ARTISTIC DIRECTOR – CEO – SPEAKER - COACH
For almost three decades Jonathan Holloway CSP has been one of the world's most successful festival directors and chief executives. He headed up public events for London’s National Theatre and led three of the world’s largest international arts festivals (Melbourne and Perth in Australia, Norwich in the UK), receiving over 20 Helpmann Awards including Best Australian Special Event in 2012, 2015 and 2018.
Jonathan is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts (fellows have included Nelson Mandela and Prof Stephen Hawking), and an Honorary Citizen of Perth (a title bestowed on just four people including Hillary Clinton), and now uses his experience of leading teams through massive change and dreaming up/delivering award-winning events to help major cities, companies and leaders hit personal best.
Jonathan has given 400+ speeches to over 30,000 people in fifteen countries across four continents, and in March 2020 he MC’d the PSA conventions in both Australia and Spain.
In this talk Michael will show you how to prepare for when conferences come back, and, even more urgently, what you can do right now to make the most of your time, until you can get back on a real stage.
Running a global speaking agency, Michael can give you exclusive behind-the-scenes industry tips on what clients will be buying in 2021. He’ll explain why it’s a massive mistake to think you can just do your ‘usual’ keynote on a zoom call and tell you what to do instead. He’ll teach you how to evolve your marketing, one sheet and website so they’re ready for what buyers in the events industry want this year. Michael will also explain who buys keynotes, why they buy them and how you can position yourself as the best speaker in your area. He’ll give you a crystal-clear plan for sustainable commercial speaking success in 2021.
Can you afford to miss out on hearing this talk?
Covid made big changes in our speaking industry. Overnight, global conventions and meetings were cancelled or moved to virtual platforms. Overnight, speakers scrambled to learn new virtual skills in presenting on-line, from home, to serve their clients. Overnight, clients re-evaluated what they had planned and how to move forward as the pandemic spread.
This is a challenging time for all of us; some have given up and stopped promoting their businesses in this new normal. Bob will share a few lessons and observations along the way as he navigated and pivoted his business on-line. The biggest change has been our delivery method: the world needs our voices, our experience and our inspiration, even more right now.
Canadian Ideaman Bob Hooey has leveraged his speaking to allow him to travel the world; 60 countries until Covid19 hit. He now zooms around the globe to share his innovative ideas. He partners with committed leaders and innovative organisations to equip and motivate for sustainable success. Bob is the prolific author of a series of business and leadership books. He is a long-time industry leader and is a charter member of CAPS, GSF, PSA-Spain and VSAI. Bob says, “In these uncertain and challenging times people need help and they need hope! That is my purpose, business, and message!”
Borja Nicolau is a stand-up comedian, public-speaking trainer and an enthusiastic of living and has been combined engineering and communication for the last 10 years. He started by working at weekends as radio speaker while he was studying industrial engineering. He then moved on to perform as a stand-up comedian and MC while working as Product Manager for a multinational.
In February 2020, after 10 years hearing the same question “Are you going to dedicate yourself to this, or to that?” he decided to change his answer from “Both!” to “Let’s go all in for my passion!”.
Borja currently performs 2 weekly theatre comedy shows in Barcelona and has an itinerant show in summer. He combines it with enterprise events where he brings a glimpse of humour.
He also trains people on public speaking, with an own programme named “Comunica Como en Casa”, that compares communication key pillars with house parts.
As a great communicator, Borja loves to share his experiences with the objective of helping others grow. To this end, he released a documentary about his change of life and has a podcast where he interviews people who have decided to launch their personal project based on passion.
Jessica trains a mindset that helps teams communicate effectively and individuals get the attention their ideas deserve. Through a powerful mix of focused game playing and practical tools, she enables teams to connect and grow their skills with confidence. Some of her esteemed clients include BBraun, H&M and La Caixa.
She is also the founder of ¨Laugh!¨, a non-profit that brings relief in the form of laughter and unconventional activities to the people who most need it. As one of only 80 Certified Improvisation Trainers with the Applied Improvisation Network and a licensed Therapist in Gestalt Psychotherapy, she offers surprisingly transformative workshops that help people deal with unpredictability, stress and pain in its many forms. Her 4 years of clown training and work as a hospital clown have led her to understand how humour is a necessity, not a luxury, which is why laughter is a constant in all her workshops.
Her speeches have received awards in four European international contests but she continues to hone her skills on a weekly basis with the best speakers from all over the world. Her passion to challenge the comfort zone of mediocracy and self doubt have led to many breakthroughs, which she generously shares both on stage and in her one to one therapy sessions.
South African mountaineer Cathy O’Dowd was the first woman in the world to climb Mount Everest from both north and south sides. She has been speaking internationally for 25 years, and is the industry unicorn - the speaker who lives entirely on keynote fees.
She will share an extract from her most popular corporate keynote, and then take you behind the scenes: What is a motivational/inspirational speaker? Who books them, and why? What do speaker bureaus offer? What does it take to break in?
Cathy has given paid speeches in 45 countries, in three languages (English, Spanish, Catalan) and now delivers keynotes at virtual events. She is a PSA Honorary Fellow and recipient of the Professional Speaking Award of Excellence.
The most important skills in the modern knowledge economy are making sense of data and using insights extracted from data as the basis for impactful storytelling. The defining equation of our age is "Analytics + Storytelling = Influence". In this inspiring yet practical keynote, critically-acclaimed author Sam Knowles sets out the golden rules of data storytelling. In the wake of coronavirus, where most storytelling takes place online, getting the balance right between numbers and narrative – between the rational and the emotional – has never mattered more. Sam will demonstrate clearly how to use data to best effect, online and offline.
Sam Knowles is the founder data storytelling consultancy Insight Agents. He helps organisations make smarter use of data – in communication and in developing new products and services. An established and sought-after speaker, trainer, and podcaster, he is co-founder and co-host of the Small Data Forum podcast and chairs the Data Storytelling Council of digital marketing trade body, I-COM. Sam is the author of the 2018 best-seller Narrative by Numbers: How to Tell Powerful & Purposeful Stories with Data. He followed this in May 2020 with the critically-acclaimed sequel, How To Be Insightful: Unlocking the Superpower that Drives Innovation.
Caroline has accumulated over 30 years of stage experience as a professional clown. Hailed by audiences and press alike as “captivating, creative and comical” her shows have toured most of Europe and picked up several awards along the way.
In 1998 she was invited to train artists at Cirque du Soleil and has since taught clown technique to people from all walks of life all over the world. Always up for a challenge, she has also been blazing the trail in Applied Clowning for the corporate sector over the last eight years.
Her two books, The Clown In You and Clown Yourself, are valued as pedagogical gems by international clowns, circus critics, and trainers from all corners of the planet. They have been translated into Spanish and Portuguese; the first is now in its sixth edition.
Clowns celebrate the ever-present possibility of transformation and optimism, but their sense of humour keeps them grounded and practical. As a speaker, Caroline combines these same elements; by turns offering inspiration, laughter and practical action steps.
As speakers, we are uniquely positioned at the moment to take advantage of a first-in-our-lifetime chance to define our Destiny!
This is a remarkable time in our history to build our professional network, connect with colleagues, nurture new client relationships, pitch for speaking opportunities, find new markets to sell to, find new audiences to speak to and tap into the experience and wisdom of colleagues in our industry.
Charlotte Kemp, Deputy President of PSASA, Futurist and former Social Media Consultant will unpack how we can use this unique situation to rapidly build a robust, sustainable, international speaking business.
Charlotte Kemp is the Futures Alchemist, a futurist keynote speaker who works with organisations to co-create preferred futures. She is a member of the Association of Professional Futurists (APF) as well as the Deputy President of the Professional Speakers Association of Southern Africa (PSASA).
Charlotte is also the author of a number of books, including ‘Futures Alchemist’ which presents a narrative of how to use her Map, Compass and Guide model to navigate unknown futures.
For research and insight, Charlotte hosts a podcast series called ‘Futures Facets’ and interviews people around the world to gain an understanding of how we see the future from our different points of view.
Charlotte also serves on a number of association boards and steering committees and works as an Association Futurist.
Charlotte lives in Cape Town, South Africa but loves to travel (Covid willing) and speak internationally.
Despite speaking 6 languages daily, Michael chooses to perform on worldwide stages and build a success career without speaking any word.
Inspired by the old traditions throughout the world of clowns and magic, Michaël has crafted his art as a visual clown called “Gromic".
His shows of visual comedy win the hearts of his spectators and cross over the barriers of language and age. Now, Michael has decided it was time to speak and share his unique experience and the valuable lessons he has been learning performing for festivals, theatres, cruise-ships, hospitals, street theatre and TV to empower people to lead and communicate more effectively.
Ian has helped thousands of people of all ages become more effective learners through workshops and presentations on Learnability. With a degree in Astrophysics from St. Andrews, Scotland and a Postgrad in Education from Cambridge, England, Ian Gibbs is the founding director of the leading educational theatre company IPA Productions. He’s the author of ‘The Sorites Principle', ‘Learning A Language', ’23 Tips To Learn Stuff Better’ and ’23 Tips To Get Better Grades’. He is also the president of the Professional Speakers’ Asso- ciation of Spain.
Presentations are the heart of what we do as speakers, even if we're "people who speak" rather than full-time professionals... so it's a good idea to be better at them! In this research-based wiz-through of the five big principles that underlie well designed presentations and slides in particular. How you apply the principles is up to you and your circumstances (which should be different for each of us and for each message/presentation we give!) so there should be something for the beginner to the reasonably experienced speaker.
Simon will be drawing on nearly 400 research papers, plus untold videos and interviews with the authors of the papers so this is as close as you can get to "from the horse's mouth" without having to do the work yourself! ;)
Simon started his working career investigating the causes of childhood leukaemia and spent 24 years as a researcher at the UK's largest social science research centre... Very little of what he does is based on only his experience, no matter how comprehensive that experience is - it's based on an understanding of the science of presenting and storytelling and his books in the field have become best sellers on the high-street
He's also been a professional actor and playwright; he spent seven years as the technical director for dance companies, touring the UK and Europe; he's been a teacher and a fire eater!
Unless you actually want to be a best-kept secret, the importance of getting exposure for what you do cannot be understated. It’s the difference between standing out in a crowded market and being overlooked, in favour of the competition.
But ‘getting out there’ can be overwhelming and not always comfortable. We worry we’re not doing the right thing that will get us results, or that self-promotion is just showing off. And, if we're honest, we worry we're going to say the wrong thing and look like an idiot!
All of which means we miss out on the benefits of being 'known, liked and trusted'. We miss being seen by the very people we'd love to influence. People such as clients, potential customers, candidates, suppliers, investors and your wider industry.
Getting started is key to unlocking all of this, of course! Having been a best kept secret herself, with no clue as to how to get known, former BBC business presenter, Penny Haslam, now helps others showcase what they do – in order to get known, liked and trusted.
In Penny’s talk, you will learn: