Designing the right story (agenda) for your presentation is the critical key to ensuring the right message is delivered. Visually engaging presentations will help to inspire your audience, but first you must have your story. What is the one big idea that you want your audience to resonate with most? Create your headline to motivate your audience to listen, just like twitter it should be (140 characters) and make it memorable. You want to make sure your audience no matter how small or large, comes away with your main focus.
Master your stage presence and make it look effortless. Walk the space you will be presenting on and get a clear idea of where you will stand. Start by asking your audience questions that will get them engaged and thinking about the topic’s relevance right away. Be passionate and it will come across in your presentation and most of all believe in yourself and you will be one step closer to delivering a great presentation worthy of a standing ovation. By taking your audience on a journey from start to finish and being your authentic self, (throw away the script) memorize your main points and ideas, and work on flowing between them naturally. Tell a story don’t just deliver data and remembering it’s all about the audience and what they want to hear you will ensure your presentation runs smoothly. Which reminds me of a point, get to know your audience, the presentation isn’t about you, you need to know your audience in order to deliver the story they want to hear and making sure they learn what they want to know.
Encourage the use of videos; pre, during and post presentations are always a great way to capture the attention of your audience, by keeping them engaged visually. Once you have your story you can also use powerpoint, keynote or other software to create engagement. Remember if your slide presentation can stand alone and people can just read them and not have attend your presentation, then you have too much information. Using humour, when and where appropriate allows you and your audience the chance to re-focus on the information being disbursed.
Finally practise to ensure the agenda runs smoothly, especially if you are using (AV) to avoid possible issues that will detract from the overall meeting experience. Finish your presentation by briefly framing your key points and your headline that you began taking your audience on a journey with.
The Old Mill Toronto is the ideal choice for those looking for a unique property with an elegant, historical ambiance, allowing you to devote your full concentration on your agenda and achieving the results you are targeting. Your success is our passion and priority.
The term “Team Building” conjures up various definitions to all of us, and what one individual considers “useful”, “relevant” and “motivational”, another may not agree. When Team building is done effectively, we can consider this positive process as “Building a Team within a Workplace”. Why? To promote office harmony; employee understanding; improve performance and working towards a shared goal.
We believe the purpose of team building is to encourage each team member as individuals and the group as a whole. Providing on-going and annual evaluations are key to employee growth, however team building reaches a new level of individual and team engagement. Goals and expectations must be made clear, otherwise working towards a team goal can get derailed if individuals work towards their own objectives.
Team building is often thought of as being expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. There are numerous programs and ideas for every budget. Don’t confuse team social activities with team building activities. A structured environment giving direction and encouragement during a team building exercise, will infuse your team with energy and creativity.
At the Old Mill Toronto, our team building partner is the “Frontier Team Building” group who label their programs “Edutainment”. Their unique one of a kind team building experiences take full advantage of our indoor and outdoor surroundings. Team building is a sure way to foster effective relationships, elevate morale and make your meetings experience unforgettable!
Robbie Burns was born on January 25, 1759 in Ayreshire, Scotland. Best known as the national Poet and lyricist of Scotland and famously synonymous with “Auld Lang Syne” that can be heard on the last day of the year, every year since its inception.
Famous for his political views and his love for the lassies, Burns poems were also inspired by the beauty of Scotland. Although Burns only lived to the age of 37, he enjoyed a eventful life and produced an astonishing amount of great literary work during his career.
More than 200 years have passed since his death and Burns still remains one of the most celebrated figures in Scottish history and culture, demonstrated by the annual Burns Night Celebrations held on or near his birthday of January 25th.
A Burns Supper is a celebration of the life and poetry by Robert Burns. Suppers may be formal or informal and a standard format is usually as follows;
1. Host Welcoming Speech
2. Parade of the Haggis
4. Immortal Memory
6. Toast to the lassies
7. Reply toast to the toast to the lassies
8. Other toasts and speeches
9. Works by Burns
The closing is where everyone is asked to stand and join hands to sing Auld Lang Syne bringing the evening to an end.
A Robbie Burns Supper Celebration is an evening of more then just Kilts, Haggis and Scotch, it’s a celebration of one’s life!
Are meeting delegates expectations changing? This is a common question we hear from both meeting planners and meeting delegates.
Every meeting is different. Every market is different. Every client has unique expectations. A meeting planner has to juggle many balls at once, including managing budgets that may or may not be realistic.
Some key points to consider and to help understand the relevance of changing expectations are as follows;
The age of the audience and how you connect with them will dictate the delivery method of the content you want to convey. This can change quite dramatically depending on the age group attending.
Technology has and will continue to play an increasingly important role. This is not new news, as it is an ever changing technical environment. However, focusing on personable interaction during meetings will allow the meeting planner to “Communicate” the message with a more “human” element.
The line between personal and business is ever more blury. Timing of meetings; downtime during meetings; networking in meetings are all important points to consider when deciding what the ultimate goal is.
Now, more then ever, there are increasing special menu requests for allergies and preferences. We are also asked quite frequently if the food & beverage is “Locally” produced? This seems to be an upward trend.
Of course the location and style of venue remains very important. You need to question how the setting; versatility and ambiance will play a role?
In conclusion, the venues who are more flexible and have a better understanding that change is a constant, will inevitably be more effective partners to the meeting planning industry.
Are you a new meeting planner? Has someone handed you a project that you need help on?
Welcome to the world of Hospitality. This is a Great business with Great people and Great mentors.
Industry memberships provide a solid base of general information while building your network and promoting a learning environment. Memberships from organizations such as: MPI, CSAE, PCMA, CAEM, CansPep, etc are geared towards your specific type of industry whether your a trade show manager, corporate event manager, association planner or 3rd party meeting planner. These organizations are also very cross-sectional, as you can use the lessons learned in one membership and apply it to another project.
Remember that the venue(s) you are looking at can also provide you with enormous help on producing an event. The sales and catering teams plus operations staff members provide their expertise every day and are able to act as consultants on what may work and what may not.
Our profession has many suppliers, from many industries, that can also provide you with invaluable information on how to plan that next meeting, whether it be a Board Meeting for 10, a Sales Meeting for 100 or a Cocktail Reception for 1000.
Ask the questions, you will be surprised at how many answers you will get!