Speakers & Entertainment

  • Treat attendees to a day at the Bronx Zoo

    In 1967, the iconic New Yorkers Simon and Garfunkel released a song “At The Zoo” in which they sang “It’s all happening at the zoo.”  It is perhaps a little late, but I am happy to report that it is true for the Bronx Zoo in New York. I confess that for many years I did not know that there was a Bronx Zoo. Whenever I heard the Bronx Zoo mentioned, it was in reference to Yankee Stadium. It was…

  • Everything you need to know about professional speakers

    If you’re planning a corporate meeting or special event for your company, your choice of professional keynote speaker to kick off the itinerary can be every bit as important as the venue, theme and timing for the occasion. While not every conference may call for the services of these individuals, who typically take the form of subject matter experts, thought leaders or bestselling authors, many promise to enhance team-building exercises, training programs and executive summits. Typically, motivational speaking presenters are…

  • Finding a creative solution to your meeting or event problem

    When faced with planning a meeting or event, get out – look for creative ideas and solutions everywhere. I actually found Jim Carrey in a Toronto comedy club and hired him for a corporate event for a few thousand dollars. I often wonder if the participants remember who entertained them after dinner! Do not necessarily take no for an answer. My client was a sponsor at a convention and she needed a great evening hospitality event for two nights. It…

  • Resourceful ways to stretch a small meetings budget

    Meeting planners don’t generally lack original ideas for how to wow attendees. It’s fun to daydream about having a limitless planning budget and all of the things we could do, from infamous speakers, to the highest quality of food and beverage, and holding events in the most breathtaking destination locations and venues. Now, back to reality. Many of us face small or shrinking meetings budgets, especially in the not-for-profit world. Here are a few ways that you can help stretch…

  • Building positive working relationships with speakers

    A little bit of forethought can make a world of difference Speakers are the core of your meeting or conference experience. A good speaker can be what makes your conference exceptional, while a bad speaker can be the one thing that drags everything down. This is why your first step is to carefully select your speaker to ensure they will fit your audience, engage participants and boost the overall quality of your event. The relationship you build with the speaker…

  • Creativity in the meetings and events industry

    From where does creativity come? Let me just say, I dislike the phrase ‘thinking outside of the box.’ It means nothing. The sky is the limit. After having produced events with budgets ranging from small to large, I feel qualified to say that your creativity is only limited by your imagination. So, where do you start? Ask the right questions to discover your client’s vision, if they have one. Move on to the objectives, format for the program and demographics…

  • Meeting design for transformative experiences

    According to dictionary.com, the term meeting has many meanings, and many synonyms. It struck me that the synonyms are the words we need to more carefully consider when we are designing our meetings if we want them to be effective. What do I mean by effective? If we consider the origin of meeting design as a philosophy that began around 2009 with the Meeting Architecture Manifesto, and as a stakeholder deliverable as laid out in the Event Design Handbook in…

  • Stretch goals: Why your special event should have an exercise program

    Any presenter will tell you that one of the worst times to make a presentation or give a speech is immediately after lunch. The end of the day also ranks high in the least favourite times to speak. There is a long held adage, “What the bottom cannot endure, the mind cannot absorb.” The reality is that the more people remain sedentary at a special event, working in an office or indeed throughout the whole day, the less well they…

  • Using video to help your clients get more from their next event

    By Dan Asselin Let’s face it: There are parts of just about every event that are unavoidably boring, boring and really boring. Dry content and droning speakers can take the life out of anything and make all of your efforts look worthless simply by association. Now, I’m not going to tell you that using pre-recorded video can completely solve this problem because I have seen lots of money and effort wasted on video that provides nothing other than a chance…

  • Tips for hiring the best keynote speaker for your next event

    Hiring the right keynote speaker for your corporate event or conference isn’t getting any easier. There seems to be more speakers than ever, on just about any topic. If you Google the term “keynote speaker,” there are over 19.2 million results. So what are some tips that will help you find the best possible speakers for your events? I asked a few of my colleagues at Speakers’ Spotlight who are dedicated to helping our clients do just this. Each of…

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