Tell great stories in Dublin. Learn how the Dublin Convention Bureau are encouraging people to come to Dublin, one story at a time.
Dublin Convention Bureau are a branch of Failte Ireland. They work to encourage conferences and event planners to come to Dublin and hold their events in our country’s capital.
The team behind the Bureau promote different locations and venues around the city. They also help conferences make their Dublin bid successful.
To help achieve their goals the team use stories about the city, discussing everything from the friendly locals to ease of access and what truly makes Dublin different.
The Perfect Pitch
At Dublin Convention Bureau they believe in the power of storytelling.
On Friday July 6 in conjunction with SITE Young Leaders they held a special event in the Stella Theatre in Rathmines. The event was dedicated to storytelling and how it can perfect your sales pitch.
Founded in 1973, the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) is an international association for incentive travel professionals. It is split into 29 local chapters with over 2,000 members worldwide. The association is made up of incentive travel professionals who know from experience that incentive travel works. It works to reward, retain and motivate employees.
Ireland has one of the biggest chapters in Europe. As part of this chapter, they have developed a group called SITE Young Leaders, for people aged under 30 or who have less than five years experience in the incentive travel industry.
Networking events are one of the biggest things SITE Young Leaders does during the year. They aim to have at least one networking event with an educational focus, this year this event took place in Dublin.
Entitled “The Perfect Pitch – Release Your Inner Storyteller” the morning event was to help participants learn the value of developing their authenticity and how this contributes to building more powerful stories which will drive emotional engagement and recall of their messages.
For the members of SITE their job is to encourage incentive travel to Ireland. This comes with a lot of pitches and presenting, something which they felt could be improved with storytelling.
Throughout the morning over 70 guests took part in a series of exercises, workshops and keynote addresses. The ultimate goal of this was to enhance their influencing skills to drive action and grow their businesses with both existing and new relationships.
Speakers are the event, which included Phil Kingston of the Abbey Theatre and Sam Johnson of the Dublin Convention Bureau, also addressed how to develop a confident sense of personal presence when communicating their story.
Phil Kingston taught attendees about how to get your story across in a more animated way. He took his own experiences working with the Abbey Theatre and taught attendees key storytelling skills.
Another speaker at the event was Rowan Manahan who is known as ‘The Presenter Mentor’. Rowan has worked on professional presentations since 1989. He has worked with companies of all sizes in areas including pitches, demos and profile-building.
Belief in storytelling
When pitching for business and presenting in front of an audience the Dublin Convention Bureau believe telling stories to help you succeed.
Stories invoke emotion, they grip your audience and help them engage with your every word. The Dublin Convention Bureau has recognised this and is encouraging stories in their work.
They also believe in the power of storytelling to help others and are keen to share their storytelling knowledge which a wide range of people.