Especially for Meeting Planners
And Training Managers
Are you a meeting planner or training manager who has booked Rick Brenner? Or are you
considering it? This page provides a variety of resources you might find useful along the
As a meeting planner or training manager, you have to assemble many
different pieces to make a successful event. This page contains some (but not all) of the
pieces you need from me. The pieces that are here are those that most planners need.
Specifics for your program, such as a syllabus or short summary, might not be here. If they
aren't, I'll send them to you separately.
Read a sampling of comments from
participants and attendees of my programs.
One common question is "What's the significance of Chaco Canyon?" You can read about that
on this Web site. Details
You can also download a complete catalog of products and
services, in Acrobat format.
Promoting your event
Whether your event is multi-day training or a keynote, and whether it's
open to the public or in-house, I can provide support and ideas to help you promote it. Even
if attendance is mandatory, effective promotion can help motivate attendance and enhance the
effectiveness of the event. Here are just a few of the ways I can help with promotion.
- Bios and photos
- You can find an assortment of bios in different lengths and
photos in various resolutions and dress right here on this page.
If you can't find what you need, rbrensMAweMaeVSbmiuqIner@ChactXpFIHyjzWnURaDWoCanyon.comlet me know.
- Program descriptions
- This page also has some one-page program descriptions
in Acrobat format. These are also available on request in MS Word format.
- Link to this Web site
- If you have a suitable intranet page, feel free to post a link to this Web site, which
contains about two dozen essays concerning issues relevant to
problem-solving organizations, and approximately 750 archived issues of Point
Lookout, my free weekly newsletter. You can survey the archive by topic or by issue date. Or you can search all of this
material with a site-specific search engine.
- Articles for your newsletter or your Intranet
- Publishing articles that relate to your program can help build buzz about your upcoming
event. Any article you find on this site is available to clients in MS Word format for
publication in your organization's newsletter or on your intranet. Most articles are
approximately 500 words long. Since each article also has a 20-50 word capsule summary, you
can choose to publish the summary only, along with a link to the full article on this site.
- Email contact
- Feel free to publish my email address internally, to enable people in your organization
to contact me in advance of the event. I find that although I get only a few advance direct
contacts, the people who do contact me usually have a topic of great importance to them and
others in the organization. These interactions always give me valuable insights that help me
customize my programs to meet client needs. My email address is rbrendmaRNDetByNcbZxUner@ChacsaOCMdFicodzThDSoCanyon.com.
- Your own event page on this Web site
- I can create a special, private event page for your organization on this Web site, and
you can promote that page internally to prospective attendees. This approach can be
especially useful for those organizations that tightly control their own intranet content.
The page can contain links to resources at my Web site or elsewhere, survey forms, a
recommended readings list, an event announcement or description, or just about anything
you'd want prospective attendees to know about the event. It can be password protected,
and/or protected from search engine crawlers.
Bios are available in eight different lengths from 100 words to 500 words.
Photos are available in two styles, each in two sizes by two resolutions by three sizes.
Twenty-four in all. 72 dpi resolution is best for screen display; 300 dpi resolution is
best for printed matter.
Download all photographs in a zip
archive (6.2 mbytes)
Extras for your event
- If you wish, you can post my handout in Acrobat (pdf) format on your intranet or Web
site for up to one year.
- Banquet table discussion exercise
- If the program format allows for time before my presentation, as might happen for a
lunch or dinner meeting, and if the audience is seated in a banquet arrangement, I can
provide an "appetizer" in the form of a discussion exercise that helps each table begin to
think about issues related to my program. It also serves as an icebreaker at each table, and
- Support for attendees' calendars
- I can provide a vcs file to enable attendees to download the event information directly
into their calendars. Compatible with Microsoft Outlook, Apple iCal and most Linux
- Email from attendees
- I can accept emailed questions and suggestions usually up to two weeks prior to the
event to give attendees an opportunity to guide me in content development, or if you prefer
the anonymity option, I can create a Web form.
Program formats and descriptions
I offer a range of programs focused on team, group, and personal
effectiveness. Read brief descriptions of each one, with links
to more comprehensive information about each program.
Programs are available in a range of formats to suit your needs. These formats include:
- When you choose one of my programs in keynote format, I customize my topic to your
conference theme or series theme. Programs in this format are usually under 90 minutes in
length, which is best suited to a high level view of the topic. The programs can be somewhat
interactive, consistent with audience size and setting.
- Breakout session
- For conferences, many of my programs are available in "breakout session" format. This format
can range in length from 45 minutes to two hours, with the longer sessions permitting a more
thorough exploration of the topic, and a degree of interactivity more extensive than is
possible for keynotes.
- Workshops can range from a half-day to two days in duration. The workshop format
provides time sufficient for very complete coverage of the topic and extensive interactivity.
The approach I use in workshops is decidedly hands-on. Attendees have multiple opportunities
to practice the concepts and techniques explored in the program.
- The seminar is best suited to teams and small groups that have immediate need for the
material presented. The degree of interactivity is perhaps greatest in seminars, which
makes them ideal for addressing interpersonal issues such as the ones I emphasize.
- Clinics, which range in length from a half-day to two days, are intended to address
specific issues that attendees present. The first hour or so of a clinic is
presentation-oriented. We set the theme of the program, and define its scope. After that,
we address cases presented by attendees, looking for new approaches and new options for
producing desired results in tricky situations.
Most programs have accompanying PowerPoint presentations. They're available to you for
posting on your Web site, under mutually agreeable terms.
For groups of 25 or fewer, I don't need A/V, though you might like to offer an LCD projector
and screen if you want the slides to be projected. For groups from 25 to 50, I need a projector
and screen, and a lapel mic. For larger groups, I need a projector and screen, a hand-held mic
and a lapel mic.
Because my programs are so interactive, podium mics don't work well for me. The interactivity
requires that I be free to move around. I much prefer wireless mics, but if wireless isn't
possible, I need at least a 25-foot radius of free movement.
Did you know that the IRS provides some forms you use often in Acrobat (PDF) format?
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