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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Do You Fear Public Speaking? - Opening Keynote

It has been said that speaking before a group is the number one fear of adults – a proposition which has been widely misinterpreted. The number one social fear of adult is speaking before groups.

Given the choice of speaking before a group or trying to scale a 500-foot vertical sheet of solid rock, being operated on for a brain tumor, or being held-up at gunpoint, most adults find speaking before a group to be far less frightening.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Offer them Doubles! - Opening Keynote

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. Tell attendees that if the other party contacts me to run a program for them as a result of receiving my handouts, I will provide the original attendee with a gift of a coaching session or products. This generates new business contacts.

FYI, my other blogs:

* for the time-pressured: www.BreathingSpaceBlog.com

* for the oft-interrupted: www.interruptionmanagement.com

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Monday, November 07, 2016

Author Allen Klein: 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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Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Using Words over Time - Opening Keynote

How has the use of a word or phrase grown or declined over time? Through its service Books Ngram Viewer, Google has scanned in a million+ books published in the last two centuries.

When you seek for something like "conference," it shows the percentage of books published each year that use the word. In deciding how to phrase a meeting announcement, you can search phrases, as well as compare different words and phrases.

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Monday, October 24, 2016

Schedule Meetings that Work - Opening Keynote

Martin Moore-Ede, M.D., Ph.D. in his insightful, if little known book, The 24 Hour Society, observes that the lowest alertness in a day for most people is between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m. Highest alertness is between 9 a.m. and noon, and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. So, schedule your most important conferences accordingly.

A person's alertness will vary due to hours of consecutive duty, hours of duty in the proceeding week, irregular hours, monotony on the job, timing and duration of naps, environmental lighting, sound, aroma, temperature, cumulative sleep deprivation over the past week, and much more.

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Sunday, October 09, 2016

Author at Your Conference - Opening Keynote

According to an Association Press-Ipsos poll "one in four adults say they read no books at all in the past year."

"Of those who did read, women and seniors were most avid, and religious works and popular fiction were the top choices. The survey reveals a nation whose book readers, on the whole, can hardly be called ravenous. The typical person claimed to have read four books in the last year -- half read more and half read fewer. Excluding those who hadn't read any, the usual number read was seven."

The upshot for meeting planners: Hire an author to speak to your group because the odds are that few people in the audience are reading book length works. They'll probably appreciate the words of someone who has the rigor to write a book, and some may be inspired to actually read the book.

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Saturday, October 01, 2016

Record Your Conference Presentations - Opening Keynote

Sometimes, organizations witness fabulous presentations that represent landmarks for their members, but unfortunately, the presentations were not recorded. The advantages of recording all conference presentations can't be overlooked. Particularly if you use your own equipment, the cost is nearly negligible, while the benefits abound:

* You get to review what was said and maintain the recording in your archives.

* The recording may be sellable.

* A transcript of the recording may be sellable.

Such considerations need to be cleared with the speakers in advance. Many will be amenable, and will allow such recording based on negotiation, perhaps at no extra fee. Some simply ask that they get a copy. Obviously, any recordings containing presentations not worth retaining can simply be discarded.

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