IS SEEING REALLY BELIEVING? Change is inevitable – but for us humans, the ability to adapt with it is anything but. The biggest obstacle to adapting and thriving in shifting environments is in our own heads: Our perceptions. Perception underpins the assumptions and biases that drive every single one of our thoughts, decisions, and actions. Most important, those assumptions and biases are borne from past experience that may not be relevant when coping with a new world.
Virtual events look like they are here to stay. To make them effective, though, we have to learn a whole new skill-set.
This is the last in my series on avoiding disaster when booking event speakers. The idea is for top speakers to talk about their onsite experiences in a way that provides some useful lessons and reminders. Ideally, their insights will find their way into your event planning checklist.
TAKE CONTROL OF THE CONTENT/MESSAGE How can you generate maximum impact from the outside speakers at your next meeting or conference? How can you make sure the speakers’ insights are relevant and focused on what matters most to your audience? In my years helping event planners wrestle with that challenge, I have found there is sometimes no substitute for adding an experienced interviewer, discussion leader, or panel moderator. The difference it can make to the quality of the content delivery can be sizable.
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 top event planners for their advice on booking speakers.
You undoubtedly have an event planning checklist that you’ve refined/perfected over the years. Here’s a chance to perhaps refine it further.
YOUR EVENT PLANNING CHECKLIST: DOES YOUR ROOM SET-UP HELP SPEAKERS SUCCEED?
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