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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...

4 Tips for Doing Interviews (without saying UM)

Sometimes, as a subject-matter-expert, blogger or industry professional you will be asked to do an interview for a newspaper, magazine, blog or another subject-matter-expert’s website or e-course. Very rarely will these interviews be a paid engagement and it is...

Tips for the budding MC (emcee)

Since 1996 I’ve been a professional conference speaker and MC. Most speakers arrive at the event an hour or so before their speech then leave quite quickly afterwards. I have always found it imperative to attend as much of the event as possible before my talk,...

Audio guided brainstorm

Need ideas quickly? You can use this audio piece I created … it is a guided brainstorm. Let me know how you go!...

Fancy some Koinonia?

Koinonia (Greek) means ‘spirit of fellowship‘. Einstein and his colleagues spent years freely corresponding and brainstorming with each other. They exchanged and dialogued about ideas. They did this without trying to change the other’s mind and without argument. They...