Talking incentive travel with the Mayor of Ljubljana

by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua A week in Europe’s Green Capital 2016 @Supergreybeard and I have just reached the end of a deeply satisfying week in Slovenia. Over the past 5 days we attended the SITE Incentive Summit and participated at Conventa, the boutique meetings industry trade show that highlights the benefits of Central… Read more »

Consultants: Shysters or Saviours?

by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua “Those we can, do …” Throughout Delaney Marketing and Ovation Group years it never occurred to @Supergreybeard or me to hire a consultant. I think we saw consultants as confidence tricksters or shysters, failed entrepreneurs, business versions of the teachers in Shaw’s oft quoted dictum “Those who can, do; those… Read more »

Destination Dublin

by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua This week the SoolNua team attended a highly impressive, compelling presentation organised by Ireland’s national tourism development authority, Fáilte Ireland. Aimed at the movers and shakers in leisure and business tourism in the greater Dublin area, we got a report card on past progress (lots of A+s), a survey on… Read more »

Web Summit – final thoughts

by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua Brevitur omnia transeunt Since late yesterday evening the extensive temporary infrastructure erected at the Royal Dublin Society (RDS) to support the Web Summit has been coming down to be replaced by still more extensive temporary infrastructure,  this time in support of Metropolis, a two day music festival happening at… Read more »

The Ying and the Yang of the Meetings Industry – Part 1

Interview with Gorazd Čad The SoolNua team has known Gorazd Čad for many years. He’s a true believer and meetings industry legend who has been leading the conversation in the Central and South East Europe region  around the business value of meetings and events. He’s also the owner and publisher of Kongres Magazine, a MICE periodical with… Read more »

Reflections on the Web Summit leaving Dublin – “It’s not you, it’s me!”

by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua Stuck like Glue It never happened to me – I’ve been stuck like glue to Rita Smyth since I was 19 – but others tell me that relationship break-ups often end with a statement supposed to fill the jilted party with reassurance “it’s not you, it’s me”, meaning “you haven’t… Read more »

Why you shouldn’t use Social Media

Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua A new service from SoolNua In addition to our core advisory business, SoolNua has recently started to offer Social Media as an actual product / service offering. This has come about because we discovered that many of our customers, irrespective of the size of their organisation, didn’t have an internal… Read more »