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Weather & Winter Woes: Coming Out Ahead of the Storm Resource Meeting Planner Speakers

Our most recent storm here in the Northeast, which began its trouble earlier in the Midwest, is another reminder how important proactivity and communication are when dealing with speaker travel arrangements. The truth is, it’s not just a winter or a location specific problem. All year long there are a series of independent forces wreaking havoc on the best laid travel plans. Our program managers are always looking at the national weather map, tracking speakers originating and destination cities, looking for any potential problems.

Here’s a case example of a situation here at Goodman Speakers during the Blizzard of 2015.
When forecasters began to up the severity of Juno early Sunday morning, our program managers immediately looked at the calendar and began to see which speakers could potentially have issues. We had one speaker originating from the Qatar in the Middle East, heading to Midwest for a program on Tuesday. The speaker had also hoped to stop at home for a night in New Jersey. After seeing the flight cancellations beginning to pile up, we immediately contacted the speaker’s office and strongly encouraged them to change the flight, bypass home and go straight to the event. Thankfully, they all agreed and the speaker changed his flight that day so that the speaker would arrive at his destination on Monday without too much headache, just 28 hours of travel…

Meanwhile, our team had a backup speaker in mind, on the outside chance the original speaker experienced any more delays or cancellations.

What did and can we all learn from these situations:

  • Be proactive: don’t wait until flights are cancelled
  • Communication: make sure everyone is aware of the potential problem and agree upon a solution, early on.
  • Have a backup plan

Also, don’t forget about any fee or rate increases the speaker and client may incur with the changing schedule, this may include a fare increase, change fees, additional accommodations, etc.

Stay calm, communicate often, and it doesn’t hurt to cross your fingers, because sometimes luck does play a role in having a successful event.

Goodman and Northstar Partnership
Speaker Referenced: 
 Hannah Ubl   Michael Rogers   Heidi Hanna   Chris Bashinelli   Simon T. Bailey  Press Meeting Planner Speakers Sponsorship

WINDSOR, CT—March 12, 2014—The Goodman Speakers Bureau is pleased to announce their partnership with Northstar Meetings Group for 2015. Goodman will sponsor speakers for several events held by Meeting & Conventions and Successful Meetings, Northstar owned subsidiaries, throughout 2015. This partnership is a commitment by both parties to provide educational and forward-thinking content to further the meetings industry.

These events, such as Meeting & Conventions' Interact and destination-focused events, give planners the chance to experience the industry’s most topical and influential speakers. It also affords them the opportunity to ask questions and engage with the speakers. Diane Goodman states, “I am beyond thrilled to be partnering with Northstar, it is a great opportunity to be part of, and contribute to, the education that moves our industry forward.”

Attendees receive the added benefit of listening to engaging and educational content. So far Goodman has scheduled Hannah Ubl, generational expert, speaking on What Millennials Mean to the Meetings Industry at the upcoming Interact Southeast; technology pioneer, futurist, and journalist Michael Rogers for Destination Northeast; performance coach Heidi Hanna’s Investment Strategies for Your Most Valuable Resource for Destination California; Chris Bashinelli’s Global Citizenship: From Brooklyn to Africa for M&C Global Interact; and leadership catalyst Simon T. Bailey and Dear World founder Robert Fogarty for M&C Interact later this summer in New Orleans.

Meeting & Conventions and Successful Meetings events bring together high-level meeting professionals with leading suppliers in a spectacular setting and productive business format. They afford event planners the opportunity to meet and engage with vendors and to further their professional development. For more information on their events, please visit Meeting & Conventions events page. Meeting & Conventions and Successful Meetings are products of Northstar Travel Media, LLC. For more information about Northstar and its other meetings and travel-related brands, visit www.ntmllc.com.

The Goodman Speakers Bureau provides insight, guidance, perspective and advice to assist meeting planners in selecting the best professional speakers for their event. Done with the highest level of integrity, passion, professionalism, and service, the Goodman Speakers Bureau works to match the best motivational, inspirational, business and thought-leading speakers for client meetings. The Goodman Speakers Bureau is located at 56 Poquonock Avenue, Windsor, CT 06095.


Goodman Speakers Bureau Inspirational Quotes Speakers

5 Inspirational Quotes from Our Speakers
These five inspirational quotes from the speakers here at GSB are sure to help motivate you to live life to the fullest! To learn more about each speaker, click on their name above.

  1. "When we pollute the moment with excessive distraction and stimulation, it affects our ability to slow time, to record memories, and to truly appreciate life." - David Romanelli
  2. "Look at the irony in life. It grounds you." - Paul Assaiante
  3. "Only you can decide what is most important in your life." - Jim Craig
  4. "Think about who you want to be, before you think about what you have to do." - Heidi Hanna
  5. "We are all one deliberate choice away from doing the right thing." - Scarlett Lewis
Goodman Speakers Bureau Speaker Showcase
Speaker Referenced: 
 Scarlett Lewis   Jon Stetson   David Romanelli  Photo Gallery Meeting Planner Speakers

We were so excited to have our speaker showcase at the lovely Marriott in downtown Hartford, CT last night. We were lucky enough to have our old and new clients and friends come out to hear three of our inspirational speakers teach us how to embrace life each and every day. The Marriott ensured that we had a relaxing evening with great food. The ambiance allowed us to sit back and listen to the powerful messages being said, while we ate delectable hors d'oeuvres. The mini tacos were a great introduction to the wonderful meal we were about to have. Our speakers then took the stage to share their unique wisdom.

Jon Stetson
Jon Stetson made us all feel like we were children again witnessing a magic show. His ability to read minds kept us in awe from start to finish. Jon was able to influence our thoughts, while decoding our body language to read our minds. He invited several audience members, including one of our employees, to demonstrate the power paying attention to detail. No matter how many times we see Jon perform, we will always be amazed by his talents.

Scarlett Lewis
Scarlett Lewis then warmed our hearts with a tribute to her son, Jesse Lewis, and a message of compassion. She showed us that no matter what may happen, we can always choose to love rather than hate. Scarlett was an inspiration to everyone in the audience and made us strive to learn forgiveness. Her simple mantra, motivated from Jesse, “Nurturing. Healing, Love” provides us with the courage to change our angry thoughts into compassion and happiness.

David Romanelli
David Romanelli then talked to us about living in the moment. He showed us that some of the oldest people across the world still embrace life to the fullest, which inspired the audience to go out and make memories. He explained the importance of loving and embracing the little things that make a moment joyous. He left us on an uplifting note with some delicious chocolate and wine to make sure we had our enjoyable moment of the day. His message of everyday happiness flowed beautifully after Scarlett's speech on the importance of love.

We want to thank everyone who came and made this night one to remember!

Goodman Speakers Bureau - Chris Bashinelli
Speaker Referenced: 
 Chris Bashinelli  Speakers

“It’s got to be funny to you. If you don’t laugh, they’re never goona laugh.”
- Mel Brooks

We live in a world that is absolutely flooded with content from every angle. It doesn’t matter if you’re giving a speech, creating a video for youtube, or sending an email to a potential buyer- you’ve got to engage your audience at their core. There are five helpful keys I’ve found to captivate someone’s attention, and keep it.

I love the line by Mel Brooks because it helps us start with the person we know best- ourselves. This simple litmus test is a wonderful check point to constantly return to. If we find the sentence in our email, the scene in our movie, or the line in our speech engaging, then we can gauge whether or not the audience will. If we don’t find it appealing, it’s time to try something new. The only way we’ll ever determine what’s best is by trying a plethora of material until seeing what sticks. Hence, the more we do, the better we tend to get at things.


A cold open is the very first thing that people see in your movie or read in your email. It can be a startling moment, a high energy or out of context phrase, so long as it peaks people’s curiosity and makes them want to see or read more. I love using cold opens that hint at a later-to-come theme, which forces people to stay tuned in order to figure out what happened in the first few moments of the presentation. Many messages do not include a cold open, but used correctly it is a very powerful means for gaining people’s attention.

In my first PBS TV Show our cold open was a 15 second clip of me biting into a raw buffalo liver and screaming out loud. People had no clue what was happening, but they needed to watch the film in order to find out.

After you’ve gotten people’s attention it’s helpful to give them a good reason to listen to you. What makes you an expert on the topic at hand? The answer to this could be a measureable credit such as a PhD in the subject, or in many cases it could be having a personal connection with the subject. IE: If you’re raising money for a particular cause, it is helpful to know that you’ve had a direct experience with that cause. Credibility doesn’t need to come in the form of a doctorate, in can be based on palpable passion. NOTE- #2 and #3 can be interchangeable; depending on which you feel is stronger to lead with.

Be clear about what you are doing on that stage, in the film, or in that email. It’s also important to hint at #5, the action step. Do this in as few words as possible.

4) CONTENT: Facts, deliverables, added value
This is #3 extended upon. This is where you can really build a case for your #5. You have the chance to go into detail about the reasons why your argument is strong. In the example of writing an email to raise funds for a particular mission, be clear about how many people the mission will help, and the ultimate impact it will have.

Be very clear about what you are asking people for, or what your call to action is. You’ve (hopefully) gotten everyone very engaged with your 1) cold open, 2) built your credibility, 3/4) explained in detail what you’re doing and why, and now is your chance to have 5) a clear call to action. If you don’t include #5, all of the previous steps might be a waste. In the case of my speeches, I make sure to include a clear call to action- which is that we take the needs of the person sitting right next to us and place them on an equal or greater pedestal then our own.

There you have it- the code of captivation as I’ve found it in my experience. This code can translate to the stage, the computer screen, or in a major motion picture.

Goodman Speakers Bureau Inspirational Quotes Shark Tank
Speaker Referenced: 
 Daymond John   Lori Greiner   Barbara Corcoran   Robert Herjavec  Speakers

ABC’s show Shark Tank is known for its strong entrepreneurial spirit, business inspiration, and knowledgeable investors. The Sharks have provided inspiration and motivation to hundreds of entrepreneurs throughout the years, encouraging them to follow their dreams and succeed in business. Here are a few of the quotes from the Sharks to help you feel motivated and driven!

"Don't start a business. Find a problem, Solve a problem, the business comes second." -- Robert Herjavec

"The thing about branding is it isn't etched in stone. A brand is a mark or an image or a perception we stamp on a product, a concept or an ideal, but it doesn't last forever. Like anything else, it needs to be nurtured and reinforced, or it will start to fade." --Daymond John

“As an entrepreneur, you can always find a solution if you try hard enough.”-- Lori Greiner

“Make sure you pick good people to build your business with, as they'll determine 80 percent of your success.” -- Barbara Corcoran

Sources: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/242746

Kim Lear is a speaker, writer, strategist, and researcher who explores how emerging trends impact the future of our workforce and marketplace. She is at the forefront of cutting edge research to uncover the cultural shifts that revolutionize how organizations engage employees and consumers. Goodman Speakers Bureau is proud to be partnering with Northstar Meetings Group and sponsoring Kim at Destination Florida.

Kim explains that we live in a world of information overload and continual distraction. Our minds cannot process everything at once. As a result, our minds wander and we give in to distractions. The impact on organizations makes overwhelmed and unfulfilled employees. With so many disruptions and stress, Kim’s research has shown that having present, happy, and focused employees are essential for business success. Within Kim’s presentation, she provides actionable solutions for leaders to better engage their workforce.

If you are interested in learning more about mindfulness at work, check out Kim’s blog.

We are looking forward to learning all Kim has to offer at Destination Florida. See everyone there!

Speaker Referenced: 
 Kim Lear  Speakers Sponsorship

By:Jenna Jorge

I just returned from Destination Caribbean 2016, a Successful Meetings event,
hosted by Northstar Travel Group. We were proud to sponsor speaker Dr. Gary Bradt who spoke about adapting to change. The event was held at the beautiful Ritz Carlton Aruba. The island and the entire event was drenched with sunshine, fabulous food, and smiling faces (both attendees and locals). There is a reason Aruba is called “one Happy island” and I was one happy person to be there.

We started with a gorgeous opening reception on the beach, followed by 2 days of one-on-one appointments, site visits, an amazing display of food and cocktails, education, tours of the island, shopping, and great networking opportunities with industry peers. The appointments are beneficial for planners and suppliers, set up speed dating style, to provide ample opportunity to meet with as many people as possible. The Island, DMCs, restaurants, and hotels were all showcased and delivered an outstanding event. Kudos to the Northstar staff for all of their hard work in the planning and execution of it all.

Thank you to the event sponsors – Aruba, The Ritz Carlton, Eco Destination Management, The British Virgin Islands, Procolombia, Hilton, Epic Destination Managements Services, Hyatt, Maui Jim, Delta, Rennaissance, Red Sail Sports, Site Florida and Caribbean, and Goodman Speakers Bureau.

Click here to check out some fun photos from my trip.

For more information and a list of upcoming events, click here!

Speaker Referenced: 
 Gary Bradt  Speakers Sponsorship

Looking to build your employees into a cohesive team? Below are 3 keynote experiences that have powerful messages to foster successful teamwork.

  1. Afterburner Seminars
    Several former fighter pilots, US Navy SEALs, and other elite military professionals train organizations not only how to plan a mission, but how to execute that mission flawlessly from start to finish. Audiences learn about the Flawless Execution Model to complete battle-tested mission-planning exercises to encourage communication and operating as one unit.
  2. Robyn Benincasa
    As a three-time Guinness World Records kayaker, San Diego firefighter, and 10-time Ironman triathlete, Robyn understands how to face and conquer challenges. Teams that work together have the greatest odds of succeeding.
  3. Jim Davidson
    Jim shares with audiences his story of survival as a high-altitude climber and expedition leader. He encourages teams to examine and debate human dynamic issues that occur under pressure, establish what makes a resilient leader, and identify how engaged team members act- no matter the conditions.
    1. These team-building experts create memorable programs that are powerful and interactive. If you are looking to create long-term strategies and create the ideal team environment, these speakers are a good place to start!

      To read Diane Goodman’s full article from Successful Meetings, click here!

Speaker Referenced: 
 Afterburner, Inc.   Robyn Benincasa   Jim Davidson  Speakers

Could losing actually be a good thing? Coach Paul Assaiante, most “winningest coach in college sports history” argues that winning all the time might hinder your chances in improving.

When individuals and teams fail, the real lessons can be learned. No one ever wants to fail and feel upset. However, when you do lose and feel sad, this is a good thing! It means that you cared and that it meant something to you. That is the teachable moment. Almost no one learns after a victory.

When you lose, you must learn from your mistakes, fix things that aren’t just right, and keep moving forward. If you can master accepting defeat and learning the lessons of defeat, that is the magical life lesson to truly improve and keep learning.

Speaker Referenced: 
 Paul Assaiante  Speakers Personal Growth

It’s time to BE HAPPY NOW! Of course, that is easier said than done. We all go through bad days, tough times, and mood swings. Dave Romanelli is here to help and explain to audiences why happy is the new healthy!

Below are 3 things to remember about happy people:

  1. Happy people are resilient.
  2. - Everyone can get knocked down in life, you have to get back on your feet and keep truckin!

  3. Happy people find a way to laugh.

  4. Happy people infuse their days with joie de vivre.
  5. - Don’t think too hard. This simply means… eat more chocolate!

Dave is also striving to shine a light on the elders in our communities. Learn more about Dave’s program, Drinks With Your Elders. Or just reach out to the elder waiting behind you in line at the supermarket, walking by you on the way to lunch, or living right next door.

Don’t forget to spread the word… happy is the new healthy!

Speaker Referenced: 
 David Romanelli  Speakers
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