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Are in-person events COVID safe?

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September 2021 — Are in-person events COVID safe?

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It’s not an entrance it’s a layer

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At a Marlboro Music Festival rehearsal last week, I heard the words entrance and layer used in a single sentence. And it made me think about meeting design. Marcy Rosen, right, leads a rehearsal. The rehearsal. On August 8, my wife and I attended a rehearsal of Beethoven’s String Quartet, Op.

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Two ways for #eventprofs to meet up this week

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There are two great ways for #eventprofs to meet up this week. I’ll be at both! 1 • techsytalk GLOBAL conference — Tuesday and Wednesday (September 28 & 29). On Tuesday and Wednesday (September. 28 & 29), join me at the techsytalk GLOBAL Conference.

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How to provide new experiences at meetings

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How can we provide new experiences at meetings? Not new F&B, decor, or glitz. Something deeper. Here’s a story…. A memorial service. Last month, I staffed an online memorial service for E, a friend who died tragically, at age 42, of breast cancer.

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Hub and spoke meetings

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Ever since my first encounter with the hybrid hub and spoke meeting topology at Event Camp Twin Cities in 2011, I’ve been a big fan of the format. Yesterday [see below], I realized that hub and spoke is a great format for purely online meetings too. But first….

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How meeting professionals can measure and improve event ROI in a post-pandemic world

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[My June, 2021 guest post for BlueJeans by Verizon on event ROI.]. What is event ROI? Return On Investment (ROI) is such a familiar business concept that it’s easy to gloss over the complexities of defining it in the context of events.

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Words will never hurt me

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Growing up, just about every child experiences name-calling. I certainly did. Sometimes I’d tell my mum, and she’d repeat the childhood rhyme: “ Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. ” Oh, if only that were that true!

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Venue ventilation for COVID-19

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Attention, meeting planners! Safe meeting venue ventilation for COVID-19 is critical. As we start thinking about returning to in-person events, it’s crucial to check that venues are upgrading their HVAC systems to handle potentially virus-infused air.

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Why our meetings are still full of lectures

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Why are our meetings still full of lectures? Well, listen to and consider this June 11, 2021 quote from New York City Mayoral frontrunner Eric Adams : [link]. With new technology of remote learning, you don’t need school children to be in a school building with a number of teachers.

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Dive Into Your Inventory Data (and Add Substantial Profits to Your Bottom Line)

Speaker: Ian Foster, Sculpture Hospitality Regional Director West Coast

In this seminar, Ian Foster will discuss the basics of inventory management, including tips on how to get inventory right and how to evaluate your food and pour costs. Ian will examine the best ordering practices from our clients. Finally, he’ll share some case studies showing how well designed inventory control can uncover hidden losses from over-pouring and lost sales that will result in several thousand dollars of extra profit every month.

Presentation versus interaction at meetings

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What is the mix of presentation versus interaction at your meetings? What should it be? Traditional meetings focus heavily on presentation. Interaction is limited to a few questions at the end of sessions, plus conversations “outside” the formal sessions.

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A novel way to assess consensus

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Chapter 44 of my book The Power of Participation explains how facilitators use participatory voting to provide public information about viewpoints in the room, and pave the way for further discussion. In particular, we often use participatory voting to assess consensus.

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Moderating Online Panels — Ideas and Resources

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Last week I immensely enjoyed participating in a two-hour Zoom brain trust on moderating online panels. So good, it should be shared with a wider audience. So here’s a treasury of good ideas and resources we uncovered.

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Gamification makes about as much sense as chocolate-dipped broccoli

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Gamification “makes about as much sense as chocolate-dipped broccoli” Education professor Amy Bruckman , coined this analogy in a 1999 paper on game software design: “Most attempts at making software both educational and fun end up being neither.

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Maximize Your Profit Margins

Speaker: Shawn Imbeault and Geoff Loukes, Sculpture Hospitality

In the past year, we've learned that maximizing margins can determine whether your restaurant stays afloat when times get hard. Join Shawn Limbeault and Geoff Loukes, in this master class that will take you through the best practices of maximizing your margins, From FOH to BOH.

Powerful Panels interview with Adrian Segar

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Here’s my Powerful Panels interview with good friend and meeting panel doyen Kristin Arnold. During our 25 minutes together, we discussed various panel formats, their value, and how to structure and design powerful panel discussions into the larger context of meetings, conferences, and events.

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Lessons learned from online meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic

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The Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) has published some useful lessons learned from organizing six online scientific meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here is my summary of what I think are the most interesting findings, plus some commentary.

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Are Online Meetings Reducing Our Collective Intelligence?

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Are online meetings reducing our collective intelligence [CI] ? New research from Carnegie Mellon has been widely interpreted as concluding that, for example, “Zoom is actually less effective than a phone call” , and “Video conferencing can hurt collaboration” Not so fast.

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How to start online meetings on time

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Is it possible to routinely start online meetings on time? But first…. Think about the last three meetings you attended. Raise your hand if all of them started on time. Anyone? Anyone? Why don’t scheduled meetings start on time?

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Restaurant Management Masterclass

Speaker: Harlan Scott, Founder of Harlan Scott Hospitality and Industry Restaurant

Due first to necessary staffing cuts, extreme safety protocols, and now the need to rehire against outsized government stimulus, unemployment benefits and wage requirements, managing and staffing have become the most urgent conversation in restaurants today. This, adding on to the lynch-pin management style restaurants often have, has made restaurant cultures more vulnerable and volatile than ever. If your restaurant is suffering from cut staff, low morale, or ineffective training, you've come to the right place. Join Harlan Scott of Harlan Scott Hospitality, learn how to get back in control of your restaurant and your operation back on autopilot.

No, I do not hate in-person meetings

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I’d like to be clear that I don’t hate in-person meetings , despite what some have been posting recently on a Facebook group for meeting professionals: “Often wondered why so many on this feed hate live events.”

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The meeting industry new normal

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Many event professionals are hoping and waiting for a meeting industry new normal. The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated our businesses. We want to believe that, at some point, in-person meetings like the ones we’ve held for decades will return.

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The four meeting professionals you meet in heaven

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The essential characteristics of meeting professionals. If there is a heaven on earth in the event industry, there are four essential characteristics of successful meeting professionals you’ll meet there.

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The meeting industry new normal — Part 2

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The meeting industry old normal is over, and many event professionals are hoping and waiting for a new normal. See Part 1 of this post for an introduction to this point of view.]. What will the meeting industry new normal look like?

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A Masterclass in Restaurant Digital Transformation

Speaker: Jay Coldren, Alex Barrow, and Greer Kimsey, Street Sense Team

Behaviorists say it takes 21 days to solidify a habit. 365 days of quarantine later, it's safe to say that our customers will be keeping some quarantine habits. At the center of these habits is the digital world: online ordering, advertising, booking, reviewing, etc. It will become essential for restaurants to create omni-channel experiences for customers, and to market them effectively. Join Jay Coldren and his team in this masterclass to learn the tactics for dominating the digital restaurant sphere.

COVID-19, in-person meetings, and wishful thinking

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This is not an easy post to write. The pandemic’s impact on lives and businesses has been devastating. COVID-19 has virtually eliminated in-person meetings: our industry’s bread and butter.

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Achieve success one small step at a time

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I’ve written frequently about facilitating change. Despite attempting to practice what I preach, I still sometimes fail to create a desired change in my life. Here are two recent examples that led me to realize that I need to achieve success one small step at a time.

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Please don’t call them virtual meetings

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I’ve been noticing a strange trend, ever since COVID-19 caused just about all bread and butter meetings to vanish. Suddenly, people are calling the meetings we’re holding these days virtual meetings. In the immortal words of Bob Newhart. Stop it! Virtual.

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Trust, safety, and learning at meetings

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If people come to meetings to learn, how can we create the best environment for them to do so? It turns out that trust and safety are prerequisites for optimum learning at meetings. Let’s explore why. How we learn at meetings.

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Restrictions Into Opportunities: How to Make Your Restaurant Succeed

Speaker: Patrick Cottrell and Joe English

Whether your state allows outdoor dining, takeout only, or a little bit of both, we're here to help. Join Patrick Cottrell and Joe English from Sculpture Hospitality, for a webinar on Jan. 26th, and get your restaurant to thrive in face of pandemic restrictions

Are NFTs the future of event marketing?

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The TLDR version: in my opinion, non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are not the future of event marketing. Read on to learn why. Read the full article at Conferences That Work The post Are NFTs the future of event marketing? appeared first on Conferences That Work. No related posts.

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On our different responses to adversity

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We all have different responses to adversity, and none of them are “wrong” I write this post a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, sparked by the personal experience of an old friend, psychotherapist and author Nancy Leach. She shared the following: This was the journey.

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He can only do Segar

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How does what someone says about me myself influence my life. Who am I really? How can I be myself? What does it even mean to “be myself”? The school play. Educated during our teens to be total nerds , we had little time for anything but science and math at Dulwich College.

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Designing conferences to solve participants’ problems

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What makes attending conferences worthwhile? As I described in Conferences That Work , the two most common reasons for attending conferences are to learn useful things and make useful connections. But there are numerous other ways that conferences provide value to stakeholders.

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Effortlessly Interact with an Entire Audience from Any Location

1,000 Participants. 75 Locations. 1 Solution.

Playing games, gamification, and the gulf between them

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My post on gamification last week garnered plenty of comments on LinkedIn. Many responses exposed the vague ways people use the word gamification to imply, well, something good about a service that some companies provide. Like advertising’s liberal use of improved!

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Don’t be a hero — solve small problems!

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When’s the right time to solve small problems? The right answer is almost always “ as soon as practically possible! ” Why? Because small problems often become large problems if we don’t work on them in a timely fashion.

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Stop treating adults like children at your conferences

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Please stop treating adults like children at your conferences. For an exception, see the end of this post.). With children there’s an argument for broadcast-style learning. Schools originally developed as establishments for improving the efficiency of oral communication of information.

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The danger of our drive to make sense

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In our natural desire to predict the future and make good decisions, we must always stay mindful of the danger of our drive to make sense. Nick Chater and George Loewenstein propose that evolution has produced a ‘drive for sense-making’. They argue that sense-making…. …is

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Free Virtual Event RFP Template: Find Your Ideal Event Vendor

Download the Request for Proposal template to learn: What is an RFP and why run one? Who should be involved in the process? What requirements should you look for in a virtual event RFP (Request for Proposal)? SPOTME