THE SPEAKERS BUREAU LEADERS ENGAGE IN BOSTON
- 02 May 2018
- Sprekers, Nieuws
This year the premiere event (April 12-14) of the International Association for Speakers Bureaus (IASB) took place in the beautiful city Boston. It is the place of the famous Harvard University, e.g. the university where Mark Zuckerberg launched Facebook from his dormitory room on February, 2004. Boston is the city of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). MIT is often ranked among the world's top-ten universities.
On Thursday at 11am I took a direct flight from Amsterdam to Boston. I was really excited to see my fellow IASB friends again at the largest gathering of speaker bureaus, agencies and speaker management professionals in the world. Most of us didn’t know, that it was also the weekend of the Boston Marathon.
This year’s theme was “ENGAGE” and so we did! I arrived at 1.30 pm at the hotel and started a most inspiring masterclass by Ryan Estis and Seth Mattison at 2.30 pm, about Engaged Leadership in our industry. At the reception I had a conversation with Keith Ferrazzi, the NY Times bestselling author of “Never Eat Alone”.
The next day, Keith energizes us to adopt bold, new behaviors that spur exponential growth within our organizations. On Friday evening I was invited for an exclusive dinner, hosted by Keith. We were with an amazing group of 15 leaders from USA, Canada, UK, Mexico, Swiss and Spain. It was a most inspiring evening in the wine room of the restaurant in which we build a more stronger relationship with each other, thanks to Keith. I am glad I met Keith Ferrazzi in Boston. He is now one of our new speakers. We will soon inform you more about him, but feel free to contact us if you can’t wait.
Just like last year in Vegas, I was a member of the Award Committee. I am a member of the Global committee as well, for it’s my mission to improve the connections in the global speakers industry. We all have a great network of speakers, but by connecting as speaker agencies we can actually make a difference in advising our clients in the best speakers at the best prices for every event worldwide.
On Saturday I had the pleasure to have a chat with Johnny Earle, who I met once before in New Orleans He is the founder of the world’s first t-shirt bakery Johnny Cupcakes. Business Week named him America’s #1 young entrepreneur, a top innovator in retail.
The journalistic legend Bob Woodward took care of closing keynote in the afternoon. He gained international attention when, with Carl Bernstein, he broke the news of the Watergate scandal. Their book, All the President’s Men, won the Pulitzer Prize. Woodward has written 18 national bestsellers – 12 went to #1 – more than any other contemporary, non-fiction author. He has known personally and written about 20% of American presidents. No one else in political, investigative journalism has his sources, respect and reputation for fairness. Woodward is associate editor at the Washington Post. His next book, on the inner workings of the Trump administration, will be released shortly. It was an honor to meet him in person.
I had lunch with Oliver and Melanie of the Swiss Premium Speakers, before I flew back home on Sunday. The entire event was very successful. I spoke with a lot of people and met some great new speakers. I can’t wait for next year’s IASB convention in Vancouver, Canada.