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Worldwide Speakers Group Honored as Best Places to Work in Virginia 2020

Posted by WWSG Staff on Dec 3, 2019 10:05:23 AM

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ALEXANDRIA, Va.--Worldwide Speakers Group (WWSG), one of the fastest-growing and most innovative lecture agencies in the world, announced that it was named one of 2020’s Best Places to Work in Virginia! by Virginia Business and Best Companies Group.

“We are honored to be named one of the ‘Best Places to Work’ in Virginia. Our employees’ opinions matter to us and we strive to work as a cohesive team that respects and trusts one another,” said Bob Thomas, chief executive officer at WWSG.

Daniel Sims, principal at WWSG added: “Our employees are critical to providing superior services for our clients; their events; and to our elite roster of speakers. We take great pride in creating an environment for employees to thrive and are thankful for the hard work, integrity and core values that make up our team.”

By providing distinctive performance and innovative solutions for the global lecture and speaker industry, WWSG attracts the best talent in the industry. WWSG provides concierge style services to its speakers and customers and is committed to creating superior events that embolden audiences with transformative ideas.

The Virginia Best Places to Work survey and awards program is dedicated to identifying and recognizing the area’s best employers. Hundreds of companies participate in an annual employee engagement survey. The results are quantitative and based on survey responses from the employees themselves. The top-rated companies in three size categories — small, medium, large— receive the Best Places to Work in Virginia distinction.

The Best Places to Work in Virginia will announce the rankings of this year’s finalists during their awards ceremony at the Boar’s Head Inn in Charlottesville on January 30, 2020.

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Topics: speaker bureau, Lecture Agency, Best Places to Work, Awards, Best Company

A Professional Speakers Agency is the Key to your Event Success

Posted by WWSG Staff on Nov 26, 2019 9:15:00 AM

A Professional Speakers Agency is the Key to your Event Success

The behind-the-scenes logistics to make an event successful are always too numerous to list, but some of the key success drivers are selecting the right venue and high profile motivational keynote/panelist speakers for achieving your organization’s goals.

Art Mollenhauer, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan, Chicago shared what he thought was a unique challenge. The marketplace in the Chicago area is saturated with Gala and Speaker events yet his Board and Donor network had lined up potentially 150 C-Level Executives if the right speaker could be selected to draw that VIP crowd. Mollenhauer shared with us “a key ingredient for success is the selection of the right Speakers Agency who will invest the time and innovation to make this work.” This particular event, the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management in downtown Chicago was chosen, to provide easy access and an intimate setting for networking. A high-profile speaker known for speaking selectively was targeted to create implicit value – and Henry Paulson was featured for this year’s event. The result, a huge draw of a C-level audience attendees, a transfer of vast amounts of high level thought leadership from the Finance Speaker, tremendous networking opportunity for the guests, and an extremely high ROI for all participants made this event a huge success.

An event like the above is an example of a function that is viewed by many organizations to be the equivalent of their “Super Bowl,” investing a tremendous amount of time, energy and resources towards making a particular event a great triumph. Very important to remember that as a great strategic partner, the professional speaker agency can help you achieve perfect execution and the right strategy to achieve that high level of success. It sounds simple yet there are hundreds of small details that can often derail an event. We often say “Get the ‘Big Picture’ items right and the small details will more easily fall in-line.” That means getting the strategy, venue, date and speaker right are a solid beginning. But here’s something we’re hearing increasingly more often, it is often the “non-traditional sessions” that can also generate high return on investment. A prime example is a large, global financial group shared that the speaker we selected was perfect and yielded huge returns through the traditional audience event they did. But they shared the private (ten top customers) roundtable discussion we orchestrated was worth 3-5x what they paid for the speech. A top-notch agency is going to know how to create a “win-win” situation that keeps yielding results year-round. A professional Speaker Agency booking hundreds of worldwide events each year will just intuitively see these types of opportunities for their clients.

Often times a speaker of high notoriety will fill audience seats to capacity and an entertainer or celebrity can assist to fuel marketing and fundraising year-round. The right speaker can also lift the client’s brand and its awareness by associating that great speaker to your organization, institution or cause. There are many paths to consider when creating a successful event and no one path is going to work for all organizations. This is not the time to take unwanted chances, partnering with professionals who know the world of professional speaking can help to guide you to event success.

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Topics: speaker bureau, event planner tips, Event Planning, Henry M. Paulson, Jr., Finance Keynote Speakers, Hank Paulson, Finance Speakers, Speaker Strategy

The Difference Between Keynote & Plenary Speakers

Posted by WWSG Staff on Jan 18, 2018 3:49:52 PM

Plenary Speaker or Keynote Speaker?

Meetings are as diverse in their purpose and structure as the speakers who are on the platform at these meetings. They can be international, national, or regional. They can be internal meetings, external meetings, sales meetings, client conferences, annual conferences or leadership retreats.

Once you have determined the purpose, theme, and structure of your meeting, then comes selecting and hiring the perfect speakers for your event.

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Topics: speaker bureau, event planner tips

WWSG's Top Speakers on Positive Outlook & Psychology

Posted by Kelly Dieter on Feb 22, 2013 9:59:00 AM

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Topics: Worldwide Speakers Group, speaker bureau, Top Speakers on Positive Psychology, WWSG's Top Speakers

Oh, What a Night!

Posted by WWSG Staff on Nov 21, 2011 2:42:00 PM

WWSG recently celebrated its two-year anniversary with a packed house at our inaugural client appreciation/open house event in our spacious new global headquarters in Old Town Alexandria.  Sheila Bair, Carly Fiorina, Ben Sasse and Eleanor Clift were just a few of the exclusive and VIP speakers who joined the celebration, engaging guests in conversation as delicious food and drink were enjoyed by all.

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Topics: Worldwide Speakers Group, speaker bureau, Women Keynote Speakers, Healthcare Speakers

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