2019 HOT Conference Topics & Event Planner Buzzwords

Having the Hottest Topics Attracts More Attendees to Come Your Event

The role of a conference organiser or event planner is to run a profitable and successful event. Everyone wants the conference to attract lots of attendees and sponsors in order to maximise income and build the event for next year. Audiences really appreciate a great line up of speakers with positive energy, impact and audience connection.

One of the best ways to ensure a record conference attendance is to have the best keynote speakers that will pull a crowd and great breakout speakers and workshop presenters that do amazing presentations which ensure repeat attendance at next year’s event.

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The Top Nine Conference Speaking Slots

Most conferences benefit from having these different areas covered during the event:

  1. An Opener/Closer – for Inspirational Energy
  2. A Future or Trends Update
  3. Leadership – for Direction & Improved Clarity
  4. Performance/Productivity Improvement – Work/Life Effectiveness
  5. Teambuilding/Culture
  6. Communication/Sales/Marketing Update
  7. Energiser – Change Mood/Pace of event – after lunch or Start of Day 2 or 3
  8. A Hero! Story – the big Finale
  9. MC/Facilitation/Acts – panels, crowdsource, hypotheticals

Every conference needs inspirational and motivational speakers, that’s a given. The audience wants more than just Content & More Information – they want a great personality & presence and prefer an entertaining show as well.

Here is a list of Hot Conference Topics for small business, corporate, government, association and NFP Events.

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2019 Top Conference Topics– What’s Hot at Conferences

  1. Futurists/Trend forecasters/Demographers
  2. Health and Wellness (Meditation/Mindfulness)
  3. Harmony, Diversity & Gender Fluidity
  4. Resilience and Overcoming hardships
  5. Leadership & Influence (Esp. Women in Leadership)
  6. Inspirational CSR – Corporate Social Responsibility and Philanthropy
  7. Change/Strategy
  8. Growth/Entrepreneurism
  9. Teamwork/Performance
  10. Marketing and Sales
  11. Culture and People
  12. Technology
  13. Financial/Risk/Economics
  14. Sports Success
  15. Hot Conference Topics & Keywords/Buzzwords

Future/Trendsconference topics

  • Big Data – data analytics
  • Robotics
  • Nanotechnology
  • AI – Artificial Intelligence
  • IOT – internet of things
  • Biotechnology
  • Genomics DNA testing
  • Facial recognition
  • Digital assistants
  • The Singularity – man machines
  • VR AR Virtual and Augmented Reality
  • Self-drive cars – electric cars
  • Autonomous vehicles
  • Drones
  • Sharing economy
  • Globalisation
  • Superpower shift
  • Collaborative consumption
  • Hyper connected world
  • Alternative energy solar – battery wind
  • Sustainability
  • Future proofing
  • Near future
  • Demographic, Social/Lifestyle and Environmental Trends
  • Global &, Government Trends

Health & Wellnessconference topics

  • Meditation
  • Mindfulness
  • Calm & Simplicity
  • Decluttering – less stuff
  • Mental health awareness
  • Running – triathalons cycling
  • WHS OHS
  • Sugar free gluten free
  • The Gut – flora – microbiome
  • Anti-ageing
  • Anti vaxxers

Change & Dealing with Change

  • Disruption – being indisruptable
  • Digital disruption
  • Digital transformation
  • Relevance – being irrelevant
  • Thought Leadership
  • VUCA world – Uncertain world
  • Game changer
  • Change ready
  • Innovation innovative
  • Transformation transformative
  • Evolution not revolution
  • Creativity
  • Quests – challenges – journeys
  • Sticky change
  • Global restructure

Strategy/Methods

  • Workshopping
  • Hackathon
  • Crowdsourcing
  • Deep dive
  • Agile – scrum – sprint
  • Great game of business GGOB
  • Design day / discovery day
  • Blind spots
  • Due diligence
  • Dreamboard – vision board
  • Brainstorming
  • Think tank – summit
  • Prioritising – 80/20 rule

Growth/Entrepreneurismconference topics

  • Growth hacking
  • 10X
  • Crossing the chasm
  • Cracking the code
  • Hockey stick growth
  • Venture capital VC
  • Start ups
  • Entrepreneur – wantrepreneur
  • Exponential growth
  • Roll ups – roll outs
  • Burning man festival
  • SXSW south by southwest

Teamwork/Performance

  • High performance teams
  • Sustainable teams
  • Inspiration – motivation
  • Synergy
  • Collaboration
  • Winning teams
  • Play a bigger game
  • High performance teams
  • GTD – getting things done
  • Focus – clarity
  • Difficult people – no assholes
  • Workplace psychopaths
  • Talent management
  • Coaching
  • Growth/fixed mindset
  • Happiness in the workplace
  • Gratitude
  • Useful beliefs
  • Deliverables announceables
  • KPIs KRAs CSFs outcome measures
  • ROI ROE
  • Dashboards

Leadershipconference topics

  • Habits – brain change
  • Neuroscience brain science
  • Thought leadership
  • Transformational
  • Authentic
  • Resilience
  • Vulnerability
  • High impact leadership
  • High performance leadership
  • Self leadership
  • Adaptive leaders
  • Situational leadership
  • EQ emotional intelligence

Marketing

  • Personal branding
  • Logos taglines themes
  • Marketing automation
  • Influencers
  • Going viral
  • Insta-famous facebookers
  • KOL key opinion leaders
  • On trend
  • Cause marketing
  • Social selling
  • Linked in
  • Youtube
  • Social media – insta stories
  • facebook live – pinterest boards
  • Food porn
  • B2B B2C B2G
  • Omnichannel
  • Retail revolution
  • Channels Content Context
  • Video making
  • Podcasting
  • Narrative Arc
  • Personas – target market
  • Style guide
  • Brand elements

Culture

  • Values
  • Purpose – Simon Sinek’s why how what
  • Tribal tribes
  • Social enterprise
  • Inclusion
  • Pay equality
  • Diversityconference topics
  • Bullying
  • Say to violence
  • Gender equality
  • Ninjas – unicorns

Corporate Social Responsibility

  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Good corporate citizen
  • Corporate giving
  • Corporate philanthropy
  • Giving back – making a difference
  • B Corp movement
  • Triple bottom line

People

  • Generational change
  • Millenials
  • Gen X Y Z and alpha
  • Boomers
  • Next generation
  • Hipsters
  • Parenting
  • China – India BICI BRICs
  • Lifestylers lifestyle shift

Technology

  • Cybersecurityconference topics
  • VR AR
  • Wearables
  • Mobile friendly
  • Cloud – MS azure
  • Apps
  • SEO SEM SERP
  • Cracking the code
  • Crossing the chasm
  • Innovators dilemma

Communications

  • Storytelling
  • Influence – persuasion
  • Charisma
  • Human lie detector
  • Pitching – pitch decks
  • Co-create
  • Presentation skills
  • Panels and debates
  • Body language

Financial/Risk/Economics

  • Banking 2.0 3.0
  • Cryptocurrency – bitcoin ethereum
  • Cybersecurity
  • Hacking
  • Peer to peer lending
  • Succession – exit planning
  • Financial literacy
  • Side hustle
  • Board governance
  • Emerging economy
  • Brexit
  • Quiet power – introverts

Women’s TopicsBEST-QUESTIONS-FOR-SPEAKERS-SPEAKER-BUREAU-CONSULTANT

  • Women leaders
  • Gender equality
  • Pay gap
  • Glass ceiling
  • Geek girls

Sports

  • Sports Hero stories
  • Female athletes
  • Disabled Athletes
  • Sports tech

Be on Trend with The Best Sources of Hot & Trending Topics for Conferences

Where can conference organisers find the upcoming hot and trending topics for conferences?

  • SmartCompany
  • BRW – Business Review Weekly
  • AFR – Australian Financial Review
  • TED talks
  • US ENewsletters like Morning Brew and The Hussle
  • Airport bookstands esp – Singapore airport always has the latest books
  • Google Trends – search data
  • International Conferences – speakers
  • National Association conferences – speakers
  • Best selling business books

For some advice  on finding the best speakers and entertainers for your event – contact ICMI – Australia’s largest speakers bureau. www.icmi.com.au Find out more by contacting David Staughton today on 0408375100 for some ideas

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