Michael Webb, the organiser of the upcoming CHASE charities and associations exhibition has warned all speakers featured in the free educational seminar sessions not to spoil them with a sales pitch from the stage.
This follows complaints from delegates that some of last year’s speakers were more interested in selling as opposed to telling. To stop delegates being misled this year Webb has emailed his speakers, stating: “May I also remind all speakers (especially those representing commercial interests) that all presentations should be objective. Delegates will respond negatively to anything approaching a sales pitch.”
Meanwhile one speaker representing commercial interests, Paul Colston, editor of Conference News magazine and one of three editors on a madia panel session at CHASE has demanded that one of the other editors booked be removed, presumably to the commercial benefit of his employer, event industry publishers, advertorial specialists and exhibition organisers Mash Media.
( Note. Copy of relevant emails follow at end of news section. See also details of our first survey, STOP THE SALES PITCHES)