wellbeing

Why every conference needs some downtime

Ali Gannagé-Stewart, Head of Commercial Events at London's Southbank Centre, on why every conference needs some downtime.

Speakers Corner reports demand for wellbeing speakers  

According to speaker bureau Speakers Corner, one in four people experience mental health issues at some point in their lives - therefore the need for discussion is more important than ever.

The event industry’s mental health problem

The HBAA held a mental health awareness event at the UK’s Holiday Inn London Kensington Forum, 15 May. The event saw a number of speakers touch on topics surrounding mental health, and what the events and hospitality industries can do to collectively improve ours. It was part of Mental Health Awareness Week, which ran from 13-17 May. It was mentioned that events have been voted the fifth mos...

Why meditation is the key to business success

When it comes to our working lives, switching off has never been harder. We’re constantly being bombarded with so-called breaking news, swimming against the tsunami of emails flooding into our inboxes and updating our social media presence. For the corporate events sector, this tyranny of mobile communication means delegates often keep one eye on their phones, while trying to navigate the conferen...

Confex keynote: Will Young on sexuality and mental health

Former Pop Idol winner and actor Will Young was the headline keynote speaker of day one at International Confex. He delivered a talk primarily focused on sexuality and mental health to a packed out crowd on the main stage. Young spoke about how managers and producers were worried about his coming out during Pop Idol 18 years ago, and reflected on how much society has changed since. Nowadays, he sa...

GL events UK releases ‘Good Event Guide’

GL events UK has launched ‘Good Event Guide’, offering organisers tips on how to improve their event. The guide emphasises the importance of sustainability, CSR and health & wellbeing in the industry today. It can be viewed here. Contributors include We are the Fair’s Nick Morgan, The Bulb’s Selina Donald, and A Greener Festival’s Claire O’Neill. They discuss tips for improving sustainability,...

UK agents take a healthy step at LVP Boot Camp Weekend

The UK’s Lime Venue Portfolio attracted 40 event professionals to its January Boot Camp during the National Obesity Awareness Week (14-20 January) for an initiative designed to support World Obesity’s Healthy Venue campaign. The boot camp bought together both event professionals and their families, to focus on health and wellbeing, including fitness activities, nutritional education and a mindfuln...

How do you ensure wellbeing at work?

Wellbeing and stress management are hot topics these days, and it’s no surprise – studies are consistently showing the link between wellbeing and productivity, happiness and job satisfaction. This year’s IBTM World features a section of the Knowledge Programme dedicated to ‘professional development, recruitment and wellbeing’, allowing delegates to take home practical ideas to help better ma...