Category Archives: Networking

Day 104: Speaker Showcase

Today I went to MSAE’s Speaker Showcase event. And by went, I mean physically. My coherent, social self was left behind, rocking back and forth in a dark corner.

I wasn’t feeling well this morning, but I thought that maybe I was touched with exhaustion (waitressing during the day) and paranoia (since everyone at the parent’s house has been getting sick).

So I got up early and still went.

The venue was filled with delicious looking food, and great people to introduce myself to, but I was pretty lethargic, uncomfortable, and quiet throughout the entire thing. After a few bites of food my stomach would make threats or, my head would get dizzy. So, I didn’t really eat (and there was so much FOOD). Ugh.




Day 98: Learned About Engaging Your Audience (WIN Breakfast)

This morning I went to a WIN breakfast entitled: “Engaging Your Audience For Maximum Impact.” It was led by Sheri Bennefeld, and she did a WONDERFUL job.

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She explained the success rates of various speech/presentation delivery methods.

Here are some figures:

A lecture has a 5% retention rate (24 hours after session)

Reading– 10%



Discussion Group–50%

Practice By Doing–75%

Teaching Others–90%

Immediate Use–90%

and engagement= storytelling!

Remember for your presentation to provide/prioritize what is:

1. NEED TO KNOW (What needs to be delivered)

2. NICE TO KNOW (If you have time)

3. WHERE TO GO (The references/resources for more information)

Thanks Sheri! I’m going to use this information when I’m presenting next week–wish me luck!

Day 80: Attended Good Leadership Breakfast

This morning I attended the Good Leadership Breakfast.

It was early.

I forgot my “awake medicine” in the car, and was beyond tired. I can’t believe I took so long to get to a sleep expert (and get diagnosed with a sleep disorder).

Anyways, the highlight of the event was toward the end. Everybody was encouraged to put a donation in a bucket in the middle of the table (my boss spotted me some bucks), along with a business card. Then, they counted the money, grabbed one of the business cards, and called that person to the front of the room. She then got to choose what organization the money went to.

The donation amount was in the thousands.

I can’t remember how much, or to what charity it went.

I was sleepy remember?



Day 70: Attended a WIN Breakfast

This morning WIN had a networking breakfast.

I really can’t function in the morning (I found out a few months ago that I have a sleep disorder [think narcoleptic without the seizing and rapid falling asleep]), but I met some great people, ate some eggs-n-stuff, and watched a great presentation by Barbara Zuleger called “How to Bust Through the Bottleneck in Your Business.”

It was a great and informative presentation, and I would share the highlights here, but my sleepy morning self forgot a pen, and I didn’t take notes. (And my sleepy evening self can’t remember.)

I left the event feeling pretty darn energetic–ready to conquer, and ready to break some bottlenecks.


And I met Dajon, of Dajon Smiles. Her business really caught my attention. I mean, it’s got “smile” in the name (imagine me waving around my arm, pointing to the “smile” tattoo on my wrist). The card above is part of a deck that she gave me. I’ll be taking photos of my favorite cards on my instagram account (follow me at kturn283).