Improving the Odds for Great Speaker Choices 02.28.2018

The ubiquity of social media has brought evolution to just about every aspect of our existences, including how our speakers are considered, selected and utilized as parts of events. This article will explore some of the ways social media is and can be used as part of an… Keep Reading…

The Perfect VIP Photo Opp: Tips for Your Event Planning Checklist 02.06.2018

By Jenny Taylor from the D’Amelio Network. Re-posted with permission.  The Stress-Free Event Photo Opp A photo with your celebrity entertainer or big name speaker is a lasting treasure for your event guests. Of course, like much of everything else in the live events business, there’s only one chance to get… Keep Reading…

7 Ways to Optimize a 5-Minute Huddle 01.18.2018

Communicating ideas quickly is crucial to a short meeting’s success. Alan Parisse shares 7 ways to optimize a 5-minute huddle: 5-minute “huddles” are the new meeting trend. As Sue Schellenbarger reported in the Wall Street Journal (11/08/2017), “Long-winded monologues and Power Points are out. There is no room for… Keep Reading…

Discomfort Yields Success 01.02.2018

By Brian Palmer, CMM Real learning, genuine change and significant progress usually involve some measure of unease. All sorts of situations pull us from a sense of comfort: new ideas, direction, people, schedules and processes. And just like the great teachers and lessons of our lives, these sorts… Keep Reading…

Bringing Innovation to Innovation (In Your Meeting) 10.11.2017

Dubbed “Mr. Creativity” by the Economist, John Kao shares a few ideas on how to utilize your events to bring innovation to innovation: How can your event bring clarity, focus and practicality to your organization’s innovation agenda? As someone who has worked in the innovation field for some thirty years,… Keep Reading…

Preparing Industry Speakers 08.18.2017

Inviting industry experts to speak at your events is a useful way to provide your organization and attendees practical takeaways from people who have walked in their shoes. We share this story to illustrate the importance of systematically preparing these people to help ensure they do the job…. Keep Reading…

Previewing Speaker Video 07.06.2017

A speaker’s effectiveness on stage is a crucial component of your meeting’s success. To aid your speaker selection process, we offer these tips on previewing video of potential speakers. Video is a powerful tool to gauge whether a speaker is the right fit for your event—when these factors are… Keep Reading…

A Perfect Fit 05.18.2017

The article below, recently featured in the April edition of MPI’s The Meeting Professional, outlines how to strike the important balance between speaker fit and effectiveness. Reposted with permission. By Brian Palmer, CMM With careful use of a ruler or another measuring device, determining the perfect fit of something with easily… Keep Reading…

Speaker Selection: Have Options 04.14.2017

Manage your speaker selection process to identify a backup choice—or two—in addition to your first choice. Speakers tell us they are available on a particular date. However, they will not extend a final, absolute yes until we make them an offer. Sometimes—in the interim—things come up: a consulting… Keep Reading…

A Reputation for Great Speakers 02.02.2017

By Brian Palmer, CMM Competition for the time and attention of business people is fierce. Association executives more aggressively scrutinize how time and resources are being used. They desire tangible proof that their organization’s events are creating a positive impact on their members and membership. With the constantly… Keep Reading…

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