Sidd introduces Apple Co-founder Steve Wozniak

Sidd introduces Apple Co-founder Steve Wozniak

Sidd intros Past President of Toastmasters International

Sidd introduces Past President of Toastmasters International

Sidd intros former CIO of US Dept of Transportation

Sidd introduces former CIO of US Dept of Transportation

As a Master of Ceremonies, Sidd is an event planners dream come true.
Event planners love him because he is a certified Project Management Professional that has emceed and coordinated over 70 events with an average of 250 attendees per event.
Staff love him because he knows so much about presentation technology that he is a safety net if they get in over their head.  He has provided advanced technical support for a 3 day technology conference with over 100 speakers.
Speakers love him because he knows what speakers need and how to set them up so they can deliver at their best.
Hosts love him because he knows how to prevent disasters, minimize mistakes and put a professional polish on any event.
Audiences love him because he is funny, playful, inclusive, engaging and inventive.

What they don’t know is that Sidd uses a great deal of research and planning, humor and psychology to insure EVERYONE get their money’s worth.

He has introduced many luminaries in business, science, communication and engineering to audiences as large as 1,600 people.

Here are a few:

Steve Wozniak Co-founder of Apple Computer,
Inventor of the Personal Computer
Steven Cooper CIO of US Dept. of Commerce,
First CIO of US Dept. of Homeland Security,
CIO of American Red Cross
H. Martin Lancaster Former US Congressman, Special Asst. to the President,
President of NC Community College System
Pat Schambach President, Nortel Government Sector,
Former CIO of US Transportation Security Administration
Dr. Alfred Aho Former VP of Bell Labs,
Chair of Columbia University, Computer Science Department
S. M. Gavai Council General of India
Bonnie Hancock Former President of Progress Energy
Dr. John Gilligan Vice Chancellor, North Carolina State University
Mark Adams Coach, ESPN Commentator
Dottie Walters Professional Speaker, Author of Speak and Grow Rich
Barrett Joyner President, SAS North America
Armistead Sapp Senior Vice President of R&D, SAS
Dilip Abayasekara International President, Toastmasters International
Rick Jakle President of National Speakers Association
P.K. Agarwal CEO of TiE Global
Former CTO of the State of California
Sandy Costa Attorney, Public Speaker
Former President and COO of Quintiles Transnational
Nitin Pradhan CEO Launch Dream, LLC
Former CIO of US Dept. of Transportation
Ajit Sivadasan VP and General Manager
Lenovo eCommerce
Jock Elliott 2011 World Champion of Public Speaking
Record 6 times as World Championship finalist
Mark McClear Vice President of Engineering, Cree
Dr. David Pulman Former President, GlaxoSmithKline
Marshall Brain Founder of HowStuffWorks.com, Director of the Engineering Entrepreneurs Program at NCSU, Author

Association Executives

“You stood out from among the many ’emcees’ I have observed over the years because you found the right blend of attention to detail, elegance and humor … I hope that you continue to user your very considerable verbal skills, humor, and talent to delight speakers and audiences everywhere”

Dr. Dilip Abayasekara, DTM, AS

Past International President, Toastmasters International

“I really want to thank you very much for the work you put into being MC for the[Annual Event]. Your experience … gave the event real polish and I really appreciate it.”

Allan Mills, MPM, PMP

President, North Carolina Project Management Institute

“Sidd was the emcee for Startup Grind Triangles first annual conference. We asked him about a week before the event and you would have never known based on how well prepared he was. He was very professional and kept the conference running smoothly. Plus, he had some pretty good jokes 😉 He even got my 9 year old daughter to do a pitch in front of our audience!
Amazing job by Sidd and I would recommend him to speak or emcee any event.”

Follow up: My daughter “enjoyed it, but was playing it like [it was] no big deal. Months later, … My wife is doing a craft show for her signs and my daughter asked if she could go and do a pitch in front of the crowd!”

Mark Bavisotto

Regional Director, StartUpGrind

Executives

“Sidd Chopra … did an outstanding job serving as master of ceremonies at the [TechEngage] conference”

Barrett Joyner

President of North America, SAS Institute

“What you did was extremely useful as an eye-opening kick in the head to remind me of what most of my presentations are all about. I wish I could have bottled your presentation. Thank you for allowing me to scarf the marker sheets!”

Joseph H. Mitchiner

Attorney, Mitchiner Law Firm, PLLC

“I cannot begin to thank you enough  for the superb job you have done of MC-ing the 40th Tech Symposium. It was amazing.  I, and the department, really appreciate it.  Thank you!”

Dr. Mladen Vouk

Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Development, North Carolina State University

Meeting Planners & Event Owners

“Thank you for helping with Digital Marketing For Business –  you made a big difference in perception – added class to DMFB.”

(2 day event had 100+ speakers and 5 tracks)

Lawrence Harte

Conference Owner, Digital Marketing For Business

“Your presentation on Sarbanes Oxley was both effective and very timely. Your ability to translate this new comprehensive legislation into understandable project management terms was very helpful.

You covered this all without putting us to sleep!”

Gary Turner, PMP

Event Chair, NC Project Management Institute

“We really appreciate your presentation and it addressed our needs of a quick overview of MS Project. Your presentation was beneficial to our staff, and we hope to have you back again.”

“We appreciate your willingness to speak on such a short notice.”

Clayton Murphy, CPA

NC Office of the State Controller

Audio/Visual Experts

“Sidd to the rescue! When hosting events, things go wrong. This time, for me, it was an A/V issue. The only solution was running two laptops simultaneously. No worries, my Perfect Cue could handle both. Alas, my unit was defective and would only advance one laptop. Sidd’s LookWiser Cueing System saved the day connecting to one laptop via USB and another via Bluetooth. Our presentations stayed in sync, and the audience of 200 was none the wiser. Sidd went above and beyond to make sure we were successful.”

Evan Carroll

President, American Marketing Association - Triangle Chapter

Content & Speaker Coordinators

“Sidd was extremely helpful and available to help the various teams presenting at Triangle Startup Weekend. With very little notice, Sidd jumped in and helped teams refine their presentations to a judge panel of investors and successful entrepreneurs.
In the short amount of time teams worked with Sidd, I saw their presentations make a 180 degree turn for the better: memorable, concise, and effective.”
Mital Patel, JD

Co-founder at Triangle Innovation Project , Board of Director / Member at Triangle Interactive Marketing Association Organizer at Startup Weekend

“Next time your are preparing for a speaking event, be sure to apply what I call the ‘Sidd Filter’. I have witnessed it transform many speeches from being OK to being intense, persuasive and influential. What I also find interesting about Sidd’s work is that he approaches the problem from the point of view of Neuroscience and its expression in human speech.”

Bithika Khargharia, PhD

Principal Architect at Extreme Networks & Director of Product and Community Management, Open Networking Foundation

Professional Speakers

“Bravo Sidd Chopra 4 surprising us w/ a creative intro proving his point-we make quick judgements based on minimal info [@ Toastmasters 2012 International Convention]”

Pete Weissman

Former Speechwriter for CEO of Coca-cola, US Senate, Thought Leader Communications

Human Resources

“Sidd recently addressed a meeting for Human Resource Professionals in the RWHRMA and TSHRM Chapters of the Society for Human Resource Management. His ability to tie his expertise to our field was stellar. He had gone to great lengths to research our profession and it resulted in a presentation that was right on target – relevant, appropriate to our members and full of innovative ideas to help advance our businesses using the concepts and techniques he shared with us. Definitely a five-star speaker! I would HIGHLY recommend Sidd to speak at any engagement.”
Teri Harrell

President, Raleigh/Wake Human Resource Management Association, Senior People Relations Consultant, RedHat