, short-talk formats.
  3. Activate.

    Our efforts culminate in a custom, live event with all or some of your work teams. The “now-ready-for-prime-time” presenters deliver their talks in front of your broader audience. This builds buy-in as it gives groups the chance to gain insights from each other. Each talk is punctuated with custom-designed follow-up exercises and idea-application sessions so everyone can dive more deeply into each speaker's topic. The experience is video recorded for future use and application.
  • Fosters a culture of more viable innovation
  • Expands the capacity for idea generation and activation
  • Contextually connects with the broader world of ideas
  • Combats what the BBC reports is now a human attention span of 9 seconds—the same as goldfish

Your plug-and-play program also helps teams:

  • Identify and innovate around the most valuable, marketable ideas
  • Differentiate your organization’s culture from the competition’s
  • Recruit and retain top talent with more ease
  • Engage select prospects, clients, and vendors
  • Reward and further develop your high potentials
  • And inevitably change the world.

An organization’s ability to uncover, engagingly describe, and activate viable ideas separates exceptional market leaders from status-quo organizations. The capacity to connect and cross pollinate across disciplines and teams catalyzes everyone’s success.

Add to this the increasing popularity of curated talks that showcase and spread big ideas, and we now have more tools than ever to expand innovation and drive revenue growth.

As Head of TED Chris Anderson explains in his book TED Talks,

“However much public speaking skills matter today, they’re going to matter even more in the future … We’re entering an era where we all need to spend a lot more time learning from each other. And that means far more people than ever before can contribute to this collective learning process. Anyone who has a unique piece of work or a unique insight can productively participate. And that includes you.”

Anderson adds that the TED event experience is thrilling because the conference reflects the reality that all knowledge is connected into a giant web. TED works not just because of “the synergy between technology, entertainment, and design” (the words from which the TED acronym originates), but because of the interconnectedness of all knowledge.

“… the central advice I would give is to push yourself as hard as possible to be bold and brave, to try to step outside the comfort zone of what you know for sure or what others have said already, and to give the world questions and inspirations that deserve a thousand conversations. It’s not about being right or safe…so much as about having a staggering opportunity to create something that will breed further ideas.”


So how do we build and nurture such interconnectedness? 6 key components:

Curate an integral group of thinkers within your organization

Help them uncover and hone their most game-changing and revenue-driving ideas

Provide them with top-tier presentation buy-in training as well as content- and slide-development support

Invite them—along with employees and stakeholders—to a private live event where your coached presenters deliver their curated ideas in short, provocative talks, punctuated with ideation sessions to cross-pollinate disciplines and generate new insights

Apply custom metrics that determine the quantifiable impact of your Mixing Chamber®

Complete the circle with an optional, expertly facilitated lab session with a top TEDx speaker that activates your most important ideas to make them real

“The only reason to give a speech is to change the world.”

John F. Kennedy

The Mixing Chamber Team

Creator of Mixing Chamber®, is a TEDActive and TEDSummit attendee, and has been on the core organizing team at TEDxSeattle for 7 years. As Chief Boredom Buster at No More Boring Meetings, she’s also an international award-winning business owner who books compelling thought leaders, designs fresh meeting formats, and fosters purposeful play. A regular contributor to The Huffington Post and The Meeting Professional magazine, she’s been serving the meetings industry for 25 years.

“Andrea Driessen is a consummate professional with a keen eye for detail and a clear understanding of our big picture—a true business partner. She goes above and beyond to make the experience enjoyable and worry-free.”
– United Federal Credit Union

Lisa Dawes

In her role as co-chair for the TEDxSeattle Speaker Team, Lisa is responsible for discovering, developing, and curating the final lineup of speakers to create ideas worth spreading. As an executive storyteller, Lisa has helped global leaders ignite cultural change, deliver an arresting vision, and step into true thought leadership. Whether it’s a keynote, pitch, article, or video, for more than 20 years, Lisa has leveraged her creative and narrative skills to help clients tell the story audiences long to hear and want to act on. She’s won two dozen awards including four Emmys.

“I’ve hired Lisa on three different occasions. Each time I’ve been impressed with her professionalism, ability to collaborate, jawdropping creativity and outstanding writing skills. But the real reason to hire Lisa is her brain. It’s rare to find someone with fully developed creative skills who is also a firstrate marketing strategist. Lisa cares about the message and who it’s reaching”
– Cherylynne Crowther, StorySeller Media

Jacqueline Farrington

Jacqueline has over 18 years of experience helping senior leaders at Fortune 500 companies deliver successful communication strategies, as well as 14 years as a Lecturer at the Yale School of Drama. As a member of the TEDxSeattle speaker team, she curates speakers, develops talks and coaches presenters. Her global and diverse clientele includes C-suite executives, politicians, scientists, and teenagers. Jacqueline supports them in building presence, developing high-impact keynotes, planning events, designing and implementing change initiatives and employee/audience engagement strategies.

“Jacqueline is an outstanding career coach and communications expert. She is able to deliver excellent results even in difficult circumstances and provides thought provoking ideas consistently.”
– Carole Irvine, COO, Global Change Management, Barclays Credit


As a speaker coach, Anna has been helping corporate executives, IT professionals, and many others stay true to themselves while communicating more effectively. For 5+ years, she’s been coaching speakers for TEDxSeattle. In this role, she guides delivery for a range of speakers—from introverted scientists to extroverted politicians—helping hundreds deliver meaningful talks that connect to myriad audiences. Anna, with an MFA in Theatre Arts, comes to coaching after an extensive professional theatrical career and has taught every age group and every level of education.

“I have received great feedback on my message, content and approach. And I am proud of the effort and thought we collectively put in to make it engaging and special. I could not do it without you, Anna.”
– CVP, Global Company


Coaching busy policymakers and executives, Connie helps them deliver compelling presentations that inspire action, collaboration, and positive change. She also trains technically educated leaders to give high-level presentations with candor and flair, as well as helps startups develop and present winning pitches. All while curing speaker anxiety and revealing presenters’ authentic voices.

“Connie Miller is an outstanding speech coach. She taught me some creative ways to communicate with others from the podium so that I could project my thoughts and ideas in the most powerful way possible. I’d recommend her to any professional interested in fine turning their speaking skills and enhancing leadership presence.”
– Kimberly McNally, President, McNally & Associates


As the project-management and logistical force behind the 2800-attendee TEDxSeattle event each year, the Milligan events team brings its acclaimed meeting management talent to live business events, including meetings for Microsoft, Intel, AdExchanger, AT&T, Penton Media, Parallels, and the Idaho National Guard.

“Your unwavering commitment to quality and attention to detail in support of our attendees and their experience continue to impress.”
– Milligan Events Corporate Client

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