Five Top Meeting Planning Trends for 2017


The new year has landed and its time again to explore the top meeting planning trends and considerations. 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


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.

Eventinterface Launching Event and Meeting Planning Master Class


Many events and meetings are run by volunteers or people whose primary job is not planning events. Anyone who has been made responsible to plan a meeting, event or conference can benefit from this series. Event and Meeting Planning Master Class series presented by

Top trends in meeting planning by trend expert Daniel Levine


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. Top 3 trends every event and meeting planner should keep an eye on this year?

8 Lessons 2016 Taught Us About Meeting Planning


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. Las Vegas Will Always be a Meetings Mecca and Will Always Be Reinventing.

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The Meeting Planning Industry Needs a Lasting Strategy


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?

Fostering a Winning Conference Culture

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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?

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

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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.

Time Capsules, Time Machines And Evolution Of Traditional Meeting Planners

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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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Your Conference Content Has Magnetic Pull

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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.

How to Plan an LGBT-Friendly Meeting or Event


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.

9 Things Every Meeting Planner Should Carry in their Toolkit


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. Meeting Planning Planner Professional meeting planning

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Getting More Value from Conference Keynote Speakers

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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.

Generational Blending: An Event Attendance Growth Strategy to Seize


Keep in mind, it’s going to take great finesse and careful planning to spark these multi-generational exchanges… but get this right and your newly formed multi-generational community will be hungry for more… and they’ll bring their friends. Meet people they wouldn’t normally meet.

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Creative Problem-Solving and Innovation: The Life of an Event Project Manager


Now, if you were to say, “put more than a full day, working through lunch, back to back meetings and calls and forgot to use the restroom at a few points,” you might be getting closer to the mark. When Vince is in the Frederick, Maryland office, his days consist of a lot of meetings.

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Eco-Friendly Event Ideas

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Implementing Experience Design in Small, Yet Powerful Ways


The term “experience design” is thrown around a lot in the meetings and events industry. Doing so helps you create an event that meets their needs, sparks an emotional connection and motivates them to return year after year. Post authored by Jennifer George Lion, CMP, PMP.

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5 TED and TEDx Talks Every Meeting Planner Should Watch


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. The power of meetings by Henric Ehrenblad.

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5 Tips for Planning Franchise Conventions

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Planning franchise conventions doesn’t come without its challenges. These challenges, in my experience, can be solved by implementing some franchise convention planning tips. Why Planning Franchise Conventions Matters. Identifying the ROI of Planning Franchise Conventions.

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At Your Next Meeting, Take a Tea Break


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.

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Try Going Back to School for Your Next Meeting


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, including J.

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


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 quiz

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Show Your Attendees Some Health Love

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After a long, exhausting meeting, the last thing on most attendees’ minds is eating healthy, but event professionals can do their part by ensuring attendees get the nutrition they need from their meals. Consider introducing some of these foods the next time you plan your next meeting.

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

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Ninja Moves for Improved Conference Session Marketing

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Attendance Marketing Attendance Acquisition attendance marketing conference best practices content marketing Education Education & Adult Learning meeting planning best practices Session MarketingBetter session copy helps put butts in seats!

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9 Standout Keynote Speakers to Watch


Meeting Planning dan pink general session john oleary josh linkner judi holler kelly mcdonald keynote speakers kjell nordstrom lisa bodell meeting michelle tillis lederman planning presentation seth godinPost authored by Donna Kastner, Founder of Retirepreneur.

Why the Over-50 Crowd Still Matters for Events


Now consider this: a whopping 81 percent of today’s retirees receive income from a pension plan. Marketing Meeting Planning associations baby boomers event marketing millennials networking over-50 crowd retirementPost authored by Donna Kastner, Founder of Retirepreneur.

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The 5 Busy Phases of Event Planning


Meeting and event planning is a highly stressful, fast-paced occupation. Incoming—you’ve got a meeting or an event to plan! Aren’t you glad you made a plan B? If you made a plan C, you’ll be even happier.

Ask the Expert, Fall Edition has Arrived

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Dishing 2019’s Hot F&B Trends for Groups

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The post Dishing 2019’s Hot F&B Trends for Groups appeared first on Smart Meetings. The Lakehouse at W Bellevue.

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8 Hot Event-Planning Buzzwords of 2017


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. Each year brings a new collection of buzzwords.

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5 Benefits of Holding Events at Unique Venues


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.

Good, Fast, Cheap: A Broken System Reevaluated

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In fact, it is now expected when you’re hired to organize an event or meeting. If your client has the fundamental mission of getting people together to have a meeting, convention, or convocation, it’s because they have a need to communicate a message.

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7 Places to Experience a Glamping Adventure for your Next Meeting


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. Meeting Spaces: 13. Meeting Spaces: 9.

10 Top Literary Oases for Groups—in Hotels!

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Dressed up like a living room, the lobby at Four Seasons Hotel Houston has several books that people can read and enjoy while waiting for a meeting to start. Guests may also be delighted to discover the discreet passageway that connects the lounge to Apt 2E, a meeting space.

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10 Best U.S. Cities for Business Travel


Finding a host city for a key meeting can be a geographic Rubik’s cube of schedules and locations that can seem impossible to solve. Meeting space: 4.2 Brown Convention Center’s red, white and blue nautical theme offers meeting professionals 1.2 Meeting space: 5 million sq.

3 Easy Tips to Jump Start a Wellness Program

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Unfortunately, travel stressors are typically the kick-off to the meeting experience and can leave attendees drained and exhausted by the time they arrive at the destination. Here are my top three tips for adding thoughtful, yet simple, wellness elements to your next meeting program.

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Use Event Sponsorships To Stretch Your Budget Dollars Further


“Every meal, every break, every opportunity is something where we will have an exhibitor or a sponsor who is launching or introducing a new opportunity for our attendees,” says Melissa Aldrich, Director of Meetings & Trade Shows at NACUFS.

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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Accessibility Rules: How to Make Everyone Comfortable at Event Venues

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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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