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CAM 013: How The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel Creates Awesome Meetings

CAM 013: How The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel Creates Awesome Meetings

Are you looking for a once-in-a-lifetime destination in the Canadian Rockies to book your next corporate meeting?

Do also you want to ensure that your event is seamless? Then this episode of the Create Awesome Meetings Podcast is for you! That’s because you’re going to hear from Barb Wallace, the Manager of Conference Services and Catering at the world-class Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel.

In this episode Barb shares great destination meeting insights including:

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CAM 011: How Resiliency Techniques Create Awesome Meetings

CAM 011: How Resiliency Techniques Create Awesome Meetings

When you get knocked down or frustrated during a meeting, how do you react? Do you get angry? Do you get quiet?

Do you spend more time complaining about the meeting than the actual time that you spent in the meeting? If this sounds familiar then you’re in the right place because episode 11 of the Create Awesome Meetings Podcast features Zaheen Nanji, an experienced resiliency expert who will share a wealth of practical resiliency techniques and information including:

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CAM 008: How Senior Leaders Can Create Awesome Meetings

CAM 008: How Senior Leaders Can Create Awesome Meetings

If you’re a Senior Leader, Manager or Executive who is in so many meetings that you don’t have time to do your regular work, then episode 8 of the Create Awesome Meetings Podcast is must-listen.

That’s because today’s guest is Larry Schwenneker, a former Senior Director in Education, who not only ran a budget in excess of 500 million dollars, but who also figured out how to thrive in many of the thousands of meetings that he ran, and participated in.

In this episode Larry shares his best insights about how to run fantastic senior level meetings including:

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CAM 005 – How To Profitably Connect Your Meetings To Your Strategy

CAM 005 – How To Profitably Connect Your Meetings To Your Strategy

Are you tired of meetings that don’t have a point and waste your valuable time?

Are you ready to turn your meetings into a competitive advantage for your organization?

Then you’re in the right place because episode 3 of the Create Awesome Meetings Podcast will help you to profitably connect each and every one of your meetings directly to your organization strategy. Here’s how:

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How Emerging Health Leaders Make Edmonton Awesome!

How Emerging Health Leaders Make Edmonton Awesome!

Why I Support Emerging Health Leaders Edmonton

 

When my colleagues Kim Poong and Karmin Hovde asked me to be a Speaker at the Emerging Health Leaders Edmonton (EHLE) PechaKucha Night, guess how long it took me to say yes? Less than a second! And please let me tell you why.

Kim and Karmin are super smart, competent, accomplished leaders who I got to know when I did my MBA at the University of Alberta School of Business. And I knew that if they had chosen to be a part of the Emerging Health Leaders Edmonton group that all of the other participants would be cut from the same high-calibre cloth. And that is exactly what I discovered when I got to attend and speak at their 1st PechaKucha event.

Another great reason to support EHLE is because of their vision, which is to:

Inspire growth and leadership with a lasting impact on the ever-dynamic field of health within the Edmonton community.

With those two major factors in mind I knew it was going to be a great night.

What I Experienced At The EHLE PechaKucha Night

According to PechaKucha.org, “PechaKucha 20×20 is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and you talk along to the images.” That’s 6 minutes and :40 seconds of your life that you’re never going to get back, whether you’re giving the talk or you’re in the audience. And as a Speaker I can tell you that this format is very challenging because you have to be succinct and well prepared. Thankfully, all of the Speakers knocked it out of the park that night. Check out this awesome line up that the EHLE organizers put together.

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Marni Panas shared her triumphant personal story about the the ups and downs of being authentic with her talk called “Live Your Truth And Turn Barriers Into Opportunity”

Chris Tse taught us all how to “Build A Health Movement One Tribe At A Time.”

David Pincock blew our minds as he introduced us into the world of Clinical Informatics in his talk called “Clinicians Tinkering With Computers”

Pamela Spurvey shared her very real story about “The Value In ‘Been there, done that” (you can learn more about Pamela in this great article titled “What Success Looks Like” in WE Magazine by the United Way of the Alberta Capital Region)

Marc Yu brought down the house with laughter as he explained “What Taylor Swift Can Teach Us About The Intersection Of Law, Medicine And Professionalism”

And finally Marlies van Dijk boldly showed us the new reality of change management with her talk called “Heart, Mind & Bravery”

And I can honestly say that I did not expect to be so inspired! But all of these high-impact Speakers made me laugh and gain new perspectives, and for that I am really glad I was there.

10 Ways To Create Awesome Meetings

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I also enjoyed Speaking at the event. My talk was called “10 Ways To Create Awesome Meetings.” It is based on the following checklist:

  1. Get Real With Yourself
  2. Get Real With Your Team
  3. Know Your Total Meeting Cost $
  4. Get A Great Facilitator
  5. Link The Meeting To Your Strategy
  6. Create A Blockbuster A-G-E-N-D-A
  7. Meet In The Right Space
  8. Get Awesome Resources
  9. Follow-Up F-A-S-T
  10. Take Action!

Here is a full audio recording of my presentation if you’d like to listen to it, and if you’d like to receive a more detailed version of the checklist, please enter your name and email below.

 

Why You Should Attend The Next EHLE Event

 

If you are a seasoned and emerging leader. Or maybe you want to be inspired. Or maybe you’d simply like to meet some of the most effective people in Edmonton, then I would suggest that you attend the next event that Emerging Health Leaders Edmonton puts on (here’s the events link so you can check it out – http://emerginghealthleaders.ca/edmonton/events/). And here are a few examples of some of the great events they have already put on this year!

  • An evening with Helen Bevan – Chief Transformation Officer, National Health Services (NHS)
  • A PechaKucha Speakers night that was unforgettable
  • Socials – for example in September they held a ‘Mini-Olympics consisting of virtual golf, Sega Super GT: Auto Racing, Pro Putt and 3-ball pool.’

So not only are the Emerging Health Leaders in Edmonton smart, but they also like to have a lot of fun!

Changing The World, One Meeting At A Time

And with the same passion that EHLE is committed to inspiring growth and leadership, I am dedicated to ‘changing the world, one meeting at time.’ So at the end of my PechaKucha talk I asked this group of professionals to make a commitment and here’s what happened.

Why I Create Awesome Meetings

Why I Create Awesome Meetings

Why I Create Awesome Meetings is rather simple, I enjoy helping people, businesses, and organizations of any kind better their futures.

My name is Gord Sheppard and I love meetings.

I say that honestly because I work as a Professional Meeting Facilitator and Consultant, and every time I run a meeting it goes well.

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How To Become An Awesome Meeting Facilitator

How To Become An Awesome Meeting Facilitator

How much will your next meeting cost? $1,000/hour? $5,000/hour? Does your current meeting facilitator or leader help your company make more money by effectively facilitating profitable meetings? Or do they have a style that kills productivity and morale?

When I work as a Professional Meeting Facilitator I turn mediocre meetings into energized, focused and profitable experiences for everyone involved. So in order to pass along everything I know about how to facilitate an awesome meeting, I have put together the following list of suggestions.

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How To Create Awesome Non-Profit Board Meetings

How To Create Awesome Non-Profit Board Meetings

Well, fear not, because whether you’re a volunteer, Executive Director, or the guy who brings the muffins, this article is your guide on ‘How To Create Awesome Non-Profit Board Meetings.” These tips are based on my own experience working as a Professional Meeting Facilitator.

What does the phrase “non-profit board meeting” make you want to do?

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