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MPI forecast puts government events in steep decline
Associations Now
A new quarterly report from Meeting Professionals International finds that many meeting planners expect government meetings, which have been dogged by spending scandals, to stay in decline in the near future. The good news is that corporate and association meetings are looking really strong.
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3 ways to use gestures when speaking
Fast Company
While it's true that gestures can add power to your speaking, you must use them purposefully in order to maximize that power. The following insights will help you answer the most basic question: What should you do with your hands? Effective gesturing requires you to "flow," (use your whole body) "zoom," (think about where you want your audience to focus) and "imagine" (an image of the concept you're talking about).
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7 inspiring TED talks every event pro should watch
BizBash
The TED2015 conference began recently, bringing another set of game-changers and influencers to speak in front of more than 1,000 attendees. For those looking to get in the spirit of TED and the innovative thinking it promotes, here is a brief — and highly subjective — selection of videos from the conference (and its sibling conferences) to inspire change, new ideas and smarter strategies.
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Personal marketing: Are you a 'pro' or 'no'?
By Fred Berns
How good a self-salesperson are you? How effective are you at attaching value to who you are and what you do? Those are critical questions, considering the power of the personal sale. In today's competitive marketplace, you can't do the best job of selling your stuff until you do the best job of selling yourself. Here's a checklist that will help you access your self-marketing skills, and determine how you rate as a personal salesperson.
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12 tips to stay healthy while working from home
Entrepreneur
For many of us, going into the office doesn't even require heading out the door. More than 30 million Americans work from home. But working from home can present a unique set of challenges, especially when it comes to your health. The abundance of alluring snacks in the kitchen, the lack of social stimulation and the temptation to work in an ergonomically unsound position, like in bed, can all sabotage an otherwise virtuous worker's best health intentions.
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Pro packing tips for stress-free travel
CNN
Choosing a suitcase can be an adventure in itself. Packing it properly with just the right contents is an art form. Get it right and your trip will be a joy of lightened luggage containing just the right outfits. Get it wrong and it'll be a misery of excess baggage charges and strained back muscles. There is a basic set of lessons to packing like a pro. Here's a handy 10-step guide.
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Looking to get published this year?
MultiBriefs
In an effort to enhance the overall content of Speaker Info, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of NSA, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this experience with your peers through well-written commentary. Make 2015 the year you get published as an expert in your field! Our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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9 entrepreneur-backed productivity tips
American Express OPEN Forum
Being an entrepreneur often comes with an overwhelming number of priorities. There's no question that time is one of your most valuable assets. But when you're juggling countless to-dos, it can be easy to forget that. Being extra organized and focused is critical. Below are some tips, from how to optimize your time (like scheduling 15-minute meetings) to how to give yourself momentum (by acknowledging your progress).
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The best public speaking tips from 90 years of Toastmasters
Financial Post
It's been 90 years since Toastmasters International, the association for ambitious business people who want to become better public speakers, opened its first chapter. Since then, it has trained more than 4 million aspiring speakers. To celebrate this anniversary, Toastmasters published a list of 90 of its best public speaking tips.
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What you need to know about running productive meetings
Harvard Business Review
Raise your hand if you think the majority of meetings are a complete waste of your time — not to mention your organization's time. You don't need to look far for confirming evidence. Consider the data on how one company's weekly executive committee meeting rippled through the organization in a profoundly disturbing way, ultimately taking up to 300,000 hours a year. We could all use some of that time back. But, what can we do about the seemingly endless cycle of meetings that we’re all caught up in?
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