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Ep. 31 Talk About Thought Leadership with Meghan Ely

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Ep. 31: Talk About Thought Leadership with Meghan Ely

Episode 31: Talk About Thought Leadership with Meghan Ely

Meghan and I recorded this episode about thought leadership before the pandemic, but it just so happens that it’s the perfect episode. If you’ve been attending all the webinars that have been happening lately and wondering how you can do that too, you’re in the right place. Meghan and I go deep on what it means to be a thought leader, an educator, and how it can work in your business during the uncertain, challenging time ahead. We also discuss how someone can transition from being an expert in your industry to a noted thought leader. So, if you’ve been curious to see if you have what it takes to step into this responsibility, this is the episode for you.

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Meet Meghan Ely

OFD Consulting owner, Meghan Ely, combines in-the-trenches event experience with a love of wedding PR to empower her clients to take their businesses to new heights. A long-time industry speaker and writer, she is a WeddingPro educator with The Knot + WeddingWire, as well as a regular contributor to Wedding Planner Magazine, Wedding Business Magazine, Catersource and 

Additionally, Meghan represents clients globally and has earned them coverage with the New York Times, Martha Stewart Weddings, The Knot, Refinery 29, Forbes and Real Simple, among other outlets. Her team’s publicity efforts are regularly honored by the Public Relations Society of America.  Special Events also has featured her as one of the top 25 young professionals in the event industry. A longtime supporter of industry associations, Meghan currently serves as the 2020 International Vice-President for WIPA, and was the founding Marketing Director for Richmond NACE. 

Most recently, Meghan launched, a go-to resource for in-demand event industry educators.

Key Takeaways:

  • Approach to Thought Leadership
  • Understand Strategy
  • What Thought Leadership Can Do for Your Business
  • A Lot of Different Avenues
  • What Makes a Thought Leader?
  • Have You Achieved Success to Take The Step
  • Thought Leader Skill-Set
  • Helping Thought Leaders Succeed

Renee & Meghan Talked About:
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Title Track Voiceover: Melissa Disney

Editor: M. Lynn

Photos: Courtney Paige Ray

Cover Art: Magnoliahouse Creative

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