Conferences and Away-Days
Every conference needs speakers which of course is the main ingredient of such an event. However from my experience most delegates don’t realise, often until it is too late, that they can get as much if not more value from meeting people at the start, breaks and the end.
“We can’t meet”
Until conferences restart where delegates meet, I can now present ‘live’ using video conferencing. Not as effective as a live event but when you want to run group events this can be a good alternative.
How many times have I seen people at the breaks standing alone or on their smart phones or pads?
Clients often ask me to present at the start of a conference to encourage all delegates to get the most from the day. Here you see me presenting at the Professional Speaking Association (my trade body).
And here is a fast and furious medley of speaking engagements.
Having presented to over 125,000 delegates over 2,000 times, one could say I am an acknowledged leading UK authority on the subject of face-to-face networking skills. My aim is to present in an entertaining and motivational manner, covering topics such as:
- Divulging the secrets to help you destroy all those fears of working the room.
- Helping you be in control, break the ice and start the conversation with strangers.
- Showing you how to approach the appropriate people, break into groups and move on with ease and consideration.
- Presenting you with ideas with what to talk about and how to be interesting.
- Spelling out a process for following up; ensuring you leave every event with a potential business opportunity.
- Revealing to you how to raise your profile and meet more people.
This is me presenting to a small conference in central London on the topic of “How to break the ice”:
You might find this useful: What delegates say before and after the presentation. This short film, produced and directed by Esther Stanhope the Action Coach, talks about her feelings toward networking before and after attending my presentation!
Here is my book published by Pearson:
The Survival Guide
- The Invitation
- Your LinkedIn Profile (and how it fits into networking)
- How to prepare for the event
- What to do on arrival
- How to break the ice
- How to move on
- Dealing with groups
- Managing rejection
- Building relationships
- Asking business questions
- How to move forward
- Reviewing your new connections
- Reconnecting by phone
- Using LinkedIn to create more business and career opportunities
- Meeting again
- Maintaining relationships
- Why networking matters
- Understanding how to network with the opposite sex
Part 1: Before the event
Part 2: During the event
Part 3: After the event / following up
Part 4: Final words
In the last 10+ years, apart from extensive engagements in the UK, I have presented in the following countries:
I always have my suitcase packed and passport ready to present anywhere in the world! I am fully aware of the different business cultures outside the UK and ensure I research these variations to give my audiences specific knowledge of their business customs and beliefs.