Educational speaker line-up announced for co-located Confex and Event Production Show

The psychology of event design, negotiation, safety and risk panels and future thinking tours are some of the cutting edge presentations on offer at Confex and the Event Production Show on the 18th and 19th February.

Presenters from The UK Centre for Events Management based at Leeds Beckett University, the longest established and largest centre dedicated to events management education and research in the world, will be sharing insights and tips with visitors to the co-located shows.

Senior Lecturer, Michelle Lanham who will be at the Marketing and Communications area of Confex 2015 be discussing the Psychology of Great Event Design. The 30 minute session at 3pm on Thursday 19th will look at how colour, light, sound, smell and taste impact the experience, hearts and minds of attendees.

More creative thinking will be taking place on the move, with Jackie Mulligan’s Imagineering tours. Jackie, a keen trends researcher, will be using future predictions to inspire future thinking in her unique interactive workshop on the move. Tour departures are at 11.00am and 2.00pm on both the 18th and 19th February from the UKCEM Stand CJ66.

Jackie Mulligan, Director of Enterprise for the School of Events, Tourism and Hospitality commented: “it is very exciting to be working with Confex once again to bring new insights, professional education and discussions to the show. The Certified Meeting Professional campfires in particular on the show floor with MPI are a significant addition to our programme.”

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) will be holding four Certified Meeting Professional Campfire sessions – Event Design – future focused tips for designing future ready events, Risky business – approaches to use for risky situations, Communicating with partners, clients and sponsors – models to help you manage them, Putting feel good into events and sustainable event design with best practice ideas for right now;  each led by Leeds Beckett’s events lecturers Jackie Mulligan and Eliza Hixson at 12.00pm or 1.00pm on Wednesday /Thursday at Confex stand CC21. 

Enhancing the education, Richard Mullender, a training professional who has supported the hospitality leadership programmes will be helping event planners to develop assertiveness skills to handle difficult conversations more effectively; He is an expert on this as Former Lead Trainer of the National Crisis and Hostage Negotiation Unit for Scotland Yard. His 30 minute session starts at 10.45am at the Sales Conference on Wednesday 18th February.

Simon Bell, course leader for Major and Cultural Events will be chairing a panel Safety geeks and event nerds at 12.15 on the 18th at the Lineout theatre at the Event Production Show. Event planners will be invited to bring questions, conundrums, trials and tribulations to the Lineout Theatre in this unique event safety surgery with leading industry panellists.

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