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Master of Ceremonies – Made Easy

You’ve been asked to emcee an event. What do you need to know? Follow these simple rules and it will be a breeze.
1. Know your event. Know the people, the purpose, the flavor (formal or informal), your staff of assistants and trouble-shooters, the lighting, the agenda, the timing – everything you can think of. Plan in advance.
2. Get to the event early, so you can observe and test everything. Leave nothing to chance.
3. Know your mike. Test the microphone before anyone comes into the room. The sound is much different on stage than it is in the back of the …

What’s in a Name?

One of the hardest things to do in business is to name the business. After over 30 years in the dental industry, my husband is planning to rename his business. Together, we’ve been brainstorming for over three weeks. It should be something friendly, descriptive, easy for the receptionist to say 75 times a day, something that will stand out on Google (bowing down to the search engine gods).It made me think about how I came up with the name of my business, Successworks, and my flagship training program: SpeakersTrainingCamp® Here are the stories behind those two names:
SUCCESSWORKS
I named my company …

Presentations Come in all Forms

Last week we discussed the various forms of presentations: small group, large group, meetings, teleconferences, webinars, etc. I never really thought about a yoga class as being a presentation format, but it is. As I was concentrating on my proper airflow in the pigeon pose (working off the last punch in my 8-class punchcard) my mind wandered into looking at how full the room was. This was a very popular class filled with flexies and stiffies (as my yoga teacher puts it). I was wondering what the big draw was…… It did not take me long to come up with …

SpeakersTrainingCamp® advice on Tripping

Imagine tripping on the biggest night of your life. Jennifer Lawrence did when she was walking up the steps at the Oscars to receive her Best Supporting Actress Award. What if this happens to you? What if you trip on stage? What if you get the hiccups? What if your nose starts bleeding? My best advice is to do what Jennifer did – admit it openly,right away – and then take care of the situation. By admitting your human error, you relieve tension that the audience feels when you make a mistake. When you admit the mistake, it is just …

SpeakersTrainingCamp® Pays Tribute to Zig Ziglar

I have to be honest. My first impression of Zig Ziglar was not great. I saw him at a live stadium event 30 years ago, and initially he seemed to be an over-cooked preacher. Some of his antics seemed rehearsed and contrived – like kneeling on one knee when he made a major point. Half-way through his speech, my ideas changed. His Southern accent started to ooze sincerity; his stories were authentic; and his how-to tips were right on target. His old-school methods worked and skyrocketed him to the top of motivational magic. The crowd was mesmerized – you can’t …

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