I was a motivational speaker at a large american women's conference and an audience member said I don't sound canadian enough. Apparently I dont have a canadian Accent? What accent do canadians have? Why do people say that? Americans like to mock canadian accents with some harmless heckling. Some delegates tell me that the canadian accent is irritating and often immitated.
Some difficult people have mastered the art of being miserable. Yet in the end, no matter who you are, there has got to be something good in your life.
On October 26, 2011, I am a motivational speaker for the city of calgary Children and Youth Services Event.
Staying ahead of the game in any industry is challenging. This article is written to help you navigate your options to get the necessary CEU's to get or stay accredited.
A good friend of mine started her own business, Mi Nena Bowtique. She makes a beautiful hair bows and ribbons and sells them at home parties.
I was a keynote speaker for the Colorado Library Association this month. One of the other keynote speakers was Marilyn Johnson, the author of, This Book is Overdue.
I was a keynote speaker at the Saskatchewan Assessment Appraisers' Association this month where the other keynote speaker was thrill seeker, Greg Johnson.
People come to meetings to have a unique learning experience.
Lethargy, boredom, and the doing the same thing, over and over again, results in meeting attrition. Your conference may be crying out for a new twist.
People attend a conference for two reasons: networking and speakers. They also want to experience something they wouldn't experience otherwise. Given adults only laugh 15- 20 times a day, laughing is just what audiences need.
Humor has a big impact on learning. It aids in memory, creates focus, wakes people up and recharges audience energy levels.
I was recently a keynote speaker for a group of association executives where they pooled ideas on how to find engaging, cutting edge industry speakers.
Many guest speakers struggle to engage a crowd.
Never ending content is by far the quickest way to have a few people nodding off, below is a list of things a guest speaker does that causes a speech to be a bore
- Speak in monotone. I used to have a university professor who had No inflection in his voice. His lecture was Guaranteed to be a snoozer
- Disorganized and unprepared guest speakers will not hold an audience and their point will get lost in the chaos
- Overusing words like uh
- I'm sorry but you have to stop apologizing. One of the surest way to undermine your speech is to stumble over your point and mutter your regrets. The audience likely wouldn't know the difference, so skip the apologies and carry on
- Leaning lethargically on the podium conveys a guest speaker lack of interest in the audience
I was a keynote speaker for a hospitality industry conference last week. The meeting planner had just come back from a one year maternity leave. She was now in the throws of seeing a huge conference collapse.
I recently was a funny guest speaker for a group of government employees. There was a concern that encouraging them to lighten up would take away from the importance and seriousness of their work.
Inappropriate and offensive joke telling is offensive and inappropriate.This is the lowest, unclever and cheapest form of humor around.
When I am a speaker on conflict management I discuss techniques to calm down an angry or aggressive person.
Laughing at work is not meant to undermine performance or productivity. Appropriately used, it will do the opposite.