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The Summit Lowdown

People just have to catch onto something that has clicked once and then the herds will follow and try to make the most of it financially

Do you know that these days many live discussions or summits are the order of the day?

Why are you saying that?

Haven’t you seen now there is a profusion of summits, seminars, forums, conclaves, meetings, discussions, debates, milans, sammelans, meditation camps, spiritual discourses and dialogues everywhere?

Yes, I have realised that people like to hear other people talking in person.

All these events handle different topics that range from fashion, crafts, sustainability, beauty, health, fitness, to politics, drama, books, art, cooking, exercise, and more unusual ones but with one common thread running through them.

What is that?

All of them charge a hefty fee to the participants for a 1, 2, or 3 days event with meals thrown in.

That is nice one gets to learn a lot from intelligent speakers and celebrities.

But what I don’t understand is why do people pay to listen to these celebrities, politicians, and movie stars when they have nothing new to say?

Why do you say this, they talk a lot and the audience enjoys it.

But they are not saying anything earth shaking at these events. They are just repeating what they have already said in the media by rehashing their points, which the people can read for free or see/hear on TV without paying such high fees.

Yes I think you are quite right on that point.

Actually these events all end up by being more personal promotions for the speakers and nothing of interest to the listeners.

Why do you say that? 

The speakers are at times out of work celebs, movie stars, businessmen, politicians, lawmakers, ex-presidents, teachers or prime ministers and glamorous names that promote themselves.

I see but then these speakers are meant to be for such happenings as they share their experiences.

The happening is for the speakers since they get a chance to experience lavish hospitality and see themselves on TV and get interviewed by the press.

That must be so refreshing since some of them must have been on the shelf for many years.

It is but very often it’s such a waste of time and money for the participants who may have come because they thought they would learn something but instead end up wasting their time and money.

But these summits must benefit some one otherwise not every TV channel, newspaper, magazine, experts, event organisers would have them so often?

Yes it does help the organisers who also have sponsors that would normally not be allowed to advertise, so the gainers are organisers of these events who are laughing all the way to the bank.

Oh dear this seems to be one more way of making a quick buck. Earlier it was organising fashion weeks, award functions, store launches, brand introductions, beauty contests, exhibitions, charity drives that were popular, although not everyone was taking part or attending them. 

 Yes, people just have to catch onto something that has clicked once and then the herds will follow and try to make the most of it financially.

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