Category Archives: Franchise Events

Grateful to be Within the Franchise Community at the FaegreBD Summit

While at the FaegreBD Summit, Hurricane Harvey was relentlessly submerging Houston in flood waters, and several franchisors were receiving news from their Houston area franchisees—both with incredible needs and with stories of heroism. And as I’m writing, many other franchisors and franchisees in Florida and the southeast are bracing for the arrival of Hurricane Irma….

SPEAK!’s Top Twelve Most Requested Keynote Topics

Would it be helpful to see a list of popular franchise keynote topics for help in your 2018 event planning? Well, we created our SPEAK!’s Top Twelve Most Requested Keynote Topics, for just that purpose! And we’re currently in the process of gathering 2017 information as well and will update it at year’s end. So…

See you at the FaegreBD Franchise Summit on 8/30-31?

SPEAK! is super excited and honored to be involved with the Faegre Baker Daniels’ annual Franchise Summit again this year. It’s such a unique and valuable event, bringing together the best and brightest in franchising for two days of meaningful dialogue (and fun!!)—nothing like it! We hope to see you there, but if your plans…

WHERE to Next? Meeting Destination Tips!

We were talking to our friend Marcus Johnson, from the Reno/Tahoe Convention Visitor’s Bureau about franchise convention destinations the other day and he mentioned a great article from the Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) that we thought we’d pass along. Leverage your Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) or Destination Management Organization (DMO) to Make Your…

Was My Franchise Convention a Wild Success?!?

Here’s Part 3 of SPEAK’s series with tips for creating Fantastic Franchise Conventions! In January, I again had the wonderful opportunity to co-facilitate (with Marcus Johnson, Reno/Tahoe Visitors Bureau) a Business Solutions Roundtable at IFA and listened to some of the most successful franchisors talk about their convention successes. Here’s Part 3 of our series…

Is Wellness Now a Factor in GREEN Meetings?

When looking to update our information on green meetings (because it had been 2015 since we’ve really taken a dive into this), I ran across something fresh that I wanted to share. It’s the addition of “wellness” as a focus. Paul Salinger, VP of Marketing at Oracle (which takes a rigorous approach to greening its…

Insider Notes on Innovative Franchise Conventions

Innovation is great, but proven, fresh ideas from other franchisors about their conventions…that’s awesome, right? In January, I again had the wonderful opportunity to co-facilitate (with Marcus Johnson, Reno/Tahoe Visitors Bureau) a Business Solutions Roundtable at IFA and listened to some of the most successful franchisors talk about their convention successes. The sessions were lively,…

Photos and Fun from IFA!

In the exuberance of re-connecting and meeting wonderful people at IFA last week, we caught SO few pictures of our time (Next year we have committed internally to do better 🙂  — anyone want the job?) So at the risk of slighting so many (Isn’t that the rule? Don’t share photos unless everyone is pictured?),…

Will we see you at IFA 2017?

The SPEAK! team is super excited to be attending IFA 2017. This is by far our very favorite event of the year and we relish the opportunity to create new relationships and connect with cherished long-time franchise friends and valued clients. Not to mention the prospect of rolling up our sleeves to find out what’s…

SPEAK! Franchise Industry Events Calendar 2017

Hello industry friends and welcome to the holidays, If you’re anything like the SPEAK! team, while the joy of the season swirls around us as a wonderful distraction, our heads are down and looking forward to plans for 2017! To me, planning, optimism and hope all roll together and drive this exciting time in the…