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Our #OneCommunity Virtual Event Platform offers incredible networking features to enhance your virtual and hybrid events. At conferences and other knowledge-driven events, sessions and presentations are always great conversation starters. Contact Conference Compass to find out more.

Conference Networking: How to Help Attendees Make Meaningful Connections

Endless Events

Conference planning is well underway. You know that conference networking is important, but you’re not sure how to help your attendees make meaningful connections. A recent study done by the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) showed that 76% of almost 9,000 participants said networking was a top driver when deciding whether or not to attend a conference or event. Use technology to enhance your networking events.

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My Turbulent Love Affair With Digital-Event Networking

Velvet Chainsaw

I have been a loyal and passionate disciple of networking for all of my adult life. I learned a lot over the first nine months of the pandemic as I collaborated with clients to design and deliver high-value networking experiences in the digital-only world we were living in.

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I Think We Cracked the Code on Digital Networking!

Velvet Chainsaw

If you missed our recent webinar on Cracking the Code on Digital Networking, you can watch it on-demand. It is well worth your time to learn from two masters: Amanda Kaiser (pictured, top right) and Arianna Rehak (pictured, bottom), co-founders of the 2021 Virtual Networking Incubator.

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Conference Networking: How to Help Attendees Make Meaningful Connections/ ?Edit

Endless Events

Conference planning is well underway. You know that conference networking is important, but you’re not sure how to help your attendees make meaningful connections. A recent study done by the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) showed that 76% of almost 9,000 participants said networking was a top driver when deciding whether or not to attend a conference or event. Use technology to enhance your networking events.

Conference Networking To The Max – Become a Social Beast

Meeting Application

Attending a conference, or any event really is an excellent business opportunity. Networking is all about having a plan and going out into the wild with an extrovert attitude. Stay with me as I lay down the guidelines for networking like a pro. Many networking newbies’ plan probably goes along the lines of “alright, I’m going to approach some people, have a chat, and exchange business cards”.

[WEBINAR]: Cracking the Code on Event Networking

Velvet Chainsaw

Delivering meaningful networking and connecting experiences in a digital or hybrid experience. In February, our two guests founded the 2021 Virtual Networking Incubator. Learning Outcomes: Learn the new considerations for hosts planning networking events.

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Renegotiating Live Event Agreements When All Parties Are Innocent Victims

Velvet Chainsaw

While these numbers look dismal for hotels, similar forecasts would apply to AV companies, exhibit service contractors, DMOs, exhibitor and attendee participation, conference-organizer revenue, and nearly any other product or service you can link to the live events industry.

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Key Takeaways from PCMA’s Convening Leaders 2020

Velvet Chainsaw

Conference Networking central hub central zone Convening Leaders finding your tribe networking PCMA Professional Convention Management Association

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Do You Really Have Them at Hello? Rethinking Your First-Timer Strategy

Velvet Chainsaw

One of my biggest pet peeves is the way some conferences approach first-time attendees. Being intentional and having a plan for how you welcome someone who is experiencing your conference for the first time is not only the right thing to do, it’s also a smart attendee acquisition strategy. It’s a pivotal time to onboard and help them make connections that will last throughout the conference, and, hopefully, throughout the years as they become repeat attendees.

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The Crisis of Connection

Velvet Chainsaw

So what does this mean for those of us responsible for organizing and executing conferences and events? Rethink the way you design your networking opportunities. With millions of people experiencing face-to-face conferences, meetings and events each week, we have a unique opportunity to make some small shifts in the way we design them, which could have some dramatic results in the battle against loneliness. We’re lonely. And not just a little lonely.

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Networking Games: 8 Effective—and Fun—Networking Activities for Your Next Event

Endless Events

No matter the industry, networking games are one of the best ways to connect a community. But the importance of networking often gets overlooked in the grand scheme of the event planning process. For most people, unstructured networking events are intimidating. Consider, instead, of offering networking games. Networking games that incorporate technology: 1. Speed Networking: You’ve probably heard of speed dating, but have you heard of speed networking ?

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Three Core Conference Planning Tenets To Master And Skillfully Apply

Velvet Chainsaw

Does your conference committee practice organized abandonment and avoid no-bottom-line-mindsets? How are they at focusing on the purpose, goals and target market of the conference when making decisions? These three principles are vital to maintaining a healthy, strong conference. Often conference planning members lack experience with the tenets of organized abandonment, focus on strategic alignment and organizing for opportunity.

Shindig

Event Industry News

It enables a host to give a video conference , presentation, interview, panel discussion or media event in front of an online audience of thousands. A virtual lobby where event attendees can mingle, network, and conduct private business on the platform.

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When Contemplating Conference Growth, Think Next Audiences Which Includes Next Gen

Velvet Chainsaw

Too often when we think about conference growth or sustainability, we assume it means attracting next gen customers. Instead of limiting our conference growth plans to a specific generation, let’s consider next audiences. When we address next audiences, we plan conferences for participants from four different generations, not just next gen. And we have experienced them first hand in the conferences we plan and attend.

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Conversations, Collaboration and Chemistry

Velvet Chainsaw

So the quality of our conversations — especially those participants have with others at conferences and meetings — has a direct chemical impact on them, those around them, and therefore on the organizations they belong to. You want to strive for Level 3 at your conferences: Level 1 conversations are transactional in nature. This is important, considering that the large majority of our conference schedule is dedicated to pushing content to our audiences. Judith E.

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How to Ask for a Raise and Other Top Learnings from IAEE Women’s Leadership Forum

Velvet Chainsaw

Having recently consulted with a major professional association on the sustainability and long-term growth strategy of its women’s leadership conference, I was motivated to attend a leadership forum for women in our own industry: IAEE’s Women’s Leadership Forum, which took place at the new MGM National Harbor in early May. Here are some of the key learnings I took away from the Forum, many of which can be applied to any aspiring professional or any conference. Encourage networking.

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Event Planner Networking: 4 Creative Ways to Connect Attendees

Endless Events

Networking is often listed as the number one reason people attend conferences and events. Unfortunately, event planner networking often falls to the bottom of event planners’ priorities. When it comes to event planner networking ideas, it can be difficult to find new and exciting ways to effectively bring the right people together. Technology is starting to play a big role in event planner networking. Talk about next level networking.

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Digital Innovation At Events – #EventIcons Episode 106

Endless Events

Find out how to get important data about your attendees such as what parts of your event they spent the most time in, who they are networking with and beyond. In the in events industry data is the new gold. Wouldn’t you love to get inside your attendees minds to better your event? With digital innovation at events now you can. Having access to this type of data allows for you to create the best experience possible for your events in the future.

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The #EventTech Podcast: Eric Ly (@ericly), Founder & CEO, Presdo

EventHero

In this discussion, Eric shares his experiences building (and using) technology to facilitate networking at professional events. Networking Podcast Technology Conference Networking Conferences Eric Ly Event Apps Event Networking Presdo Presdo MatchJohn Federico ( @gadgetboy ) talks with Eric Ly ( @ericly ), Founder & CEO of Presdo.

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Everything You Need to Know for Killer Conference Breakout Sessions

Endless Events

Breakout sessions are a staple at conferences. If you are wondering what conference breakout sessions are and why more and more conferences are incorporating them, then continue reading. All of these topics revolve around a central theme, the conference’s main theme. More than ever we are seeing conference breakout sessions used to create a more personal feel that feeds off participation and involvement from the audience. Organizing Conference Breakout Sessions.

C2 Montreal – Not Your Average Conference

Endless Events

Business and event planners around the globe are raving about this year’s C2 Montreal conference. There were over 6,000 participants that attended the C2 Montreal event this year and although the 2018 event was at the end of May, the groundbreaking is already planning for the 2019 conference with the theme of tomorrow. Most people go to the C2 event to experience the future of networking, but it’s completely different from any of the networking events most of us attend.

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Speed Networking at Your Next Conference

Social Tables

While I am not a big fan of hosted speed networking events on their own, I am a strong believer in integrating speed networking concepts with corporate conference activities. No matter how many hands are shaken at conferences, there will always be a little uneasy about approaching strangers. By offering speed networking as part of your conference program, you eliminate this barrier. There are different formats for speed networking at conferences.

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Speed Networking at Your Next Conference

Social Tables

While I am not a big fan of hosted speed networking events on their own, I am a strong believer in integrating speed networking concepts with corporate conference activities. No matter how many hands are shaken at conferences, there will always be a little uneasy about approaching strangers. By offering speed networking as part of your conference program, you eliminate this barrier. There are different formats for speed networking at conferences.

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Your All-Out Guide to Conference Planning

Endless Events

A conference is more than just talks and booths inside a ballroom. This means their experience both during and in-between conference events are in your hands. Not to worry, that’s why we’ve put together all our conference planning guides here, to make sure you plan the best event experience for them. From their stay at your designated accommodation, to the talks they will attend and to their networking and unwinding time, we’ve got you covered.

Are Networking Events Worth It for Your Business?

Endless Events

Networking events are always a useful way to get people to come together and form professional and personal bonds. We’ll explain all there is to know about these come-togethers and how to follow up after a networking event for best measurable results. The Pros and Cons of Networking Events. Studies also suggest in-person meetings generate more ideas compared to remote conferences. You can always follow up after networking event using social media.

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7 Tips for Driving Attendee Engagement at Virtual Events

Smart Meetings

As we move into pandemic recovery, virtual and hybrid events will remain top of mind for many marketing teams, with 92 percent of companies planning to host a digital event, conference or meet-up at some point in the year. which can include channels for each conference track.

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Industry reunites to welcome the return of live events

Event Industry News

Speaking about the event Claire Wormsley, Co-Founder of Global Conference Network said: “The events industry has adapted and survived the last 14 months; but there’s no denying that the return of live events is what we’ve all really, really been waiting for.

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Conference and event leaders come together for the 6th Annual Conference Summit

Event Industry News

The Global Conference Network (GCN) hosted the Conference Summit on Friday 9th at 99 City Road, London. Attended by 150 conference and event industry leaders and suppliers, the annual Conference Summit is renowned for addressing the critical issues facing the industry. The 6th Annual Conference Summit included presentations and discussions about event successes, failures, newcomer disruption, innovation, and the impact of new technology. […].

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Getting Serious About Forecasting Future Conference Topics

Velvet Chainsaw

Savvy 21st Century conference organizers can effectively demonstrate strategic learning alignment of their conference networking and education programming. Smart conference professionals are skilled at articulating the value of their event’s networking and learning opportunities. We have to start conference customer conversations about where their business is headed. We all know our conferences need more innovation!

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networking at conferences structuring connections

Gallus Events

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. So, I’d like to cover ‘structured’ networking. Why is structured networking missing from many conferences? However networking is key for most attendees.

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Your Trade Show Attendees: What Do They Really, Really Want?

Velvet Chainsaw

The factors that influence loyal attendees to come to a trade show are quite different, in many instances, than organizers’ perceptions—factors used to select sites, sell to their exhibitors, and plan their conference education. This means the responses are more applicable to expositions that have a conference, not conferences that have an expo.

The Power Of Body Language at Events For Networking & Interviewing

Endless Events

Which is why we’re very excited to have a conversation about the power of body language at events, and how it can be used for networking and interviewing. Networking Games: 8 Effective—and Fun—Networking Activities for Your Next Event. Conference Networking: How to Help Attendees Make Meaningful Connections. Make Event Networking Better For Your Attendees. Event Planner Networking: 4 Creative Ways to Connect Attendees.

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Virtual Events: 8 Ways to Reduce Your No-Show Rate

Eventsforce

You can check out the Spacehuntr team’s favourite creative ice breakers for conference networking on their blog. 7) Quality Networking and Communication Tools. One of the main reasons people go to events is to network, after all. Want the low-down on all things events?

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Virtual Events: 8 Ways to Reduce Your No-Show Rate

Eventsforce

You can check out the Spacehuntr team’s favourite creative ice breakers for conference networking on their blog. 7) Quality Networking and Communication Tools. One of the main reasons people go to events is to network, after all. Want the low-down on all things events?

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13 virtual conference best practices for guaranteed success

Eventtus

Have you ever wondered what the virtual conference best practices are? Virtual conferences are making headway as part of the virtual events industry, which was estimated at $78 billion in 2019. But to launch a successful event or conference, there are a few best practices to follow.

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Woman in Events: The Importance of Educational Events for Professional Development

Expo Pass

There is a reason professionals, especially executives, attend many conferences, networking events, and forums each year. There wouldn’t be conferences and networking events. You aren’t just asking these questions to build educational material for sessions or topics at your conference. Networking? This can be through three things: speakers, sessions, or networking. (6 Minute Read).

How to Choose the Best Virtual Event Platform for You

Python Events

A virtual event can be anything from a webinar to a virtual conference to a virtual festival. When finding the best virtual event platform to host a virtual event, make sure it offers secure network options. It’s the key to any great networking event.

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Get Festive This Season With These Holiday Party Ideas

Endless Events

Conference Networking: How to Help Attendees Make Meaningful Connections. Our Event Industry Conference Attendee Strategies. ?? Networking Games: 8 Effective—and Fun—Networking Activities for Your Next Event.

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Your Ultimate Checklist to Host a Successful Virtual Career Fair

Hubilo Blog

Having a pool of global talent to hire from, minus the travel expenses & venue rental, plus online networking and branding opportunities are enticing organizations from across the world. Networking Lounge to foster meaningful interactions – Virtual Event Platform feature #3.

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