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Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Sidestep Telephone Bureaucracy - Opening Keynote

On the phone, do you want to reduce how long you're put on hold, or are forced to push an endless series of buttons? Visit for dialing short cuts to all the top airline, hotel, and travel sites. Reach a live person in record time!

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Friday, January 04, 2019

The Pre-speech Questionnaire - Opening Keynote

Does your conference speaker have a pre-speech questionnaire, which is usually a document of two to four pages that he/she submits to you far in advance of the presentation? While you might look upon this document as busy work, it's actually a key tool in ensuring that the presentation comes off as planned.

The professional speaker has taken the time to craft a document that includes questions that will help him/her to better know your audience, your organization, what you're trying to achieve, and what message you want to have delivered. Most importantly, it helps the speaker to understand what participants should know and how you'd like them to feel by the end of the presentation.

If needed, the speaker should be prepared to cover this form with you on the fly, over the phone. Often, this will be the most convenient way for you to handle this task, and the speaker needs to be accommodating in this area.

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Thursday, December 27, 2018

Mike Frick, a top professional - Opening Keynote

I had the most pleasant opportunity to work with Mike Frick of Speakers Platform based in San Francisco. Mike is a consummate professional when it comes to handling all details between the meeting planner and the speaker. What's more, for the first time since I've been collecting fees for speaking, I received a check in the mail for the complete payment, from Mike, a day before I boarded the plane to speak at the client's conference.

This is a classy gesture and speaks volumes about the way Mike runs his business, handles client and speaker liaison, and makes his contribution to the meetings industry. If you have the opportunity to work with Mike, or you are a colleague of his, you are fortunate.

Thanks Mike, for all you do.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Steve Jobs, master presenter - Opening Keynote

The late Steve Jobs could hold an audience's attention. A decade ago, writer Carmine Gallo assessed how Jobs made sterling presentations:

1. Set the theme.
2. Demonstrate enthusiasm.
3. Provide an outline.
4. Make numbers meaningful.
5. Try for an unforgettable moment.

6. Create visual slides.
7. Give 'em a show.
8. Don't sweat the small stuff.
9. Sell the benefit.
10. Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Hospitality Sales & Marketing - Opening Keynote

The Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association (HSMAI) offers educational opportunities and business-building opportunities specifically for meeting planners at events across the U.S. To search for events occurring in your region or are geared toward specific subjects visit HSMAI.

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Friday, December 07, 2018

Speakers to Like - Opening Keynote

Randy Pennington is the author of On My Honor, a book which proclaims that integrity is the key to effective business relations. Pennington is an intelligent, articulate presenter who mixes intensity with levity, and discipline with compassion. He urges and cajoles his audiences in a way that invites high responsiveness.

Pennington has lots of stories to draw from, from the corporate world and from international organizations. His book On My Honor draws in part from his participation in Scouts International (known in the United States as the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America) and the deep and penetrating lessons he learned as a scout leader and scoutmaster.

Pennington has wowed audiences from coast to coast including... and in several foreign countries. Hearing him, participants routinely report that they felt as if they had the opportunity to watch a top speaking professional in action.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Books for Meeting Planners - Opening Keynote

Event Planning by Judy Allen 

Planning Successful Meetings and Events by Ann Boehme 

Complete Idiot's Guide to Meeting and Event Planning

How to Start a Home-Based Event Planning Business by Jill Moran 

Complete Guide to Public Speaking by Jeff Davidson

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