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> On Site Planner’s Workshop Clap Three Times By Vincent Alonzo Several years ago, I had the occasion to give an address at an evening reception. I was a bit apprehensive because the hosts wanted me to give a fairly substantive speech to people who just wanted to enjoy the buffet, have a few drinks, and network. To make matters worse, the hosts didn’t even dim the lights (the universal signal to shut up) when I went up to the podium. It quickly became one of the worst public speaking (actually, make that shouting) experiences I’ve ever had. That’s why I was holding my breath when Mary Boone of Boone Associates in Essex, CT, gave a luncheon address at the recent MPI Professional Education Conference North America in Houston. Like my situation, the lunch was a buffet. Also similar, the lights were not dimmed. The room had a din comparable to a high school cafeteria. I thought to myself, “Uh-oh, Mary’s gonna have a tough audience.” But then Barb Taylor Carpender, of Taylored Alliances in Denver, CO, saved the day. She went to the podium to introduce Mary and the first thing she said was: “If you can hear my voice, clap once.” About a quarter of the audience clapped once—and shut up. Then she said: “If you can hear my voice, clap twice.” About three quarters of the group clapped and stopped talking. Finally she said: “If you can hear my voice, clap three times.” Practically the entire audience clapped—followed by total silence. That neat little trick totally subdued the audience and got them in the proper frame of mind to listen to Mary’s terrific presentation about how to create interactive learning experiences and meetings. I wish Barb had been around to help me out of my jam a few years ago. But I’m grateful to her for teaching me a new trick to deal with it the next time it happens.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Successful Meetings - March 2008

Successful Meetings - March 2008
Editor's Note
On the Record
Planner's Spotlight
Management Matters
Mouth for Sale
Meetings Law
Tools of the Trade
On Site
Quick Tip
Critical Conditions
A Family Affair
Conference Centers We Love
CSM of the Year
Places & Spaces
Luxury Las Vegas
New York CIty
New Orleans
Oahu & Big Island
Florida Keys

Successful Meetings - March 2008