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Looking to 2024 in the Meetings Industry

Looking to 2024 in the Meetings Industry

It’s been a good year in our industry, and 2024 holds much promise! Here is my summary of a rather extensive report issued by AAE Speakers. Hottest topics: DEI inclusion Leadership Mental Health/Mindset Future of Work Corporate Culture Technology Their data suggests...

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Meeting Intelligence – Looking to 2024

Meeting Intelligence – Looking to 2024

You’re going to love 2024! The outlook for our industry continues to be optimistic. Summarizing reports from Northstar Meetings Group, AMX meetings, and Knowland: American Express Global Business Travel reports 82 percent of respondents to their survey are optimistic...

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Selling Outcomes

Selling Outcomes

"I'm not comfortable selling myself, talking about myself." I hear this constantly... “I’m uncomfortable and find it hard to talk about myself!” My initial response? Get into another line of work! I’m not being rude; I am being a realist. To get speaking gigs, you...

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Rejection and Feedback

Rejection and Feedback

The business of speaking is a lot like acting. A lot of rejection. It takes many “no’s” to get to a “yes.” That’s the norm in speaking. I tell new speakers to be prepared for a first year that may look like this: “Be prepared to spend 98% of your time selling yourself...

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Optimism Continues in Meeting Industry

Optimism Continues in Meeting Industry

Continued good news coming out of my intel sources on the industry. This summary is from the AAE Speakers Bureau. In-person events climb to near pre-pandemic levels. This bureau reports that 79% of bookings have been for in-person events, with only 21% virtual...

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Force-Majeure Clauses and Professional Speakers

Force-Majeure Clauses and Professional Speakers

There is an interesting article (via MeetingsNet, link below) on Force-Majeure and meeting planners. Thinking about speakers and this subject is interesting with COVID in the rearview mirror. (Hopefully.) I don’t remember hearing much about Force Majeure before COVID....

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