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6 things Learned from Interviewing Conference Delegates

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Tue, Nov 08, 2011 @ 11:55 AM

As a keynote speaker for state association events I usually interview 4 or 5 delegates before the conference. From this interview process, I learn a lot about an industry and specific jobs.

See A sample Keynote Speaker Pre- Program Questionnaire. Here are some of the more interesting things that I have Learned talking to a range of delegates from state associations:

  1. Most industries suffer from similar sources of stress like budget cuts, doing more work with less resources, increased technology and wading through red tape.
  2. Change is a constant across industries and it effects everyone at every level and to different degress across the state.
  3. Some people love their job and some clearly don't. There is no rhymn or reason as to why; other than attitude plays a big role
  4. Within an industry some people see certain elements of the job as a threat and others will see the same thing as an opportunity.
  5. Every state association is diverse and members from different parts of the state can have vastly different experiences ( and possibly even accents!).
Being a keynote speaker for state associations are some of the most rewarding experiences because the audience is so diverse and often only get together once or twice a year. They are primed for motivation, and eager to learn and network.

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