From Ideas to Influence: Become a VMA Speaker in 2024

Sep 27, 2023Blog

Do you want to take the stage and share your venue management expertise with an engaged audience of your industry peers? Now is your chance to get involved with the VMA and take the next step in your personal and professional development journey.

As we gear up for another great year of VMA events in 2024, we are actively seeking engaging speakers who can bring fresh perspectives and insights about the venue management industry to our upcoming Member events. If you’re ready to take the next step in your leadership journey and you have a topic close to your heart that you’re eager to discuss, we want to hear from you – whether you are an industry veteran, an experienced speaker, or a rising star.

You can take numerous exciting paths as a VMA speaker. You can lead a Professional Development (PD) Workshop, where you’ll engage with a focused group of professionals looking to sharpen their skills and gain industry-specific knowledge. Alternatively, you might enjoy speaking at one of our After 5! Networking Events, where you can connect and share your expertise with fellow Members in a more relaxed and social setting.

If you’re looking for a platform to reach a wide and diverse audience, consider hosting a VMA Digital Series. This platform allows you to delve deeper into a topic that you are passionate about, whether it’s related to Australian or international industry trends. Hosting a Digital Series offers a unique experience to inspire and inform a large audience, without the usual geographical constraints.

If you are not an experienced speaker and would feel more comfortable sharing the spotlight, team up with colleagues or industry peers to deliver an informative session. This approach allows you to draw on multiple experiences and come together to share a wealth of knowledge about a collective passion within the realm of events and venue operations.

Past Digital Series topics that have found great success include The Value of Mentoring, Cultural Inclusivity at Venues and Events, Marketing Your Venue, Contracts and Business Law, From Lockdown to Lights on – Convention & Exhibitions Open for Business, and The Super Bowl Experience.

There are plenty of areas to delve into in 2024, some ideas to consider are:

  • Event Technology Solutions– Showcase the latest event management software, apps, and tech tools that streamline operations and enhance the attendee experience.
  • Sustainable Event Management Practices– Highlight sustainable practices and eco-friendly solutions for reducing the environmental impact of our venues and events.
  • Enhancing Customer Service– Share best practices for delivering exceptional customer service and creating memorable experiences for event attendees.
  • Risk Management Strategies– Discuss risk assessment, mitigation, and crisis management techniques for ensuring event safety and continuity.
  • Event Accessibility and Inclusivity- Highlight the importance of making events and venues accessible to individuals with disabilities and diverse audiences.
  • Data Analytics for Event Optimisation– Explore how data and analytics can be used to measure event success, make informed decisions, and enhance future event planning.
  • Catering Trends and Best Practices– Dive into the latest catering trends, menu planning, and food service innovations.
  • Innovation in Venue Design– Discuss innovative design trends and the technologies that are shaping modern event venues.
  • Compliance and Regulations for Event Venues– Provide insights into the legal and regulatory requirements that venue owners and event planners must navigate.
  • Incorporating Technology for Event Registration and Ticketing– Delve into the world of online registration platforms, ticketing systems, and contactless check-in solutions.

Have an idea that’s not on this list? Even better! We want to hear from you about your unique perspective on current industry trends or the industry as a whole. Being a speaker for the VMA is not just an opportunity to showcase your knowledge and skills; it’s also your chance to take the next step in your leadership journey, give back to the industry, and share your experience. Your insight could be the spark that ignites innovation and drives the future of our industry.

Get ready to make your mark as a speaker with the VMA in 2024!

To register your interest, simply complete the online form and we will be in contact to discuss your ideas and opportunities further.

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