Sunday, August 21, 2016
Your Exhausted Audience Participants - Opening Keynote
Five years ago and still a vital issue: "For years, sleep researchers have been preaching the dangers of lost sleep: People who are fatigued can't pay attention
to routine tasks, have trouble learning and are prone to a laundry list of health problems, from depression to high blood pressure," said Kathleen Facklemann in USA Today
"New research suggests an added risk to losing sleep day after day: Humans and animals that have chronic sleep deprivation might reach a point at which the very ability to catch up on lost sleep is damaged, according to Fred Turek a sleep researcher at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois."
The upshot for speakers and meeting planners: more than half of what your audiences require from a presentation is high energy.
Labels: attention, energy, exhausted, health, science, sleep, study
Sunday, August 14, 2016
Results Count Most - Opening Keynote
On April 26, 1961, Roger Maris of the New York Yankees began his run at Babe Ruth's single-season home run record with the first of 61 home runs. Maris connected in the 5th inning against Detroit right-hander Paul Foytack. What makes this fact particularly significant is that the Yankees had already played 20 games
in the 1961 season. So, it's not how you begin a venture, it's how you end
Labels: Babe Ruth, finish, home run, results, Roger Maris, Yankees
Sunday, August 07, 2016
Available and Responsible - Opening Keynote
For any large meeting you’re holding, the responsiveness and availability
of the AV staff can be crucial:
* Is the staff immediately accessible and located on the meeting floor?
* Is the AV specialist able to handle all equipment problems?
* How responsive is the staff to requests from the coordinator, trainer, or speaker?
Labels: equipment, meetings, office, specialists, staff
Thursday, July 28, 2016
Take Charge of Your Technology - Opening Keynote
On any given day, each of us so sorely bombarded by the number of advertisements and commercial messages, and information in general streaming our way that it is no longer practical to discuss "getting away from it all." Indeed, most people carry some kind of mobile device that all but guarantees that they will continue to remain in the information shower regardless of the location, the time of day, or other factors.
Sundays offer no respite, nor do holidays. Every day, a non-stop stream of information, instruction, advice, directions, warnings, opportunities, and tempting offers. Is it any wonder that people from all walks of life these days, including CEOs of major organization to newly-hired, part time workers at fast food restaurants are feeling the pinch of too much to do, too much to respond to, and too much to keep up with, in our ever more complex world?
It's time to rule our technology and information-intake systems and not let them rule us.
Labels: bombard, complex, control, frenzy, information overload
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Hope Floats - Opening Keynote
John Kenneth Galbraith
once said, "All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time. This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership."
In the context of speaking to a group, what can you do to address their major anxiety and give them a path, or hope, so as to raise the value and impact of your presentation?
Labels: anxiety, hope, leadership, presentation, stress, value
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
What's Dramatic is What's Remembered - Opening Keynote
Epinephrine and norepinephrine, which are neurotransmittors, play a large role in converting short-term memories into long-term memory. They are released when you subject yourself to physical or emotional stress. Some scientists believe this is why you can remember massive details about a car wreck, or why you don’t need to write down the phone number of someone you find very attractive.
Hence, to lock in the memory of audience attendees, the speaker must do something dramatic.
Labels: audience, drama, memory, neurotransmittors, recall, stress
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Unusual Speaking Experiences - Opening Keynote
Prior to my speech
to a group of managers in Bangkok, Thailand, I was told that audience members would periodically be leaving the room to take cell phone calls. To my surprise, every single member of the audience, at least two or three times each, left during his presentation to take calls. So for the entire session, people were constantly coming and going as I spoke.
On short notice, I was requested to speak in Zurich to Swissotel's general managers from their 16 facilities around the world. Because I had departed the previous afternoon from Los Angeles and arrived in Switzerland that morning, I only had time for a 30-minute nap before I had to get dressed, come downstairs, and address the group. The speech went exceedingly well, and apparently no one knew the difference!
Labels: cell, culture, experiences, phone, presentations, speaking, travel