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“Ditch the Devices! Three ways to Divert your audience to a meaningful message.”

We can all agree that most people are distracted and overstimulated thanks to our time saving devices. While we enjoy a myriad of professional and personal benefits from our tiny little computers, my colleagues and I have often discussed how to keep our conference audiences tuned into our keynotes instead of tuned out by technology. Whether you’re addressing a large crowd or conducting a small corporate seminar, here are three tips to take your talk to the top:

  1. Open with a compelling, current trend or a research statistic that’s not widely known. All ages and levels of management want to stay current and relevant. When I recently addressed a wide spectrum of leadership at a national conference in Vegas, I was sure to share content that was relatable to senior and emerging talent. This increased my chances of grabbing the attention of attendees from the start. The next challenge was to keep them plugged in.
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  3. Move your message with momentum. In other words, match the trajectory of your message with your energy. Most leaders in your audience are energy seekers. If you model enthusiasm for your material to serve them, chances are the audience will stay in the moment with you. You’ll know this by observing their body language and eyeball engagement. The goal is “heads up” and “thumbs off”, unless, of course, they’re favorably tweeting about your session.
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  5. Connect your participants with their peers. It’s always an honor to get to know people on a more personal basis and that’s largely done through personal conversations. Whether you have an opportunity to introduce conference colleagues immediately after your presentation or take the time to connect them virtually post conference, showcasing genuine interest in the success of others is a win/win. Rarely are you the only stranger in the room. Most of the conference attendees I meet do not know the professionals around them because they’re coming from different parts of the world. What a great opportunity to be a connecting conduit for them!

 
Notice all three of these tips start with an action word: Open, Move and Connect. All require focused attention. After years of helping thousands of executives refine their leadership skills, I promise your audience will put their devices on silent when you’re actively attuned to their goals. Good luck!

My last leadership conference keynote in Vegas for the National Association of Insurance Premium Auditors confirmed a number of positive trends:

1. All generations of “smart” auditors are busy at work listening, collaborating and relating with one another to showcase a higher level of innovative thinking in the insurance industry.
2. All the leaders I met agreed that emotional engagement and caring about colleagues while delivering excellent work product will continue to be the imperative for work well done in the future.
3.  Embracing humility, curiosity and bias awareness will continue to be key leadership qualities as humans add value to work in a world of smart technology.

Would you agree? A great summer read for you might be Humility is the New Smart: Rethinking Human Excellence in the Smart Machine Age by Ed Hess. I’d love to hear your reviews!

If you’d like to build some humility this summer, join us for an hour of outdoor yoga. We’re here every Saturday until Labor Day 8:30am $10 pp suggested.
A portion of proceeds goes to send more “to sea for free” at our award winning non-profit, KickCancerOverboard.

Humility was at the center of our summit of Mount Washington this summer! Learn more about our teamwork and tenacity at www.DonnaLynSpeaks.com for the blogpost entitled “Rocky Resilience” or read my “Living Well” August column at www.communitymagazinenj.com
 
Presented recently on Reinvention and Resiliency at Monmouth County Workforce Development for executives in transition. If you or someone you know is interested in refining their engagement skills, feel free to drop me a line at DonnaLynSpeaks@gmail.com. Local workshops in motion.                                                                       

Thanks for being part of our humble community,                                                           
DonnaLyn Giegerich MBA, CIC, RYT
President, DLG Consulting Red Bank NJ
Keynotes, Consulting & Success Coaching..
www.DonnaLynSpeaks.com  
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DonnaLyn has been helping executives and leadership talent succeed with the intersection of her business building, conference speaking and wellness life. Catch her between keynotes and client care at 732-547-0894 for a conversation about your goals.

Join us this Sat 2-4pm at Monmouth Park’s Turf Club for some stress busting yoga to benefit Women that Build at Habitat for Humanity. Look for local wellness leadership and enjoy a wide array of talented teachers while we network on and off the mat! $20pp Excited to be presenting with #SynergyYoga #MonmouthBeachYoga #AKneadedVacation #DNBEvents #DebHeptigYoga

I will be keynoting on effective leadership trends next week at another national business conference in Vegas. Have a favorite spa/show/yoga venue recommendation post business? Send your recommendations to www.DonnaLynSpeaks.com for a free day pass to YogaOnTheLake this season. #SaturdaysRock #8:30AM #Memorial-LaborDay

Busy coaching leaders on presentation skills. Need a refresher? Mention this enews for a 10% discount. Offer through April 30. “Your expertise as a professional speaker is helping me uplevel my presentation skills at our events. Thank you for your honest, informed critique delivered in an encouraging manner!” Dawn D., Executive Director

We’re KickingCancerOverboard next to send more #ToSeaForFree at Runapalooza marathon. Want to join our NJMarathon April 30 volunteer teams? Send an email at DonnaLynSpeaks@gmail.com to join the fun. Thanks for all you do!

DonnaLyn has been helping executives and leadership talent succeed with the intersection of her entrepreneurial, speaking and wellness life. Catch her between keynotes and client care at 732-547-0894 for a conversation about your goals.

Not much of a slots gambler, but we did win big this month, so far. While at our annual Atlantic City Certified Insurance Counselor conference on Cyberliability and all things contracts, we were able to meet and greet new and longtime, trusted colleagues. Here’s what we learned:

Forbes magazine recently reported that cybercrime costs are projected to reach $2 trillion by 2019. When I coach and keynote, I talk about the power of planning to stay resilient in business and life. Professional hackers (aka Hackers for Hire), reportedly launch approximately 8 attacks per year, with an average income bounty of $30K/per hack attack according to a recent Ponemon survey. Troubling but true. Need a review? Contact me at DonnaLynSpeaks@gmail.com.

We’re back in town now “Going Global” with Colts Neck Business Association members. Had the honor to share what’s trending in the culturally competent lives of businesses near and far as their presenting speaker. #EnlargeYourLeadershipLife

Last week we shared what’s trending in Social Media to benefit local businesses and Habitat for Humanity’s Women that Build initiative. If you’re a nomophobe, you had company and hopefully made new contacts while building brand awareness. #TrendingTechTips #DNB Events

We’re KickingCancerOverboard next to send more #ToSeaForFree. Want to join our NJMarathon April 30 or Runapalooza April 22 volunteer teams? Send me an email at DonnaLynSpeaks@gmail.com to join the fun. Thanks for all you do!

Keep winning,