The Meetings Show announces keynote speakers

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The Meetings Show has announced the keynote speakers for its 2018 education programme.

David Chapple, group event director of The Meetings Show, said: “This year, we have really focused on providing an education programme that tackles the issues of most importance to meeting and event planners in a way that is informative, engaging and entertaining.

Our three keynote speakers personify this approach and will be delivering sessions with useful content for both event planners and exhibitors alike.”

On Tuesday 26 June, The Meetings Show’s pre-show conference – for attendees on the show’s hosted buyer programme – will be opened by John Straw, senior advisor to McKinsey and Co and IBM.

Straw's talk on ‘Technomics - the end and the beginning of everything you know’, will focus on emerging technology and what this means for the meetings industry.

Day one of the main show, Wednesday 27 June, will see practical futurist and former IBM global managing partner Andrew Grill taking to the stage at 9.50am to talk about digital disruption.

Grill will cover topics such as how companies can prepare for new innovations, the workplace of the future, emerging technologies and how to broach them with management teams and digital transformation with practical advice for attendees to take away.

Behavioural specialist and customer service expert Jez Rose will be delivering day two’s keynote talk on Thursday 28 June, on ‘Client-delighting secrets hidden inside your brain’.

Rose's presentations aim to improve personal performance, help attendees achieve excellent customer service, and encourage organisations to put people at the heart of their business strategies.

The Meetings Show is the UK’s biggest dedicated event for meeting planners and returns to Olympia London on 27 and 28 June. For the full programme of educational sessions and to register to attend visit

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