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State of the speaker industry for association meetings
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Business leaders—and the association meeting planners who are planning their annual conferences—are facing confusing and confounding times. In the quest to find answers, associations are focusing on content over celebrity when it comes to booking keynote speakers. Over the past year or so, Bernie Swain, chairman of the Washington Speakers Bureau has noted a shift toward speakers in three broad areas: world affairs, current events and business. About 85 percent of his speakers are being booked in those areas, up at least 20 percent from a few years ago. More

Motivational speaker returns to Palm Beach County after being told he was 'Too disabled to fly'
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As a motivational speaker, Johnnie Tuitel travels for a living. Last month at Palm Beach International Airport, US Airways employees told Tuitel he couldn't fly because of his disability. A speaking engagement at Palm Beach State College's Lake Worth campus brought Tuitel back to where his pre-flight ordeal made national and international headlines.

Prescription for prestige
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The Harvard brand, unrivaled in education, is also prized by the pharmaceutical industry as a powerful tool in promoting drugs. Its allure is evident in a new analysis of all publicly reported industry payments to physicians. Doctors and researchers affiliated with Harvard Medical School collected 45 percent of the $6.3 million given to Massachusetts doctors in 2009 and 2010 by seven pharmaceutical companies that disclosed their payments for parts of those years. The proportion of money going to Harvard doctors underscores why the medical school and its affiliated hospitals, concerned that certain speaking fees can compromise the independence of doctors, are clamping down on such payments. More

All the consulting, (almost) none of the cost
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If all it costs him are some body bruises, facial nicks and the occasional fat lip, Matt Whitteker says he's happy to absorb the punishment his executive sparring partners dish out, as long as they keep feeding him valuable - and free - consulting advice once they step out of the ring. Whitteker demonstrates the lengths some entrepreneurs will go to get top-shelf strategic advice and guidance on the cheap. Indeed, with creativity, diligence and a willingness to give something back for what they get, there are many ways for small business owners to get big-time consulting advice, minus the bloated fee. More

Lodging per diem rates fall in many locales
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Lodging per diem rates set by the U.S. General Services Administration are being revised down in numerous locations for the new federal fiscal year that began Oct. 1. In the past few years, per diem rates typically increased. With rates going down this year, it could catch some firms off guard. Firms may continue to use last year’s per diem rates through the end of the calendar year but only if it has been their practice to do so in previous years. More

Narcissists have no creative edge, but sell selves better
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Narcissists are no more creative than other people, a new study finds — but they think they are, and they're good at convincing others of their creative genius. "The depressing reality we ended this with is that narcissists really aren't very creative objectively, but they're really good at getting other people to think they are," says Jack Goncalo, of the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. More

How to improve your presentation skills
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The opportunity to pitch your services to a potential client, spell out your business plan to a potential business partner, or promote your business at an event may require that you give a presentation. Whether or not your presentation achieves its desired outcome can be affected by your skills as a speaker, so it's important to step in front of your audience with your best foot forward. More

Great presentations start with resonance
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Presentations are the most persuasive medium available for conveying ideas and yet it is also one of most reviled because people do it so poorly. Most business folks and entrepreneurs aren’t taught how to arrange and present information. That's where Nancy Duarte comes in. As CEO of Duarte Design and author of slide:ology, her entire approach is centered on getting people to think more like designers. More

Design thinking
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Kevin Clark urges his clients to use their minds and hearts to generate business success. The former IBM exec and current business consultant suggests that leaders combine the skills of a designer with conventional corporate strategy to drive the open and unashamed innovation that revolutionizes everything from products to processes. More

Networking lessons from the Hollywood A-list
Harvard Business Review/The Conversation    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
Networking matters — but that truism, like so many others, verges on the meaningless. To what extent and what type of networking really takes someone to star status? Work I've done with Gilad Ravid of Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Israel on celebrity social networks helps to reveal some of the fundamentals of how elite talent pools organize themselves and provides some lessons we can take from them and apply to our own, decidedly less glamorous lives. More

How to schmooze your way to business success
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Anyone who says that schmoozing isn't critical to business success is just being disingenuous. Business success is all about relationships and schmoozing enables relationships. While successful schmoozing is all about being open and genuine, about connecting with people, there are plenty of lines you shouldn't cross. Just follow these 10 tips and you won't go astray. More

Organizing for joy
Seth Godin's Blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Traditional corporations, particularly large-scale service and manufacturing businesses, are organized for efficiency. Or consistency. McDonalds, Hertz, Dell and others crank it out. They show up. They lower costs. They use a stopwatch to measure output. The alternative, it seems, is to organize for joy. These are the companies that give their people the freedom to create, connect and surprise. More

The 10 rules of change
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Self-change is tough, but it's not impossible. Many of us want to change but simply don't know how to do it. After 25 years of researching how people change, I've discovered 10 major principles that encompass all self-change strategies. I've broken down those principles and, using one example—a man's desire to be more punctual—I demonstrate strategies for implementing change in your own life. More

Take the rejection therapy challenge
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Rejection therapy is the real life game with one jarring rule: be rejected by someone every single day. The game was designed to break the tyranny of social anxiety that keeps people from having the relationships and success they crave. In the game Rejection Therapy, rejection is the desired end result. No other outcome matters. Either you're rejected or you fail. Rejection equals success. More

6 Cs of successful small business owners
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How do you define success? Money? Time with family? Personal satisfaction? The creation of long-term business value? Job creation? A change for the better in the world around us? Most small business owners use one or more of these definitions. How do you make sure that you have what it takes? To achieve success, I believe that there are six characteristics that all small business owners need. Fortunately, these traits can be developed by anyone who chooses to do so. More

How to throw an office party on a budget
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Office socials can do wonders for internal business. Employees that get a chance to unwind on the company’s watch will feel appreciated and work harder. As staff becomes acquainted socially, they will understand one another more and communicate more effectively. And parties build teamwork, making workers feel invested in the firm and their contribution to it. Despite their advantages, internal parties are way too often the victims of budget cutting. The following are social ideas that won’t empty your wallet. More

Top 10 strange workplace habits of top executives
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I recently woke up in the middle of the night to discover that I'd been editing a blog post in my sleep. No kidding. I was right in the middle of rewording a paragraph when I awoke. It got me thinking about all the odd and quirky workplace habits people develop to help them think through complex situations, cope with heavy-duty stress or just plain relax. More
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