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Teleseminar Info

Monday, May 13
Make Your Visual Brand
Uniquely Memorable
with Brian O’Mara-Croft

Brian O’Mara-CroftDo you use presentation visuals (Keynote, PowerPoint, etc.)?

Some speakers wouldn’t be caught dead using visuals like these, and that’s fine. But many others do use them to help their audiences learn and remember their message.

As you no doubt have seen, most presentation visuals are dull and boring. Which means there is an opportunity to stand apart from the crowd, with well-designed and compelling visuals.

If you’d like to have your audience sit up and take notice when your visuals appear, don’t miss this next SNN program.

Read more about this session at the bottom of this newsletter, then register or pre-order the MP3. Note: Everyone who registers for the webinar will get the MP3 recording of the session for free, as well as a link to the recorded video.

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If you aren’t famous (yet!), you can still create a lucrative career. You can speak around the world for handsome fees and/or to see sights you’d not see otherwise.

It starts with having the idea and desire. Do you want a TV show? Well-selling book? Popular podcast? Newspaper column? So many options, how do you decide on what to focus?

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  • “How Non-Celebrity Speakers Can Build a Lucrative Career” with Warren Greshes, CPAE
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Miscellaneous Tips

Interesting research on the effect of thank-you lettersDavid Zach

This is an interesting article in the British Psychological Society’s Research Digest, “Underestimating The Power of Gratitude — Recipients of Thank-You Letters Are More Touched Than We Expect.” The researchers show the effect of sending thank-you letters. (And if you have nice handwriting, send one of those. They’re so rare today they always stand out.) This info is good for us personally, as well as to share with our audiences.

Help bureaus get more spinoffsJeff Davidson

When you’re booked by a bureau, you can increase the potential of getting more business for yourself and the bureau.

  • At the end of your speaker’s bio you send for the conference brochure, write your version of “Jeff Davidson appears courtesy of XYZ Bureau,” or “Jeff is represented by the XYZ Bureau.” The meeting planner may truncate this sentence, but you’ve got nothing to lose and quite a bit to gain if it’s included.
  • In your speaker’s introduction, also include “Jeff Davidson appears courtesy of XYZ Bureau.” Most introducers will present whatever you give them.
  • Include the bureau contact information on your handouts in place of your own contact information.
  • After your presentation, promptly send the bureau a photo of any business cards, evaluations, and other information you collected. Give the bureau the opportunity to follow up quickly with these key contacts. Also call the bureau and brief them on what transpired. Your briefing represents valuable information if the bureau wants to send a follow-up congratulatory letter to the meeting planner quickly.

Technology Tips

Before forwarding newslettersBeth Terry

If you want to forward a newsletter or other subscription-based email, make sure your recipient doesn’t accidentally unsubscribe you from that newsletter. First delete the “Unsubscribe” link at the bottom.

However, some email programs check to ensure the word “Unsubscribe” is in the footer and will not deliver your email without it. Type in the word “unsubscribe” with no link. Seems to work.

Travel Tips

US residents traveling abroadCharlie Hawkins

Best ever purchase for traveling abroad: Global Entry, which includes TSA Pre√. Returning through US Customs and Immigration has been a breeze — scan your passport and fingerprints while it takes your photo, and you skip all the lines.

One caution, however, if you are traveling on to another US city than your gateway city: If you receive a boarding pass while checking in overseas, check to see that it has TSA Pre√ printed on it. If not, go to your airline’s ticket counter and get a new boarding pass. Otherwise, you will have to go into regular TSA security lines — no fun after a 9-hour flight.

(Rebecca’s note: Global Entry is free if you use one of your premium credit cards (e.g., Amex Platinum) to pay for it. They credit your card afterwards. Also, TSA Pre√ is only available if the airline you’re flying is part of the program.)

Sale on buying miles ends next weekRebecca Morgan

Through next week, several sites (e.g., Alaska Air, Bonvoy) are having a sale on buying points. For example, on Alaska Air, you can buy 66K miles for $1300. This is enough for a 1-way biz class ticket through their site on JAL from SFO-NRT. If you were to buy a JAL biz class ticket, it would be nearly $6000. Bonvoy’s sale isn’t quite as good — 25% off. But you can transfer those miles to Alaska Air and use them for partner award travel.

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Requests for Info / Advice

Do you use Kajabi for CRMAnn Wylie

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SpeakerNet News Teleseminar Info

Monday, May 13
Make Your Visual Brand
Uniquely Memorable
with Brian O’Mara-Croft

Brian O’Mara-CroftYou want a cohesive, memorable experience for audiences, yet many presenters treat presentation design as an afterthought. Even veteran presenters, with all the right credentials, seem not to understand how their visuals set them apart — or set them back. Why would you just stand up when you can stand out?

Even if you think your visuals are “killer,” there’s likely room to make them even better.

Brian will illustrate how the combination of active language, compelling visuals, and eye-popping animation and video can transform “ho-hum” into “wow!” Combining science, proven principles of effective design, and stunning examples, he will show even seasoned professionals how to up their visual branding game.

If you have someone else create your visuals for you, encourage him/her to also attend to understand the concepts Brian will share.

You will learn how to:

  • avoid the most common mistakes speakers make in shaping their presentation visuals
  • extend your visual presence across your overall brand — presentations, handouts, one-sheets and more
  • transform your messages from bullet points to a cohesive and compelling story
  • find the perfect balance of visuals, animations, text and other elements that will make your messages “pop”
Register or order the MP3 recording.
Note: people who register for the webinar will get the MP3 recording of the session for free. Everyone who registers for the webinar session or orders the recording will get a link to the recorded video of the online webinar.

Date: Monday, May 13
Time: 7:00 pm Eastern, 6 pm Central, 5 pm Mountain, 4 pm Pacific
 (Enter your location here to get your local time)
Length: 60 minutes
Cost: $49 (WEBINAR)

Special Limited-Time Offer:

If you would like more wisdom on visuals in your presentation, we’re suggesting the MP3 recordings of several earlier programs to complement this program:

  • “Slide:ology — Lessons from an Academy Award-Winning Slide Strategist” with Nancy Duarte
  • “Slide Showmanship: Dazzle Audiences with State-of-the-Art Slide Design” with Mike Robertson

With your order of this live or recorded session, at checkout you will be offered these recordings.

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