We have learned over the past 18 months that content can be effectively delivered via online platforms…. but that the human engagement part of meetings can often not be achieved online.

This is not to say that there are no good online networking experiences, but overall many people agree they…


It is finally starting to happen. As a professional speaker I am starting to hear from meeting planners who are looking to host live and in-person events in the fall of 2021. It has been a long year in the meetings business, and now there seems to be a real…


I will admit it, after 11 years as a professional speaker my ego had expanded. While I was never one of the top earning speakers in the business, I had a good run and supported my family by being a keynote speaker. I liked the business, made friends with other…


What scares you? Three years ago I couldn’t have imagined doing a standup comedy set in front of people. Now I am at standup comedy open mics each week (honestly- while I have gotten better…. I have a long way to go to craft and master this art form).

Comedy…


After 16 months of social distancing, many are ready to get back to attending live and in-person conferences. From local networking events to multiday industry events, people are headed back to meetings. But nobody wants cliquey in-person events.

If you are planning an in-person meeting, you know that you cannot…


Listen. Do you hear them? Do you hear all the people who are saying: “I hate networking”, “Online Networking is Better”, “Networking is a waste of time”, “This is a new era, in-person has no place here”,….”Networking is dead, it does not work”, etc…. …


There are many predictions and opinions about what will happen to conferences and other networking focused events as we emerge from the pandemic. In 2020 we learned that we can have high level content and human to human networking via online platforms. Many people began thinking that networking and learning…


All things being equal, people do business with those they know, like and trust. Networking and building trust are still important for success. For 15 years I have delivered presentations on how to get known in business. It is not easy, and over the past decade social media has made…


If we learned anything from “Social Distancing” it is that we really need people. But not all relationships are the same. There are a lot of useless connections in our business and personal lives that do not lead to mutually beneficial engagements. Too often we have superficial and mundane interactions…


Knowing the whole of a story and getting all the parts of the truth sets you free. Too often we are kept in the dark. Parents, teachers, lovers, friends, the government, co-workers, and others hold back on sharing the entirety of information. The sometimes do this for nefarious reasons, but…

Thom Singer

Thom Singer is an executive search consultant, speaker and the host of the “Making Waves at C-Level” Podcast. www.ThomSinger.com

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