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Leading speaker bureau Speakers Corner is responsible for booking thousands of speakers for international events every year, and the team knows a thing or two about what makes the ideal event speaker.

We caught up with Nick and Tim Gold, the brothers behind Speakers Corner to find out more about what they do and how Speakers Corner is involved with The Meetings Show this year.





Can you please tell us a little bit about Speakers Corner and the service you provide?Speakers Corner

As a leading international speaker bureau, we recommend over 6,500 keynote speakers, motivational speakers, after dinner speakers, awards hosts, conference facilitators and comedians for over 1,000 events a year.

Our team of experts pride themselves on providing a premium booking and consultancy service to clients.

What types of speakers do you work with?

Every type of speaker you can imagine! We have speakers with expertise in over 30 different industries, who live and travel across the world to deliver inspiring stories and proven strategies to audiences of any size.

We often find clients call us to enquire about a particular speaker they’ve heard of or seen before, which is great. We take the time to understand what our clients want to achieve from their event and provide a shortlist of speakers from our extensive database who we believe will deliver those objectives.

What difference does having the right speakers make to an event?

Successful events deliver unique, memorable experiences for event attendees; often with key, practical lessons which can be applied either at work or at home.

Choosing the right speaker, or speakers, for your next event is a critical success factor.

A common trend we see is clients giving us the name of an individual they would like to speak at their event. However, when we question exactly why they would like that person, or what the aims of the event are, often the said individual’s content does not marry up with the goals of the conference.

Even if one of the aims is to secure the ‘draw name’, it is important to still consider what you want the attendees to achieve on the day of the actual event, so the speech will offer lasting value to the audience.

What are the most important things for an event planner to consider when booking a speaker?

There is so much to consider aside from the speaker you’ve booked. We work with clients to consider how to extract maximum ROI and deliver a successful event.

For example, a keynote speaker could join a lunch or dinner with senior delegates. Or, you could use the speaker’s expertise to tease out content and ensure the event goals are achieved.

It’s so important to provide the right environment for the speaker to give their best performance. We organise pre-event briefing calls to ensure the pre-event logistics go smoothly, the staging and tech requirements are all in order and that the speaker is perfectly set up to deliver something truly memorable.

Finally, always consider the aftermath. The event or the conference should remain in the memory of everyone who attended, and it should have a lasting impact that motivates and inspires the delegates.

How will Speakers Corner be involved in The Meetings Show this year?

We’re delighted to partner with The Meetings Show once again this year in providing the opening keynote speakers for each day of the event.

As a Gold Education Stream sponsor, we can’t wait to see John Straw open the Pre-Show Conference, with Andrew Grill and Jez Rose opening the main Wednesday and Thursday conferences respectively.

We’ll also be attending the Hosted Buyer Welcome Reception and our team will be on Stand H701 at the show to have an informal chat or provide expert advice with anyone who is looking to source a speaker for their next event.

Which of this year’s education sessions at The Meetings Show are you most looking forward to?

Aside from the opening keynotes, the education progamme has a wealth of knowledge which will be of benefit to any attendee.

The session on GDPR is bound to be popular but ‘Get more from your interaction tech: top tips for audience engagement’ also stands out.

It’s key for event organisers to consider how they can increase delegate interaction once a speaker has finished their presentation. By asking questions, delegates can often delve deep into the speaker’s expertise and leave with a clearer understanding of how they can solve the key issues facing their business.