Most people are aware that a formal presentation requires research and rehearsal, but keep in mind that preparation can ensure your success in all speaking situations.  If you have been asked to moderate a panel, be aware that there is more to this than simply firing off a few questions and hoping your panelists will […]

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You are planning your company’s next meeting and you want everything to be perfect. You’ve got a location, theme and date. The only thing left is to hire the speaker. Where do you turn? How do you know what kind of speaker is best for your meeting? Here’s a checklist:

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Have you been invited to participate in a panel discussion? Almost everyone recognizes that a formal presentation requires preparation and rehearsal, but it’s easy to forget that “doing your homework” can ensure your success in any situation requiring you to speak. If you want the audience to understand and appreciate your ideas and information, organize […]

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This week I will be attending the National Speakers Association’s National Convention in Philadelphia.  As a Past President of the National Speakers Association and Hall of Fame Keynote Speaker I am sometimes asked, “What do National Speakers Association awards mean?” These awards and designations give meetings planners confidence. Here is a brief explanation: The CSP […]

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“OSCARS” – A Pacific Bell meeting was held around the time of the Academy Awards. The creative meeting planner set up an awards ceremony and asked the managers to wear formal evening dress. This sounded so creative to me that, even though my speech was later in the day, I wanted to be part of it (at no extra cost to the client). “Oscars” were given out in categories like customer service, sales, and money-making ideas. Wearing an evening gown, I sashayed across the stage to deliver the envelopes containing the names of the winners. As the nominees in each category were announced, a giant video screen showed their photos. The first two were always famous movie stars, the third an employee. Would you believe it? Pacific Bell employees beat out the movie stars every time! Everyone who accepted an Academy Award had to give a short speech. It was innovative, memorable, and fun.

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The following happened when I was recently in Orlando. It bugged me so much I had to write about it. So there I was, along with Dave, standing in the front of an almost empty meeting room. Dave had heard me speak to a group of managerial accountants in Boston. It went over so well, […]

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Last month, we talked about using meetings to build teamwork and acknowledge each other’s accomplishments. Meetings can also be a great way to educate everyone about new techniques and developments, interesting facts, or even the history of the company. But how can you keep people from dozing off or playing hooky? Make it a game! […]

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Are you planning out-of-the-country meetings? Here’s how to score when speakers and audiences speak different languages. Now I finally know why my speaker friends are so interested in working abroad. It can be a very positive and rewarding experience, even when the speaker and audience speak different languages. Knowing all the difficulties, I had usually […]

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Corporate meeting planners are continuously mired in details, trying to keep it all together for the next meeting, and already worrying about the ones after that. We need to learn how to work “smarter,” not harder, in mastering details. Tip #1. After every meeting and event, do an “after action analysis.” Write down what went […]

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