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How and When to Manage Audience Q&A

Questions from the audience can enrich a panel discussion or derail it, so decide ahead of time when and how you will manage questions. You can:

  • Take Questions As You Go. Allow questions to percolate from the audience at any time.
  • Stop Periodically and Ask For Questions. For example, stop for questions after each panelist presentation, key topical discussion or stop every 20 minutes to take questions.
  • Dedicate a time for Q&A. Create a specific time to take questions from the audience, usually held at the end of the program and before the final summary.

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Keynotes That Kill: How Your Program Titles Make or Break Your Brand

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Copy & Branding Secrets from a Psychology-Driven Copywriter

1- EXCITE YOUR READER

Don’t let your brand be drowned out by your competition, underwhelming content, or information overload.

It’s simple: We read news stories, social media feeds, and magazines based on the headlines. The more captivating the headline, the stronger the urge to click on the link and flip the pages.

Celebrating 53 years of the “I Have A Dream Speech” Infographic

DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
53 years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. gave one of the most famous and influential speeches in American history. The “I Have a Dream” speech was effective not just for its words, but also for Dr. King’s impassioned delivery. It represented the feelings of millions of people fighting for civil liberties. The speech, given by a lesser man in a lesser setting may not have earned the same attention. Dr. King knew if he were to truly help bring about change, he would need a speech and setting that would inspire. The March on Washington and “I Have a Dream” speech caught the attention of a nation, and brought it closer to the much-needed change.

Nail the Sale! 5 Ways to Stand Out from the Crowd

The problem with buyers today is that they’re empowered, and they know it.

That’s why they don’t buy at the back of the room as much as they used to. They know they can get it online, get it somewhere else or get along with it. You have to work so much harder to build a sense of urgency because buyers are less driven by FOMO (fear of missing out) than they used to be.     

Getting the biggest bang for your buck? What meeting planners expect from professional speakers.

While preparing my presentation set-up for a keynote at a recent conference, the meeting planner ran toward me in a panic, apologizing for being pulled in ten different directions, simultaneously. She explained that there were several items demanding her immediate attention. Her committee were in a time crunch, trying to locate the whereabouts of one of the panelists due to appear in a morning breakout session. In addition, tensions were building amongst attendees as the registration software was inexplicably malfunctioning, resulting in lengthy line-ups and delays at the welcome booths. Boxes containing sponsors’ promotional materials were missing and presumed lost en route, as the conference facility’s shipping and receiving department and the planner frenetically exchanged text messages. Meanwhile, the banquet manager was waiting for her at the back of the room, needing approval to add seating for the luncheon, in order to accommodate a number of special guests who confirmed their attendance that morning.