Motivation | Speaking Industry

Public Speaking: Top Keynote Speakers’ Rule for Great Speech Delivery

By: Tony D'Amelio
May 23rd, 2017

In my previous life as a speakers’ agent for top keynote speakers, I worked with a well-known non-fiction author whose name you would know; someone really well respected.  That author did a lot of speaking on the strength of impressive book sales; multiple #1 New York Times bestsellers.  The author was a good speaker. I say “good” because rarely was the sponsoring organization disappointed with the speech – but the author never got an emphatic, “That was great!” reaction from the event planner. When I would go to see this author speak, I loved the content but would come away a bit disappointed because the speech was read…word for word…while looking up occasionally. 

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Event planner career choices: Could you be a speakers' bureau agent?

By: Tony D'Amelio
April 25th, 2017

A career as a speakers' bureau agent After 40+ years as an agent in the speaking industry, I now manage a small group of top experts who speak. In my new life, I work with most speakers’ bureaus on a regular basis. They often ask me if I know someone who'd make a great agent. Sometimes I do - but most times I don't.

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The Perfect VIP Photo Opp: Tips for Your Event Planning Checklist

By: Jenny Taylor
March 22nd, 2017

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.

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Event Planner’s Worst Nightmare: Keynote Speaker Damage Control

By: Tony D'Amelio
March 15th, 2017

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.

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Event Ideas | Speaking Industry

TOP EVENT PLANNERS OFFER BEST TIPS ON BOOKING EVENT SPEAKERS

By: Tony D'Amelio
January 24th, 2017

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.

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American Politics | Speaking Industry

Washington Speakers Can Be Polarizing; 4 Ways to Avoid Embarrassment

By: Tony D'Amelio
January 18th, 2017

THE EVENT PLANNER'S DILEMMA How comfortable are you putting political speakers on your conference or event agenda? If the answer is, “Not very,” you probably know you’re not alone. With valuable relationships in the room, being sensitive to the potential danger of offending attendees just makes sense. Many event planners are wary about booking political speakers and talking politics in the current political climate. On the heels of the most contentious election in my lifetime – one that saw families and close friendships torn apart – is it any wonder there’s apprehension about going down the path of talking politics at meetings and events? 

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Event Planning Checklist (Part 2): Pre-Event Tips from Top Speakers

By: Tony D'Amelio
January 10th, 2017

You undoubtedly have an event planning checklist that you’ve refined/perfected over the years. Here’s a chance to perhaps refine it further.

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Event Planning Checklist (Pt 1): Room Set-Up Tips from Top Speakers

By: Tony D'Amelio
December 5th, 2016

  YOUR EVENT PLANNING CHECKLIST: DOES YOUR ROOM SET-UP HELP SPEAKERS SUCCEED? 

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A DIFFERENT KIND OF BOOK REVIEW: WHAT MADE ME WHO I AM BY BERNIE SWAIN

By: Tony D'Amelio
September 6th, 2016

Just Released: What Made Me Who I Am by Bernie Swain

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Our Popular Business Speakers - DN Speakers in the News

By: Tony D'Amelio
May 19th, 2016

POPULAR BUSINESS SPEAKERS - DN EXPERTS IN THE NEWS DN has popular business speakers for events.  Many have been in the news in the past week.  Please see the updates below.

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