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INTERVIEW : John Lawson – International Speaker and Author

John Lawson is a global speaker on Social Commerce, best selling author and go-to authority.  In this episode John Lawson describes the moment he became a proper ‘Speaker’ – when he stole the show instead of moderating a panel at an event. John is...

Banish Public Speaking Nerves

Number 1 Public Speaking Challenge I’ve been speaking professionally for around 17 years and coaching speakers for more than 10. The most common challenge facing those speakers is dealing with nerves. I’ve developed my own techniques and tweaked those...

Launching my podcast: The Run Sheet

Finally Very happy to announce the launch of my long-planned podcast called The Run Sheet. I will take you behind the scenes of the conference and event industry, speaking with Speakers, MCs, venues, event planners, AV technicians, app developers, delegate experience...

Professional Eavesdropping (psst!)

In real life the art of conversation is as much about listening as it is talking.  So too on the social web. Listening, or – in social media terms – ‘monitoring the conversation’ – is a critical first step when embarking upon your social media...

Choosing a Celebrity MC for your event

One of the best things about being such an experienced Professional Speaker (read: been doing it a LONG LONG TIME) is that I’ve come across such a wide array of Speakers and can authentically refer other Speakers to my clients. I never refer a Speaker I...

Gift Ideas For Clients

There’s no denying how delightful it is to receive an unexpected card or gift from a client/supplier or colleague. It’s equally as thrilling to choose a card/gift to send. I’m always on the lookout for thoughtful and interesting gifts to send to...

The Conference Name Badge

As a fan of unique and different ways of doing things, I’ve never been comfortable with a name badge. It’s a hard one to innovate/disrupt, don’t you think? In my creative thinking workshops I will often have blank name badges on the tables at the...

#pesa14 Internet Conference, Gold Coast : Review

It is a VERY good day when I’m engaged to speak or produce social media at an event which centres around my interest areas! The PESA Internet Conference for Online Retailers is one such event. Run by my very good and long-time mate Phil Leahy, it started out as...

How to run Expert Round-Table sessions for events

When organising events, it can be challenging to come up with different ways to provide content to the delegates. One particularly effective scenario is to set up round-tables as a ‘breakout’ option at some stage during your event. This consists of an...