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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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Friday, November 23, 2018

Using Vacation Time - Opening Keynote

Americans schedule an average of 14 vacation days a year, the average Englishman schedules 24. Americans typically don't use 3 of those days, giving back time to their employers.

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Saturday, November 17, 2018

Allen Klein's Great Books - Opening Keynote

Undoubtedly you’ll find something here to lighten your load as the end of the year beckons:

* WorkLaughs
 
* TeacherLaughs 

* ParentLaughs

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Thursday, November 08, 2018

A Key Idea for Keynotes - Opening Keynote

In a keynote speech it is better to present one key idea four different ways than it is to cram your keynote full of material that is guaranteed to miss the mark with 75% of the audience.

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Saturday, October 27, 2018

How Og Mandino Inspired Me - Opening Keynote

I'm lying on my bed during a rainy day in November, decades ago, in a rut. I've been unemployed for four months and I'm waiting to hear on several job opportunities but nothing has come through. I start reading The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino and immediately find the motivation to take a shower, get dressed, drive to the nearby consulting firm (which is my best prospect) call on the CEO and convince him that day that I should be hired. Two weeks later I got the job.

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Saturday, October 20, 2018

Best Practices, Meeting Planners - Opening Keynote

Best Practices among meeting planners;

* Complete the speaker's pre-program questionnaire well in advance.

* Avoid over-scheduling their meeting attendees.

* Produce a professional, accurate flier or other meeting literature.

* Set up the room as the speaker has requested, including the type of microphone, arrangement of seating, lighting, and even ventilation.

* Plan in advance for adequate food and restroom breaks.

* Keep the speaker informed of program changes, room arrangement, or meeting objectives.

* Make the speaker feel welcome, needed, and liked.

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