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Six Behavior Changes to Increase Your Emotional Intelligence 11.15.2017

Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is a crucial component to workplace and life success. Bill Benjamin shares six behaviors you can change to increase your EQ. Research at the Harvard Business School has shown that Emotional Intelligence (EQ)—the ability to manage our own emotions and connect to the emotions of… 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…

Disrupt Yourself Before Someone Else Does 09.13.2017

To avoid disruption, we must constantly innovate. Kevin Freiberg shares how: The status quo doesn’t give in easily.  It’s designed to protect itself. It wields fear as one of its most powerful weapons. Disruption rarely comes from within because incumbents are held hostage by fear—by the old ways… 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 Foundation for Lifelong Success 03.17.2017

March Madness is underway, and we thought of one of our favorite speakers from the world of sports, Bill Walton. He won two NCAA national titles and played during UCLA’s stunning 88-game winning streak. Featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated this month, Bill knows a thing or two about winning—and… 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…

Event Sponsorship Built on Attendee Mattering 01.23.2017

Sarah Michel of Velvet Chainsaw Consulting helps individuals, associations and organizations strengthen their connections and communicate their value to anyone, anywhere, anytime. Her team has written an e-book on event sponsorship titled: “Sponsorship Mattering: From Logos & Noise to Emotional Experiences.” Below is a chapter we would like to share with… Keep Reading…

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