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How does famed former Blue Angels Captain / leadership speaker George Dom approach his speaking engagements?


SPEAKING.COM: What do you want people to learn / take away from your presentations?

DOM: Trust is a strategic imperative for all high performance teams. Trust can’t be bought, expected, coerced, or demanded; it’s a reward that must be earned every day.

In order to be trusted, you must be trustworthy. Organizations that make individual and collective trustworthiness a core value will break out and dominate competitors who don’t. There are five key ingredients to earn a high level of trust – character, commitment, competence, connection, and communication.

SPEAKING.COM: What kind of special prep work do you do prior to an event? How do you prepare for your speaking engagements?

DOM: In addition to independent research, I speak to client representatives in order to understand their objectives and themes for their event, and after one or two preparatory calls I am able to effectively tailor my presentation to each audience. I seek to make them as relatable and beneficial as possible.

SPEAKING.COM: What types of audiences would most benefit from your message?

DOM: The importance of trust is universal. My presentations have been enthusiastically received by a wide variety of audiences: bankers, government agencies, financial services, construction, management consultants, non-profits, insurance agencies, high-tech startups, and even social media companies!
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SPEAKING.COM: What kind of special prep work do you do prior to an event? How do you prepare for your speaking engagements?

WAHL: The amount of preparation I do is immense. The first thing that I do the moment we get booked by an organization like Exxon, Microsoft, or Google, is buy a sizable amount of personal stock in that company. I don't buy it for financial gain; rather, I buy it so that I can personally invest myself in the company and understand it at a new level: What moves the needle? Why is the stock going up? Why is the stock going down? Who are their competitors? What products are they releasing? Usually, I sell the stock after the presentation.

I do interviews with the executives allowing them to paint a word picture for what they want their audience to feel at the end of my presentation. I also send out a very extensive questionnaire for clients about what their day-to-day looks like. It's not meant to be a cumbersome homework assignment and I very actively use everything that they say to help me understand what it’s like to be one of them. For example, if I'm speaking at a Presidential Summit for the top sales force for a particular pharmaceutical industry, I want to know what the best of the best have done to become the best of the best so that I can understand how to help them expand their consciousness, their mind, and their creativity to continue working and performing at a higher level.

Right before I go on stage I meditate listening for the audiences' heartbeat and breathing patterns so that when I take a stage, I'll be one of them. Every room is different and all these differences matter: the atmosphere created by the speaker before me, the energy of the audience, if it's a morning presentation versus an evening presentation, if it's an analytical or engineering audience versus a sales audience, and so forth.

I'm not coming out as a clanging drum, with fists pumping, acting like, "Hey, now, everyone, we're going to be motivated." This is very much about connection. It's not a lecture; it's a share. It's not pushing content. When I’m onstage, I want to change the format for what a keynote experience looks like. I don’t want my audience to be passive consumers of information, but rather engaged participants. In order for that to happen they need to believe that I know who they are and that I'm not just a talking head. All the research I do then, prior to taking the stage is what creates that connection.
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Good presentation advice to remember:

Anderson tells us not to sell from the stage, not to ramble, not to go on about matters internal to your own organization that no one else is interested in. He lets us know that a good talk is a journey, and it should have a through line. He tells us to make eye contact, to be vulnerable, to be funny if we can, to be ourselves, to let go of our egos, to tell stories, with a relatable character, conflict, and a good resolution. He tells us not to use slides unless they really, really add. He says we should start strong, but not give away the whole point in the first sentence. He admonishes us to rehearse – a lot. And to end strong, with a call to action or something similar.

What I like best about the book is that Anderson says there are no rules that can’t be broken effectively under the right circumstances. For some, memorization is good. For others, ad-libbing is better. For some, slides are helpful. For others, they’re deadly. For some speakers, the goal is to explain a new idea. For others, the goal is to save the planet.
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Networking is one of the main reasons people attend your event, meeting, or conference. As event professionals, we want to ensure we are creating a valuable, inclusive experience for everyone to ensure success. Here are 5 steps event planners should take to create a perfect storm for networking success (click on the article for expanded info on each of the 5 steps):

1) Make it fun!

2) Design Sessions to be Collaborative.

3) Make Movement a Priority.

4) Maximize your Marketing Efforts.

5) Listen to your Participants.
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How Universities select commencement speakers. Michael Frick, CEO of says, "Commencement speakers who incorporate humor and gravitas, who can hit that moment’s cultural zeitgeist and tie it into universal themes of life,” says Frick, “are those we remember the best.”
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Here are five ways to encourage your speakers to make sessions more participatory:

1. Change the room set. Speakers are able to boost interaction when the room is designed with that in mind. Ditch traditional theater and classroom-style room sets that restrict peer-to-peer interaction and explore other seating options — it can be as simple as putting groups of four to five at round tables.

2. Leverage polls to tailor content. A common mistake most speakers tend to make is saving all interaction until the closing Q&A time and not engaging their audience right from the get-go. There are many methods to boost audience engagement but one of the easiest and most successful ways is by using live polling. Speakers who run one to three quick polls to get to know the interests and background of the attendees tend to better engage the audience than those speakers who stick to a canned script, because they are able to tailor their message to their needs.

3. Make networking a part of sessions. Attendees are looking for every opportunity to speak with each other and this should be embraced at speaker presentations, not just relegated to networking sessions. Giving the audience a task is not only an easy way to engage participants but it’s also one of the most effective practices to stimulate peer-to-peer networking.

Event consultant Donna Kastner uses the engagement technique think, write, share at her seminars. After being asked a question or given a challenge, participants jot down their answers and share them at their table. Then Donna encourages volunteers to share their views with the larger group. This engagement technique takes the delegate from the role of listener to speaker and provides an impromptu networking session.

4. Provide aha moments. The trick that all speakers should use to get to an aha moment is to ask the kinds of questions that point out a knowledge gap. That stirs the interest of listeners and makes them want to know the answer. At his PCMA Convening Leaders session on designing engaging experiences across cultures in January in Vancouver, MCI Group Director of Learning and Development Avinash Chandarana displayed cultural pictograms and asked the audience to guess which country they depicted. The answers surprised many. Once they realized that they had a lot to learn about cultural differences, they were more receptive to listening to Avinash.

5. Help the audience overcome their challenges. It may sound obvious, but presenters are invited to events to help participants tackle their challenges. Unfortunately, speakers rarely know exactly what keeps their audience members awake at night. When I am presenting on the topic of interaction at events, I like to ask midway through my presentation, “What is your biggest challenge when it comes to making your event more interactive?” I let people brainstorm in pairs and then have them submit and upvote their input via Slido. I address the most pressing questions straight away and keep the rest for the Q&A at the end.

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Some economists argue that the overall local economic impact doesn't take into account that many local businesses lose whenever a major event, such as a political convention, are in town.
#eventprofs #eventplanning #RNC #DNC
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Interesting video exploring today's conference production and how it can improve interpersonal connections... rather than just becoming big entertainment spectacles.
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