Venues Wellington

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Talk about Cool

The talks throughout the day at Show Me Wellington will feature insights and ideas from Australasia’s most inspirational thought leaders, entrepreneurs, industry experts and event designers.

Talk About Cool kicks off bright and early at 7 am, with a Ruth Pretty Catering brown paper bag breakfast, and at 8 am, Glenys Coughlan, CEO of Positively Wellington Venues (PWV) will give her talk: Morning Muse — taking over the world!

Glenys will be challenging a list of industry thought leaders to answer five key questions about what Wellington could do to lift its game in the business events market. Their discussion is sure to be both challenging and inspiring.

At 10 am, Wayne Middleton, PWV’s Director of Reliance Risk, will discuss what the recent changes to health and safety legislation will mean for event managers, PCOs and other hirers, contractors, suppliers and volunteers. SOS — Safety on Site: The brave new world of Health and Safety will draw practical insights from Wayne’s 25 years of industry experience, tailored for the live events industry in New Zealand.

“After this session you’ll walk away feeling confident about the health and safety precautions you’ll need to take when organising events”, says Glenys.

“With his extensive event and entertainment risk management experience, Wayne knows exactly how the proposed changes will impact on the way we work as an industry.”
Wayne recently completed an audit of PWV’s health and safety management systems as part of preparing for the new legislation, so that “Wayne’s session will provide real examples of what we need to prepare for and not just a summary of the legal speak,” says Glenys.

At 11:15 am find out how you can improve delegate engagement and collaboration by using The Idea Factory’s Ed Bernacki’s “Seven Rules for Designing More Innovative Conferences”, in his talk: Because things are better live — making a world of difference to your next event.

One of Ed’s insights is that so much expertise at a conference sits in the audience. The question, then, is how to unleash this expertise to add to the value that is created at business events.

“We know that event organisers are always looking for ways to enrich event experiences and Ed should get everyone thinking about how clever event development can drive revenue lines and improve return on investment by stepping away from the traditional conference models where delegates come to sit quietly and take notes and then never look at them again”, says Glenys.

The seminar will be followed by limited one-on-one workshops with Ed, where event organisers can bring along their event plans for a ten-minute health check and makeover.
Sharon van Gulik, Director of SVG Limited, will present her talk: What sponsors really want — it’s a whole new world at 2:30 pm. With the end of the golden age when large corporations would throw you large sums of money to sponsor your event, this session will look at the basics of selling sponsorship, along with the art of positioning your event to attract those who may not even be in your industry.

Finally, from 4:30 pm there will be drinks and a concluding industry update from Tourism New Zealand’s business events guru, Leonie Ashford, and from Richard Laverty, Director of the Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency (WREDA).

Leonie will update attendees on what is happening in the international marketplace to help secure more business events for New Zealand, and how the industry can work together to land more business out of Australia.

Richard will speak about what WREDA is setting out to achieve and the role that business events will play in achieving that vision.

The Talk About Cool seminar series is designed to stimulate new thinking and inspire fresh ideas, insights and advice. All sessions are free to attend for registered exhibitors and buyers. Registrations are via the Show Me Wellington website.

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Talk about Cool
Venues Wellington