A SEMINAR STORY
Every Heads Up program is tailored for each event. No matter what type of business or organization, your group will know it's custom made for them. This is why you are asked to provide information about your specific group, both the type of people and what they do. This will help Rick to write custom songs, interactive themes, and dialogue.
In the case of the Triangle Apartment Association in North Carolina, Rick was to deliver a Keynote Address during a dinner meeting for 200 guests, followed by a 3 hour seminar the next day. However as Rick was flying in, so was the snow and this part the of Country is not well suited for slippery conditions. The dinner meeting was cancelled but we were able to get in the seminar, after the sun warmed the roads in the morning. It was a smaller, yet quite receptive group, who braved the elements that winter day.
Rick started off the morning donned in a full wig, posing as an industry expert. He fumbled around a little, rattled off some industry statistics, then some other meaningless information, with the group not certain what to make of this guy. They didn't know to laugh or strangle the person who hired this turkey! Then Rick started scratching his head, the wig comes off, everyone laughs or has a sigh of relief. Then came the lesson in all this foolishness...one of perception, judgement and expectation.
This was a great way to start off the interactive process and led to some of Rick's other goodies like,
"WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE"
"TAKE YOUR "I" OUT"
"WE WILL RENT YOU"
Due to the dinner meeting being cancelled, Rick had to combine some of the dinner program in the seminar. Originally there was time allotted for the CREATIVE SOLUTIONS SEGMENT, where he offers creative solutions to the groups questions, at the end.
After the seminar, evaluation forms were handed out. The group consisted mainly of marketing consultants, leasing consultants and managers. Here is a letter from the TAA director, along with the results of that survey:
It was a delight and pleasure to meet you and have you with us last month. I wish the weather had cooperated for the dinner meeting but I am glad we went forward with your seminar on January 19th. I know you spent a lot of time preparing your presentations so that they are tailored specifically for our industry, which was evidenced during your seminar thereby making the day more "personal" and meaningful. Sometimes I sit in on the seminars we sponsor and sometimes I don't. I am truly grateful
that I chose to be a part of your seminar. I gained both personally and professional and the time was very well spent. Corroborating my sentiments is a composite of the seminar evaluations received from participants. One individual said, "Just what I needed to start off the New Year." I am in total agreement.
The special touches you incorporated into the seminar were great. the "TAA RAP" and "We Will Rent You" are examples of your vast creativity and ability to tailor your presentation for your specific audience.
Rick, thank you so much for a meaningful and rewarding seminar. I have no doubt that each individual left with a nugget of knowledge or self-reflection that they will always remember. I hope our professional paths cross again in the future. I would like to close with what you have said to me every time we have spoken, 'Be good to yourself!"
Kathy A. Powell, CAE
Results of the Survey:
1.Overall, was the seminar helpful to you professionally?
2.Overall, was the seminar helpful to you personally?
3.Do you feel the seminar was in an organized manner?
4.Do you feel the seminar was presented in an interesting manner?
5.Do you feel the seminar leaders guided feedback and discussion so that it was meaningful?
6.Was the time spent in this seminar worthwhile?
7. Were your objectives met in attending this seminar?
8.Would you recommend this seminar to others?
9.Please rate the seminar leaders.
10. Any General Comments you would like to make about the seminar:
Very entertaining, informative, and thought provoking.
Thankful for being able to participate and learn about myself.
Just what I needed to start off the new year!
Encouraging and provided an opportunity to look beyond yourself and those around you.
Rick kept the small group involved the whole time.
Everyone seemed in tune to what he had to say.
Best way to learn is though humor.
Would have liked to see more discussion with the group, maybe some questions or comments from the group.
MANY THANKS TO KATHY AND HER STAFF FOR PROVIDING THIS INFORMATION!
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