Group Director at Informa Markets, overseeing Safety & Health Expo, Facilities Show, IFSEC, FIREX, SHP

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Chris has 15 years of publishing and events experience with the world’s largest exhibitions organiser including running large scale trade shows in Germany, France, Italy, Ireland and the UK. As well as the Health and Safety and FM professions, he has worked across the construction, social care and medical device manufacturing industries.
December 6, 2021

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Safety & Health Expo 2022

Safety & Health Expo – What we look for in a speaker

Safety & Health Expo, Powered by SHP, is one of the largest gatherings of practitioners on the planet and as such we take our responsibility of curating the best possible content line up very seriously.

Over 100 speakers will take to the stage and around 6,000 visitors are expected to listen to the talks.

Safety & Health Expo will take place from May 17-19 2022 at ExCeL London and speaker applications are now open.

We know how much content is valued within the profession and it’s our privilege to host some of the most informative and educational sessions around. As such we thought it would be a good idea to share some top tips with those would be speakers for our upcoming event next May.

Subject matter

A good place to start is probably the subject matter. Think about how niche it is, how many people it will appeal to how current the topic you’re addressing is. Some things never get old but equally the aim here is to always push the profession forward so new ways of working and case studies on strategies making a genuine difference are always interesting.

What will the session look like?

The next consideration is who’s delivering. Things to think about here include how many people (panel discussions tend to deliver higher audiences than solo speakers), who is addressing the audience (practitioners often like to hear from their peers, someone who’s walking in their shoes) and whether the audience feel like they are being sold to.

Keep it informative and editorially focused

This last point is particularly important – no one wants to sit through a sales pitch masquerading as education. Presenting innovation is always very important but there’s a fine line between this and someone feeling like they are just being pushed towards a product or service.

Diversity and inclusion

Finally, the team at Safety & Health Expo are committed to appointing as diverse a range of speakers as possible. Whether it’s age, gender, race or any other form of equality we want to make sure we’re embracing it and demonstrating it with who takes to the podium.

All that remains to say is that we can’t wait to give you and your peers the opportunity to share experiences and opinions for the first time in three years. It’s been a tough forced hiatus and that feeling of seeing hundreds of eyes trained intently on someone making their point is something I know we’re all hugely looking forward to.

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