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Your Participants Come to Network!

Wouldn't it be nice to offer them a fun, colorful tool to help them? Here's how it works …

Your participants attend the keynote session to learn more about themselves and their fellow participants. Yet this is NOT a lecture from the "sage on the stage." Instead, their learning is achieved through a dynamic, interactive exercise … in which your participants actually help to write the script!

During the experience, they each choose a colorful wrist band which shows they are either an

  • ANALYTICAL
  • AMIABLE
  • ADMINISTRATOR
  • ASSOCIATOR

For the rest of the conference, when they see another participant wearing a wrist band like theirs, they can "bump wrists" and start a conversation about how much they are alike. If they see a participant wearing a wrist band of another color, they can laugh about how different they are. But the wrist band gives them something to talk about … and their conversation is off and running!

We read in industry publications how meeting professionals are moving away from "talking head" keynote speeches. Participants (and Millennials in particular) are demanding that each session of the conference be an experience: fun, engaging, interactive and … all about them!

Your facilitator, Ted Janusz says, "I have learned that if I lecture at my participants, they don't retain the information. However, if they help write the script, they do."

"Ted was the best presenter yet. He was engaging and entertaining from the beginning. More importantly, he got the group engaged with each other. He didn't just stand up and rattle off facts about networking. He taught us about interacting and relating to other people and how to build relationships, how to find common ground, or relate to people by understanding their personality."

"When I saw the topic was 'networking', my first thought was, 'Oh no, it'll be elevator pitches and awkward role playing.' I am happy to say that I was completely wrong! Ted was so enthusiastic and enjoyable and took a completely different approach to the topic, focusing on personalities and different ways of thinking."

"Mr. Ted Janusz was not only an effective public speaker, but he did a great job engaging my fellow attendees and I to make it the best session yet. Similar to planning an effective lesson, there were great segues to make it an active session (as opposed to a passive PowerPoint "snoozefest"). As soon as dinner was finished, Ted was eager to get us up and going (both literally and figuratively) into four smaller groups. The brief brainstorming session about what we were good at as well as areas we could improve on was helpful to both bring together the bigger picture and provide insight as to how we could be a stronger team player."

"In regards to networking, I really liked Ted's acronym WII-FM (What's In It For Me). We millennials have a bad habit of using personal pronouns in emails such as I and me that may say a lot about ourselves, yet do little to nothing to tell prospective employers about how you can be a valuable asset to them."

"Wrapping up the presentation with top 10 networking tips and a cool-down exercise was very practical to give each of us not just a sense of confidence, but also best practices at a networking event."

"The speaker was engaging and targeted the audience to make the material relevant. Also, he was able to guide us in activities that allowed us to get to know one another in a way that we have not been able to do so up to this point."

"Ted was very polite, worked well with AV and the event staff, and greeted all attendees at the door."

"After the session, I really appreciated how Ted was accessible and personal to answer any questions about the presentation. It's going to be hard to follow Mr. Janusz's lead, but this was a slam dunk session for December."

"Your Participants Come to Network"

Your attendees have each spent hundreds or thousands of dollars, and have traveled across the country or even across the globe to attend your conference. Isn't the real reason . . . to meet other attendees for professional or personal gain?

Rather than hoping that by chance they meet at least a handful of others, why not offer as a concurrent session . . . a Power Networking event?

Here's how Power Networking works: 4 people to a table, 11 minutes per round, 6 rounds. Ahead of time, attendees know at which tables they will be seated at for each round.

They meet different people at each table, each round. So, by the end of the session, they have met, in-depth, up to 18 others . . . that they can continue to network with throughout your conference!

Feedback from a recent Power Networking event:

"What a pleasure to work with you and what a fine job you did!

Thank you for all. As with so many things, the secret was in the preparation. Your diligent and thoughtful work, and your preparation of first-class materials, made it all work.

General commentary throughout the weekend was uniformly positive. I heard second-hand that one of the organizers of last years’ Miami weekend said something to the effect of, Geez this is much better than how we did it!

I personally discussed the program with 3 people and all specifically confirmed they welcomed the 2-minute segment notifications during rounds. These folks said that those absolutely helped the tablemates manage their time. As one friend commented, “If you have a blowhard at the table, you’d have no chance at all without the organizer telling you when to switch.”

The consensus seems to be that some lawyers are pushy loudmouths, but others are polite, nay, meek types and the latter group really benefits from organized opportunities to be heard.

We look forward to seeing you again next year at our conference in San Francisco."

Power Networking

 

Master of Ceremonies

Also, consider hiring a Master
of Ceremonies . . .

Why?

An experienced Master of Ceremonies
has the ability to

  • Serve as focal point for your event,
    as the "face" and "voice" of your event

  • Keep activities running seamlessly
   and your event running on time

  • Politely but firmly stop a speaker or other     onstage participant from taking more than
    their allotted time

 • Facilitate discussion with participants onstage or with the audience, can easily
   "be in the moment"

  • Use a pleasant but commanding and distinctive, attention-grabbing voice

Ted Janusz (pictured above onstage at the Ace Hardware conference at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas)

  • Master of Ceremonies for CEO Summits across multiple industries

  • Former professional entertainer who has performed at over 400 events

  • Former on-air radio personality

  • Current workshop leader who has facilitated over 600 full-day seminars on various executive     topics in 49 of the 50 United States (lone exception: Wyoming)

 

"GDS International has worked with Ted for several years, on a multitude of events. His boundless energy keeps attendees enthusiastic throughout the program, allowing them to focus on the content and maximize their time onsite. Additionally, for an unpredictable industry such as the event business, it is extremely valuable to have an MC that has the ability to “roll with the punches.” Ted is instrumental in providing onsite assistance to my internal team as he is always the face of positivity. It is great to have him as a member of our extended team, which is why we continue to work with him year in and year out."

Jenn Valentin
VP Product, North America, GDS International

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Contact us to book Ted today!

 
 
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