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Thursday, December 15, 2011

From the Jeff Hurt Blog: 'Three Conference Speaker Processes that Will Alarm You'

Jeff Hurt just posted a great blog, 'Three Conference Speaker Processes that Will Alarm You'--which brings up some great take aways regarding who makes the final decision when hiring a professional speaker for an event.
What's even more interesting is the finding in the linked The Speaker Report: The Use Of Professional And Industry Speakers In The Meetings Market... an indepth look at the speaking industry from how organizations get ideas for whom to hire to how many of those looking for a speaker use a speaker's bureau.

Interestingly enough:

'The size of the professional speaker budgets also appears correlated with the perceived value of speaker bureaus. Only 4.8 percent of organizations with professional speaker budgets of $5,000 to $20,000 find bureaus extremely valuable versus an impressive 34.4 percent of organizations with budgets over $100,000.'

Why not utilize a speaker bureau who can help negotiate costs and recommend speakers to get the most out of your event?

Futurist Jack Uldrich's Predictions for 2012

Jack Uldrich is a renowned global futurist, independent scholar, sought-after business speaker, and best selling author. His books include the best-selling, The Next Big Thing is Really Small: How Nanotechnology Will Change the Future of Your Business, and the award-winning books, Into the Unknown: Leadership Lessons from Lewis & Clark’s Daring Westward Expedition.

He takes an interesting look as a futurist into what's in store for 2012 in his Predictions for 2012 on his Jump the Curve blog.

From Blackout Friday (facial recognition for retailers), free college classes for the unemployed, and politically charged apps, he thankfully doesn't predict the world will end.

The most interesting of the predictions are virtual grocery stores (which have already been seen in Asia) but will pop up in DC later this year and phone food sensors (developed by two Purdue students) which is an app that detects the type and level of chemicals used on fresh produce.

What's your prediction for 2012?

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5 Free iPhone Apps for Counting Down Christmas

The man in the red suit will make an appearance in less than two weeks! Hopefully, you are crossing off your holiday shopping list.
Mashable gives the Top 5 Free iPhone Apps for Counting Down Christmas... 'The apps range from simple to photo-filled to pet-themed, and are perfect for kids excited about the big day.'

So fun!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Join Us January 13th for Breakfast With Roger Crawford

Please join us Friday, January 13th for a COMPLIMENTARY Accelerent/The Robert E. Miller Group Breakfast featuring: 
Roger Crawford, NCAA Division I Tennis Champion and Hall of Fame for People With Disabilities Honoree

Register Now!

Roger Crawford, NCAA Division I Tennis Champion and Hall of Fame for People With Disabilities Honoree will be the guest speaker. Roger has lived out the principles of perseverance, unshakable optimism, and overcoming adversity and eloquently communicates with audiences today. His remarkable life story is a powerful example that "Challenges are inevitable, defeat is optional!" Roger was born with partial arms and fingers.


TIME: 7:00 am - 10:00 am

WHERE: Ritz Charles . 9000 W. 137th Street . Overland Park

*Please note you are a guest of FIVE STAR.

RSVP by January 6th. You can RSVP by registering online or contact Vicki Landtiser at 816.308.4548 or If you have specific seating requests, please have those submitted to Vicki directly by January 6th as well. Please be our guest!

This breakfast is hosted by The Robert E. Miller Group.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Tom Flick Hallmark Testimonial

Tom Flick recently presented at the Hallmark Finance Leadership Forum--the event theme was "Call to Courage" and Tom was the closing speaker for the all-day event. Tom's speech was, 'far and away', and according to the folks at Hallmark, the favorite among attendees.

Tim Griffith, CFO of Hallmark Cards, had nothing but wonderful things to say about Tom's speech:

'His messages around leadership and playing to win encourage the kind of introspection that can change future results.  Without reservation, I would recommend Tom to other organizations who want to energize their talent and build stronger leaders.'

Congratulations, Tom on a job well done!

Tom has a new book in the works that we can't wait to read,  and Tom addresses over 100,000 men and women each year on high performance strategies for leadership, teamwork, change, and personal growth. His passion for raising more effective leaders is achieved by his unique gift to connect with the listener’s heart as well as their head. 

For more on Tom Flick, or to inquire about his fees & availability, go here: | | 913.648.6480

CNN Hero's: An All Star-Tribute

Did you happen to catch Anderson Cooper's 'Everyday People Changing the World' special last night?
CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute honored the Top 10 Heroes and reveal the 2011 Hero of the Year. This year's Top 10 Heroes include community crusaders from across the globe whose accomplishments range from serving pasta dinners to the poor children of their community to providing wheelchairs to people with disabilities in rural Mexico.

This year's honorees include:

  • Eddie Canales - supporting high school football players who've suffered spinal cord injuries
  • Taryn Davis - supporting a community of young military widows
  • Sal Dimiceli -helping people get back on their feet financially
  • Derreck Kayongo - collecting partially used hotel soaps to reprocess for communities in need
  • Diane Latiker - providing recreational activities for her troubled Chicago neighborhood
  • Robin Lim - helping women in Indonesia have a healthy pregnancy and birth
  • Patrice Millet - assisting the Haitian youth with his nonprofit soccer program
  • Bruno Serato - serving free pasta dinners to poor children
  • Richard St. Denis - providing hundreds of wheelchairs to people with disabilities in rural Mexico
  • Amy Stokes - connecting teenagers in South Africa with volunteer mentors

For more on these hero's and many more, go to CNN's hero page here.

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    Friday, December 9, 2011

    What's Worth Sharing with VML

    Check out this short film of  KC Ad agency VML sharing a little holiday magic with local kids at Kansas City's Union Station. If you think it's a message worth sharing, pass it on to others. For every new viewer, VML will donate $1 (up to $10,000) to Toys for Tots. Watch now at
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