ConferenceCast – Podcasting for Conferences

    The average conference lasts between one and three days.   They’re expensive to put on and expensive to attend. So when it comes to deciding where a company spends its education budget, modern conferences need to provide value and demonstrate an ROI that continues to grow even after they end.   With pre-conference …

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Barnacle Networking for Introverts

  I am not a good networker. I don’t like to go out of my way to introduce myself, I don’t feel the need to meet new people, I certainly don’t like being in a room full of strangers whose only goal is to introduce themselves to someone new.   Sometimes, when I go to …

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Are You Comfortable Being Uncomfortable?

  One of the great things about negative thinking is it fosters innovation. Finding improvements to already useful items is a sure sign of someone who is not satisfied. For example, why would anyone build a better mouse trap? An entirely positive person would be happy simply because they have a mouse trap! If it …

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Are You Earning Loyalty or Demanding Loyalty from Younger Workers?

  Managers across the business landscape are seeing a new side to corporate loyalty. Gone are the days of fresh faced employees hoping someday to get that clichéd gold watch after decades of service.[1] A new perspective of employees looking out for themselves and letting the company worry about the company is more commonplace. Loyalty …

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Can You Say “No” to “Yes” Men?

  Last week we talked about no. This week we’ll talk about yes.[1]   It’s always good to have at least one person in your group with a negative mindset. At least one, no more than two. [2]. The point is to get a person who doesn’t always agree with you. Having a dissenting voice …

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Do You Know About Saying No?

  “No” is an important word.   It’s okay to say “no”. For many people, “no” is a hard word to say. We’ve grown up thinking “no” is a bad thing. We’ve been conditioned not to say “no”.    Think about it. When you were growing up, what did you hear the most? “No”.Can I …

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Are You Afraid of Fear?

  I have always appreciated fear.   Fear does many things: It motivates, it keeps things in check, it stops you from doing stupid things, and it can show that you care.   Yet, most people see fear (especially when seen in others) as weakness. This is not accurate; fear is a natural response for …

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February 14, 2013

No More Food Fights! by Michele Payn-Knoper is out today!

  I wanted to share an podcast interview I did with Michele Payn-Knoper as her new book ” No More Food Fights ” debuts today!   I ask her things about those online secret videos that pop-up on the news, animal hormones and how much time and care is put into the animals that live on farms …

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Putting Content In Context For Your Conference

People want to know what they’re going to get and what they got from your event. They want information in hand, on the cloud, and the second they want it. Yet conferences are still keeping information from their attendees.   Look at how conferences are promoted.  Most events will offer up agendas, speaker bios and …

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Do You Really Want Feedback?

Feedback is an interesting thing.   It can be a soothing salve for the soul [1] or a vicious kick to the tenderloins. Worse, we often push others to give us feedback and then are emotionally unprepared for their responses.  We want to hear that what we’re doing/thinking/eating is the right choice. We want positive …

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