Inspirational education at The Meetings Show

The Meetings Show, the UK’s premier meetings and events trade show, returns to Olympia London on 26 and 27 June, with a packed educational programme that promises to inspire, engage and enlighten visitors.

More than 4,500 industry professionals from around the world are expected to attend the two-day event, which includes the chance to meet with more than 600 exhibitors, network, and catch more than 40 hours of free educational sessions.

The theme for this year’s education programme is ‘The Planner Journey’ which will be split into seven stages – Sharpening Your Event Skills, Creating and Communicating the Vision, Textbook Planning, Making Your Events Memorable, Getting People There, The Bigger Picture and The Pat on the Pack – to ensure that, whatever an attendee’s job role or level, content will be relevant to them.

From festivalisation, gamification and technology to sustainability, social media and staff retention, the programme covers a wide range of subjects and trends which will provide visitors with the information they need to succeed in the year ahead.

And finding the relevant sessions to attend is made easy with filters allowing users to select any of the seven categories on The Meetings Show’s website.

To bolster engagement, this year The Meetings Show will deliver sessions in a variety of innovative formats. For example, join experienced business drama actors in ‘Staff Retention – An exploration of challenges using drama’ on Wednesday 26 June as they act out some familiar scenarios, or work as a team on a real brief in interactive session ‘Brief. Process. Pitch’ on Thursday 27 June.

In addition to hosting interactive workshops and one-on-one advice sessions with experts, The Meetings Show will draw on inspiration from outside the meetings and events industry by involving some awe-inspiring keynote speakers.

Opening the show’s education programme on Wednesday 26 June is Colin Maclachlan, former SAS soldier and star of Channel Four’s reality drama ‘SAS: Who Dares Wins’ and Channel 5’s ‘Secrets of the SAS’.

Colin will use the experience he’s gained over an exciting and varied career to talk about security and risk, as well as the importance of emotional resilience, leadership, teamwork, motivation and performance.

“My talk will be a whistle-stop tour of my life and adventures, and the message I hope people will take away is that we can improve constantly and that mental strength isn’t something we’re simply born with, we can train our minds like we can train our bodies!” he says.

On the second day of the show, pioneering technology researcher Carl Miller will be taking to the stage to talk about ‘The Changing Digital Landscape’. Co-founder of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at Demos and author of over a dozen major reports on how the digital world is changing society, politics and policing, Carl is an expert in the influence of digital technology on modern society.

There will also be a one-day Pre-Show Conference taking place on Tuesday 25 June, which is exclusively open to those who have applied for and been accepted onto The Meetings Show’s hosted buyer programme.

Whatever a person’s reasons for attending or however long they have to attend the show, visitors at The Meetings Show can be certain they will come away armed with knowledge and skills they need to succeed and will feel inspired to out-do themselves and provide better meetings and events.

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