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Event Planning Resources

Formal Introduction / Bio
Mike earned his B.S. degree from Cornell University. During and after college he developed a successful sales organization working with college students for the Southwestern Company of Nashville, Tennessee. For the past 25 years Mike has worked with over 500,000 students in New England, helping them to raise more than $1.5 million dollars to build and promote student activities with Great American Opportunities.

In 1993 he founded Great American Opportunities Leadership Institute with a focus of building student leaders through workshops and conferences. During the past 12 years, Mike has worked with schools and businesses from Maine to California, teaching on creativity, leadership, attitude management, and the power of change. Mike is married to his best friend Jane, lives in Atkinson, NH and is the father of two college age boys, Kurt (a senior) & Eric (a freshman). While getting adjusted to the empty nest he gardens, climbs in the white mountains, cooks, and continues to look for ways to simplify the complicated affairs of daily life.

Informal Introduction
We have a special guest with us today. Mike Weber, of the Leadership Institute, works all across the country with organizations, schools and businesses helping them have more fun while figuring out creative ways to get more things done. He's coached soccer, taught creativity, raised 2 sons and is currently on a quest to climb every mountain in New Hampshire! Let's give Mike a warm welcome.

Audio and room requirements:
All programs are custom developed for each organization. Therefore, audio and room requirements should be discussed with Mike beforehand.

Here are some general preparation guidelines:
  1. More open space is needed in workshops that involve team building exercises
  2. An audio system is required for groups containing more than 60 people
  3. Cordless microphones or a microphone with 50 ft of cord is required
  4. Please provide a table at the front of the room for props
  5. If the assembly is held in a gym, the audience needs to be located on just one side of the gym
  6. In an auditorium, individuals need to be ushered down toward the front
  7. In a workshop, either a theater set up or round table set up is advisable
  8. It is critical that those in attendance not be distracted by the environment.