Production Crew Speaker Reviews

Our team sees and hears a lot of speakers each year, so as an added feature to the speaker reviews, we thought it would be fun to ask a crew member his or her thoughts on a speaker. We are going to pick one crew member and ask them to rate the keynote or entertainer on a simple 1-10 scale. We won’t be identifying them by name but will list their position on the crew. This is just another perspective to help identify interesting speakers for your events.

Brian Beaulieu

Type of Speaker: Economist, ITR Economics

Pros: I have the opportunity to see a lot of economists speak, as they are popular at corporate events. Often we will see the same economist “flavor of the month” at many conferences, but Brian Beaulieu was a new name to me, and I was very impressed with his presentation.

He spoke for 90 minutes, which included Q&A. Brian’s presentation included a lot of forecasting and tracking of key economic indicators and contained his company’s historical tracking of those indicators as well. There were a lot of charts and graphs—like usual—but he moved through them fairly quickly. He even included a little humor into the presentation (not something you see often from an economist).

During Brian’s presentation, the audience stayed engaged and interactive. I always think that you can tell that an audience is engaged when two things happen: very few people get up and leave the room and there are a lot of questions during the Q&A session.

Cons: The only concern I have is whether Brian’s presentation would resonate with a wide variety of audiences. The session I saw was targeted at executives at an association.

Bottom Line: I have only seen Brian once, but have already recommended him to a couple of clients.

For more information:  Brian's ITR Economics Page

Update

We worked with Brian again in April 2016 and he was just as good the second time. His humor is still sharp and engaging and his economic presentation was again thorough and easy to understand.