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The 2017 list of Fortune’s “World’s Greatest Leaders” has just been announced. As usual, it's a list that's full of surprises. The list celebrates an inspiring group of achievers who have been especially effective in 2017. It’s hard not to be moved by the passion, commitment, and ingenuity of the individuals honored here, and perhaps take away lessons to apply to your own efforts – be it your business, your charity, your community, or just your own block in your neighborhood. It was four years ago that GEOFF COLVIN, senior editor-at-large at Fortune led the effort to create the magazine’s first-ever “World’s Greatest Leaders” issue. I'm proud to say that Geoff is a D’Amelio Network speaker -- click here to get a free chapter from his bestselling book Talent is Overrated. Leadership is a subject he's covered extensively for Fortune, so Geoff was the perfect choice to come up with the unique approach that has characterized this list.
It’s only fitting that BILL WALTON, one of the most colorful figures in all of sports, gets some extra attention during March Madness. Back From the Dead, Bill’s autobiography, was released in paperback this week – smack in the middle of the NCAA college basketball tournament.
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The Stress-Free Event Photo Opp A photo with your celebrity entertainer or big name speaker is a lasting treasure for your event guests. Of course, like much of everything else in the live events business, there's only one chance to get it right. Earlier in my career, I was on the road with many high-stakes principals. I would run as many as five event photo opps a week for anywhere from 20 to 200 people. Feedback from the event planners on site was always so positive - they appreciated the process I used which made the whole experience much more manageable for everyone concerned. It’s in that spirit that I thought I would share the details of this photo opportunity plan, which incorporates the best aspects I’ve seen used by the high-stakes figures whose staffs had honed this to a fine art. I hope this event planner advice is a useful addition to your event planning checklist.
This is an event planner’s worst nightmare story. It’s a good example of why booking speakers is so angst-ridden for people who plan meetings and conferences. Speakers can be the great unknown; a black box where you haven’t a clue what’s inside until you open it up and the speaker steps on stage. In this tale, in spite of the best efforts to prepare, things can go horribly, horribly wrong and embarrass everyone in the organization, let alone make the audience very uncomfortable. This story took place during my agenting days and stars a very prominent U.S. Senator who, upon retiring, started to speak. I actually booked him for one of his very first appearances - to be keynote speaker for a conference in San Francisco.
Today is International Women's Day, a day set aside to celebrate globally women and their economic, political, and social achievements around the world. It is also a time to focus on places and situations where women's rights, equality, health, and safety still have a long way to go. The work of BBC World News’ KATTY KAY is a perfect fit for the mission of International Women’s Day. Katty has had the privilege of speaking at many IWD events over the years. Interest was first driven by her bestselling book Womenomics and most recently by the groundbreaking work on confidence she and co-author Claire Shipman did for their bestselling book, The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance – What Women Should Know. International Women's Day provides a great opportunity to focus a bit on confidence, since it’s such a vital ingredient for the issues that are the focus of this day.
Don’t Let What You Know Limit What You Can Imagine If you’ve been frustrated by the hard work of making change happen in your organization, you’re not alone. That’s why this interview with BILL TAYLOR, co-founder of Fast Company magazine, may be a compelling read for you. Beginning with his work at Fast Company, Bill had a front row seat to the revolution in management and competition driven by technology. He’s met and profiled the mavericks and rule breakers who have achieved outsize success by taking a different path. In his latest book, Simply Brilliant: How Great Organizations Do Ordinary Things in Extraordinary Ways, Bill gives his audience the best new examples of people and companies who are using groundbreaking new ideas and techniques to compete, innovate, and succeed. The book won many honors including “Best Strategy & Leadership Book of 2016” by 800CEORead. Read here as Bill and I discuss his book and the success stories he encountered in the process of writing it.
THE WAY PEOPLE BUY HAS CHANGED DAVID MEERMAN SCOTT is author of the bestselling book The New Rules of Marketing and PR, a roadmap for organizations looking to get more attention for their products, services, and ideas. The way people buy has changed. Just think about your own buying habits as an example. When was the last time you bought something because you received a piece of direct mail? Or a cold phone call to your home or business? Most times, when we research a potential purchase, we are searching online or asking friends and others via email and social media. These days, if you’re trying to influence people but can’t be found when people are looking online, you don’t exist. People need to find content about your products or services that will educate and inform them – they don’t want to be sold. So the new rules of marketing and PR require a commitment to content that will help buyers and decision-makers find you at the very moment they’re looking online.
LEADING THE CHARGE FOR CHANGE BILL TAYLOR has encouraged a generation of executives and company-builders to muster the courage and skills to think differently about change, leadership, and the new world of work. A spirited and hard-charging entrepreneur, Bill co-founded Fast Company, easily the most influential voice on business and innovation in the last two decades. The publication changed the very idea of what a business magazine could be. After the publication was sold for $340 million, Bill has spent his career speaking to audiences around the world – helping organizations and leaders understand how to adapt to, and take advantage of, the relentless pace of radical change and disruption.
A SIMPLE CHANGE MAKES A HUGE DIFFERENCE It’s not every day you can make a simple change that has an enormous impact on the way you feel and the way you work. At the end of 2016 I did just that. I bought a stand-up desk. Like so many people, I spend my days sitting in front of a computer. In my case I’m booking speakers for events -- communicating all day with event planners, agents from bureaus, and my speaking clients. I'm a morning person – I start around 5:00 AM with a computer in my lap – sitting on my office couch with a coffee. I move to my desk around 7:30 and stay there pretty much all day – winding up my day at around 6:00 PM. That's a lot of sitting - and I've been working like that a long time.
First Came Tips from Top Speakers Recently I posted blogs with advice from top speakers on how to assure success when you book speakers for your program. After all, who better to offer solid tips than the people who actually take the stage and hope to engage the audience? Here are links: Part 1 – the Venue Part 2 - Pre-Event Tips These blogs got some really nice attention from people in the event planning world. It seemed like a natural extension of this effort to ask event professionals for their advice on booking speakers.