Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Have Some Fun With The Serious Stuff

I spoke to 250 middle school students this year and we covered the conference rules right off the bat. However, instead of just covering the rules and moving on (which would have been very boring), we had some fun with them. We actually had fun with the name "rules," not the rules themselves (which were very serious.) The students were in teams and I gave the teams a challenge to come up with the funniest, most creative new name for the word "rules."

We just so happened to have a huge beach ball on hand and some sharpies, so once a team decided on their contest submission, they sent a representative forward and we inscribed it in the beach ball.

The students had a blast, their creativity was sparked and we started the conference on a high note, not a down one. The winning team also had the honor of having their creation mentioned all conference long.

So, the next time you are called to cover the rules, cover the Conference Wooblycootins instead.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

If You Need Music For Your Programs

We use music all the time in our keynotes and workshops. If you would like to view the lists and purchase the songs we use in our programs, follow this...

1. Download and install iTunes (you don't need to have an iPod or a Mac)

2. Once inside iTunes, go to the iTunes Store.

3. In the Search field in the top right corner, type in yournextspeaker (no spaces).

4. Click the link in the left column titled Playlists. This will get you to both our Fast playlists and our Slow playlists.

Enjoy and remember to always keep your program music Clean, Powerful and Positive!