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If you're looking for a lively and engaging speaker for your next conference or meeting, Liz Bryant, an award-winning member of Toastmasters International and member of the National Speakers Association Virginia Chapter, will fit the bill.  Whether it's continuing education, motivation, or serving as master of ceremonies, Liz will draw on her years of pubic speaking experience to surprise and delight your audience.  

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The Devil is in the Details:
Creating a Winning Networking Plan

Attending networking gatherings, whether they are local association meetings or national conventions, is a great way to expand your influence and open new opportunities. It is also an investment of your time and energy, making it essential to maximize your participation to reap the greatest rewards. In this session, we’ll demonstrate the benefits of going into your next networking event with a solid plan.

In this session, participants will learn:

  • The pre-event planning steps you should take, including establishing goals for the event, researching attendees, and even selecting your attire

  • How to write and rehearse an elevator speech

  • The best ways to enter the room and to leave gracefully for maximum effect

  • The secrets to working the buffet, the bar, and holding constructive conversations during the event

  • How to follow up after the event is over

Small Budget, Big Impact: Building a Killer Professional Wardrobe without Breaking the Bank

You don’t need a million dollars to achieve a million-dollar look. In a visually obsessed world, though, your aesthetic does matter, and fair or not, your wardrobe makes a difference for both colleagues and clients. Worry not! We will share all the secrets you need to take your personal appearance to the next level.

In this session, participants will learn:

  • The meaning of formal, standard business, business casual, and casual attire, and how to know which to wear where and when

  • What different colors mean in a wardrobe, as well as how to choose the makeup, hairstyle, and accessories to complement your look

  • Where to find great deals on business attire, which items to buy second-hand, and what to never buy used

  • How to make great wardrobe pieces last

Manners Matter: How Civility Can Be Your Secret Weapon for Professional Success

In one way or another, we're all in the big client chase. Your client may be a buyer of your product or service, a supporter of your organization, or a participant in a program you're offering. The specifics my vary, but these clients all have one thing in common: competition for their attention. And their dollars. How you treat these clients is important, but how you treat your internal clients -- your colleagues -- is just as critical to your overall business success.  

In this session, participants will learn:

  • Definitions of etiquette and civility and how they are applicable in business

  • First (and second) impressions and how to make them memorable in a good way

  • Why details matter in building and maintaining relationships

  • Understanding "incivility creep" and how to combat it

  • E-etiquette -- what is acceptable, what isn't , and why what's important

  • Tips for maintaining a personal touch in a digital world

What the Fork!: Know What to Do ON the Table to Focus on Conversation AT the Table

In the world of business we are expected to be well-versed in our duties as a host, as a guest, and everything in between! Know what to do while dining with your clients or colleagues to ensure that your presentation and the conversation is the most memorable part of the meal.

In this session, participants will learn:

  • The etiquette of the place setting and proper napkin use

  • How to toast effectively and properly

  • What you need to know about passing food around the table, and how to handle those historically challenging foods

  • How to handle the bill, leave the table, and part at the end of the meal

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