Innovation Women https://innovationwomen.com Innovation Women Fri, 15 Nov 2019 13:15:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.4 https://innovationwomen.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/favicon-55x55.png Innovation Women https://innovationwomen.com 32 32 Lessons from the Road: Keep an Eye on the Clock https://innovationwomen.com/lessons-from-the-road-keep-an-eye-on-the-clock/ https://innovationwomen.com/lessons-from-the-road-keep-an-eye-on-the-clock/#respond Fri, 15 Nov 2019 12:58:13 +0000 https://innovationwomen.com/?p=6383 The events season is still in high gear in mid-November. I attended 5 events over the last 3 days, a major conference last week and 4 different evening events and a breakfast. As I work with event managers, talk to attendees and watch crowd reactions to speakers, there are many […]

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The events season is still in high gear in mid-November. I attended 5 events over the last 3 days, a major conference last week and 4 different evening events and a breakfast. As I work with event managers, talk to attendees and watch crowd reactions to speakers, there are many takeaways and lessons to be shared. Some lessons are pretty basic, like keeping an eye on the clock:

  • While a good MC is entertaining and informative, you have one primary job, to keep the train running on time. Go the extra mile and remind speakers of their allotted time before they go onstage. Will they have time for questions? Is that time extra or built into their time? Is the train, through no fault of theirs, running late already?
  • Speakers, I know you love to “share the knowledge” but when you are getting the frantic “wrap it up” signal from the MC and event organizers, WRAP IT UP. The attendees have the schedule right in front of them and they know you are going over. You win no fans if you are keeping people from the cocktail hour or lunch.
  • Event managers, double and triple confirm each speaker’s allotted time before they go onstage. An in-demand speaker might have done 20 minutes yesterday, an hour the day before that and may not have internalized your 45-minute request. Also, be clear when you book a speaker. Tell them exactly how long they have on stage so they can plan.
  • Event staff, that program is your bible. If it says that lunch is at 12:15, prepare for the hungry hordes then, not 12:20 or 12:22. When cocktail hour starts at 5 but the bartender doesn’t show up until 5:15, you have a problem.
  • Attendees, you have a responsibility to the clock too. Traffic happens. Your kid’s bus was late. But coming into an event late can be disruptive. While no speaker or event manager likes to see empty seats, you can enter an “already in progress” event without making a big deal about it. If you don’t know, ask which ballroom door leads to the back of the room.

Speakers – want more? See my  post where I provide feedback specifically for speakers.

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Where I see Many Presentations and Provide Feedback for Speakers https://innovationwomen.com/where-i-see-many-presentations-and-provide-feedback-for-speakers/ https://innovationwomen.com/where-i-see-many-presentations-and-provide-feedback-for-speakers/#respond Fri, 15 Nov 2019 12:55:02 +0000 https://innovationwomen.com/?p=6385 Why am I providing feedback for speakers? I spend a lot of time at conferences and events, watching presentations from both our speakers and others. I watch many many many webinars. I listen to many many podcasts. And, I watch and listen with a critical eye. My mission is more […]

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Why am I providing feedback for speakers? I spend a lot of time at conferences and events, watching presentations from both our speakers and others. I watch many many many webinars. I listen to many many podcasts. And, I watch and listen with a critical eye. My mission is more women on stage at conferences and events, but my job is to place awesome speakers and make conferences better. But I see the same issues over and over again.

Speakers should always have their student hat on. Every speaker can get better. And the best speakers keep learning and striving to improve. Practice, practice, practice. Go to school on other speakers. Look around you and you will see many opportunities to learn – both the good, the bad and the downright ugly examples.

  • Timing is critical to a great event. See our post about Keeping an Eye on the Clock.
  • Don’t wing it. Please prepare for your time on stage – even if it is a panel, you should still take the time to review the bios from the other panels, read up on topic, and review the questions.
  • Give a little extra – I continue to see presentations where I could gain the same knowledge with a quick Google search. If I can gain the same information in two minutes with a browser, you are not doing your job. Ask the questions others don’t think to ask. Offer a unique perspective. Share insider tips not readily shared with outsiders.
  • Don’t sell. Don’t be the sales presentation masquerading as a speech. Yes, you are allowed to tell people what you do and that you offer a product or service, but a straight sales pitch will talk most people right out the room. When audience members suddenly all get emergency calls and hurry from the room clutching their smartphones, you’ll know.
  • Don’t tell me your whole life story before you offer anything of value. Audiences get a little anxious when you start your presentation or speech with, “When I was four…” Short stories and illustrations of points are expected and can help make a speech great but the whole enchilada? No thanks.
  • Slow down. Take a breath. Allow that punchline to sink in. Too many speakers hurry through their presentation so quickly that you could blink and miss it. They stomp on their best material. The quick aside gets missed in the round of applause about the previous point.
  • Smile! I saw a perfectly good presentation recently that could have been great if the speaker had taken the time to connect more with the audience in a friendly manner. Your first job is to be likable.

 

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Commercial Real Estate and Wireless Industry Women Speak About (Not) Speaking https://www.connectedremag.com/das-in-building-wireless/commercial-real-estate-and-wireless-industry-women-speak-about-not-speaking/ https://www.connectedremag.com/das-in-building-wireless/commercial-real-estate-and-wireless-industry-women-speak-about-not-speaking/#respond Fri, 15 Nov 2019 10:40:29 +0000 https://innovationwomen.com/?p=6380 So why is there still a lack of women on stages? Bobbie Carlton, founder of Innovation Women, a resource for female speakers and for event organizers, often talks about this.

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So why is there still a lack of women on stages? Bobbie Carlton, founder of Innovation Women, a resource for female speakers and for event organizers, often talks about this.

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Innovation Women Speakers: November 15, 2019 https://innovationwomen.com/innovation-women-speakers-november-15-2019/ https://innovationwomen.com/innovation-women-speakers-november-15-2019/#respond Thu, 14 Nov 2019 16:14:14 +0000 https://innovationwomen.com/?p=6377 Check out the latest events featuring Innovation Women speakers!   Navah Hopkins will be speaking at these upcoming events: Affiliate Summit West on January 27-29 in Las Vegas NV; PubCon Austin on February 6 in Austin TX; SEMPDX Engage on March 12-13 in Portland OR; PubCon Miami on March 24-26 in […]

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Check out the latest events featuring Innovation Women speakers!

 

Navah Hopkins will be speaking at these upcoming events: Affiliate Summit West on January 27-29 in Las Vegas NV; PubCon Austin on February 6 in Austin TX; SEMPDX Engage on March 12-13 in Portland OR; PubCon Miami on March 24-26 in Miami FL; and AdWorld Experience on April 23-24 in Bologna Italy.

 

Linda Ugelow will be speaking at these upcoming events: Women’s Meetup for Speaking Confidence on November 20 in Southborough, MA; The Keys To Speaking Confidence No One Is Talking About on November 21 in Haverhill, MA; and The Keys To Speaking Confidence No One Is Talking About on November 22 in Boston MA.

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Table Stakes: Gender Equity Gap https://innovationwomen.com/table-stakes-gender-equity-gap/ https://innovationwomen.com/table-stakes-gender-equity-gap/#respond Fri, 08 Nov 2019 03:51:29 +0000 https://innovationwomen.com/?p=6282 Table Stakes – a new study on gender gaps, this time measuring the distribution of equity. In 2019, women earn 79 cents for every dollar men make — less if they are a woman of color. Pay Equity Day comes later for them. In 2018, only 2.2 percent of venture […]

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Table Stakes – a new study on gender gaps, this time measuring the distribution of equity.

In 2019, women earn 79 cents for every dollar men make — less if they are a woman of color. Pay Equity Day comes later for them.

In 2018, only 2.2 percent of venture capital financing went to female founders.

Now, the Table Stakes study is here to tell us that women founders own 48 cents in equity for every dollar men own. Last year, Carta, a platform for ownership management, partnered with the investment collective #ANGELS, analyzed equity in venture-backed companies with an eye on the gender of the holders.

Women equity holders own just 26 cents in equity for every dollar men own. Thirty-two percent of employees and founders are women but they hold only 11 percent of the equity value. If you look at all cap table millionaires, only 20 percent are female.

I’ve got my “incensed but not surprised” hat on as I’m writing this note. The graphics accompanying the report are stark and make the difference immediately apparent. Then things go from bad to “are you kidding?”

Searched Twitter for “TableStakes” and ended up turning up a tweet with the word included that showed an #AllMalePanel out of an Ohio conference. After briefly holding my head in my hands (from bad news to bad news), I retweeted it where it got the attention of a (female) senior executive at Merriam Webster. She pointed out that “the signage above the three dudes reads ‘Women in Agile.’”

Sometimes, you just can’t make this stuff up.

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Innovation Women Speakers: November 8, 2019 https://innovationwomen.com/innovation-women-speakers-november-8-2019/ https://innovationwomen.com/innovation-women-speakers-november-8-2019/#respond Thu, 07 Nov 2019 13:41:17 +0000 https://innovationwomen.com/?p=6272 Check out the latest events featuring Innovation Women speakers! Bobbie Carlton will be speaking at the TechWomen Power Breakfast on November 13 in Greenland NH.     Carolyn Kiel will be a panelist at the 8th Annual Small Business Boot Camp for Women on November 16 in New Rochelle NY. […]

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Check out the latest events featuring Innovation Women speakers!

Bobbie Carlton will be speaking at the TechWomen Power Breakfast on November 13 in Greenland NH.

 

 

Carolyn Kiel will be a panelist at the 8th Annual Small Business Boot Camp for Women on November 16 in New Rochelle NY.

 

 

Amma Marfo will be speaking at the Great Lakes Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls on November 15 in Bloomington IN.

 

 

Devon Grilly presents her BrightTalk webinar “Rock The Pivot” on November 12 at 1 pm ET.

 

 

Julie Brown presents “Thoughtful Networking and Relationship Building” at Enterprising Women on November 14 in Hyannis MA.

 

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Tech Tidbits From Around NH TechOut finalists named, Great Bay to offer two advanced manufacturing certificates … and more https://www.nhbr.com/tech-tidbits-from-around-nh-46/ https://www.nhbr.com/tech-tidbits-from-around-nh-46/#respond Tue, 05 Nov 2019 10:38:53 +0000 https://innovationwomen.com/?p=6259 Bobbie Carlton, known as “Boston’s Startup Fairy Godmother,” will be the speaker at the next New Hampshire Tech Alliance TechWomen Power Breakfast. Carlton, of Carlton PR & Marketing and founder of Innovation Women, will Bobbie Carlton discuss what it takes to become a thought leader. The event will take place […]

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Bobbie Carlton, known as “Boston’s Startup Fairy Godmother,” will be the speaker at the next New Hampshire Tech Alliance TechWomen Power Breakfast. Carlton, of Carlton PR & Marketing and founder of Innovation Women, will

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discuss what it takes to become a thought leader. The event will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13 at the Portsmouth Country Club, 80 Country Club Lane, Greenland.

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Tech Women / Tech Girls Breakfasts https://nhtechalliance.org/bobbie-carlton-founder-of-innovation-women-to-headline-nh-tech-alliance-november-13-techwomen-power-breakfast/ https://nhtechalliance.org/bobbie-carlton-founder-of-innovation-women-to-headline-nh-tech-alliance-november-13-techwomen-power-breakfast/#respond Mon, 04 Nov 2019 10:54:49 +0000 https://innovationwomen.com/?p=6240 The NH Tech Alliance (Alliance) TechWomen Power Breakfast will feature the Boston’s Startup Fairy Godmother, Bobbie Carlton of Carlton PR & Marketing, an award-winning marketing, public relations and social media professional, on what it takes to become a thought leader during the event on Wednesday, November 13. The Power Breakfast will take […]

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The NH Tech Alliance (Alliance) TechWomen Power Breakfast will feature the Boston’s Startup Fairy Godmother, Bobbie Carlton of Carlton PR & Marketing, an award-winning marketing, public relations and social media professional, on what it takes to become a thought leader during the event on Wednesday, November 13. The Power Breakfast will take place from 7:30 to 9 am at the Portsmouth Country Club, 80 Country Club Lane, Greenland.

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Innovation Women Speakers: November 1, 2019 https://innovationwomen.com/innovation-women-speakers-november-1-2019/ https://innovationwomen.com/innovation-women-speakers-november-1-2019/#respond Fri, 01 Nov 2019 20:19:03 +0000 https://innovationwomen.com/?p=6225 Check out the latest events featuring Innovation Women speakers! Erin McCormick spoke at the The Social Impact Conference on October 26 in Cambridge MA.     Regina Au will present “Develop Your Leadership Skills While Maintaining Your Authenticity” at the Asian American Women in Leadership Conference on November 16 in […]

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Check out the latest events featuring Innovation Women speakers!

Erin McCormick spoke at the The Social Impact Conference on October 26 in Cambridge MA.

 

 

Regina Au will present “Develop Your Leadership Skills While Maintaining Your Authenticity” at the Asian American Women in Leadership Conference on November 16 in Boston MA.

 

 

Rachel Druckenmiller will be speaking at these upcoming events: AICPA Women’s Global Leadership Summit in San Diego CA on November 7, and IEEE WIE Forum USA East 2019 on November 22 in Arlington VA.

 

 

Leena Patel will be speaking on the connection between innovation and happiness at the International Happiness At Work Summit on November 11-15.

 

 

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