RESOURCES and PAST EVENTS 

Virtual Presenting Skills

Where: Online

When: The session is split into two parts. On the afternoon of the 26th May, you will take part in a two hour online workshop with a small group. The following day, you will get a 45 minute one-to-one online coaching workshop.

What: Build your camera confidence, presentation skills and online conferencing techniques, and develop your personal communication style with Sonia Beldom and EVCOM at ‘Virtual Presenting Skills’. Please note, this is a member only offering.

The Transformation of Hybrid

Where: Online

When: Thursday 5th May, 1:00pm – 2:00pm

We talk to a panel of experts who have demonstrated excellence in the hybrid space. We discuss the way hybrid has transformed over the last two years and how it is likely to further transform as we look towards the future. We also touch on the way hybrid is transforming both the corporate film and events sectors as they pivot and collaborate to meet the needs of a fast-changing world. We will ask the question, in this changing space how can businesses ensure that they are winners.

Speakers: Richard Bridge (Founder & CEO, Top Banana), Ian Cummings (MD, CWT Meetings & Events) and Nina Harrison-Bell (Head of Industry News, ITN Productions)

Facilitator: Matt Franks (Director of Events, DRPG)

Part of EVCOMference Deconstructed

You can check out our writeup of the session here, and watch the recording below:

What will events look like in the metaverse?

Where: Online

When: Wednesday 4th May, 1:00pm – 2:00pm

We talk to a selection of experts about how our industry will translate in the metaverse, and how to persuade clients to engage with this vision of the future.

Speakers: Phillip Maggs (Innovation Director, Identity) and Martin Walton (Creative Director, Broadsword Event House)

Facilitator: Jon Reid (Managing Director, FIRST)

Part of EVCOMference Deconstructed

You can check out our writeup of the session here, and watch the recording below:

How the Metaverse Will Change Business Forever

Where: Online

When: 9:00am – 9:45am

We are at the dawn of a new era, and an immersive era. The metaverse can be seen as the next iteration of the internet: a version that supports immersive, interactive, and persistent online digital experiences. It is not a single place, let alone one specific virtual world. The impact of the metaverse on organisations and societies will be profound, but what is the metaverse and how will it change everything? In this talk, Dr Van Rijmenam, also known as The Digital Speaker, takes you on a journey in the future of the internet, explaining how we can build a metaverse that could unlock trillions of dollars for society. In partnership with Performing Artistes.
 

Dr Mark van Rijmenam is The Digital Speaker. He is a future tech strategist who thinks about how technology changes organisations, society and the metaverse. Dr Mark van Rijmenam is an international keynote speaker, 4x author and entrepreneur. He is the founder of Datafloq and the author of the book on the metaverse: Step into the Metaverse: How the Immersive Internet Will Unlock a Trillion-Dollar Social Economy detailing what the metaverse is and how organizations and consumers can benefit from the immersive internet.

He is the publisher of the ‘f(x) = ex‘ newsletter, read by thousands of executives, on the future of work and the organization of tomorrow. The Digital Speaker has spoken in 20 countries across the globe and collectively inspired over 100.000 managers, directors and C-level executives.

Part of EVCOMference Deconstructed

You can check out our writeup of the session here, and watch the recording below:

Disruption and Transformation with Will Page

Where: Online

When: Tuesday 3rd May, 10:00am – 10:45am

What: Streamed live from JLAB, Will Page, the former Chief Economist at Spotify and author of Tarzan Economics, will be drawing on what the music industry learned about disruption. He will share his lessons on how to tackle change and reinvent in the digital age. He will assess the new dynamics of competition, looking at how attention scarcity is affecting business, and providing practical tools to help any organisation succeed in this new modern world. This event is being delivered in partnership with Live Union and JLA.

Part of EVCOMference Deconstructed

You can read Simply Communicate’s writeup of the session here.

You can check out our writeup and image gallery from the session here.

Movement After Brexit

When: Wednesday 23rd February, 4pm – 5pm

Moving both kit and people around after Brexit poses problems for filmmakers and event professionals across our industries. From the extra time and money now required to take crew and equipment across, to the differing regulations for each EU country, to the lack of awareness some clients have of the complexity and cost of these processes, it can all feel impossible to get your head around.

So we are drafting in the experts, to help demystify the regulations, to share their advice on how best to manage them and to answer your questions.

Speakers:

Jigna Parmar, Senior Production Manager, Film, Brunswick Creative

Samar Shams, Partner – Immigration & Global Mobility, Spencer West LLP

Rob Booth, Academy Trade & Customs Specialist at IOE&IT

Arshad R.Dadabhoy, IOE&IT Academy Trade & Customs Specialist:

Watch a recording of the session below, and check out our list of Brexit-focused resources here.

 

New Business Barometer Roundtable with jfidi and Opinium

When: Tuesday 1st February, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Where: Online

Recently we teamed up with jfdi and Opinium Research to help contribute to their New Business Barometer Annual Survey. All EVCOM members were invited to attend an exclusive virtual round table to discuss the top line findings and discuss industry issues that might impact your new business strategy planning. Attendees received access to a free copy of the full report, which is highly detailed and will provide agencies with valuable insights to help turbo charge new business strategies. Read the headlines of the report here.

 

EVCOM Industry Awards: What Our Judges Are Looking For

When: 7th July, 2:00pm – 2:45pm

What: Webinar

We bring together some of our esteemed judges for the EVCOM London Live and Film Awards, to ask them what they are looking for, and how to create an entry that really stands out! Speakers: Jane Sayers (Shell), Matt Franks (DRPG) and Andrew Reid (Shelton Fleming).

You can find a write up of the session here. You can catch up via a recording below:

 

Zero to Hero

When: 29th April, 2PM

What: Webinar in collaboration with HBAA

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, we speak to representatives from venues and agencies, as well as mental health professionals, about anxieties that might manifest as the world opens up again, and teams start to work differently. Our panel share their insights around how to support teams through this transition, and what plans to put in place moving forwards.

Speakers: Paul Stoddart (CWT), Nel Flint (Fast Forward 15 Mentor), Jenner Carter (Lime Venue Portfolio) and Charlotte Gentry (Pure Comms Group and EVCOM Board Chair)

Facilitated by Mark Maher (Boulevard Events and Chair of Eventwell)

You can find a write up of the session here. You can catch up via a recording below:

 

New Business Survey Report and Q&A

When: 29th April, 2PM

What: Virtual Event

Opinium and new business experts jfdi present their findings from their recent survey, the largest survey of new business professionals in UK agencies. They will discuss what the survey indicates about:

  • How people are preparing for new business
  • How agencies are pursuing new business and what makes them successful
  • Agency Conversion Rates from Opportunity to Pitch, from Pitch to Win
  • What the challenges to new business are likely to be looking forwards
  • Key questions agencies ought to address

Speakers: Camilla Honey (jfdi) and James Nicandrou (Opinium)

You can find a writeup of the session here.

Aspirational Women in the Corporate Film Industry

When: 31st March, 2PM

What: Online Panel Discussion

As we come to the end of International Women’s Month, we bring together inspiring women from the corporate film sector: business leaders, agency owners, film directors and more. Our panel discuss their journey’s to success, and their perspective on the film industry.

Panelists: Sara Cooper (Plastic Pictures), Catherine Peters (EverFi), Rachel Pendered (Media Zoo), Angela Law (Every Sense) and Rebecca Denholm (Embolden). This discussion is facilitated by Claire Fennelow (EVCOM).

View a recording of the session below, and find accompanying resources here.

Focusing in on the FOCUS Award

When: 25th March

What: Online Screening and Panel Discussion

We bring back the female filmmakers who were shortlisted for the 2020 FOCUS Award, to screen their films, hear about their process and find out where they are taking their filmmaking next.

Panelists: Jigyasa Anand, Godgift Chidinma Emesi and Esther-Rennae Walker

View a recording of the session below, and find accompanying resources here.

A Perspective on the Events Industry from the Next Generation

When: 24th March, 2PM

What: Online Panel Discussion

This International Women’s Month we speak to the next generation of the events industry. We have gathered rising stars to hear their perspective on the current state and future of the industry! This discussion is facilitated by Amelia Brown (EVCOM).

Panelists: Jade Clark (The Telegraph), Georgia Cross (Cheerful Twentyfirst), Benedicta Asante (Events 101), Alex Beckett (Wolf and White) and Beckie Towle (Events Raccoon)

View a recording of the session below, and find accompanying resources here.

Bridging the Support Gap in the Meetings, Events and Accommodation Industry

When: 17th March, 2PM

What: Online Panel Discussion

In this panel discussion we meet the women who are changing the Meetings, Events and Accommodation Industry, and working to make it a more well and equal place for people to work. All of our panelists are responsible for creating invaluable programmes and systems to support a better industry where equality is the norm. This panel discussion will be hosted by Martin Fullard (Conference News).

Panelists include Ashanti Bentil-Dhue (Diversity Ally), Nel Flint (Fast Forward 15 Mentor 2021), Helen Moon (Eventwell), Emma Cartmel (CHS Show) and Angie Mason (Meeting Allstars)

View a recording of the session below, and find accompanying resources here.

Talking Pictures: Women in Film

When: 11th March, 5pm – 6:30pm

What: Talking Pictures Online

Our next Talking Pictures in partnership with the BFI, is celebrating women in film, then and now. We will be showing BFI archive film from the 30s, 40s and 60s created by groundbreaking female filmmakers, alongside contemporary film from female filmmakers working today. Join us for a fascinating discussion and screening. The discussion will be facilitated by Emily Clements (Radley Yeldar).

Panelists: Ros Cranston (BFI), Sian Hamlett (Hamlett Films), Jane Sayers (Content Engine, Shell) and Sarah Beadsmoore (Zing)

View a recording of the session below, and find accompanying resources here.

Aspirational Women within the Meetings, Events and Accommodation Industry

When: 9th March, 2PM

What: Online Panel Discussion

As we celebrate International Women’s Month, we bring together female leaders in the Meetings, Events and Accommodation Industry, to discuss their journeys to success and their take on the industry today. This panel discussion is hosted by Leigh Jagger (The Ideas Clinic).

Panelists: Charlotte Gentry (Pure Comms Group), Katie Ramsay (Marriott), Helen McCabe (BCDME) and Sue Gill, (YES – Your Event Solutions)

View a recording of the session below, and find accompanying resources here.

Freedom: Work/Life Balance, Life/Work Balance – regardless

When: 8th March, 9:15AM

What: Clubhouse. Download the app and join here.

To mark the reopening of schools, and to celebrate our inclusive culture and achievements in these challenging times, we discussed how the return to school will affect work/life balance.

Brexit: The Business Impact

When: 24th February, 4:00pm – 4:45pm

What: Online Panel Discussion

Brexit is impacting businesses across our sector and there’s a wealth of knowledge businesses need to be ready for the impact (short term and long term) of the transition. We will bring together industry leaders and Brexit experts from the live and film side, to discuss topics from visas and travel, to taxes and regulations.

View a recording of the session below, and find accompanying resources here.

The State of Webinars: Seeing the Bigger Picture

When: 10th February, 4:00pm – 4:45pm

What: Webinar

Webinars have been exploding in popularity this year. 90% of marketers have recorded an increase in their efforts over last year. When physical meetings aren’t an option, it’s essential to be pushing your webinar efforts forward. But before you can plan for where you’re going, it’s good to be able to see where you stand. We need a clear picture of the State of Webinars in 2020. With the annual State of Webinars research, you can get a picture of where your organisation is leading, where you’re just hitting the target and where you might want to increase your efforts.

Speaker: Jeremy Stinton, Head of UK and Casper Pedersen, Partner Manager at TwentyThree

View a recording of the session below, and find accompanying resources here.

The Televisation of Events

When: 27th January, 4:00pm – 4:45pm

What: Panel Webinar

In our first webinar of 2020 we are delighted to be joined by leaders and experts in the broadcasting sphere, who are going to be sharing with us everything you need to know about how to broadcast an event at television quality. They will answer your questions and share their knowledge on this vital new space within our sector.

Panelists Phil McMichael (JL Live), Nick Rosier (2Heads), Adrian Dickson (Starstruck) and Matt Franks (DRPG)

View a recording of the session below, and find accompanying resources here.

Establishing a Sustainable Standard for Events

When: 9th December, 4:00pm – 4:45pm

What: Webinar

In our final webinar of the year, industry experts came together discuss how to establish a sustainable standard for events. They shared thoughts on what exactly this would look like, where to start and why it is so important.

View a recording of the session below, and find accompanying resources here.

Talking Pictures: Make Do and Mend

When: 3rd December, 5:00pm – 6:15pm

What: Virtual event

This session we shareg film from two different crises: public information and documentary films from WW2 and contemporary films that have been created in response to Covid-19. Patrick Russell (BFI), Steve Garvey (Moving Image) and Emma Nicholls (Wing) discuss how film, then and now, has responded to shared experience looking at ways people have come together in the face of common problems.

View the recording below, and find a full list of accompanying resources here. Please note, the BFI archive footage has been omitted from this recording but links to these films are available via the resources article.

The WOW Factor

When: 11th November, 4:00pm – 4:45pm

What: Webinar

We speak to industry experts in the corporate film and live event industries about that elusive thing we call ‘The WOW Factor’. What exactly is it? Why do people respond to it? And how can we create it?

View the discussion recording below, and find a full list of accompanying resources here.

Freelancer's Forum

When: 28th October, 5:00pm – 6:00pm

Where: Online

This was a chance for us to bring together the freelancers in our membership, to discuss the current challenges they are facing, how the situation has progressed and what support is, and should be, available. This was also be a chance for freelancers to meet each other (virtually), sharing experiences and advice in a safe forum. This event was run virtually due to the new restrictions. We had hoped to hold it in a pub, so we encouraged people to come with a glass of wine or a beer! If you missed it, you can read about the session here.

Recruitment and Skills: Advice from the Experts

When: 21st October, 4:00pm – 4:45pm

What: Webinar

A panel of recruitment experts will discuss the particular challenges of the current job market, and share advice for people who are looking for work or looking to change jobs. They will share their tips on how to upskill, and which skills to focus on, and there will be a chance for audience members to ask questions throughout the session.

View the discussion below, and find a full list of accompanying resources here.

Brand Film Industry Report 2020 - The Big Launch

When: 14th October, 4:00pm – 4:45pm

What: Virtual Event

Brand film has been the hidden sector of the UK TV industry. In this event, Steve Garvey of Moving Image unveiled the first research into the corporate film industry for 15 years, and a panel of experts discussed. Using detailed feedback from more than 100 industry leaders, the report gives our sector a fresh narrative for the new decade. The report is available here.

View the discussion below, and find a full list of accompanying resources here.

Inside Internal Comms

When: 23rd September, 4:00pm – 4:45pm

What: Webinar

Internal Communications was a particularly popular category at this year’s awards, so we have gathered industry experts to tell us all about it. What makes internal communications so distinct from external communications? How can we do it well? Why is it so vital to company culture?

View the discussion below, and find a full list of accompanying resources here.

(Set) Location, Location, Location

Wednesday 29th July

What: Webinar

Now that the Covid-19 guidelines allow us shoot on location again, filmmakers share their tips on finding the perfect location, and dealing with the challenges of the less perfect ones! With panelists Andrew de Lotbinere (Pukka Films), Nick Howard (Limehouse), Eliot Carroll (Tinderflint) and Jonny Ross (Hamlett Films) in a discussion facilitated by Sian Hamlett (Hamlett Films).

View the discussion below, and find a full list of accompanying resources here.

Designing A Hybrid

Wednesday 8th July

What: Webinar

This new normal has shown us the many possibilities that the virtual has to offer, but combining the virtual world with the live world isn’t new! We speak to experts about what it takes to design and deliver a fantastic hybrid event.

View the talk below, and find a full list of accompanying resources here.

Shooting Stories

Wednesday 1st July, 4pm

What: Webinar

Film is all about telling stories. Experts share their insight into shooting stories, from documentary films to the story of a brand. They discuss the importance of stories, how to persuade clients the importance of stories, and how to tell them right!

View the talk below, and find a full list of accompanying resources here.

Rebuilding A Well Workforce

Wednesday 24th June

What: Talk

Laura Capell-Abra (Stress Matters) shares her insight into how to find the balance between your team’s wellbeing and re-building your business. As lockdown relaxes and companies are slowly getting back to work we are now in that position of trying to work out how to get through the other side of a pandemic. She will look at how to utilise your best assets and how to build a stronger team than pre-pandemic.

View the talk below, and find a full list of accompanying resources here.

Towards recovery: 'Successfully motivate your re-united team after Furlough'

Wednesday 10th June, 4:00pm – 4:45pm

How people are re-integrated into the business may dictate your success in the ‘recovery’ phase of this crisis.

In this session, Sharon Baker and Lucy Thompson, leadership and team coaches, will lead an interactive discussion around questions like:

  • How do we re-integrate people and build team cohesion when the company may have changed?
  • How do we ensure people are equipped, empowered and working efficiently to enable optimal growth?
  • What will it take to manage any internal dynamics between furloughed and other employees?
  • What do we need to know to lead this process sensitively and effectively to ensure wellbeing?

View a recording of the webinar below, and find a full list of accompanying resources here.

Sustainability in a World Gone Virtual

Wednesday 3rd June, 4:00pm – 4:45pm

Planes are grounded, conferences are moving online, and mountain ranges are visible for the first time in years. Sustainability has been a hot topic in our industry in recent years. So what is the impact of the move to virtual on the fight for a more sustainable events sector? Will the world be more open to calls to protect the planet or will it revert back to normal? What does a sustainable events sector of the future look like? Experts in sustainability in the events sector will investigate these questions and more!

Panelists: Sam Wilson (Syntiro Associates), Andrew Reid (Shelton Fleming), Nikki Williams (IMEX) and Rick Stainton (Smyle). This discussion will be facilitated by Megan Napier-Andrews (BCD M&E).

View a recording of the webinar below, and find a full list of accompanying resources here.

Social Media during Social Distancing

Wednesday 27th May, 4:00 – 4:45pm

Social media is imperative to the way we communicate as businesses and individuals, the way we market events and share films. But for the first time, for many, social media is now the only way people can communicate, not just with clients and customers, but with friends, family and internal teams. What is this teaching us about social media and communication via social media? How can we genuinely keep in contact with the people who are important to us and our businesses? And as everyone turns to Instagram (or Facebook or Twitter or TikTok), how can we keep our social media content engaging and creative?

Panelists: Jemma Peers (Top Banana), David Glenwright (JC Social Media) and Katie Morhen (52eight3 PR). This discussion was facilitated by Charlotte Gentry (Pure Comms Group).

View a recording of the webinar below, and find a full list of accompanying resources here.

Life After Crisis: Mental Health and Wellbeing

Wednesday 20th May, 4:00 – 4:45pm

The current crisis is having huge impacts, both from a business perspective and on a personal level, on our wellbeing and mental health. How can we come out of this with strength and confidence? The mental health stresses that we will be dealing with on our return to work may well be very different to those we were dealing with during the lockdown period. How can we give each other the space and time to readjust to whatever recovery looks like?

Panelists Gavin Percy (Balancing Edges and EventWell), Colin Bullen (Change Craft) and James Hunter (Hawthorn), will be discussing mental health, self-confidence and how we can cope with what’s coming, in a discussion facilitated by Mark Maher (Boulevard Events and EventWell).

This session is a joint session between the EVCOM programme and EventWell.

View a recording of the webinar below, and find a full list of accompanying resources here.

Creativity in the Time of Corona

Wednesday 13th May, 4:00pm – 4:45pm

In the time of Corona, we are being forced out of our comfort zones, forced to innovate, forced to be creative. So what can a pandemic teach us about creativity? A panel of industry leaders gather virtually, to discuss creativity in the time of Corona, what they are learning, what creativity in the new normal looks like and whether creativity has been changed forever.

Panelists are Matt Margetson (Smyle), Karen Kadin (Brands At Work), Steve Quah (Cheerful Twentyfirst) and Angela Law (Every Sense). The discussion will be facilitated by Dean Beswick (Gorilla Gorilla). 

View a recording of the webinar below, and find a full list of accompanying resources here.

In Conversation with Michael Hirst OBE

Wednesday 6th May, 4:00pm – 4:45pm

EVCOM’s Claire Fennelow and Hayley Greaves (Ashfield Meeting and Events), facilitate a Q&A with Michael Hirst OBE (BVEP), on the current crisis, especially surrounding government announcements, support available and the impact on businesses in our sector.

Michael Hirst is the Chairman, Business Visits and Events Partnership, Chairman, Events Industry Board, Director and Form Chairman, Tourism Alliance, Council Member, Tourism Industry Council, and Non-Executive Director of both CP Holdings Ltd and Safestay Plc. In representing the event, tourism and venue industries, he is the tireless voice speaking out on our behalf.  

View a recording of the webinar below, and find a full list of accompanying resources here.

Animation, Animation, Animation

Wednesday 29th April, 4:00pm – 4:45pm

Animation and visual experts Jonathan Brigden (Studio Giggle), Nina Harrison (Visualise That), Gabriel Edwards (Liquid TV) and Asra Ali-Khan (Liquid TV) discuss the possibilities of animation as a method of communication, tips of the trade and why it’s so effective. This was an online panel discussion facilitated by Nick Canner (The Edge Picture Company), and live scribed by Lance Bell (Visualise That).

View a recording of the webinar below, and find a full list of accompanying resources here.

And view Lance’s live scribe of the session here:

Being Freelance in the Current Climate

Wednesday 22nd April, 4:00pm – 4:45pm

A panel featuring Tim Langford (Freelance Filmmaker and EVCOM Board Member), Gavin Buxton Knight (Freelance Film Writer/ Director) and Laura Cole (LC Events), discuss the situation for freelancers in our industry, including tips and advice. The discussion is facilitated by EVCOM Board Member Sara Cooper (Plastic Pictures).

View a recording of the webinar below, and find a full list of accompanying resources here.

Understanding the Possibilities of the Virtual World

Wednesday 8th April, 4:00pm – 4:45pm

A panel featuring Andrew Smith (Creative Director, A-Vision and EVCOM Board Member), Jamie Vaughan (Head of European Sales, Cvent) and Jon Gout (CEO, Karma), discussed the possibilities of the virtual world. This session was hosted and facilitated by Dale Parmenter (Managing Director, DRPG and EVCOM Board Member).

View a recording of the webinar below, and find a full list of accompanying resources here.

Crisis Leadership: A Virtual Campfire

Wednesday 1st April 

Sharon Baker takes her campfire session virtual, with advice to equip leaders with the necessary skills to provide stability to their team, and to ensure agencies can emerge from this crisis with strength, ready for the new normal!

Fly Don’t Walk works with creative agencies to unleash the power of their leaders and leadership teams so they flourish and can empower, motivate and inspire employees. 

View Sharon’s talk below, and find a full list of accompanying resources here.

From idea to film: the creative process as transformation

Where: Starstruck Space, 56 Greek Street

When: Thursday 5th May, 5:30pm – 7:00pm, followed by a drinks reception

We speak to writers and directors from the corporate film sector about the creative process, and how they go from a client brief and an idea to a successful piece of film.

Facilitator: Sonal R. Patel (Partner, Brunswick Group)

Part of EVCOMference Deconstructed

You can check out our writeup and image gallery from the session here.

Transforming Creativity

Where: House of St Barnabas, Soho

When: Wednesday 4th May, 6:45pm – 8:00pm, followed by a drinks reception

A selection of companies take 10 minutes each to present a creative project they have worked on, to inspire and share best practise with our audience. Following the presentations, the agency representatives sit down for a brief panel discussion about the creative trends we are seeing in our industry, and the way that creativity has and is transforming.

Speakers include Oliver Addams, (Long Form TV Editor, Karma), Kate Dawkins (Director & Founder, Kate Dawkins Studio), Kevin Palmer (Creative Director, Jack Morton) and Andrew Reid (Board Director, Shelton Fleming)

Facilitator: Andrew Smith (Creative Director, A-Vision)

Part of EVCOMference Deconstructed

You can check out our writeup and image gallery from the session here.

Transforming The Industry with EVCOM’s Shadow Board

Where: House of St Barnabas, Soho

When: Wednesday 4th May, 5:30pm – 6:30pm

EVCOM’s Shadow Board come together to discuss how thinking has transformed on issues such as diversity, sustainability and mental health over the last two years, and how they’d like to see it transform further. We will ask them how they think the younger generation can transform the industry from within, and how young people can reach and impact those in business leadership roles.

The group is interviewed by senior leaders from the corporate film and events sectors.

Interviewers: Priya Narain (Co-Founder, Event First Steps) and Julie Sander (Head of Production, Verity London)

Part of EVCOMference Deconstructed

Senior Leaders' Breakfast with Will Page

Where: JLAB, 114 Berners Street, London, W1T 3LJ

When: Tuesday 3rd May, 8:15am – 11:15am

What: This meeting is by invitation only for the Senior Leaders of the EVCOM Membership. Tea and coffee on arrival will be followed by a facilitated meeting around the theme of ‘transformation’. Leaders from the corporate live and film sectors will discuss the transformation of the sectors so far, how our industry might transform in the future, and further sector specific issues and wider concerns. This will be followed by breakfast and then an audience with Will Page.

Will Page is the former Chief Economist at Spotify and author of Tarzan Economics. Drawing on what the music industry learned about disruption, he shares his lessons on how to tackle change and reinvent in the digital age. He assesses the new dynamics of competition, looks at how attention scarcity is affecting business, and provides practical tools to help any organisation succeed in this new modern world. We will end the event with a networking session. This event is being delivered in partnership with Live Union and JLA.

Facilitator: Marc Wright, Simply Communicate

Part of EVCOMference Deconstructed

You can read our writeup of the session here.

Is there actually a talent shortage?

When: Wednesday 23rd March, 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Where: Starstruck Space, London

People are saying there’s a talent shortage in our industry, but Robert Kenward (Fitability® Recruiter at YOU Search & Select and Founder of The Hub.Jobs) thinks it’s bigger than that. This session will demystify and explain the myths and fallacies around such claims, and will help agencies and employers to navigate the current ‘applicant shortage’ by creating a realistic approach to recruitment.

Key takeaways:

  • The world has changed; your recruitment strategy needs to evolve too
  • Why and how employers need to reframe their offers
  • Why your job advert needs to sing not shout See you there!

Robert Kenward is a recruitment expert specialising in senior hires within the events, mice and experiential sectors. He is an experienced speaker, mentor, moderator, industry commentator and EDI advocate who is able to convey his expertise and experience to an audience with a vibrant, passionate and vehemently honest approach.   

Robert has over 21 years’ experience of the recruitment and events sectors and brings a unique perspective of hiring from all angles – as a candidate, a client and a fitabilty® recruiter. Robert brings a direct and pragmatic approach to recruitment, matching the personal and career aspirations of candidates to a company’s business growth plans. Robert has held over 480 pro bono one to one sessions to date with people who need job seeking advice, insight, guidance, support or just a shoulder to lean on. This support was launched during the pandemic and Robert continues to offer these sessions to the industry. 

In 2021 Robert launched The Hub.Jobs, a global, industry specific people and jobs board, supported by some of the sectors most regarded associations and initiatives, to help people in the events, mice and experiential sectors find work and for employers and recruiters to find industry specific talent.  Robert lives in Brighton, UK with his wife and most weekends you can find him building Lego or on the water with their two young sons.  

New Year, New Business, A New Way

When: Wednesday 26th January, 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Where: Starstruck Space

The creative sector is currently experiencing a huge shift in the way clients engage with agencies. This presents many challenges, and opportunities, for agencies. How can agencies gain an advantage to succeed in this changing landscape? Is there now a way for your agency to grow more effectively?

Our members joined Rob King, Founder at The Client Key, for a focussed workshop looking at how to deliver more effective new business and sales campaigns – specifically for creative agencies. The workshop was structured around the following steps to grow your agency:

1. Brand Proposition – how to deliver a clear simple message that clients understand.

2. Client Audit – understanding who are the right ones for your business.

3. Engagement – the best way to find and engage prospects, across lead generation and client conversations.

4. Acquisition – how to effectively win them as clients.

5. Listen & Learn – improving your process to create a self-sustaining new business engine in your agency.

Read our writeup of the session here.

EVCOM London Live and Film Awards 2021

The EVCOM London Live and Film Awards call for the most creative and progressive work being created by agencies and individuals today. We instigated new categories, to reflect the impact of Covid-19 on our sector, and the virtual/ hybrid nature of so many events. This year, the event was held at The May Fair Hotel and was a night of glamour and celebration! Read our writeup of the evening, including a full list of winners, here – congratulations to all of them! Enjoy photos from the evening here.

EVCOMference 2021

EVCOMference 2021, our annual programme of knowledge-sharing, workshops and inspiration for people within the corporate film and events sectors,took place on Thursday 9th September 2021. The programme responded to the theme ‘Fit for the Future’. We heard the client perspective on a number of fundamental issues: diversity and inclusion, sustainability (both within business and environmentally), workplace culture, impact of Brexit and the future of corporate communications. Further breakout streams explored leadership, talent (D&I, skills) and value (business and culture).

View the opening remarks below. If you’re an EVCOM member and would like to view recordings of the main sessions, please get in touch with Amelia.

 

EVCOM Clarion Awards 2021

A Virtual Ceremony

Shortlisted agencies and individuals were invited to attend an entirely sustainable virtual awards ceremony on the 8th June, hosted in collaboration with DRPG. The afternoon featured screenings of the winning films as they are announced, as well as invaluable thought leadership content from industry experts!

You can watch the recording of the ceremony here: 

EVCOM London Live and Film Awards 2020

A Virtual Ceremony

The EVCOM London Live and Film Awards took place virtually on 18th November 2020. They called for the most creative and progressive work being created by agencies and individuals today. Shortlisted finalists and their guests were invited to watch the ceremony live-streamed. Here the winners were announced and their films screened for everyone to enjoy. We celebrated both the brilliant work that makes the awards scheme what it is, and the industry as a whole in the wake of Covid-19. 

You can watch the recording of the ceremony here: 

16th July 2020 - EVCOM Clarion Awards

A Virtual Ceremony

We went live from DRPG’s studio for our first ever virtual ceremony to reveal the winners of the EVCOM Clarion Awards, which champion live and film work with a cause-driven focus. Sponsored by DRPG, cvent, Syntiro Associates, Radley Yeldar, Brandcast Health and Present Communications.

You can watch the recording of the ceremony here: 

5th March 2020 - THE TRUTH ABOUT PITCHING – WINNING STRATEGIES

A Campfire

Designed for company principals, directors and owners, this thought provoking campfire shared crucial findings and insights from clients on pitching to help our guests get to grips with a new, more profitable and purposeful approach to pitching. Angela Law from Every Sense works with numerous creative and live event agencies and production companies every year. Through a qualitative client research programme, Every Sense also speak to dozens of clients every year. Angela shared the consistent patterns of assumptions behind pitches and pitching from both an agency and client point of view when compared to actual behaviour. Attendees came away from this campfire with a new understanding of what clients look for and why, how to move beyond the dog fights, when to pitch, when to decline and how to focus your efforts and energies on a winning strategy.

The team from Visual That live scribed the event, as the images they produced are below:

4th 2020 March - Fuelling Film: Corporate Film & The Energy Sector

Talking Pictures

Talking Pictures brought together guests from across the corporate film industry, to discuss corporate film within the energy sector, both in the fields of oil and gas, as well as in the field of renewable energy, such as sun and wind. The fossil fuel industry arguably powered the British documentary movement and today’s energy industry continues to fuel corporate film production particularly in the light of climate change. This session featured outstanding work from the BFI archive and some of the best of contemporary production, followed by an insightful panel discussion.

Watch the short film we created about the event here.

22nd January 2020 - Addressing Mental Health in the Creative Industries: A guide to help build resilience amongst your team

A Campfire

The Events Industry is widely recognised as a highly stressful industry sector, ranking as the fifth most stressful industry to work in. In light of this, Helen Moon (Eventwell) led an invaluable session on what can we do to minimise and manage stress, to better support the mental health of ourselves and our teams.

Watch the post event video Helen Moon created here, and read our article on mental health in the creative industries here.

Tuesday 16th June

2PM: Creative Richard Holman shares three tips to finding those elusive great ideas.

3PM: Illustrator and artist Lucie Arnoux talks about her creative process and how she gets started on a new project.

Find out more about both sessions here.

Wednesday 17th June

2PM: In a live interview, Tony Evans (EGI Live) shares how to plan and design a strategic event in the current climate.

3PM: Humza Chaudhry (Celebro Media) takes us on a tour of the Celebro studios and shares his experiences of remote broadcasting during the pandemic and top tips for how to produce content safely but creatively at this time.

4PM: We interview Kevin Hosier (GCN Talent) live, as he sheds light on the skills gaps and recruitment challenges that have emerged as a result of the impact of Covid-19.

Find out more about both sessions here.

Thursday 18th June

2PM: Trainer and Facilitator Andrew Blair shares his insight into the possibilities and practicalities of experiential learning in a live interview.

3PM: Dan Walker (Ashfield Meetings and Events) shares his top tips on how to get a focused outcome, by thinking inside the box!

4PM: Katie Morhen (52eight3 PR) shares her top tips on how to get the press interested in your event.

Find out more about all three sessions here.

Thank you to TwentyThree for supporting our webinar and virtual events programme.

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