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Category: “Conference Hosting”

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How Bill McLaren helped me learn 120 names!

1 September, 2015

Over the years I have developed quite a reputation on the speaking “circuit” as someone who has a “good memory” for names…  I always deny this!  I prefer to say I have a “good imagination” – and that I use a “system” – allied to hard work to make it look easy! The truth is…

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Hosting a Conference: Pt 4 – Introductions

15 August, 2015

A CV is not an intro! Introducing speakers properly is an art that involves far more than just reading out a list of their achievements and qualifications. It is also a role often underestimated by event planners. A speaker’s introduction should heighten an audience’s anticipation and set the scene for what is to follow. Experienced…

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Hosting a Conference: Pt. 3 – Showtime!

31 July, 2015

The pre-event prep is done … the intros written …the agenda learnt – now to

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Hosting a conference: Pt. 2 – the Toolkit!

31 July, 2015

In my previous post I looked at some of the considerations that go into my pre-event planning for hosting a conference. Before looking at the event itself there is another consideration – the equipment necessary to make the job easier! So here is a list of the essential equipment I always have with me: a)…

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Hosting a conference: Pt. 1 – Pre-event Prep

29 July, 2015

As discussed in a previous post a conference host is often thought of as someone employed simply to “run the show” – introduce speakers and keep the event to time. This is a very short sighted view as a host with a truly professional outlook can offer so much more by becoming totally immersed in…

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What makes a good conference host?

30 June, 2015

In my previous post I discussed the different types of event that require a “host” – and the terminology that the role involves. Here are some considerations as to what makes a good conference host! 1) Presence: A simple word – with many manifestations! Yet we all know when we meet someone who has “presence”!…

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On being a conference host

30 June, 2015

As well as my work as an after-dinner speaker and keynote speaker, I have increasingly been asked to transfer my audience management skills to hosting conferences and other events. This is a job which goes far beyond “announcing names” – if you are going to do it properly! In the next few posts I will…