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Episode 164 – Thom Singer – Emceeing / audio

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Thom Singer (@ThomSinger on Twitter) returns to give host Craig Price some tips on being an emcee. Being an emcee or host for a corporate event is nothing like being an emcee at a comedy club. To help with Craig’s upcoming hosting duties at Comicpalooza, he decided to look for a professional. Past guest and speaker pal, Thom is widely known as the “Conference Catalyst” and professional emceeing is right in his wheelhouse. The two discuss, what the goals of the emcee is at an event, how to keep things moving along, how to deal with a speaker who goes long. They also discuss another major aspect of emceeing and is far more common, hosting a panel. How do you prepare, how much do you prepare, how do you get quiet guests involved and most importantly, how do you control the one panelist that tries to dominate the time.

Learn more about Thom at http://conferencecatalyst.com and listen to his podcast Cool Things Entreprenuers Do.

APP BONUS: Read Thom’s 10 Tips for Being the Master of Ceremonies

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Episode 163 – Patrick Allmond – Video Marketing / audio

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Patrick Allmond (@PatrickAllmond on twitter) returns to talk the ins and outs to video marketing with host Craig Price. Let’s be clear, Craig makes no bones about it when he discusses his dislike for most video marketing. Why do you think he podcasts instead of vlogs?? Patrick talks both technical and practical as he explains what he uses and how he uses video marketing. He goes over the equipment needed (not much) as well has his process from camera to final post online, not only just creating his 3in5 videos but how he repurposes his video for blogs, podcasts, newsletters and more.

Patrick can be found at http://allaboutfocus.com

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Episode 162 – Alan Cerny – 2015 Summer Movie Preview Part 1 / audio

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Alan Cerny (@NordlingAICN on twitter) is here to give the 2015 summer movie preview for the next 2 months with host Craig Price. It seems to be coming earlier and earlier but the summer movie onslaught has already begun. Craig declared Avengers: Age of Ultron the official start or the 2015 summer movie season and the two cover lots of ground for just the next 2 months.

Movies in this episode include (with scheduled release dates):

May 1: The Avengers: Age of Ultron

May 8: Maggie

May 15: Mad Max: Fury Road

May 15: Pitch Perfect 2

May 22: Tomorrowland

May 22: Poltergeist

May 29: San Andreas 3D

June 5: Spy

June 5: Entourage

June 12: Jurassic World

June 26: Ted 2

We’ll be sure to add Alan’s reviews from Ain’t it Cool News as he writes them.

APP BONUS: The 2 give a spoiler filled recap and review of Avengers: Age of Ultron and discuss the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a whole only on the podcast app!

 

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Episode 161 – John Simons – Comicpalooza 2015 / audio

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John Simons, chairman of Comicpalooza (@comicpalooza on twitter) speaks with host Craig Price about putting a comic-con together. The two discuss the modest history of Comicpalooza from it’s humble beginnings in a movie theater lobby to the juggernaut can’t miss festival that boast 60,000 attendees (more are expected this year!). John explains how he had hoped to grow into a hotel ballroom type of space only to see his comic-con jump into the cavernous George R Brown Convention Center. He talks about how he plans ahead (sometime up to 3 years in advance) for upcoming conventions, who they decide to ask and what type of programming you can expect this year. Craig goes on and on about how great John Barrowman was at Comicpalooza 2014 (It’s kind of embarrassing), the diversity of programming available (it’s really like 10 small conventions happening at once) and the love of beer while waiting in line.

Comicpalooza’s mission is to provide the best and biggest annual multi-format pop culture convention in the southwest region of the United States, serving not only the fans of comics, science fiction, fantasy, video and table top gaming, anime, music and film, but also as a trade show and showcase for the studios, publishers, and manufacturers in those industries.

This year Comicpalooza is happening on May 22nd through the 25th. You can learn about all the guests currently scheduled (Craig is excited to see Haley Atwell and Henry Winkler) at http://www.comicpalooza.com 

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Episode 160 – Mark Hehl – Conflict Management / audio

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Mark Hehl with Solutions4Business joins host Craig Price to discuss conflict management. Not many people like conflict in the workplace and even fewer like getting involved when the conflict may not involve you. Mark and Craig discuss how conflict can be good for organizations, but they also discuss how planning ahead can eliminate many of the potential conflicts that could pop up on a project. They discuss the reasons for conflict, including people who just like pushing buttons and causing chaos (Craig calls them “social terrorists”) as well as separate departments having separate goals and never communicating them to each other.  All of this talk will be showcased at the Southern New England Chapter of PMI Professional Development Day in Hartford CT this April 27th and 28th. If you’re in the Nutmeg state at the time, register at SNEC-PMI.org. Hope to see you there!

APP BONUS: Get Mark’s entire powerpoint presentation from the event! In order to be successful the project manager needs to understand and manage conflict. This session will arm the Project Manager with the skills to avoid conflict along with time tested methods to resolve conflicts within their projects. It will also explore the beneficial and negative effects of project conflict. Application of these strategies will result in enhanced project performance.

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