Lessons from a trade show

Speak Schmeak

I just spent the past three days at a specialty foods trade show. They were passionate about their sauces and candies and it showed in their conversation. A note: At these trade shows, I attend as a representative of the company my husband works for and walk the floor like any other buyer, bringing back materials and suggestions to him about which booths he should visit. Tell stories that engage your audience and make them want to stick around for more.

Lessons from a trade show

Speak Schmeak

I just spent the past three days at a specialty foods trade show. They were passionate about their sauces and candies and it showed in their conversation. A note: At these trade shows, I attend as a representative of the company my husband works for and walk the floor like any other buyer, bringing back materials and suggestions to him about which booths he should visit. Tell stories that engage your audience and make them want to stick around for more.

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What's best for the audience?

Speak Schmeak

While discussing audience engagement strategies the other day, a client suggested that these strategies might not work for her kinds of audiences, especially at scientific conferences, where there are standard protocols. My question is this: Are audiences really all that different from each other? The audience at a scientific conference is going to be very different from the audience at a food trade show.

What's best for the audience?

Speak Schmeak

While discussing audience engagement strategies the other day, a client suggested that these strategies might not work for her kinds of audiences, especially at scientific conferences, where there are standard protocols. My question is this: Are audiences really all that different from each other? The audience at a scientific conference is going to be very different from the audience at a food trade show.

SXSW 2010–Get out the Vote!

Duarte Blog

New media presentations, music showcases and film screenings provide buzz-generating exposure for creators and compelling entertainment for audiences. Conference panel discussions present a forum for learning, business activity thrives at the Trade Shows and global networking opportunities abound. Tags: Event 2010 interactive monologue Nancy Duarte panel picker sxsw

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Making a bad space better

Speak Schmeak

There was also an art show going on. During one panel discussion, the speakers were set up at the back of the stage, a good 30 feet away from the audience, which probably didn't help matters. Carpeting I don't know if Earl Warren provides carpeting as an option, but most trade show halls do. Curtains There could have been some drapery around the stage and audience area to set it apart and contain the sound a bit.

2010 116

Making a bad space better

Speak Schmeak

There was also an art show going on. During one panel discussion, the speakers were set up at the back of the stage, a good 30 feet away from the audience, which probably didn't help matters. Carpeting I don't know if Earl Warren provides carpeting as an option, but most trade show halls do. Curtains There could have been some drapery around the stage and audience area to set it apart and contain the sound a bit. Download audio here.

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How to create a self-running presentation

PowerPoint Tips

We usually think of PowerPoint as being used by a live presenter who stands in front of a live audience. Go into Slide Show view and test your button. In PowerPoint 2010 and 2013, lick the Transitions tab. (In In PowerPoint 2003, choose Slide Show> Slide Transition.) This mode is specifically meant for self-running presentations (running in a kiosk or computer at a trade show or company lobby, for example). Save the presentation as a show.

2012 156

Welcome Your Guests

Green Room Speakers

Sunday, November 8, 2009 Welcome Your Guests So often we begin a speech by thanking the audience or someone in the audience for asking us to speak. The speaker subsequently must ingratiate himself to the "hosts" - the audience. This is no longer a ballroom, or a boardroom, or a trade show hall…it’s your living room. And the audience, each and every one of them, is a welcomed guest. It all depends on the audience and the event.

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