The events of 2020 are reflected in the popular conference themes of 2021. From the Covid-19 pandemic to the Black Lives Matter protests, audiences will want to feel healthier and learn more about diversity, inclusion and equality. With the end of Brexit in sight, business owners must adapt to the new rules and regulations, meaning political speakers will be in high demand.
2021 will be a year of recovery, financial, emotional and physical. It will be a year of reunions and welcoming employees back into the workplace. For staff still working from home, businesses will be eager to ensure optimum teamwork through teambuilding speakers.
Check out our predictions for the top corporate event themes for 2021, then contact Champions Speakers to discover the perfect speaker for your event.
Brexit & Politics
From January 2021, businesses will face new rules and regulations in light of the Brexit transition. Affecting trade, importing produce and employment, political speakers are regularly booked to shine a light on the UK’s future outside of the EU. In 2021, Brexit will be one of the most popular conference themes, due to its topical nature and nationwide impact.
Considering the civil rights movement of 2020, it is no surprise that diversity and inclusion are featured on our list of trending conference themes. Businesses are being held accountable for the various genders, races, abilities and sexualities welcomed by their company. As such, more clients than ever will value the power of diversity and inclusion speakers.
In the spring of 2020, for the first time since WW2, the Olympic and Paralympic Games were cancelled. Postponed until the following year, fans mourned the tangible gap in their athletics calendar. To build momentum for the 2021 event, Olympic and Paralympic speakers will be sought after for their personal experiences of the Games.
A key emphasis of company conference themes will be business and financial recovery. Following the devastating impact of Covid-19, many organisations are rebuilding their consumer base and profits, while adapting to safety requirements. Therefore, business, finance and economics experts will be popular among corporate clients, who wish to kickstart their company’s recovery.
Following the Covid-19 pandemic, audiences will have an increased interest in their emotional wellbeing, as well as their ability to endure hardship. Particularly powerful as a corporate conference theme, businesses reported a 24% rise in workplace burnout in 2020, reflecting the need for better mental health support in 2021. Mental health speakers will be essential for reigniting the UK workforce.
From the Australian wildfires to the global recession, it is no surprise that Time Magazine coined 2020 as “the worst year ever”. Their article stated that though the globe has faced greater hardship, notably WW1 and WW2, most people who experienced last year’s events “had no training wheels for this”. Overcoming adversity will be an important skill for audiences to learn.
The workplace of the future will be a far cry from the office cubicles of the late 20th century. Covid-19 forced British businesses to embrace home working; for many, the benefits of remote operating have changed company policies forever. Workplace culture remains one of the most important corporate themes, and with 2021 marking a shift in the status quo, business owners will be eager to both adapt and ensure employee performance.
Similarly to the topic of mental health, mental resilience will be as popular in 2021 as it was in 2020. Conference organisers will be eager to discuss emotional wellbeing and explore techniques for enduring immense pressure and hardship with audiences. Mental resilience speakers are essential figures in the quest for stronger mental health.
On the 6th of February, the UK reported its first positive Covid-19 case. The British public was later forced to face the stark reality of a health crisis. From mass testing and vaccines to the long term side effects of Covid-19, the topic of healthcare will be one of the most important conference themes for 2021.
Teamwork and team building will be some of the best conference themes of 2021, due to the levels of isolation and loneliness evident in 2020. Though both British lockdowns brought the Covid-19 infection rate down, it also forced many to be separated from their loved ones, which damaged people’s emotional wellbeing. Teamwork speakers will reignite social cohesion, especially in the workplace.
This years’ annual conference themes will reflect the crises faced in 2020, from racism to healthcare. To book a speaker for your 2021 event or conference, contact the Champions Speakers agency on 0207 1010 553 or complete our online contact form to receive your free quote.
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