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?

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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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?

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.

5 New Apps to Make Meeting Planning Tasks Easier

Connect Your Meetings

The post 5 New Apps to Make Meeting Planning Tasks Easier appeared first on Connect Association. Booking local talent just got a whole lot easier. GigTown is an app that helps you find and book local artists and bands. Post your event to the app and voila! Artists submit their interest, and you book your favorite. Building communities is priority No. 1 for Skoop , a communal app allowing event attendees to stay connected with each other year-round.

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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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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

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. As any event or meeting pro knows, the right vendors and platforms play a pivotal role in the success of any meeting or event – especially those that are virtual or online. 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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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. in late April, staff and volunteers went into overdrive to transition the physical meeting to a virtual one in a matter of days.They knew how critical it was to deliver much-needed content to their global community. This is not a typical story. When their reimagined conference couldn’t take place in Portland, Ore.,

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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. Content marketing has grown by leaps and bounds during the past five years.

5 Valuable Lessons Event Professionals Learned in 2019

Experient

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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Virtual Events: Creating Content with a Wow Factor

MeetingPlay

Virtual Engagement Meetings and Events Virtual Events Virtual Meetings Event Planning meeting planning international time zonesLet’s keep it real.it’s s been a long couple of months. The event industry is, to put it simply, different.

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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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Best Virtual Event Advice from Industry Experts

MeetingPlay

Search the terms “Virtual Events” or “Virtual Event Planning” in your web browser and you might hit on some sage advice. Or, alternatively, you may end up with content from someone who’s never been involved with planning a virtual event.

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7 Tips to Stop Attendee Churn in its Tracks

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Keep “value” at the forefront of your planning process. Regardless of their response, you owe it to your members to look at other meeting options. Marketing Meeting Planning ASAE Annual Meeting attendee churn communication event design meeting planning registration retention

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How to Rock Meeting and Event Planning from Home

MeetingPlay

If this is you (or some version of you), read on because we are going to share some tips from industry professionals and work-from-home veterans on how to stay healthy while successfully managing event planning, work, life, and family, all while staying at home. Warning!

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9 Things Every Meeting Planner Should Carry in their Toolkit

SmartMeetings

Just about anything can happen at a meeting—a broken shoe heel, contract confusion , a sudden headache or the dreaded dead phone battery. To help, we’ve created a handy list of things meeting planners should find useful. For meeting and event planners, mobile devices are becoming increasingly important tools for getting the job done. The post 9 Things Every Meeting Planner Should Carry in their Toolkit appeared first on Smart Meetings.

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The Essential Guide to Creating Safer In-Person Events

MeetingPlay

Is it safe to start thinking about planning live events again? Tips Industry Updates Virtual Engagement Meetings and Events Virtual Meetings Event Planning meeting planning virtual eventNo matter where you are in the world, over the past few months you have felt the effects of COVID-19.

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Getting More Value from Conference Keynote Speakers

Velvet Chainsaw

Engaging – If a speaker doesn’t have a plan for chunking content and infusing audience participation, don’t hire them. According to PCMA Convene’s 25 th annual Meeting Market Survey, organizers invest 7 percent of a meeting’s direct expenses into speakers and entertainment. Speaker Emerging Practices engagement keynote meeting planning best practices professional speakers speaker selection

Your Big-Name Keynote Speaker is a No Show. So Now What?

Experient

Time is of the essence – so agree to meet back in one hour with updates. There may be negative fallout, so have a plan in place to address it at that meeting. As a former meeting planner who has planned over 1,500 events (yes, with a few speaker cancelations), she brings a unique perspective to these blog posts. Meeting Planning cancel emergency general session keynote speaker meeting planning

How to Master Virtual Event Time Zone Planning

MeetingPlay

Planning an international virtual event with live sessions in different time zones is a great example. Armed with these solutions, you'll become a time zone planning guru in no time flat. Virtual Engagement Meetings and Events Virtual Events Virtual Meetings Event Planning meeting planning international time zonesHave you ever thought something was simple and then, pow !

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From Virtual to Live: What is Microlearning and What Has It Taught Us?

MeetingPlay

Since the event industry was flipped upside down and turned virtual, we have had to change a lot of our ways, plan differently, and teach differently at our events. Tips Industry Updates Virtual Engagement Meetings and Events Virtual Meetings Event Planning meeting planning virtual event live events microlearningYou may be scratching your head and wondering why I am talking about microlearning.

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Quiz: Are You Ready to Add CMP to Your Name?

Smart Meetings

appeared first on Smart Meetings. Meeting Planning certification cmp conference Events exam financial management hospitality meetings music licence agreement pcma Planners planning practice professional quiz test triviaMore: How to Prepare for the CMP Conclave. The post Quiz: Are You Ready to Add CMP to Your Name?

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5 TED and TEDx Talks Every Meeting Planner Should Watch

SmartMeetings

There are countless best practices TED talks for general workplace improvements , but some are ideal for meeting planners’ particular pain points and needs. How to save the world (or at least yourself) from bad meetings, by David Grady. His talk calls attention to an epidemic of bad, inefficient, overcrowded meetings and how to stop them from bringing down company morale. The power of meetings by Henric Ehrenblad.

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Try Going Back to School for Your Next Meeting

SmartMeetings

More universities than ever are including conference hotels on their grounds to accommodate meetings of the mind in academic settings. Check out some of these properties and the opportunities they represent for creating smarter meetings. of meeting space in three areas, including a boardroom, dining room and conference space, popular with banquets. of meeting space, including J. The post Try Going Back to School for Your Next Meeting appeared first on Smart Meetings.

Take the Quiz: Which City is Best for Your Next Event?

SmartMeetings

There’s a fine art to planning an event. We’ll determine the best candidate so you can start planning ! appeared first on Smart Meetings. Meeting Planning meeting destinations meeting planning quizEach little decision in the process will culminate into just one, final opportunity to showcase the fruits of your labor. A key element is choosing the right city.

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At Your Next Meeting, Take a Tea Break

SmartMeetings

The trend toward longer, more inspired breaks at meetings —30, 40 or even 60 minutes to refresh the mind and body—can encompass many activities, or none at all. But it’s a surefire way to make your meeting break rise above the ordinary. The post At Your Next Meeting, Take a Tea Break appeared first on Smart Meetings. News Trends event tips hot tea meeting breaks meeting planning meeting planning tips tea break

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How the 10-5 Rule Creates Kinder, More Welcoming Event Experiences

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Event Design Meeting Planning 10-5 rule 8 phases of experience design attendee experience daniel pink donna kastner event design event experiences Experience DesignPost authored by Donna Kastner, Founder, Retirepreneur.

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The 5 Busy Phases of Event Planning

SmartMeetings

Meeting and event planning is a highly stressful, fast-paced occupation. Incoming—you’ve got a meeting or an event to plan! Production coordination, contracts, logistics, personnel and a detailed site plan are expected to be tweaked to perfection—but we all know that can never be done. Aren’t you glad you made a plan B? If you made a plan C, you’ll be even happier. The post The 5 Busy Phases of Event Planning appeared first on Smart Meetings.

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Accessibility Rules: How to Make Everyone Comfortable at Event Venues

Smart Meetings

It also ignores the needs of a growing, aging community that still wants to participate fully in travel and meetings. The post Accessibility Rules: How to Make Everyone Comfortable at Event Venues appeared first on Smart Meetings.

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8 Hot Event-Planning Buzzwords of 2017

SmartMeetings

Predictably, big trends impact all industries—including event planning. These are some of the hottest event-planning buzzwords of 2017. Virtual reality (VR) can be used during the course of event planning. This preference should be considered when making event-planning decisions—anywhere from speakers to decor and overall ambiance. Instead of taking a blanket approach, meeting planners are focusing on designing events that appeal to a specific audience.

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7 Sweet and Savory Late-Night Hotel Snacks

Smart Meetings

A great nightcap to a long day of meetings is gathering around a campfire with colleagues and peers. Meeting professionals can book the hotel’s Raid the Fridge package. In the past, the hotel has stocked it with red bull and vitamin water with a silly sign that reads, “Plan Ahead.

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Philanthropy and CSR: Missing Ingredients to Profound Meetings

Smart Meetings

Providing meetings that change an entire team’s energy and mindset is never easy, but it helps to include discussions about philanthropy and corporate social responsibility (CSR), when appropriate. The recent Smart Meetings webinar, “The Right Way to Give Back While Building Teams,” hosted by Lain Hensley, looked at not only CSR possibilities, but also how to implement them for the best results. We give people, by using philanthropy and CSR, a powerful meeting….We’re

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5 Benefits of Holding Events at Unique Venues

SmartMeetings

For planners, leaving a lasting impression on meeting participants isn’t always easy to do, though, and can require some important strategizing. Holding an event at an interesting museum , theater or sports facility offers a unique experience that makes for a very memorable meeting. Here are five of the main benefits of holding meetings at unique venues. Memorable meetings: Attendees are more likely to remember a meeting if they are fascinated by where it was held.

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7 Places to Experience a Glamping Adventure for your Next Meeting

SmartMeetings

If you are looking to change it up for your next meeting, glamping is the way to go. Here are seven places you can go glamping that offer beautiful meeting spaces and luxurious lodging options. Meeting Spaces: 13. Thirteen meeting venues situated throughout the property make it a ideal for team-building meetings. Meeting Spaces: 13. Meeting Spaces: 9. Meeting Spaces: 8. Meeting Spaces: 3. Meeting Spaces: 5. Meeting Spaces: 40.

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8 New Year’s Eve Drinks to Replace Champagne

Smart Meetings

As New Year’s Eve plans already start to fall into place, here are some of the best alternatives to spice up any gathering. The post 8 New Year’s Eve Drinks to Replace Champagne appeared first on Smart Meetings. Champagne has been the drink of royalty going back to the 1800s.