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August 17, 2010

Tips for Successful Speaker Events

You’ve decided to hire a motivational speaker for your next event to inspire your staff and/or customers, but if you’ve never worked with a speaker, you’re probably thinking–now what? You want your event to be a success, and you don’t want to walk away from the event thinking you made a mistake–or worse wasted your company’s resources on the event. Here’s some tips to help make your event a success:

1. If you haven’t already hired a speaker, work hard to make sure you’ve hired a great one!  Sounds simple, but not all speakers are created equal–ask for references, ask for a copy of the speech on DVD, ask how often they get repeat business (and ask for one of those companies as a reference).

2. Plan your event early! If you’re scrambling at the last minute, you’re more likely to forget important details.

3. Know your program materials (or just the message you want to convey in the event) and provide this information to your speaker. Ask them to weave your message or company ideals into their speech. Set up a conference call with the speaker a week before the event to go over your key points–this will help tie the entire event together, and a great speaker will do this seamlessly within their existing speech.

4. Have a back-up plan in mind–things happen, you want to be prepared! Have an alternate speaker in mind (preferably someone local). A great speaker won’t just cancel on your event (they’ll be contractually obligated to attend), but that doesn’t mean an accident can’t happen on the way to the airport, or the week before. You’ll also want to book the flight for the speaker to allow time for the inevitable airport delays, traffic en route to your event, etc.

5. Ask your speaker how long their speech is, whether they allow Q&A and what their policy is on autographs–great speakers can tweak the length of their speech to fit your event, you can organize Q&A ahead of time to make it run smoothly (i.e., by having people submit questions in advance, then your planning team can just pick the best ones) and great speakers will make sure your attendees get autographs (many speakers will walk away at the end of a set time period, whether there are people in line or not).

What other ideas have helped make your events a success?

–Danielle Marquis, Owner, Marquis Athletes, LLC

Marquis Athletes, LLC is a sports management firm representing retired Olympic athlete and motivational speaker Rulon Gardner. For more information on events with Rulon, contact us at info@marquisathletes.com.

August 5, 2010

Discounted Events Added in Park City!

Olympic Gold Medalist Rulon Gardner currently has events booked in the following locations. If you would like to piggyback your event on one of these events, you can save 50% off his speaking fee!

Wyoming Events

January 14, 2011: Cheyenne area

Illinois Events

April 15, 2011: Normal area

Utah Events

February 12, 2011: Park City area

Events must take place in the same general area on the dates listed to qualify. If you are unsure whether your event qualifies, please contact us. Your group is responsible for ground transportation between the existing event and your event, as well as any changes necessary to existing travel reservations (book early to avoid this), in addition to the speaking fee. Contact us at info@marquisathletes.com to book your event!

July 15, 2010

Jet Li & Fedor Emelianenko to Join Rulon Gardner as Combat Games Ambassadors

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SportAccord announced this week that movie star Jet Li and famous MMA fighter Fedor Emelianenko will join Rulon Gardner as Ambassadors for the Combat Games in Beijing, China August 28-September 4. Gardner will represent wrestling, Li will represent Wushu & Emelianenko will represent Sambo as they participate in various activities during the competition and promote the Games to the public.

To book Rulon Gardner for an event appearance, contact Marquis Athletes at www.marquisathletes.com or info@marquisathletes.com.

July 7, 2010

Discounted Events Added in Minneapolis, MN!

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Olympic Gold Medalist Rulon Gardner currently has events booked in the following locations. If you would like to piggyback your event on one of these events, you can save 50% off his speaking fee!

Colorado Events

July 11 & 13: Denver area

Wyoming Events

January 14, 2011: Cheyenne area

Pennsylvania Events

July 6, 7 & 8: Erie area

Nevada Events

August 25 & 27: Las Vegas area

Illinois Events

April 15, 2011: Normal area

Minnesota Events

October 2010: Minneapolis area

International Events

August 28-September 4: Beijing, China area

Events must take place in the same general area on the dates listed to qualify. If you are unsure whether your event qualifies, please contact us. Your group is responsible for ground transportation between the existing event and your event, as well as any changes necessary to existing travel reservations (book early to avoid this), in addition to the speaking fee. Contact us at info@marquisathletes.com to book your event!

July 6, 2010

Rulon Gardner’s Defeat of Karelin Named #3 “American Victory that Made us Proud”

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Rulon Gardner’s upset of Alexander Karelin in the 2000 Sydney Olympics was named the #3 “American Victory that Made us Proud” in the Bleacher Report’s listing in honor of July 4.

Calling Karelin “the most prohibitive favorite in any event entering the 2000 Sydney Olympics,” author Alan Rubenstein describes Gardner as “overcome with emotions after his incredible win. He was screaming with joy, did a cartwheel and grabbed a fan’s American flag and did a victory lap. This was a win that will likely never be duplicated.”

The complete list is:

12. 2002 World Cup: US Upsets Portugal

11. 2007 Davis Cup

10. 2008 Olympics 4×100 Meter Swimming Relay

9. 2002 World Cup Round of 16: US vs. Mexico

8. 2010 World Cup: US v. Algeria

7. 1960 US Men’s Hockey Team

6. 1950 World Cup: US Upsets England

5. 1998 Nagano Olympics: US Women’s Hockey

4. Jesse Owens at 1936 Olympics

3. 2000 Sydney Olympics: Rulon Gardner Upsets Alexander Karelin

2. 1999 Women’s World Cup: Brandi Chastain Scores the Cup Winner

1. 1980 Olympic Hockey Team

To book Rulon Gardner for your next event, contact Marquis Athletes, LLC at info@marquisathletes.com.

June 23, 2010

Discounted Events Added in Beijing, China!

Olympic Gold Medalist Rulon Gardner currently has events booked in the following locations. If you would like to piggyback your event on one of these events, you can save 50% off his speaking fee!

Colorado Events

July 11 & 13: Denver area

Wyoming Events

January 14, 2011: Cheyenne area

Pennsylvania Events

July 6, 7 & 8: Erie area

Nevada Events

August 25 & 27: Las Vegas area

Illinois Events

April 15, 2011: Normal area

International Events

August 28-September 4: Beijing, China area

Events must take place in the same general area on the dates listed to qualify. If you are unsure whether your event qualifies, please contact us. Your group is responsible for ground transportation between the existing event and your event, as well as any changes necessary to existing travel reservations (book early to avoid this), in addition to the speaking fee. Contact us at info@marquisathletes.com to book your event!

June 16, 2010

“Rulon Gardner defeats Alexander Karelin” Named “#7 Upset in Sports History”–above “The Miracle on Ice”

The “Bleacher Report” announced its “Giant Killers: Top 10 Upsets in Sports History” this week, and “Rulon Gardner defeats Alexander Karelin” was listed as the #7 upset–above “The Miracle on Ice” which came in at #10. Gardner’s stunning defeat of Russian Alexander Karelin was also the first Olympic upset on the list, and along with “The Miracle on Ice” they were the only Olympic upsets on the list.

The article begins by explaining that “one word can be used to describe certain teams that overcome adversity to win and that is excellence. Excellence is a trait that is not built in teams, but is earned. Underdogs achieve excellence through hard work and determination to upset unbeatable favorites.”

The article describes Gardner’s defeat of Karelin this way:

Russian wrestler Alexander Karelin had not surrendered a single point during a 10-year span heading into the 2000 Summer Olympics. He had never lost in 15 years of international competition, and had won three consecutive Olympic gold medals and seven consecutive world titles….Karelin faced American Rulon Gardner who had never finished better than fifth in any international wrestling competition. This was supposed to be another opponent crushed at the hands of Alexander the Great, but on this night it was Gardner who won gold in a stunning 1-0 defeat of Karelin. Gardner crushed the one-man dynasty of Karelin in Sydney and claimed the golf, solidifying Gardner as one of the biggest underdogs in Olympic history.”‘

The complete Top 10 list is:

1. Upset upsets Man O’ War

2. 2007 NBA Playoffs: No. 8 Warriors def. No. 1 Mavericks

3. Super Bowl XLII: Giants def. Patriots

4. George Mason advances to Final Four

5. Buster Douglas knocks out Mike Tyson

6. 1984 NCAA Final: Villanova stuns Georgetown

7. Rulon Gardner defeats Alexander Karelin

8. 1969 Miracle Mets

9. Super Bowl III: Jets def. Colts

10. The Miracle on Ice

Rulon Gardner is available for motivational speeches to corporate groups, nonprofits and schools. He shares with his audience how he overcame adversity to win Olympic gold, and how he earned excellence through hard work and determination. For more information on speaking events or endorsement opportunities, contact Marquis Athletes at info@marquisathletes.com.

June 8, 2010

Congratulations Rulon!

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Congratulations Rulon on your induction into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame! It’s been an honor and a privilege to work with you, and to bring your motivational speeches to people around the world. Representing you and your work is easy because after all this time, I still get goose bumps when I think about all you’ve accomplished and the fight in your soul that has kept you at the top of your game for so long. Whenever people ask me about you and your message, I sum it up this way–“I’ve heard his speech approximately 10,000 times at this point, and without fail, every single time, I have this unbelievable urge to “go out and do something with my life” as soon as it’s done.” That’s pretty special and pretty rare, and so are you. I’m very proud of you anyway, but especially proud today.

Rulon’s plaque at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, OK reads, “Rulon Gardner cartwheeled into the hearts of all Americans when he upset the seemingly invincible Russian Alexander Karelin at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.”

Enjoy the recent links below featuring news articles about Rulon and his induction!

Rulon Gardner Headed to Wrestling Hall of Fame, USA Today

2x Olympic medalist Rulon Gardner welcomed as National Wrestling Hall of Fame Distinguished Member by Mark Palmer, College Wrestling Examiner

Olympic Sports Highlights, USA Today

National Wrestling Hall of Fame Welcomes Auble, Camilleri, Gardner, McIlravy as Class of 2010 by Mark Palmer, College Wrestling Examiner

Rulon Gardner a Survivor In and Out of Wrestling by Jenni Carlson, NewsOK.com

Ex-Husker Gardner to be Inducted into National Wrestling Hall of Fame by John Kant, KCSR

With Olympic medals, new lease on life, Gardner heads into Hall, by Brian Gomez, Colorado Springs Gazette

Inside Olympic Sports, by Brian Cazeneuve, Sports Illustrated

Olympic Notes, by John Powers, Boston Globe

June 3, 2010

Bristol Palin: Would You Pay To Hear Her Speak?

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The AP reported that Bristol Palin will be hitting the motivational speaking circuit, and will be commanding between $15,000-$30,000 per speech. Palin is the daughter of former VP candidate Sarah Palin, and she was thrust into the spotlight as a pregnant teen during the Presidential campaign in 2008. She will be speaking about abstinence and the challenges of life as a young single mother.

Would you pay to hear her speak? The demographic for her speech topic seems to be young people–does your school have $15,000-$30,000 to hire her for an assembly? I’m not sure her topic would hold appeal to corporate groups–the groups most often booking speakers in this price range. I think she may find some success speaking to religious groups, although those religious groups would need to again have a lot of money to pay for her talks. Or maybe her events will be sponsored by various supporting groups? What do you think?

June 1, 2010

Rulon Gardner & Dennis Miller Featured at Sirona Dental’s 25th Anniversary Extravaganza

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Olympic Gold Medalist Rulon Gardner will be part of the featured entertainment at Sirona Dental System’s 25th Anniversary Extravaganza to be held at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, NV.

Gardner’s motivational speech “Never Give Up, Never Stop Trying: 7 Steps to Success” will be part of the 3 day event geared towards dental and laboratory professionals. In addition to a “Who’s Who” of digital dentistry professionals and educational programming, the event will also feature performances by the Second City Comedy Troupe and five-time Emmy Award-wiinning comedian and actor Dennis Miller. Attendees will also enjoy a “White Party” scheduled to take place at Pure Nightclub. For more information about Sirona Dental Systems, click here. To register for the event, click here. To book Rulon Gardner for your next event, click here.

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