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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Arise Early - Opening Keynote

One simple habit that leads to success according to Michael Masterson, interviewed in Bottomline Secrets, is to arise  early! "'Early to rise'" he says is not an absolute mandate for success (Thomas Edison was a night owl), but most successful people I know get to work before their colleagues. Getting to work early provides you with quiet time that can be profitably spent before the rest of the world starts working. "

"Arriving early also sends a strong message to colleagues and bosses that you are on top of your game. Early birds are viewed as energetic, organized and ambitious. People who arrive late and leave late look as if they're not in control."

Sounds good to me.

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Thursday, July 06, 2017

Now I Remember! - Opening Keynote

A falsehood that's been circulating for years holds that 55% of what we learn is through what we see and hear; 38% of learning is through what we see, and only 7% is through what we hear.  

These figures come from a study commissioned by a company that sells visual aids worldwide. For thousands of years, people passed information to each other by sitting around the campfire and grunting, and later sitting on porches and telling stories. Stories can be more powerful than any visual aid, and last forever in the minds of listeners.

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

You Snooze, You Lose - Opening Keynote

Workers waste more than two hours a day on average by surfing the Web, conducting personal business, chatting with co-workers, and just zoning out, according to an online survey conducted by AOL and

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Offering Your Sharp Attention - Opening Keynote

Science suggests that your brain works best when it gives sharp attention in one direction, such as when you practice doing only one thing at a time. If you doubt that this is sound advice, then you can set up a very easy test in your own home.

Take any three tasks, such as drawing stars on a piece of paper, linking paper clips, and stacking pennies. Now play against someone in your family. Each of you has to do the same number of tasks, perhaps it is to draw twenty stars, link twenty paper clips, and stack twenty pennies.

One person proceeds doing each task individually, by drawing all twenty stars on a piece of paper, linking all twenty paper clips together, and stacking all twenty pennies. The other person has to rotate between the three tasks, doing three or four stars, two or three paperclips, three or four pennies. All other things being equal, who is going to win every time? The person who doesn't switch tasks frequently will be the winner.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Check into your Hotel with Checklist - Opening Keynote

Jeff Davidson's Hotel Reservation and Check-in List
* Corporate, government, educator, weekend, AAA, USAA, or AARP rate?
* Express check-in?
* Express check-out?
* Early check-in, late check-out?
* Non-smoking room and floor?
* Room located on 3rd to 6th floor? (where fire ladders can reach).

* Green (environmentally best) room?
* Humidifier?
* Room without adjoining door to another guest room?
* Room recently renovated, refurbished?
* Away from noisy street, loading dock, ice machine, elevator, or other sources of disruption?
* Away from health club, meeting rooms, or other function rooms?

* Personal toiletries?
* Hair dryer?
* Room on executive/concierge level?
* Room on a low floor?
* Firm mattress, king-size bed?
* In-room coffee maker?

* Ironing board?
* Free newspaper – Wall Street Journal? USA Today? Metro paper?
* Complimentary breakfast, hours?
* Happy hour?
* Frequent flyer affiliations?
* Shuttle service to and from airport?

* Phone charges for calls from room? 800 calls?
* Pool, gym, room service?
* Cost?
* Hours?
* Did my package arrive?
* Hotel safe for valuables? (thieves know your room)

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Sunday, June 04, 2017

The 80/20 Rule in Meeting Management - Opening Keynote

The Pareto Principle -- the 80/20 rule -- can be of great help in coping with a long list of tasks to be accomplished especially in regards to planning and conducting a meeting. The mind boggles at long lists and many people become discouraged before they start. Or they begin with the easiest, leaving the most difficult for the last, and never quite get around to them. It helps to know that most of the benefit to be derived from doing what is on the list probably is related to just two or three items.

Select those two or three, allocate a block of time to work on each of them, and concentrate on getting them done. Don't feel guilty about not finishing the list, because if your priorities are valid most of the benefits are related to those two or three items you selected.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

What Audiences Need - Opening Keynote

Since my first paid presentation in 1983, I’ve learned a great deal about what audiences need, want, and expect, which primarily boils down to four vital ingredients:

* to be informed,

* to be entertained,

* to participate in some way,

* and most of all to be inspired to take action.

Over the course of 34 years, remarkably, these four basic needs prevail.

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