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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 carry on 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.

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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."

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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 Salary.com.

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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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