Nobody likes travel delays, but they can be especially frustrating when you’re an entrepreneur or an executive with a lot on your plate. When you have a million things you need to be doing, sitting in an airport is about the last thing in the world you’d like to be occupying your time with — but wait: There are ways to actually use your flight delays to mark things off your to-do list. Allow me to offer a few suggestions.

Make Use of Your Travel Delays

  • Streamline your check-in process. Sign up for airline apps, or consider getting pre-checked with the TSA. Even if you’re sitting…


What’s the most crucial factor in determining the ultimate failure or success of your next conference or seminar? It’s not the venue and it’s not even the food, though both of those things certainly matter. No, what really makes or breaks it is the choice you make for conference speaker.

At the end of the day, your speaker will offer up a memorable presentation with real, value-adding takeaways for your conference participants — or, not. The difference is all the difference, so when choosing your speaker, it’s important to take great care.

That includes avoiding a few common errors. Let…


What’s the most important ingredient in your professional conference event? It’s not a trick question. Though the venue and the food are both critically important considerations, it’s the actual content that people are going to come for, and it’s the content that people will remember. And the key to delivering strong content, of course, is enlisting the best possible conference speaker.

If you’re an event planner, that means really doing your homework, and choosing a conference speaker wisely. …


You can lay all the necessary groundwork, and make all the necessary plans, for the world’s best conference — but if nobody actually shows up for it, all your effort is for nothing.

And taking an “If I plan it, they will come” approach to your conference simply won’t work. As with anything else you do, a little bit of promotion is needed to get the word out, to attract the best kind of attention for your seminar or event.

So when you’re planning a conference, how do you ensure that people show up for it? …


As a keynote speaker and executive leadership coach I have been asked repeatedly by my clients what is thought leadership? The term thought leadership has been bantered around since the early 1990s when Patrick Reilly, a journalist for the Wall Street Journal used it in the marketing section.

A thought leader is someone who makes a study of their particular field and continues to study it for a lifetime as they positively influence others. Their goal is to share their brain, all the knowledge that they possess to provide solutions for the masses.

Because of this it only makes sense…


There are many challenges that come with working across cultural lines. You may be worried about what you’re saying is getting “lost in translation.” You may also be concerned over inadvertently stumbling over social etiquette, of saying or doing something that’s perfectly normal in your culture but may be frowned upon elsewhere.

But let me tell you the biggest problem that I see with leaders working across cultural lines: They talk too much. …


Never underestimate the difficulty that meeting planners face. Their job is to arrange seminars and conferences that are engaging, but also informative; entertaining, but also full of real-world value. What’s more, they need to find speakers who can command attention and provide utility across the board — not just to one person, but to a wide and diverse audience.

That’s easier said than done, and it’s no wonder that meeting planners put a lot of time and work into scouting out speakers. If you’re in that position, let me offer a few recommendations — important qualities to look for in…


A team that is healthy — physically as well as mentally — is going to perform better, bring more creativity to the table, take fewer sick days, and gel together as a unit much better than they would otherwise. Team leaders across the country know this, and have for years — yet many teams still lack a viable focus on workplace wellness.

Why is this?

Here’s my basic answer: Workplace wellness is not nearly as simple as it seems at first blush. You might think that you could simply tell your team members about all the benefits that physical fitness…


Can your company survive an acquisition?

Your company’s culture is the set of attitudes and values that binds your team and pushes you forward; there is nothing more important in defining who you are as a company, and what your company ultimately stands for. That’s why, when you merge your company with another, it’s so important to think about what that culture is and how it can be preserved, even as it blends with another.

Sadly, this is one component of mergers and acquisitions that often gets overlooked. I’ve seen it a million times. Executives, accountants, and attorneys are all…


As a leadership expert and keynote speaker, I spend a lot of time talking about mission. In the end, that’s the only way to really define leadership, or to measure your results. You’ve got to have some sense of purpose some vision you share with your team in order to lead effectively.

It’s not enough to simply have a mission, though. That mission must saturate everything you do. All aspects of your company must ultimately reflect that central vision — that greater sense of mission.

That includes your marketing.

Ultimately, your marketing should convey what your company stands for. It…

Dr Rick Goodman

Leadership Expert at www.rickgoodman.com | Author The Solutions Oriented Leader | Virtual Keynote Speaker | Executive Coach, Negotiation, Team Building,

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