The meeting industry new normal

Conferences that Work

Many event professionals are hoping and waiting for a meeting industry new normal. We want to believe that, at some point, in-person meetings like the ones we’ve held for decades will return. And, as we’ll see, there will not be a meeting industry new normal.

2020 299

Control versus freedom at meetings

Conferences that Work

How can we design the optimum balance between control versus freedom at meetings? Unless your constituency is bound to your event via a requirement to earn CEUs, members can withhold their attendance or avoid sessions at will. — Why are they event owners?

2021 206
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How to start online meetings on time

Conferences that Work

Is it possible to routinely start online meetings on time? Think about the last three meetings you attended. Why don’t scheduled meetings start on time? You will have to wait around until the host starts the meeting and lets you in. Only your meetings though.).

2020 339

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

Conferences that Work

COVID-19 has virtually eliminated in-person meetings: our industry’s bread and butter. In order to overcome the many significant challenges created by the coronavirus, the meeting industry has made valiant efforts to rethink in-person meetings.

2020 301

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.

The meeting industry new normal — Part 2

Conferences that Work

The meeting industry old normal is over, and many event professionals are hoping and waiting for a new normal. What will the meeting industry new normal look like? The meeting industry old normal. For most of human history, of course, this has been the only meeting option.

2020 279

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

Eventmobi

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. With virtual events, the dynamic has changed. Internal company events.

2020 263

Schedule breaks during online meetings!

Conferences that Work

Providing downtime during any meeting is important , but it’s especially important to schedule breaks during online meetings. What happens if you don’t schedule breaks during online meetings. Some people have the attitude that attendees at online meetings are grown-ups and they should be given the freedom to take a break when they want and/or need to. Obviously, there are times when online meeting participants need to take a break.

2020 241

Which meeting design books should I buy?

Conferences that Work

Here are five meeting design books I especially recommend. Into the Heart of Meetings: Basic Principles of Meeting Design ( ebook or paperback ). In 2013, Eric de Groot and Mike van de Vijver published this unique, extraordinary, and important book on meeting design.

Should meetings be efficient?

Conferences that Work

Should meetings be efficient ? “Yes” say thousands of books on how to improve business meetings. But “No”, when we’re taking about most meeting industry events. Unfortunately, the meeting industry tends to assume that if business meetings should be efficient, meeting industry events should be too. Obviously there are aspects of meeting events that should be efficient whenever possible.

2020 167

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 ]! Smart conference producers incorporate participatory sessions into their events.

Please don’t call them virtual meetings

Conferences that Work

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. I’m sorry, but when I think of a virtual meeting, this comes to mind…. And if your meeting is using holographic telepresence to bring in a presenter or two, perhaps virtual is the right term. And what should we use for traditional meetings?

2020 225

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. I believe there are three silver linings that are long-term positives for the meeting industry. 1—Virtual meetings will replace many broadcast-style meeting sessions. 2—Virtual meetings process technology will improve.

2020 219

Do More With Your Event Budget at Your Next Meeting

Picatic by Eventbrite

This is a guest post by Marin Bright, the founder and CEO of Smart Meetings, a community of event professionals obsessed with inspiring brilliant experiences. Event professionals have a lot on their plate already, so budgeting for meetings is no easy feat. More often than not, these meetings come with high price tags — and […]. Business & Professional Event Budget Meetings Smart Meetings

2019 235

COVID-19, hybrid meetings, and the future

Conferences that Work

Here are my current thoughts about COVID-19, hybrid meetings, and the future. I am not focusing on hybrid meetings at the moment. Because I see little, if any, benefit of holding in-person meetings at this time.

2020 193

Virtual Meetings: 81 (Best) Tools, Ideas and Tips

EventMB

Virtual meetings can be a cost-saving or revenue-generating option as an event planner. When it comes to virtual meeting event tech, there are several categories and types of tools you can use. The post Virtual Meetings: 81 (Best) Tools, Ideas and Tips by EventMB Team appeared first on [link]. But only if you have the right tools and know-how. We’ve looked at a lot of them (correction TONS of them) in this […].

MEET THE CHANGE: How Germany’s First Hybrid Event Achieved Success

Eventmobi

With their first hybrid event MEET THE CHANGE, the German meetings industry association MEET GERMANY needed to deliver an innovative event format. MEET THE CHANGE in Numbers. The online component of MEET THE CHANGE took place in the EventMobi Virtual Space.

2020 244

Tambourine Meetings Amplifier [Review]

EventMB

Meetings Amplifier by Tambourine is a 360-degree hotel digital marketing solution designed to increase meetings and group RFPs. Meetings Amplifier by Tambourine: What Is It? The post Tambourine Meetings Amplifier [Review] by EventMB Studio Team appeared first on [link].

2020 103

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.

Top 10 Resources Every Meeting & Event Planner Needs in 2021

Attendease

As we approach the new year, what are the learnings we will apply to improve the way we manage events during a time of uncertainty? Our team at Attendease got together to share our favorite resources for event professionals, so you can learn the latest trends and ideas from industry experts.

2021 119

How Will Hybrid Meetings Hit 2021 Budgets?

SmartMeetings

Who could have predicted a year ago that Zoom would be a major disruptive influence in the meetings industry? Now, conventional wisdom suggests that hybrid groups, which combine teleconferencing with person-to-person meetings, will be prevalent for the foreseeable future.

2021 79

Who goes next — protocols for online meetings

Conferences that Work

“Free discussions” at meetings frequently suffer from the same phenomenon. If you want to support everyone’s right to share at a meeting, you’ll need to facilitate what happens via defining and agreeing on who can speak, and when, and for how long. Let’s explore strategies for who goes next, first for face-to-face meetings and then online meetings. Who goes next at an online meeting?

2020 160

Who goes first — protocols for online meetings

Conferences that Work

” at meetings. When everyone shares at a meeting, someone has to start! Face-to-face and online meetings have different signaling options, which I described in detail last week. I’ve been in many meetings where the first contribution avoided addressing what was asked, or was meagre or superficial. Read the full article at Conferences That Work The post Who goes first — protocols for online meetings appeared first on Conferences That Work.

2020 160

How Independent Hoteliers Can Win More Meetings and Events

EventMB

The economic impact of pandemic is exposing weaknesses within the hospitality industry’s meetings and events lines of business, but independent hoteliers have an opportunity to position themselves to thrive as events return.

2020 143

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.

2018 174

17 Meeting Ideas to Encourage Learning Retention

EventMB

Meetings are a necessity in terms of everyday working life and also creating smaller gatherings or workshops as part of a larger business event can be fruitful if done right. The post 17 Meeting Ideas to Encourage Learning Retention by EventMB Team appeared first on [link]. Ideas meetings meeting planners meeting design meeting profs meeting learning meeting facilitation corporate learning learning ideas meeting ideas corporate meetings

What Will We Call Face-to-Face Meetings Next?

EventTechBrief

The third-party, face-to-face meetings industry has, by design, placed itself in a silo. Whether or not digital environments compete with or complement the live-event platform is a matter of perspective as, increasingly, the lines are becoming blurred. By Michelle Bruno.

2020 141

Give meeting-goers many options!

Conferences that Work

Today’s meetings need to give meeting-goers many options, not just a few. To be enjoyable and productive, meetings need white space : free time for attendees to do what they want and need to do. Predetermined meeting programs silence attendee voices in the same way. So how do we give meeting-goers many options without taxing their stamina and powers of concentration? Use event crowdsourcing to give attendees the right options!

2019 155

Three ways to create truly surprising meetings

Conferences that Work

I’ll bet that even today, if you asked attendees what they remembered about the event, most would immediately recall the There Was No Coffee moment. Experienced meeting planners know that every meeting has its share of unexpected surprises. Minimizing surprises like CoffeeGate is default behavior for meeting planners. Surprising Meetings But not all meeting surprises are bad.

2018 166

What Can We Expect for Meetings and Events Next Year?

PCMA Convene

American Express’s 10th annual Global Meetings and Events Forecast offers insights into what the industry can expect in 2021. When will live events ramp up again? Most respondents reported that they expect to hold their next in-person event in the second half of 2021.

2021 82

Taking Meetings and Exhibitions on the Road

PCMA Convene

The Italian Society of Anaesthesia, Analgesia, Intensive Care, and Resuscitation (SIAARTI) turned its annual meeting into a traveling event that included educational content and meetings with experts, health managers, local administrators, and sponsors in socially distanced settings.

2021 92

Meeting the Challenge of Hybrid Events

PCMA Convene

In-person events are “four-dimensional” experiences (above), while virtual attendees see everything on a two-dimensional screen while being distracted by what’s happening in the three-dimensional space of their home or office.

2021 74

The Meetings Show 2021 unveils new dates and venue

Event Industry News

The Meetings Show , the UK’s leading platform for the world’s meetings and events community, will take place on 30 September and 1 October 2021 at ExCeL London.

2021 85

Why Meeting Planners are Jumping on Clubhouse

SmartMeetings

So, when Megan Finnell, director of meetings and conferences with MGMA, pinged me with an invitation to join Clubhouse , I jumped on it. Like an in-person event, the quality of the content is as good as the people in the room. Green called the platform a natural fit for meeting professionals and compared it to a convention center with many events inside. The post Why Meeting Planners are Jumping on Clubhouse appeared first on Smart Meetings.

2021 81

IAEE Asia Hybrid Forum: Where Innovation and Imagination Meet

GEVME

During the pandemic, many companies resorted to platforms like Zoom to conduct their events. Hybrid Events are the future of the events industry. The event industry, in particular, was not always quick in adopting the technology.

2020 156

Flipping the Script on Training Meetings

Aventri

We hear a lot about increasing engagement and creating "wow" factor with event technology at large events, trade shows, and conferences, but rarely do we hear about it playing a role in internal meetings. Meetings Management featured

2018 162

How The Hague Is Helping Event Professionals With Meeting Design

EventMB

The average employee attends approximately 62 meetings per month. Multiply that by 12, and you already have an impressive yearly figure – yet this is only a tiny part of more than three billion annual meetings, worldwide. The post How The Hague Is Helping Event Professionals With Meeting Design by The Hague Convention Bureau appeared first on [link]. Meeting Design meeting design event experience event engagement event destination meeting venues event impact

HPN Global: How to Move Meetings Forward, Safely

SmartMeetings

Editor’s note : One of the best ways to learn how to host a pandemic-era meeting is to learn from others who are doing it. That is why we asked Desi Whitney, senior vice president of sourcing operations and industry relations with HPN Global to share lessons learned from their annual event. At HPN Global, we host a partner event annually. The event was moved to HPN’s hometown and hosted at Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia from Dec.

2021 67

Meet Event Up

Event Industry News

Also, the city boasts great infrastructure facilities for MICE industry, such as conventions, symposiums, incentives, and business meetings. The region’s event industry is represented by a large number of companies delivering high-quality services.

2020 69

Tech Mergers Could Simplify Virtual Meeting Management

SmartMeetings

Cisco’s announcement in November that it was buying the virtual interaction company Slido may have been a foreshadowing of event tech mergers to come in 2021 according to event tech experts. The bottom line for meeting professionals and attendees?

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