Oration Speakers is four years in business this month, even though we have been working with many leading Keynote Speakers and Thought Leaders, Nobel prize winners in the area of technology, politics and economics since 2006.
Oration Speakers has grown to be a high Level Speaker Bureau and a trusted organisation that event organisers and busy CEO's come to when they need advice and consultation on sourcing the best Keynote Speaker and Thought Leaders for their conferences worldwide.
We are grateful for the wonderful Thought Leaders and high quality Corporate event Speakers we have worked with since we commenced business. From our very first engagement with Mr Larry Brilliant, to other big-name Keynote Speakers, such as Mr Steve Wozniak, Mr Marc Raibert (and his Spot Mini Robot), Mr Steven Pinker, Mr Nassim Taleb, Mr Ricardo Semler, to name but a few! We are also work with new and upcoming Speakers, who are might not be as well known, just yet!
We are also grateful to have forged wonderful working relationships with our clients, who organise tech conferences to marketing conferences to sustainability conferences and all sorts of conferences in between, who trust in us and know that we will deliver. We enjoy providing valuable advice on the best Thought Leaders and inspirational Speakers they can choose from.
Moving forward for 2020, based on our experience and what we see are the most highly requested topics, below are eleven key key emerging trends/topics that should supercharge your event planning and provide engaging content for your audience.
Robotic engineers are designing the next generation of robots to look, feel and act more human. To make it easier for us to engage with a machine, the challenge is to make robots look aesthetically more pleasing so we can interact with them more effectively in our everyday lives. There is of late an increasing demand for ‘humanoid’ robots, a robot that appears to resemble a human without actually being one. Oration Speakers has already booked a humanoid robot for a conference in 2020.
This type of data analysis is steadily influencing the lives of those who own IoT devices, like smartwatches, phones, cars, and more and continues to be a popular theme at conferences.
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AI)
We are currently seeing an increase in the accuracy and availability of real-world simulations, which is continuing to be more powerful and accurate. More devices will continue to run AI-powered technology and AI will continue to monitor and refine business processes.
Virtual Reality where users wear a headset and are fully immersed in computer-generated environments and Augmented reality, where computer images are superimposed onto the user's view of the real world continue to be trending topics.
THE INTERNET OF THINGS
As robots and computers are talking to each other more efficiently this has speeded up business decisions. IoT has affected how companies are managed by stripping layers of management thus making significant changes to the work environment (the next trend).
THE FUTURE OF WORK
The future of work offers unrivalled opportunities but yet poses serious challenges. Globalisation, technological progress and demographic change are having a profound impact on society and labour markets. Accelerated action is needed for people to meet the challenges of the changing world of work. Again, a very common theme affecting all industries.
2020 will see newer, faster and frequently changing digital technology to solve problems. One of the examples of digital transformation is cloud computing, this is the in-demand availability of computer system resources, especially data storage and computing power, without requiring direct active management by the user. Technology, such as 3D printing and Nano technology will also continue to play a big part.
THE FUTURE OF MEDIA
The future of traditional newspapers and the role of media. The apparent decline of traditional newspapers and the expansion of mobile web access. The obvious increase in the consumption of online news media is leading to the stagnation and in some cases decline in print readership and advertising.
This in turn is leading to an increased investment in better websites and brands are being challenged in how they market, communicate and engage with employees, customers and consumers resulting in more competition.
On the other hand, consumers are getting more concerned about how their data is being used so data is going to become more scarce. Nevertheless, this same data/metrics is now yielding more concise information, (through AI and Deep Learning) and these metrics are already improving the value that brands can expect from influencer marketing and brand integration.
FUTURE OF SOCIAL MEDIA
Social media is also being affected and it will continue to grow. It will expand within and beyond marketing to become an essential part of how organisations deliver outstanding customer experience, regardless of whether it’s business-to-business, business-to-consumer or business-to-employee.
This technology and innovation continues to compete with traditional financial services in the delivery of financial services. As a result of the app economy, the question now is who processes and makes money from online payments. The battle between banks, credit card companies, telcos and software companies continues to be a major trend.
It is becoming more important for businesses to ensure that the data that they work with is protected. As technology evolves, so does the way business is done worldwide.
As the world continues to become more digital, computer hackers continue to invent new ways to steal data. Bizarrely, even though this is of upmost importance, companies/consumers seem to be ambivalent about the threats of cybercrime. We work with a host of Speakers who can talk about cybersecurity.
SUSTAINABILITY AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Climate change is such a hot topic at the moment and it is becoming more important than ever to keep up with and invest, in the latest sustainability efforts, particularly in the world of business.
Important topics such as the changes in energy production and reducing consumption, changes to how we eat, such as the new popularity of plant-based eating to our burgeoning relationship with plastic and recycling. The upshot is the impact consumer awareness and youth advocates on affecting government regulations and policies.
In our opinion these are the most in demand themes, however on a more optimistic note, even though Automation is going to continue to have a massive impact on everything in the next one or two years, human creativity and insight is still of upmost important. Real success depends on creativity rather than just platform knowledge, which can become commoditised over time.
Hearing a leading Thought Leader in any of the above topics can influence how your business grows and develops. New challenges and huge new opportunities are ahead! For information on any of the themes above or to discuss potential Keynote Speakers for your event above please contact email@example.com.
Welcome to the New Year. Are we managing to still keep our New Year resolutions? As time goes by it gets harder to keep them, with that in mind, January and February is usually a good time to host motivational events. People who go to these types of events are more committed to change and move from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset. With the correct motivational Speaker, a strong Keynote will open up a world of possibilities for the audience. In addition, if you are running an event at this time of year, there is usually a greater turn-out, as people frequently need assistance with achieving their personal commitments and resolutions.
A great event that takes place in Ireland is the Momentum event run by Gerry Duffy, Gerry is famous for running 32 marathons in 32 days. This is the kind of event that will inspire and motivate you to be the best that you can be.
On that note, Oration Speakers works with a host of other motivational and inspirational speakers who will give your audience the boost they need to build, to follow and to obtain their goals. Make sure to get in contact if you want some suggestions on Motivational Keynote Speakers.
With that in mind our resolution is to help meeting planners and organisers as much as possible in 2019. So below we have a few suggestions that we thought might prove helpful in achieving the best possible event.
First of all, give yourself plenty of time and book your Speakers 6 to 12 months out. We are already noticing that some of our Keynote Speakers are already getting booked up with speaking engagements during the most popular months, more so, if a Speaker has just released a book, there is usually an even bigger demand for them to Speak. If you are interested in a Speaker, get in contact with Oration Speakers, sooner rather than later.
Second of all, please find below some trending topics and Speakers for 2019.
1) ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
What are the new technological advances? Why is it important to learn about them and how can we use AI to make a profit? Oration Speakers works with Speakers who can explore what leading companies like Netflix, Amazon, Spotify, Nike, Goldman Sachs and others and what they are already doing with AI, disrupting their industries and making them company leaders in their fields. Robert Safian is a perfect example of a Speaker who has been exploring this Business Strategy.
2) THE FUTURE OF WORK
Ricardo Semler, Former CEO and President of Semco, Author of the best-selling classic Maverick and The Seven-Day Weekend, advocates for leadership to rewrite their corporate narratives and instead be driven by values of trust, self-management and creativity. Semler has reached thousands of international and corporate audiences through his guest lectures at MIT and Harvard and fostered a digital community of fans with his popular TED Talk: How to Run a Company with (almost) no rules. He is the ideal Keynote Speaker on the Future of work. Another excellent Speakers on this topic is, Vivek Wadhwa. Vivek is currently running the first ever global research study at Harvard University on how AI will change how we work and the future of many professions.
Will robots really take away our jobs? According to a Forrester report, robots will eliminate 6 percent of all jobs in the United States by 2021. McKinsey's assessment is even more expansive — they believe that by 2030 one-third of American jobs could become automated (Jul 24, 2018). We work with many Speakers in the area of robotics and we are delighted to have worked with Marc Raibert from Boston Dynamics. We also work with leading companies on the advancement of humanoids. Happy to share that information with you if you get in contact.
4) DISRUPTIVE INNOVATION
This is an innovation that creates a new market and value network and eventually disrupting an existing market, which then displaces established market-leading firms, products, and alliances. This is happening in every industry and one of our Speakers Michelle Lee, a former scientist at MIT, shares the AI trends from the USPTO (The US Patent and Trademark Office) learning where companies are making multi-dollar bets on the future.
5) DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION
Will your company survive or will it thrive? Digital Transformation is reinventing organisations through the use of digital technology. We know that the pace of change over the last five years has been hugely significant with businesses accelerating their digital capabilities at an astonishing rate. With this rapid transformation comes the need to properly harness digital technologies and put them into effective use. Our expert Speakers will offer you an insight how digital initiatives at their organisations can offer insights, education and case studies on what can be a confusing environment.
6) FINANCIAL FUTURE
Our Financial Keynote Speakers are heads of digital from some of the largest consumer, commercial, regional, and community banks, as well as other financial institutions. Our Speaker, Nancy Giordano, will guide your audience into the labryrinth of blockchain and cryptocurrencies technologies throughout the world.
This is always a trending topic year on year and one we have many Speakers who are experts in that area, for example, Rebecca Costa is an expert Speaker in that area. Her latest book looks at how AI and predictive analytics is providing leaders with an accurate look into the future, changing how we make decisions and allocate strategic resources.
8) MEDICINE AND HEALTH
As our technology advances, so does the way we look after the human mind and body. Trends in immunology, gene therapy, personalised medicine, big data, artificial intelligence, and digital devices are changing the way we monitor and maintain our health. Meantime, changes in demographics are bringing about new challenges for doctors and other health professionals in terms of employment and resource demands. One of our experts Tarun Wadhwa, drills down into the fascinating uses of AI that are changing every aspect of the medical and self-healthcare industries. If you are interested in hearing more about Taruna and how the future of healthcare can affect you or your business, contact Oration Speakers. We works with many Future of Healthcare keynote speakers from politics, medicine, and science who can prepare your company for the changes to come.
As always we work with a host of Keynote Speakers and the Speakers we suggested above are only a small percentage of the people we work with, if you have a particular event you are working on and require suggestions contact us.
Recently Oration Speakers was asked to work on a proposal providing the customer with the latest and newest innovators in the world of robotics, in particular, humanoid robotics.
Oration Speakers always likes to work with the newest innovators and asking us to provide a proposal with suggestions of humanoids to speak/attend an event instead of a regular keynote was an exciting challenge.
Obviously, humanoid robots are a relatively new concept in terms of robotics but there are handful of companies who have developed humanoids so well and have made them so lifelike that is is quite uncanny. Think Westworld and it will give you an idea.
A humanoid robot has a body shape that is built to resemble the human body. Some have faces and torsos designed to replicate human facial features such as eyes and mouths while others have the ability to move muscles etc in a way that resembles real human beings.
Oration Speakers discovered that there are a quite a few companies, mostly in Japan, that have developed such lifelike humanoids.
Some robotics companies are willing to bring their humanoids to your event, along with a Engineer and or Representative from their company who will set up the humanoid for your conference. Others will agree to contract out their humanoid for your event and agree to ship it to you (beware of possible delays at customs though!) The organiser/meeting planner can then prescript and prepare a Q & A with the robotics company in advance of the conference.
So, the world of Keynote Speaking is changing, however nothing trumps seeing human person live on stage, taking advantage of the space, moving around, interacting with the audience, answering questions and liaising with the media. It may be a while before a humanoid can do that.
If you are interested in bringing a humanoid to your next event contact us at Oration Speakers and we will be happy to share our findings.