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News for speakers from IMEX 2021

We’re writing this as we wrap up a visit to the IMEX 2021 event in Las Vegas. If you’re not familiar with IMEX, it’s one of the largest conferences in the meetings industry. They call themselves “The heartbeat of the global business events community.” The attendees are primarily meeting planners and event organizers: the people who hire you. This year, there were 12,389 total participants from 150 countries.

We’ve been coming to IMEX for many years because we learn things about the meetings industry that we use to guide our own ship and that we use to help our friends who are speakers/trainers/coaches.

We took some notes on a few things we learned here that we think you’ll find helpful in making intentional plans for growing your business in 2022-23

A Guide to Booking Motivational Keynote Speakers

Whether you’re still hosting virtual corporate events or getting ready for in-person gatherings again, booking the right speaker is a vital part of the event planning process.

But how do you begin to choose the right speaker for your event? In the United States alone, there are 40,000 public speakers––and the industry is expected to grow by 4.1% every year until 2025. 

Work Life Balance Speakers To Help Your Employee Love Life Again

As the world becomes increasingly connected, and the options for employees to work from home continue to increase, it gets harder and harder for people to maintain a comfortable work life balance. This is not because employers are encouraging that more work be completed over longer hours, simply, the shift has happened on its own due to the accessibility of information and communication.

GigOS is the integration between eSpeakers EventCX and SpeakerFlow CRM.

We’ve been cooking up something BIG with the team over at SpeakerFlow. And after over a year of development, we’re excited to introduce GigOS.

It combines everything you need to run your speaking business in one place: custom CRM for speakers, EventCX specialized calendaring and automation platform, marketing exposure through the eSpeakers directory network, access to eSpeakers Lead Center, and 40+ other tools to run your business end-to-end. And they’re all integrated!

If you’re a professional who presents to or teaches remote audiences over a live video meeting tool like Zoom or GoToMeeting, this course is for you.

Nothing kills a presenter’s credibility, frustrates attendees, and buries the message faster than a presenter who is hard to see, hard to hear, or who is struggling with basic technology.

This course will help you avoid all of those issues. If you implement the practical guidance in this course, your content and presentation skills will be able to shine through the screen and impact everyone in your virtual meeting. This course includes about 2 hours of materials, and then you’ll be prepared to schedule your assessment to get the Certified Virtual Presenter — or CVP — badge. Follow this link to get started https://zcu.io/g84u or go to www.vpi.institute.

Choosing the Best Virtual Event Software

Events have quickly taken themselves online as 2020 has brought on serious limitations when it comes to in-person gatherings. We all had to make these adjustments with little warning, which means that a lot of us went for the first virtual event software we could find.

Now that we’re a bit more settled in and better adjusted to this virtual world, we can take the time to evaluate software choices. Choosing the best virtual event software is a common problem many event planners have today.

5 Virtual Event Best Practices You Can’t Miss

We’ve all had to adapt to new ways of doing things this year. And for many of us, that includes how we run events! Today, more events are taking place virtually than ever before. That’s why we knew it was time to share our virtual event best practices with you today!

5 Virtual Event Best Practices You Can’t Miss

It’s going to take a long time (if ever!) for events to go back to how they used to be.

So it’s a good idea to get on board with these virtual event best practices now and make the most of them! Let’s get started.

Want to Make Your Virtual Event Stand Out? Try This!

In-person events used to rule industries of all kinds as there’s nothing quite like face to face interaction in creating relationships and connections. Now that things have forever changed, virtual events are taking the lead. So how exactly do you make your virtual event stand out?

There are hundreds of virtual events taking place, and they’re all doing everything they can to grab the attention of their target audiences.

While virtual events are becoming more and more saturated, the great thing is that they are mostly uncharted waters. There’s plenty of opportunities to get creative and create a memorable and exciting experience for those who attend your virtual events.

If you need to move an event online at the last minute, you can check out our tips for doing so here.

6 Questions to Ask A Keynote Speaker Before A Next Virtual Event

Do you know the right questions to ask a keynote speaker before you book them?

As every event planner knows, the wrong keynote speaker can sink an otherwise impeccably executed virtual event

Picture this: Your theme is just right, the platform is on point, and your side presenters and events are on par with everything you want to achieve with your event. But at the moment when everyone takes a seat to watch the highlight of the whole event, the keynote speech, you find that your keynote speaker has the wrong tone and the message has fallen flat. And all your hard work will end on a sour note.

Ten Virtual Event Ideas to Keep You Ahead of the Curve

If you’re like every other event planner in the world right now, you’re scrambling to think of more and better virtual event ideas every day. Online event hosting has become the new normal, whether you were ready for it or not—COVID-19 has turned the events industry (along with pretty much every other industry in the world) on its head. So where have you landed?

Event planning is a competitive business. And every busy event planner knows, you have to stay ahead of the curve to keep landing those contracts. You are expected to knock every event out of the park with innovative new ideas and impressive results. And to do it all with lower and lower budgets.