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The Critical Path Manifesto – by Robert E Kelley

Have you ever stumbled upon something and instantly known it was going to be impactful?  I ran across a new book today, and cannot wait to read it (I went to Amazon and read the introduction and part of the first chapter). The book is called "The Critical Path...

How Will We Connect? – CONFERENCE CONNECTIONS

It is finally starting to happen.  As a professional speaker I am starting to hear from meeting planners who are looking to host live and in-person events in the fall of 2021.  It has been a long year in the meetings business, and now there seems to be a real movement...

My Ego Got Bruised and Killed

I will admit it, after 11 years as a professional speaker my ego had expanded.  While I was never one of the top earning speakers in the business, I had a good run and supported my family by being a keynote speaker. I liked the business, made friends with other...

Standup Comedy – Try New Things

What scares you? Three years ago I couldn’t have imagined doing a standup comedy set in front of people. Now I am at standup comedy open mics each week (honestly- while I have gotten better…. I have a long way to go to craft and master this art form). Comedy has just...

The ABCs of Networking After the Pandemic

For as long as people have been engaged in commerce, there have been business relationships. Networking for many is a direct line to their success.  Connecting with people brings with it many advantages, and it is still true that people do business with those they...

The Return of Cliquey In-Person Events?

After 16 months of social distancing, many are ready to get back to attending live and in-person conferences.  From local networking events to multiday industry events, people are headed back to meetings. But nobody wants cliquey in-person events. If you are planning...

Networking is Dead – Long Live Networking

Listen. Do you hear them? Do you hear all the people who are saying: "I hate networking", "Online Networking is Better", "Networking is a waste of time", "This is a new era, in-person has no place here",...."Networking is dead, it does not work", etc.... They are...

Conference Networking After the Pandemic

There are many predictions and opinions about what will happen to conferences and other networking focused events as we emerge from the pandemic.  In 2020 we learned that we can have high level content and human to human networking via online platforms. Many people...

Networking and Building Trust

All things being equal, people do business with those they know, like and trust. Networking and building trust are still important for success. For 15 years I have delivered presentations on how to get known in business. It is not easy, and over the past decade social...

The Trusted Networker: Creating Uncommon Connections

I am having so much fun working with clients who are planning their first in-person event (after a year of only virtual meetings).  While the networking breakout rooms via Zoom and other platforms have been nice, they are not the same as the human connections that...