On October 15-17, 2011, Librarians from across the state of Colorado will come together for inspiration, motivational talks, education and networking.
A call back in comedy is a technique that takes something that was said before and ties it back into the current topic. The reminder results in a clever connection and can create some great humor.
A convention theme can have the same effect by tying together common themes at breaks, the keynote speaker, break out speakers and the after dinner speaker.
Many organizations struggle to understand the Millenial Generation. An inquisitive generation that is familiar with negotiating with teachers and parents, expressing their opinion and bargaining to get their way.
Gen Y has an insatiable appetite for discussion and feedback which is why they love social networking tools. They Divulge information fast and efficiently, keeping what is important to them and disregarding the rest.
Your conventions' evening event can be memorable and funny or a total flop. It all depends on how you structure the evening with your most important ingredient being your entertainment.
Reality tv has become so popular it replaces other original, unique, well thought out programming.
Leadership Retreats are not just for throwing information at people; they are for learning. To build on group wisdom, be very clear on the leadership skills you want to work on with the group.
I was a motivational speaker at an event where the other guest speaker was a reality star. She was a former contender on the wildly popular show, "The Bachelor."
Her motivational talk was about reaching for the stars and living your dreams. I do love this topic, but what I wanted to know is what would make a seemingly smart, attractive woman compete on national television against 30 other sexy, smart women for the attention of one man? They could not pay me enough to do this! (And no worries - they likely wouldn't, either.)
Like many reality shows, "The Bachelor" pits people against one another and does its best to bring out their worst. Women on the show are brought to the level where their claws come out and they become catty and defensive. Shouting, lying and backstabbing prevail.
Apparently, "The Bachelor" is unscripted and the women are willing to show this side of themselves to millions of viewers. When people become desperate, it seems, it makes for compelling TV.
The questions that kept going through my head and distracting me during her motivational talk were: Why did you do it? What was it like? Did you get paid? Were you paid enough? Did you really fall in love with a complete stranger? What did your friends and family think?
As a self-employed Motivational Speaker, I must continuously endeavour to keep up with technology, or be left behind. I may not want to add more social networks or constantly stay up on my Twitter Stream but I know it's beneficial to stay in the loop.
Have you ever stayed with a friend where although you were an invited guest you felt like you were not welcome? I recently experienced this at a small family owned bed and breakfast in Cochrane AB. Everything about the swanky joint reeked of a reserved break it and pay mentality.
If you have just attended a fantastic industry conference, you are likely feeling inspired and compelled to share the inspiration and learning with others.
I was a motivational speaker for a school administrators conference where the theme was about change, technology and education.
A Team Building seminar is a means to help people work better together.
I was a motivational keynote speaker at a recent financial services corporate event where in the middle of my motivational speech a delegate commented that if we don't take our work seriously others won't take us seriously.
I was a motivational speaker for a financial services conference where over 50% of the schedule was designated for networking.
Meeting planners and motivational speakers have some great opportunities to explore and maximize your relationship. When you hire a guest speaker to just fly in, give a motivational speech and leave you leave some great opportunities on the table.
Promotional items are expensive to produce and ship to convention venues. If they're thoughtful and useful, people will keep them; if they aren't, they will be tossed in the trash. Most promotional items sport the organization's name on it as a great reminder of its products.
As a conference speaker, here are some of the more memorable and useful items I have collected:
Plastic margarita glasses. Just looking at the fluted plastic cup makes me smile. It is whimsical, useful and fun. This trade show vendor was making virgin margaritas at the booth, and you could keep the glass. The line up for margaritas circled the room!
Groucho Marx goggles. They are funny and generate great conversation. People tend to keep them for their children at home or for the young at heart at work. As the humorous keynote speaker I found it easy to tie them into my speech.
A mini tape measure/keychain - Uber useful and convenient. Comes in handy over and over!
Mini Flashlight keychains ....
Solar powered cell phone charger. Plug this gadget into your phone and it uses solar energy to recharge it; great if you are on a plane and unable to use an electrical outlet.
Pedometer to keep track of how how much you walk . . . or don't!
One vendor gave away bright sun visors. A hot day by the pool sported hundreds of these fun visors. A great promotional ploy.
Sunscreen, in hot destinations ....
I was a speaker for a safety conference where one vendor gave away a mini safety kit with bandages, gauze, safety goggles and more. Definitely a keeper!
Product samples are always a good way to get people to discover the usefulness of vendor products.
Notepads, pens, calendars and mugs have overextended their usefulness. The more unique and personalized to the event (and delegates) your promotional items are, the better and the more memorable they will be - just like your conference speakers!
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