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Your backstage pass to thriving in events. Start shaping the future of events with your hosts (and hardcore event nerds); Steve Angel, Paul Boustani and Chad Davis.

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We’re thrilled to be ending Season 1 by featuring an ICONIC Australian. Jean Kittson is known and loved as an author, performer and scriptwriter for stage, television, radio, magazines, newspapers and her autobiographical books.  She is also an experienced MC, keynote speaker, panellist, debater and facilitator in the corporate, government and community arena. 

In this episode, Jean shares her years of experience and outlines the importance of an excellent brief and what it takes to get the best from talent at our events. Jean’s insights into how to present on camera spoke to our co-hosts, and we believe you’ll learn a lot too.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from one of the best in the business. Jean offers us the perspective of the talent which we're yet to explore on the podcast!

In Keep Calm and Reflect Steve leads Chad Davis and Paul Boustani to share what 2020 and creating this podcast has taught them. 

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Back to the Future of Events is produced and hosted by Steven Angel, Paul Boustani and Chad Davis. Paul Boustani also edits the podcast.  Our podcast artwork is by Rosa Morgan, and all of our music is by Adam Bozetto.

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Our special guest this episode is Helen Fairclough, who has the weighty position of Director of Business Relaunch for the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. In our chat with Helen, we go behind the scenes of the year that was for the Centre, for Helen and the Victorian Events Industry.

What we find is an organisation and leader who have been empowered to evolve to meet the challenges that 2020 presented to us all. Though the situation has been challenging, Helen and the team have used it as an opportunity to pause, reflect and reset to help secure the venue's future and establish a point of difference for customers. The aim of the ‘business relaunch’ is to explore new products, services and ways of working and we find out that there are some genuine, tangible results already shining through with this change in approach.

This is a case study in what it means to build innovation into the DNA of an organisation. The MCEC has moved away from understanding people based on their job function and valuing them for their contribution.

When someone asks you who you are, what do you say? Do you start by giving your job title? If you do, you may have lost your identity in your career.  In Keep Calm And Reclaim Your Identity, we look at how we can lose our identity when we blur the lines between work and personal life. This is your reminder that you are more than your job!

We love that you’re listening to the podcast, we love it, even more, when you share episodes with your network! Feel free to share any of our posts from LinkedIn, Facebook or Instagram. All these links and more can be found on our website www.backtothefutureofevents.com. Whilst you’re visiting us, subscribe to our complimentary VIP mailing list. You’ll be the first to know about the newest episodes as well as exclusive content we’re creating just for you!

Back to the Future of Events is produced and hosted by Steven Angel, Paul Boustani and Chad Davis. Paul Boustani also edits the podcast.  Our podcast artwork is by Rosa Morgan, and all of our music is by Adam Bozetto.

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Jill Covitz and Luke Cook are entrepreneurial business partners who both got their start in working in the media and events apart - before coming together to create Funlocka. When faced with the challenge of the year that has been 2020, this dynamic duo came together to evolve themselves and their business. We’re a huge fan of their purpose; providing solutions for happiness and wellbeing. 

Our guests this episode look to INSPIRE, EXCITE & REWARD the people that matter to them and to their clients most.

We loved chatting with Luke and Jill to understand why they created Cuppa of Life a virtual cafe designed to kick start your day with a dose of positivity from experts and personalities who have been invited to inspire, motivate and entertain. This free-of-charge service raises money for charity and has led to the creation of a dedicated community who log in every morning for a boost to their mental health and wellbeing. 

Listen in to hear all about the yin and yang partnership of our guests who respect and accept each other’s strengths. You’ll find out how an alignment of purpose and values coupled with the pursuit of happiness has led Jill and Luke through innovation and into growth.

In Keep Calm And with Byron Preston we chat with an event professional and Journey Undiscovered podcaster about mental health in the events industry. We’re grateful to Byron for being vulnerable in sharing his experience, his challenges and what he does to ensure he can be at his best.

We love that you’re listening to the podcast, we love it, even more, when you share episodes with your network! Feel free to share any of our posts from LinkedIn, Facebook or Instagram. All these links and more can be found on our website www.backtothefutureofevents.com.

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Back to the Future of Events is produced and hosted by Steven Angel, Paul Boustani and Chad Davis. The podcast is also edited by Paul Boustani.  Our podcast artwork is by Rosa Morgan, and all of our music is by Adam Bozetto.

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In 2020, our peak events industry association, Meetings & Events Australia had to take both the national conference “Evolve” and national MEA Awards online for the first time. We’ve invited National MEA Board members Paula Nolan and Kirsty Forbes on to the podcast to share their experience and learnings as leads on the MEALIVE Awards and Evolve: Renovated respectively.

We had a great time chatting with Paul and Kirsty, and you’ll learn a lot about how important it is to reimagine an experience for an online audience. 

We cover a lot of ground from the importance of the right on-air talent, audience interactivity tips, the importance of partnering with the right vendors and making the right content choices. It all comes down to a lesson that has been shared on the podcast several times - when it comes to virtual events; we’re making television now.

We love that you’re listening to the podcast, we love it, even more, when you share episodes with your network! Feel free to share any of our posts from LinkedIn, Facebook or Instagram. All these links and more can be found on our website www.backtothefutureofevents.com.

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Back to the Future of Events is produced and hosted by Steven Angel, Paul Boustani and Chad Davis. Paul Boustani also edits the podcast.  Our podcast artwork is by Rosa Morgan, and all of our music is by Adam Bozetto.

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Our guest this episode is Luke Butler, Managing Director of Hastings People and one half of the dynamic duo behind the Back of House podcast. 

Luke is known throughout the industry as one of the most respected and connected people in the hospitality sector. Over the last 20 years, Luke has occupied multiple group management roles with some of the best operators. In 2016, Luke’s attention turned to recruitment which was a natural choice as it combined his experience in hiring, passion for mentoring and vast industry network. 

In our chat with Luke, we explore his background in hospitality operations and his move into recruitment for hospitality and leisure. We also get down to understanding what the current recruitment climate is like. This leads to hints and tips for what to do now to be ready for future employment opportunities.   

In Keep Calm and Be Fearless, Steve Angel takes us on a big topic. We look at understanding what fear actually is, how it can hold us back. By better understanding our fears and articulating what’s behind them, we can actually take steps to overcome them. 

We love that you’re listening to the podcast, we love it, even more, when you share episodes with your network! Feel free to share any of our posts from LinkedIn, Facebook or Instagram. All these links and more can be found on our website www.backtothefutureofevents.com.

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Back to the Future of Events is produced and hosted by Steven Angel, Paul Boustani and Chad Davis. Paul Boustani also edits the podcast.  Our podcast artwork is by Rosa Morgan, and all of our music is by Adam Bozetto.

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Our guest in this episode is Carmel Crouch, the fearless and innovative Managing Director of the Steps Group of Companies; a national not for profit, making a difference by providing opportunities for individuals and communities to shine.

Steve Angel takes the driver’s seat for our chat with Carmel, to learn how she led her team, sponsors and guests to host their annual STEPS Grand Winter Ball virtually (for the first time ever). We find a strategic thinker who has taken calculated risks to double down and not only on the delivery of a major virtual event but so much more.

You won’t want to miss this discussion of what it takes to “Think Big” and follow through. From a million-dollar investment in the organisation’s training programs going to mixed-mode through to her touching pride in the people, Steps have helped - we think you’ll finish the episode in awe of Carmel as we have.

In Keep Calm And Move, Steve chats with Peter Parker, CEO of the Blue Earth Foundation about the dangers of a sedentary lifestyle. We learn how Blue Earth promotes and helps Australians to live better and live longer, by making mindful moving a part of everyday life. 

Blue Earth are also rallying people and organisations from across the world to ‘pass the baton’ across all time zones on Sunday 4 October, World Walking Day 2020! The virtual baton race celebrates the power of physical activity in unifying the world during the COVID-19 crisis.

We love that you’re listening to the podcast, we love it, even more, when you share episodes with your network! Feel free to share any of our posts from LinkedIn, Facebook or Instagram. All these links and more can be found on our website www.backtothefutureofevents.com.

Whilst you’re visiting us, subscribe to our complimentary VIP mailing list. You’ll be the first to know about the newest episodes as well as exclusive content we’re creating just for you!

Back to the Future of Events is produced and hosted by Steven Angel, Paul Boustani and Chad Davis. The podcast is also edited by Paul Boustani.  Our podcast artwork is by Rosa Morgan, and all of our music is by Adam Bozetto.

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In this episode, Co-Host Paul Boustani chats with past guest Bruce Keebaugh, CEO of The Big Group and champion of the Victorian events industry about his recently launched "Save Vic Events" campaign to lobby government and industry to get Australia's events capital back on track.

Listen in as we chat about his passion for outdoor and carpark events AND the importance of clarity on a quotient for outdoor event capacities to allow some form of activity in the events industry in Victoria this summer.

Bruce's ideas are simple, solution-driven and could see local Jobkeeper hospitality staff back at work and engages hirers, designers, florists and caterers - providing some well-needed hope and joy to Victorians.
What can you do to help our Victorian peers?

We love that you’re listening to the podcast, we love it, even more, when you share episodes with your network! Feel free to share any of our posts from LinkedIn, Facebook or Instagram. All these links and more can be found on our website www.backtothefutureofevents.com.

Whilst you’re visiting us, subscribe to our complimentary VIP mailing list. You’ll be the first to know about the newest episodes as well as exclusive content we’re creating just for you!

Back to the Future of Events is produced and hosted by Steven Angel, Paul Boustani and Chad Davis. The podcast is also edited by Paul Boustani. Our podcast artwork is by Rosa Morgan, and all of our music is by Adam Bozetto.

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You’ve heard our hosts name check them at the end of every episode; our guests today are designer and artist Rosa Morgan with DJ & music producer is by Adam Bozetto. Rosa who created our podcast artwork and Adam who created our podcast soundtrack - are they're here to explore what it’s like to be creative in 2020.

We’re thrilled to be bringing you the unsung heroes of the Back to the Future of Events podcast and put them front and centre. This is an open discussion with both creatives as well as our co-hosts, Chad, Steve and Paul.

You’ll get to know our guests better as we chat about their ‘day-jobs’, discuss their creative approach as well as an in-depth look at what clients can do to bring out the best in the creative process.

 

We love that you’re listening to the podcast, we love it, even more, when you share episodes with your network! Feel free to share any of our posts from LinkedIn, Facebook or Instagram. All these links and more can be found on our website www.backtothefutureofevents.com.

Whilst you’re visiting us, subscribe to our complimentary VIP mailing list. You’ll be the first to know about the newest episodes as well as exclusive content we’re creating just for you!

 

Back to the Future of Events is produced and hosted by Steven Angel, Paul Boustani and Chad Davis. The podcast is also edited by Paul Boustani. Our podcast artwork is by Rosa Morgan, and all of our music is by Adam Bozetto.

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How many leaders openly admit that their team is ten times better than them at what they do? Our guest is John Dinh, Director of Scene Change, is that leader! A leader who is here to share 15 years of tech experience in one convenient podcast episode.

We learned a lot chatting with John and we know that you will too. From understanding how the proper use of tech supports event messaging, how to get the best from your audio-visual company through to a timely reminder to bring your key suppliers into your creative process as early as possible.

Probably the most significant message here is about how producing virtual events is like producing TV and John has a lot of experience and insight that he is happy to share.

In Keep Calm And Listen we learn about our universal need to feel heard and understood. It turns out that whilst listening is a very powerful tool, we don’t always use it well. All this and more when we explore the distinction between listening and hearing & share tips on becoming a better listener.

We love that you’re listening to the podcast, we love it, even more, when you share episodes with your network! Feel free to share any of our posts from LinkedIn, Facebook or Instagram. All these links and more can be found on our website www.backtothefutureofevents.com.

 

Whilst you’re visiting us, subscribe to our complimentary VIP mailing list. You’ll be the first to know about the newest episodes as well as exclusive content we’re creating just for you!

 

Back to the Future of Events is produced and hosted by Steven Angel, Paul Boustani and Chad Davis. The podcast is also edited by Paul Boustani.  Our podcast artwork is by Rosa Morgan, and all of our music is by Adam Bozetto.

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It’s time for an update from Back to the Future of Events creators and hosts, Chad Davis, Steve Angel and Paul Boustani. The self-described event nerds are ready to share it all in this episode; you’ll learn about their most memorable events, their epic fails, how they first met and how the podcast came together.

 

To make this possible we asked Jen Rudland to take on hosting duties and create a space where the team felt comfortable to share. Jen is the former Design Director of Decorative Events and a visual and tactile storyteller, conceptual and collaborative.

 

After doing the big green change from Sydney to Tasmania Jen is now part of the team with Milkwood; dedicated to teaching and sharing permaculture skills, for living like it matters. As Jen mentions in the episode intro - they offer a range of virtual courses that are worth checking out!

 

We love that you’re listening to the podcast, we love it, even more, when you share episodes with your network! Feel free to share any of our posts from LinkedIn, Facebook or Instagram. All these links and more can be found on our website www.backtothefutureofevents.com.

 

Whilst you’re visiting us, subscribe to our complimentary VIP mailing list. You’ll be the first to know about the newest episodes as well as exclusive content we’re creating just for you!

 

Back to the Future of Events is produced and hosted by Steven Angel, Paul Boustani and Chad Davis. The podcast is also edited by Paul Boustani. 

 

Our podcast artwork is by Rosa Morgan, and all of our music is by Adam Bozetto.

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