As we near the end of another busy, hectic, chaotic…. blessed, bountiful, energetic year- we have (a little) time to reflect and look ahead. This year was a climax year for politics and technology, and 2020 promises to make last year feel dull in comparison. However, as the political climate changes (explodes) and we see technology boom faster than any year prior, we forecast 2020 to have a huge focus on two less flashy and more impactful trends.
First, Health and Wellness is climbing the charts as a key personal and professional topic. We see many reminders of the importance of overall health, whole health -mind and body- everywhere. It’s refreshing to feel the energy of major brands and markets focused more on health than wealth, more on happiness than status, and more on how you feel versus how you look. We relish in the part we can play by finding the best speakers on the topic. Regardless if it is mental health awareness and activism, physical care and performance, healthcare, or meditation and mindfulness- we’re vetting it. We are the first to admit that business can feel like “busy-ness” and we all need a nudge sometimes to slow down and recharge, OR maybe we need to ramp up our self care, exercise routine, or healthy eating. Either way, the end of a year is a great time to reflect on the year in rear view and focus on what positive changes we can make in the year ahead. Meetings and conferences are soaring with health and wellness as a key focus from snacks, activities, venues, and our favorite- speakers. So lucky us that we get to spend our days researching it.
The other topic that is staring us right between the eyes for 2020 is Diversity. We have moved away from diversity being a divisive and taboo word at work and instead it feels more beautiful and inclusive than ever. We see this topic in the speaking industry as welcoming, inviting, and hopeful. There is room at the table for all, there is a piece of the pie for everyone. Inclusion isn’t about “this instead of that “ in contrary, we get requests for “more female speakers” and “speakers of all gender and color.” We are excited about the growth of the keynote stage moving into 2020- its a time of opportunity and a time to embrace something that might feel and look different. Like a good night’s sleep, it should feel refreshing, natural, and long overdue instead of a jolt to the system.
We as a company have had a year of growth. We are making stronger connections with clients and speakers that matter to us, we are taking personal interest in topics and trends that matter to our audiences. We have heart in our work, and we take pride in taking care of ourselves and each other. As a woman owned business, today and always, we feel seen and maybe a little bit shiny. We know that we stand out in the best way possible. This holds us accountable to be the best and deserve the spotlight that is on us.
Today’s insta-world is #grateful and #blessed so we feel a little cliche in telling everyone what’s good over here at Goodman Speakers. However, we can’t help but think that if gratitude is trending and words like “blessed” and “loved” are becoming overused, the world is in a better place than we might think. So pardon us while we throw confetti and join the movement. We are so #grateful for 2019 and all of the incredible interactions we had. We wish you all a #blessed 2020 in your personal and professional spaces. Find a new hobby, make a new connection, start a new tradition, achieve a new goal, but most of all surround yourself with people and moments that inspire you and choose love whenever you can.
Jenna Jorge, President