There’s no denying that an industry where you’re often working long hours across international time zones, to ensure thousands of people arrive in the same place, receive adequate rest, nutrition and of course, fantastic content and amazing experiences is never going to be entirely stress-free. Given what we now know about the long-term detrimental effects of stress on people’s health, dismissing stress with the throw-away phrase, ‘It’s all just part of the job’ is no longer acceptable.
Luckily, there are an increasing number of experts who are more than willing to share easy and effective ways that busy professionals can cope with the rigours of their working lives, without suffering excessive levels of stress.
Shane Hannam, Portfolio Director, IBTM, says: “Stress is often referred to as a modern epidemic, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Stress management is a vital skill in today’s working world, and we are delighted that it will form a central part of this year’s event, with many sessions dedicated to sharing practical ideas to help you better manage stress when back in the workplace.”
To address this growing concern, one of the central themes of the IBTM World Knowledge Programme this year is ‘recruitment and wellbeing’. From staying calm in a crisis to creating a better work life balance, in these must-see sessions our expert speakers will give practical tips and techniques to help people better manage their mental health.
Our pick of the top wellbeing sessions to attend at IBTM World this year include:
1. How to manage yourself in a crisis
Being prepared for something to go wrong is essential for any business in today’s unpredictable world. Crisis management and crisis communications are now commonplace ideas in the events industry. But while there are many guides, experts and manuals on crisis management, less attention is paid to the psychological impact on staff when times get tough. Why do some people cope better under intense pressure than others? What qualities do you need to be resilient in a crisis? How do you manage yourself when you’re so busy trying to manage everything else that’s going on? In this session you will learn a ten-point strategy for staying calm when your personal and business reputation is at stake.
Ken Kelling, Executive Coach and Associate Director, davies tanner PR
2. How to develop tools and techniques for the ideal work life balance
We all have busy day to day lives and the smallest things on a bad day can affect us. Hear first-hand from James Hitchen about the tools and techniques you need to help create a better work life balance.
James Hitchen and Helen Moon, Eventwell
3. Employee engagement: Getting the most out of your staff
We want productivity, better products or services, and innovation.
Employees who have good quality jobs and are managed well, will not only be happier, healthier and more fulfilled, but are also more likely to perform well.
This session will examine the nature of employee engagement, its relationship to motivation, well-being and other aspects of working life, and how employers can increase it.
Leslie B. Rogers, Employee Engagement Consultant, Leslie B. Rogers Consulting
4. Build your legacy and create lasting change in your organisation
Interacting with a wide spectrum of personalities can be a dream or a challenge. The questions Leanne is often asked is how do we remain, calm and in control in moments of uncertainty and chaos? How do we continually encourage people to be brave and ask the right questions to solve real problems? and how do we best provide and receive feedback that supports individuals and organisations. Leanne has developed practical tips, offers guidance, and tools to enable professionals to drive lasting change and create a legacy in their organisations.
Leanne Page, Project Director & International Speaker