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Seeking excellent speakers
Meetings & Conventions
Being fabulous on stage won't cut it if the material isn't relevant to the audience. In fact, 91 percent of the 117 respondents to a recent M&C Research poll cited topical relevance among their key selection criteria, followed by cost (70 percent) and recommendations (53 percent).
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Unforced ways to build and strengthen your network
Inc.
Want to connect with people without seeming self-serving? Want to keep in touch with your customers without seeming obvious or gratuitous? It's easy. The key is to have a reason: An unselfish reason. The key is to get or stay in touch in a meaningful and memorable way — unforced, natural and with a purpose that benefits the other person, not you.
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Avoid the PowerPoint trap by having less wordy slides
Entrepreneur
The explorer Robert Ballard discovered the remains of the Titanic in 1985, two-and-half miles beneath the surface of the Atlantic Ocean. In 2008 he stood on much safer ground on a TED stage to reveal the astonishing and hidden undersea world of the deep ocean. His slideshow contained 57 slides, yet there were no bullet points or text on any of them. Ballard showed artist renderings, photographs and animations of the fascinating undersea worlds he's discovered, but no text. Why? "I'm storytelling, not lecturing," said Ballard.
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See related story: How TED changed business communication forever (LinkedIn)


Top hotels for tweeters — and other social networking mavens
MeetingsNet
Associations are in the vanguard when it comes to incorporating social media into their meetings — but are the hotels they choose up for the challenge of today's wired attendees? Check out the following top hotels for social media lovers, compiled by Hotel Online. For example, did you know you could check in with a tweet at U.S. and Canadian Loews Hotels and Resorts?
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6 risk assessment questions you need to ask before taking your business online
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Launching an online business, or taking an existing business online, requires a new set of skills for anyone who is used to a more traditional bricks-and-mortar retail environment.

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10 cringe-worthy speaker behaviors
Speaker Magazine
Dawnna St. Louis writes, "We always hear about 'best practices on the podium,' and what we should do as platform professionals; but what about the stuff that seems to drive people crazy?"

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Can bestseller lists be bought?
Los Angeles Times
Every author wants a bestselling book — and those who can pay for the services of ResultSource Inc. just might get one. The company describes itself as "a boutique marketing firm that works with today's thought leaders to build bestsellers," which it has.

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5 steps to a life-changing culture of thanks
Inc.
Sure, people need to be paid for their labor, but that's not what drives their performance. People want to be appreciated for the good work they do, and they want to know that you both notice and care about their contributions and them as people. How do you do that? By creating a culture of thanks. Keep the following five tips in mind and you won't simply amplify the gratitude, you'll change people's lives.
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Want to be a good leader? Step 1: Know thyself
Fox Small Business
What is the most important characteristic of a leader? Some might say it is integrity. Others may say that it's being a good motivator. But psychologist and author Sherrie Campbell believes that self-awareness — the ability to monitor one's own emotions and reactions — is the key factor in leadership success. Learning to be aware of yourself isn't always easy, but mastering this skill can help you become a much more effective leader.
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Take your education programming from blah to wickedly smart
Midcourse Corrections
Curation: It's more important than you think. And it's extremely critical to the success of your education programming. When it comes to choosing education programming, curation involves deep excavation of the right content for the right audience at the right time for the right issue. If you are the one assigned to plan and prepare education programming for your audience, your job is to move from being a scheduler of experts and presenters to curating the content and learning experience. The following are five steps to help you transition to the curated education programming model.
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New social media research that could change your strategy
Social Media Examiner
Are you managing social media for your business? Do you pay attention to the trends happening across the social Web? If so, you already know how the rules and landscape of social media marketing are always changing. But what you don’t know may not only surprise you, but also may make you think twice about your social media strategy.
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Travel managers: Business travel costs to rise in 2014
Supply Management
More than 40 percent of travel managers across the world expect business travel costs to rise in 2014, according to a survey by AirPlus. The ninth International Travel Management Study said that rising cost is the greatest concern among travel buyers for five years. Of the 958 travel managers in 24 countries questioned, 31 percent expect a rise in the number of business trips. More than half expect no change in the number of business trips.
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