2021: To Smoother Roads Ahead

Gail Davis, 07 January 2021

I love a road trip. I often drive from Dallas to my hometown in Oklahoma to visit my family. I enjoy the scenery, listening to podcasts, and just the relaxation of the familiar route. Most of the time, it’s an easy drive. But occasionally, I’ll run into that dreaded orange road “detour ahead” construction sign and I feel the frustration set in. When the sign indicates 5 or 10 miles ahead, I think to myself “OK, this won’t last too long.” But then there are those times, I’ll come across a detour sign and there is no mileage listed. Suddenly, I find myself on some uneven, bumpy road that’s taking me way off track - and I don’t know when it’s going to end.

To me, that was 2020. I think it’s safe to say the last 9 months we’ve all been traveling a no-mileage indicated detour path.

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Virtual Events are Fun, Engaging and on the Rise.

Gail Davis, 04 September 2020

Like you, we have seen a lot of interesting methods for people “gathering” in groups now. Perhaps you’re part of a weekly Zoom happy hour with coworkers.

As we look toward the future, we thought it would be constructive to focus on the positives that virtual elements bring to the table.

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Case Study: "Quarantine...let's binge watch our meeting"

Gail Davis, 05 August 2020

Case Study
The Nautilus Group


The Nautilus Group is an elite membership-based consulting firm for New York Life Insurance. Since 2015, Nautilus has partnered with GDA Speakers on over 14 speaking opportunities. Three speakers were booked for May 13-15, 2020. They quickly made a radical shift in their plans tweaking their event to feel more like a "Netflix series" that could be viewed by everyone working from home.

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When will large and in-person events make a comeback?

Gail Davis, 21 July 2020

That’s the real question, isn’t it?

And the answer is, we wish we had a crystal ball. Sadly, ours got lost in the mail. But for now, here is how we envision things playing out.

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Case Study: "Virtual Made it Possible"

Gail Davis, 30 June 2020

Case Study
Burgundy Asset Management, Ltd.

Burgundy Asset Management, Ltd. is a global discretionary investment manager. The company has a five-year history with GDA Speakers. Executive Vice President and COO Robert Sankey originally reached out in 2015 to inquire about booking a specific speaker, Nando Parrado. He expressed interest in bringing Nando in to speak at a corporate event.  Unfortunately, the timing of Nando’s travels and the various event opportunities at Burgundy never matched up. Gail and Robert continued to stay in touch several times a year.

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You need a good moderator/host for your event. Here's why.

Gail Davis, 17 June 2020

When organizing a live event, you know the importance of having a host. He or she could be a professional emcee, an executive from your company or a non-profile speaker like a local newscaster. Regardless, the role of a host is crucial so your event stays on schedule. 

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