7 Things to Set the Atmosphere for your Speaking Success

event-officeYou would be amazed the difference it makes to the success of your training or speaking event when the atmosphere in the room is just right by the time your attendees walk in. That may be a bit of a challenge if you are not the organiser and only the trainer or speaker but it is in your best interest to know what the space looks and feels like.

A few years back I took a protocol course and the instructor suggested that we set the room right with incense. I hadn’t noticed until she said it that the room, which I’d been in many times before, was now lightly scented and always felt very welcoming. We don’t always notice when things are right but we definitely know when they are wrong.

She made sure that although only teaching a workshop, the room was inviting. This included, the positioning of tables and chairs so everyone could have good visibility to view the presentation.

  1. Upon accepting the invite to speak, let the organises know your seating requirements and ask if they can be facilitated. If they are unable to accommodate you then you have time to adjust your presentation to suit.
  2. When speaking at someone’s event, ask that you be allowed to see the space a day before where possible or at least a few hours before the event, with enough time to ask for changes to the room set up.
  3. If it is your event and you are using someone’s space, do a walk through at least a week before to check line of sight to the podium and screens.
  4. If you are recording the event, ask the videographer to view the space with you and guide you on where the cameras will be set up to make sure that your event is captured in the best way. Know the best places to stand for lighting and visual impact.
  5. Do a sound check and test out the Projector the day of your event.
  6. Ensure that your laptop or device can integrate with their equipment.
  7. Get to the event space at least 30 minutes before to do a last check and to be ready to welcome your attendees. This will give you a chance to learn about a few of them and it may give you ideas of how you can refer to what they do within your presentation.

Public speaking and training can be more enjoyable for you and have a greater impact for your audience when you set the right atmosphere.

I wish you success.


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Download Truly Woman Magazine Nov/Dec 08

It might as well be twins. Delivering this third issue of Truly Woman felt like labor and I have to say I had a three great midwives who helped me get it out (or rather demanded, cajoled, and prayed that I give up the magazine pronto). They have been acknowledged in my opening letter in the November/December issue now available. Yippee!

I hope you enjoy it but more than that I hope the information presented helps you to heal, forgive and move on to your future.

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Seminars on Fighting Fear and Gaining Wealth

covera-1-1PHILIPSBURG – Two free seminars are being offered this weekend by Nerissa Golden, president of Truly Caribbean Network, a non-profit foundation established to create opportunities for Caribbean people globally.

“Challenging times call for creative thinking and fearless people,” says Golden who is also an entrepreneur and author. “Most of us don’t like to admit that we are afraid but confessing the fear is the first step in overcoming it and using it for good rather than bad.”

Golden added that “people are becoming increasingly more stressed in their personal relationships but also in business. The seminars are designed to provide practical strategies for surviving in an unstable economy and fighting the fears that come with living each day.”

The author says that “fearful people attract fearful events and outcomes. Rather than burying our heads in the sand and pretending that we are not afraid, we need to identify and then challenge what we fear most with a right attitude and positive actions.”

The increase in senseless murders and robberies on the island is no accident and it will take pro-active steps by each person to guard and protect themselves. We have no problem paying for security gates, alarms and guards but we must also guard our hearts and minds.”

On Friday evening at 7:30pm, Golden will present “Overcoming Fear to Pursue Your Dreams”. Saturday evening’s session will be “Strategies for Gaining Wealth.” Both seminars will be held at the Rupert Maynard Community Center in St. Petersand are open to everyone.

It is recommended that interested persons RSVP to or call 523-3731 to confirm a space because of limited seating.

Attendees will also be able to pre-order copies of her new books The Making of a Caribbeanpreneur: Strategies for Overcoming Fear and Building Wealth and a Truly Caribbean Woman’s Guide to Good Love.

Caption: The Cover of Nerissa Golden’s new book ”The Making of a Caribbeanpreneur: Strategies for Overcoming Fear and Building Wealth”. This weekend the general public can learn more about starting or growing their business and fighting fear at two free seminars to be held at the Rupert Maynard Community Center in St. Peters on Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm. (Cover design by Blue Orange Designs)

Women's Retreat and Jazz Too in the Cayman Islands

I will be speaking at the Me in My life Women’s Empowerment Seminar this December 5-7 in the Cayman Islands.

I love the Cayman Islands and this is a great time to get away refresh your soul and spirit and enjoy some incredible jazz too.

The event is happening at the same time as the Cayman Islands Jazz Festival and it is always a treat.

Register Here….

The cost of workshop alone is US$125.00 per person which includes:

  • Friday Night Blow-Out Session
  • Saturday Whole day Workshop with scrumptious island lunch
  • Sunday Breakfast
  • Nature Experience with lunch
  • Plus Souvenir T-shirts & gifts packs

Add US$35.00 to get One discounted ticket (50% OFF) to Cayman Jazz Fest on Friday or Saturday Night Jazz Fest will be featuring legendary stars such ANITA BAKER – MICHAEL BOLTON – ANGIE STONE – TERENCE HOWARD and many others. 

We have pre-arranged share rates at Comfort SuitesSeven Mile Beach . If you are interested in shared rates, contact us on the below details. Individual rates can be booked directly with Comfort Suites

Overseas Travellers: You can book your flights through Cayman Airways  . Feel free to contact us should you need any assistance in making your visit to Cayman Islands as pleasant and relaxing as possible.


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