Gone are the days when meeting participants are content with sitting through hour after hour of mind-numbing meetings accompanied by overhead projections, PowerPoint presentations and droll introductory jokes.
When we started Speakers’ Spotlight in 1995, the world was a much different place. The Internet was in its infancy, nobody I knew had an e-mail address, and “social media” were two words rarely used in the same sentence. The role of speakers’ bureaus and agencies was very much that of a gatekeeper. They had rolodexes with speakers’ telephone numbers, and if a meeting professional or conference organizer wanted to book a particular speaker, unless they happened to know them personally, they pretty much had to go through an agency.