Monday, November 24, 2008

Global Entrepreneurship Week- What did you do?

Since this is a few days before Thanksgiving, and I am attempting to write my entries on a weekly basis, this week I will write two. This past week- November 16-23 was Global Entrepreneurship Week. The official website is and if you get an opportunity, please take a look at it. In addition, last week, I attended the Booker T. Washington Economic Summit here in Tuskegee, Alabama which celebrated the Global Entrepreneurship week. It was a jammed pack summit with excellent networking opportunities and educational sessions. I had an opportunity to meet some of the wealthiest and powerful minority businessmen and women around the country. I received the chance to speak with Dr. Randal Pinkett, winner of The Apprentice, Season 4, and Dr. Farrah Gray, the child prodigy that became a millionaire at 14. Receiving their words and their energy inspired me to continue on my journey and hopefully take you all with me. If you have an opportunity, especially for those of you who are young or young at heart, read their books, Campus CEO (Dr. Pinkett) and Realionaire (Dr. Gray). It will not only inspire you, but it will also make you realize that despite your conditions, you can rise above them with the proper attitude and fortitude.

Friday, November 14, 2008

When Meetings Gone Wild!!

This is a story about a meeting that went horribly wrong in a terribly short amount of time. A grave error in judgement caused this meeting to go from productive to unproductive in a matter of minutes. What was this grave error, you ask? A lack of order!! How can you maintain order in a meeting? By utilizing parliamentary procedures and referring to Robert's Rules of Order. What are Robert's Rules of Order? According to the National Association of Parliamentarians (, the objective of Robert's Rules of Order is to:

  • establish the purpose and structure of organizations;

  • define membership classifications, rights, and obligations; and

  • define rules and procedures for conducting business.
There are countless websites that explain Robert's Rules of Order and provide shortcuts to running a meeting from beginning to adjournment. When presiding over a meeting, it is imperative that the officer knows the basics of Robert's Rules of Order and maintain order throughout the meeting. It not only keeps the agenda moving, but it keeps everyone on task and avoid people from "jumping on their soapbox". With a simple, "You're out of order", you can drop-kick anyone who decides to jump on their soapbox, especially if they're out of turn. That's the beauty of knowing and utilizing these rules.

I personally suggest that if you are conducting a business meeting that you have a parliamentarian present to assist the presiding officer with the meeting. This person should be forceful, yet tactful when the meeting or individuals begin to get out of hand. Just in case there is a question of a motion, I would also suggest that this officer possess the latest edition (10th) of Robert's Rules of Order and have it present at every meeting.

Take a minute to review websites from Certified & Registered Parliamentarians such as Jim Slaughter ( His website features some basic terms, procedures for parliamentarians and cheat sheets on meeting motions. Also look at the National Association of Parliamentarians website ( when looking for basic guidelines. The moral of this story is that your blood pressure will greatly reduce and your meeting will run seamlessly when you use Robert's Rules of Order.

For more tips, stay tuned next week as we provide other tips on how to save your event and your sanity. If you are looking for an event planner to assist you in creating proper signage and other event needs, please visit our website at

Monday, November 10, 2008

Signage Is Key!

Proper signage is key to any business succeeding. This is the same for any event where directional signage is necessary. If you don't have a sign to direct you to where you're going, not only can it cause visitors to become confused, but frustrated and ready to leave.

I've been at events where phases of the program progressed through several floors of the building. There were no signs telling me where I needed to be or the time to be there. I also arrived early so that I could complete a walk through and know where I needed to go before the crowds arrived. I also called in advance since the building had multiple sections, each building with at least 4 floors. It would have been very easy to get lost in such a building. After speaking with a few of the attendees, many stated that they were late or missed a session because they did not know where to go. This could have been easily avoided with a sign directing them to the session. Unfortunately, most conference attendees do not think that far in advance, and are just happy to arrive at the building. So for this week's advice, signage is key and here are a few tips on how signage can help you in any event:

  • Make your sign large enough for people to read (also, use a plain font that can be easy to read)

  • If possible, ask the facility if they have an easel or a board where you can post your signs if they do not have a sign board that you can use

  • Obtain a map of your building and make copies for each of your staff members just in case they are asked pertinent questions such as: Where's the elevator? Where's the bathroom? Where's the parking lot?

  • Type your signs, try to avoid writing them. Not only does this look unprofessional, but it can make your signs hard to read
For more tips, stay tuned next week as we provide other tips on how to save your event and your sanity. If you are looking for an event planner to assist you in creating proper signage and other event needs, please visit our website at