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Best Event Talks- A Crash Course in Creativity by Tina Seelig [VIDEO]

Best Event Talks: A Crash Course in Creativity by Tina Seelig [VIDEO]

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Would you rummage through the dumpster to complete a homework assignment? Maybe, but probably not. Just the thought of diving through trash can make your skin crawl. But I’m willing to be that is that teacher said there are a couple of gold bars in that bin, you’d do it in a heartbeat.

This is what Professor Tina Seelig asks her students to do in her classes. She’s unusual but with 35 years of figuring out where people get their creative juices flowing, I’d welcome being quirky too. Seelig is Professor of the Practice in the Department of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford. She’s been teaching and writing a lot about creativity, entrepreneurship and innovation for many, many years now (we’ll leave it to you to guess the number). Read More

Best Event Talks- Be A Maker by Adam Savage [VIDEO]

Best Event Talks: Be A Maker by Adam Savage [VIDEO]

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I believe that I’m a maker at heart. I’m sure you are, too. Adam Savage is also one but unlike us, he actually gets paid to do it (with all the toys and tools to make it real, to boot).

Adam Savage was the Keynote Speaker at the XOXO Festival in 2012, an annual celebration of art and technology. He’s an industrial and special effects designer, on top of being a host of MythBusters. He and Jamie, the more serious host of that show, basically redefined geek and turned it into cool. Read More

Best Event Talks- Finding Your Own Voice by Dave Grohl [VIDEO]

Best Event Talks: Finding Your Own Voice by Dave Grohl [VIDEO]

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The musician comes first. That was what Dave Grohl said in his SXSW keynote in 2013. I know you’ve heard about this before here since Neil Gaiman said as much about writers in one of our previous Best Event Talks.

Dave Grohl was the former drummer of Nirvana and now the lead vocals, guitarist and songwriter of Foo Fighters, with hits such as Everlong, Big Me, and My Hero. His talk at the SXSW was as inspiring as it was amazing. From 1983 when he discovered his love for music to today with Foo Fighters, Grohl describes his journey as the best times of his life. Read More

Best Event Talks- The Art of Social Media for Events by Justin Gonzalez [VIDEO]

Best Event Talks: The Art of Social Media for Events by Justin Gonzalez [VIDEO]

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Scriptwriters are master storytellers who can evoke powerful emotions from people. If you’ve ever watched a movie and was suddenly hit to your core by something a character said, then the scriptwriter can comfortably say that he’s done his job well. This should be the same thing we ask ourselves: are we resonating with our audience and making them feel what we want them to feel? Read More

Best Event Talks- 33 Public Speaking Tips to Keep Your Audience from Falling Asleep by Pat Flynn

Best Event Talks: 33 Public Speaking Tips for Max Audience Engagement by Pat Flynn

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Public speaking, argh! Sure you can force me to introduce a guest or maybe tell everyone to line up properly for the buffet, but having to talk about something of substance in front of dozens of strangers makes me all tingly, but in an embarrassing way.

They say that public speaking trumps death as the number one fear. Well, it’s time to face those fears and there’s no better person to help us out than this week’s Best Event Talk speaker. Read More

Best Event Talks- Should I Choose a DJ or a Band- with Vinny Esposito [VIDEO] [Background Music]

Best Event Talks: Should I Choose a DJ or a Band for Background Music? with Vinny Esposito [VIDEO]

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Have you ever walked into an event that didn’t have music? I don’t know about you, but the lack of background music makes me feel slightly uneasy. To me, every event should have some music playing even if it’s ever so soft, just to set the right mood.

In this week’s Best Event Talk, we’ll talk about music in events. Specifically, we’ll be trying to settle the age old question that has plagued many event planners: DJ or band? Read More

Best Event Talks- Trends In Event Design by David Merrell [VIDEO]

Best Event Talks: Trends In Event Design by David Merrell [VIDEO]

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Do you know what’s in and what’s out when it comes to event design? We know that you’d like to be on top of the latest trends so we figured this week’s Best Event Talk would fit in perfectly.

Joining us is David Merrell of AOO Events, though you’d probably know him better as the founder of DesignDawgs or maybe from his numerous speaking engagements through the years. He’s held several local and international leadership positions in the International Special Events Society (better known as ISES). Read More

Best Event Talks- What is Good Comedy by Ricky Gervais [VIDEO]

Best Event Talks: What is Good Comedy by Ricky Gervais [VIDEO]

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Humor is a great way to lighten the mood of any event. It can range from the speaker giving a funny anecdote at the start of his talk to hiring a professional like a stand-up comic to be your opening act.

Not everyone can pull off good comedy, but this guy can. This week’s Best Event Talk is from Ricky Gervais, one of the most brilliant comedians in the business today. Read More

Best Event Talks- How to Choose the Right AV Company by Will Curran [VIDEO]

Best Event Talks: How to Choose the Right AV Company by Will Curran [VIDEO]

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For some event planners, thinking about AV is like remembering a bad childhood memory. Is it because it’s too technical and nerdy for someone that’s creative? Maybe it’s the cost that can give you a mild heart attack. Or maybe you just hate dealing with bossy, know-it-all AV guys talking down on you.

Whatever it is, you can’t deny that you still need good AV to make your event a success. The question is, how do you choose the right AV company? Read More

Best Event Talks- How To Choose The Right Event Technology by Brandt Krueger [VIDEO]

Best Event Talks: How To Choose The Right Event Technology by Brandt Krueger [VIDEO]

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We’re blessed to be living in the world where event technology is literally at our fingertips. It has never been easier getting organized on the go for event planners.

But with the good comes the bad. There are just too many apps, gadgets and other shiny toys to choose from. What actually makes a certain piece of tech good for your business? Read More

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