Corporate Conference Planning Checklist

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The unique story of any conference should begin with the goal and then a detailed plan on how to reach this goal. In his article for Smashing magazine , the founder of HybridConf, Zach Inglis, states that the aim of every conference organiser should be to create experiences that reenergize people and fill them with new zeal for their work. If you understand your target audience, it’s not a challenge to build such a conference vision. Create a dedicated conference page.

When Your Conference Planning Process Eclipses Your Purpose

Velvet Chainsaw

When Conference Plans Land On Chutes. So many conference leaders, organizers and planning teams are obsessed with details, logistics and planning. They try to bring their conference into a new level of effectiveness by adding shiny tech tools, new audio visual production upgrades, trendy marquee speakers, and meeting efficiencies resulting in more plans. Their plans actually obscure their conference’s vision.

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Common, Yet Hazardous, Conference Planning Thinkholes That Inhibit Uniqueness

Velvet Chainsaw

Why do so many people rate the conference experience as stale, predictable and average at best? Why do conference leaders miss the mark at preparing their own unique DNA conference experience? Why do so many conference organizers miss the opportunity to create a matchless thumbprint on their event’s identity? We as conference organizers often have the common habit of neglecting what makes our event’s experience unique. Conference Planning Treadmills Thinkhole.

Avoid These Hazardous Conference Planning Thinkholes [Part 2]

Velvet Chainsaw

Just like potholes, conference planning thinkholes can be an expensive problem for your event. They can create some major cavities and damage to your participants’ conference experience. Defining Conference Planning Thinkholes. It is a depression in our ability to provide adequate mental assessment about our conference planning. Four More Hazardous Conference Planning Thinkholes. Conference Planning Treadmill Thinkhole.

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.

The Ultimate Conference Planning Checklist

InitLive

Conferences, both corporate and otherwise, are an important component in promoting the cause of an organization. In fact, according to a survey , about 98% of US Federal employees agree that conferences are an effective way to communicate their respective agency's missions. To organize a successful conference, you must have a knack for planning things to the minutest details. Outline the purpose of the conference and the main topics to be covered.

All-Virtual or Hybrid? How One Conference Planned for Both Scenarios

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Host Hotels & Resorts’ Sourav Ghosh (clockwise from top left), STR’s Amanda Hite, and Hotel News Now’s Stephanie Ricca participate in the online Hotel Data Conference. The Hotel Data Conference has been held annually for around 700 attendees in Nashville for the past 12 years.

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Mastering the Art of Conference Planning in 5 Easy Steps

InitLive

Conferences are some of the best places to meet like-minded colleagues within the same industry or creative individuals who share similar interests. In an increasingly interconnected world where relationship is key for business, conferences are a must-have for proper networking. And the company that organizes the conference will have the most prestige and visibility at the event. Start the planning process early. A great conference needs a great venue.

10 Reasons Why Conference Planning Software is A Boon for Event Planners

Hubilo Blog

Conference planning is a no easy job. Event planning overall, for that matter, is a stressful job. There is a wide range of conference planning tools in the market that make life much easier for conference planners juggling 10 tasks at a time. The most beneficial of these tools is the all-in-one conference planning software. Well, here are 10 reasons to convince you as to why conference planning software is a boon for planners: 1.

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. Conference Events Think Outside the Ballroom. Where to Host Your Next Conference: 8 Best Locations. Understanding Conference Sponsorship.

The Ultimate Guide to Conference Planning

Dynamic Events

Our sister company Hubb has created The Ultimate Guide to Conference Planning eBook to give you access to the collective decades of conference planning experience. The post The Ultimate Guide to Conference Planning appeared first on Dynamic Events Inc. Read More. Dynamic Events News

Top Tips to Avoid These Simple Event and Conference Planning Mistakes

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Planning conferences and events takes great organizational skill and a close attention to detail. Make plans to cope with all weather extremes, from providing extra drinking water in hot weather to umbrellas in wet weather. Carrying out a risk assessment will enable you to plan for every possible eventuality. The better you plan, the less likely something unexpected will disrupt the event and cost you time and money.

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10 reasons why conference planning software are a boon for event planners

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Conference planning is no cake walk. And event technology has offered these planners a wide range of event planning tools and designs that can facilitate any function – from social media to registrations to […]. The post 10 reasons why conference planning software are a boon for event planners appeared first on WebMobi. Every professional event planner and organizer has to pay attention to every possible nuance present at each stage in an event.

Fostering a Winning Conference Culture

Velvet Chainsaw

I have been struck by the disparity in how an association’s organizational culture translates (or doesn’t translate) to the on-site implementation or planning of its live events. But when it gets to “go time,” does that culture manifest at your conferences and meetings? Her boss apparently thought she should spend all her time out “doing meeting planning” and not hanging out in a hotel conference room. Conference staff are not able to do everything!

Excel for Conference Planning – Number 2

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Six Attributes of Successful Women’s Conferences

Velvet Chainsaw

While things have changed, these tenets will hold true and the principles can be applied to other D&I conferences and events. The six attributes of women’s leadership conferences that have stood out for me: [1] Movement. Women’s conferences are often shorter one or two-day programs.

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Go Forward, Cancel, Postpone, Wash Your Hands, Rinse … and Repeat

Velvet Chainsaw

Develop scenarios for go-forward/cancellation/postponement and virtual delivery options, and devise game plans for all scenarios. This is what we do … we plan, we adjust, we adapt and we move forward. What kind of contingency plans were or are in place? Conference Planning Uncategorized canceling cancellation checklist coronovirus COVID-19 pandemicThe disruption to the live events industry due to the Pandemic COVID-19 is unprecedented and impossible to escape.

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The Physics Of Conference Entropy

Velvet Chainsaw

In physics, the second law of thermodynamics says all things—bodies, businesses, conferences, energy, organizations, relationships—move toward chaos and disorder. As your conference matures, it experiences entropy. As a conference professional, you know this to be true. It is also the natural law of evolution for any conference. We fall into the trap that we’ve-been-there-done-that-already and can check it off of our planning to do list.

Five-Step Framework for Effective Collaborative Design

Velvet Chainsaw

Your conference strategy should include a plan to inject fresh content or experiences each year as part of an ongoing improvement process. There are a million ways to make these improvement plans. Working with one of our clients, we devised a simple framework to help develop innovative plans for meaningful and lasting change. Plan – Develop tactics to make this experience come alive.

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Conference Reform Requires Cultivating Leaders With Moral Purpose To Make A Difference

Velvet Chainsaw

Many conferences are stuck in the rut of legacy routines, age-old rituals and cloned programming. Conference organizers and its advisors replicate the past maintaining the traditions and well-established procedures of yesteryear. The event is nothing more than a zombie conference—a conference that appears to be alive yet in reality creates the walking undead. Conference organizers and advisors can breathe new life into their events.

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Renegotiating Live Event Agreements When All Parties Are Innocent Victims

Velvet Chainsaw

Although each situation has its own unique issues, we hope you find nuggets to help you with your disruption response and planning. 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. Conference Go/No-Go Decisions in a Pandemic.

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Developing Your Conference Story Arc To Activate Participants’ Brains

Velvet Chainsaw

Applying a story arc to the conference can activate participants’ brains. You can use the story arc concept to carefully craft the messages and issues you want your conference participants to explore, experience and learn. Your conference narrative can serve as a call to action for your participants to play a pivotal role in resolving that challenge personally and professionally. So exactly how do you use a story arc for your conference?

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We Prefer Stories To Stats—The Dark Side of Stories

Velvet Chainsaw

As conference organizers this leads us to bad decisions when selecting speakers and programming where we promote sharing success stories over asking questions, verifying validity and understanding context. Because you could be planning for a problem that doesn’t exist. So how often have you promoted conference round table discussions for attendees to share stories and take advice from peers? Conference Planning narratives stories stories over stats story arc story sharing

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Empowering Conference Registrants To See Learning As A Journey Not A Finish Line

Velvet Chainsaw

Do your conference learning opportunities—from the general session to networking to breakouts to deep dive workshops—empower registrants to participate in their own learning journey? Or do your conference education sessions motivate participants to see the finish line? Authentic learner-centered conferences foster a connection between the participant and the learning taking place. So exactly how do conferences promote learning as a finish line?

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Conference Go/No-Go Decisions in a Pandemic

Velvet Chainsaw

Although each situation has its own unique issues, we hope you find nuggets to help you with your disruption response and planning. Scenario Planning. The Conference Board has the best we’ve come across so far: May Reboot – quick recovery. In the beginning of this crisis, organizers of major conferences and trade shows were canceling with very little lead time. What advice would you add for scenario planning and predictions?

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So Teamwork Can Make the Dream Work!

Velvet Chainsaw

Conference Planning Uncategorized champs coaching dreamwork encouragement teamworkHallelujah! The Washington Nationals won game seven of the World Series to become world champs. This is a huge deal for Washington sports fans and their story should resonate for all of us in the meetings industry as we are dependent on our teams to successfully execute our events.

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5 Improvements for Event Registration Data Collection

Velvet Chainsaw

It’s difficult to determine what to include — and not include — when collecting attendee data at the time of conference registration. In the spirit of making it easy to say “yes,” session sign-up should be delayed until 30–45 days prior to the conference. This timeframe better syncs up with the attendee journey — instead of being in the consideration phase, they’ll be in the planning phase. One best practice for conference registration?

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Emerging Evergreen Conference Practices—From This To That

Velvet Chainsaw

To paraphrase Hoffer, you can never get enough of conference fads, gimmicks and trends. Unless your a conference participant and we often have had enough!). They also want access to your conference budget. Evergreen conference practices that have promising results are often obscured by our obsession with fads and trends. To avoid being fad-like in our conference planning process, here are seven emerging evergreen practices to consider and invest in instead.

Time Capsules, Time Machines And Evolution Of Traditional Meeting Planners

Velvet Chainsaw

Conferences that are like time capsules promote and preserve nostalgia and the past. Conferences that are like time machines teleport people to the future so they can discover what’s next. Conferences that resemble time capsules defend the status quo and traditions. Ultimately, our conferences should be where the present and future collide for the benefit of our customers! Meeting Planning Evolves. Why Large Conference Rarely Innovate.

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Do Not Be Seduced By Meeting Fads Or Conference Trends

Velvet Chainsaw

Most conference and meeting professionals want the coolest, hippest, latest ideas and trends for their events. We want to know what unique things other conferences are doing so we can borrow their ideas. We pursue fads, gimmicks and trends as the silver bullets of our conference woes. We expend resources searching for the mysterious conference trend panacea. Conference trend and fad bandwagons. What was the last conference trend bandwagon that you jumped on?

Burn Conference Traditions Immune From Criticism

Velvet Chainsaw

Your association, annual conference, and governance are all institutions. One of the sacred cows for associations and their annual conference is attributing notoriety to the office of the president, board chair or annual conference committee chair. Smith’s year” or “Sally’s year” when referring to past annual conferences. If your conference includes a presidential address, reception, or other similarly branded event, you probably need to make some changes.

The Crisis of Connection

Velvet Chainsaw

So what does this mean for those of us responsible for organizing and executing conferences and events? 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. What would it take to implement radical hospitality at your conference? We’re lonely. And not just a little lonely.

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More Conference Physics: Inertia

Velvet Chainsaw

However, a conference at rest, tends to die. The enemy of most conferences is the way it’s always been. When inertia influences your conference, it’s planned by the way you’ve always done it, programmed full of (past) best practices and destined to become average, slowly suffocating on its own status quo. Cognitive and organizational inertia keeps an association on its current conference course even when facing disruptive or rapid external changes.

Creating The Highly Energized And Engaged Conference Participant

Velvet Chainsaw

Are 50%-80% of your conference attendees in your programming at any given time? One thing is certain, if your conference attendees are not fully engaged in the experience you provide, there is little, if any, chance that they will leave your event with any real ROI. Attendee engagement happens as a result of a conference organizer’s intentional planning, implementation and execution of specific strategies. Four Factors That Affect Your Conference Attendees’ Engagement.

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Practicing Conference Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit Of Less And Better

Velvet Chainsaw

It’s hard for conference organizers to stick to planning the essential elements of their events. As a conference professional, it is your mission each day to keep your focus on the essential elements of your event for your customers’ sake. Some of essentialism’s guiding ideas apply well to business and conferences. Most conferences exist to help their primary target markets progress and advance in their industry, profession and trade.

Our Preoccupation With Solutionitis, Hammers And Nails

Velvet Chainsaw

When planning meetings, conferences and events, ask yourself, “What hammers are these people bringing to this experience? How do we help conference participants place more value on problem identification and less on solutionitis? What steps have you taken to make sure you consider the hammers your conference participants carry to your event? If all you have is a hammer, everything else looks like a nail. The hammer nail analogy is a common business idiom.

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The Right Rewarding Student Strategy For Your Conference

Velvet Chainsaw

So is this the right strategy for your association and conference? A large percentage of student attendees won’t make all of your conference constituents happy. Here’s why: If a 15-year industry practitioner comes to your conference and doesn’t connect with enough other participants like them, they’re going to walk away believing that the conference is not designed for them.

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What If Attendees Remember Nothing From Your Event?

Velvet Chainsaw

Ultimately, if there are no job improvements, then you, your company and the conference organizers have just experienced learning scrap. The Conference Copycat Critter: Quick Just Give Me The Highpoints So I Can Copy Them! And they even demand—and thus conference organizers provide—someone else’s path to success. Those copycat conference critters become victims of mimicry. You leave the conference session with the speaker’s sound bites.

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Use A Conference Story Arc To Shift Your Participants’ Brain Architecture And Strengthen Their Neural Connections

Velvet Chainsaw

Developing Your Conference Story Arc. Conference organizers that grasp our brains’ need for stories can use narratives to help their participants develop and grow. As you plan your conference, take into account one of the biggest challenges that your target market faces. Then make it the central focus of your conference. What’s the most memorable story from a conference that you can remember that served as a frame for your learning?

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Blow-The-Bugle-Awesome 21st Century Conferences Emulate These Core Beliefs

Velvet Chainsaw

Your conference-slip is showing! Well conference professionals, your conference-slip is showing. If conference hosts and meeting professionals don’t foster and protect specific beliefs about today’s society and business, they lack the intellectual framework for their event to transform lives. Six 21st Century Conference Core Beliefs. Here are six core conference beliefs we must begin to embrace to help our stakeholders succeed in the future.

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