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Emcees Gone Wild: It’s Not About YOU!

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~ By Charmaine Hammond, CSP, MA, BA

As a speaker, I often get the opportunity to meet many amazing emcees who masterfully create powerful connections between the audience and the speaker they are about to hear. 

I’ve seen exceptional emcees create meaningful energy for the room, who model how to show up (they set the expectations for the audience by showing how to “be” at the event), and who honour the event host.

Unfortunately, I meet just as many emcees who make the event about them.

The role of an emcee is an important one. The host is counting on you to do a number of things that will  keep the event on track and ensure long lasting and successful event results. Their desire is to create a positive experience for the audience that will forge a bond of trust, inspire them to attend again, and generate good gossip or chatter about that event for a long time to come.  

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Meme What You Say: Social Media Tools That Help Raise Dreams

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Raising Dreams is easier when you have the right tools at the right time.

Memes are a great way of sharing your magic and brand with the world and are also a way of recognizing your champions, partners, and sponsors.

Memes are graphics with words on them. They should contain a contact such as your website or Facebook/Twitter handle.

You can use photos that you have taken or use stock photos from copyright-free sites. Always make sure you give credit when you use other people’s photos or quotes. This demonstrates integrity and respect for others and your sponsors NEVER want to be under scrutiny for a meme you posted that has someone’s copyrighted photo or quote in it.

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10 Tips on How Collaborating with Your University Alumni Can Help Raise Dreams

10 Tips on How Collaborating With Your University Alumni Can Help Raise Dreams

Recently, Charmaine had the opportunity to speak at the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers Convention (CAPS) in Ottawa. Many speakers attended her session on Planning a Speaking and Book Tour.  

One of the marketing tips she provided was ensuring that your college or university alumni is engaged in your project. Alumni associations love to hear and share the good news of their members and graduates (no matter how long ago it was). They all have a big database, a large social media following, newsletters, events, and magazines or publications. 

Charmaine has been featured in all her Alumni magazines (Sheridan College, Royal Roads University, University of Waterloo, and Renison College). Two of these Alumni nominated her for prestigious awards, one of which she was honoured with several years ago (Alumni of the year).

They have also hosted events for Charmaine and have attended conferences where she is speaking. She has had numerous updates and full-page features in their magazines and newsletters over the years.​

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Making an Impact Through Collaboration

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You have a dream that is bursting to be raised!

You know the world will be a better place when this dream is no longer a dream and it becomes a reality.

And you are tired of going at it alone.   

Making a difference, raising dreams can sometimes feel like pushing a boulder uphill.

What’s the solution?  

One word: Collaboration.

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It Takes a Community to Raise a Dream and Fund a Project

It Takes a Community to Raise a Dream and Fund a Project

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As I was presenting on collaboration to a group of inspired entrepreneurs, I found myself thinking that raising dreams is not a solo act.

The image that popped into my mind was a community helping someone to raise their dream, and before I processed the words I said, “It takes a community to raise a dream.”

When I reflect on my dreams that I have put into action, they have always included other people. As well, all the projects and events supporting non-profits that Rebecca and I created before knowing one another all included champions and collaborators.

This was a key factor in attracted funding and sponsorship.

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Collaboration Can Build Business Influence, Impact, and Income

Collaboration Can Build Business Influence, Impact, and Income

Collaboration Can Build Business Influence, Impact, and Income

Entrepreneurs know that building your influence and growing your business takes time.  

Collaboration is one key strategy for entrepreneurs to quickly build their influence, grow their business, and increase their revenue and income.

The most important factor is to choose the right people and brands to collaborate with; businesses who share similar values and standards and that have an audience you want to be in front of are the right fit.

When entering into new collaborations (especially with friends, family, and colleagues that you have a pre-existing relationship with), have the important conversations up front.

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Getting Crystal CLEAR On Your Dream So Sponsors Say YES!

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​In marketing and business, you’ve heard the common phrase “less is more” and “bigger is not always better.” This is so true when it comes to communicating your message to champions, partners, and sponsors.

Confusion generally results in overwhelm and a “no,” which could mean you are leaving support, funding, and sponsorship on the table simply because of how the project was branded or communicated.

There is good news!

At Raise a Dream, we help our students and can help YOU...

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Collaboration for Social Good: How Collaboration Can Build a Business and Influence Global Change

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​Life as an entrepreneur can be lonely at times. It doesn’t have to be that way!

When you collaborate, build powerful business relationships, and expand your community influence, opportunities to make a difference (and get paid) doing what you love will show up.

At Raise a Dream, we always say, "It takes a team to raise a dream." Collaboration and partnering in business and community projects is one important key to success and are great ways for entrepreneurs to expand and grow their influence and increase their profile and their profits.

Charmaine has had the pleasure of speaking for many Rotary Clubs across North America, including Burnaby and New Westminster, BC. Speaking at Rotary Clubs is part of the Raise a Dream’s community and collaboration building strategy.  

Rotary International and their global chapters are great examples of what collaboration and partnering towards social good looks like in action. In fact, Rotary unites more than one million people around the world. The Rotary International website states, "Rotary is where neighbors, friends, and problem-solvers share ideas, join leaders, and take action to create lasting change."  What a wonderful mission.

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5 MUSTS When Planning a Speaking and Book Tour

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​You have a great idea… to take your speaking and books/products on the road!

A tour.

The questions that quickly arise are:

  • Where do I start?
  • What will the route be?
  • How do I fund this tour?
  • What about sponsors… can I get sponsorship?
  • How will I market this tour?
  • How long will I need to plan this?

And the questions go on… and on… and on.

One that you ​MUST answer is...

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Talking To Sponsors at Events: Well Worth Every Second

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​We see so many entrepreneurs miss important opportunities, and it makes us want to scream, “Slow down! This could be the opportunity that makes the difference!”  

How many times have you attended a conference, trade show, or community event and either completely avoided the trade show/exhibit area or just visited the booths that totally excite you?

Ever walk around wanting to blend in with the audience so you don’t get “sold to”?

We totally get it. We’ve felt like that too. However, many successes that resulted from visiting the trade show, booth by booth, proved to us this was well worth the investment of time (and sometimes a bit of discomfort).

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