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15 seconds to a better presentation
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It takes an audience about 15 seconds (at most) to decide whether your presentation is worth their attention. Fritter away those 15 seconds and your audience will either mentally check out or pull out their phones to start texting. The following talks about how to begin a presentation so that your audience really sits up and takes notice. More

The top 2013 conference trends to watch
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It's that time of year again. Time to think of what trends might have an impact on conferences and meetings in 2013. So what can we expect to see as far as demands from our participants this year? More

Jerry Seinfeld intends to die standing up
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Since 2000, Jerry Seinfeld has spent a portion of nearly every week doing stand-up. He is on track to do 89 shows this year. For Seinfeld, whose worth Forbes estimated in 2010 to be $800 million, his touring regimen is a function not of financial necessity but rather of borderline monomania — a creative itch he can't scratch. More

Survey: Business travel to remain steady amid cost concerns
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Travel agents are expecting businesses to maintain or slightly exceed their pace of travel this year compared with 2012, but companies still will be looking for ways to cut costs. One thing that hasn't changed year-to-year is clients' emphasis on controlling cost, according to the survey of 335 affiliated agent members and travel experts. More than 42 percent of respondents said saving on travel was the most important client concern, while 13 percent listed flexible booking options for air, cars and hotels as their chief concern. More

Foolproof ways to boost your public-speaking skills
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For young entrepreneurs, no matter your industry, solid public-speaking skills are invaluable. And if you want to get to the big time one day, chances are, you'll need to take the stage which could possibly open you up to scrutiny from the media, analysts and investors. If you fall flat, you'll hardly inspire excitement among consumers or check-writing venture investors. But no pressure. After all, practice makes perfect. More

Internet marketing trends for 2013
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A new year is here. And with it comes a chance for business owners and marketers to evaluate what they're doing, uncover what's not working and focus on the new trends that are worth their attention. The following are five Internet marketing trends for small business owners to focus on. More

7 simple ways to charm your audience
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If only your audience would totally focus on you and be oblivious to the outside world during your speech or presentation. And be completely satisfied when it's over. Handling your audience, though, can be more difficult, like, say, herding cats. Try the following tactics to pack an irresistible punch in your next presentation or talk. More

Predictions for meetings in 2013
MeetingsNet    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article is predicting that 2013 will see more emphasis on security, more local meetings and more engagement on social media around meetings, based on its take on the American Express Meetings & Events Forecast that came out in December. More

Help new employees succeed
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Making the right hire and making the most of new people once they come on board can energize your business. The first three-to-six months are crucial to hires. The goal is to hire hard so you can manage easy. Embrace the change new employees bring, and encourage your team to do the same. Ultimately, you will all be better for it. Here's how to get started on the right foot. More

Not just talk
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Quick: What's the most memorable live content you've witnessed at a conference? Now, what did it have to do with the conference? Did it add value to the conference offerings or was it one of those splash-just-for-splash-sake sort of thing? Fingers crossed, it added value but, as we've all rolled our eyes at some gratuitous fluff, that's not always the case — and that's just not acceptable anymore. To keep attendees engaged, entertained and coming back for more, it's time to start catering to their needs. And fancier napkins just won't cut the mustard. More

Speakers required to promote your conference in social media must follow FTC endorsement guidelines
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"We've come a long way, baby!" - Loretta Lynn. "The times they are a-changing." - Bob Dylan. The catch-phrases are abundant that our world and work continues to evolve. Nowhere is this evolution more evident than some conference speaker contracts. Speakers are often now required to do more than just show up and present. Some are being asked to blog on the event, create promotional videos, tweet about the event and more. More


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