Are you planning for your Autumn Events?
Whilst it is the time of year when people take a break for their holidays and the events season quietens down a little, many people will be starting to plan ahead to their autumn events. Whether you are looking for an awards host, motivational/business speaker or conference host, we are always delighted to help with any ideas or suggestions.
We are often asked what are the most requested topics clients are enquiring about and to help plan ahead for your Autumn events, we just wanted to provide some insights and suggestions of speakers in those areas that are proving popular and that could be of interest for your events later this year.
This year the most requested topic we have been asked to help supply speakers on is innovation. This can loosely breakdown into two categories
- Technology and Impact of new technologies and –
- Innovative thinking (changing peoples mindsets).
In recent months we have worked with James Poulter (Head of Vixen Labs & Former Head of Emerging Technologies at Lego) and Graeme Codrington (Futurist) who have both spoken on the digital revolution and in particular in the future of work and how things are likely to impacted by these new technologies.
In terms of an innovative mindset, Javier Bajer, Nick Jankel, and Cris Beswick are working with clients to help their staff change their thought processes and get them thinking differently so they will embrace new technologies and the new ways of working.
More and more workplaces are trying to provide better support for their staff when it comes to mental health issues. Former footballer Clarke Carlisle and motivational speakers Anthony Bennett and Simon Weston speak openly about their mental health challenges and how they overcame them. Blaire Palmer has developed a new talk on work-life balance, whilst Sue Firth is an expert on stress in the workplace and how to manage it better.
There has been a huge rise in the number of female speakers being booked to speak at events. From entrepreneurs, explorers through to sportspeople and conference facilitators, we are booking female speakers on a wide range of topics. Dame Kelly Holmes recently spoke at a large conference in London for us, whilst Michelle Mone will be speaking at an event in September. With a huge interest in space, there is a lot of interest in Helen Sharman, Yassmin Abed-Magied has spoken on diversity in the workplace and Cate Trotter and Kate Anckertill have been providing future insights into the retail sector. These are of course just a few examples of some of the female speakers we work with.
BUSINESS AFTER DINNER SPEAKERS
Many clients are now asking for business-led after dinner speakers and breaking away from the traditional raconteur style after-dinner entertainment. Whilst still bringing humour to their presentations, the business after dinner speaker provides more practical and motivational messages in their talks – ensuring guests are entertained but leaving them with key take always as well. Gerald Ratner has always been someone that would fall into this category, but speakers for example like Paul McGee (the SUMO Guy), Caspar Berry (Risk Taking & Decision Making), Jim Lawless (Ten Rules for Taming Tigers) and Nigel Risner are all experienced in speaking after dinner.
I hope these provide some food for thought for your Autumn events this year but as always if you have a specific brief in mind please email us at email@example.com and we will be delighted to provide you with some ideas.