Ineffective and poorly-run meetings serve as one of the top talent and time wasters. Develop the skill to run a tight, highly-focused meeting with just the right number and kind of people in attendance and your stature as a leader rises.
First, figure out what is the specific outcome of the meeting and start with that as the written objective. Give your meeting a name that even states the “objective”. Next, ask yourself who has the greatest information or talent and should be at the meeting. Figure the personnel cost for the meeting. For example, if an employee has an average annual salary of $50,000, the per hour cost for that one person is $96 per hour (this includes salary plus benefits and general company overhead). You can extrapolate other salary costs from this base. Here are other tips to make this meeting move from average to great:
Put a specific time frame on the meeting and start on time. If people show up late, create some fun-but telling-response for tardiness. In one organization, the latecomer has to sing to everyone. In another, the latecomer buys cokes for everyone. In another, the latecomer is given a scarlet “L” on a tent card. In Saturn Automotive plant meetings, if the door is closed, you are late and an alarm rings if you try to enter.
Develop good facilitation skills making sure everyone participates and is heard and acknowledged.
Summarize questions, outcomes, actions. Summarize frequently.
Have the names of who should attend on the agenda which is sent out at least 48 hours in advance.
Create a “parking lot” notebook. If an issue is brought up that is not on the agenda but might be addressed at another time, write it down so it can be tackled.
Consider a stand-up meeting. To move people through quickly, have no chairs in the meeting room. It’s amazing how quickly people can get work done when there is no place to sit.
At the end of the meeting and as a way of staying focused and practicing continuous improvement of meeting management, tell the group the personnel cost of the meeting. Ask if the money could have been spent more wisely in another format.
Make sure a summary of the meeting is sent to the participants along with any action items or next steps, a due date, and the person or group to which they are assigned.
To break the meeting routine, you might consider beginning by asking people to come prepared to tell the group about some person whom they want to acknowledge for outstanding service. Starting off by highlighting positive performance-particularly of unsung employees-is a powerful gesture.
Don’t forget to say thank you. Time is the only true non-renewable, irreplaceable resource. When people give you their time, they gave you a piece of their lives.
A university student recently asked me for advice about applying for a position as editorial page editor at her campus newspaper. She wanted tips about the skills she would need if she got the job. Here's what I suggested (I hope this can be useful to anyone who wants to become an editor, regardless of section):
1. You will make mistakes. The best people learn from them. The other people dwell on them in a negative way and make excuses. Learn by Doing is a life-long approach. The way you handled a situation or issue today, may change tomorrow because you've opened yourself to other ideas and approaches. The opinion page editorship is a position where it's always good to look at situations from many angles . . . before you commit to a set path.
2. Beware the space fillers. Editorial pages can be chock full of items that, over time, appear simply to fill space. Standing features such as man-on-the-street interviews with six headshots and opinions on a subject that obviously points to the desperate nature of trying to come up with such streeters. Or darts and laurels that seemed like a good idea at the time, but now struggle to share anything constructive. See #4.
3. Have a thick skin. The editorial/opinion page is always a balancing act involving opinions. You'll get the calls (lots of them) when people disagree with an editorial. The best advice for these situations.... just listen. Be a good listener. Rather than defend and argue, it's good to try to encourage the person to put their opinion in writing and share it with readers (maybe others will agree with the person). A good editorial page offers a sharing of opinions, whether we agree with them or not.
4. Create a page that is always evolving. The hard truth about editorial pages is that some readers read them, and others flip the page and put it in the newspaper pile that's headed straight to the recycling box. Always be open to reviewing the content of your editorial pages. Are you relying on standing features or items that have existed for years on the pages, simply because that's the way it has always been done? Or are you exploring new ideas and features? Static = unimagination = risk of losing readers.
5. Be a good fact checker. People often put stuff in letters that unfortunately is factually wrong (such as putting a quote in their letter that someone supposedly said). Numbers, etc., in letters to the editor are also pitfalls that need to be checked.
6. Get an understanding of libel. This is a serious issue that can appear in letters to the editor, especially when people personally attack someone. The op-ed page editor must be able to catch cases of libel before they go in print. The old cliche: when in doubt, leave it out is worth remembering. When you allow libel in letters to the editor, the newspaper is also liable.
7. Let letter writers have the last say. Sometime that can be tough when they write stuff we don't agree with, but it's wise to remember it's the opinion page and people are entitled to their opinion.... by this, I also mean it's good to resist putting an editor's note at the bottom of people's letters, unless it's for a compelling reason. It's also wise to resist allowing the letters to the editor to become a battleground for the same people to write rebuttal after rebuttal on the same topic. Just like newspaper editors, the person who submitted the first letter shouldn't be given carte blanche to write rebuttal letters to every other letter writer.
8. The best editorials are, of course, the ones that spark debate. In really simplistic terms, there's nothing wrong with an editorial that only 50% of readers agree with. It leaves the other 50% with a different view. So what have you accomplished with this kind of editorial? Well, you've probably started debate. That's part of the point.
9. Understand cartoons are exactly that: a cartoon. You'll likely face some people who disagree with a cartoon, at one time or another. Generally, a cartoon is a deliberate satirical distortion of a current event. On any particular day, some people see the humour, others won't. The next day it could be vice-versa.
10. Know the difference between a rant and an editorial. A rant goes on and on and offers little suggestions or alternatives. Effective editorials contribute a meaningful point of view, rather than exist as a forum for the editorial writer to sit upon a throne and tell the readers about the World According to . . .
One of the most intriguing aspects of the evolution of digital journalism is watching sites that spend much of their energy chasing clickbait augment their menus with serious journalism.
That's been the case at The Huffington Post,which has a Pulitzer to show for its enterprise reporting, and BuzzFeed, which has added political coverage, long-form narratives, foreign bureaus and now investigative reporting to its off-the wall collection of lists and charticles.
Now Business Insider, a much-visited site that covers business and tech with what might be called a BuzzFeedian flair, is making a similar foray. It's going into the long-form journalism business and has hired an experienced magazine editor to spearhead the operation.
There was once a day when it was accepted wisdom that people would not read long stories online, that this was purely the domain of the short attention span. But like the notion that people wouldn't pay for digital journalism, that tenet has gone the way of the floppy disk and Blockbuster.
There are a couple of reasons for the welcome return of narrative. People are much more comfortable reading longer pieces on tablets and mobile apps than they were on desktops. And the rise of social media created an ideal way for building an audience. A finely crafted magazine-style piece is just the thing many people want to share with friends.
I asked Henry Blodget, Business Insider's CEO and editor-in-chief, about the decision to take his website into the expensive, labor-intensive but oh-so-rewarding long-form game.
"Digital readers love many different kinds of stories, from posts to photos to videos to more traditional long-form features," he responded via e-mail. "As we've grown, we've been able to produce more of all of these, and we're eager to do more of the latter."
No doubt one precipitating factor was the positive response to an ambitious profile of Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer by Nicholas Carlson, which ran on Business Insider in August. The piece put the "long" in long read — it clocked in at over 21,000 words, which is a lot of words, indeed. And it was worth every one of them. I read the piece from beginning to end on my iPhone.
Business Insider has provided a much-needed new incarnation for Blodget, once a star Wall Street analyst who in 2003 agreed to a settlement banning him from the securities industry in the wake of charges that he was pushing stocks in public while badmouthing them in private.
A clear sign of redemption: In April, he and Business Insider got the full New Yorkerprofile treatment from media writer to the stars Ken Auletta.
To be sure, Business Insider would not remind you much of The Wall Street Journalor the Financial Times. As I write this, the site's homepage leads with a piece on a pending construction boom in New York City but also includes such fare as "25 Secrets That Show That Duck Dynasty Could Be Totally Fake" and "This Map Shows The Best Sandwich From Every State."
But it has, as the great former Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee liked to say, "nothing but readers." According to Google Analytics, the site attracts 24 million unique visitors each month.
Like many websites, Business Insider has found profits elusive — it lost $3 million last year — but Blodget says it will be in the black this quarter.
Charged with bringing long-form wonderfulness to this farrago is Aaron Gell, former editor in chief of The New York Observer who also did stints at Radar and W. For Gell, this seemed like an ideal next step.
"I heard BI was making real commitment to publishing more long-form articles," he wrote via e-mail, "and I'd been looking for a route back into journalism after a brief hiatus consulting for a start-up, so I sent over a résumé."
As for his new mission, he adds, "Like most everyone else in our business, I have a passion for long-form journalism, and going after deeper, more compelling narratives seemed like a natural evolution for BI, which has been on fire as a news operation for a while now."
And he feels strongly that narrative has a vital role to play in the digital space. "The Internet has brought us a deluge of information — who, what, when — but if you really want to enhance people's understanding, there's no substitute for a powerful narrative that carries a reader along, teases out the subtleties of a story and hopefully gets at a larger truth."
While he might make some hires down the road, Gell, who starts work Nov. 18, says at first he'll be relying on freelancers and the occasional book excerpt.
OmniPay is a global transaction processing company supporting acquiring banks in domestic and multiple currency acquiring. OmniPay provide innovative and cost-effective global payments solutions that drive revenue growth and profitability for acquirers, processors and merchants.
Due to the growth in demand for OmniPay’s services, the company is now seeking to expand its Professional Services team. OmniPay is looking for a number of Project Managers with experience in the financial services industry to join the Professional Services team.
Experience in the payments industry is a distinct advantage.
Duties Included in the role but not limited to;
AFA Press is looking for International journalists, bilingual in English, with a sound knowledge of international current affairs, with proven experience in conducting face-to-face interviews and flexibility to travel for 11 months a year, to carry out our international projects worldwide.
As a project member in one of our business development units, you and your team will set up base in one of our international destinations. You will spend an average of 3-6 months in that country gathering all the raw materials we need in order to produce our special report. These reports are designed to highlight the positive aspects of a country and create awareness about what that country has to offer.
In turn, these reports will then be distributed within some of the world’s leading newspapers, including The Times, USA Today, Capital, Daily Telegraph, The Independent and many more.
Scheduling, preparing and conducting interviews with top ranking business and political officials.
Representing AFA Press at social events, conferences and trade fairs, building up a strong network and contact list.
Deliver against all Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
We are looking for people who have the ability to manage a project and conduct interviews with business and political figures at the highest level of seniority and travel abroad 11 months of the year. You have to be dynamic, open-minded, ambitious, adventurous, self-motivated, independent, creative, convincing, confident and a good communicator.
- At least 2 years experience in a journalist role conducting face-to-face interviews.
- Native/bilingual level English (both spoken and written) and one of the following languages is a plus: Spanish, French, Portuguese, and Russian.
- Excellent personal presentation, strong communication and networking skills
- Excellent convincing and problem solving skills
- Flexibility and adaptability to changes, willingness to live in any country in the world and change on a short notice as required by the company
- Corporate and social etiquette. Exquisite manners. This position requires networking and interacting with people at top-level management in both public and private sector.
The company offers:
- An excellent financial package with an attractive base salary and high commissions.
- All work related expenses covered including Per Diem expenses, Accommodation, Private health insurance, Transportation and Logistics.
- Full initial training and fast-track promotion.
My Client is a leading household service provider. Given the need for continued development within the business my client is looking to identify and appoint a senior Media & PR specialist with a breadth of experience in managing ALL key aspects of a corporate PR and Media Relations department.
Specifically, this role will be responsible for:
Salary: Negotiable and Exclusive Package
|This role looks after meetings, events, conferences and also group bookings within this high end city centre property. We are looking for an experienced events manager from a 4/5 star hotel environment with Opera skills who can maximise revenue in all these areas and handle client bookings for enquiry to post invoice stage. You will need strong organisation and communication skills as you will liaise with sales and operations teams on a daily basis. Reporting to the DOS and GM, you will have complete ownership and manage all events within the hotel.|
In a recession, the entertainment industry thrives. So if you are thinking about trying your hand at event promotion, I have some suggestions for you:
- You need at least two weeks to advertise. Use different color flyers with different ads for the same event. Use original artwork and be creative. Be brief: Too much information is bad information in modern advertising.
- Contact local stations, websites, and newspapers to see if they’re willing to plug your event in exchange for promoting them on flyers and other announcements. This is known as a “media sponsorship”. Always phrase your pitch in terms of how they benefit, not you.
- You should always include college media in your advertising campaignbecause in most cases, it’s free.
- Do not solely use MySpace or other social networks to promote your event. MySpace is dead, and there is too much clutter to fight through on other networks.
- Make sure you advertise where your audience is, not just where the event is. Never violate local posting policy and town / state regulations. Call the town / village / city before you post.
- Tell people about the show in person. Americans are increasingly shut in and need convincing to come out. Tell your friends, have them tell their friends. Don’t be annoying. You can tell quickly if someone wants to learn more. If they don’t, thank them and leave.
- Band and performer selection is crucial. Since you’re not likely to have a major band performing at a small venue, for example, you need quality bands. Don’t just book a performer because they’re going to bring people. The performer’s “Suck Factor” outweighs drawing ability. You have to keep people at your event, not send them away screaming.
- Having an ego is the worst thing this business. Check your ego at the dooror pay for it later. Be polite. Always.
- Ramming your head into a concrete wall because of frustration is not recommended. Drinking lots of coffee is. Trust me. Concrete hurts.
- Make sure you tell people when the event starts. People want to enjoy themselves and get on with their life.
- Events should not be more than three hours. Be mindful of setup and tear down times, it will always take longer than you think.
- Make sure you and the venue know who is doing what, when, why, and how. A simple, one page agreement should detail who does what and for how long. Do not ever work with a venue, band, or promoter without something signed by both parties explaining responsibilities.
- If you’re hosting a major tour with its own crew, be helpful, be polite, and get out of the way.
- Something will go wrong. If you’re prepared, you’ll be fine.
- With large concerts, don’t assume people are coming. Never, ever assume people are going to come out to anything. You do the best with what you have and plan for the worst.
Undoubtedly and irrespective of the industry you belong, surviving recession is challenging, if not more. In the present age, entrepreneurs are looking to build new strategies to get past the financial meltdown. Though the recession impacts every section across the company- sales, marketing, advertising, exhibitions, events and so on, certain groups are brainy enough to sell their brand, drive audience, make money and stay strong. How does this happen? It is accomplished by tackling crisis by adopting new ways into the business plan.
Exhibitions and events play a critical role in taking marketing efforts to next level. In addition, a researchon The Effect Of Economic Recessions On Exhibitionsconcluded that economic crash had only minor effects on trade shows, assuring a strong ROI via exhibitions.
If you are a business owner for a start-up event industry, it is required to adept on mobile tools- therevolution. As a beginner in the industry, before you dive into the pool of smart phone solutions, mostly apps, you must pay close attention not to drop cost effective event solutions, then to your requirement, if required you may go along long custom business event apps - the Go Green effective platform for customer engagement and measure of interaction. With the immense possibilities around, business events can thrive even during tight times. (more)
Nail Your Efforts
You are facing financial crash; it doesn’t mean you have to abort the exhibiting efforts you have worked on. Get into event platforms which gives you chance to showcase your product or service. By exposing your product first within the local crowd, you can gradually reach a larger audience maybe not directly; word of mouth pays it forward. So be aware of the critical opportunities around. It can definitely gain investment and push sales at difficult times.
Some of the best events we've attended or produced had an interesting twist, a celebrity chef who not only prepared the meals but came out between courses to share a bit about the preparation technique or personal, humorous stories. Former White House Chefs, TV Chefs and Michelin Star chefs are amongst the "celebrities" you can hire for your next event.
A company out of NY helps event planners secure and host celebrity chefs for weddings, charity and corporate events. We asked Robert Tuchman, President, Goviva of NY to share a few tips on this subject. Thank you Robert.
Ten tips for getting the most out of your celeb chef event:
1. Pick a good name but more importantly pick the right chef personality for your group
2. Brief the chef on your group dynamics, who likes to participate and who doesn’t!
3. Try and work with the chef in their kitchen if possible to make things flow better
4. If the event is not in their kitchen make sure you are allowed to actually cook in the chosen venue
5. Outline for the chef ahead of time what dish you want them to demo
6. Secure the chefs cookbook or premium items to have the chef autograph for each guest
7. Make sure you have the chef integrate your brand message into the demonstration
8. Let the group mingle and have cocktails before the demonstration
9. Provide the chef with any dietary requirements for certain guests
10. The more interactive the better, for your guests and your chef
For help booking a celebrity chef visit Goviva.com www.goviva.com