Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg learns the rules of engagement from BigSpeak Exclusive Speaker and former Campbell's Soup CEO Douglas Conant in this Washington Post article.
Each year, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg gives himself a personal discipline challenge...(more)
Monday, February 10, 2014
Monday, January 27, 2014
With more Latinos becoming insured than ever before, BigSpeak Hispanic Leadership expert Glenn Llopis discusses the important trends physicians, hospitals and other healthcare providers need to know...now.
Monday, January 20, 2014
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Distressed by a compressed holiday schedule? Seeking
the perfect speaker for an upcoming event, a master of ceremonies for that year-end awards gala or a replacement for the keynote speaker who contracted the flu at the last second?
We do last-minute.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Additional Distinguished Achievement awards went to Rita McGrath for Strategy, Navi Radjou for Innovation, and Roger Martin for Best Book Playing to Win, while marketing guru Philip Kotler and Balanced Scorecard co-creator David Norton were inducted into the inaugural class of the Thinkers 50 Hall of Fame (Find the complete Thinkers 50 list here)
BigSpeak congratulates these distinguished thinkers whose contributions to management thinking have shaped the global mindset for today's business. Not only are they gifted thinkers (as evidenced by how they grasp their chins in portrait photos), but accomplished speakers as well.
We're proud to represent these renowned Thinkers50 speakers, authors and thought leaders and deliver their vanguard leadership and management programs, groundbreaking ideas and dynamic presentations to our clients. Contact us for details on how we can bring the best of the big thinkers to your next event.
Friday, November 1, 2013
With Halloween in the air, we've enlisted corporate magician and master of prestidigitation, Bill Herz to share some of his tips and tricks of the trade when planning a major event. With decades of experience performing for discerning audiences ranging from CEO's to Heads of State, and with superstars from Beyonce to David Copperfield, Bill has applied his extensive production acumen to highlight the six scary practices and pitfalls that can transform a seemingly ordinary event into a house of horrors:
According to Bill, "Some of these items might seem obvious, but I can't tell you how I often I run into these problems." To bring the world-renowned sleight-of-hand magic and humor of Bill Herz, or any of our corporate entertainers to your next event, contact us at BigSpeak. We have a dedicated in-house event coordination team to handle the details, from conference call to curtain call, and keep your engagement nightmare-free. Happy Halloween!
- Never Have Your Speaker or Entertainer Perform Outdoors - Although I perform in many beautiful places all over the world, the speech or show is never as good as it could be when it's outside. There isn't a speaker or entertainer in the world who, given their choice, will choose to perform outside. Although the scenery might be beautiful, it always makes for rough going for the presenter. There are ambient noises such as wind or waves that you are competing with, as well as the scenery. Great to have your cocktails or even dinner outside, but move your guests back inside for dessert and the presentation.
- High Centerpieces. Nothing breaks up the sight line better than flowers or centerpieces that are too high. Your guests can't see the stage without bobbing and weaving. It also makes it very difficult to have a conversation with someone on the opposite side of the table. A good rule of thumb is no center piece above 6" high.
- Close The Bar - Nothing is worse for a speaker or performer than when audience members are getting up to during your speech to get a drink. Close it down when the speaker or performer is on.
- Too Many Seats - Nothing looks worse than a half-full ballroom. If you are not sure exactly how many people are coming, put "reserved" signs on the back tables and remove the signs as needed. At minimum, this makes sure that all of the attendees are sitting up front and you don't have an empty row or two of tables in the front.
- Bathroom Breaks - Many times a company will announce that everyone should "take a ten minute bathroom break" before the speech or show. If you do that, you are bound to lose some people as they get stuck on the phone, wander off to the bar, check the score, etc. If someone needs to go to the bathroom, they are going whether you suggest it or not.
- Make Sure the Tables are Close to the Stage - It's very hard for a speaker or performer to bond with an audience if the audience is too far away, or if there is a dance floor separating the stage from the audience. The feeling of intimacy, even with a large group is much easier to accomplish if the tables are as close to the stage as possible.
Monday, September 30, 2013
Many major retailers are struggling there. BigSpeak’s Anil Gupta explains why and what to do about it in this BusinessWeek article.