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Thinking about ditching your early bird rate for your event? Think again

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The “early bird” rate has been with us as long as we’ve had paid for events. And the reason they are still with us? Well, it is because they are so useful. In this post I want to make sure you are making the most of your early rates.

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Dealing with protesters at an event

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How would you cope with protesters or demonstrators at your event? The world is watching our events. Our conferences, exhibitions and dinners can be magnets for protesters and demonstrators. How to respond to a situation like this is something most event organisers have never even considered.

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15 tips for negotiating a venue

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The venue you use is likely to be one of, if not the biggest, expense on your event budget. So any tips to help you secure a better rate are going to useful. So what about 15 tips for negotiating with a venue? . The venue is so important. I love creative spaces!

Sustainability at events is more than reducing paper and plastics

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In April I spoke in Gothenburg at the Association World Congress. The subject was social justice issue and specifically sustainable events. My subject: Sustainability at events, is more than reducing plastics and paper use. Gothenburg was the perfect city to speak about sustainable events.

A Practical Guide to Measuring Event Success

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Where to start with online events

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There is no getting away from it. If you have an events business you simply must start looking at online / digital elements of your event. But where to start with online events? One of the busiest areas for our consultancy this year has been around online events.

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Event technology how things haven’t really changed

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(This post and the slides are taken from my session at the UK Association Congress which took place in London in December and covered event technology. I’ve amended it to make it more general and this post relates to every type of events business).

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#eventprofs need to use more event tools like the event canvas

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To be recognised as true professionals #eventprofs have to adopt more tools: we have to act and be seen to be more professional. Looking at the Event Canvas is a great place to start. . Many professions are defined by the tools they use.

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Cancelling an event and what event professionals should think about

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Now, I am sure most of us have cancelled an event or two during our careers. If you only ran events that you KNEW were going to run you probably wouldn’t do much that was innovative or new.

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PCMA EduCon Los Angeles 2019

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PCMA EduCon took place in Los Angeles in June 2019 and I was lucky enough to be asked to mentor the attendees of PCMA’s Homeless Hackathon and to present a session on online events. . What a packed few days.

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The Events Industry is kicking back against homelessness around the globe

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The events industry is built around feeding and housing people. We always make sure their bellies are full and when we host our events we have bedrooms and all manor of accommodation sorted for our attendees.

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Fresh formats for conferences

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I spoke at IBTM in Barcelona ( you can read the “review” here ) at the end of November on one of my favourite topics, Meeting Design or fresh formats for conferences.

The Edinburgh International Magazine Festival

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The Edinburgh International Magazine Festival has the potential to re-imagine an international festival by focusing on the communities built around that most accessible of print media: the magazine. .

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My review of PCMA Convening Leaders 2019

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I’d heard a lot about PCMA Convening Leaders. It is widely regarded as the best event in the event industry. It’s certainly the biggest, with almost 5000 event planners attending this years event in Pittsburgh. Now, that’s MASSIVE!

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Celebrate your next event

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The need to celebrate your next event is something that goes way beyond the opportunity to show the world how good you are. I remember asking the Chairman not to say thanks to me or my team for organising the event.

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Exhibition fundamentals and how to create the right type of exhibition

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In this post I will cover the exhibition fundamentals that should underpin every exhibition. . I recently wrote a post for Exhibition News in which I said that adding an exhibition to a conference can add value AND increase profit.

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What happens after a hackathon

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I’ve had a few event organisers get in touch with me following the post last year about how an organisation can make the most of a hackathon. One of the questions I was asked was “what happens after a hackathon as it seems very different from other types of events?”

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The stressful job of an event professional

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I was asked my GEVME a great event marketing and management platform to contribute to an article about relieving stress before an event. The advice from the experienced planners is very useful in removing pre event stress from the stressful job of an event professional.

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How to reduce event risk my top ten tips

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I’ve been managing events for over twenty years. I’ve seen my fair share of risky events taken to market and in this post I want to share some of my tips to reduce the risks of your next event. .

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A few thoughts about events for the event industry

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November is always a busy month for event organisers in the event industry.

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The perfect speaker briefing

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There is a direct correlation between how well a speaker is briefed and how good the conference will be. The better the briefing the better the content. And therefore the better the conference. So how do you design the perfect speaker briefing? How are you briefing your speakers.

Scotland’s first-ever homeless hackathon

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Press Release. Glasgow to host Scotland’s first-ever “Homeless Hackathon”. A major homeless hackathon will take place in Glasgow across the weekend of 13 th – 15 th April, designed to find practical ways of tackling the homeless situation in Scotland’s major cities.

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The Edinburgh Festival how large events must consider the locals

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There are many different things you are taught as an event organiser, but one ever present is that “big is beautiful” There’s scarcely an events organiser who doesn’t want their small event to grow to epic proportions.

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3 brilliant design sites for events

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An essential skill for an event manager is to have a keen eye for design. I’ve listed my favourite design sites for event managers. They are brilliant for creating flyers, posters, social media updates and even videos! And so much more.

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Engaging an online event audience

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So you have managed to get a bunch of people to log on and watch your online event. You have done all the hard work and congratulations! But don’t celebrate too soon. Engaging an online event audience is not as easy as you think.

2018 166

Crowdfunding an event a great option for any event planner

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A couple of weeks ago we started crowdfunding an event for the first ever time. The event will be (should it reach its funding level of course) a Virtual Summit for Europe’s largest blog for PAs: Practically Perfect PA.

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crowdfunding an event – a case study

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In June 2017 we managed to successfully crowdfund a business to business event. In this post I want to cover, the reasons we recommended this approach to our client and why crowdfunding an event may not be for everyone. I also want to look at in detail, exactly how to crowdfund an event.

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What I learned from organizing my first hackaton

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The Homeless Hackathon in Glasgow took place on the weekend (as Hackathons tend to do) of the 13/15 April at the brilliant Citizen M hotel. I organised the event from start to finish and it’s been added to the ever growing list of over 700 events that I can put my name next to.

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Homeless Hackathon Glasgow

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In November, we will run a “Homeless Hackathon” in Glasgow.

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networking at conferences structuring connections

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Networking at conferences is always one of the top three reasons that attendees give for attending a conference. So, if it’s so important for our attendees, I think that we event planners should do a wee bit more to structure that networking; to make sure that good connections happen.

Five Easy Ways To Freshen Up Your Annual Conference

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Work trials in the hospitality industry

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In the last few weeks three incidents have taken place within the events and hospitality industry in Scotland, which have highlighted a few of our less than fair working practices.

Attracting millennials and gen-z to your event

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The Open Championship, Golf’s flagship event in Europe has transformed itself over the last few years as it tries interacting and attracting millennials and gen-z. I visited The Open in 2011 at Royal St George’s Golf Club in Sandwich.

2018 148

How organisations can make the most of a hackathon

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It’s been almost two months since we organised the Homeless Hackathon in Glasgow. A Hackathon is a wonderful event format and it allows the organiser to really try to achieve something at the event. It’s less talking and more doing.

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How to make the most of a unique venue

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Making the most of a unique venue. There are few things that annoy me more than boring venues. We have all been to – and no doubt hosted – events in boring venues. You know the ones; dark, dreary and devoid of atmosphere. But things are changing.

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Familiarisation trip how to prepare

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Familiarisation trips are stock and trade for an event organiser. They are kind of a busman’s holiday and every event organiser should go on at least one fan trip (if at all possible) a year. I’ve been lucky enough to be on several familiarisation trips over the years.

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How to run a short notice event

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Probably every event manager has been asked to run an event with much less lead in time than they would ideally like. Running a short notice event is just one of the many scenarios we event professionals have to cope with.

2018 139

How to quickly calculate the right event contingency

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Every event comes with an element of risk and some events are of course riskier than others. So how do you ensure that you have the right event contingency in your event budget? This simple process will go along way to ensuring you have accounted for the right level of risk.

2018 139

Benchmarking Association Events

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I had a brilliant day at the Event Strategy Conference in London on the 16th July. It was great to see almost sixty association event professionals taking the time out of their busy schedule to think strategically about their events and about benchmarking association events.

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