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Top Challenges Facing the Meeting Planning Industry Right Now

The Castle Group

As a result, meeting planners are experiencing short-staffed partners and/or less experienced personnel servicing their meetings. Second, build efficiencies into your plan. Also, have a backup plan, even for your backup plan!

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Four Ways a Flexible Meeting Planning Company Can Supercharge Your Team’s Capacity

Meeting Tomorrow

It’s an exciting time for events, but meeting planners are facing new challenges. Many events now require a virtual or hybrid element, adding budget and planning hours. This helps internal meeting planning teams stay lean while meeting today’s demands.

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The Meeting Planning Industry Needs a Lasting Strategy

Eventinterface

On this episode of Event TALK we are speaking with Christy Lamagna, Founder and Chief Strategist of Strategic Meetings and Events. Our discussion focuses on the need for the planning industry, and meeting professionals to be more strategic to insure long-term success. Listen to show host Al Wynant and guest Christy Lamagna discuss the following: The definition of “strategy” as it relates to the event and meeting planning industry?

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Five Top Meeting Planning Trends for 2017

Eventinterface

The new year has landed and its time again to explore the top meeting planning trends and considerations. This coupled with meaningful data collection and the tools to calculate meeting ROI easily and effectively will drive the trend for planners to look for simplicity and cost-effective, fully integrated meeting management platforms. Food and Beverage Trends. It is now easier than ever to brand beverages at events. We are not talking about a signature cocktail.

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Eventinterface Launching Event and Meeting Planning Master Class

Eventinterface

Many events and meetings are run by volunteers or people whose primary job is not planning events. Eventinterface in partnership with eventTALK podcast show is hosting an Event and Meeting Planning Master Class Workshop , a series of virtual workshops that address key tasks in the design and execution of events and meetings. Anyone who has been made responsible to plan a meeting, event or conference can benefit from this series.

2017 100
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The Meeting Planning Industry Needs a Lasting Strategy

Eventinterface

On this episode of Event TALK we are speaking with Christy Lamagna, Founder and Chief Strategist of Strategic Meetings and Events. Our discussion focuses on the need for the planning industry, and meeting professionals to be more strategic to insure long-term success. Listen to show host Al Wynant and guest Christy Lamagna discuss the following: The definition of “strategy” as it relates to the event and meeting planning industry?

2017 100
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8 Lessons 2016 Taught Us About Meeting Planning

SmartMeetings

Brexit Will Not Stop Innovative Meetings in London. Brexit will, eventually, have a substantial impact on European travel, but that’s not to say it will halt meetings there. In fact, London is more equipped than ever to handle high-tech meetings, marketing itself as the Silicon Valley of Europe. Though the news had an effect on the value of the pound, it had little to no effect on the rate at which groups plan to book to travel to the city.

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Top trends in meeting planning by trend expert Daniel Levine

Eventinterface

On this episode of event TALK we are speaking with Daniel Levine about trends in the meeting and event planning industry. We are speaking with Daniel about trends in the meetings and events industry. How should a meeting planner evaluate if they should follow a trend or stay away from a trend? Top 3 trends every event and meeting planner should keep an eye on this year? Planning the audience experience and PR for your events.

2017 100
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5 Ways New SMM Technology Simplifies and Improves Meeting Planning

Aventri

Does it feel like you’re on meetings management hamster wheel with no end in sight? Meetings Management featured

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5 Tips for Selecting Virtual Event & Meeting Planning Vendors and Platforms

Event Leadership Institute

Planners know the care and effort it takes to find the right vendors to support the design and execution of their face-to-face events and meetings. The process is no less critical when it comes to virtual events and meetings. Thoughts about how long the event or meeting will stay live.

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Podcast: Task Manager vs Strategic Planner: Using tech to streamline meeting planning

Event Industry News

Download this episode (right click and save) Joining the podcast this week are two guests with a collective knowledge of how technology can streamline the process of event and meeting planning. The post Podcast: Task Manager vs Strategic Planner: Using tech to streamline meeting planning appeared first on Event Industry News.

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Are Good for Your Meetings (and Business)

Smart Meetings

Following the events of George Floyd’s tragic death in 2020, meetings industry organizations have been actively seeking to engage in the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) discussion. If a client has strong feelings about DEI, meetings planners should too. “If

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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.

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[Webinar] Mission Critical: How One Association Transformed its Live Event to Virtual in Record Time

Velvet Chainsaw

The American Association of Suicidology’s annual meeting had been growing steadily in recent years. COVID-19 Uncategorized association best practices conference best practices meeting planning best practices virtual conference virtual event virtual meeting Webcast webinar

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Time Capsules, Time Machines And Evolution Of Traditional Meeting Planners

Velvet Chainsaw

Is your annual meeting more like a time capsule or a time machine? Meeting Planning Evolves. Many conference organizers have spent their careers in the rhythms, beats and melodies of meeting planning. Yet too often our past planning procedures serve as the prologue for our future events. It requires more than the traditional meeting planning skills we’ve developed.

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Mike Dominguez: Hotel, F&B Prices Aren’t Going Down, and Other Predictions for 2023

Smart Meetings

As meeting professionals begin to plan events for 2023, Mike Dominguez, president and CEO of Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI), joined Editorial Director JT Long for his annual Smart Chat Live! Revenge Meetings, New Meetings Are Driving Demand.

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5 Tips for Improving Accessibility for Meetings

Smart Meetings

In chatting with Smart Meetings, Cat-Wells offered several important tips that meeting organizers should consider before putting together events in the future. Read More : Plan a Disability-friendly Event with this Local Accessibility Guide. “I

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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.

2019 217
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Best of 2022: Technology

Smart Meetings

Now, more than ever, meeting professionals need timely updates about how evolving technology can help them deliver smoother registration, better engagement and more valuable data insights for in-person, virtual and hybrid events. State of Virtual Meeting Tools.

2022 83
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It’s Gen Z’s Way or the Highway

Smart Meetings

A major eye opener about what the future holds for incentive travel— and possibly the future of meetings in general—is the emergence of a new generation of employees who require more targeted approaches to engage them. The post It’s Gen Z’s Way or the Highway appeared first on Smart Meetings.

2022 83
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Ten Questions to Ask a Potential Event Vendor

Smart Meetings

It’s easy to get excited about a product during a sales demo, but it’s important to know your event tech platform’s team will meet your expectations and your event’s needs. The post Ten Questions to Ask a Potential Event Vendor appeared first on Smart Meetings. Yuvraj Saxena.

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Meeting Profs Travel Report

SmartMeetings

Meeting Profs Travel: Over Half of Passengers on Flights from China Test Covid-positive Hong Kong has announced the lifting of all mandatory PCR test requirements for inbound travelers; however, travelers coming to the U.S. The post Meeting Profs Travel Report appeared first on Smart Meetings.

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Does the Meetings Industry Have a Complacency Problem?

Smart Meetings

This isn’t to place blame at anyone’s feet; with the already chaotic nature of event planning—absent these four potentialities—it’s easy just to push these into the background, as there are simply more pressing matters at hand. And this goes beyond meeting planning.

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Tips for Difficult Conversations from FICP22

Smart Meetings

As if the job of meeting professional weren’t difficult enough, many have had to take on the role of Chief Difficult Conversation Starter. There is a fear to commit in such a volatile environment,” she said, framing the reality of corporate planning today.

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Five Tips to Manage Travel in Turbulent Times

SmartMeetings

For those in the event planning business, that means you and your clients are facing long wait times on the phone, longer lines for flight check-ins, constant schedule changes, sky-high car rental fees…and the list of challenges piles up. How to keep your cool in the midst of travel chaos.

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State of Virtual Meeting Tools

Smart Meetings

Even as in-person meetings continue to reemerge with a vengeance, virtual meetings have taken a primary position in the event professional toolbox. Yes, hybrid meetings are more complicated and costly, but virtual is here to stay without a doubt,” he said. The Back-up Plan.

2022 90
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The Raw Story Behind Kate Patay’s Move to Join Terramar

Smart Meetings

Kate Patay, Smart Meetings Smart Style Ambassador and the woman behind the eponymous Patay Consulting for the last five years, recently announced that she is taking a role as director of engagement with Terramar US , a DMC Network Company.

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From Planners to Producers: Tech Tips for Virtual Event Success

Smart Meetings

We’ve all made the shift to virtual meetings—because we had to. How can your digital meeting beat a Netflix binge or mindless scrolling? Read More : Virtual Meetings Are Missing These Two Things, Meta Is Working on a Fix. Meet the Demand With On-demand.

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Partner Your Way Through the Post-Pandemic Surge

SmartMeetings

How to creatively overcome post-pandemic staffing and supply shortages at medical meetings. Pair this with a short turnaround time for healthcare meetings (back to the lack of predictability), plus the surge in live meetings put on pause from 2020 and 2021. Plan (Much Farther!)

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IHG Diversifies Workforce and Provides Opportunities for HBCU Students

Smart Meetings

The post IHG Diversifies Workforce and Provides Opportunities for HBCU Students appeared first on Smart Meetings.

2022 83
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5 Valuable Lessons Event Professionals Learned in 2019

Maritz Global Events

Meeting and event professionals gained a ton of insights in 2019. The evolution of event spatial design is only just beginning as it moves meetings and events into the future. Crazy and Fulfilling: The Life of a Meeting and Event Manager.

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Knowing Your Audience is the Only Antidote to Digital Event Fatigue

Maritz Global Events

Meeting Planning Wellbeing Live EventsEarlier this year we ran a survey asking event strategists to rate their and their audience’s digital fatigue. The response was overwhelming … both were feeling quite high levels. They say numbers don’t lie and that is pretty convincing.

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TWT: Musical Mask Mandate Chairs

Smart Meetings

” Henry Harteveldt, San Francisco-based travel industry analyst and principal at Atmosphere Research, told Smart Meetings : “The mask mandate horse has left the barn. The post TWT: Musical Mask Mandate Chairs appeared first on Smart Meetings. In Flight Mask Mandate Unravels.

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5 Major Wellness Trends for Meeting Planners to Know Now

Smart Meetings

The 10th NYC Experience Wellness and Travel Media event presented by Organic Spa Media on June 17, 2022 highlighted five major wellness trends that meeting planners should be aware of in booking spa experiences or resorts with wellness-centered offerings.

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Your Conference Content Has Magnetic Pull

Velvet Chainsaw

Content developed should help them design each day they attend your event, build anticipation, plan and prioritize, and, most importantly, grow their network. Attendance Marketing Attendance Acquisition attendance marketing conference best practices content marketing Education Education & Adult Learning marketing meeting planning best practices Session MarketingContent marketing has grown by leaps and bounds during the past five years.

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Jurassic Meetings: Planners Will Find a Way

Smart Meetings

He could have been talking about meeting planners’ determination during 2.5 years of Covid, jumping back in with the energy of a T-Rex and making meetings happen again. The post Jurassic Meetings: Planners Will Find a Way appeared first on Smart Meetings.

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Meetings and Conventions Are Back in 2022—Here Are 4 Ways They’re Changing

Smart Meetings

It seems like not so long ago that everyone was talking about the death of meetings and conventions. But as we begin to inch ever closer to a new normal, it’s clear that meetings are making a comeback in 2022—with a few changes of course.

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Virtual Conferences – the New Reality is Working

MeetingPool

Business Event Industry Events Tech business Event Marketing Event Planning Meeting Planning MeetingsI had my first experience presenting at a Virtual Conference and it was a success, as far as I’m concerned.

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How to Plan an LGBT-Friendly Meeting or Event

SmartMeetings

Much of the meeting and event planning industry only recently began evaluating its impact on the LGBT community. Even though you might assume that your meetings and events are free of LGBT influence, there’s always an effect. LGBTMPA Executive Director David Jefferys and LGBTMPA board member Jim Clapes shared some essential steps in planning an LGBT-friendly meeting or event.

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The International Expansion of Industry Associations

Smart Meetings

More meetings industry associations have been moving into Europe, as evidenced by the latest gatherings by several leading organizations around the world. See the list of Smart Meetings Experiences planned for the rest of the year.

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