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.

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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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

Smart Meetings

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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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.

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.

10 Best U.S. Cities for Business Travel

Smart Meetings

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.

9 Things Every Meeting Planner Should Carry in their Toolkit

Smart Meetings

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

8 Hot Event-Planning Buzzwords of 2017

Smart Meetings

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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It’s Time to Kill the RFP


Requests for proposal no longer fit today’s needs for smaller, more last-minute meetings. Corporate Toolbox Housing Global Sites Research Meeting Planning ToolboxBy Ron Shah, CEO, Bizly. read more.

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Ninja Moves for Improved Conference Session Marketing

Velvet Chainsaw

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!

How to Plan an LGBT-Friendly Meeting or Event

Smart Meetings

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.

The Value of Good Teamwork

Master the Event

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5 TED and TEDx Talks Every Meeting Planner Should Watch

Smart Meetings

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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Third-Party and In-House Planners Make a Perfect Match

Smart Meetings

Third-party planners and in-house planners have often been thought of as being on opposite ends of the meeting planner spectrum. Some people incorrectly assume that an independent planner or planning company is not as experienced or effective as an in-house corporate meeting planner.

Harassment At Meetings May Be A Bigger Problem Than You Thought

Event Manager

Harassment at meetings is a big problem, according to a recent survey. The report shows that 60% of respondents had experienced harassment at scientific meetings in the last 2 years. The problem of harassment at meetings is worse than we thought, according to a recent report .

5 Unique Team-Building Activities for the Summer

Smart Meetings

Plus, this activity requires a high level of collaborative thinking, planning and coordination. The post 5 Unique Team-Building Activities for the Summer appeared first on Smart Meetings. Meeting Planning Ideas & Inspiration meeting planning meeting tips

At Your Next Meeting, Take a Tea Break

Smart Meetings

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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9 of the World’s Coolest Convention Centers

Smart Meetings

And, who knows, after seeing these beauties you might start planning your next meeting or event in a completely new and foreign city! The post 9 of the World’s Coolest Convention Centers appeared first on Smart Meetings.

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How To Create Your Event Budget


If you’re planning an event, there’s one step that is essential to making that event happen: creating the event budget. What should you not hack off the budget OR always plan for when it comes to AV needs? Think about the absolute worst things that could happen and plan accordingly.

7 Great Perks of Being an Eventprof

Smart Meetings

It can be challenging for those in the meeting planning profession, but looking on the bright side really does pay off. So rather than concentrating on the hurdles involved in event planning , let’s focus on the wonderful perks of this unique profession.

The 3 “A”s of Risk Management


Association Toolbox Corporate Toolbox Incentive Meeting Planning Safety & SecurityToday’s planners need to know how to effectively anticipate, assess, and address potential security concerns from hostage situations to natural disasters. read more.

The Who, What, and Why of Chatbots for Events


Apps Communication Event Planning Marketing Meeting Planning Technology“Chatbot” has become something of a buzzword as of late – especially in the events industry, but is there anything to it? Are chatbots really being used at events? How do they work? And are they the next killer event app? Today we’re addressing those questions with a roundup of the chatbots currently on market. […].

Getting Creative with Your Convention Layout

Smart Meetings

Tradition is taking a back seat in convention layout plans, and designers are discovering fresh ways to create a unique space to match a corporate culture. Every convention is planned so the company can achieve specific goals, such as training, awards and presenting new technology or products.

3 Big AV Trends That Will Excite and Engage Your Attendees


Tech Audio Visual Event Planning Meeting Planning TechnologyAV is a unique element of events. Most people, upon hearing the term, think of monitors and microphones and leave it at that.

8 Meeting & Event Trends that Could Explode in 2017

Smart Meetings

These meeting trends have already made an appearance in 2016, but some experts suggest they’ll really blossom in the coming year. based event venue company, shares his thoughts on the latest trends for those in the meeting and events industry. The 5-minute meeting.

7 Places to Experience a Glamping Adventure for your Next Meeting

Smart Meetings

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.

Meeting Trends: Millennials Favor In-Person Over Online Meetings

Smart Meetings

Great news, meeting professional : Your career is safe. The poll results overwhelmingly indicated most Americans believe events and in-person meetings are more effective than online experiences—and that positive change requires connecting with one another in person. “As

6 Ways to Use Watermelon at Your Summer Event

Smart Meetings

Summer is winding down and autumn’s nearly here , meaning it’s time to make the most of its seasonal specialties before we have to wait until next year. National Watermelon Day is a welcome reminder that nothing screams summer quite like this iconic fruit.

Infographic: The Benefits of Overnight Conferences

Smart Meetings

Debating whether a one-day or two-day event is the right fit for your meeting’s purpose? The post Infographic: The Benefits of Overnight Conferences appeared first on Smart Meetings. Hotels & Resorts How To Meeting Planning

2017 Event Trends That Will Grant Your Events An Edge Next Year


Add these new technologies, strategies and activities into your planning as early as now to stay ahead of the curve. Don’t forget to use our free event planning checklist and make your life 10x easier when encorporating these trends. Virtual meetings.

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

6 Unique Ways to Promote Your Event Sponsors


Social Media Communication Event Marketing Event Planning Meeting PlanningIf it wasn’t for your sponsors, your event might not have gotten off the ground; that’s what makes the relationship so important. Part of that relationship is based on your willingness to promote sponsors throughout your events, and it’s an obligation you should take seriously. Often, most promoters focus on acknowledging sponsors using standard methods; […].

Where To Meet In The 20 Most Expensive U.S. Beach Towns

Smart Meetings

Let’s take a look at some suggested venues to hold meetings in each of the top 20 beach communities. The post Where To Meet In The 20 Most Expensive U.S. Beach Towns appeared first on Smart Meetings.

What Hotel Amenities Do Guests Really Care About?


Association Toolbox Corporate Toolbox Meeting Planning ToolboxA recent Cornell University study gives the real scoop on hotel guests feel about free Wi-Fi, bottled water, and fitness centers. read more.

Raise a Glass to 7 Great Wine Cellar Meeting Spaces

Smart Meetings

These seven wine cellar meeting venues prove that groups don’t have to head to Napa or Bordeaux to gather among grapes. Complete with a 1970s wood Knoll conference table that seats up to 10 people, the space seamlessly transitions to post-meeting wine tastings with the resort’s sommelier.

Power Up Your Planning with Instagram's New Features


What Instagram's upgrades mean for meetings and events professionals. Association Toolbox Corporate Toolbox Social Media Meeting Planning Toolboxread more.

Take the Quiz: What Type of Meeting Planner Are You?

Smart Meetings

As anyone in the meetings and events industry knows, there’s more than one type of meeting planner. Or do you meticulously plan everything far in advance? The post Take the Quiz: What Type of Meeting Planner Are You? appeared first on Smart Meetings.

4 Strategies for Handling Dietary Restrictions at Events

Smart Meetings

You can also ask attendees which planned food functions they plan to attend. The post 4 Strategies for Handling Dietary Restrictions at Events appeared first on Smart Meetings. It’d be so much easier if we all ate the same things—but we don’t.

Infographic: Is Your Event ROI Up to Par?

Smart Meetings

appeared first on Smart Meetings. Meeting Planning TrendsExperiences have never been more popular. Millennial travelers crave purposeful experiences. Attendees call for unique adventures they can’t find anywhere else. As this shift changes the landscape of events, the way we measure event ROI must change along with it. So what can planners do to ensure solid event ROI?