What makes a great speaker?

Padraic Gilligan, Speaker

by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua This week’s blogpost is sandwiched  between the two live events that inspired it. Last week the SoolNua team assisted our buddy Kevin Kelly with his inaugural Speaker Summit at Croke Park – that’s the past event. Next Wednesday a new friend  – Miha Pogačnik – will visit Ireland and… Read more »

3 Great Speakers for your next Conference

by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua FICP: the Aftermath It’s mid afternoon in mid November and I’m mid flight, returning to New York from Nassau where I attended the annual conference of the Financial & Insurance Conference Planners (FICP). Many of my fellow passengers aboard jetBlue 1222 were attendees at the event too but most… Read more »

How to run a brilliant fam trip – lessons from Ireland

by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua A recent survey of meeting planners by Development Counsellors International (DCI) on destination selection highlights some very interesting trends. Somewhat counter-intuitively, social media is regarded as unimportant while email is ranked as the favoured  channel for communication. Of interest in the context of this post, however, are the 90% of respondents… Read more »

Disruption in the Meetings Industry: Chateauform’

by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua Perplexed Excitement The Meetings Industry has been undergoing its own industrial revolution for some years now with new thinking and technology  challenging the old assumptions and leaving us all in a permanent state of perplexed excitement. We’re bothered and bewildered by the pace and unpredictability of the ride but equally… Read more »

I scream, you scream, we all scream for SoolNua world ICECREAM index

by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua ICCA’s annual ranking of cities and countries according to their meetings business has become both the meetings industry standard for evaluating performance and the go-to source for governments and civic authorities when considering CapEx and other investment in congress tourism. We’re proud members and enthusiastic supporters of ICCA but we believe… Read more »

Creating Immersive Meetings Experiences with #EventTech

by Juraj Holub, Marketing Manager, Sli.do Challenge Organized by IMEX, Exclusively Corporate is the dedicated education and networking event specifically for corporate meeting and event planners. For the IMEX 2015 edition, over 80 corporate executives gathered to participate in interactive sessions to expand their knowledge of organizing business meetings. Advocating the importance of interaction at meetings, Exclusively Corporate @IMEX… Read more »

Washington DC with FICP

by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua From New York to DC The moody June of New York City followed me to the Finance and Insurance Conference Planners’ (FICP) Education Forum in DC, adding soaring temperatures to the on-going atmospheric instability. The cool, air conditioned interiors of our host hotel, the newly refurbished and exceedingly good J.W. Marriott on… Read more »