Thursday, March 26, 2015
Recalling the Best Speakers - Opening Keynote
Noted speaker and author Alan Weiss says, "Think about it: you can probably remember a zillion times that there was a buzz going around about a great speaker with a riveting message, and a week later no one could remember the theme or the points of the speaker’s presentation."
"You have also frequently heard about the speaker whose 'name I can't remember, but who gave us a technique we are still using around here.' Don't let this worry you, the one who has the authority to hire you knows the speakers name."
Labels: effectiveness, meeting planner, memory, message, recall, speaker
Friday, March 20, 2015
Snoozing in Meetings - 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 Salary.com.
Labels: business, computers, efficiency, office, snooze, snoozing, time management
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
A Catchy Titles Counts - Opening Keynote
Never forget the value of a catchy name, advertising, and promotion. Pikes Peak is actually only the 25th highest mountain in the American Rockies, but it is the one that everyone refers to first.
Labels: advertise, announce, catchy, Pike's, promote
Friday, February 27, 2015
Advantage, Early Bird - Opening Keynote
One simple habit that leads to success according to Michael Masterson, interviewed in Bottomline Secrets, is to get up 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.
Labels: ambition, arise, early, effectiveness, focus, late, productivity, sleep, success, waking up
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Wasted Time: Multi-tasking - Opening Keynote
Multi-tasking: time saver or time waster? You've got a big conference coming up, so you double-up on tasks, and why not: multitasking
is promoted as an
efficient way to meet the complex demands of our modern
society and accomplish more in the same amount of time. But is it really?
you ever attempted to work on a document while
cruising the Internet or talking on the phone? You don't
accomplish much, and time mysteriously disappears.
Labels: achieve, focus, multi-tasking, time management, waste
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Prepare Supporting Materials - Opening Keynote
The best speakers have all their supporting materials readily available: Undoubtedly, before your scheduled event, you'll need a biography, an introduction, a write-up of the presentation, and perhaps a photo of the speaker. The seasoned pro has such items and others readily available. These aren't things he or she has to go round up; top professional speakers offer such elements online so that you can examine them at will
When these materials are not readily available, it may a sign that something is amiss -- a speaker without a portfolio is like a firefighter without a hose.
Labels: events, planning ahead, presentation, professionalism, speakers
Thursday, February 05, 2015
Basic Audience Needs - 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 32 years, remarkably, these four basic needs prevail.
Labels: audience, conferences, keynote, meeting, presentation, seminar, speaking, workshop