Focus on learning, not education

Conferences that Work

For better meetings, we need to focus on learning, not education. Yes, sometimes, cultural or professional “requirements” mean we have to provide education. That’s so we can “certify” that we’ve educated attendees to some prescribed standard.

The top educational meeting format

Conferences that Work

What’s an Ideal Meeting? April 2018, Meetings and Conventions Magazine Do you incorporate participatory sessions into your events? 80% of meeting professionals prefer f acilitated workshop-style, participatory sessions [ survey by M&C Research, April 2018 Meeting and Conventions magazine ]! Read the full article at Conferences That Work The post The top educational meeting format appeared first on Conferences That Work.


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Deliver Superior Conference Education Value

Velvet Chainsaw

Here’s what hasn’t changed: Education continues to be essential to a participant’s experience. We need to raise the bar higher and meet the needs of the experienced and advanced practitioners. For example, at PCMA’s most-recent Education Conference, a hackathon explored how the events community can combat homelessness. Challenge your education team and/or program committee to make wisdom the goal when developing tracks or breakout sessions.

Education Committee: More Advising and Curating, Less Slotting

Velvet Chainsaw

Most meeting organizers invest a significant amount of time creating the educational programming for their annual conference. Committees are having fewer conference calls and preset meetings. As part of continuous improvement efforts for an education program, organizations are looking for ways to improve quality filters and overall fairness to all who participate in the submission process.

CMOs Pivot to Virtual Engagements to Drive Business in the COVID Economy

Speaker: Mike Damphousse, Managing Partner of Category Design Advisors and Founder of Green Leads

Business as we know it is never going to be the same. Working from home has become the norm, conferences and meetings are going online, marketing budgets are being shifted, reduced or put on hold – it's time to adapt. Join this insightful and informative webinar with Mike Damphousse, Managing Partner of Category Design Advisors and Founder of Green Leads, who will discuss how businesses can be resilient during these challenging times.

Something is rotten in the state of meeting industry education

Conferences that Work

Over the last five years I’ve heard increasing concern from the meeting professionals community about the deterioration of the quality of our national industry conferences. A recent thread on the MECO community (a great resource for meeting professionals since 2006) describes numerous recent basic logistical failings, and points to what I see as symptoms of fundamental problems with meeting industry associations at the national level.

Hub and spoke meetings

Conferences that Work

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.

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2018 Education Conferences: The #1 Education Events Guide


One of the best ways to network and learn about the latest trends in education is to attend an educational conference. Here's a look at some of the top 2018 education events. Conferences - Conferences are large events that bring together education professionals in the field.

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The Meetings Show reveals education programme to assist delegates wherever they are

Event Industry News

The Meetings Show ’s education programme has been unveiled and is set to assist event professionals to navigate the challenging times, no matter where they are. Detail of the full education programme can be accessed here. .

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The Story Behind the Redesigned World Education Congress – #EventIcons Episode 155

Endless Events

Today we are diving into MPI’s World Education Congress. The World Education Congress (WEC) is a gathering where both MPI members and non-members alike come to gain education, network and more. They strive to change the way we meet and it’s working! In 2018 MPI’s World Education Congress had a complete overhaul. The hard work resulted in an even better World Education Congress. Meetings Mean Business- Global Meetings Industry Day.

Eventprofs Book Club Boosts Connection and Education, Virtually


A year ago, Jillian Cardinal , a 2020 Rising Star Smart Women in Meetings Award winner and business-event specialist at JPdL in Montreal, Canada, decided to post a note on LinkedIn, saying she wanted to read Bill Burnett and Dave Evans’ Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life and discuss it with friends in the industry. The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters by Priya Parker.

Live From The World Education Congress, It’s #EventIcons 170!

Endless Events

All the way from Toronto, we bring you the World Education Congress! If you’ve been paying attention, you know the World Education Congress just took place. Bringing together opportunities for networking and education, the MPI WEC is a perfect nest for industry professionals. Bob is the President and CEO of EventMobi , an expert in web technologies for meetings, conferences, and trade shows. Did you have the chance to attend the World Education Congress?

Smart Meetings Armed Attendees with Revolutionary Strategies to Pursue Happiness

Smart Meetings

Top meeting professionals gathered in the Nation’s Capital this week at Smart Meetings Mid-Atlantic Experience were treated to a crash course in finding personal and professional freedom while building a network that will serve their careers for years to come.

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The Meetings Show calls for education papers

Event Industry News

The Meetings Show , the UK’s leading event which brings together the world’s meetings and events community for unrivalled opportunities, is calling on professionals to submit papers for its 2020 education programme. Erica Keogan, conference producer for The Meetings Show, said: “We’re excited to start the search for ideas for sessions for The Meetings Show 2020’s insightful education programme.

Leading and Learning From the Next Generation of Meeting Profs

Smart Meetings

“We understand the importance of connection; we understand the importance of culture,” said David Peckinpaugh, Maritz president and CEO, reflecting on meetings’ return to F2F (face-to-face) amid dawning young talent during our Smart Chat Live!

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Planner-Education Conference Addresses Disinfected Venues, Safe Meetings


To open the virtual version of the annual Pharma Forum conference aimed at medical-event planners, two general sessions on Monday, June 15, focused squarely on the elephant in the room: the modified cleaning and social-distancing protocols hotels will use once in-person meetings and events resume.

Working with suppliers and practitioners at meetings

Conferences that Work

Over the years I’ve designed and facilitated hundreds of meetings. One of the most common issues I address that is rarely acknowledged openly is the tension between the wants and needs of suppliers and practitioners at meetings.

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A Higher Meetings Education: Future-Proof Your Career


The meetings industry is not so simple anymore. Today’s intense focus on key performance indicators, event-tech stacks and designing brilliant experiences has made the need for advanced education—from a university, association or DIY commitment—almost a requisite for getting hired…and for thriving. Certified Meetings Experts. The former are experienced-based exams, and require recertification and continuing education to ensure the employee remains current in the profession.

7 education events that went virtual (and all the cool stuff they got right.)

Expo Pass

But lately we’ve been looking for some goods and services that can actually spark a little more fun in our virtual meetings (and cultivate more creativity, teamwork, and good vibes in general). Reimagine Education. Course Hero Virtual Education Summit. (3 Minute Read).

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Top Virtual Career Fairs & Hybrid Events In Education Sector in 2022


The pandemic has had a significant impact on all industries and the education industry was no exception. Virtual career fair can be a great way for educators to make professional connections and learn more about topics that they are passionate about.

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Why Meeting Planners are Jumping on Clubhouse


So, when Megan Finnell, director of meetings and conferences with MGMA, pinged me with an invitation to join Clubhouse , I jumped on it. When I saw a notice for a room opening up called “CH Cage Fight Live Events vs. Hybrid” featuring Smart Meetings Planners of the Year Timothy Simpson (brand and engagement chief strategist for Design Studio by Maritz Global Events) and Elizabeth Sage (associate director of events and trade shows with Illumina), I had to listen in.

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Smarten Up Your 2020 Plans With Continuing Education

Event Leadership Institute

That’s why continuing education–in the classroom, online, or at professional conferences–plays a critical role in qualifying you for more and better opportunities. Here’s why continuing education should be part of your 2020 plans. Continuing education is flexible.

Pandemic Planning 101 from Million Dollar Event Career Course

Smart Meetings

Now Global Head of Events, Training and Certification at Amazon Web Services, she has realized that the challenges meeting professionals are facing and the way they are learning has changed since she published her book pre-Covid.

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1:1 Video Meetings: Foster Real Conversations, Connections & Networking at Online Events


With EventMobi’s 1:1 video meetings feature, it is now easier than ever for attendees to connect at your virtual event and have meaningful conversations with each other or with sponsors and exhibitors. These situations are when private chat and video meetings come into play.

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Gamification makes about as much sense as chocolate-dipped broccoli

Conferences that Work

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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5 Edgy Ideas for Educational Seating

Connect Your Meetings

Just as educators are constantly looking for better ways to communicate, p lanners are always looking for new educational seating ideas. 5 New Educational Seating Ideas. Jeff Hurt , executive vice president of education and engagement at Velvet Chainsaw Consulting, says successful seating leads to transformational learning. The post 5 Edgy Ideas for Educational Seating appeared first on Connect Association.

Virtually There: Tech Meetings


Tech companies tested virtual meetings before they were cool. Smart Meetings talked to the planners behind the alt-launch and a bevy of other experts in streaming meetings and found out the answer is: “A lot.”. Digital meetings yield some of these goals better than others.

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[Webinar] INFLUENCE 2020, National Speakers Association Virtual Experience

Velvet Chainsaw

Meet the brains behind the design of the highly successful National Speakers Association’s INFLUENCE 2020 Virtual in August. Hear testimonials from first-hand attendees–experts in the meeting and event space–who can’t stop singing the virtual experience’s praises!

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Get Ready for MPI WEC in San Francisco

Smart Meetings

The 50th anniversary celebration of Meeting Professionals International (MPI) will be celebrated at World Education Conference at Moscone Center in San Francisco next week with an estimated 2,000 meeting professionals from all over the world.

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Leading on-demand industry education

Plan Your Meetings

In your search for online professional development that provides continuing education credits and/or specialized certification, two excellent sources jump to mind. The MPI Academy, launched in 2015, is a central depot for the well of education and learning experiences available from the world’s largest meeting and event industry association. Upcoming live webinars include: What Makes a Meeting Experience Great?

The meeting industry coronavirus silver lining

Conferences that Work

Despite the terrible impacts of the coronavirus on the meeting industry, there’s a silver lining. The meeting industry is reeling under a wave of cancellations, postponements, and uncertainty. 1—Virtual meetings will replace many broadcast-style meeting sessions.

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Leadership for meetings

Conferences that Work

What might leadership for meetings look like? “ —Harold Jarche, work in 2018 Read the full article at Conferences That Work The post Leadership for meetings appeared first on Conferences That Work. Related posts: Designing Participation Into Your Meetings No, that’s not me up on the stage, and that’s not the kind of session I’ll be leading next Tuesday, May 22, at the MPI New England 2012 Northeast Education.

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What Event Organizers Can Learn From a Beer Tour Company About Virtual Education

PCMA Convene

The company offers what he calls “education-first craft brewery tour experiences” in 11 cities spanning from Portland, Oregon to Washington, D.C. Brodsky said that a big portion of the company’s business relies on the meetings and events industry.

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

Expo Pass

Woman in Events: The Importance of Educational Events for Professional Development. . Our latest content article comes from a woman working in the event industry talking about the value of continued education. The truth is, we didn’t learn it all in college, and as we grow within our careers, we need the continued education to stay relevant. From hosting educational events primarily for women, I can tell you one thing I know for certain: professionals crave education.

Digital Event Strategist Spotlight: Maria Dempsey, Wine Educator, Director of Hospitality and Events, Gen7 Wines

PCMA Convene

Maria Dempsey , CMM, DES, CSW, Wine Educator and Director of Hospitality and Events for Gen7 Wines recently completed the Digital Events Strategist course , offered by PCMA. I started learning it from the ground up and became a wine educator.

Seating while Eating at Meetings

Conferences that Work

It’s no Comedians in Cars getting Coffee , but here’s my draft script for Seating while Eating at Meetings. Let’s start with… Three criteria for good seating while eating Read the full article at Conferences That Work Related posts: The Solution Room—a powerful conference session There’s been a lot of interest in The Solution Room, a session that I co-facilitated last July at Meeting Professionals International World Education Congress in Orlando, Florida.

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Carina Bauer: European IMEX Marks Return to Normal

Smart Meetings

She is expecting 5,100 meeting planners and more than 2,500 exhibitors from 150 countries as the program rolls out May 31-June 2, a similar size crowd to the one at IMEX America last November. That green vibe will be seen in the education and the design around the show, Bauer said.

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Best of 2021: Resources for Meeting Professionals

Smart Meetings

Now approaching the end of a year of recovery across industries—and with no end to hybrid meetings and events in sight—we’re taking a look back to our favorite programs and platforms. Top 10 Apps for Meeting Professionals.

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Job Hunting During COVID: What Meeting Professionals Need to Know


The travel, hospitality and meetings industry has been one of the hardest hit during the COVID-19 slowdown. Independent planners are facing gaping holes in their calendars as meetings continue to drop off. With a computer and internet connection, you have access to a world of education.

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WEC 2018 Wrap-Up: News Ways to Inspire & Educate Planners


Held in Indianapolis, Indiana, this year's World Education Conference (WEC) was one to remember! As Meeting Professionals International's (MPI) signature event, WEC aims to deliver premier education, business and networking opportunities for meeting and event planners. Attendee Engagement featured

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