Monday, 18 February 2019

From Little Things, Big Things Grow

From Little Things, Big Things Grow



Not only is that a great line from a Paul Kelly song, it is true of our efforts as well.

Two years ago, my brother in law gave me an apple tree. And I am so thrilled that after fighting back bugs, possums, drought, hail and bashing it with a lawn mower (accidentally), we have been harvesting the first fruit from it.
Check out good this apple looks (and they taste lovely too!)

Like a conference or event finally coming to fruition, it is a joy to taste the fruits of your labour.

But the thing is, it hasn't been a hard slog.

Yes there are times when it is hard work but most of the times it is just a load of little pieces.
Pruning back the tree (or the run sheet) to focus on the real value elements.
Sharing the progress of the buds (or registrations) as the tree/event comes to life.
Ensuring the right support is there (fertilisers, AV, MC) and now to enjoy the final product.

What event or project are you working on where all your little things are finally falling into place?

Don't worry if seem like you are only doing little things.

Remember - from little things, big things grow.



Click the image below for the song from Paul Kelly that chronicles the struggles of our indigenous peoples performed at the memorial service for Gough Whitlam.






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Warwick Merry - The Get More Guy, is your high energy, results focused, action oriented, no holds barred tour de force Master MC, keynote speaker and Exhibiting Specialist. He ensures your attendees Get More from your event. His MC work is like insurance for your event. It guarantees things will run smoothly and on time. As a speaker, he is like a dose of sparkling mineral water – a bubbling, burst of healthy, sustainable energy for your attendees.  If you need a burst of inspiration, cogitation and celebration at your next event you MUST book The Get More Guy, Warwick Merry.

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Monday, 11 February 2019

How You Can Easily Add More Value To Your Prospect

How You Can Easily Add More Value To Your Prospect



I just got off the phone from a prospect who is looking for someone to host their annual industry awards and dinner.
Her colleague had seen me host an event and had been part of my Sponsorship Workshops, so it was a lovely phone call to get.

She was talking to me about some of the concerns she had, the unique industry issues they have, the history of their events and was looking for solutions and ball park pricing.

It would have been very easy for me to give a ball park price and have a limited conversation and not give her too many ideas before they sign me up.
In fact, some of my colleagues tell me I am too generous with my information.

But I know something they are yet to work out. This prospect even admitted it!

She said she was a little concerned about the event - because of it's history, their limited budget and the pressure to get it "right." But after speaking with me, discovering that my dad worked in the industry, hearing some of the suggestions and possibilities she could do so shift the focus of the event and make it more positive for everyone, she felt far more comfortable.

That is worth the risk of giving away too much. When your customer or prospect feels better or more comfortable about an event because of you, you are becoming part of the team. Some of the PCO's I work with have said to me, "Now we know you are the MC, we know we don't have to worry about that anymore."

If you can make your customer or prospect "feel comfortable", the value is immeasurable.

So how can you make your customers and prospects feel more comfortable?
What can you do, what information can you share or what ideas can you give them so that you are strongly embedded as part of the team?

All relationships start somewhere. If you can add comfort to the relationship as swiftly as possible, the value is priceless.

PS The latest episode of the Get More Success Show is out. This time I am chatting with a US Based Internet Lawyer discovering some of the common errors that people make on the internet that can cost them money. As well as learning why the World Wide Web is not longer truly World Wide. You can listen to the episode on your favourite podcast app or click here.


Warwick Merry - The Get More Guy, is your high energy, results focused, action oriented, no holds barred tour de force Master MC, keynote speaker and Exhibiting Specialist. He ensures your attendees Get More from your event. His MC work is like insurance for your event. It guarantees things will run smoothly and on time. As a speaker, he is like a dose of sparkling mineral water – a bubbling, burst of healthy, sustainable energy for your attendees.  If you need a burst of inspiration, cogitation and celebration at your next event you MUST book The Get More Guy, Warwick Merry.

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Monday, 4 February 2019

In Our World of Change, What's New for You?

In Our World of Change, What's New For You?



Our friend Christine loves horses. She has quite a few. Now she has one more!

Seven days ago, baby Jewel was born. So this weekend we went to say hello.

Seven days old and she was running around and frolicking enjoying all her world has to offer. She was shaking her tail like a puppy. The wind in the grass seemed to fascinate her.

In business, people are often heard complaining about how much change there is, but I loved Jewel's approach to change.

In her seven days, she has seen a colossal amount of new things and new changes in her life. Each change seemed to fascinate and excite her.

Now I am not so naive to say, "treat each change like a new foal." Sometime we understand the impact of the change well before it kicks in and it is not always positive.

Having said that, there was something in the fasciation that Jewel was facing some of the big changes in her world. So maybe we could look for the fascination in change. Maybe we could look for the fun. Maybe we could look for joy. Maybe we could look for the fresh start. Maybe change is not always something to be feared.

In our world of change, what's new for you?


Here's 13 Seconds of Jewel the Foal to fire up your day.



 

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Tuesday, 29 January 2019

I Hate You Computer!

I Hate You Computer


I had a brilliant article written about Australia day.

It was open minded. It showed how we needed to put our own bias aside and consider Indigenous peoples concerns around Australia day.

It has some excellent links like the one to the ABC's tv show, You Can't Ask That about the kind of stereo types Indigenous Australian's face. It had a link to a powerful video an Aboriginal dancer did on what Australia Day means to him.

I even tied in the events world discussing Welcome to Country and Acknowledgement of Country and how politicians are the worst at them.

I tried to help put existing biases aside by introducing the Dunning Kruger effect and give some ideas on how to get out of own road when thinking and talking about Australia Day.

The grand finale was the astonishing statement that I had no answers about Australia Day, but it is the questions that are often more important anyway so keep asking questions of the people it impacts the most.

The article was funny, written stylishly and even said at the end how the latest edition of the Get More Success show is out with an interview with someone who made millions, lost even more and is happier than ever.

Then as I was adding a picture for the finishing touches, the computer crapped itself and I lost the lot.

I don't have it within me to resculpt a fabulous piece so today you get the summary.

Short and sweet, Australia Day is good. But if it is not good for everyone, particularly our first peoples, is it really that good?

I'm now off to try and calm down and see what I can salvage for the rest of the day.

Grrrrrrrr!!!!


Warwick Merry - The Get More Guy, is your high energy, results focused, action oriented, no holds barred tour de force Master MC, keynote speaker and Exhibiting Specialist. He ensures your attendees Get More from your event. His MC work is like insurance for your event. It guarantees things will run smoothly and on time. As a speaker, he is like a dose of sparkling mineral water – a bubbling, burst of healthy, sustainable energy for your attendees.  If you need a burst of inspiration, cogitation and celebration at your next event you MUST book The Get More Guy, Warwick Merry.

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Monday, 21 January 2019

I'm On the List!

I'm On The List



I had a whole other idea to post about today but I found out that on Friday, I have been listed as one of the Best MCs in Australia.

It is very exciting!

The list was released by Industry Authority David Staughton in his review here. He notes that with many conferences and events costing in the hundreds of thousands, it needs a professional Master of Ceremonies to keep things under control and on track.

I must confess, it is esteemed company that I am on the list with and there is one factor that is common with them.

They make the Emcees job look effortless!

This is a double edged sword (and it is for every profession). If you are doing your job so well that it looks easy, pretty soon other non-professionals think, "well anyone could do that!"
I have to tell you, that is simply not the case.

Most of us have been to an event where it was hosted by; the CEO, the Sales Manager, the funny guy from accounts, or some kind of celebrity. If nothing goes wrong or off script, they usually can do a fairly good job.

Events RARELY go to plan and nearly always go off script!

Events are now needing far more from the Master of Ceremonies too. It is not enough to simply read the introduction and manage the time.

Some of the additional tasks that I do are: social media commentary during the event, pre-event videos, event marketing, post event summaries, engagement with delegates during breaks, audience warm-ups, panel session and fish bowl moderation, and sponsor relationships.

If you are spending a lot of money on an event, you want that event to maximise the value gained, that is what a great Master of Ceremonies does.

Check out the list of Australia's Best Masters of Ceremonies and let me know who you love to see on stage.  



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Monday, 7 January 2019

Are you the Conductor of Your Own Destiny?

Are You The Conductor of Your Own Destiny?



Maybe "Destiny" is a bit too full on for this time of day, conductor of your own life is a bit full on too. Maybe conductor of your coming year or the coming months is more appropriate.

Whatever you find more palatable, the question is, are you in control?

Not complete control because there is so much that happens that is outside your control that happens that you have to deal with.

Ok, I have worked it out. Here it is. Are you willing to take responsibility for the actions that need to be taken to get the results you are after?

This is more than simply saying to yourself, "Yes of course!"

 

  • It is continually stepping up and being willing to make tough decisions and uncomfortable actions.
  • It is exerting your influence on others (both subtly and blatantly) to get the outcomes you are working towards.
  • It is training other people to do the jobs they should know how to do themselves anyway but doing it in a patient and caring manner.
  • It is being willing to put your hand up even when you don't want to because you know it's needed.
  • It is stepping outside your own desires and looking at what is best for the team and taking the appropriate action.
  • It is being willing to make a fool of yourself and not caring what others think.
  • It is putting suggestions forward and when they are knocked back, going with the group consensus anyway.
  • It is getting there early when you would rather stay in bed. It is going above and beyond to make sure the entire experience is great for everyone and not just you.
  • It is asking the hard questions to those who don't always like it.
  • It is having fun when things are getting a bit too serious.
  • It is tapping in to the synergy of everyone in the room and making sure everyone knows the part they play.
  • It is taking a little more than your fair share of the blame and a little less than your fair share of the credit.
  • It is doing what you don't want to do when you know it has to be done.
  • It is shining the light on those that deserve it.
  • It is keeping things running on time and on budget even though that can sometimes hurt.
  • It is picking yourself up, cracking a joke and then continuing to move forward when things don't work out.
  • It is counting on the team around you and letting go of the control.
  • It is passing on the baton and training your own replacement (even though you love your job).
  • It is leaving when it's time.


Spider Man's Uncle Ben said to him. "With great power comes great responsibility." I find the reverse is true also.

"With Great Responsibility comes Great Power."

The more willing you are to take responsibility for a situation, a position, a life, the more power you have over it and the Conductor is the most powerful person in the entire orchestra.

Are you ready for Great Power?

Are you ready to be the Conductor of your own Destiny?  


PS If you are looking to have more power over your next event, be it a conference, a departmental meeting or an internal company event, starting Feb 6th, I will be running live on line sessions on how to be a master event host. It is an eight week course with a stack of additional resources. Check GetMoreMCSuccess.com for more details.


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Monday, 31 December 2018

Do You Have Your Happy File Ready for an AWESOME 2019?

Do You Have Your Happy File Ready?



Have you got your happy file ready?
Do you have a happy file?
Do you even know what a happy file is?

OK - Let's start at the beginning.

A happy file is a place where you store all the nice emails, cards, things that others have said about you. They are the comments or moments that made you feel good about what you do, who you are and the person you are growing up to be. It could be from a family member, friend, client, competitor, stranger, whoever - just something that makes you go "YEEESSSSS!!!" on the inside.

Maybe they said, "Wow you have done an amazing job with your kids. They are such a joy to be around" or "You are amazing at what you do, without your efforts we could never have received the acclaim we have" or "You always know the right thing to say. Thank you".

You know the times they say it, write it, post it - make sure you capture it and put it in a file somewhere.

A happy file is important because it is a brilliant place to turn to when you have doubt.

I don't care who you are. There are times you will have doubt. "Am I doing the right thing, will this work, am I any good at this, am I barking up the wrong tree" - It happens to EVERYONE.

When it does happen, open up your Happy File and have a look at what others have said about you in the past (because sometimes you simply cannot trust your own perspective). It helps boost you in a time when you need it.

With a powerful Happy File in your corner, it will make the coming year a whole lot easier and more successful for you.

Let me know if you need any help.

PS TWO OPPORTUNITIES TO WORK WITH ME IN 2019

If you are wanting to be a Professional Speaker and get paid well to speak or you are already a speaker but need to Get More Speaker Sales, I am running a one day intensive with a followup webinar in Sydney on January 17th. There are only 2 spots left! Head to GetMoreSpeakerSuccess.com for more details

If you host events inside your company, or want to add Professional MC to your tool kit, then you won't want to me the Get More MC Success series. It is 8 weeks of webinars, online resources and continuing support to help you get the foundation skills right and start getting more work as a Professional MC. Head to GetMoreMCSuccess.com for more details.

If you are interested in either opportunity, get in touch with me and be sure to ask for the Subscriber Bonus!



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Warwick Merry - The Get More Guy, is your high energy, results focused, action oriented, no holds barred tour de force Master MC, keynote speaker and Exhibiting Specialist. He ensures your attendees Get More from your event. His MC work is like insurance for your event. It guarantees things will run smoothly and on time. As a speaker, he is like a dose of sparkling mineral water – a bubbling, burst of healthy, sustainable energy for your attendees.  If you need a burst of inspiration, cogitation and celebration at your next event you MUST book The Get More Guy, Warwick Merry.

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