There’s No Such Thing as a Free Speaker

November 18, 2013

MPI’s Magazine, The Meeting Professional, recently featured an article written by Brian Palmer, CMM, President of National Speakers Bureau.

In this piece, he puts forth the notion that a process to prepare speakers should be in place for everyone who is to present, even those who might be appearing as a favor or in support of their own cause. It remains your event, and the odds of their talk achieving your objectives go up when your management is consistent.


You can read the full article here.

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Speaker Introductions (Part 2)

September 18, 2013

Last time I talked about the importance of a good introduction. Here’s a trick that Alan Parisse taught me many years ago about helping people do a good job with their introductions.

People usually get a piece of paper and read the words, and they’re in paragraph forms. It’s a little difficult at times, if somebody wants to look around and make eye contact with the audience, to then look back down and find out exactly where they were.

Alan’s idea was to make each sentence its own paragraph. It allows the person to read, look up, and find his or her place much more readily, and it’s something that, I think, will make the job easier and provide your speakers with a better start to their presentation.

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