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Companies Leading with Bold Change by cmi

By cmiadmin | Oct 12, 2021 | Comments Off

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cmi clients are asking for speaking topics that address changes in the workplace, leadership and employees.

cmi clients are also concerned about thinking out of the box for innovative technology, sales motivation and communicating differently. Our speakers are offering both virtual and in-person events that are engaging, innovative, motivating and tailored to each company’s unique requirements. 2021 has been record-breaking for cmi.

We are coming up on our 20th year this December and are thinking forward to 2022 and beyond. We have some new ideas and talent coming our way and are excited to continue to serve our clients, consistently providing the most relevant and groundbreaking topics, delivered by world-class speakers with incredible presentations.

What are the most requested topics businesses are asking for?

  • Mental Health
  • Technology Innovation
  • Collaboration and Teamwork
  • Leadership Change
  • Workplace Reimagination
  • Employee Wellbeing (Intersectionality, contentment, DEI)
  • 2022: Sales Motivation and Strategies

 

Explore 5 of cmi’s speakers and their current topics.

Vinh Giang

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Vinh is an entrepreneur who knows what it takes to lead and sell ideas. As a “Young Entrepreneur of the Year” and award-winning magician, Vinh has found success in sharing three key business ideas and demonstrates them using the art of magic with on-stage audience participation. Vinh's mesmerizing messages spark electrified engagement with your audience.

TOPICS

  • The Psychology of Illusion
  • The Leader's Instrument
  • Vinh's Stage Masterclass 

 

WATCH VINH'S VIDEOS >


Dan Thurmon

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Best-selling author of ‘Off Balance on Purpose’, Dan Thurmon is a Hall of Fame Speaker, a bestselling author, and a recognized expert on peak performance and work-life integration.
He’s also “TikTok Famous,” having grown a social media platform, along with his daughter Maggie, encompassing over five million followers around the world! Their videos have been viewed hundreds of millions of times, and together they also host the popular podcast, “Wholesome Chaos.”


TOPICS

  • Positive CHAOS
  • Off Balance On Purpose

WATCH DAN'S VIDEOS >


Clint Pulver

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Clint Pulver is the undercover millennial and bestselling author of "I Love it Here." He is a motivational keynote speaker, author, musician, Emmy Award Winner and workforce expert. As an entertaining motivational speaker, Clint offers the best of two worlds: A high-energy motivator with a powerful message on employee retention and creating moments that matter. Your audience will feel the WOW power from jaw-dropping drum performances, perfectly timed comedy, and expertly delivered messages filled with timely strategies and insights.

TOPICS

  • Creating Opportunities Amid Chaos
  • Mentorship vs Management
  • Help Your Sales Soar
  • United We Stand

WATCH CLINT'S VIDEOS >


Mike Rayburn

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Mike Rayburn is a two-time TED Talk presenter, a successful entrepreneur, a member of the speaker hall of fame and a featured artist on Sirius/ XM. He has headlined on the strip in Las Vegas, and received standing ovations at all eight of his performances at Carnegie Hall. He has performed more than 5,000 presentations in 20 countries on five continents. Rayburn is a music/internet pioneering entrepreneur, feature artist on Sirius/XM and Artist In Residence at High Point University. His more than 1000 corporate clients include most of the Fortune 100, 500, and the top five.

TOPICS

 

  • The “What If…?” Experience
  • Become A Virtuoso - Elite Performance Mastery

WATCH MIKE’s VIDEOS>

 

Ty Bennett

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Ty is the founder of Leadership Inc., a speaking and training company with a mission to empower individuals and organizations to challenge their status quo, cultivate exceptional relationships, and compete in extraordinary ways. He’s changing lives – one leader at a time. The bestselling author of "Partnership is the New Leadership," Ty is also an entrepreneur, having started a business with his brother, Scott, that they built to over $20 million in annual revenue while still in their twenties. Since that time, he has developed over 500 sales managers globally with sales and leadership in 37 countries.

TOPICS

  • Relevant Leadership
  • Partnership is the New Leadership
  • The Power of Storytelling

WATCH TY’S VIDEOS>

 


 

Relevant Keynote Speaker Topics by cmi

By cmiadmin | Aug 31, 2021 | Comments Off

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Whether your company is in real estate, education, finance, technology, human resources, or any other industry, these topics are relevant to your employees and leadership.

It can be difficult to find just the right keynote speaker for your organization’s events. The pandemic has carved out real-world issues like employee burn-out, working from home vs at your company, futuristic trends like AI, digital automation and a more urgent need for communications techniques to influence your customers. Your people need relevant topics such as these, delivered by experienced speakers who will inspire and motivate them, plus offer tools and techniques on how they can succeed in their industry.

cmi has world-class speakers, with years of experience, who offer topics that are pertinent to your industry, relevant to the post-pandemic landscape we currently live in and delivered in entertaining, inspiring methods that ensure your business team’s success. Whether your company is in real estate, education, finance, technology, human resources, or any other industry, these topics are relevant to your employees and leadership.

Explore 4 of cmi’s speakers and their current topics.

Tim Sanders

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Currently the Vice President of Customer Insights at Upwork, best-selling author of 5 books and strategic consultant, Tim helps businesses solve their talent gap problems, tackle marketing innovation, sales performance, talent management, leadership development, and organizational culture.

TOPICS

  • Getting Ahead of Burnout
  • The Art of Leading Remotely
  • Innovating Faster - Why Collaboration Changes Everything


WATCH TIM’s VIDEOS >


Mike Walsh

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Best-selling author of ‘The Algorithmic Leader’, Mike Walsh is a futurist for leaders, a Harvard Business Review columnist, a leading authority on technology, transformation and leadership who brings a uniquely global perspective to all his engagements.

TOPICS

  • New Rules For A New World
  • The Algorithmic Leader
  • The Rise of Generation AI
  • Designing Your Business for The 21st Century

WATCH MIKE’s VIDEOS >


Phil M Jones

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Phil M Jones is a master of influence and persuasion – the author of the best-selling “Exactly” Book Series with 1 million copies sold – and producer of the “Most Listened To” Audiobook of 2018. An entrepreneur since the age of 14, formerly the youngest sales leader of a major fashion retailer who also worked with a host of Premier League Football Clubs, Phil’s “Magic Words” give leaders more impact, sales teams improved conversions, and team members more influence in their daily conversations.

TOPICS

  • EXACTLY What to Say
  • The Magic Words for Influence and Impact
  • Lead, Inspire and Motivate others
  • Navigate
  • Win More

WATCH PHIL’s VIDEOS >


Heather R Younger

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Heather is the founder and CEO of Employee Fanatix, best-selling author of The Art of Caring Leadership, an International TEDx speaker on Adversity, Leadership Podcast Host, Business Coach, Facilitator and Attorney, who has earned a reputation as “The Employee Whisperer”. She holds a law degree and is a regular contributor to "Forbes" and "LinkedIn" and the best-selling author of The 7 Intuitive Laws of Employee Loyalty.

TOPICS

  • Building Resilience - How to Unleash Your Mindset and Overcome Any Challenge
  • Diversity and Inclusion - How to Build a Culture of Belonging
  • Sharing and Showing More Heart at Work: How to Attract and Retain Top Talent By Putting Your People First

    WATCH HEATHER’s VIDEOS>

 

The Four Steps to a Successful Hybrid Event by cmi

By cmiadmin | Aug 16, 2021 | Comments Off

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Almost 50% of Corporate Event Attendees Consider Hybrid Events the Ideal Format for the Future

Since 2020, the event industry migrated from in-person events to virtual events — speakers, event planners and companies had to scramble to adapt and pivot towards the adoption of better technology solutions to connect and interact with an online audience. Since 2021, in-person events began to shift back towards in-person events, with people expecting that the world might “normalize” and go back to way it was before. However, with the global COVID-19 pandemic experiencing a recent resurgence due to the Delta variant, the new normal means there will continue to be people who are reluctant, or are unable, to attend in-person events.

Almost 50% of corporate event attendees consider hybrid events the ideal format for the future, compared to exclusively in-person or virtual-only events, according to Metrigy Research. Businesses are embracing this new reality. In 2021, 64% of businesses say they’re increasing their virtual events, and 58% say they’re planning for a mix of virtual and in-person events.

To better meet everyone’s needs, the hybrid event model has become a very popular solution and is definitely here to stay.
But first, you must understand what a hybrid event is, and what it is not.

WHAT IS A HYBRID EVENT?
A hybrid event is a meeting or event with at least one group of
in-person participants connecting with remote participants in one or more different locations.

WHAT A HYBRID EVENT IS NOT
• A live streamed in-person event
• A live event with on-demand content
• An in-person event with a virtual add-on

Is a hybrid event right for you? Take a look at your audience needs and your objectives to make that determination. A hybrid event is highly personalized for both in-person and virtual audiences and is designed to drive action and exploration.

STEP 1: PREPARING FOR YOUR HYBRID EVENT

Determine your hybrid event configuration

  • What hybrid configuration will you use and what level of communication will there be – see some examples below:
    • Live main event + virtual participants
    • Live main event + 1-way pod
    • Studio + 2-way pods
Pod Definition: A pod is a remote group of people attending an event online, but still gathering in-person.
1-way=1-way broadcast stream
2-way=real time 2-way communication

Know your event goals and objectives
  • Determine the needs of your online group(s)
  • What do you hope to achieve from an online component?
      • How will you measure your online effectiveness?
  • Determine how to effectively engage your audience
    • Think like a TV producer – how can you engage your online participants and create an exclusive experience
    • Consider a host or emcee to facilitate communications with your remote attendees

STEP 2: DESIGNING YOUR HYBRID EXPERIENCE

Plan & Design your hybrid experience

  • Determine how the in-person speaker or (or remote) will address the online audience and work in moments of engagement
  • Speakers need to be careful not to walk or pace on stage. The camera movement can cause motion sickness for remote viewers
  • Have extra rehearsals to prepare for extra latency or “lag” time for online or video connections
  • If you poll your online audience about a topic, there may some space and time required to get answers back. Prepare for this by sharing a funny story or anecdote to your in-person audience before checking in with the online participants

STEP 3: TECHNOLOGY FOR HYBRID EVENTS

Determine what technology you will use
  • Ensure you have proper cameras, microphones, lighting
  • Incorporate stage lighting so speakers look their best to online viewers
  • Ensure the data flow between a powerful laptop, desktop computer or stand-alone piece of hardware
  • Get a reliable streaming provider
  • Have your digital venue setup and ready – this is where the online attendees will login to watch and interact with the event
  • Ensure minimum requirements for the online event and communicate a backup plan for them, just in case
  • Provide dedicated support staff or facilitator/emcee
  • It is most effective to have hard-wired internet connection
  • Test, Test, Test
  • Ensure a backup plan if technology fails

STEP 4: VENUES & BUDGETING

Venues
  • Choose your in-person venue carefully – make sure it has room for clear, unrestricted camera angles
    • Tip #1: Never stream on wi-fi; use hard-wired internet
    • Tip#2: Consider using a riser for the speaker to be raised up slightly so that cameras can get a clear angle
  • Determine your online platform that has features such as Q&A, chat, live polling, online agendas, etc.

Online Budgeting Considerations
  • Be wary of “Free.” Functionality may be limited and they may sell your attendee’s data to other marketers
  • Expensive doesn’t always mean better. Look for quality platforms that have a good record of customer services and high ratings
  • Factor in the costs of hard-wired internet
  • Quality microphone, lighting and camera kits can be built for less than the price of some table centerpieces at events
  • Provide staffing for your online event, with at least one person dedicated to monitoring the remote user experience
  • Determine which platforms serve your goals and objectives better

Although there are some challenges to a hybrid event model, this is an incredible way to offer global reach to people who otherwise might not attend, create partnerships and even drive traffic to your in-person event. Offer a combination of creative in-person media, virtual reality and on-demand content and your next hybrid event is sure to be a success!

 

Top Tips for Planning Your Event Post Pandemic

By cmiadmin | Jul 15, 2021 | Comments Off

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Determine how big your event will be to assess how great the risk of spreading Covid-19 will be 

There’s nothing worse than to plan your event so carefully in advance only to encounter unexpected situations at the last moment. Since the pandemic, there are many more items to assess and prepare for when creating a large event to help keep people safe from the spread of Covid-19. By working with local and state officials in the initial planning stages and developing strategies for your event from beginning to end, you will ensure the health and safety of onsite staff and volunteers, your speakers and your audience.

Follow our top 4 list of some of the guideline requirements that you will need to identify and prepare for in your next event. For the full, comprehensive list please download the CDC Readiness and Planning Tool.

TOP 4 COVID ASSESSMENT TOOLS FOR LARGE EVENTS: 

  1. General Readiness Assessment
  2. Prepare For if Someone Gets Sick
  3. Daily/Weekly Readiness Assessment
  4. End of Day Actions and Other Resources

 

GENERAL READINESS ASSESSMENTS:

Determining how big your event is going to be will help you assess how great the risk of spreading Covid-19 will be. Coordinate with local officials to determine the laws and regulations of the area.

Make initial preparations to plan for healthy behaviors, environments and operations, such as: 

  • Review all relevant local/state regulatory agency policies and orders, such as those related to events, gatherings, and travel
  • Consult local health officials about recommended Covid-19 testing policies for events
  • Consult with Venue for staff policies around Covid
  • Develop plans or partner with venue staff for social distancing measures for before, during and after the event
  • Ensure there is a flexible refund policy
  • Designate a staff person who handles all Covid-19 related situations and concerns
  • Plan for sanitation stations and key entry/exit points and provide no-touch items such as trash cans, soap and hand sanitizer dispensers
  • Provide masks, tissues and proper ventilation
  • Use touchless payment options
  • Plan seating to ensure people stay 6 ft apart
  • Bring multiple mics and designate someone who wipes things down throughout the event
  • Create proper signage and multiple visual cues for people to properly distance themselves and follow safe protocols
  • Consider multiple entrances and exits to avoid overcrowding
  • Ensure food and beverage vendors use safety protocols

PREPARE FOR IF SOMEONE GETS SICK:

Develop procedures on what to do when someone gets sick, such as: 

  • Designate a person who handles all Covid-19 situations or concerns
  • Create an isolated space for people who are sick with Covid-19 and identify nearby hospitals and contact numbers
  • Create a plan to educate staff and attendees not to attend the event if they get sick with Covid-19
  • If someone gets sick at the event, they should notify the designated Covid-19 contact and go to an area or room that is isolated until they can be safely transported to a healthcare facility
  • Sanitize room where sick person stayed and areas they would have touched
  • Advise sick individuals to stay home and follow CDC’s criteria to discontinue home isolation
  • In accordance with state and local laws and regulations, notify the sick person’s family, local health officials and staff of the situation
  • Advise those who had close contact to self-monitor for symptoms and considering staying home

 

DAILY/WEEKLY READINESS ASSESSMENT:

Monitor and maintain healthy behaviors, environments and operations to reduce the spread of Covid-19: 

  • Maintain regular contact with local health authorities or follow local guidelines
  • Ensure an on-duty staff person is assigned to be responsible for responding to Covid-19 concerns
  • Ensure that all staff and attendees are receiving consistent communications about Covid-19 related policies
  • Ensure attendees have received communication about refund policies if they get sick and cannot attend the event
  • Ensure protocols are being followed for social distancing
  • Ensure sanitation supplies are routinely stocked and all items are consistently being wiped down at event, especially high-touch areas
  • Ensure masks and gloves are available
  • Ensure communications have been made to staff and attendees not to attend work or event if they become sick with Covid-19 symptoms
  • Confirm that there is proper ventilation during event
  • Confirm and maintain that venue staff are educated on relevant Covid-19 safety protocols
  • Ensure there are signs placed in highly visible locations that promote everyday protective measures at:
    • Entrances
    • Dining areas
    • Restrooms
    • Other highly visible locations

 

END-OF-DAY ACTIONS AND OTHER RESOURCES

Address any additional considerations specific to your event: 

  • Identify and document lessons learned at the end of your event
  • Determine ways to improve planning and implementation processes if the event will happen again
  • Update your plans regularly according to the state and local situation and orders

 

It is essential to help keep people safe from the spread of Covid-19 as we return to in-person events.

The pandemic brought so many more processes and policies to consider but, with careful planning and following these health guidelines, you will ensure that everyone at your event is safe. And, as always, remain calm and kind in all situations and your event should be a success.

 

What’s Working for Today’s Audiences

By Karen Harris | May 11, 2018 | Comments Off

 

When Humour and How-to’s Come Together

Here’s what we know – our world is a little chaotic right now. Stressful. Fast-paced. Even our best mindfulness experts are busy finding new ways to help organizations keep their staff members focused and steady in the “storms”.

One of the top requests we get from event planning professionals inquiring about our speakers is, “We need an entertaining speaker with a message.” We totally get that. A speaker who entertains, i.e., makes people laugh, is a tremendous equalizer. It’s a way for people to engage with a speaker and a message on a whole new level. Humour breaks down the barriers in communication in ways that other delivery styles can’t. It releases the stress that your audience brings with them from their busy work lives so when they hear the message (whether it be around innovation, leadership or teamwork) their minds are totally open and ready to learn.

We know that putting together events that work, start to finish, is a big job. It’s a juggling act between content and entertainment to ensure attendees get the right mix of skills, strategy, ideas, insights, motivation, and inspiration. Just as with humour, timing is everything.

What works best in our experience is to start your event off with an “entertaining speaker with a message” before you get to your “corporate speak” or “technical talks.” This ensures the attendees’ moods are lifted and their minds are open, so they are ready to receive the heavier material they also need to receive.

There’s a lot in our world to be stressed over, for sure. Finding a talented speaker who can BOTH educate AND entertain is one of the stressors we take away. It makes our day when your event participants give YOU a standing ovation for bringing in the best speaker ever!

Want to learn more? Contact us today to find out how we can help match the perfect speaker, message, and motivation for your next audience.

Karen Harris is the CEO of www.cmispeakers.com and is an expert at helping those who host and plan meetings to source great speakers. cmi is a global meeting industry leader which represents an international roster of carefully selected speakers who positively impact millions of people through their keynote speeches, books, and thought leadership.

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