At the moment, I’m the newbie at work! I’m three months down the line, and I have learnt about a whole new world that I barely knew existed until I applied for the job. It’s the exciting, influential world of conference speakers, motivational speakers and after dinner speakers, where international politics meets innovators of technology, comedy meets the economy and sport meets music. In a world of soundbites in 140 characters and news flashes, it is the quietness of personal experience that encourages and inspires. Words, language, visual images are all around us but do we actually stop to listen and communicate face to face?
So, after a week in the office, perusing JLA’s database of conference speakers and learning about the logistics of planning events I was encouraged to get out and see some conference speakers first hand, you can’t work at a speaker bureau and not see and hear anyone speak! My first event was at a finance conference; the guests had been there all day, weary from working hard, the atmosphere was intense. Marcus Brigstocke, the comedian and satirist had a 20-minute slot at the end. I wondered how it would work? I had seen some of his work and certainly wouldn’t have tied it to finance! The audience loved it! His eloquence and irreverent quick fired banter lifted the mood, and brought the conference to an end with people reinvigorated, talking, listening and laughing together. I was learning how people from vastly different walks of life could stimulate debate, and reinvigorate working practices. Encouraged and excited I went to more events, Nina Conti whose ventriloquism and comic poignancy had the audience in stitches, Steve Bull, who promoted and articulated a creativity of thinking, bringing his skills of working as a performance psychologist in sport, to the office environment, likewise Greg Nugent’s draws on his phrase ‘Inspiring a generation’ encouraging people to use this in the work place. Particularly interesting was David Rowan enlightening an accounting conference on the advances and application of technology in the future. It makes you feel privileged, like you know something others don’t.Since then I have seen many more conference speakers and I am learning how powerful the spoken word can really be. Learning from other people’s experiences.
So back at the office with renewed vigor, I am learning how a conference speaker can add a real surprise element to an event, how to harness my own creativity, how to stay motivated, how best to communicate. Speaker agencies help make the decisions, it’s incredible the planning that goes into these events, the idea that anything is possible and taking that risk in booking the right conference speaker! It really helps to put a face to a name at the end of it, rather than just watching Youtube, leave all the 21st century technology behind and see someone actually standing there in the flesh!
Now which conference speaker should I see next?