The Centerpiece Area
Whenever you are speaking at an event where food is being served
at round tables, as an professional artist in the art of public
speaking, you can use the centerpiece area as part of your program. I
recently saw Dr. Shirley Garrett do this at large public speaking
engagement. She was using juggling scarves on stage.
The centerpiece of each table was draped in these scarves. It looked
great, it was inexpensive, it related to her presentation, and it gave
each attendee something to take home to make it easier to remember her
message. This idea could also score you some points with the meeting
planner who may be able save quite a bit of money on flowers or other
ornamental centerpiece items. The art of public speaking involves
thinking ahead, thinking creatively, and thinking how you can help
people save money while you make money.
In addition, the art of public speaking could make this area of the
table to be used as revenue generator for you. You pre-sell your books
or tapes to the meeting planner and stack them attractively in the
middle of the table. This gives everyone at the table something with
your name on it to take home and won't cost much more than a fancy
centerpiece that only one person at each table gets as a door prize.
Use the middle of a roundtable to tie your message in AND make more
money - another lesson in the art of public speaking.