Meetings and Events Australia, the premier events industry organisation in the country, held its annual National Conference in April at the Melbourne Exhibition and Conference Centre.
This year the conference was themed ‘Breaking Conventions’ and was, by all accounts, a resounding success.
Saxton was a Platinum Sponsor of the event, and our speakers were a strong presence throughout - bookending proceedings with some of the finest speakers Australia has to offer.
The Opening Ceremony speaker was he himself, the highly sought-after entrepreneur and magician, Vinh Giang. Vinh wowed the audience, as he does, in superb style. His messages on perspective and influence really struck a chord. An event organiser said Vinh was the best opener they had ever had.
Monday morning, and Michelle Payne and Sarah James had the audience absolutely enthralled in their ‘Up Close and Personal’ session. “It was one of those special moments” said an attendee, capturing the general feeling. Michelle and Sara received a standing ovation for their engrossing sharing of Michelle’s story.
Michelle herself mentioned her particular affection for the “so lovely” Sara. Sara in turn, reminded Michelle “You put your boot right through racing’s glass ceiling”
Many people were bowled over by Sara James’ power and sensitivity as an interviewer, and she really is the consummate professional – with not a note in hand throughout.
Michelle then had the world-first book signing for Life As I Know It (MUP) which is receiving interest from all over the world. Here she is being profiled on the CNN website earlier in April.
Mark McCrindle spoke brilliantly the next day on ‘Profiting from Demographic Change.’
Mark is a social researcher and demographer, but it’s his deep understanding of social trends and his engaging style that puts him in high demand as a speaker.
His message was very well received too - all about shifting perspective, and addressing the need to deal with customers who see things differently to us.
Tuesday afternoon and Holly Ransom set the MEA twittersphere alight, getting the whole conference talking.
With her directives to “do something you’re afraid of” and “get into the habit of routinely stepping out of your comfort zone,” her closing keynote on Intergenerational Leadership was a tour de force.
The general response was not unlike that to Holly’s Q&A appearances, when people always comment that she’s a future Prime Minister. One attendee live tweeting the event described Holly as a ‘smart cookie’ – true, if not something of an understatement!
“What a closing!!!” was the verdict of another attendee on twitter.
MEA, along with the rest of us, are lucky to have her!
"Alice and Nancy were very professional and helpful and answered every question our organisation had. Even though we had a slight mishap which was out of everyone's control (Dr Michael's flight was delayed for about four hours) Nancy called me straight away to talk about alternative options and swiftly organised a partial refund for the service he was not able to provide. We were very grateful for this level of professionalism! Thanks so much!"
Albury Wodonga Regional GP Network
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