How to write better follow-ups to your seminars and training sessions

If you read my recent article “How to write better F2F seminars and training sessions” you’ll know I dangled a carrot – about how to make your messages stick in participants’s minds, rather than get dribbled away by time, stress, cluttered brain syndrome and more.

Writing better follow ups to seminars and training

Geography permitting, you could set up a semi-social networking group, or (if appropriate) an internal social group, consisting of the original live events’ participants and a few other key individuals.

It doesn’t matter how interested people are. It doesn’t matter how dramatic and fascinating the content is. It doesn’t matter how much you pay a famous keynote speaker to whip them up into a frenzy and get them dancing all the way out to the parking lot shouting the company tagline.

They forget. [Read more…]

How to write better F2F seminars and training sessions

Despite the increasing amount of virtual seminars and training technology available now – or perhaps even because of it – the face-to-face offline variety is still very much alive and kicking.

How to write better F2F seminars and training sessions

You can put your audience into small groups (with a facilitator) and send them off to breakout rooms or other quiet spots, depending on your venue, to work on some sort of exercise.

With so many digital toy-toys around to distract participants and isolate them from each other, good writing skills in live sessions can help create a powerful group dynamic, focused enthusiasm and longer-term content retention.

Here are the key issues you need to get right…and how to do it: [Read more…]

How good content writing skills help create great F2F seminars and workshops

Despite the increasing popularity of webinars, podcasts, hangouts, SkypePeriscopeMeerkat or Blab sessions and other online/mobile means of sharing information – or perhaps even because of them – the face-to-face offline variety is still very much alive and kicking.

How good content writing skills help create great F2F seminars and workshops

Good content writing skills can be used to help create a powerful group dynamic and focus enthusiasm.

Although many beat the offline variety for convenience and cost savings, I have still yet to participate in a Facetime or Twitter chat and experience the same energy and buzz you get in a roomful of real people. [Read more…]

How to make business small talk

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Good business small talk is interesting and
helps to build solid business relationships

Although business small talk isn’t written down, it does involve the use of words which is why it’s here. And it’s not as simple a topic as you might imagine.

Small talk in social (and by that I don’t mean social media, but the earlier incarnation of the word) circumstances can be about anything from the weather to children and families to football to beer drinking. [Read more…]

Live seminars: deadly boring, or dead exciting?

Live seminars: deadly boring, or dead exciting?A while back in a forum I contribute to, someone posted the following question (I have shortened the original, but the content amounts to the same).

“We are hosting a series of live seminars – 4 hours long, all presentations, with different speakers and a number of partners who also participate. I have been given the job of organizing the event as well as writing any presentations that need scripting. [Read more…]

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