Is Your ID TSA Ready?
If you rely on your driver’s license or state-issued identification card for travel instead
of your passport, get ready for changes. Starting January 22, 2018, only ID cards
from REAL ID-compliant states (or those states with an extension) will be accepted for
domestic flights. To see the current status of your state, visit dhs.gov/real-id.
Live vs. Virtual
MPI Meetings Outlook, Spring 2017
AN OPERA SINGER’S SECRET
As an opera singer, I learned to harness
the power of my voice to inspire an
audience. As speakers, we can do the
same. Practice the four-step method
below for a few minutes at a time, especially the day of a speech. Then relax
and focus on your message. It will calm
you down and ensure that the power of
your voice matches the power of your
words. Here is my methodology:
1. Breathe deeply into your stomach
on a count of five, feeling your rib cage
expand as your lungs fill with air.
2. Exhale slowly counting to five out
loud. Let the breath support your words
as if speaking on a cushion of air.
3. Repeat the exercise. On the exhale
say “Good morning!” letting your voice
resonate with breath.
4. Use your phone’s memo recorder
to record yourself saying “Good morning!” with and without this technique.
Your voice should sound richer, fuller,
and more resonant.
BY ALLISON SHAPIRA
COULD YOU, UM, USE HELP?
Find Allison Shapira’s video, “How
to Get Rid of Um’s and Ah’s,” at
ALLISON SHAPIRA is the
CEO/founder of Global Public
Speaking. She teaches public speaking
and presentation skills to emerging
and established leaders at Fortune
100 companies, federal agencies, and
nonprofits around the world.
In a quarterly survey of its Business Research panel, Meeting
Professionals International (MPI) found 56 percent of respondents
predict favorable business conditions. Attendance forecasts are also
on the rise. Live and virtual attendance figures are expected to grow
1.8 and 2.7 percent, up from 1.3 and 2.4 percent, respectively. Here’s
the panel’s take on attendance growth forecasts: