NOV 2014

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 4 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 32 Shreveport-Bossier Convention Tourist Bureau Steeped in heritage dating back to 1792, this area includes picturesque small towns with tree-lined streets. Tour the historic First Congregational Church in Mount Pleasant and enjoy family attractions like Kannapolis Intimidator baseball games. ■ Cabarrus Co., N.C. F A I T H & Y O U T H Shreveport, La. Advice For Youth Events The "Southern Soul Capital," Shreveport is a place where elements of blues, country, rock 'n roll and gospel came together to create a unique sound and culture. This heritage is on display at music venues, restaurants, historic sites and at special festivals, such as the Labor Day Southern Soul Blues Fest. Historic landmarks include the Old Galilee Baptist Church, the Antioch Baptist Church, and the Oakland Cemetery, listed on the National Register of Historic Places and dating back to 1842. ■ I've spoken for several future groups at hotels and other facilities. They are a little trouble—I gotta admit that when a youth myself I dropped small water balloons from the roof of the Dinkler Plaza, then one of Atlanta's fine hotels. But my best advice is to get presenters who are known to be good at speaking for youth. It is a different audience. Make sure that the size of the room fits the size of the audience—and as I can testify— make sure that adults of authority are scattered among the audience to maintain a businesslike atmosphere. ■ By Professional Speaker Ralph Hood

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