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Saturday, April 23, 2016

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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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Humility is Invigorating - Opening Keynote

In light of outburst by athletes at one venue after another, I am reminded of a young man with humility: Returning home from a presentation at Wintergreen Resort in Virginia, my car blew a tire. The young auto parts staff person who sold me the tire, then walked around to behind the store where my car was parked and got all dirty and sweaty installing the tire. Afterward, he was embarrassed to accept my tip.

In this small town, on a cool August day, I knew then and there I had plenty to be thankful for.

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Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Choosing a Speaker - Opening Keynote

Nancy Lazarus, writing in years back observed that “the process of picking a speaker, while not as universally feared as public speaking itself, still has an assortment of variables, any of which could result in a wrong choice.”

“As expensive as speakers are, usually the most costly component of their presentation is the cumulative time of those listening,” said Brian Palmer, president of National Speakers Bureau.

Picking speakers who can deliver messages that resonate with the audience are among a meeting planner’s most vital tasks.

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

A Little 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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Monday, March 14, 2016

Promises More than Fulfilled - Opening Keynote

When it comes to selling and effective human relations, promise only what you can deliver and always deliver more than you promised. It's so easy to get into an over-promise situation and we've all grown so accustomed to the hype and over-salesmanship that abound in our society. Thus the person who under-promises and over-delivers, or promises accurately, quickly rises to the top.

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Thursday, March 03, 2016

Posh Resorts not Necessary - Opening Keynote

Americans schedule an average of 14 vacation days a year, the average in U.K is 24. Americans typically don't use 3 of those days, giving back time to their employers. So, if workers are willing to help boost the bottom line in this way, perhaps holding meetings at posh resorts is not necessary.

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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Networking Time is Vital - Opening Keynote

At San Jose University in San Jose, California, researchers have observed “that constant ‘life-on-the-go’ can make people feel a lack of control over their lives.” At conferences and convention, perhaps it’s better to allow more time between sessions; chances are participants might feel more in control!

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