Monthly Archives: May 2010

Some thing I don’t like, but must accept.

This was the topic for the weekly speech given by students in my public speaking course today. It was rather interesting to hear not only the students response to this topic, but the explanation for their choice as well. I won’t share all of them, but below are some of the things students in the class don’t like, but must accept.

  • Foods that make you fat
  • Death
  • Taxes
  • Their height
  • Current automobile
  • Current distance from the beach

Which do you agree with? What is some thing you don’t like, but must accept?


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Taking college course in the summer is like…..

Today my public speaking students gave a short 1 1/2 to 2 minute speech using the theme “Taking college classes in the summer is like…” Students focused on time and content. Below are some of the analogies they devised.

  • Like ripping off a band-aid. It hurts.
  • Attending basic training for the military.
  • Planning a wedding in a month. You’re going to be frazzled and have some sleepless nights, but it’ll be worth it.
  • Being stuck in traffic in Atlanta. You know it’s going to happen, so just suck it up.
  • Having a temporary job. You know you need the extra cash, or in this case, college credit.
  • Unloading trucks for 12 hours. You don’t look forward to it, but the money is good.
  • Being back in high school because you have class everyday.

What was/is taking summer classes in college like for you?

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Looking for additional speech topic ideas

Due to the length of class time allotted during short term, I decided to include weekly speeches this go around in the public speaking course. These speeches are designed to be straight forward, quick, and hopefully fun. This will serve several purposes based on current course content and overall understanding of concepts. For example, the first weekly speech students delivered was around the theme “If my life was a movie, my theme song would be….” It’s short, entertaining, and designed to get them comfortable being in front of the class for a designated time frame. A minute to a minute and a half was designated to this theme.

Below I’ve included a few additional weekly speech topics the course will use over the next five weeks, but I’m looking for some more. Who doesn’t like variety? So if you have some interesting speech topic ideas, please comment. I’d love to add them to my current repertoire. Topics should be short and sweet and that can be discussed within 1-3 minutes. Here are some additional topics I’m considering:

  • Describe yourself in six words.
  • What’s your pet peeve?
  • A notable quote.
  • Attending college in the summer is like….
  • My dream vacation would be….
  • One thing you don’t like, but must accept.

What additional topics would you add to this list?

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Advice from an Event Planner

Savannah International Trade and Convention Center at night

Kelli Sauers, Savannah International Trade and Convention Center, took the time to discuss the ins-and-outs of event planning with students enrolled in my Event Managment course this semester. You may remember the 2004 G8 Summit was hosted at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center. You will have to contact Kelli for a recap of working that event.

Kelli works on the conference side of event planning and made it clear that this is different from the arena side of event planning. The arena side of event planning invovles the large concerts that one might attend. Immediately after college, Kelli spent a few years working in Belk’s before she landed her first event planning job with the March of Dimes.  She is now the senior event manager at the Savannah Trade and Convention Center. Kelli has had the pleasure of helping several corporations host their event at the Center, such as GM, Georgia Power, Georgia assembly, local banks, etc. Here is her advice for those who aspire to be professional event planners.
  • It takes a special person to put up with what you will go through, yet event planning is always interesting, fun, and rewarding.
  • Don’t do anything until a contract is signed. (This may differ based on your area of event planning.)
  • The first question you ask a client is “How much do you have to spend?”.
  • Being friends with a client is important, but it’s not the be-all end-all.
  • Qualities every event planner needs includes patience, dedication, and the ability to read clients.
  • You don’t make a lot of money, especially in the beginning.
  • Yes, you will work weekends. In some cases you’ll work several weekends.
  • Not everyone begins in event planning. It is a difficult business to find work in.
  • Yes, there is some math involved. You have to consider how the space is being used and the best way to maximize.

    Esplanade at Night

Not all events are equal. After her talk, Kelli presented the students with some trivia questions regarding events held at the Trade Center, along with trivia regarding the building itself.
  • The Trade Center is a 300,000 square foot building.
  • Most attendees at an event in a day was 15,000.
  • As of her visit to the class, the Trade Center had served 80,000 gallons of coffee AND 750,000 units of soda and bottled water. (One gallon of coffee is $300 plus.)
  • The electricity bill is $35,000 per month.  The highest electricity bill they’ve had was $80,000 in a month.
  • The most meals served in one day was 4500.

Many thanks to Kelli Sauers for speaking with students regarding event planning and for providing pictures for this blog post.

What additional advice would you give aspiring event planners?

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