Our recap of The Meetings Show 2019

By Venetia Acquah |

July 11, 2019

The Meetings Show is one of the main events in the Shocklogic calendar. This year, the show took place on 26-27th June. Over these 2 days, London Olympia was filled with over 4,500 meeting professionals, who created a very special buzz on the show floor. 

As long-time exhibitors of the show, we can confirm that 2019 has been our best year yet. With many pre-booked appointments, and great footfall, we managed to go above and beyond our targets. We also welcomed our own Hosted Buyer Group to the show, who had a wonderful experience.

In previous years, our team have always contributed to the educational programme, and this year was no exception. We know how important it is to share views and knowledge within our industry.

Our CEO and Founder, John Martinez, spoke in 3 sessions on day 1 of the show. The first was “Sustainability on trial – who will you side with?”. This hilarious and dynamic courtroom debate also featured Guy Bigwood, Samme Allen, Barbara Calderwood, and Elif Balci Fisunoglu. The prosecution presented a case that it is the responsibility of clients to take action to make their events more sustainable. The defense argued that it is the responsibility of the suppliers and destinations.

At around lunch time, John presented a campfire on “Building the perfect programme”. A great discussion took place on how to create the most streamlined abstract management process, from submission and evaluation, to publishing and distribution.

Lastly, John’s afternoon session “Great leadership” took place, and we think this has been one of the most successful sessions John has had to date. John reminded the audience that you must have a clear vision, and share your passion for what you do, to motivate and inspire your team. We believe that there is no more work-life balance, it is all about “Life-working”.

Our Head of Technical Support & Development, Pritesh Mawdia, presented his own session: “Get organised: the ultimate guide to free tech tools for your events”. The audience was keen to learn about all of the tools we used as a company, and left with a list of different apps and software solutions to enhance their events.

Finally, on day 2 of the show, Johnny D. Martinez, our Head of Marketing & Business Development, presented “Let’s get social”. Attendees came away with more knowledge on how to boost their social media and content marketing, and an understanding of the power of influencers.

So that’s a wrap for another year at The Meetings Show – we hope to #MeetYouAtTheShow again next year!

By Xane Richards, Digital Marketing Associate, Shocklogic