Hot Conference Topics & Event Planner Buzzwords

What Conference Audiences Want

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

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A List of Typical Conference Speaking Slots

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

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

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

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Top Conference Topics– What’s Hot at Conferences

  • Future/Trends
  • Change
  • Strategy/Methods
  • Growth/Entrepreneurism
  • Teamwork/Performance
  • Leadership
  • Marketing
  • Culture
  • People
  • Technology
  • Communications
  • Financial/Risk/Economics
  • Health
  • Women
  • Sports

 Hot Conference Topics & Keywords/Buzzwords

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Future/Trends

  • 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

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
  • conference topicsCreativity
  • 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/Entrepreneurism

  • 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
  • Synergyconference topics
  • 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

Leadership

  • 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 intelligenceconference topics

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
  • Brexitconference topics
  • Quiet power – introverts

Health

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

Women’s Issues

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

Sports

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

The Best Sources of Hot & Trending Topics for Conferences

https://www.smartcompany.com.au/

  • BRW
  • AFR
  • TED talks
  • Airport bookstand
  • Singapore airport bookshop
  • Google Trends – search data
  • International confs – speakers
  • National assoc conferences
  • Best selling business books
  • https://www.ted.com/playlists/171/the_most_popular_talks_of_all
  • Corbin Ball Enewsletter – Corbin is the expert on conference technology trends and ideas

For some advice and ideas 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 and booking him as your next keynote speaker!

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