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The Magic and Mastery of Bohemian Rhapsody

By Karen Harris | Jan 25, 2019 | Comments Off

With the release this week of the 91st Academy Award Oscar nominations, it was no surprise to see the Freddie Mercury bio-pic Bohemian Rhapsody score in five coveted categories.  With music as complex and iconic as Mercury himself, the movie provides pivotal insights into the creative genius that went into what would end up being labeled as “one of the greatest songs of all time”. 

According to Irwin Fisch, an Emmy nominated composer and Professor at NYU Steinhardt, “One of the reasons why Bohemian Rhapsody sounds so different is in its structure. The song is neither an a cappella, ballad, opera or rock. It's actually all of them in one song. It advanced a tradition of suites in pop music, meaning not a continuous song, not a verse, chorus, verse, chorus, bridge structure, which was the norm. A put together group of different songs, in essence. So, if people refer to Bohemian Rhapsody as a song, that's a bit of a misnomer. It's actually three or four songs.”

Complex, long (almost six minutes), and legendary. Exactly the kind of challenge Keynote Speaker, Musician, and eight-time Carnegie Hall Headliner Mike Rayburn wanted to tackle as a showcase piece for his audiences to underscore his messages of learning to perform at virtuoso levels and peak performance.  

Watch below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xywtoQ56RC8

Learning to play such a difficult piece on the guitar with seemingly impossible key changes and note progression takes arduous hours of practice, musical mastery, and perhaps even a little of Mercury’s magic and inspiration.  The end result however, whether standing on stage in full rock and roll regalia with a full band and orchestra - or like Mike Rayburn, expertly coaxing classic rock history from a well-tuned and well-loved instrument, delivering a mesmerizing performance for audiences and a chance to pay homage to legendary music and musician - is a thrill in itself.

We’ll have to wait and see on February 24th whether Bohemian Rhapsody brings home Oscar gold. Until then, we’ll always have YouTube.

TV Host | Nat Geo Explorer | Speaker - Chris Bashinelli

By Dori Pominville | Jan 08, 2019 | Comments Off

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jxrRE_mkpQ

Global Citizenship means using our everyday work and lives as a vehicle to grow inwardly and thereby, become the best version of ourselves. Becoming a Global Citizen is not about traveling the world, it is about using the challenges within our individual lives to become stronger and more productive members of the world. When we embody the qualities of a Global Citizen - presence, empathy and inspiration - then we can truly inspire those around us.

With the mindset of the Global Citizen, every challenge in our work and lives - from a disagreement with a coworker, to the loss of someone we love - becomes fuel for us to grow inwardly and reach our potential. Our role is not to “change the world”, but to “change ourselves”. Becoming a Global Citizen begins with realizing we already have everything we need in order to be happy right now.

From the slums of Haiti, to the fields of Uganda, to the Mongolian Steppe, Chris pulls from real life examples to illustrate that the key to productivity, meaning and connection, does not lie in changing our external conditions, but in transforming our current conditions in order to grow.

Learn more about Bash here!

Finding Your "In" - Chris Bashinelli

By Dori Pominville | Jul 30, 2018 | Comments Off

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckl4bZ4rK10&t=18s

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Start at Step 'Z' - Chris Bashinelli

By Dori Pominville | Jun 04, 2018 | Comments Off

From moderating a major United Nations event in Brazil at 23 years old with no prior experience, to leading a National Geographic Expedition in Mongolia when nearly all funding had been pulled one month before production, Chris Bashinelli shows how when we change our mind, we can change our world. The key to creating success lies not in getting what we want, but in realizing that we already have everything we need to live a life of great meaning. By connecting our ultimate goal to a mission that benefits others, and having unwavering faith in one’s potential, we will find the inspiration necessary to reach our Step “Z”.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEwSpvB0KDs

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.

The Jungle Stage - Yossi Ghinsberg

By Dori Pominville | Feb 27, 2018 | Comments Off

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76qZgA7clgs

Commercial vs Reality - Jason Hewlett

By cmiadmin | Aug 22, 2017 | Comments Off

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ecTVeUfugE&feature=youtu.be

More from Jason!

Finding Inspiration Within - Cary Mullen

By cmiadmin | Apr 25, 2017 | Comments Off

Learn how Cary Mullen overcame a huge injury to pursue his skiing dreams.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40p47iwVqP4

Learn more about Cary!

 

My Super Power - Vinh Giang

By cmiadmin | Jan 05, 2017 | Comments Off

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xIC0-4xfTo&t=40s

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Behind the Scenes of Vinh's American Trip

By cmiadmin | Sep 29, 2016 | Comments Off

Get a behind the scenes look at Vinh's American speaking trip!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOYbIUFXCj8

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