EXSA’s conference exceeds expectations

17 June, 2015

The exhibition industry’s annual conference took place from 8 – 9 June at the CSIR International Convention Centre with an array of excellent speakers, content, and entertainment! The theme for the event was ‘Excelling @’ and delegates most certainly received the latest insight, practical tools and strategic guidance to help them to excel and grow individually as well as use this valuable information throughout their companies. MC Neil Nagooroo did a great job in driving the two days and opening the conference with a great ice-breaker idea for all delegates. Nomasonto Ndlovu from Tshwane formally opened proceedings and welcomed the exhibition industry to the City.

Adv. Louis Nel, one of the delegates, found it a SUPERB conference – “everything but everything was out of the top drawer and if ever any conference has raised the bar, EXSA has!” Doug Rix, MD of DK Design, echoed the sentiment and said “the content and quality of the speakers was fantastic and the food was also EXSA-LENT!”

According to Clive Shedlock, MD of Conker Exhibitions in Durban, it was one of the best two day conferences that he has attended in a long time “the speakers were great, relevant and their talks backed up by their own success and experience. The food was also really good, offering nice options.”

Speakers included Amanda Kotze-Nhlapo from the National Convention Bureau who presented the latest stats and their relevance to the exhibition industry and Andrew Ross, Managing Director of Havas Sports & Entertainment South Africa, spoke about trends in exhibitions and how to innovate to better serve a growing audience. “Brands need to connect with customers – and exhibitions have an even bigger role to play now in the marketing mix – where you connect face-to-face,” he told delegates. Emma Sadleir spoke about the legal, disciplinary and reputational risks of social media; Gilan Gork, SA’s Mentalist, gave tips on reading body language in business; and Richard Mulholland, author of “Legacide - why legacy thinking is the silent killer of innovation” wowed the audience with his antics and inspirational words. Day two looked at the work place with Colin Browne and Wayne Duvenage talking about the work culture and service.

Sponsors for the conference: the CSIR International Convention Centre; Compex; Joburg Convention Bureau; Sandton Convention Centre; the 3d Design Group; Seatworks; Jagged Promotions; and Green Exhibition Services.

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