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Taking Keynotes to a Whole New Dimension - Holograms and Mike Rayburn

By Karen Harris | Aug 22, 2019 | Comments Off

hologram-rayburn pic-NSAWOW. That was the reaction in Denver recently at the National Speakers Association annual Influence conference when keynote speakers Mike Rayburn and Daniel Burrus took the stage to present to 1,000+ professional speaking colleagues from all over the globe both as their present selves – and as their “future holographic selves”. 

With the technical wizardry from the folks at ARHT Media Inc., Mike and Dan were seen via high-quality hologram through the company’s patented Holographic Telepresence technology. As this technology literally begins to mainstage all over the globe, keynote speakers are able bring their messages to audiences in new and exciting ways – without even getting on a plane. 

In a recent article by SmartMeetings.com they shared how big brands are leveraging holograms of speakers to create an added interactive dimension that can help increase engagement by 20% over past years. Another article shared how Microsoft recently took things a step further and not only had a keynote speaker present via hologram – but actually translated her message into another language. 

Mike Rayburn brings an amazing Holographic Experience to NSA Influence 2019

For our team, watching Mike expertly communicate both virtually and in person was just inspiring. He is known for creating empowering “What If” experiences for his audiences. As he says, “Every major invention, accomplishment, and victory in human history began with the simple, almost childlike curiosity of a “What If…?” question.”  In this case, answering the question, “What if you could present on a stage without physically being on the stage?” 

Mike Rayburn challenges audiences to take what some deem impossible and ask themselves – “What if you could – how would you?” The answers they discover in the wake of his presentations are both eye-opening, and door opening. Possibilities abound when leaders invite ground-breaking speakers and evolving tools and technology to test status quo and invite reinvention and imagination to help take their teams to new and exciting levels. 

Mike, our hats are off to you! 

We love to help our keynote speakers stay on the cutting edge by utilizing new tools, technology, and strategies to most effectively bring audiences what they need to grow their businesses, shift their mindsets, and come away from every event feeling inspired, motivated, and armed with the how-to’s that will set them apart. 

Want to learn more about how to bring technology and keynotes together for your next audience? Give us a call! We’re happy to share!

Take the brakes off, become a virtuoso!

By Mike Rayburn | Aug 21, 2019 | Comments Off

Keynote Speaker Mike Rayburn teaches your audiences how to become a virtuoso and make the choice for excellence in every area of their life. Rayburn speaks on a wide variety of topics such as Leadership, Technology, Sales and Marketing, Business Growth, Engagement, Performance and Change. Learn more about Mike Rayburn and is fantastic keynotes.

 

 

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Netflix's Algorithmic Leadership

By Mike Walsh | Aug 20, 2019 | Comments Off

 

As a futurist, I’m often asked what it takes to takes for a large, traditional organization to embrace AI or make digital transformation work. Algorithmic-leader

If only the challenge was just technology! Disruptive technology changes the hardware of your business; to truly become a successful 21st organization you first have to accept that culture is your operating system.

Take Netflix as an example. I have often wondered how an old-school media mogul like Rupert Murdoch, John Malone, or Ted Turner might have run that business. What made the CEO of Netflix, Reed Hastings, so effective? How was he able to achieve such rapid global growth at Netflix while navigating difficult transitions, such as when the company switched from sending physical DVDs in the mail to embracing broadband streaming? Is Netflix successful because it runs on algorithms, or because it is run by algorithmic leaders?

 

I had an interesting insight into that question when I met Andy Harries, the CEO and co-founder of Left Bank Pictures. Harries is one of the world’s top drama creators, including Cold Feet, Prime Suspect, Wallander, Outlander, and The Queen, which saw Helen Mirren win, among other awards, an Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role.

Hear my take on it in this video below.

 

 

The Algorithmic Leader Behind Netflix’s Insights

Harries wanted to pitch a TV show about the British royal family, based on themes explored in The Queen. He met with all the major US TV networks, who liked the idea but, after lots of consideration and debate, couldn’t commit to moving forward. Finally, Harries decided to meet with Reed Hastings and Netflix’s chief content officer, Ted Sarandos.

It was the strangest meeting, Harries explained, as he handed me a cup of a coffee at his office in London. As soon as he walked into the conference room with Hastings and Sarandos, and before he had a chance to pitch the show, they told him that they were ready to move ahead. And not just with a pilot, but with a full season.

Unlike the other networks, the team at Netflix had already analyzed their audience data and had used algorithms to predict the show’s likely performance. They knew their audience and precisely the kinds of shows that would work. Furthermore, with an upcoming launch in the UK market, they believed that the proposed show would be a hit. And they were right. The Crown’s third season is now in production, and it has twice been nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series.

Algorithmic leaders reveal themselves in the way they make decisions and solve problems. How Reed Hastings and his team think about content, its relationship to their audience and their platform, and even how it should be presented and released is radically different from the way traditional leaders in media companies act and behave.

When you are capable of knowing precisely what any of your millions of global customers are doing or desiring at any point in time, how can you not see the world differently? How can you not seek to leverage machine learning, algorithms, and automation to fulfill those needs in a highly personalized way?

How Algorithmic Leaders Are Made

Of course, leaders like Hastings didn’t always have that kind of perspective. Most of us who are currently in leadership positions started out as analogue leaders. We need to make a conscious decision to adapt and evolve and to recognize that the availability of data and algorithms should change our viewpoint.

Being an algorithmic leader means more than just being able to share a few rehearsed anecdotes about artificial intelligence and big data. It means learning to tamp down your own ego, willingly tearing down the corporate structures that support your status, letting go of the idea that you need to make all the decisions, letting your teams self-organize and self-manage, not worrying about being seen to be right all the time, being open to more open forms of partnerships and work arrangements, and embracing a new, uncertain future.

Mike Walsh is the author of ‘The Algorithmic Leader: How to Be Smart When Machines Are Smarter Than You’,from which this article is excerpted. Walsh is the CEO of Tomorrow, a global consultancy on designing companies for the 21st century.

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How Netflix makes smart decisions

By Mike Walsh | Aug 13, 2019 | Comments Off

 

 

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Taking the Message Home

By Karen Harris | Aug 12, 2019 | Comments Off

 

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How do some organizations take a 90-minute keynote from an annual event and turn it into an opportunity for teams to continue an elevated conversation and leverage what they’ve learned long after they’ve left the venue? The answer is easy! Send them home with something tangible!

In recent years we are seeing more and more companies expand on their annual or semi-annual events by either sending a keynote speaker’s book home with every audience member, or scheduling an in-depth, post-event training opportunity so that their team members can then do a deep-dive into the lessons learned from the stage. 

What they’ve found? Higher retention. Stronger results. More collaboration. And an adoption of strategies and tools that dramatically increase productivity, profitability, and team retention – all at a very low cost per person. 

With a book – like Mike Walsh’s new book, The Algorithmic Leader: How to Be Smart When Machines Are Smarter Than You or Dan Thurmon’s book, Off Balance on Purpose: Embrace Uncertainty and Create a Life You Loveevent participants find they have a reference guide where they can take on learning at a new level, dog-ear their favorite passages, and use it as a springboard for round-table discussions during productivity meetings. 

With a post event course or offering such as Mike Rayburn’s What If Challengeor Vinh Giang’s Creating Communication MAGIC workshopteam members fuel what they’ve learned already with a chance to interactively learn at a higher level with more connectivity, participation, and adoption of strategies because of the more one-on-one engagement. 

We love events and conferences for the grand scale they often provide. A chance to network and connect outside of the work environment. To listen to amazing speakers and get drawn into themes that set the tone for tremendous change and personal and professional growth. To be part of an experience bigger than everyday business. It’s exciting and fun, and yes – sometimes exhausting. 

Most keynotes speakers share with their audiences to just take what they can from their time together. Find a tidbit, a tool, a strategy, or a solution that they can take back after the event is over. Trying to retain it all is tough – almost impossible – despite rapid note-taking! 

That’s why I love this strategy of layering the learning and taking the message home for audiences. It’s clever, powerful, and a small investment that turns into incredible returns for organizations. 

Want to learn more? Call my team. We’re happy to help!

Mike Rayburn: Become A Virtuoso - Elite Performance Mastery

By Mike Rayburn | Aug 07, 2019 | Comments Off

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Embrace the Unfamiliar – Vinh Giang

By Vinh Giang | Jul 31, 2019 | Comments Off

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The present is all we get – Dan Thurmon

By Dan Thurmon | Jul 24, 2019 | Comments Off

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Turn Challenges into Accomplishments

By Chris Bashinelli | Jul 16, 2019 | Comments Off

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Cooperation Is Not Collaboration

By Tim Sanders | Jul 08, 2019 | Comments Off

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