I found a place where more than 1400 experts hang out – a web site chock full of expert speaker presentations with over a billion (yes, that’s with a “b”) views. TED TALKS has been around since 1984, born as a conference designed to bring people together from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, and Design.
Today it is a very popular website where the best talks and performances are available to the world, for free. More than 1400 TED Talks are currently posted, with more added each week. Each talk is accessible online, is 18 minutes or less in length (very succinct), with amazing production quality. There are two TED conferences held each year, and each day the Best of Best TED Talks are posted on the web site. I highly recommend checking it out for ideas and inspiration in both your work and personal life. Here is a couple to start with:
For the nonprofit world: Dan Pallotta – “The Way We Think about Charity Is Dead Wrong”
For Crowdfunding/Sales/Marketing/Branding: Amanda Palmer “The Art of Asking”
Other Sources for Event Ideas
You can also check out BizBash, an online website, magazine and semi-annual trade conference that focuses on the latest trends in events across the US.
Locally there are several organizations that hold frequent events in sales, PR and events.
- American Marketing Association, CT Chapter
- Meeting Professionals International, CT River Valley Chapter
- Public Relations Society of America – CT Chapter
- The Alliance for Non Profit Growth and Opportunity
- Connecticut Society of Association Executives
- Metro Hartford Alliance
If you’re on LinkedIn (and who isn’t?), there are dozens of groups dedicated to Event Planning, Marketing, and virtually any subject. You’ll get daily or weekly emails, discussions and can ask questions of your peers.