Yesterday I was a guest speaker for a safety conference. When I arrived at the venue, I was surprised to discover that I was actually speaking in an ice rink - minus the ice, thankfully.
I was a keynote speaker at a healthcare physicians conference where a lady approached me at the cocktail reception the night before my speech. I recognized her immediately- it was Barbara, who had hired me as a speaker for a nursing conference a year earlier.
A speaker at an HR conference presented 150 ways to be more productive. The trouble is that even if you followed every one of them, you would never fully feel caught up on your work.
Sarcasm is not always welcome. It is a sly way of subtly making fun of someone, and because it is wrapped around humor people often get away with it. But sarcasm is not always amusing.
Do you often find yourself baffled, working for an individual who seems completely clueless? Do ill-conceived, naive directives leave you blindsided, reeling in defense, left to pick up the pieces from their ignorance?
Year after year, meeting planners try to create one of a kind events and every year it gets more and more difficult. Here are some ways to be innovative....
I spent nine days last month traveling around and speaking at conferences. It was an exhilarating and exhausting experience.
Several years ago, I was a closing speaker for a women's conference and the opening motivational speaker didn't show up. It's not that she had something better to do, but she had fallen ill.
Audiences love to laugh. If you are searching solely for someone to make people laugh at your event, you can save a lot of money by hiring a comedian. Comedians can charge anywhere from $500-$2,000 and a funny motivational speaker can charge $2,000-$10,0000.
I was recently a guest speaker for a teachers' conference. Before my presentation, they had a prize giveaway and some announcements. As the emcee was announcing the winners, many delegates were talking, making it difficult for others to pay attention. When he finished and I went up to speak, he whispered to me... good luck.
I am a speaker for the Manitoba Long Term Care Conference on May 17, 2011. The theme of the conference is Inspiring All Who Care.
I was a speaker for the National Association of Career Colleges Convention last week and learned that the leaders of career colleges are a very discerning crowd.
Myth #1-Being funny is natural. Sure, so is driving. So is ice skating.
Audiences love to feel a part of a motivational speaker's presentation. Engaging the right people with funny interaction will decrease tension in the room and build rapport. Chumming with the influential audience member also creates an aura of influence. Equally important, engaging the wrong person will garner a cool reception and put the audience off.
At a recent healthcare event, I got onto the elevator to hear a sponsor publically berating the event. Apparently, he would do things differently. His suggestions were vague and I wondered if he was just talking to hear the noise. I was a motivational speaker for this healthcare event. Imagine my horror when I glanced over my shoulder and realized the meeting planner was standing right behind me. He looked up and gave me a weak grin. Everyone on the elevator was tense and uncomfortable and nobody said a word about this man's griping.
My grandmother is on Twitter. I thought it would take dragging her kicking and screaming to get her to buy into technology in this century, but I was wrong. Actually when I think about it, it's perfect for her. She is such a showboat. She loves to show off everything she does and now she can announce to the world through social media everything about her square dancing and card playing feats.
I was hired to be a funny motivational speaker for an Parks and Recreation HR conference, the theme was customer service. Many young parks and rec recruits sneer at the idea of faking enthusiasm for the sake of the customer.