Back at the end of August, I shared a press release from the QEII Center regarding their QEZoo event, ‘Event Profs, Become Effective Zookeepers With The QEII Zoo!‘. I’m very happy to say that I attended the event and had a great time! I’ve recently received a new press release that is a follow up to that event.
The speaker for the presentation was Nigel Risner, who believes that, “people’s personalities are linked to one of four animals, event professionals attending the QEII Centre’s event learned how by adopting the role of a zookeeper they become more effective leaders and can create greater imaginative events that appeal and hold the attention of each of the varying traits.“
From the press release,
The performance coach estimates that people are only psychologically “in the room” 50% of the time and dispelled the myth that conferences and events need to follow a set format. Instead, he energetically illustrated how, with subtle changes to their approach, they can communicate more effectively and bring out the best of each animal type.
“Communication is not that complicated,” said Nigel Risner, who has advised numerous leading companies and brands including Barclays, Deloitte, GlaxoSmithKline, Sainsbury’s and Sky. “If we can recognise the characteristics and can understand what makes each animal tick, while putting them in the best possible surroundings and feeding them the right kind of food, we can communicate better and achieve greater success.”
Further to the idea communication and animal based personality types,
Every zoo needs a good zookeeper to maintain creativity and keep balance in organisations. Communication is a key attribute to learning. If event professionals adopt the role of coach rather than commentator and think about nurturing each of the animals and communicating in the correct style and language, life becomes a breeze, and everyone thrives.”
The QEII Center was a great venue, accessible and with plenty of event spaces. An ideal place for the presentation, or any event really,
QEII’s director of sales and marketing, Diane Waldron, said: “This was a great and informative session. We’re always keen to innovate and look at how things can be done differently – whether that’s through offering new event formats or the creative use of space. Everyone was able to relate to and spot each of the animal characteristics in their own teams and learn how we can all achieve greater things and lead more effectively by improving our own communication styles and approaches. It was also a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate the flexibility and versatility of the varying event spaces at the QEII.”
Here’s a brief video featuring Nigel Risner talking about being a Zookeeper…
The full press release is available by clicking the download button below.