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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Notes from: The How of Wow - Opening Keynote

Notes from The How of Wow by Tony Carlson

* According to Tony Carlson only 1 in 500 speeches is good enough to be remembered. To be among those remembered, Carlson says you need to give audiences insight, enlightenment, meaning, stimulation, wit, and entertainment.

* Emulate the greats and soon your own style will take over but with the power of the greats

* Few speakers ever rehearse enough. Every extra moment you have ought to go into rehearsing.

* Your opening line can be a shocker that lets the audience know you mean business. Don’t be afraid to say something that people already suspect, but no one will say except for you.

* Show your vulnerability early in the speech. I recall when Tom Peters said at an NSA convention. “It’s intimidating to think about speaking to a roomful of speakers.”

* Keynotes benefit by a strong start, a rising middle, that grows and grows until you feel a sense of catharsis, a climax of emotion that your audience enjoys.

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Speak Slowly: Live Longer! - Opening Keynote

Here's an insight for the new year: Taking your time to speak lowers blood pressure.

"Talking fast, that classic Type-A personality trait, may put you at greater risk for heart disease," according to a study in the Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing.

Health-care researchers measured the blood pressures and heart rates of 111 cardiac patients as the subjects read the U. S. Constitution rapidly for two minutes, then slowly for two minutes. The rapid reading triggered a rise in the subjects' blood pressures and heart rates, two heart-disease risk factors.

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Saturday, September 08, 2018

More Breathing Space - Opening Keynote

The most effective way to manage your time is to stay in control of it, to protect yourself from unwanted intrusions. What would your life be like if you had more breathing space?

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Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Some Humor, Please - Opening Keynote

Quick ways to sprinkle in humor:

* Add a completely incongruous slide to your A/V presentation.

* Prepare a ready list of comical "blooper comebacks" for possible miscues.

* Offer a funny "Top-10 list" related to your message.

* Devise "What's In and What's Out" parody related to your topic.

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Life after Powerpoint - Opening Keynote

Based on one study, what audiences find irritating about Powerpoint presentations:

   * speaker read the slides 60%
   * text too small to read 51%
   * text too wordy 48%

   * poor color choices 37%
   * moving text or graphics 25%
   * irritating sounds 22%

   * complex charts 22%

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Monday, August 20, 2018

Let Results Rule - Opening Keynote

In Results Rule! Build a Culture that Blows the Competition Away, author Randy Pennington offers what he's learned from over 20 years of helping leaders and organizations build cultures focused on results. This book shows anyone – from the frontline to the boardroom – how to build and contribute to an organization that delivers results year after year after year.

Results Rule! explains how to:

1. promote honesty and candor as you tell yourself the truth about how your organization is viewed and what is standing in the way of its success

2. pursue the best over the easiest in every decision and action

3. leverage the power of partnerships both internally and externally

4. focus the energy to make the main things the main thing and execute flawlessly

5. continuously learn, grow, and improve because past success proves you were right once

6. show the courage of accountability personally and promote a culture of accountability with others

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Working with Top Bureaus - Opening Keynote

As a professional speaker, I have had the privilege of working with many outstanding bureaus. Among the many traits that excellent bureaus have in common, these seem to show up often: they return phone calls properly, keep advised as to the status of held dates, gather comprehensive background materials from the client, collect fees as originally negotiated, and have a well-developed follow-up procedure in practice.

Think of using speakers bureaus in this way: You use a lot of professional services in your organization and your life, including attorneys, accountants, bankers, computer consultants, and tax advisors. The essence of any good professional is that the price you pay for his or her services is more than justified by the benefits. As it turns out, dealing with speakers bureaus works exactly the same way.

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