Chaco Canyon Consulting

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 way.


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, let 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 over 300 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 rbrenner@ChacoCanyon.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.

Biographies

Bios are available in six different lengths from 100 words to 500 words.

Photographs

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.

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Extras for your event

Handout
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 facilitates networking.
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 calendars.
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 descriptions

These documents are in Acrobat format.

Keynotes:

Workshops:

Download a collection of all available programs

Audio/visual

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.

Useful links

Did you know that the IRS provides some forms you use often in Acrobat (PDF) format?

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