Leap Start!™ Conference Networking Keynote

Overview: Leap Start!™ Conference Keynote

With Gayle Hallgren-Rezac & Judy Thomson

Jump-start the networking at your next conference or national meeting with Leap Start!™, Shepa Learning Company’s signature conference opener. Conferences are meant to be about networking and meeting new people, but many attendees default to their comfort zone –  hanging out with the people they already know and using networking breaks to check messages on their phone, instead of starting conversations with people standing next to them!Work The Pond by Darcy Rezac, Judy Thomson and Gayle Hallgren Rezac

Gayle Hallgren-Rezac and Judy Thomson, two of Canada’s top networking experts, and co-authors of the best-selling networking classic Work the Pond!, offer the perfect antidote with this conference kick-off. During this keynote they share tactical and practical networking tips that will have your attendees connecting throughout the conference, including during the Leap Start!™ presentation.

Judy Thomson and Gayle Hallgren Rezac presenting 2017

Highlights: Leap Start!

With a Leap Start!™ keynote your conference attendees get networking skills which they can start using right away. Your attendees will be better equipped to:

  • Start networking now!
  • Use Positive Networking® — “the world’s best definition” of networking to build more meaningful relationships at the conference
  • Network at the conference with ease —walk into a reception ‘solo’, make a great first impression, circulate comfortably, exchange cards properly, break into a group of people (28 Second Hover™), exit a conversation and more
  • Implement new strategies to be more effective networkers during conference meals
  • Use key conversation skills throughout the conference — from small talk with a stranger to more engaged conversations
  • Put into practice networking strategies that work for introverts
  • Use The Glowing Introduction™ with a tag teammate
  • Follow up with people they have met, and then stay connected 

Bonus: Takeaway tips so attendees get the ‘nod’ from their office to attend your conference next year!

Gayle Hallgren Rezac and Judy Thomson Flying Frogs at Leap Start! 2017

Who would benefit from Leap Start!™?

  1. All conference attendees — when everyone hears the same message the conference becomes a “permission to network™” event
  2. First timers — this is the perfect way to introduce them to your conference
  3. Conference organizers — your conference satisfaction scores increase when people meet new attendees and build their network of opportunities

Program Delivery Format

  • Keynote: 30 to 90-minutes at beginning of the conference, or before the first networking reception
  • Webinar: before the conference so everyone comes prepared with the skills they need

The Complete Leap Start!™ package

  • Anonymous short online survey of networking challenges to customize keynote to your audience’s needs. (optional)
  • Pre-Conference Checklist to send out to attendees, focusing on networking events at your conference
  • Networking tip tweets for your Twitter feed
  • Keynote: 30 to 90-minutes at beginning of the conference, or before the first networking reception
  • Follow-up newsletter with highlights from the Leap Start!™ keynote

Add Conference Quick Guides

88 Positive Networking ® Tips for Conferences quick guides are great giveaways for your conference welcome bag.  They will not end up in the hotel recycling bin:

  • Custom branded cover, front and back
  • 40-pages filled with 88 of our best conference tips
  • Volume pricing 

Other Programs by Gayle and Judy 

  1. Power of Positive Networking®
  2. Build Your Network. Fill Your Pipeline.™
  3. Engaged Woman Leader™
  4. Positive Communication & Collaboration™
  5. Face-to-Face & The Digital World™

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