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Welcome to GatherGeeks, the event industry podcast, where people passionate about the power of live experiences and events come together. Join host David Adler as he discusses the latest news and trends affecting event marketers, meeting strategists, nonprofit organizers, and everyone in between. This podcast by BizBash is the destination for information, innovation, and inspiration for anyone involved in planning events and meetings, from conferences, trade shows, and fund-raising galas to product launches, festivals, award shows, weddings, and birthdays.

Sep 15, 2015

Hosts: Audrey Gallien and Brandt Krueger. Guests: James Carville, Mary Matalin, Carol McGury, Annie Glennon, David Adler, Anna Sekula

One of the most critical components of a successful conference is quality speakers. But simply booking a rockstar speaker is not enough to guarantee the perfect event. Meeting and event professionals need to know what to look for and how to optimize their speakers from that first prep call to the day after the live experience. In this episode, BizBash C.E.O. David Adler and host Audrey Gallien share interview segments from renowned speakers and political advisers James Carville and Mary Matalin; veteran event organizer and executive vice president of event and education services for SmithBucklin Carol McGury; and event marketer and GLG (Gershon Lehrman Group) senior vice president and head of events Annie Glennon. Host Brandt Krueger and BizBash editor in chief Anna Sekula join Adler and Gallien to talk about the dangers of the canned speech, what an ideal event organizer and speaker partnership looks like, the pros and cons of a big names, nightmare scenarios like drunk presenters, and more. Gallien and Krueger also cover what’s in the news, including the anticipated changes to come at the 88th Academy Awards, PSAV filing for initial public offering, and the Pentagon’s conference that will tackle electronic spying, as well as what’s in and out on the Fresh List.

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