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Richard J. Avdoian, CSP

Thursday, October  5 | Concurrent Breakout Session | 10:00am-11:00am


Learn How Professional Speakers can add Value and Enhance your Meeting Experience! Panelist

Richard Avdoian is Founder/CEO of the Midwest Business Institute, Inc. a business consulting and coaching firm, located in Metro St. Louis. Richard works with businesses and corporations committed to training, and retaining highly motivated productive employees.

He is an employee development expert who specializes in enhancing employee potential and maximizing capabilities to provide exemplary customer service, and increase productivity and profitability.

He worked in the health care field for over 25 years and with clients in over forty different industries providing programs and services in the area of teamwork, leadership and employee development.

In July, 2003 he received the designation of Certified Speaking Professional (C.S.P.) from the National Speakers Association and International Federation for Professional Speakers, the highest earned level of excellence attainable in the industry and a distinction representing the top 10 percent of all members of the profession.

In October, 2006 he was honored by Niagara County Community College and inducted into the Distinguished Alumni Gallery in recognition for his personal and professional accomplishments and community service.

Richard has been a frequent guest on local business radio stations. His column “Smart Business” appears in the St. Louis Small Business Monthly Magazine. He authored numerous articles and has been a contributing author to countless publications throughout his career.

Clients include: United States Postal Services, Illinois Academy of Family Physicians, American Bankers Association, National Association of Orthopedic Nurses, Corning Glass Company, Illinois Society of Respiratory Care, National Insurance and Financial Advisors Association, Illinois Health Care Association, Associated General Contractors of America, Monsanto, Clinical Laboratory Management Assoc., Illinois City Management Association, United Meat Cutters Union, United States Air Force and Meeting Professionals International.


Session Description: Our panelist will address a variety of topics including: What is the National Speakers Association? What do the designations CSP and CPAE signify? How Speakers Bureaus select and work with speakers. Creative ways to leverage your speakers to market your event. Maximize speakers while they are on site. The differences between Keynote and Breakout Speakers. What speakers expect from Meeting and Event Planners. What Meeting and Event Planners can expect from Speakers. Dealing with Professional Agreements. Selling Products and the use of Trade Show Booths in agreements.