2015 – The Year of the Speaker

It’s that time of year again, we’re all bursting at the seams with unobtainable goals and making ludicrous absolute statements. Promising resolutions, impossible to fulfil and vowing never to repeat the same mistakes of the past but all ultimately resulting in immediate realisation with February depression. But it doesn’t have to be like that – the quintessential late 80s movie Back to the Future: Part II gave us a Hollywood view through the eyes of Marty McFly of what this year could look like with predictions of hoverboards, self-drying jackets and flying cars. We don’t have a DeLorean converted time machine at JLA, but while most blogs franticly generate those ‘Hot or Not’ prediction lists on the next twelve months, there are just a couple of obvious upcoming events on UK soil that are expected to impact our lives and in turn, will ultimately shape your 2015 events, whether you like it or not.

In between yet another Royal birth and Queen Elizabeth becoming our longest reigning Monarch, in exactly 4 months there’s the small matter of the General Election on May 7th. Will we “Stay on the Same Road” with DC, does Ed have any personality or policies to get all the way to No.10 and what the hell will happen to the Lib Dems and Clegg? Whilst all current MPs burst a blood vessel trying to get re-elected within their own constituencies, we all expect tedious campaign posters and smear offensives between the parties. But what better way to garnish your pre and post election engagements than to organise guest speakers to deliver tantalising speeches and Q&As. From political commentators to former cabinet ministers, Steph McGovern to Alistair Darling – we have a colossal pool of guest speakers for you to dip into and extract those perfect guest speakers for your event.

Now for England to be crowned champions at the Rugby World Cup on this green and pleasant land, might well be one for the romantics. However, as my esteemed Welsh colleague sat beside me will hasten to point out – that’s not on everyone’s wish list, ffrind. Whatever the tournament result, the sport of Rugby always offers a huge vat of scintillating guest speakers and they will be heavily in demand. From legendary coach Clive Woodward through to ex-players such as Austin Healey. These versatile titans of the game can speak either in relation to sport itself or by applying their knowledge and experiences to other sectors… especially motivating workforces, delivering teamwork driven sermons or simply regaling after dinner guests with amusing and sometimes informative stories.

Of course there are many other universal events coming this year which will also impact your engagement topics, such as a Republican US Senate challenging every White House ambition, New Horizons: The Pluto Probe giving us a window into the far corners of our solar system and of course more importantly… Star Wars: Episode VII. But undoubtedly whatever your event, on the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta – this could very well be one of the richest years for you to book with JLA, exceptional guest speakers for your exceptional event, just saying.

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