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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."

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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

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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.

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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.

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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?

Have 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.

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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.

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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.

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