Lois Creamer Blog

Are You an Expert or a Generalis

Are You an Expert or a Generalis

Being a generalist used to be a great thing. Many newer speakers still think it’s a great thing. I hate to report the bad news, but that idea is so last century. The market now wants experts, speakers, and consultants who go deep in one particular area instead of...

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July 2023 Meetings Update

I’m summarizing several articles with information gleaned from MeetingsNet. • Speaker Fees Rising More Than Event Budgets – Be aware that meeting professionals report that this is what they see. They also report some disconnect between speakers and planners that we...

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Keynotes, Breakouts, and Workshops

Keynotes, Breakouts, and Workshops

It can be a confusing scenario: the overuse and misconstrued use of terms such as "keynote", "workshop", “breakout”, and "seminar", each being interpreted differently depending on the individual or organization. The lack of a universal understanding of these terms has...

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Speaking Industry Update – June, 2023

I’m reading a lot about economic slowdowns, inflation, and banks failing. Yet, I’m here to tell you, the speaking industry is doing well. In fact, US hotels report they’re outperforming even their most optimistic projections. (US Hospitality Directions: May 2023)....

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Speaking Industry Update May 2023

Speaking Industry Update May 2023

Industry Report May 2023 Hot off the press is another Special Events report. Summarizing the following main points you need to know. Understand that this report is released by AAE Speakers Bureau. As you read information regarding fees, keep this in mind. Most...

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Skift meeting report on the Speaking Industry

Trust in the business world has eroded to unprecedented levels. One of the only areas it has increased is face-to-face events.   Andrea Doyle, Skift Skift Meetings, an event company, wrote an article recently on the meetings industry aided by Edelman Data and...

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Omnipress Speaking Industry Report 2023

Omnipress Speaking Industry Report 2023

Omnipress is a tech solutions provider for mainly the association market. Keep this in mind as you read. This is a comprehensive report. I’ll link below. I’m going to share highlights that should interest speakers. Very interesting statistics. 47% will be offering...

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MPI Outlook Report -April, 2023

MPI Outlook Report -April, 2023

I’m happy to report MPI continues to be optimistic about the state of the meetings industry. Here are some key statistics included in their report,  regarding in-person events, that you need to know. Key points Planners continue to deal with hotel industry staffing...

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Meetings Update – April, 2023

Meetings Update – April, 2023

AAE Speakers Bureau released their 2023 Speaking Industry Benchmark Report. I’ve pulled out highlights for you but link to the full report will be at the end of my post. Also note, I’ve included my thoughts along the way. Topics event strategists are prioritizing the...

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