Conferize’s “Speak the Future” series features speakers who are currently changing the conference world. Often described as the thought-leaders and knowledge port-holes to this world, which is why we are passionate about sharing their ideas, right here, with you! For more info check out our “Speak the Future” Manifesto.
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I am an internet entrepreneur, who pivoted several years ago and became an advisor, an investor and a headhunter.
What is your favorite area of expertise to present?
My expertise is around business strategy with topics such as “Stop Building Companies, Build Ecosystems”, “Merge Small and Grow Fast”; where the market goes such as “Hardware Strikes Back”; and society “Radical Honestly Applied to Business” or “What Is Your Women-led Investment Strategy?”
How do you find public speaking?
I enjoy public speaking and do it several times a year since 1999.
What have been some of the key conferences you’ve attended or participated in?
I used to attend on average 25 conferences per year and now I am very selective. In my domain conferences such as TechTour, DLD, LIFT, We Own It Summit are some of the ones I enjoy, attend and speak at.
Why do you think conferences are important today?
Conferences allow you to connect at a personal level with many of your peers at the same time, in the same location, with the same availability. They are a great booster for business networking and personal development. And also a great time-saver compared to other ways to learn about certain topics. Finally, they encourage travel, which is always beneficial for ambitious business people.
Have you noticed any significant trends in the Meetings Industry in the wake of digital/mobile developments?
Yes and no. On the one hand, you can say that it’s far simpler than it was to register to an event (ticketing/registration platforms). On other topics, such as access to attendees, matchmaking, access to content, we are still in the infancy age, despite a number of attempts. I believe the conference organizers need to embrace mobile and community builders more than they do today.
How would you like to see conferences change more in the future?
I think conferences will include more and more experiences, less talks, more actions. It is more powerful to experiment with the future rather than to talk about it. Un-conferences such as STREAM and conferences such as DLD in that sense are pioneering that field
As a speaker, what do you feel you need right now to strengthen your profile in the conference world? Tools, technology, network etc.?
Conferize, like other previous platforms, allow advance planning and social media sharing for attendees. Conferences should evolve towards more practical aspects: one-to-one meeting planning, car-sharing, meals booking, peer-to-peer interactions, webcasting…for the conference speaker and attendees.
Any conference nightmares?
Several times. Everytime you don’t spend as much time to prepare for the conference vs to attend it. Other than that: cheap locations/keynote speakers last minute change / bad food and poor drink/lack of speaker’s room.
Advice to aspiring speakers?
Ask yourself if you’re the best to share what you will present and don’t hesitate to find a peer to create something more dynamic/interactive. Think about the audience first, not your slides.
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