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Thursday, February 04, 2016

Length of a Keynote - Opening Keynote

How long should keynote speakers’ presentations last? That depends on many factors including the objective(s) of the host organization. Sarah Braley, writing for Meetings and Conventions in 2010 offered results from a poll of 125 meeting professionals:

30 minutes: 18%

45 minutes: 41%

60 minutes 29%

90 minutes: 12%

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Monday, January 25, 2016

Closing with Power - Opening Keynote

Near end of a speech, slip this into your presentation: "This is the only January 25, 2016 there will ever be. We will never meet again as a group just as we are meeting today. Someone will be absent, someone will have moved on, someone new will be here; we will never have this same assembly of people again. This gathering is a singularity in the universe."

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Group Interaction is Vital - Opening Keynote

A new study contends that group interaction is vital today to successful meetings:

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Breathing Space, My Guiding Force - Opening Keynote

One afternoon, while I was speaking on the phone to a mentor, he mentioned that he needed to "get some breathing space." I wrote down those words.

The phrase became one of the powerful guiding forces in my life. From that conversation, I devised the Breathing Space Institute, wrote the book Breathing Space, and have since given more than 800 hundred lectures for audiences across the nation and around the world on managing the daily pace with grace, mastering information from any communication overload, and, of course, having more breathing space.

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Tuesday, January 05, 2016

A New Year to Be Yourself - Opening Keynote

Dr. Dean Ornish once said that the elaborate effort to support a false front is one of the most stressful things a person can do. In the context of speaking, that means be yourself: you'll have more energy and you'll connect better with the audience.

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Sunday, December 27, 2015

Three Signs of Effectiveness - Opening Keynote

When a speaker is making a presentation to an audience there are three observable indicators of effectiveness:

1. Reaction - How do audience members respond to the speaker while the presentation is in progress? What kind of feedback do they offer following the presentation? Were they informed, inspired, and entertained? Were they glad they attended?

2. Behavior - What observable changes in behavior have taken place following the presentation? Can participants cite changes in their own behavior? Do they take steps to alleviate problem situations? Are they better able to perform their jobs as a result of something that they learned at the presentation?

3. Results - Here's the ultimate payoff; what long-term changes have ensued as a result of what participants learned from the presentation? How have they been more effective at their jobs? How have they supported the overall goals of their organizations? Was the presentation sufficiently worthwhile such that they want to hear more from the same speaker?

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Friday, December 18, 2015

Person-to-Person Contact - Opening Keynote

Some meeting professionals fear that if they book speakers through a bureau they will lose the interpersonal contact that is so crucial for assuring success. As the client, however, you largely get to dictate what kind of relationship you want with both the bureau and the speaker.

For example, if you insist that the speaker call you directly on all matters related to the presentation, that the speaker stay in touch with you during the time leading up to the presentation, and that there be a full exchange of participant materials prior to the actual meeting date, all of this can be stipulated to the bureau representative.

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