Whenever you are public speaking at an event where food is being served at
round tables, you can use the centerpiece area as part of your program. I
recently saw Dr. Shirley Garrett do this at large public speaking engagement.
She was using juggling scarves on stage.
The centerpiece of each table was draped in these scarves. It looked great,
it was inexpensive, it related to her presentation, and it gave each attendee
something to take home to make it easier to remember her message. This idea
could also score you some points with the meeting planner who may be able save
quite a bit of money on flowers or other ornamental centerpiece items.
In addition, this area of the table could be used as revenue generator for
you. You pre-sell your books or tapes to the meeting planner and stack them
attractively in the middle of the table. This centerpiece
area gives everyone at the table
something to take home, and it will not cost much more than a fancy centerpiece that
only one person at each table gets as a door prize. Use the middle of a
roundtable to tie your message in AND make more money.