i was beyond flattered to be asked to re-present my the keynote address I gave to the ABC at the annual conference last November in Indianapolis. I was asked by the groups leader, John Goolsby. John has done a wonderful job leading group, evidenced by such a wonderfully planned and executed meeting. It was the largest turnout this group ever had. And John is not a consultant, he is an awesome videographer. You can check out his work at www.godfatherfilms.com
The meeting was held at the Mission Inn in Riverside. It is a historic hotel from the 1920s. I had the pleasure of stayng there. It was amazing, so much history. I actually took a histoic tour on Tuesday morning after I had breakfast. For more info www.missioninn.com
The evening titled “Fire and Ice” started out in the courtyard (one of many at the hotel) right by the room we were having dinner. An ice bar and cool lounge furniture set the tone, along with great cocktails and appetizers. It was nice to mingle and meet so many new people. We then moved into dinner, where the “fire theme” came through brillantly. Orange tablecloths, red napkins and great florals in fire tones graced the room, in addition to moving flames created by lighting on all the walls. We started with our first course of an asparagus bisque. After this was done, we received a docent tour of the area of the hotel we were in. He showed us the courtyard, “flyers wall” and statuary. We then moved into the most lovely chapel, that hosts over 450 weddings a year. We walked into an organist playing “Canon in D”, and all I could think was “Smile, lower your flowers, slow down, no not yet, ok, now, smile, lower your flowers… ” things I say to bridesmaids at every wedding. This is still a very popular processional. The docent explained how the chapel came to be, that the owner had purchased this elaborate altar from a private family in Mexico for only $5,000.00 The owner of the hotel collected alot of eclectic things that are on display all over the hotel. Everything from Tiffany Stained glass windows (in the chapel) to a bell collection, to asian art. We then were told how these magnifcent floor to ceiling mahagony doors we walk thru, open up small, or when the bride enters, go full size. With this a trumpeteer (with one of those old long thin trumpets, ala the Kentucky Derby) entered, and hearlded in the bride and her Dad (with the organ) to Clarke’s Trumpet Voluntary. What a nice touch!
We then returned back to the dining room and finsihed dinner with an entree of a beef and salmon skewer. I couldnt finish it, but it might have been nerves, as I was on next. My presentation was received with great accord. I got lots of compiments. I love speaking and really hope I can do more. What a great trip!