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Andrea Driessen

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Chief Boredom Buster Andrea Driessen…

believes we are all entitled to feeling radically engaged in our world–and that includes during important business meetings. Professional, playful and positively resourceful, she’s the high-spirited, highly regarded expert you need on your team.

Andrea views events as critical, under-used opportunities to build engagement, and inspire people to perform at levels they may have thought impossible. Audiences are then fully awake and able to learn what they need to be more effective and productive.

For 25 years, Andrea has been linking speakers with captive audiences. Raised in a family in which learning was strongly encouraged, by parents who valued self-directed education and discovery, Andrea thrives on connecting experts with audiences. A Professional Convention Management Assn. “Best in Class” speaker, Andrea delivers interactive workshops including 5 Actionable Conference Design Insights from TED Events and From Bore to ROAR TM—How to Design Radically Engaging Events.

A member of the Int’l Assn. of Speakers Bureaus and a member of its Ethics Committee, Andrea was given their Pacesetters’ Award in recognition of her efforts to move the Association and the industry forward. She also helps organize TEDxSeattle and is a TEDSummit and TEDActive attendee.

Andrea is a member of Meeting Professionals International and a columnist on meeting engagement and gamification for its Meeting Professional Magazine, giving meeting professionals tools for staging more productive events.

Her “Unborify Your Life” writing appears in The Huffington Post and The Business Journals. In 2015, she founded the online community, 50 Ways of Defying Grey.

Believing that we’re all entitled to feeling engaged in the world up til the end, Andrea is a hospice volunteer in Seattle. And when not putting an end to boring meetings, Andrea stays un-bored with visits to spas, happy hours, gyms, and other time zones. Eventually she would like to become a trapeze artist with Cirque du Soleil.

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