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The Music event of the year

World Music Festival 2018 is a 3-day event offering exclusive performance from 64 artists. This year’s festival is expanding to encompass five dance floors.

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hours of music

Extraordinary Artists

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Event Schedule

Global event offering exclusive performance from 64 artists. This year’s festival is expanding to encompass five dance floors.

  • Thursday, 29th September

  • Friday, 30th September

  • Saturday, 1st October

  • Sunday, 2nd October

  • Drawing from his maternal grandfather’s background as a blacksmith, master storyteller Sean Weafer (the Rebel in a Business Suit) weaves a compelling opening keynote on the power and importance of fire and magic in transformation.

    He will link the ancient and perceived magical art of the smith with how today’s speakers, coaches and trainers have inherited the mantle of ‘making magic happen’ for our audiences and clients through our ability to forge new futures with our own unique fire and magic.

  • Together, we grow confidently, powerfully, and with impact. Together you can strengthen, practice, and prepare for an amazing future. "The Pegine Experience" of content, camaraderie, comedy, and cadence comes to Dublin. Pegine will engage, encourage, and entertain you while you learn to own the stage - boldly. Speak courageously, embracing your unique style. Purposefully be seen and heard to showcase your brilliance and be profitable by being paid well. A leadership business speaker who has spoken with 2 US presidents, 12% of the Fortune 100, and all branches of the US military.

  • Research shows that the people who know their “non-negotiables” and engage these values in their personal and professional life are much more effective human beings and speakers.

    But how does this work? How do you discover your core values, and why is this important when speaking to an international audience?

    Using techniques discussed in his new book on Profitability, Paul ter Wal will help you identify your road to happiness by giving you the tools to determine what is most important to you.

  • Please be aware that there are no pre-paid arrangements or meals arranged for this evening

  • Whether you're an emerging and aspiring speaker or an established keynote speaker, speaking as a guest expert on podcasts is the fastest and easiest way to instantly gain visibility to targeted listeners all over the globe. This session will be led by Jessica Rhodes, the founder of the first-ever, and the world's leading podcast interview booking agency, Interview Connections.

    Jessica will walk you through what you need to know in order to position yourself as an in-demand guest expert for podcast shows in your industry, the strategy for identifying the right podcasts to speak on and how to get booked as a guest, and the proven formula for turning your visibility on podcasts into speaking gigs.

  • An interactive, fun, and stimulating session on how the Alexander Technique can help you have a more resonant, resilient, and interesting voice on stage.

  • People look to speakers to be leaders - thought leaders to bring them new ideas and inspirational leaders to drive them to attain more. We are conditioned to expect our leaders to display strength and signal clear direction, particularly in times of uncertainty. But does that mean that speakers need to know all the answers all the time?

    In 2016, Andy Lopata urged delegates at the PSA National Convention to be more vulnerable with each other and admit to our colleagues that we are not perfect and that we don't have all of the answers. At GSS in 2022, he wants us to extend that vulnerability to our relationships with our audiences.

    But, despite living in a time when people are encouraged to share their vulnerability more, how can speakers do so while still commanding respect?

    And is it desirable for them to do so?

    Takeaways for audience :

    - Question previous perceptions about what makes you a leader in the eyes of your audience

    - Understand new ways to create a deep connection with your audience 

    - Reframe your understanding of what it means to be resilient and what it takes to get there

  • As Speakers, in order to be exemplary at what we do, we need to embrace the four main dimensions of resilience:

    1. Physical energy

    2. Emotional intelligence

    3. Mental Clarity

    4. A sense of Purpose

    In this Session, Joni shares practical, and fun techniques to harness your ability to BOUNCE FORWARD™ so that on your Clients travels (or in your home studio) you are energised as a Speaker.

  • How you can easily add online participants to your face-to-face formats and reach even more people. Overview and content

    In the pandemic, almost all face-to-face formats were converted to online formats. In the meantime, face-to-face formats are coming back. However, many clients have realised that online formats can often reach even more people than pure face-to-face formats. The future lies in hybrid formats, where online participants can also be added to face-to-face formats.

    In the workshop, Thorsten Jekel shows how anyone can add online participants to face-to-face formats with the simplest of means. Various alternatives for Macs, PCs and cross-platform web solutions will be presented.

    Thorsten Jekel is also looking forward to your complementary tips and tricks, because knowledge is the only resource that multiplies when shared 🙂

    Takeaways for audience :

    The workshop will show, among other things,

    - how to mix and deliver a crisp image in Zoom,

    - how you can easily livestream trainings and lectures,

    - how you can even stream your face-to-face formats as 360-degree videos for VR glasses.

  • Three plain black cotton t-shirts. Three polarised prices. How can these t-shirts help your audiences become more confident and accepting of themselves? Join this session to find out!

    People today are experiencing unprecedented emotional fatigue. Research shows that 85% of the world’s population suffers from low self-esteem. How does this impact their work? Their decisions?

    In this session, Keka will show us how to use powerful global branding principles and brain-based science to deeply connect with our audiences, so our spoken word can deliver greater impact.

    Advertising is designed to move people. Use these principles to move your audiences, too.

    Takeaways for audience :

    1. Help audiences identify their self-limiting beliefs using undeniable science (that advertising uses every day)

    2. Help their audiences re-charge their inner drive and motivation, using strategies that the world’s top-performing brands use

    3. Articulate their own speaker brand more effectively to their audiences using social-emotional learning strategies that marketers use

  • Building a community around you is Essential for speakers and professionals who want to stand out in a saturated marketplace.

    A community of raving fans will resonate with what you have to say, relate to you in a way unlike anyone else and refer you – over and over again, without you even having to ask! This is the holy grail of marketing, and in this session, Denise is making your quest easy and possible.

    This engaging workshop will give you a proven process to create, grow and scale your speaking business – enabling you to make a bigger impact and become more famous – whether world domination or more well known in your country.

    Takeaways for the audience: The Reality is this - we’re all part of communities, but we’re not all part of communities of raving fans.

    In this engaging session, attendees will walk away with:

    -The winning missing piece from your marketing or brand message.

    -The three Rs that are essential for building a community of raving fans.

    -Three tactics that you can immediately implement to get your audience or clients to become your secret salesforce.

  • We are wired for real and meaningful connections. For many speakers, a deep connection with any audience may seem challenging. In this innovative talk, Ian Hatton will help you relieve anxiety by practically guiding you on how to make your keynote a conversation. This talk has been designed to showcase the value of using technology that elevates both virtual and in-person talks. Building variety that fosters authentic audience engagement.

    Takeaways for the audience:

    1) How to make your keynote a conversation.

    2) The value of adding technology to virtual and in-person talks.

    3) How to build variety into your audience engagement.

  • Welcome from the GSF President Martin Laschkolnig and an overview of the worldwide speaking community.

  • As speakers, consultants, trainers or coaches, we often engage with an audience of culturally diverse views and lived experiences. In order to be able to maintain our relevance and to ensure that our audience feels included, we must adapt our style and content to be reflective of their needs. In this panel, we will discuss and take questions on how we can move from thinking about Diversity and Inclusion and instead think about generating better outcomes and, in turn, better business and audience engagement.

    Panel Chair/Host: Joanne Lockwood

    Joanne Lockwood is an Inclusion and Belonging Specialist who works with audiences throughout the UK, Europe and elsewhere. Her focus is on promoting Positive People Experiences, be that in Talent Acquisition, Employee or thinking about Customer Experience. She works with “People People” across organisations to promote Psychological Safety, Inclusive Leadership and to challenge organisations on their culture, which in turn allows people to thrive and stay aligned with customer and stakeholder values.

    Chairing this panel, she will be engaging with her fellow panellists from around the world of the Global Speaking Federation, Harriet, Neerja and Gijs, to talk about how you can stay relevant and ensure your audience is included and engaged with your content, not your faux pas.

    Panellist: Harriet L. Russell

    Harriet L. Russell is a cross-cultural strategist and linguist. She works with and speaks for organisations that want their people to work better together, both internally and across borders. Latest book: Doing Business with Ease Overseas: Building Cross-Cultural Relationships That Last.

    From this panel, Harriet will help you understand multicultural differences, how to speak English to non-native English speakers, and mindfulness for less stress. Communicate effectively on and off the platform.

    Panellist: Neerja Singh

    Neerja Singh is the Seenager, a “senior teenager”, a millennial in spirit with the benefit of hindsight. Four generational books, a TEDx talk entitled “The Unaffordable Cost of Generation Gap”, and a lived loss of my millennial daughter to the challenges of generational grief...

    Neerja helps employers, leaders, and parents to see, acknowledge and address the radical differences in generational preferences, priorities and prejudices that have become tangible issues today. She is looking forward to presenting her thoughts to you on this and taking your questions.

    Panellist: Gijs Hillmann

    Gijs (Gus) works primarily with organisations that employ ex-pats, knowledge workers, or migrant workers. Diversity of voices and opinions leads to a healthier and more flourishing workplace. The challenge is how best to develop this diversity when faced with a multitude of languages, world views, and approaches on the work floor.

    In this session, Gijs will address how to best engage with a fluid workforce in a complex and dynamic environment and the lessons/tips you can utilise as speakers, trainers and consultants.

  • Charisma is a word filled with mystique and appeal. What is it? Is there a formula? How can I get it?

    Looking into what science says about charisma, it is evident that most of us speakers already have this in abundance. This mini-keynote will bring tips and insights that will strengthen you as a speaker so you can add even more value to the audience.

    Takeaways for the audience:

    - The three communicative superpowers.

    - The top 10 tips on how to bring charisma to the stage.

  • Everyone has a story to tell. In 2002 NSA president Jim Rhode and conference chair Mark LeBlanc invited Tim to do a general session event at the next annual NSA conference. They were convinced Tim’s original style and pee-your-pants hilarious stories needed to be shared with everyone at NSA.

    His 30-minute program later that year was a big hit. More importantly, one story really was especially unique and hilarious, his “Save Me the Middle Seat”. As Tim exited the Main Ballroom, CSP, CPAE Zig Ziglar told him: “You knocked it out of the park, Tim! On the spot, he was offered the main stage opening keynote spot at the next Million Dollar Round Table event and received offers from all over the world to book him or learn from him. He also had several speaker bureaus approach him for representation, and many still book him today.

    What is your million-dollar story? Laugh-out- loud and have fun with Tim Gard, CSP, CPAE, as he shares his own million-dollar story and then explains how it helped put him on the path to a million dollars.

    Discover why:

    * A joke is simple in its elegance, but a story is as long or as short as it should be.

    * Discover for yourself how to craft your own story using Tim’s Tips for story success.

    * Signature stories and signature styles are so important.

  • Be prepared to work those side muscles! PSA UK & I and the GSF will proudly present the tenth anniversary stand-up comedy night, hosted by Alan Stevens, on Friday night. A dozen brave souls from around the world will compete for the coveted "Badger of Honour" trophy, presented by Stuart Harris in honour of his brother, the great Kenny Harris, a stalwart of PSA Scotland and one of the funniest speakers to strut the stage. Legends will be made, and many laughs will be had. Advance Warning, there will be adult humour that may not suit those easily offended. See you there!

  • We have all most likely completed behaviour profiles, but how often do we use these invaluable insights in our work as Professional speakers? Why would you adapt your style, your delivery, and your appearance to suit a different audience? To build subconscious rapport and ensure your message truly reaches them in their language! Why would you adapt the style and language of your proposals? To get booked more!

    This session with The People Reader (Michelle Mills-Porter) will give you the absolute cheat sheet required to reach more audiences, affect more people with your message and grow your speaking business.

  • An opportunity to walk with others and get to know more about our businesses and plans and reflect on the conference so far. A gentle walk around the environs of Croke Park for about 45 minutes.

  • Do your smartphone videos lack sparkle? Do you worry you’re not performing at your best or that you lack 'cut-through' with clients and prospects? Or maybe you just want to ensure that you're memorable for all the right reasons!

  • For just about any professional speaker, the last two years have been a difficult time. Some have come well through the crisis, and many others have suffered a lot. Speakers are looking forward to the old normality, but times have changed. The ability to think creatively and act fast is the future core competency of every professional speaker. Christian will share thinking patterns and great examples that will help his fellow speakers to use that ability and increase their relevance even in dynamic times.

    Takeaways for the audience:

    - about upcoming disruptive market shifts and how to deal with them as a professional speaker

    - how to develop a mindset that will help in adapting your business to change

    - how to create new ideas that will increase your relevance

  • Many of us have faced challenges over the last few years, and there may be more to come. Can we all be part of a new leadership style which leads with empathy, compassion, vulnerability, and love?

    Jo Berry will share how she turned her life around after her father was killed in a terrorist attack in Brighton, UK, by the IRA in 1984. She gave up revenge and blaming just two days after, and her healing journey started.

    After the peace process in 2000, Jo arranged to meet the ex-combatant who killed her dad. This first meeting was transformational for them both and led to 22 years of speaking worldwide together. She will share the lessons she has learnt from her unique relationship with him and how this has framed the work she does today.


    - How to come back from a tough situation and discover strength, resilience and deeper empathy for humanity.

    - Learn how your emotional pain can become part of your offer.

    - How to take your power back.

    - Know how revenge and blaming others can set us back in our healing.

    - Feel more hopeful and know what is possible.

    - How to turn your internal judge into your ally.

    - How to empower others to move from victim to victor.

    - How can you let go of being right and empathise even when you disagree?

  • Imagine driving without windows, not knowing what's in front of you, behind you or next to you, rooted to the spot knowing one wrong move could lead to a collision. And as the world lurches from one crisis to another, it's almost impossible to run a business in the face of such uncertainty.

    In this talk, you will:

    Discover three essential tips that you can use to navigate those invisible obstacles.

  • We all know it is good to sharpen our saw – well, this session gives you the opportunity to do just that. Barbara will help share her own unique tips, using some quirky acronyms that she has created over the years. The tips will be intertwined with personal stories and a good peppering of humour.

    Takeaways for the audience:

    - Discover the 43 muscles that have a massive impact on your presence.

    - Understand that your words are NOT 7% of your message ... but they could be.

    - Why "AND" is the most dangerous word in any language.

  • How To Get More Gigs And Stop Leaving Money On The Table

    Have you ever wondered what you might have done to get a gig that you felt was yours until it wasn’t? How about the time when a meeting planner, prospect, or client coerced you into giving ‘your fee,’ only to have them leap at it while saying, “I thought you might charge more.” Ouch! After this session, attendees will know how to negotiate more effectively to reach better outcomes while reading body language and verbal and non-verbal cues.

    Takeaways for the audience:

    - Ways to uncover hidden information that will allow you to get closer to the investment (not fee) that clients will make to bring you in to speak.

    - Body language signals (even when you’re on the phone) to observe to note subtle signals to indicate what someone is thinking (That will give you insight into how to position/adjust your offer).

    - The personal negotiation insights you’d like more information on to increase your negotiation skills.

    This session will be epic! Because you will drive it by your specific needs, based on your particular challenges and situations. Meaning you get to ask questions that are most pertinent to you! Plus, you will receive a bonus (there’s a little negotiation technique right there 😊).

  • As a speaker, you can’t build a reputation for being the best in your field unless you’re completely clear on what makes you stand out.

    In this session you will develop a brand new statement that outlines why people should book you as a speaker. A new way to introduce your business that makes you stand out from all the other speakers in your marketplace. A brilliant answer to deliver, the next time someone asks “Why should I book you?” An answer that allows you to say “Because …” that is clear, concise and impressive, leaving them wanting to know more.

    Takeaways for the audience:

    1. Work out what makes you really different.

    2. Learn how to use that difference to build the reputation you want.

    3. Understand how to use your reputation to get more business!

  • Do you have an event, a particular stage or audience you would love to get in front of and speak?

    In this session, you'll discover a really simple 5-step marketing process to help you secure the speaking gigs you've dreamed of. You'll also discover some effective strategies you can use in your talks to win new customers and build a memorable reputation.

    Takeaways for the Audience:

    - A simple 5-step plan you can use to market yourself as a speaker

    - Key actions you can take in the next 12 weeks to move your speaking career forward

  • We all learned how to use Zoom, Teams and a few other platforms during lockdowns; we may even have bought equipment, some cheaply and others not so much, yet the impact of what others see may still be mediocre. In the last two years, I have not only played with a few things but also spent way too much money on what transpires I could have achieved (virtually) for free.

    In this session, I will provide shortcut tips and tricks on getting the most out of what you have and guidance on what to look for when expanding your technology base.

  • During this interactive session, participants will gain insights into using negotiation strategies and tactics based on the individual they're dealing with. The negotiation strategies mentioned will also entail body language signs and nonverbal communication that one should observe during negotiations. The insight gained from this lively interaction will allow attendees to negotiate better, leading to them getting more gigs at higher fees.

  • At this 'Ask The Experts', Lee Jackson (Fellow, PSAE and past PSAUKI President) will remind us of the things we so easily forget while working hard running our busy speaking businesses.

    Take a few minutes to gain new insights into your business, marketing and values. Top tips, encouragement, discussion and challenges from a speaker with over 27 years of experience.

  • Have you wondered why some speakers can keep increasing their fees even in a tough climate? Do you want to know the secret? You will learn how to package your speech, so your clients get more value out of it, and you can raise your fee. You probably already have more to give than you get paid for. After this, you will have a method for how to plan your offer, so the clients want to pay more because they get more value. Cause you're worth it!

  • How to grow value for your clients AND grow your business? That is where the Product Eco System comes in. A systemized approach that adds value to your customers and your bottom line. Join this practical Expert Table to understand how you can build your Product Eco System.


    1. Formulate your customer's problems and identify their needs when it comes to your ‘topic’

    2. Learn the Product Eco System method

    3. Identify the gaps

    4. Formulate one action to grow your Product Eco System. So YOU can grow the value for your customers and grow your business

  • Nikki Bush, CSP, is a relentless content creator. And she's smart. Not only does she create regular content and lots of it, but she has perfected creating a single piece of content once and repurposing it multiple times - for profit. She does this with both the spoken and the written word, which she believes is an incredibly powerful combination. Be inspired by Nikki's enthusiasm for her craft and how she uses the skill of repurposing to increase her price point, duplicate herself, create different income streams and elevate her status as a media darling. Nikki has been interviewed in excess of 3500 times by the media - a perfect avenue for repurposing content and getting more mileage out of it.

  • By running Mastermind groups for your clients, you can serve them at a deeper level, make more money, and have more fun. A mastermind could be a highly profitable and rewarding addition to your speaking business product range, which should add at least $100k to your annual profit.

    In this 'Ask The Experts' session, you will learn about the different Mastermind formats to help you identify the most appropriate for your business and understand the first steps to creating your own Mastermind product.

  • Please welcome your host for today...(insert your name here)

    Many speakers would like to add compere/MC to their roster of services, but it's a specialist service and not one that everyone can pull off. Like having a script, a controlled environment and a sober audience? Compering might not be for you.

    You saw him compere earlier in the weekend - now come and quiz Steve Bustin on everything you need to know, from how to prepare, what to do when the wheels come off (and rest assured, they will) and how to secure paid compering gigs.

  • As a Behavioural Strategist, I love all things ‘people’, and especially how we 'Think, Feel & Act’.

    Post Covid, life will never be the same. We are all dealing with challenges, change, loss and adversity. In the quick session, I will share ways to BOUNCE FORWARD™️. We never bounce back!

    As Speakers, we all need to boost our Physical Energy, Emotional Intelligence and Mental Clarity. These three areas are essential in order to navigate in an ever-changing world of pace, power and punch.

    I will share simple, fun and actionable techniques to integrate into your busy lives.

    As Speakers, we will all cope far better with the demands of our careers if we have abundant energy coupled with mental and emotional agility. These are the dimensions of Resilience which help us to Work, Lead, Speak and Live optimally!

  • Did you know that you don’t have to have your own podcast to leverage the rapidly growing medium of podcasting as a professional speaker?

    In this Ask the Experts session with Amy Rowlinson, you will learn:

    - How to podcast with purpose

    - How to stand out from the crowd

    - How to grow a podcast from a single seed

    Amy will also cover what the benefits of podcasting are, how to build a loyal audience whilst increasing your visibility, credibility and authority in your field of expertise, and how to create connection, collaboration and inspiration.

  • Together we will explore ways to focus on increasing the three most important neurochemical levels in your brain. Discover how to understand these neurochemicals and explore ways to increase your capacity on a daily basis in your business.

  • Speaking internationally sounds fun and glamorous. However, it is not for everyone. So what does it take to become one? Discover and learn the ten strategies used by successful professional speakers who speak internationally as part of their speaking business.

  • Are your marketing strategies creative enough to stand out from the clutter to attract attention and bring in sales? Tay Guan Hin will be sharing about creative marketing for speakers who need to get more eyeballs! Understanding design principles you can apply to your new signature logo, your next book cover or create a theme that will resonate for your next online event or training course.

  • Most speakers leave money on the table because they don’t recognise their own value and don’t know how to articulate it to clients.

    In this session, you will learn a structured way of solving a client’s problem and be paid handsomely for solving it.

    With nearly 25 years of experience as a Professional Speaker, Executive Coach, and C-Suite Advisor, Andrew Bryant will answer your questions and share insights you hadn’t even thought about.

  • Before you ask... Ask yourself: How would you like to see yourself on stage? Now, we have a goal and have an energetic round table discussion on how to get there. Tom has been a speaker and a stand-up comedian since 1994; that's 28 years of experience and almost 5000 performances. He loves to share his insights on how to use body language and humour.

  • Using stories in your keynote or training, if done well, will build deep relationships with your audience. Knowing how to structure, script and sell your story adds to your skill set as a professional speaker.

    This session will focus on and unpack the key elements to a good story through the story cards deck, helping delegates understand the important use of plot points, characters and emotional variance to build a connection with and empower the audience to change.

  • Everyone is asking how to future-proof themselves in these uncertain times. This talk will give you some of the keys for dancing with disruption of any kind. In this very personal. moving and inspiring presentation Nikki Bush, Human Potential and Parenting Expert will share her story to help you reframe where you find yourself right now, and regain perspective in these challenging times.

    This acclaimed, high-impact presentation will reset your mind and shift your heart around issues of change, loss and grief. You will walk away with frameworks, coping mechanisms and useful resources to help you to continue to win at work and in life no matter what life throws at you.

    Takeaways for the audience :

    How to turn full-stop moments in your personal or professional life into commas

    Frameworks for reframing any kind of disruption

    Regain perspective by finding collateral beauty in the collateral damage

  • Mental Wealth is a play on mental health and comes from pursuing your true potential and well-being with a committed support network. Isolation kills creativity and prevents decision-making, leading to introspection and procrastination, increasing the risk of a failure to deliver.

    There are four core areas to assist your Mental Wealth Team:

    • Self-care that makes you focus on being number 1.

    • The right coach for the path ahead: unlocking greater potential than you can achieve on your own.

    • Your team of professionals: wealth manager, legal eagle, accountant.

    • Mastermind groups that empower others to hold you accountable in a mutually supportive ecosystem.

    Takeaways for the audience:

    - A clear understanding of who in your support network truly has your back and who you need to say goodbye to because they are not fit for purpose for the future ahead of you.

    - The tools to build, develop and select the right Mental Wealth Team.

    - It's time to focus on becoming number 1 in your world.

    - Asking for help is not a sign of weakness; it’s what helps the best to succeed.

  • How forgiveness and reconciliation - both of others and oneself - are so important to rebuild trust and confidence.

    A no-holds-barred discussion about the recent history of Ireland with people who were in the thick of events over the last few decades. What was their experience? What has it taught them, and what are their hopes and expectations for the future?

    Panellists: Jo Berry, Frank Portinari

    Interviewer/facilitator: Alan Stevens

  • John grew up in the west of Ireland. He created 3 businesses in the food industry – two successful and one which failed. John is convinced he learned more from the failure than from the two successes. He now helps small businesses grow as an advisor, a mentor and as an investor. He helps to de-risk ventures and makes sure entrepreneurs don’t make the same mistakes he made.

    By listening to my speech, you will learn…

    How to have the courage of your convictions.

    Bad stuff can happen, and life is full of uncertainty, but this is entirely normal.

    How to embrace adversity and learn from failure.

    Ultimately, through my own experiences, I will explain how you can turn your uncertainty into your competitive advantage.

  • Remember how all the best conversations at conferences happen in the bar…? Well why don’t we just start there. What if we could design a session that sparked those real conversations; the ones that help you solve problems and spark new ideas and collaborations. Join your peers in the GSS Saloon, grab a drink and experience a facilitated UnScripted Conversation.

  • Juggling and circus skills are great for relaxing, energising yourself and even providing visual aids to speeches!

  • Ever had a bad time on stage? Have you ever put yourself down, undermined your own self-confidence or criticised yourself just before, after or even mid-way through a speech or presentation?

    You wouldn’t be human if you hadn’t. While this can serve a purpose - self-awareness and rational assessment are vital to holding the bar high - there is a price to pay. The Inner Critic can eradicate your natural charisma, flow and joie de vivre as a speaker.

    In this creative session, you’ll discover how to get your inner-critic under your control - so that the little blighter becomes a source of insight, ideas and inspiration instead. Prepare to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty!

  • In an age of disengagement, distraction and fatigue still lingering from the pandemic, how we work and live have been tested. As speakers, our businesses were disrupted like never before, and now, as the world returns to ‘normal’, you may be wondering, “What now? What next?”

    Health and Productivity Expert Michelle Cederberg shares research from her new book, The Success-Energy Equation, to help you regain clarity about what is truly important in your work and life and tap into a well of energy that will increase productivity and reduce overwhelm.

    Using hilarious anecdotes and innovative strategies, this keynote will have you laughing and leave you with a renewed sense that it's possible to break free from stress and drive success in this new world of work.

    Takeaways for audience :

    Get clear on your own definition of success; What really matters to you in work and life, and how has the pandemic changed that?

    Look at typical barriers that get in the way of success, how you can effectively navigate them, and stay productive despite them.

    Discover a simple formula for success that can transform how you work and live.

  • Steve Judge’s keynote will take everybody in the room from Good to GOLD.

    Through his experiences, he knows that to take dynamic action and be the change you see in yourself, you either need inspiration, motivation or desperation. In his journey from wheelchair to world champion, he had all three. This keynote will give people the tools and empower everyone to go confidently on their journey in the direction of their dreams, their GOLD.

    Takeaways for the audience :

    How to become a high achiever in what you do

    How to clearly see your vision every single day

    How to stay motivated even on your lowest days

  • How can Leaders add lasting value to their teams? By getting them to change their behaviour. However, you can’t change someone’s behaviour simply by trying to change their behaviour. In this session, I will share some insights from Felix the Cat and playing bass guitar in a band that will help you make a lasting difference to your team.

    By listening to today’s speaker, you will understand how to influence your team to help people to turn 'have-to' into 'want-to' and bring about lasting change in your team.

  • As our time together nears its end, our compere Steve Bustin invites us to celebrate, remember and reflect on everything we’ve done together over the last few days.

  • A fun, challenging, and interactive session giving you the skills and confidence to set a MASSIVE goal for your speaking business this year. Those who use the content could expect an average increase in productivity of 26.5%. You will be creating your own plan, so PLEASE have a pen and paper to hand.

    Takeaways for the audience :

    - A first draft plan of how to grow your speaking business this year.

    - Never set a “smart” goal ever again!

    - “smart” is a myth !

Fort Mason Center
San Fancisco, CA

Wednesday to Friday
August 23 to 26, 2017

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  • 1-Day Festival Pass

    Access to one day of The Festival
  • After Hours party
  • Access 1-5 Stages
  • Access 64+ Artists
  • Access to artists meeting
  • Access to food & beverage
  • Full one day festival pass
  • Join After Parties
  • $395
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    Access to four days of The Conference
  • 2 people access
  • Access 1-5 Stages
  • Access 64+ Artists
  • Access to artists meeting
  • Access to food & beverage
  • Full three days festival pass
  • Join After Parties
  • $595
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