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!
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!
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,
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
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."
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
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."
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."
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
was very polite, worked well with AV and the event staff,
and greeted all attendees at the door."
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."
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
than hoping that by chance they meet at least a handful
of others, why not offer as a concurrent session . . .
a Power Networking event?
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.
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!
from a recent Power Networking event:
a pleasure to work with you and what a fine job you did!
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
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!
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.”
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
look forward to seeing you again next year at our conference
in San Francisco."
consider hiring a Master
of Ceremonies . . .