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How to Conquer a Call for Speakers: Three Leading Tech Conferences Weigh In

Sep 1, 2016

By Tamara Franklin

Speaking at industry trade shows is a strategic move that can land you everything from new business leads, increased sales and media coverage to Thought Leadership status for your executives. Perhaps you’ve submitted paper after paper, only to be rejected time and time again. Let us give you the inside track.

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Topics: Thought Leadership, Trade shows, call for papers, call for speakers

Six Key Steps to Cultivating Thought Leadership

Jun 29, 2016

By Sue O'Keefe

Cultivating Thought Leadership is like any other marketing campaign—it contains distinct elements, rolled out over a specific period of time. It’s also different from many campaigns you’ve probably worked on, in that you are raising the profile of a specific person, not a company. Because of that, your Thought Leadership campaigns should be separate and distinct from your ongoing Industry Leadership campaigns. (Not sure the difference? We’ve defined each of them here).

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Topics: social media, Thought Leadership, content marketing, public relations

The Eight Key Qualities of Thought Leaders

Jun 20, 2016

By Sue O'Keefe

Thought Leadership. The term conjures up images of Ted Talks, keynote presentations, big stages, book tours… It may seem like an attractive proposition, being a Thought Leader… but do you really have what it takes? Do you even want to be a Thought Leader?

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Topics: Thought Leadership

3 Things We Can Learn from Every Thought Leader

Jun 13, 2016

By Laura Borgstede

It was about 15 years ago. I was at a big trade show, and he came on the stage as a keynote speaker. As soon as he started to speak, you could tell: he had IT. Not charisma, not superb oratory skills, not necessarily even “star quality.” He had The Thought Leadership skill. People leaned in to hear what he had to say. They nodded their heads at his points and arguments. They understood what he was saying, even if they didn’t particularly know the industry. He could talk to a big audience and convey his vision on an individual level like nobody I’ve seen before. And I wondered, “Who trained him?”

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Topics: Thought Leadership