Meeting A Hero

August 24, 2009

DBeldon_headshotBy Debbi BeldonExperient

Recently I had the pleasure of reading one of my colleagues, Brenda Houlihan’s Blog entry about her experience meeting Walter Cronkite and it inspired me to share my own personal brush with fame.

My story begins in June of 2005 while on-site in one of my favorite cities, Philadelphia, for a large, education association Annual Meeting. Our jobs provide us the opportunity to see many interesting speakers and celebrities, but I have to admit that usually once I get the room loaded, I’m off to the next task and rarely stick around to listen to the presentation. That day in June, I assumed the same thing would happen as I got the room ready and all the attendees in their seats to hear the author of the book The Freedom Writers Diary: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them” – Erin Gruwell. The presentation opened with a video clip from an interview Erin had done, and by the time the clip was finished I was hooked. There was no way I could leave the room.
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ASAE 2009 — A Virtual View From the Cheap Seats!

August 19, 2009

Mike at podium alternate 800X800By Michael M McCurry, CMPExperient

This week I attended the ASAE Annual Meeting in Toronto, but the cool thing is I didn’t have to fly there.  I was a virtual participant!

While I obviously was not able to experience the normal networking and social opportunities that go along with physically attending a conference I was able to at least experience a significant portion of the educational content. Utilizing a live Twitter stream, marked by Hashtag #ASAE09, I attended three General Sessions (Sunday, Monday and Tuesday) following the tweets posted by virtual and live attendees.  It was a very positive and interactive experience!  Sunday’s opening session featured Gary Hamel, and was outstanding, and I wrote a blog article recapping it from the tweets that were posted.

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We Are The Faces of the Meetings Industry

August 11, 2009


Debbi Beldon, CMPExperient

Just got back from e4 – what a terrific time we had networking with clients, partners and colleagues. I learned a lot too. For instance, I learned that people really will follow me on Twitter, even though I’m not exactly sure why yet. I learned that I need more than five hours sleep a night and apparently that I get cranky if 45 minutes goes by without eating something. I also learned that it is unwise to drink an entire Diet Coke if the session is going to be 90 minutes long and the bathroom is a mile and a half away.

But seriously, I also had the pleasure of attending the closing general session where we learned from Roger Dow, President and CEO of the US Travel Association about what’s going on with the events industry.
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The Hostess with the Mostess

July 30, 2009

Headshot_cara2By Cara Beckerle – Experient

My grandmother likes to joke that if she ever got separated from her daughters while shopping, all she had to do is listen for the loudest laughter and she would find them shortly thereafter.  That’s the family I come from: full of fun, love and a lot of noise.

Family gatherings are always entertaining.  I sometimes will sit back and observe the adults and children, packed into what is often a too-small space, enjoying each other’s company and plenty of delicious food.  My dad is one of seven kids and my mom is one of five, so you can imagine the exponential growth of grandchildren and great-grandchildren that are currently running around at the holidays!
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Broaden Your Goal Setting Strategy

July 22, 2009

Ferrazi_Keith_wBy Keith Ferrazzi Ferrazzi Greenlight

Peers in lifeline relationships help each other set goals and refine the plans to achieve them. To get really smart around this area of your Who’s Got Your Back success strategy, I recommend working together to set two types of goals: performance goals and learning goals.

Performance goals are what most of us probably think of right now as goals. They’re all about achieving a highly specific outcome. Landing the job. Getting the promotion. Hitting the sales quota. Taking a vacation to Kenya. Getting married. Losing twenty pounds.

Learning goals, on the other hand, emphasize acquiring new skills and knowledge to push and expand your skills and career forward. Often performance goals require new learning – and if you ignore that important part of the process, you’ll never achieve them. For example, while I’m completely relaxed speaking to audiences on stage, TV has always made me uncomfortable – I’m much happier talking to people than I am to a camera. But I knew that if I wanted to transmit my message more broadly, I’d have to get comfortable in the medium. So I set a learning goal: Improve my on-camera presence by book launch. Then I found myself a coach who would work with me on that goal. (Look for me and the NY Lifeline Group on Good Morning America next week and tell me what you think!)

Performance goals can be motivating. The flip side is that, set inappropriately, they can be intimidating and sometimes even debilitating when we fall short. People who are narrowly focused on performance goals tend to withdraw and perform worse during setbacks.

On the other hand, those who set learning goals, according to a study by Drs. Carol Dweck and Heidi Grant of Stanford University, are better able to cope, remain motivated, and achieve more when faced with the setbacks that inevitably occur.

This week, consider one of the goals you’re currently working on, and set a learning goal to compliment it.

All-Star Game – Midsummer Classic

July 14, 2009
Arnold Lagos

Arnold Lagos

Arnold Lagos, Experient

On Tuesday, July 14th, Major League Baseball will hold the 80th Midsummer Classic in St. Louis.    The All-Star game has been a baseball tradition since the first All-Star game was played in Chicago in 1933.   A sports editor, named Arch Ward came up with the idea to have baseball’s best come play an exhibition game to coincide with the 1933 World’s Fair being held in Chicago.

Throughout the years, the annual event has been held in different cities year after year.  There is a MLB committe that is responsible for selecting the host city.   The selection of the host city used to alternate from an American League ballpark to a National League ballpark.  It still does for the most part, but there have been some exceptions, Yankee Stadium hosted last year’s event to commerate the closing of the field.

I remember watching my first All-Star game back in 1980…I was at my cousin’s home and didn’t want to leave until the game was Kingmanover…because Bruce Sutter, the Cubs closer, was pitching. But I also remember it, because of Dave Kingman making the team.   Kingman was the first player I ever saw hit a homer.  I was really hoping for him to hit one in the All Star Game….which of  course he didn’t.  Still, I was ok with it.

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Nine Steps to Making Candor a Bigger Part of Your Life

July 9, 2009

Ferrazi_Keith_wBy Keith Ferrazzi – Ferrazzi Greenlight

Do you find that your colleagues and acquaintances would rather do ANYTHING than give you truly candid feedback (when it’s critical)? Meanwhile at home, you can’t get your family to lay off with the candor?

A friend was griping about that the other day, and there were lots of nods and laughs from the group. How can we get our coworkers to up the candor – and get a few more kudos from loved ones when we do things right?

Obvious but worth stating: If you want it, you’ve got to ask for it.

To make getting and giving candor a bigger part of your life, here’s a list of things to keep in mind.
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