Attention Meeting Professionals: The Main Reason Your Panels are Boring

This year at IMEX America in Las Vegas, I was speaking about how to make your panel discussions go from boring to bravo. Before the session began, a meeting professional said, “I’m not a big fan of panels. They are just too boring.”

My dear meeting professional. One of the main reasons your panels are boring is that YOU have not set your panel up for success. Sure, you identified a slot of time, selected a topic and wrestled up a moderator and some panelists. You consider your job to be done.


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

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.

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.

5 Speaker Piggybacking Tips That Will Make You Look Good

Do you want to look good in front of your boss when the speaker you selected for your meeting gets a standing ovation? Do you want to impress the team by saving money… without all the guesswork, struggle, and those long hours of staying up late to find the right speaker for your next event? The answer is called speaker piggybacking, and it’s now easier than ever with eSpeakers Marketplace.

Speaker Piggybacking is the concept of maximizing a speaker’s schedule to include multiple speaking engagements in the same city. If the speaker is already traveling to a particular destination, then it is possible to add on an additional speaking engagement with another event.

Once and for all, why you need to grow your email list

We live in a social media tsunami – wait one week and another wave of latest-greatest comes calling.

Periscope snagged 10 million followers in just four and a half months[1], Pinterest is now for men[2], and Twitter wants your advertising dollars.

Despite all the bright lights of social media, nothing trumps the staying power of email. Definitely not sexy (or new for that matter) – email should be your most valued marketing channel and list building should be a top business goal.
Here are five reasons why you need to invest more resources in growing your mailing list and learning how to use email to grow your business.

Live Events vs. Webinars – It’s Not Even Close

Everyone knows what the experience is like attending a live music concert. Whether it’s Beethoven or The Grateful Dead, the atmosphere is alive with electricity. There’s camaraderie amongst you and the stranger sitting next to you that is unique to being at a live event. You look at them and nod in recognition of what a great time you’re having. Now imagine that same concert coming to you via a webinar at your desk. Not quite the same, is it?
Sales meetings, kickoff meetings, conferences, and incentive travel programs have a long history of helping companies grow their business through increased sales and good will that come from making personal contact with employees, salespeople, and customers. Everybody knows that. Then why has there been such a big shift away from personal meetings to webinars?