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The 3 A’s Critical to Change

Recently I read another terrific post by Jeff Hurt of Velvet Chainsaw. Jeff is someone I enjoy, respect, and admire.  He pushes the industry to never settle for what we have achieved, but he sees the best in all of us…even if we don’t always agree. He drew an aspirational analogy to the Olympics, where … Continue reading

Lifelong Learning

[This is being shared from… Jessica Miller-Merrell shared her takeaways from the BlogHer ( conference this past summer, and specifically called out Ms. Nooyi’s presentation on the 5C’s of Leadership, and the changing landscape for women, highlighting that 7 out of 10 worldwide buying decisions are made by women. When you consider countries going … Continue reading

What can you buy for $67,000?

In the coming weeks I will be undergoing a Total Knee Replacement.  As with most medical procedures like this, some of my time has been committed to winding through the maze of the medical/healthcare community and hospitals…the pre-operative counseling sessions, physicals, dental appointments (did you know that many infections that happen with artificial joints come … Continue reading

If you Quit learning, You Quit Living

One of the great benefits of having a child in college, outside of the adored endless dinners of mac & cheese and hot dogs to save money, is the opportunity to go and visit said child at the university.  This past weekend afforded me such an opportunity. College students are all about live events, meetings, … Continue reading

The Cool Cycle of Trade Shows and Events

The cycle from cool to old to retro is a punishing cycle. Even the old kitchen appliances that our parents, or we, abhored, are now back and popular once again…and much more expensive than before. Not long ago, it was soooo cool to hide your appliances by matching their exterior with the same wood as … Continue reading

Exhibit Booth or Classroom?

My company, Freeman, is very committed to improving live Face2Face Events.  Trade shows are a huge marketplace for Face2Face networking and education, as well as sales. We’ve all walked through trade shows and watched where the crowds gather.  In the past, it was around exhibit booths that had attractive models, celebrity autograph signings, or some … Continue reading

On Being Face-to-Face

Recently I read a blog, written a while ago, by a virtual worker.  I’m not a virtual worker, though in some sense my travel schedule and far ranging company require me to work virtually for long periods at a time, so I always think of virtual as “a meeting not requiring travel and saving costs”.  … Continue reading

Marley and Me

Say “Hi!”, as so many customers do every day at Sonny’s BBQ in Orlando, FL to Marley Bartlett. Like many I spend a great deal of my professional time traveling the country and being a part of the travel, meetings, and hospitality industry.  Good service, but more importantly, the people who provide it, is a … Continue reading

The Wizard of Westwood

I vividly remember watching the 1968 epic college basketball game…the first college basketball game to be televised nationally for those that remember…featuring the Houston Cougars against the UCLA Bruins from the new Astrodome in Houston, TX.  The Astrodome was an incredible thing to contemplate during the “Race to the Moon” times of the late ’60’s.  … Continue reading

Associations & Events 2020

I had the pleasure of participating in PCMA’s Executive Edge course at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.  If you have not attended a PCMA Executive Edge program yet, do it.  They are working with the top business schools in the country to bring executive level education to its members. Half of the day was … Continue reading