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So, you’ve networked. Now what?

Maybe you’re one of the lucky ones who has just been going to all of the parties at SXSW, or you’ve just come back from a really fun MeetUp where you’ve met lots of like minded folks, or you’ve just met a couple of like minded individual at some other gathering. In any case, you’ve […]

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Event ice breaker ideas

I just read a post by Charlie O’Donnell on the “Rules of Inclusion” for tech events (well, really any events).  He brings of up some great points:  inclusion should be a tone set by event organizers, not everyone drinks so don’t rely on alcohol to solve all your networking issues (and some people are horrible […]

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Closing summaries vs. next steps

Last week we talked about executive summaries.  This week, I’d like to talk about written closing summaries, something that I was also teaching to a client over the last couple of weeks.  Closing summaries aren’t something that work with all printed decks, but can be useful for enforcing brands, corporate conventions or for re-iterating core […]

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Developing your own event format: 11 questions to ask yourself

A good friend of mine recently asked me my opinion around using rapid fire presentations at his event, which he had done previously.  He wanted to keep the format going because it’s not traditional.  Not boring, something different for people to enjoy.  Reader of this blog know that I totally agree that rapid fire presentations are amazing. […]

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Guest Post: How to Use PR to Boost Your Expert Creds

This week, we have another guest post.  This time by a lovely woman, named Jennifer Friedlin, of Iris 7 Marketing, who I will be collaborating with on workshops in the future.  We think so similarly it was a no brainer to ask her to contribute to the blog.  This week, a post about boosting your […]

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Leaving the perfect voicemail

Something that we all do frequently:  leave voicemail!  A simple thing that used to give me gobs of anxiety. Until, I formed a game plan: Before you even pick up the phone to call someone, write down some quick notes on what you want to talk to them about.  A simple bulleted list will probably […]

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1-on-1 meetings

An old college friend of mine recently asked me for some advice for a 1-on-1 meeting he was about to have with his boss about a possible promotion.  (Let’s all cross our fingers that he gets it!)  My advice to him was that the process for preparing for a 1-on-1 meeting is the same: Do […]

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Lessons from Occupy Atlanta

I just watched this clip of Occupy Atlanta, where the group decides that booked speaker, John Lewis, known for being instrumental in the Civil Rights Movement is not allowed to speak. The group couldn’t come to a consensus about whether they wanted to hear him speak, namely because someone spoke up and said that he […]

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Lessons from the 2013 Presidential Inaguration

Like many Americans, I watched the pomp and circumstance that we call the 2013 Presidential Inauguration. This year, I watched with a couple of politically-minded friends who had some interesting comments about the event that got me thinking. I’d like to share my thoughts (and to hear yours!) KNOW YOUR STAKEHOLDERS – It’s no secret […]

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Quick tips for improving your presence

This holiday season, there are a lot of parties.  Lots of chances for networking.  Lots of chances for making amazing or awful first impressions.  These quick tips will help you be in the amazing category: Stand up straight.  People associate good posture with confidence.  the other side effect is that it will actually detract from […]

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