HOT Conference Topics & 2020 Event Planning Themes

LIST of HOT Conference Topics for Your Event, Meeting or Convention.

By David Staughton CSP CCEO, Professional Speaker and Small Business Consultant

The role of any conference organiser or event planner is to run a profitable & successful event and find the hottest conference topics & speakers.

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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Every conference needs inspirational and motivational speakers, that’s a given. The audience wants more than just content & lots of 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 Not for Profit Events.

 

What are the HOT Conference Topics for 2020?

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2020 HOT Speaking Topics and Themes

 

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 HOT Topics for Conferences & Events in 2020

Here are the 20 HOTTEST Topics for Conferences

  1. Embracing Change & Transformation – Breakthrough Innovation & Creativity
  2. Wellness and Health – Meditation, Mindfulness, Holistic Health & Spirituality
  3. Character, Ethics and Integrity – especially rebuilding Trust
  4. Resilience & Reinvention – Overcoming hardships and challenges
  5. Human Experience HX – Customer Experience (CX),  Customer Focus & Centricity
  6. Near-Futurists & Futurists – Consumer & Trend forecasters & Demographers
  7. Digital Disruption – Augmented Humans, Superhumans, Humanicity
  8. Harmony & Belonging – Diversity, Inclusion & Gender Fluidity
  9. Leadership – Vulnerability, Bravery, Courage,
  10. Communication – Presence, persuasion & Influence, Video making & Storytelling
  11. Women in Business and Women in Leadership – Pay Equality
  12. Inspirational Corporate Social Responsibility – CSR and Philanthropy
  13. Teamwork/Performance Topics – Boosting Productivity & Culture
  14. Technology Updates – Social Media, Marketing Automation, Cybersecurity
  15. Financial/Risk/Economics Topics
  16. Entrepreneurism and Business Growth – Thriving in Turbulent Times
  17. Sporting Successes and coaching high performance teams Topics
  18. Marketing and Branding Topics
  19. Strategy & Work Methods Topics
  20. Understanding People & HR Topics

2020 HOT CONFERENCE TOPICS

1. Embracing Change & Transformation Conference Topics

  • What’s Next? – Being Unstuck
  • Dealing with Change
  • Disruption – being indisruptable
  • Future proofing business and career
  • Forever Skills / infinity Skills
  • Relevance – avoiding being irrelevant
  • Thought Leadership
  • Thinking better
  • VUCA world – Uncertain world
  • Game Changer – Changing the Game
  • Change ready
  • Innovation innovative
  • Transformation/transformative
  • Evolution not revolution
  • Creativity & Innovation
  • Quests – challenges – journeys
  • Sticky change
  • Global restructure

2. Wellness & Health Conference Topics

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  • Health Hacks and Habits
  • Better Sleep
  • FLOW – Getting in FLOW / Body Hacking
  • Tech free – Device Withdrawal and tech detox
  • Meditation & Mindfulness
  • Living a Better Life
  • Bucketlisting
  • Spiritualism and Buddhism
  • Mental Health awareness – R U Ok?
  • Psychological Safety
  • The Gut – gut flora – microbiome – probiotics
  • Calm & Simplicity
  • Decluttering – less stuff (Spark Joy!)
  • Running & Fitness – triathalons & cycling
  • WHS & OHS Health & Safety
  • Sugar free & gluten free
  • Anti-ageing
  • Anti vaxxers

 

3. Character, Ethics & Integrity Conference Topics

  • Case for Character
  • Building and Regaining Trust
  • Integrity and Keeping promises
  • Ethics
  • Values
  • Behavioural Models

4. Resilience & Reinvention Conference Topics

  • Resilience
  • Overcoming Rejection
  • Bouncing back
  • Dealing with Stress
  • Mental Health
  • Psychological Safety in the Workplace
  • Dealing with Obstacles
  • R U Ok?

5. Human Experience & Customer Service Conference Topics

  • Customer Experience
  • Customer Service
  • Customer Loyality
  • Customer Centricity
  • H2H, Humanicity

6. Near Futurists & Future Conference Topicsconference topics

  • Future Trends
  • What’s Next?
  • Nanotechnology
  • Biotechnology
  • Genomics DNA testing
  • Facial recognition
  • Self-drive cars – electric cars
  • Autonomous vehicles
  • Drones
  • Sharing economy
  • Globalisation
  • Superpower shift
  • Collaborative consumption
  • Alternative energy solar – battery wind
  • Sustainability – Waste and Cleantech
  • Demographic, Social/Lifestyle and Environmental Trends
  • Global & Government Trends

7. Digital Disruption

  • Digital Transformation
  • AI – Artificial Intelligence
  • Big Data – data analytics
  • Robotics
  • IOT – internet of things
  • Digital assistants
  • The Singularity – man machines
  • VR AR Virtual and Augmented Reality
  • Hyper connected world

8. Harmony & Belonging  Conference Topics

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

 

9. Leadership Conference Topicsconference topics

  • Vulnerability
  • Bravery & Courage
  • Authenticity
  • Leadership Habits & Hacks
  • Neuroscience brain science
  • Thought leadership
  • Transformational Leadership
  • High impact leadership
  • High performance leadership
  • Self leadership
  • Adaptive leaders
  • Situational leadership
  • EQ emotional intelligence
  • Get me Brene Brown!

10. Communications Conference Topics

  • Storytelling
  • Influence – persuasion
  • Charisma
  • Executive Presence
  • Human lie detector (Steve Van Aperen)
  • Pitching – pitch decks
  • Co-creation
  • Presentation skills
  • Panels and debates
  • Body language

11. Women in Business – Women’s Conference TopicsBEST-QUESTIONS-FOR-SPEAKERS-SPEAKER-BUREAU-CONSULTANT

  • Women in leadership
  • Gender equality
  • Pay gap
  • Glass ceiling
  • Geek girls / Nerdy Girls
  • Women in STEM

12. Inspirational Corporate Social Responsibility Conference Topics

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

13.Teamwork/Performance Conference Topics

  • High performance teams
  • Sustainable teams
  • Conflict Intelligence and Fighting Fair
  • Inspiration – motivation
  • Situational Awareness (SA)
  • Synergy
  • Collaboration
  • Winning teams
  • Playing a bigger game
  • Focus – clarity
  • Difficult people – no assholes
  • Workplace psychopaths
  • Talent management
  • Coaching
  • Growth/fixed mindset
  • Goalsetting and planning Ahead
  • Happiness in the workplace
  • Gratitude
  • Useful Belief & Cut The Noise (Chris Helder)
  • GTD – getting things done
  • Deliverables & Announceables
  • KPIs KRAs CSFs OKRs outcome measures
  • ROI ROE – Return on Investment and Equity
  • Using Dashboards

14. Technology Conference Topics

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

15. Financial/Risk/Economics Conference Topics

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

16. Entrepreneurism & Business Growth Conference Topicsconference 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

17. Sporting Success, Coaching and High performance Topics

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

18. Marketing & Branding Conference Topics

  • 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 / Success porn
  • B2B B2C B2G
  • Omnichannel
  • Retail revolution
  • Channels Content Context
  • Video making
  • Podcasting
  • Narrative Arc
  • Personas – target market
  • Style guide
  • Brand elements

19. Strategy & Work Methods Topics

  • 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

20. Understanding People – HR Conference Topics

  • Generational change
  • Understanding Millenials or Gen Z
  • Gen X Y Z and Gen Alpha
  • Baby Boomers
  • Next Generation
  • Hipsters
  • Parenting Strategies
  • Multiculturalism – Rise of China – India BICI BRICs
  • WageTheft
  • Lifestylers & lifestyle shift

Be on TREND with The Best Sources of Hot Topics for Conferences & Conventions

Where can Conference Organisers find the upcoming hot and trending topics for conferences?

The Top NINE Speaking Slots for Conferences & Events

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

For some advice  on finding the best speakers and entertainers for your event – contact your friendly Speakers Bureau

ABOUT THE BLOG AUTHOR – David Staughton CSP

BEST Business Speaker Melbourne AustraliaDavid Staughton is an Award-winning Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), past board member of Professional Speakers Australia and advisor to a large Australian speakers bureau.

David is also a successful serial entrepreneur and an expert on Reinventing Smaller Businesses for the Future.

 

 

 

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