Monthly Archives: May 2014

And The Winner Is …

Clay Aiken campaign

Clay Aiken finally wins one!

The singer, who was runner-up in both American Idol and Celebrity Apprentice television shows, won the Democratic primary for a congressional seat in his native North Carolina.

The unofficial vote, showing Aiken the winner, was posted a day after his closest challenger died in an accident.  Aiken got more than 40 percent of the vote to win the three way race.

Monday, the second-place finisher, Keith Crisco, 71, died after a fall in his home.

Aiken now moves to the general election, where he’ll face incumbent congresswoman Renee Elmers, a Republican, in November.  Aiken faces an uphill battle since the district leans toward the GOP.

Aiken’s campaign suspended activities for a time following Crisco’s death.  Because of that, his campaign refused to comment on his victory.

In an interview with the Associated Press after the polls closed last week, Aiken who is openly gay, said he was never asked about his sexual orientation except by the media, even though the congressional  district is heavily socially conservative.

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Chance for Zeppelin Reunion?

Robert Plant

Led Zeppelin fans should hold tight to the memory of the legendary rock group’s one-time reunion in 2007.  It appears it may never happen again.

Robert Plant told Rolling Stone magazine, “A tour (after that concert) would have been an absolute menagerie of vested interests and the very essence of everything that’s shitty about big-time stadium rock. We were surrounded by a circus of people that would have had our souls on the fire. I’m not part of a jukebox!”

Despite Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones rehearsing and auditioning new singers, including Steven Tyler, for several years after the 2007 concert, no tour materialized.

Page says people ask him every day about a reunion, “The answer is ‘no.’ It’s been almost seven years since the O2. There’s always a possibility that they can exhume me and put me onstage in a coffin and play a tape.”

Despite his adamant denials to Rolling Stone, Plant cryptically refused to shut the door completely.  “I don’t think there’s any reason for me to do that,” he says. “Otherwise we’ve got nothing to be mystic about…Everything will develop as it develops. All doors are open. All phone lines are open. I don’t hear from anybody. Talk is cheap…But I just think everything has to be new. Then you can incorporate history.”

Does that mean Plant may be willing to go into the studio with his former bandmates and cut a new Led Zeppelin Album?  He told Rolling Stone reporter Andy Greene, “You can’t be the marriage guidance clinic here.”

So Zeppelin fans, if you want to see the super group perform again in your lifetime, you’ll need to find someone who can get Plant, Page and Jones to sit together, hash out their differences and maybe write a few new songs.

Motivational Speaker

Les Trent-Janelle Monae

(Pictured are Les Trent and hip hop star Janelle Monae at last night’s Gala at the Met in New York City.)

One of the most unique motivational speakers you’ll have for your event is Les Trent.  As Senior Correspondent for Inside Edition, Les has travelled the world covering the biggest stories and interviewing the biggest names.

He is also a two-time cancer survivor.

Les’ entertaining talks weave his struggles to overcome cancer by using tricks of the journalist trade, with humorous stories about interviewing the world’s best known celebrities.

Everyone in your audience will be charmed by Les and relate to his story.

Booking Connection will help you secure the best keynote speakers and entertainment for your events.  Contact us at www.bookingconnection.com.

Choosing a Motivational Speaker

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What should you consider when choosing a motivational speaker?

1. Can the speaker inspire your audience?
Just about anyone can give your audience a pep talk that lasts until they leave the event.  A real motivational speaker connects with the audience to inspire them to make changes in their lives.

2. Do their stories connect with “real” people?
Many motivational speakers have earned their stories by dealing with extraordinary events.  But not everyone can relate to that kind of situation.  A great motivational speaker must be able to break down their transformation step by step so everyone I the audience can relate to it and be inspired to change.

3. Do They Provide Different Perceptions?
Some motivational speakers base their message on fear.  For example, if you don’t make this change you’ll be a loser.  The audience should learn that even if events beyond their control affect them, they can control certain aspects of what happened.  This change in perception will empower them to make the changes needed to overcome it.

So, what speaker is best for your event?  It may be as simple as ‘what do you want your audience members to do better’ and then match that goal with the motivational speaker who can get them there.

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