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November 2010


The AGS Announces Featured Speakers for 2011 Conclave Best-selling Authors
and Experts Addressing Communication Gaps, Body Language for Better Sales, and More

November 10, 2010
Las Vegas- Body language clues, marketing ideas that go from high tech to no tech, and communicating more effectively in the world of Facebook and Twitter. These are diverse topics for a diverse business environment: they are just a few of the latest programs that the American Gem Society has planned for the 2011 Conclave in San Francisco. The Society announced this week the best-selling authors and leaders who will be presenting these programs as featured speakers.

Body-Language expert Janine Driver is bringing the advice she gave millions in her best-selling books to Conclave with YOU SAY MORE THAN YOU THINK: A 7-Day Plan on Using the New Body Language to Get What You Want. Janine, who is NBC's Today show Body Language Contributor, will teach members how to control and be able to change the dynamics of any interaction according to their own needs and desires. Members will learn to enhance their own secret weapon-confidence born of intuitive body language-that all successful people share.

Looking for an integrated marketing program that helps with community outreach efforts? In "How to Get, Keep and Deserve Your Customers," Patricia Fripp, the author of Speaker's Edge, and Speaking Secrets of the Masters, will provide guidance in her innovative and interactive program. No matter how successful the jewelry store, promotional efforts need to be on-going, using a combination of high-tech, low-tech, and no-tech. Patricia, a nationally-acclaimed speaker, will teach participants ways to turbocharge their marketing programs, the same way she has taught companies nation-wide.

Jake Greene, founder of Greene Group, a consulting firm working on corporate growth, change and branding, will present "Face Time Versus Facebook Time: Communicating Across Generational Gaps." There is a massive communication gap between the generations that grew up in front of computers and those who adapted to computers as adults. Offices around the country are plagued by miscommunication stemming from email etiquette, social media policies, and inconsistent online/offline personalities. Jake will provide guidance and insight to help close the gap. Jake wrote the book, Whoa, My Boss is Naked! A Career Book for People Who Would Never Be Caught Dead Reading a Career Book, and helps companies communicate better inside and outside their firm.

"One of the theme's of the 2011 Conclave is building bridges-how can members build successful bridges to their future? The underlying message of each presentation goes back to this theme," said Ruth Batson, Executive Director and CEO of the American Gem Society. "The business climate is evolving more quickly now, and our presenters are giving the AGS membership the keys to success for not only today, but providing the tools they need to stay ahead of the game in the years to come."

The American Gem Society Conclave will be held in San Francisco April 27th - 30th at The Westin St. Francis in the heart of San Francisco's Union Square. More announcements regarding the program for the 2011 Conclave are forthcoming over the next few months.

About The American Gem Society
The American Gem Society, founded in 1934 by Robert M. Shipley, is a not-for-profit trade association dedicated to proven ethics, knowledge, and consumer protection within the jewelry industry. The American Gem Society is an international professional organization awarding credentials for its members, who are held to the highest ethical and professional standards in the industry and must pass annual recertification examinations to maintain their titles. Less than five percent of jewelers in the country have met the exacting requirements necessary for membership. For more information regarding the American Gem Society, please call 866.805.6500.
Speaker bios are available upon request.