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Posts: Professional Speaking News

Futurist or Fortune Teller? by Sadie Sharp

Futurist or Fortune Teller? by Sadie Sharp

18/04/2018 | Professional Speaking News

I’ve worked as a freelance transformation consultant for the past 15 years and I’ve had the privilege to have seen some inspiringly creative areas of practice, and I’ve had the illuminating opportunity to see some pockets of astoundingly incompetent practice. The one thing that both ends of this spectrum had in common? They were all undertaken by people who considered themselves futurists...

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GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR SPEAKER… A salvo of ideas for you to consider by Geoff Ramm

GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR SPEAKER… A salvo of ideas for you to consider by Geoff Ramm

25/01/2018 | Professional Speaking News

1. Social Media: To create a buzz in advance of your event, ask your speaker to regularly send out promotional tweets, instragram pics or linkedin and facebook updates. 2. Pre Event Video: To help boost bookings or to enthuse internal team members, simply ask the speaker to produce a short 90 second video of who they are, what they’ll ...

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You Can't Build Relationships While Sat at Your Desk by Andy Lopata

You Can't Build Relationships While Sat at Your Desk by Andy Lopata

04/01/2018 | Professional Speaking News

A client recently briefed me ahead of a forthcoming event to a group of recent graduates. I was told that many graduate employees over recent years have spurned face-to-face networking events and conferences, seeing such events as a waste of time because they could build the necessary relationships online.  There is no doubt that the proliferation of online networks and their rapid gro...

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Service over Sales - The Telephone Assassin's Approach

Service over Sales - The Telephone Assassin's Approach

08/12/2017 | Professional Speaking News

How important is telephone etiquette to your sales calls? Anthony Stears AKA The Telephone Assassin has one mission - to get businesses talking again. In a world led by digital technology the art of conversation and building relationships verbally is eroded daily by the ever-increasing numbers of text messages and emails. When business relationships are increasingly important to...

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The Story of TWO Teams, 2,000 Miles and FIVE Lessons of Leadership by Caspar Craven

The Story of TWO Teams, 2,000 Miles and FIVE Lessons of Leadership by Caspar Craven

01/12/2017 | Professional Speaking News

Your team. In business, at home, in sport, on an adventure. Does it click and you are flying along? Or does it feel hard, crunchy and that something isn’t working? This summer, I led two very different teams. Both were in challenging, uncertain and changing environments. The setting was 2,000 miles of sailing along the rugged and windswept North Pacific coast between San Francisco and...

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8 Things to Consider Before Sending a Connection Request on LinkedIn by Andy Lopata

8 Things to Consider Before Sending a Connection Request on LinkedIn by Andy Lopata

22/11/2017 | Professional Speaking News

There are different schools of thought on how to approach connecting on LinkedIn. Do you connect with as many people as possible? After all, surely a wide network gives you access to more people. Or are strong relationships the key factor for you, developing a network made up only of people you know, like and trust? I certainly have my own preferences but whatever you decide, it...

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5 Golden Rules for Building Better Conferences by Michael Jackson

5 Golden Rules for Building Better Conferences by Michael Jackson

16/11/2017 | Professional Speaking News

The biggest missing motivator at conferences is a lack of effective communication. Event organisers hear this from delegates after virtually every conference; which is ironic – as the vast majority of corporate conferences, events and seminars are planned for ...

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Communication - By being a Zoo Keeper

Communication - By being a Zoo Keeper

19/10/2017 | Professional Speaking News

There are no difficult customers - there are just different customers. When communicating to your team, your staff, your family and your customers your job is to understand their style and needs as quickly as possible. Thus the role of the zoo keeper is paramount. So what do I mean? You will meet many different people in your life and whilst there are thousands o...

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Intrapreneurship and How to Make it Work in Your Business

Intrapreneurship and How to Make it Work in Your Business

30/08/2017 | Professional Speaking News

We are in a time where customer expectation is high. Where consumers are always looking for a product or service that understands their needs and provides for them as efficiently as possible. How do you correlate what you are offering with what the current market is wanting? It is a common concept to adapt your business to suit the needs of customers, however from a management level, th...

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Sport vs Business

Sport vs Business

03/08/2017 | Professional Speaking News

Can the business industry learn from sport? Merisha Stevenson, BBC Non-Executive Director recently wrote an article on boxer Anthony Joshua's Life Lessons which I really think we can learn from, in life and business. Life is uncertain. Business is uncertain. Winning a fight to become heav...

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Will having a ‘well known’ speaker your event increase delegate attendance?

Will having a ‘well known’ speaker your event increase delegate attendance?

19/07/2017 | Professional Speaking News

In their new research on Association Conference Delegate Behaviour, Tourism Australia has identified 12 key conference essentials. Well-Known Speakers were recognised by 49% of the research sample as a key component to attend a conference. One common issue event managers face...

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How to improve speaker connection with attendees at your event in 30 Minutes

How to improve speaker connection with attendees at your event in 30 Minutes

12/07/2017 | Professional Speaking News

53% of event professionals say that their attendees want greater interaction with speakers at their events (Engaging Events 2016) Why is speaker interaction such an ongoing problem at conferences and events? When you go to a conference and you hear a ta...

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Three sure fire ways to get the most out of your Event MC

Three sure fire ways to get the most out of your Event MC

05/07/2017 | Professional Speaking News

MC's are arguably the most important person at an event. Have you ever been to an event that is a disaster because there is no one person to guide the event, or even worse that the person responsible for this task is failing to hold the audience's attention or just goes off course all together? When you are at an event, whether this be an awards ceremony or a conference you need...

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Brand NEW Event Magazine Key Notes -  A Guide to Professional Speakers

Brand NEW Event Magazine Key Notes - A Guide to Professional Speakers

25/05/2017 | Professional Speaking News, Tips for Event Organisers

Unique Speaker Bureau UK's Brand New Publication is Released! Click below to read or download your own copy of Key Notes - a guide to some of the best, most inspiring and motivating speakers from the UK and beyond. There are also a series of guides and top tips from our experts, giving invaluable advice to event organisers...   ...

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Everest Explorer in Public Event

Everest Explorer in Public Event

09/01/2017 | Professional Speaking News

*Any USB UK client wishing to see Cathy please contact us and we will arrange a guest ticket* ...

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Alan Steven's TOP 10 things for businesses to consider re Brexit...

Alan Steven's TOP 10 things for businesses to consider re Brexit...

24/06/2016 | Professional Speaking News

1. Always have a plan for each eventuality - some businesses weren't even contemplating Brexit 2....

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The Pros, Cons and Upshot of Brexit by Michael Jackson....

The Pros, Cons and Upshot of Brexit by Michael Jackson....

24/06/2016 | Professional Speaking News

The pros, cons and upshot of the Brexit...Pros?During the timescale of the exit, there is time for Britain to rebuild its position in global marketsA weaker currency will enable increased trade opportunities The financial market may choose to keep Britain as a global hub freed from EU interf...

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Business Planning for Effects of the Referendum from Rebecca Jones

Business Planning for Effects of the Referendum from Rebecca Jones

24/06/2016 | Professional Speaking News, Top Tips

For when the impact of the EU Referendum result sinks in, here are some tips to consider for your business going forward from business growth speaker Rebecca Jones... Involve your staff in reviewing or developing contingency plans Take time to review your costs and streamline the business if necessary ...

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Top 10 Traits of Successful People - by Nigel Risner

Top 10 Traits of Successful People - by Nigel Risner

19/04/2016 | Professional Speaking News

Nigel Risner, author and television presenter tells all. “We have all read about people who are successful briefly. They win a gold medal, make a fortune, or star in one great movie … and then disappear. Or, there are those like Marilyn Monroe and Howard Hughes who achieve extraordinary success, at the cost of their own lives. These examples do not inspire me! My focus and f...

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Client Event is MADE UK's Premier Event!

Client Event is MADE UK's Premier Event!

30/03/2016 | Professional Speaking News

Sheffield's MADE Festival, the UK’s largest celebration of entrepreneurship, has been named among ‘The 10 Best Worldwide Conferences for Entrepreneurs’ on entrepreneur.com. The ...

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A new wave of branding? - By Lesley Everett

A new wave of branding? - By Lesley Everett

16/03/2016 | Professional Speaking News

Creating an authentic personality to your corporate brand may not be something you have spent lots of time thinking about in your organisation. In today’s highly competitive and trust-seeking business world we all operate in, it is perhaps quite simply your biggest differentiator. However, we are now starting to experience the need for leaders to really embrace this and develop a pers...

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Marketing Master Strikes Back with OMG II

Marketing Master Strikes Back with OMG II

18/12/2015 | Professional Speaking News

If our business landscape was the Galaxy, if Lord Sugar was the Sith Lord and Richard Branson was Yoda then Geoff Ramm would truly be our Jedi Knight of Marketing and Customer Service. The second installment of Observational Marketing Greats "OMG Strikes Back" has hit the online bookshelves recently and it is packed with Marketing genius.   Inside this little book of match...

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Arise Lady Mone, Baroness of Mayfair

Arise Lady Mone, Baroness of Mayfair

14/12/2015 | Professional Speaking News

This year has been one to remember for Michelle Mone. Not only was Michelle introduced to the House of Lords, but she is assiting the government in enterprise development and her profile is continuing to strenthen with media, such as her stunning front cover on The Times magazine. Michelle was chosen by David Cameron to lead a major Government review on ...

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Find the Superhero in YOU!...

Find the Superhero in YOU!...

30/11/2015 | Professional Speaking News

Brand new and EXCLUSIVE to USB UK, Jamie McDonald cycled 14,000 miles from Bangkok to Gloucester, then broke the world record for continuous static cycling (over 11 days!!) and then ran 5,000 miles across Canada - the only person ever to do this unaided! He did all this for charity, raising over a quarter of a million pounds in the process. Jamie is t...

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Discover the G A P in Your Customer Service You Never Knew Existed!

Discover the G A P in Your Customer Service You Never Knew Existed!

14/10/2015 | Professional Speaking News

BRAND NEW SHOW REEL ON CELEBRITY CUSTOMER SERVICE Geoff Ramm is by far one of USB UK's most popular speakers. Aside from the accolades, hugely positive client testimonials, social media posts and book reviews, the acid test for us is that every event we book Geoff for we get a re-booking or referral for another one. So, what's all the fuss about? Firstly, Geoff speaks on Custom...

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SUMO is 10!

SUMO is 10!

10/10/2015 | Professional Speaking News

After being rejected by thirteen publishers, and told it had a shelf-life of 18 months, we are absolutely thrilled to announce the 10th Anniversary edition of SUMO (Shut Up Move On) by one of our favourite motivational and inspirational business speakers, Paul McGee. We all long for succes...

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We now accept all major cards!...

We now accept all major cards!...

29/09/2015 | Professional Speaking News

Due to demand, and to make it easier for our customers to pay for their speaker services, we now accept Visa, Meastro and Master Card payments. Often, our customers would prefer to pay expenses such as speaking fees, books and travel on a credit card, or it can be a quick and easy way of dealing with one-off supplier payments. We like t...

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Michelle Mone OBE leads major review on enterprise

Michelle Mone OBE leads major review on enterprise

14/08/2015 | Professional Speaking News

Michelle Mone OBE to lead major Government review on supporting ...

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USB Speakers Go Down a Storm at CIMA MIP 2015

USB Speakers Go Down a Storm at CIMA MIP 2015

09/07/2015 | Professional Speaking News

USB UK was engaged in  by Conference Chairman, Ray Baxter to source several speakers for the 2015 Chartered Institute of Management Accountants Members in Practice Conference. ...

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