I spent the day at our Management Symposium. The two day annual event has grown over the last few years; there were over 1,000 people in attendance today. Last year, I was very impressed with the keynote speaker. I ended up buying one of his books and working a couple of things from the book into my business goals for 2007.
This year's keynote speaker was a Brit named Steve Martin. The presentation was entitled Influence: The Untimate Power Tool. The presentation outlined six principles of ethnical influence: Reciprocation; Concensus; Authority; Consistency; Scarcity; and Liking. While I was not as impressed as I was with last year's keynote speaker, there were some ideas that could be incorporated into day to day interactions. I will probably end up pursuing his books.
I was very disappointed in the break-out sessions. The quality seemed to be down significantly from previous years.