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.

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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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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.

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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

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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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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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.

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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[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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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.

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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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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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Destinations Skill-up to Support Meetings Industry Advances

Smart Meetings

The founder of Joie de Vivre (now JdV by Hyatt), former Airbnb strategic adviser and now founder of Modern Elder Academy advocated for a sustained curiosity to fuel the hard work of regenerating the meetings industry.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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Louisville Experience Checked All the Boxes

Smart Meetings

Some destinations rise to the top of meeting bucket lists because of their history. Smart Meetings brought top meeting professionals to The Galt House the same week Berkshire Hathaway hosted 5,000 real estate professionals at 300,000-square-foot Kentucky International Convention Center.

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Chief Strategy Officers Will Drive Improved Connectivity in Post-Pandemic Communications

Smart Meetings

The post Chief Strategy Officers Will Drive Improved Connectivity in Post-Pandemic Communications appeared first on Smart Meetings. Events and communications professionals were forced to innovate under the immense pressure of the pandemic.

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Virtual Meetings Are Missing These Two Things, Meta Is Working on a Fix

Smart Meetings

In the podcast, Zuckerberg touched on one thing event professionals hold dear: that feeling of presence in meetings. This is something virtual meetings try to replicate, yet falls short. Hence the excitement of getting back to face-to-face meetings. Virtual Meeting, Real Feel.

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8 Engagement Tips for Your Next Hybrid Event

Smart Meetings

Hybrid events—whether they are conferences, expos or training courses—are meetings that can be accessed in person at a physical location, or remotely via an online platform. The post 8 Engagement Tips for Your Next Hybrid Event appeared first on Smart Meetings.

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New Realms, New Ideas: Virtual Reality Tech Is Transforming Events, Experiences

Smart Meetings

Smart Meetings talked to Scott Schoeneberger, managing partner at Bluewater Technologies Group Inc., The evolving VR technology supports experiences that teach and connect people—a practice at the heart of event planning. Planning Immersive Experiences for Experiential Learning.

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TWT: Mask Lift Fallouts, Sustainable Travel

Smart Meetings

Bottom Line for Meeting Planners: This is what hybrid meetings are for. The brand said they plan to develop additional upper-midscale, all-inclusive Wyndham Alltra resorts in the Caribbean and other major resort destinations.

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. The post Carina Bauer: European IMEX Marks Return to Normal appeared first on Smart Meetings.

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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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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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Louisville Experience Checked All the Boxes

Smart Meetings

Some destinations rise to the top of meeting bucket lists because of their history. Smart Meetings brought top meeting professionals to The Galt House the same week Berkshire Hathaway hosted 5,000 real estate professionals at 300,000-square-foot Kentucky International Convention Center.

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Language Interpretation Is the Next Wave in Virtual Meetings

Smart Meetings

Planning an event in multiple languages can be a challenge for meeting planners. Innovative virtual language interpretation software is making attendee accessibility a reality for everyone involved in creating inclusive meetings. Planning for a Multilingual Audience.

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Kimpton’s Virtual Therapy is Helping Groups Cope with Stress

Smart Meetings

Through December 2022, they can also get $100 off the first month of any Talkspace Plan, and Kimpton employees will receive a free one-year Talkspace subscription. ” This virtual therapy is of equal benefit to the company’s meetings and events teams, as well as to their clients. “As

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