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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Effective Planning Lists - Opening Keynote

To-do lists are often the most critical component to planning. They keep meeting planners on track by serving as a constant reminder of what needs to be done and when it needs to be completed. Whether they’re on paper or on the screen of a phone, to-do lists keep you organized.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Air Travel Wear and Tear - Opening Keynote

I was discussing with a flight attendant supervisor why air travel was so exhausting, even though we're just reading, napping, or eating while in flight. After covering the usual stress of delayed flights, cramped seats, and lack of fresh air, he said something I'd not heard before:

Airlines tell new flight attendants that, in terms of wear and tear on the body, one hour in the air is equal to three hours on the ground. The pressurized cabins squeeze our bodies, even though we can't consciously feel it. I don't know if this pans out scientifically, but it made sense to me. No wonder we can be tired after a cross-continent flight.

The noise factor on airplanes is much more important than we believe. Planes are very noisy. After a while, our conscious mind filters out the noise and we are no longer aware of how noisy it is. But our subconscious mind is still taking a beating. I've found that the simple act of using inexpensive ear plugs cuts the stress of air travel in half.

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Thursday, November 05, 2015

Pre-speech Questionnaires - Opening Keynote

Does your conference speaker have a pre-speech questionnaire, which is usually a document of two to four pages that he submits to you far in advance of the presentation? While you may look upon this document as busy work, it's actually a key tool in ensuring that the presentation comes off as planned.

The professional speaker has taken the time to craft a document that includes questions that will help him/her to better know your audience, your organization, what you're trying to achieve, and what message you want to have delivered. Most importantly, it helps the speaker to understand what participants should know and how you'd like them to feel by the end of the presentation.

If needed, the speaker should be prepared to cover this form with you on the fly, over the phone. Often, this will be the most convenient way for you to handle this task, and the speaker needs to be accommodating in this area.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Having 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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Saturday, October 17, 2015

Clear Your Desk - Opening Keynote

To make your desk and office environment support you, invest in yourself. If you need them, room dividers and sound barriers are available in a wide variety of shapes and sizes and can improve upon any existing sound barriers.

Use the end of the day and slow periods to keep your desk orderly and better prepare yourself for high octane output when you're ready to get started again.

Every evening, after you've cleared your desk, acknowledge yourself for what you accomplished that day. Don't beat yourself up for what you didn't do. If you can do better, you will, maybe not at once, but soon enough.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

When Working with a Bureau - Opening Keynote

What do bureaus seek when working with speakers?
   *  They respond to a unique approach and unique material.
   *  They prefer an audio book or web link. Books go into a huge pile, some not looked at again.
   *  They prefer bureau-friendly links or attachments, although they recognize that their clients can find the speaker via search engines.

    * They seek speakers who accurately and promptly report product sales.

How do bureaus prefer to evaluate speakers?
   #1 seeing a speaker live.
   #2 hearing from other bureaus or trusted speakers.
   #3 being invited to a presentation, whether or not they can attend.
   #4 being offered airfare to see a speaker.

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Sunday, October 04, 2015

Got Concentration? - Opening Keynote

Here are notes from Sam Horn's session on Concentration from September 15th, 1981. Still great advice to this day!

* Concentration defined; voluntarily focused attention.
* Discipline of ignoring irrelevant matters
* Fixing ones' powers, efforts, and attention
* Most people work best under a deadline; when their concentration is focused.
* Fatigue is a big road block to concentration

This last note is telling!:
* Society is moving towards a lower frustration tolerance with less discipline, and more need for immediate gratification. These are detriments to concentration.

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