Monday, April 20, 2015
2nd Copy of Handout Materials - Opening Keynote
Here is a neat idea when distributing handout material for attendees: offer a second copy to everyone and, in a short note, invite them to share the information with someone who could benefit from it!
Two other timely blogs for your perusal:
* for the time-pressured: www.BreathingSpaceBlog.com
* for the info-whelmed: www.InterruptionManagement.com
Labels: business, contacts, copies, handouts, helping, marketing, meetings, share
Friday, April 17, 2015
Presentation Rehearsal? - Opening Keynote
Many people ask if rehearsing in front of the mirror is a good idea. Doug Stevenson
, noted speaker coach, says that it is not. "Rather than looking outside of you to see what something looks like, look inside to discover what it feels like. Movement flows from intention. Every movement, gesture and inflection should be organic first, then choreographed."
Labels: flow, gesture, inflection, mirror, practice, rehearse, speak, Stevenson
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Baggage Handling Theft - Opening Keynote
A reminder for all conference attendees who travel by plane...
A good reason to have all
luggage, if at all possible -- hidden cameras reveal airport
baggage handlers stealing from luggage
. Otherwise, secure your checked luggage through shrink wrapping
services or a good lock.
Labels: airport, baggage, secure, steal, theft
Friday, April 03, 2015
Your Vital Reputation - Opening Keynote
Each time you retain a speaker to address your group, in many respects you're putting your reputation on the line. What if the speaker is ineffective? What if the speaker bombs? Worst of all, what if the speaker offends - or grossly offends - members of your audience?
You don't want to take a chance, and no one can blame you. You want to select the best possible expert for the program in mind whether it's a conference, convention, annual meeting, quarterly meeting, executive retreat, roundtable session, or any other arrangement. You want to be able to know, with confidence, that your staff or members, executive team, top management, owners, shareholders, or other constituents will be not simply satisfied with your selection, but pleased.
Now envision this. The evening before your special event, the expert presenter you have retained calls to say, "Hi. I arrived a few minutes ago and went immediately to the meeting room. I checked out the facilities, and everything seems fine. I'll be back at the room well in advance of my presentation tomorrow, rested and ready to go."
You put down the phone and think to yourself, "Thank you, thank you, thank you. Here is a speaker who takes care of the little things. Here is a meeting pro."
Next, imagine arriving at the meeting room, seeing that your presenter is already set up and is graciously greeting any early arrivals. Now you're thinking, "Here's somebody who goes the extra mile."
Labels: advice, business objective, career, professionalism, reputation, speakers
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