Speakers Corner Connects

Back to what seems like a lifetime ago, during the COVID-19 Pandemic, the shift from in-person events to virtual happened practically overnight. From this, the events industry has since changed forever in many ways.

The result? We curated The Speakers Corner Connects Showcase Series to show the true power that virtual events hold; emphasizing that this is still a great options for businesses to consider when booking a speaker.

Hosted by media broadcaster Henry Bonsu, we listened to his beautiful introduction to Black History Month and warmly welcoming each of our talented line-up of inspirational speakers. Journalist and Professor Dr Kehinde Andrews, broadcaster and author Emma Dabiri and Campaigner, Scholar and Foundation Director Dr Makaziwe Mandela completed this year’s incredible line-up; all sharing fascinating facts and candid personal experiences.

Hosted by best selling author Anna Mathur, we were delighted to host a virtual showcase about Mental Health to move the conversation away from stigma to understanding. Joining Anna were the fantastic speakers Alastair Campbell, Petra Velzeboer and Laura Hearn and helped educate and inform us as the World Health Organisation implored society to view the mental health space as a wake up call to the World.

Hosted by former English International rugby union player and BT Sport pundit Ugo Monye , this year's Black History Month Showcase saw double Olympic Gold Medallist Nicola Adams OBE , diversity and inclusion expert Naomi Sesay , and renowned British-Nigerian historian, broadcaster and film-maker David Olusoga  share their stories and advice on how we can work to make the world a more inclusive place.

With this year's theme of Dig Deeper, Look Closer, Think Bigger, watch our highlights to learn more about Black and British history, why we need to stop using BAME in the workplace, and why sharing your identity and your story can help inspire a wave of meaningful change in the workplace and beyond!

Pride Month; Championing Exclusivity in the Workplace – June 2021

Hosted by  Dean McCullough  we welcomed  Dame Inga BealeKellie Maloney  and  Mohsin Zaidi  to our latest virtual showcase event where they shared their stories and practical tools for businesses looking to create a more inclusive workplace for employees!

Virtual Masterclass XV II | How to Innovate for Remote Teams

Our most recent showcase veered away from the norm in the best way possible. Former Head of Innovation and Creativity Duncan Wardle  and Rockstar Activator Tom Morley  delivered an unforgettable interactive creativity workshop showing how we can ignite the flames of creativity in our teams and how teams can be brought together online in this new hybrid world!

Virtual Masterclass XVI | How Will We Live and Work Post-Pandemic

The pandemic arrived during a period of unprecedented global change that have and will continue to affect the business community as we move into a post-pandemic world.

Hosted by  Zoe Kleinman  we welcomed  Tim ShipmanScott Bales  and  Cally Beaton  to our latest virtual showcase event where they discussed the future of how we live and work.

Virtual Masterclass XV | Stress Awareness Month Preview

April is Stress Awareness Month, an annual event which has been taking place since 1992, driving public awareness about both the causes and cures for our modern stress epidemic.

Hosted by Angela Scanlon , our virtual showcase event: Stress Awareness Month Preview, featured Dr Pixie McKenna , Hayley Mulenda  and Paul McKenna  to help us understand how to identify the signs and find the help we need to combat stress in the workplace.

Virtual Masterclass XIV | Speaking With Confidence

The virtual environment that we've embraced over the past year now means everyone now has a voice regardless of their standing within the business. Developing the skills and confidence for your team to speak up, present, share and grow as individuals is crucial as we begin the business recovery.

MD Nick Gold , author of ‘ Speaking With Confidence ’, hosted our Virtual Masterclass to discuss how 4 speakers have developed the tools, technique and confidence to deliver their story and impact audiences across the world.

Nick was joined by; Nigel Risner , keynote speaker and author of 'It’s a Zoo Around Here’, Daisy McAndrew , the former Economics Editor and Chief Political Correspondent for ITV News, Colin Maclachlan  - ex-SAS operative and star of Channel Four's reality TV drama SAS: Who Dares Wins and Maggie Alphonsi , captain of England Rugby Women's World Champions 2014 team and ITV Rugby pundit.

Virtual Masterclass Highlights XIII | Celebrating International Women’s Day

Our first virtual masterclass of 2021 celebrated International Women's Day . Hosted by Susannah Streeter  and joined by ex-footballer Eniola Aluko , Polar Explorer Ann Daniels  and the first British Astronaut Helen Sharman OBE  we were left inspired and motivated like never before to help forge a gender equal world, raise awareness and celebrate the achievements of the women in our lives and beyond! Check out the video to watch the full event!

Virtual Masterclass Highlights XII | New Year New Inspiration

The new year traditionally brings with it a fresh start, for clear mindsets to re-set and re-focus. It’s the perfect time for a kick-off meeting to leave 2020 behind and focus on the opportunities 2021 will bring.

Hosted by Helen Fospero , watch our final showcase of the year as James Cracknell OBE , Mandy Hickson , and Spencer West  show us how an external speaker can re-energise your team, challenging them to look forwards and seize the opportunities that lie ahead.

Virtual Masterclass Highlights XI | Managing Our Mental Health This Winter

The next stage of the pandemic is already here bringing with it anxiety, fear and stress, which when coupled with the cold winter nights and a heightened sense of isolation, creates a major challenge for employers to consider. Experts  Jonny JacobsDr Sabina BrennanClarke & Carrie Carlisle  and Host  Marc Rice-Oxley  shared how we can equip ourselves and our teams to look after our mental health this winter.

Speakers Corner Connects X | Sales, Marketing & Communication in a Changing World

Our virtual showcase featured Tim Dorsett , Kate Richardson-Walsh,  Lee Warren  and host Sasha Qadri  from the worlds of brand, business and people who helped brands to business leaders to employees place communication within the context of both a physically and virtually changing world.

Speakers Corner Connects IX | Building A Team Culture For The Evolving Workplace

Hosted by  Geeta Pendse , leading thinkers  Jamil Qureshi, Jitske Kramer  and  Matt Dawson  shared how team managers, department heads, and business leaders to create a team ethos which positively impacts targets and brings us closer together.

Speakers Corner Connects VIII | New Times Require New Leaders Virtual Masterclass

Hosted by BBC News Business Live and BBC World News host Sally Bundock , speakers Sahar Hashemi , René Carayol  and Nicky Moffat  shared their stories on navigating adversity to come out the other side as stronger leaders.

Watch to learn the key insights into what it will take to be the leader you need to be in changing times.

Speakers Corner Connects VII | Virtual Comedy Collective

We're delighted to be the first bureau to run a virtual comedy showcase! Our host Ian Stone  was based in our London office where we created a studio.

Ian was joined in the front row by an exclusive VIP audience who were able to interact with Ian and our stellar line-up of comedians. This interaction helped create a similar atmosphere to one that you find in comedy clubs!

Joining Ian 'on stage' were  Isma Almas , Daliso Chaponda , Andrew Ryan , Abandoman , Lou Sanders , Simon Brodkin , Suzi Ruffell  and Tom Allen .

Speakers Corner Connects VI | Diversity and Inclusion 2.0 Virtual Masterclass

The Black Lives Matters Movement has thrust diversity and inclusion back into a global news agenda. But how do we turn good thoughts and intentions into real change? With the hosting help of Award Winning TV and Radio Presenter,  Juliette Foster , Member of Parliament for Tottenham and the Shadow Justice Secretary  David Lammy  and organisational psychologist, Chartered Scientist, author, and CEO  John Amaechi  how businesses can implement practical tools to combat unconcious bias, how SMEs can create diverse workplaces and the importance of having uncomfortable conversations which lead to meaningful change.

After our showcase  Shappi Khorsandi  shared her own story and the diversity issues within entertainment industry and how non-white artists are being treated as anomalies.

Our fifth Speakers Corner Showcase saw multiple GRAMMY-winning composer, producer, arranger and guitarist  Nile Rodgers  share stories about busking on the New York subway and sleeping on the streets, to moving onto co-found the chart-topping band CHIC, while also letting us in on the secrets to working with David Bowie, Daft Punk and what he thinks are the keys to unleashing creativity with British TV and radio presenter, Vick Hope . Check out our exclusive interview to hear this music icons' incredible story!

Speakers Corner Connects IV | Virtual Masterclass: Making Sense of an Uncertain Time

Our fourth Virtual Masterclass: Making Sense of an Uncertain Time  saw Paul Johnson , Pippa Malmgren , and Leonard Brody  join us to help share real-time insights on the economy and tips for how to manage the fear that uncertainty brings and how to inspire our teams to succeed when there is no plan to fall back on. Watch and learn how you and your business can transform uncertainty into practical strategies to help lead your team and ultimately succeed in unprecedented times.

Speakers Corner Connects III | Virtual Masterclass: How To Create A Winning Culture in Adversity

Our third  Virtual Masterclass: How To Create A Winning Culture in Adversity  saw Eddie Obeng, Gabby Logan  and  Kevin Gaskell  share the importance of collaborative teams, insights from the sporting world to help source athletic resilience and culture and apply it to the workplace and winning strategies and how to use them in unprecedented crisis for opportunity, innovation and growth.

Speakers Corner Connects II | Building Resilience and Achieving Success in a Time of Crisis

Our second event in the Speakers Corner Connects Showcase Series:  Building Resilience and Achieving Success in a Time of Crisis  brought together Debra Searle , Farrah Storr  and Jason Fox  who shared how they too overcame the toughest obstacles to achieve incredible things, when many said it couldn’t be done.

Speakers Corner Connects I | It's Time to Look After Our Mental Health

Our first event in the Speakers Corner Connects Showcase Series: ' It's Time To Look After Our Mental Health ' focused on helping companies who are working to maintain and support the mental health and wellbeing of their employees in the midst of serious global health concerns with experts Linda Papadopoulos , Professor Adrian Furnham , Dr. Aaron Balick  and Mark Henick!

If you're looking for further information on how to organise a live virtual event or to book a speaker, call us on +44 (0)20 7607 7070 or email  info@speakerscorner.co.uk .

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