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Tips to stop using the 'F word'
Speaker Magazine
Have you ever been asked by a local association to do a FREE speaking gig? Speaking for associations can be very time consuming and costly; but there is a way to get a little coin in your pocket while giving back to your community, getting some practice in, and solidifying your reputation as an expert.
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How a keynote speaker can — and can't — transform your event
Forbes
Each keynote speaker's content has an area of focus: Keynote speakers specialize in everything from sales to global affairs to teambuilding to positive thinking. And, no doubt, someone out there specializes in negative thinking as well. But the more important meaning of "what happens during that time the keynote speaker is onstage," — what the keynote speaker can do for your event and, perhaps, for your company trajectory, can be more opaque.
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Top trends in female business travel
Hotel News Resource
Independent research reveals that women have their own distinct travel habits that differentiate female travelers from their male colleagues. A quarter of women business travelers fly more now than they did five years ago, and tend to plan their business travel further in advance than men. For instance, 39 percent of women make arrangements less than four weeks in advance compared to 20 percent of men, who tend to plan just a few days ahead.
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10 tips for more engaging presentations at events
Event Industry News
If your presentation begins slowly, or your audience loses faith in your abilities, they may switch off. And once they're gone, they're very hard to get back. Read on for more tips on how to make your presentations more engaging.
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Understanding social media customers
Social Media Today
Content marketing is not only focused on selling, but it should also inspire loyalty and interest from current and potential customers. With that said, as a business you should know who you're trying to target.

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A 5-point presentation checklist
Ragan
Anyone who has delivered a presentation knows preparation is the key to success. Practice is invaluable, but preparation requires more than rehearsing your delivery in the mirror.

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The 7 daily disciplines of the successful speaker
Speaker Magazine
Mark Sanborn writes, "Fellow professional speaker Scott Ginsberg once asked me, 'What do you do each day to assure your ongoing success?' I thought it was one of the best questions I've ever been asked."

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Emotional intelligence is critical for leaders to make an impact
Inc.
Emotional intelligence refers to the ability to recognize and regulate emotions in ourselves and others through four key elements: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness (or empathy), and relationship management. The goal is to become enlightened enough to recognize and regulate these areas. By doing so, we maximize our personal state of being, which in turn improves our interactions and relationships. The feedback loop guarantees benefits, many times over, back into our ways of being. Emotional intelligence also translates to optimal outcomes as a leader.
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It is time to revolutionize conferences
Midcourse Corrections
The traditional conference is in dire need of creativity, innovation and reinvention. It has been stuck in an ancient, out-dated rut for too long. We need more conference organizers that plan and program from a position of creativity and courage and not from a position of sameness and repetition. We need conference organizers to become artists that challenge the status quo.
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5 reasons you need a blog
NicheOnline
Of the billions of active Internet users today, few would have failed to observe the surge in the popularity of blogs. Where they previously served as platforms for personal journals and discussions on themed subjects, blogs have in recent years proved particularly useful for growing businesses.
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American Express predicts 'stabilization' of meetings activity in 2014
Successful Meetings
A rise in policies designed to ensure meetings comply with company policies and strategic objectives means that meetings activity will likely "stabilize" next year, according to American Express Meetings & Events, which recently released its "2014 Global Meetings Forecast" in which it predicts flat or slight declines in meetings spend across the globe in 2014.
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Giving a presentation to strangers
Forbes
The audience is wondering if you know what you're talking about and whether you'll be straight with them. You must pass both of these tests when you make a presentation to people who don't know you. Unless you do, the audience might begin checking their smartphones before you even begin speaking. If the group likes you, though, they'll give you the benefit of the doubt on both these points. You can't go wrong being likable in the business world.
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