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.

2022 78

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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Competent logistics are the new meeting minimum

Conferences that Work

My work at a pre-con is different from that of a typical meeting planner since I focus on the meeting’s design and facilitation. I’ve been convening meetings for decades, though, so I know a fair amount about meeting planning.

2022 277

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.

2017 100

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.

2022 83

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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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.

2022 80

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.

2022 83

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

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

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.

2022 87

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.

2016 75

Inflation Impacts Meetings in New Ways

EventMB

Skift Take: New research shows that meeting planning is impacted by inflation and rising costs in ways few anticipated. Andrea Doyle Read the Complete Story On Skift Meetings.

2022 140

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

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

Destinations International Helms Meetings Industry Diversity Study

Smart Meetings

Meeting professionals understand that travel brings people together. As DEI has come more into focus in this industry, planners are trying to incorporate it not just in the workplace, but into the way they plan off-site meetings.

2022 83

The meeting industry new normal – Part 3

Conferences that Work

The old meeting industry normal is long over, and many event professionals are still hoping and waiting for a new normal. In October 2020 I wrote two posts [1 , 2 ] about what a meeting industry new normal might look like. Holding in-person meetings: what do we now know? Here’s a quick overview of what I see as the relative risks involved in attending in-person meetings at this point. Understandably, people want to connect at in-person meetings.

2022 236

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.

2022 91

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.

2018 225

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.

2022 101

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

2018 126

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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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.

2022 82

AMEX: Meetings Will Grow in 2019

Smart Meetings

Planners in the United States expect all types of meetings to grow in attendance in 2019, noting an anticipated 1.24 percent increase in internal meetings. percent) is expected for conferences, trade shows, senior leadership meetings and board meetings. This is according to findings from American Express Global Business Travel’s Meetings & Events division (M&E) annual 2019 Global Meetings and Events Forecast. “We’re

2019 78

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.

2022 98

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.

2022 91

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.

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.

2022 87

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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4 Feel-Good Benefits of Outdoor Meetings

Smart Meetings

The days of boxed-in, windowless meetings are officially a thing of the past. More : Tech Companies Flee Cubicles, Meet Outdoors. Meet in earshot of nature. Most modern venues offer outdoor terrace spaces attached to indoor meeting rooms or use meeting spaces that have windows overlooking nature. And when stress is low, focus is possible, which fosters more productive meetings. Schedule walking meetings.

2018 80

Small Meetings: F&B Insights from a Supplier

Smart Meetings

Food and beverage costs are increasingly taking a bigger slice of the meeting budget. Patrick Berwald, vice president of food and beverage for Benchmark Global Hospitality , offered some, ahem, food for thought about F&B for small meetings. Planners are being tasked to reduce this meeting element. How can small meetings address this? . Is it helpful to hold a small meeting in a larger venue that may have more resources? .

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

2022 83

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.

2022 83

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.

2022 83

[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

2020 195

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.

2017 75

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.

2022 83

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.

2022 91

Meeting Trends that Have Shaped the Last Decade

Smart Meetings

As Grand Hyatt San Antonio is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this year, I’ve been reflecting on the major trends that have transformed the meeting industry throughout the past decade. Having helped to plan and oversee thousands of meetings during my career, it has been interesting to see how the meeting and convention industry has changed and continues to evolve to this day. Demands for Meeting Space Have Changed.

2018 81

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.