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Some skills intersect with almost all professions. Writing, for instance. Concise, clear, useful writing can take a person far in almost any working environment. Another skill that can lead to either advancement or stasis in a multitude of professions: public speaking.

Whatever you do for a living, there's a professional conference tailored just for you. Speaking—and speaking well—at a conference can create more value for your employer and more value for you in the job market. And let's put internal group meetings, media interviews, client and investor pitches and meetings with boards of directors in the same public speaking bucket with professional conferences. If you're speaking in a room of any size that seems short on chairs, you're speaking in public.

Some of us—make that most of us—who've spoken at conferences and in boardrooms consider ourselves to be passable speakers at best. We might feel that being a strong, effective presence in front of an audience isn't in our genetic makeup or that we're essentially behind-the-scenes people. We are who we are, and we have to work with that.

Andy Gilman, president and CEO of CommCore Consulting Group and one of the canniest media trainers you could hope to meet, won't argue that point. You can’t change your basic character and erase years of habits and phobias overnight, but you can create a mental toolkit that can slowly transform you from a tic-plagued live speaker into a true performer who’s always in sync with an audience.

A fully stocked public speaking toolkit can take years to compile. You have to start somewhere, though, so let’s start with the most important part of any public speech—the opening. If you can get the first one or two minutes of a speech or presentation right, you’re practically home free, unless you fall off a stage (and even then, things are salvageable).

Assume the audience is already on your side—they want to see you succeed. Nobody wants to squirm and cringe empathetically for a flailing public speaker. Your job in the first couple of minutes is to keep the audience on your side and give it little choice but to listen to you.

Cover all your wedding planning bases with these expert tips no to-be-wed should be without.

When planning your wedding, there are things that are nice to know, and there are things you need to know—advice so essential any bride who's lucky enough to hear it thinks, "I'm so glad someone told me that!" If you're wondering whether there's something you may have missed (or even if you've got everything under control), check out our indispensable planning secrets below.

1. Guests Come First

Get a grip on the approximate number of guests you'll invite before settling on a venue. This will ensure there's ample space for your crew. As a rule of thumb, allow for 25 to 30 square feet per guest. That may seem like a lot, but it's really not if you count the space you'll need for the tables, bustling waiters, the band and a dance floor.

2. Investigate Wedding Blackout Dates

Know ahead of time if your wedding date falls on the same day as a trade conference, charity walk or other local event that could affect traffic and hotel room availability. Here's a handy list of potentially problematic wedding dates coming up in the calendar.

With a little creativity, you can plan activities that strengthen the school community without breaking the bank or exhausting your volunteers.

Call the Experts

You don’t have to do it all. Whether you’re planning a night of fun or an educational event, call upon the people in your community to share their expertise. Many local businesses will offer discounts or donate their services in exchange for a little publicity.

Family dance lessons: Ask a dance instructor to teach families how to waltz, two-step, salsa, line dance, or do the latest hip-hop moves. Follow up the lessons with a dance-off or your very own Dancing With the Stars contest.

Fitness night: Invite a fitness coach to teach kids and parents fun exercises they can do at home. Ask the school nurse to take blood pressure readings or measure body mass index, and offer healthy snacks.

Museum night: Many museums take their family programs on the road for a fee. Typically, the museum brings the materials and leads activities, while families spend the evening doing science experiments or creating art together.

Expert advice: Ask experts to speak to parents about drug abuse prevention, bullying, Internet safety, or other issues. Specify that the programs are for parents only and arrange on-site baby-sitting. Your school’s parents will thank you.

QUICK TIP: Show your appreciation by promoting the businesses or experts on event flyers and thanking them in your school newsletter.

While we know that your wedding is all about showing the world the love and commitment you and your hubby-to-be have for each other (and also, of course, how good you look in white), it’s also important to know that as host and hostess you have a “responsibility” to throw a great party to celebrate that love and show your guests a good time. When it comes to entertainment, I always tell my brides that this is the part (besides getting to see you wed) when guests decide they’re glad they RSVP’d yes to your invitation. From serious ceremony to fabulous reception, the driving force is the entertainment. They have come to the wedding to support you at the biggest milestone of your life, so by all means, let them have a blast!

Spin My Song

In The Big White Book of Weddings, I include advice on ceremony music, but in this column I will stick mainly to the reception. Often, brides ask if they should have a band or a DJ. I always say that DJs are an excellent choice because, for one thing, they are much less expensive than live entertainment. Their playlist can be customized, and a well-chosen, sophisticated DJ may be perfect for your wedding. Meet DJs to gauge their personality and style. Discuss your needs and wishes for your wedding, including the DJ’s wardrobe. Find out if you can watch him in action and listen to him spin and mix. Discuss various styles of music—a variety should be played throughout the night to keep guests entertained. During meetings with your DJ, develop your song playlist and be clear about what you like and dislike. Make sure your DJ will take your song requests.

And the Band Played On

Whether it’s swing or salsa, a 20-piece or a four-piece ensemble, live music has the ability to stir the soul of even the most stagnant chair-sitters at a reception! Think about what kind of sound you want: big band, contemporary, golden oldies? Knowing the style and mood you want to set will help you locate the band suited to you.

I Dos For Choosing A Band

Ron Barker of Mane Event Expo Fails to Pay Vendors, Convicted of Fraud, Violates Bankruptcy Laws 

Is the Mane Event Horse Expo Going Out of Business?

With vendors not being paid, venues not booked, and fraud and bankruptcy surrounding their sales manager Ronald Barker, the Mane Event Expo not looking good.

  • Chilliwack Heritage Park has not received any deposits or reservations to hold the venue for the October 2018 Mane Event Expo, yet the Mane event is still selling tickets.
  • The Mane Event's insurance company has sent out notices to their event venues that their bill was not paid and they will be cutting off their insurance.
  • The event rental company for last year's show in Chilliwack, BC, has served Ron and Gail Barker with papers for not paying for last year’s event to the tune of $9000.00.
  • The event rental company for the March 2018 show in Scottsdale, AZ still has not been paid in full for over $6000 in services.
  • We have received emails from past trainers and clinicians who have not been paid.
  • In 2005, Ron Barker of the Mane Event, received a lifetime market ban for defrauding investors. The British Columbia Securities Commission found that he violated securities laws when he committed fraud and lied to investors in raising more than $2.3-million from individuals in the Kamloops area. Click here for details.
  • Ron Barker also had seven charges imposed for violating bankruptcy laws. Click here for details.

Ron Barker and Gail Barker of The Mane Event Horse Expo based in Kamloops, BC, failed to make complete payment on over $6,000 worth of sound equipment from our company for their horse trade show at WestWorld of Scottsdale. To date, we have not received payment beyond the initial deposit required to reserve the equipment.

Based on this information, we warn all vendors, sponsors, or attendees to consider that you most likely lose your money or will not be paid in full by Ron Barker, Gail Barker, and The Mane Event Horse Expo.

We post this information about The Mane Event Horse Expo, in order to warn other vendors about our experience. You can help us by attempting to reach Ron Barker at 480-828-1963, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on The Mane Event contact page at https://scottsdale.maneeventexpo.com/contact-us/ 

Scandal at Mane Event Expo Heritage Park | Heritage Park Horse Show Mane Event Expo 

Will the Mane Event Horse Expo at Heritage Park in Chilliwack, BC Still Go On?

Due to the questionable practices of Mane Event Expo at Heritage Park in Chilliwack, BC, it's a question worth asking. The Mane Event is a Canadian event company for horse expos and shows in Scottsdale AZ, Chilliwack BC, and Red Deer AB. With vendors not being paid, venues not booked, and fraud and bankruptcy surrounding their sales manager Ronald Barker, it's not looking good.

  • Chilliwack Heritage Park has not received any deposits or reservations to hold the venue for the October 2018 Mane Event Expo.
  • The Mane Event's insurance company has sent out notices to their event venues that their bill was not paid and they will be cutting off their insurance.
  • The event rental company for last year's show in Chilliwack, BC, has served Ron and Gail Barker with papers for not paying for last year’s event to the tune of $9000.00.
  • The event rental company for the March 2018 show in Scottsdale, AZ still has not been paid in full for over $6000 in services.
  • In 2005, Ron Barker of the Mane Event, received a lifetime market ban for defrauding investors. The British Columbia Securities Commission found that he violated securities laws when he committed fraud and lied to investors in raising more than $2.3-million from individuals in the Kamloops area. Click here for details.
  • Ron Barker also had seven charges imposed for violating bankruptcy laws. Click here for details.

Ron Barker and Gail Barker of The Mane Event Horse Expo based in Kamloops, BC, failed to make complete payment on over $6,000 worth of sound equipment from our company for their horse trade show at WestWorld of Scottsdale. To date, we have not received payment beyond the initial deposit required to reserve the equipment.

Based on this information, we warn all vendors, sponsors, or attendees to consider that you most likely lose your money or will not be paid in full by Ron Barker, Gail Barker, and The Mane Event Horse Expo.

We post this information about The Mane Event Horse Expo, in order to warn other vendors about our experience. You can help us by attempting to reach Ron Barker at 480-828-1963, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on The Mane Event contact page at https://scottsdale.maneeventexpo.com/contact-us/ 

Mane Event Expo Horse Show Cancelled: Chilliwack BC | Mane Event | Chilliwack 

October 2018 Mane Event Horse Expo in Chilliwack, BC May Be Cancelled

Don't buy your tickets yet. The Mane Event, a Canadian event company for horse expos and shows in Scottsdale AZ, Chilliwack BC, and Red Deer AB, may have to cancel their upcoming event at Chilliwack Heritage Park in Chilliwack, British Columbia. Here's why:

  • Chilliwack Heritage Park has not received any deposits or reservations to hold the venue for the October 2018 Mane Event Expo.
  • The Mane Event's insurance company has sent out notices to their event venues that their bill was not paid and they will be cutting off their insurance.
  • The event rental company for last year's show in Chilliwack, BC, has served Ron and Gail Barker with papers for not paying for last year’s event to the tune of $9000.00.
  • The event rental company for the March 2018 show in Scottsdale, AZ still has not been paid in full for over $6000 in services.
  • In 2005, Ron Barker of the Mane Event, received a lifetime market ban for defrauding investors. The British Columbia Securities Commission found that he violated securities laws when he committed fraud and lied to investors in raising more than $2.3-million from individuals in the Kamloops area. Click here for details.
  • Ron Barker also had seven charges imposed for violating bankruptcy laws. Click here for details.

Based on this information, we warn all vendors, sponsors, or attendees to consider that you most likely will not be paid in full by Ron Barker, Gail Barker, and The Mane Event Horse Expo.

We post this information about The Mane Event Horse Expo, in order to warn other vendors about our experience. You can help us by attempting to reach Ron Barker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on The Mane Event contact page at https://scottsdale.maneeventexpo.com/contact-us/ 

Mane Event Horse Expo: Scottsdale AZ, Cilliwack BC, Red Deer AB

Notice of Non-Payment of Vendors by the Mane Event Horse Expo

The Mane Event, a Canadian event company for horse expos and shows in Scottsdale AZ, Chilliwack BC, and Red Deer AB, contracted over $6,000 worth of sound equipment and audio staff for their horse trade show at WestWorld of Scottsdale. Big Deal Entertainment has not received payment beyond the initial reservation deposit.

What is perplexing is that the event at WestWorld of Scottsdale was a huge success and everything sounded great all weekend long. We received many compliments from the attendees, clinicians, trainers, and exhibitors throughout the four day event. Owners Ron Barker and Gail Barker could not have need nicer during the event -- but once the show was over, they quickly headed back to their headquarters in Kamloops, British Columbia and left us with the an unpaid bill.

After some research, we found:

  • Chilliwack Heritage Park has not received any deposits or reservations to hold the venue for the October 2018 Mane Event Expo even though the Mane Event is selling tickets.
  • The Mane Event's insurance company has sent out notices to their event venues that their bill was not paid and they will be cutting off their insurance.
  • The event rental company for last year's show in Chilliwack, BC, has served Ron and Gail Barker with papers for not paying for last year’s event to the tune of $9000.00.
  • The event rental company for the March 2018 show in Scottsdale, AZ still has not been paid in full for over $6000 in services.
  • In 2005, Ron Barker of the Mane Event, received a lifetime market ban for defrauding investors. The British Columbia Securities Commission found that he violated securities laws when he committed fraud and lied to investors in raising more than $2.3-million from individuals in the Kamloops area. Click here for details.
  • Ron Barker also had seven charges imposed for violating bankruptcy laws. Click here for details.

The Mane Event touts itself as a "family run" business. That may be true, but according to Zoom Info, their revenue is $1.4 million. Big Deal Entertainment is also a family run business with employees and overhead to pay -- and not being paid for a four day event is a huge loss for us.

Mane Event Horse Expo Show | Scottsdale AZ | Cilliwack BC | Red Deer AB

The Mane Event has more shows schedule in the following locations:

Scottsdale AZ, Chilliwack BC, and Red Deer AB

Based on our experience, we warn all vendors, sponsors, or attendees to consider that you may not be paid in full by Ron Barker, Gail Barker, and The Mane Event Horse Expo.

We post this review of The Mane Event, in order to warn other vendors about our experience. You can help us by attempting to reach Ron Barker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on The Mane Event contact page at https://scottsdale.maneeventexpo.com/contact-us/ 

Mane Event Horse Expo Show | Ron Barker and Gail Barker | Alberta Canada

Notice of Non-Payment of Vendors by the Mane Event Horse Expo

Ron Barker and Gail Barker of The Mane Event Horse Expo based in Alberta, Canada, failed to make complete payment on over $6,000 worth of sound equipment for their horse trade show at WestWorld of Scottsdale. To date, we have not received payment beyond the initial deposit required to reserve the equipment.

We have called and sent multiple emails to contact Ron Barker and Gail Barker with little or no response. Sadly, nothing has been paid to date (this page will be removed when payment has been made).

These are the only promises we have received from Ron since the March 29-April 1, 2018 Mane Event Horse Expo:

April 5, 2018
Sorry we have taken a couple days off after the show and will get everything straight by weeks end or first of the week.

May 4, 2018
I’m in Canada right now and will be back in Arizona next week and will get this paid by next Wed.

May 4, 2018
This is really tacky and unprofessional that you would send this to all of my employees! If you want to get paid ALL email must be to me and NOT my employees! I have been out of the country and will deal with this next week!

June 12, 2018
I understand your frustration but we just don’t have the money right now and we will get you paid ASAP hopefully by the end of June.

After some research, we found:

  • Chilliwack Heritage Park has not received any deposits or reservations to hold the venue for the October 2018 Mane Event Expo even though the Mane Event is selling tickets.
  • The Mane Event's insurance company has sent out notices to their event venues that their bill was not paid and they will be cutting off their insurance.
  • The event rental company for last year's show in Chilliwack, BC, has served Ron and Gail Barker with papers for not paying for last year’s event to the tune of $9000.00.
  • The event rental company for the March 2018 show in Scottsdale, AZ still has not been paid in full for over $6000 in services.
  • In 2005, Ron Barker of the Mane Event, received a lifetime market ban for defrauding investors. The British Columbia Securities Commission found that he violated securities laws when he committed fraud and lied to investors in raising more than $2.3-million from individuals in the Kamloops area. Click here for details.
  • Ron Barker also had seven charges imposed for violating bankruptcy laws. Click here for details.

The Mane Event is planning another horse show at WestWorld of Scottsdale on March 29-31 of 2019. We warn all vendors, sponsors, or attendees to consider that you may not be paid in full by Ron Barker, Gail Barker, of The Mane Event Horse Expo.

We post this review of Ron Barker, Gail Barker, and The Mane Event in order to warn other vendors about our experience. You can help us by attempting to reach Ron Barker and Gail Barker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on The Mane Event contact page at https://scottsdale.maneeventexpo.com/contact-us/.

Mane Event Equine Trade Show Horse Expo Ron Barker WestWorld Scottsdale AZIn March of 2018, Ron Barker of The Mane Event contracted over $6,000 worth of equipment for their horse trade show at WestWorld of Scottsdale. We have yet to see any payment past the initial deposit to reserve the equipment.

We put together five sound systems in total, loaded up and traveled to WestWorld of Scottsdale. The event was a huge success and everything sounded great all weekend long. We were even complimented abundantly throughout.

After numerous attempts to contact Ron Barker via email and telephone with little or no response, we were forced to reach out to other members of the The Mane Event staff to resolve the balance due. Unfortunately, nothing has been paid even several months later.

After some research, we found:

  • Chilliwack Heritage Park has not received any deposits or reservations to hold the venue for the October 2018 Mane Event Expo even though the Mane Event is selling tickets.
  • The Mane Event's insurance company has sent out notices to their event venues that their bill was not paid and they will be cutting off their insurance.
  • The event rental company for last year's show in Chilliwack, BC, has served Ron and Gail Barker with papers for not paying for last year’s event to the tune of $9000.00.
  • The event rental company for the March 2018 show in Scottsdale, AZ still has not been paid in full for over $6000 in services.
  • In 2005, Ron Barker of the Mane Event, received a lifetime market ban for defrauding investors. The British Columbia Securities Commission found that he violated securities laws when he committed fraud and lied to investors in raising more than $2.3-million from individuals in the Kamloops area. Click here for details.
  • Ron Barker also had seven charges imposed for violating bankruptcy laws. Click here for details.

The Mane Event is planning to return to WestWorld March 29-31 of 2019. We highly advise any vendors, sponsors, or attendees to consider that you may not be paid in full by Ron Barker and The Mane Event Horse Expo.

We post this review of Ron Barker and The Mane Event, in order to warn other vendors about our experience. You can help us by attempting to reach Ron Barker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on The Mane Event contact page at https://scottsdale.maneeventexpo.com/contact-us/ 

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