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How To Book The Right Speaker, Every Time?

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

Use this 3-point bulletproof check list to book the right speaker, every time! I understand the challenge of finding the right speaker. We have all seen media clip bloopers, or been a part of an audience where the speaker just isn’t able to articulate their message. The audiences’ eyes are glazing over and heads begin nodding off to sleep. Texting, scanning emails and playing games on mobile devices are popular past times when the speaker cannot connect. Not only does the speaker notice the lack of audience engagement, you notice it. And here’s the kicker…you were the one in charge of booking the right speaker! Let’s be honest, every speaker is on their best behavior during a speaker evaluation. Just about every speaker is going to communicate they are the right fit and ready to impact your audience. While confidence is good to hear, you need to make sure you are hitting a home run and not a bunt with your speaker selection. A 3-point bulletproof check list to safeguard your speaker selection. Follow closely. 1. CLIENT LIST First things first: check the speaker’s client list. Yes, even before watching any video of the speaker. This is HUGE, which is why it’s check point number one. The speaking industry is very competitive. Almost as competitive as professional sports (maybe even more in some regards). You have a free and valuable tool staring you in the face when looking at a speaker’s client list. To whom have they spoken? That is the question that should be at the front of your brain. By taking a deep dive into a speaker’s client list, you will see quickly the caliber of speaker you are working with on the other end. The client list gives you the ability to lean-in on another company’s vetting system of the same speaker you are evaluating. Please take advantage of that. For example, a…

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Ski Like A Pro With 8 Proven Tips!

Friday, January 29th, 2016

with my co-writer, the lovely Amanda Quinn! JOHNNY: Christmas 2015 was hot and warm. Well, compared to the normal Christmas temperatures, it was a bit toastier. Now it seems like the snow is falling across the northern States and the temperature keeps dropping. Amanda and I enjoy skiing and with all the news coverage on Christmas weather come late, we thought it was time to put our 8 best tips to make sure you have a perfect ski trip! AMANDA: Johnny and I share a love and passion for travel. We feel very blessed to have visited some of the most beautiful and amazing places on earth. And most importantly, together! At the end of our skiing trip in Winter Park, Colorado this past December, we started talking about all the things we’ve learned along the way. And what we wished we would’ve known from the very beginning. We had so much fun recapping and compiling this list of helpful hints for you. We hope you find them helpful and enjoy! Photo credit: Rob Bye 1. Find out where the locals eat. And eat there. AMANDA: If you’re foodies like us, one of the highlights of traveling and visiting new places is getting to try the best your travel destination has to offer. And most places we travel, there is NO shortage of options. It can be all-encompassing and very time consuming trying to sift through the numerous choices! So our tip…ASK THE LOCALS. They’ve tried it all! And they know what the best of the best is! We’ve found that people generally get excited to help and make suggestions in their local cities/towns and are willing to go above and beyond to tell you in the ins and outs of the local restaurants and eateries. So go ahead, ask around! We…

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