William's Previous Speaking Gigs

Barcelona, Beijing, Edinburgh, Gothenburg, Madrid, London, Los Angeles

Speaking engagements

Making The Most Of Your Events Association Congress London, 2010
Handling Event Logistics Association Congress London, 2010
How To Use Delegate Feedback QEII Masterclass London, 2010
Commercialising Your Association Trade Association Forum London, 2010
Delivering Beneficial Events CHASE London, 2011
Running More And Better Events The Organiser’s Forum London, 2011
Event Logistics QEII Masterclass London, 2011
The Nine Steps To Successful Events CIBTM Beijing, 2011
Make The Most Of Your Association Events EIBTM Barcelona, 2011
Marketing Beyond Your Membership CONFEX London, 2011
Demanding More From Your Venue The Organiser’s Forum London, 2011
Maximising Value At Your Event EventCamp (LIVE BROADCAST hosted in Sydney) 2012
How Events Help You Win New Members Memberwise London, 2012
Making The Most Of Association Events Association Planner London, 2012
How To Design Experiences Tech Fest London, 2012
Running More And Better Events International Association Congress Liverpool, 2012
Creative Sponsorship EVENTTODAYS Madrid, 2013
Making Good Organisers Great MCE CEE Budapest, 2013
Get Creative IMEX Frankfurt, 2013
Event Tech That Adds Value Tech Fest London, 2013
Inspiration for Event Innovation EIS Barcelona, 2013
Our Friend Automation Tech Fest London, 2014
Making Good Organisers Great EVCOM London, 2014
Supporting Speakers EIBTM Barcelona, 2016
Getting Creative Event IT Glasgow, 2017
Online Events Event Tech Live London, 2018
Online Events EUBA Live Coimbra, 2018
Creating Amazing Conference Content IBTM World Barcelona, 2018
Social Justice Panel  (homelessness) PCMA Convening Leaders Pittsburg, 2019
Sustainable Events International Association Congress Gothenburg, 2019
Homeless Hackathon (mentoring) PCMA EduCon Los Angeles, 2019

William Thomson (middle) on the Social Justice panel at PCMA's Convening Leaders, Pittsburgh, 2019

An Innovative and Inspiring Keynote Event Speaker

Variety of sessions covering almost every aspect of event management

On the money and down to earth. William talks the talk and he ensures that he walks the walk. His sessions are built on his own experience across almost 20 years as an event organiser.

William is able to tailor these presentations and is also able to address other areas within events. However these are his most popular sessions:

  • Tools Tips and Techniques to Run Fantastic Events (Audience: Event Planners)
  • Running Association and Other Not for Profit Events (Audience: Senior Association Executives)
  • How to Run More Events (Audience: Event Planners / Event Managers / Senior Executives)
  • Creative Sponsorship (Audience: Event Managers, Sponsorship Managers)
  • Understanding and Implementing Change in Events (Audience: all levels)
  • The Make-up of the ‘New Event Planner’ (Audience: all levels)
  • Using Event Technology Wisely – Create Time to be Creative (Audience: Event Planners / Event Managers

KEYNOTE sessions include

Making Good Planners Great

Over the last few years the role of the event planner has changed. No longer are event planners seen as an administrator or simply a logistics person. No more are they seen stuffing bags and arranging table plans. The new event planner is seen as a strategist who understands how people and organisations like to communicate. A designer of environments and of experiences. A powerful influencer and a commanding presence. Well, of course, this isn’t true of every organization or every planner, but once they have attended this session they see an achievable path to becoming great. Packed full of interesting and engaging anecdotes that demonstrate the tips, tools and techniques that William has used and developed to turn good planners into GREAT planners.

Stop Organising Events and Start Organising Experiences

A wonderful session where William charts the early highs of the event industry juxtaposing that with the current lows. He paints a picture of an industry regarded as creative, but seriously lacking in creativity. He creates a shared belief of an industry that can play a major role in most organisations. He outlines his vision for the role that every planner can play in their organisation. He charts the journey for every events business to make their events stand out.

From Page Three to Front Page News – An Event Journey

With almost twenty years organising events William’s journey is a wonderful metaphor for the whole event industry. From early success to very public failure, he charts a very personal and inspiring course through an industry that has undergone a huge amount of change. He outlines the key beliefs that have maintained his position as a leading voice in the events industry. He discusses the epiphany that turned him from a “conference producer” to a “conference architect” Over the last 5 years William has been at the cutting edge of events and his future plans mark a visionary approach for the whole event industry.

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