Speak The Future: Julius Solaris, Founder of Event Manager Blog

Conferize’s “Speak the Future” series features speakers who are currently changing the conference world. We are passionate about sharing their ideas, right here. For more info check out our “Speak the Future” Manifesto.

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1. Can you tell us a little about yourself? What is your favourite area of expertise as a speaker? (ie. background and bio)

 I am Italian and I love events and technology. I’ve been blogging about event technology trends since 2007.

 I usually talk about the impact of social media and tech on event planning and management. We are living a radical change in the events industry and technology is a driving force behind this change.

 In an industry replicating the same model for over 60 years, it is a great revolution. I like to describe how this revolution is happening

 2. Why are conferences important today?

 In a social media powered world the importance of face 2 face is skyrocketing. Conferences are incredibly vital to increase the opportunity to network in person with our peers. Another fundamental aspect is education. Conferences offer a fantastic filter for the incredible amount of information we are bombarded with.

 3. How would you like to see conferences change more in the future? 

 The opportunity also lays in horizontal learning. Capable speakers make sure that attendees interact with each other and discuss what is being presented. Unfortunately not a lot of speakers or event professionals take advantage of this opportunity.

 4. Have you noticed any significant trends in the meetings industry in the wake of digital/mobile developments?

 Putting the attendee at the center of the experience usualy reflects the value of tech. Only those technologies enabling the attendee to take control of their networking, education, content offer something worth talking about.

 Mobile apps are a big part of it.

 5. Your advice to aspiring speakers?

 It’s not about you, it’s about your attendees. Make sure to involve them as much as possible.

I summed up all my advice here http://www.eventmanagerblog.com/annoying-speakers-conferences

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