If anyone knows anything about having to consistently one-up themselves on a job well done, it’s event planners. ‘Event planner’ was recently ranked as the fifth most stressful job by CareerCast (with the military, firefighters, pilots and police officers coming before it). As...


Prepare with a question, not a slide deck. When you prepare, ask yourself “What’s really important?” Develop an outline with key points and stories before you create PowerPoint slides. The result will be simpler slides and a more focused presentation.

Connect with your audience....


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Each of us can readily empathize how serving in the military, police force, fighting fires or flying a plane can be stressful, but you don't truly know how stressful planning an event can be until you've walked a mile of convention center corridors in their shoes.

How hard could it be? Fourteen...



If you can take a story from a 7’4 NBA player and immediately apply it to yourself and your elementary school daughters, you know the guy has a good story. Former auto mechanic turned NBA all-star Mark Eaton was nice enough to swing by the office for lunch and an interview. One of his...


This Top 5 list image caught my attention this morning. (Thanks for sharing,Vince.) I immediately nodded "yes" knowing the stress levels of our event partners. Planning and executing events demands a wide skill-set.

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Can you organize a huge volume of information? (Here are 17 hotel options...


Coming home from vacation is so hard!

While you’re swinging in a hammock in paradise you forget your long list of things to do, your bills, your diet and your boss. Coming home is a startling return to reality.

Josh’s return home was especially startling. Home from Maui with his...


With over 32 years spent on the frontline of education, Dr. Stephen Peters has risen to the challenge of any role he’s had to take on. He has not only exceeded roles ranging from classroom teacher to director of secondary education but consistently brings about significant progress in any...


Several years ago at the Economist Ideas conference in Berkeley, I asked Elon Musk whether he ever worried about spreading himself too thin. After all, Musk is not only CEO of Tesla, but also of SpaceX, and SolarCity, among many other stints. His answer surprised me. “Not in the...


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If you follow policy chatter, the future of U.S. K-12 education centers on federal policy (ESSA, RTTT, NCLB, ESEA), the Common Core, charter schools and school choice.

But it may be an unheralded initiative that profoundly impacts the future of our schools and kids.


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Keni Thomas | Chicago Auto Show

By Keni Thomas, Posted February 18th 2016

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As we scroll through the endless stream of photos and enthusiastic feedback from attendees, we can’t help but feel the buzzing energy of the Chicago Auto Show! Since its debut in 1901, it has become the largest auto show in all of North America. This year marks year 108 that the...