No longer relegated to filling the background, music has become a pivotal part of some speakers' presentations. Michael Gold, for one, turns to an American art form — jazz — in his corporate workshops. Gold is also the founder of Jazz Impact, a Minneapolis company. The reason that jazz works so well in this context is that it is analogous to the way people work together, he explains. Jazz musicians must improvise with one another, following the rhythms and pacing of their fellow musicians ...

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