Showing Gratitude in a Conference Presentation

Here is a great idea on expressing your gratitude to those who help you out! How many times have you been to an event or a conference or even a large meeting? There is a group of people behind the scenes that does a TON of work that gets 10 seconds of fame and fortune when they are thanked, but it never really goes off very well. I call that, Lame Gratitude! Here is a great tip from Seth Godin:

Gratitude-MeetingApproximately 5% of the official welcome speech consists of a litany of thanks. The list is impossible to remember, said too fast and dull. Not only is this a total waste of time f
or most attendees, it doesn’t even satisfy the core objective, which is thanking and rewarding the folks who helped. And it certainly doesn’t encourage others to look forward to helping out.

The solution is pretty simple, thanks to PowerPoint and digital cameras.

Prepare for the talk by taking pictures of each person. If they’re shy, you can even do photographs in groups of two or three. Good photos, clever photos, funny photos… photos that are interesting are best.

Then, create a new presentation. Put each photo on its own slide, preferably with a well designed ID below it (it should be on a black box, with a nice sans serif font reversed out. Like you see on cable TV news.)

String one after the other. Build a dissolve transition between each one. Program it to put up a new slide every two seconds–don’t go too slow!–and to loop the presentation.

Ten minutes before you’re due to
start, while everyone is finding their seats, run the presentation. It’ll cycle 5 or 10 times before you start speaking. When you get up, start your presentation and just dive into the meaty stuff.

Every single person you feature will be famous! “Hey, I saw you in that loop!”

And you won’t have wasted your valuable presentation time.

Source: Seth Godin’s Blog

What a great idea to really express your gratitude to those that deserve it!

Be Well.
The Gratitude Guru


  1. MaryAnn D'Ambrosio on November 24, 2010 at 10:25 am

    What a fantastic idea! May take a bit of time of front to prepare – yet the outcome matches the objective of thanking everyone who helped and the presentation can go on . . .

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