97% of Event Managers believe that engaging the audience is the MOST IMPORTANT objective, followed by the ability for the speaker to inspire.
Mental health is without a doubt the most in demand speaking topic of 2019 and will continue to be for the foreseeable future. Leaders are looking for outside support to help them tackle the issues of stress, burnout, depression, suicide, resilience and health & wellbeing. We are privileged to be working with people who are at the forefront of this issue and leading the way in supporting New Zealand businesses to make a difference.
‘Kindness’ traditionally was rarely mentioned as a desirable leadership trait in fact quite the opposite, but leaders are now realising it is a strength and this can have enormous benefits for organisations. Kindness as a leader means - fairness and equality; accommodating personal issues; treating others with respect; caring and being responsive; communicating with all levels; sharing information and being open and honest; listening and valuing the views of others; counselling and mentoring; and being inclusive as a leader. It is proven that teams respond better, are more productive and loyal to kind leaders. Topic areas include culture, brand, intergenerational leadership, values, HR, inclusion, diversity, trust and so much more.
Clients are looking to understand what’s next and what’s around the corner so they can prepare their teams and businesses for the changes ahead. What’s hot in the fastest growing economies around the globe, what is the future of the New Zealand economy, planning, strategy, innovation, sustainability and social enterprise are all hot business topics!
It’s all about creating the best scenario for your event and audience. Whether you want a full keynote, panel, interview, workshop, interactive sessions, Q&A or short and sharp Ted X style - we can recommend the right speakers to complement your programme and ensure the perfect fit speaker.
For seven in ten event organisers (71%) getting the right speaker is more important than other elements that go into planning an event.
We are seeing a movement across the globe to ensure that a conference showcases a range of views through a diverse range of voices. We can help you curate a speaker line-up to ensure experiences are created that are truly welcoming and inclusive to all.
Event planners are wanting to create personalised and meaningful experiences and are using data to create tailored event content. There are a range of event apps that make this possible and can easily be implemented by sending a pre-event survey or running questionnaires on your website to the potential attendees.
71% of Event Managers agree that delegates want to be active rather than passive participants.
This is not a new concept to anyone – however there are constantly new and innovative ideas been created to tackle the issues within the conference and events industry. Being able to demonstrate that you are running a sustainable event is becoming increasingly important to not only the attendees but also the sponsors and stakeholders.
We love seeing our clients who give back to the local communities that they are a part of for the duration of their conference – donating to local schools, charities and food banks. We were thrilled to be able to have used Eat My Lunch at a recent event (where every lunch purchased gives a lunch to a child in need) and we are excited to see a number of our clients adopting this idea too.
This is not a new concept to event planners but there are constantly new ideas being introduced at events to encourage healthy practices – including healthy food options and catering to different dietary requirements, group morning exercise sessions, mindfulness breaks throughout the day and mixing up the format of days so you are not sitting all day.
Certainly, a key reason people attend conferences is for the connections they make – it’s been exciting to see the changes being made to enable easier networking and connections through event apps, including pre-event access - which is a great ice breaker for attendees. There has also been a big move towards the sharing of knowledge and ensuring emerging talent and new leaders attending conferences have access to the fountain of knowledge held by the more experienced attendees, something that traditionally never happened. This is being achieved through mentoring sessions, speed networking, meeting apps, and of course dedicated panel or Q & A sessions within the conference programme.