Hub and spoke meetings

Conferences that Work

Ever since my first encounter with the hybrid hub and spoke meeting topology at Event Camp Twin Cities in 2011, I’ve been a big fan of the format. Yesterday [see below], I realized that hub and spoke is a great format for purely online meetings too.

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Presentation versus interaction at meetings

Conferences that Work

What is the mix of presentation versus interaction at your meetings? Traditional meetings focus heavily on presentation. Presentation versus interaction at meetings. But our meeting designs, in large part, haven’t changed to reflect this shift in cultural awareness.

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The meeting industry new normal

Conferences that Work

Many event professionals are hoping and waiting for a meeting industry new normal. We want to believe that, at some point, in-person meetings like the ones we’ve held for decades will return. Even in these places, the meeting industry is not back to the “old” normal.

2020 321

Good meeting design is cheaper than special effects

Conferences that Work

Far too much money is spent on meeting glitz at the expense of good meeting design. “There’s no budget” I’ve noticed over the years that every meeting has a budget for F&B. Seth Godin makes an analogous point in this post….

CMOs Pivot to Virtual Engagements to Drive Business in the COVID Economy

Speaker: Mike Damphousse, Managing Partner of Category Design Advisors and Founder of Green Leads

Business as we know it is never going to be the same. Working from home has become the norm, conferences and meetings are going online, marketing budgets are being shifted, reduced or put on hold – it's time to adapt. Join this insightful and informative webinar with Mike Damphousse, Managing Partner of Category Design Advisors and Founder of Green Leads, who will discuss how businesses can be resilient during these challenging times.

The four meeting professionals you meet in heaven

Conferences that Work

The essential characteristics of meeting professionals. If there is a heaven on earth in the event industry, there are four essential characteristics of successful meeting professionals you’ll meet there. So, good meeting professionals obsess about details.

2021 261

An affordable air quality tool for meeting planners

Conferences that Work

The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated the in-person meeting industry. Now, meeting planners can add an affordable air quality tool to their site visits. A meeting planner doing a site visit should take CO? readings in occupied meeting rooms, restaurants, hotel lobbies, etc.

2021 235

How to start online meetings on time

Conferences that Work

Is it possible to routinely start online meetings on time? Think about the last three meetings you attended. Why don’t scheduled meetings start on time? You will have to wait around until the host starts the meeting and lets you in. Only your meetings though.).

2020 341

COVID-19, in-person meetings, and wishful thinking

Conferences that Work

COVID-19 has virtually eliminated in-person meetings: our industry’s bread and butter. In order to overcome the many significant challenges created by the coronavirus, the meeting industry has made valiant efforts to rethink in-person meetings.

2020 306

Schedule breaks during online meetings!

Conferences that Work

Providing downtime during any meeting is important , but it’s especially important to schedule breaks during online meetings. What happens if you don’t schedule breaks during online meetings. Hopefully they explained that at the start of the meeting.)

2020 285

Free Virtual Event RFP Template: Find Your Ideal Event Vendor

Download the Request for Proposal template to learn: What is an RFP and why run one? Who should be involved in the process? What requirements should you look for in a virtual event RFP (Request for Proposal)? SPOTME

Should meetings be efficient?

Conferences that Work

Should meetings be efficient ? “Yes” say thousands of books on how to improve business meetings. But “No”, when we’re taking about most meeting industry events. Obviously there are aspects of meeting events that should be efficient whenever possible.

2020 209

The meeting industry new normal — Part 2

Conferences that Work

The meeting industry old normal is over, and many event professionals are hoping and waiting for a new normal. What will the meeting industry new normal look like? The meeting industry old normal. For most of human history, of course, this has been the only meeting option.

2020 302

Control versus freedom at meetings

Conferences that Work

How can we design the optimum balance between control versus freedom at meetings? Note that I’m not suggesting meeting professionals give up any attempt to control what happens at their events. Creating events that truly meet participants’ wants and needs.

2021 224

Please don’t call them virtual meetings

Conferences that Work

I’ve been noticing a strange trend, ever since COVID-19 caused just about all bread and butter meetings to vanish. Suddenly, people are calling the meetings we’re holding these days virtual meetings. Why the rise of the phrase “virtual” meetings?

2020 326

How to provide new experiences at meetings

Conferences that Work

How can we provide new experiences at meetings? Providing new experiences at meetings can be as simple as this. This universal fear is the reason the meeting industry continues to struggle with incorporating new experiences into events.

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Online Meeting Etiquette

Eventory

Many of us have shifted to remote work, and many business meetings are now held online. Participating in virtual meetings is still a new thing for many of us, and we do not always know how to handle them right. Online meeting etiquette – best practices.

2021 78

No, I do not hate in-person meetings

Conferences that Work

I’d like to be clear that I don’t hate in-person meetings , despite what some have been posting recently on a Facebook group for meeting professionals: “Often wondered why so many on this feed hate live events.” The tension in the meeting industry.

2021 271

Lessons learned from online meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic

Conferences that Work

The Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) has published some useful lessons learned from organizing six online scientific meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic. Online meetings improve access and attendance. Hybrid meetings in the future.

2021 195

Are Online Meetings Reducing Our Collective Intelligence?

Conferences that Work

Are online meetings reducing our collective intelligence [CI] ? New research about online meetings. Translation: in the experimental setup used , the researchers found that online meeting participants were: better able to avoid interrupting each other; and.

2021 249

The top educational meeting format

Conferences that Work

What’s an Ideal Meeting? April 2018, Meetings and Conventions Magazine Do you incorporate participatory sessions into your events? 80% of meeting professionals prefer f acilitated workshop-style, participatory sessions [ survey by M&C Research, April 2018 Meeting and Conventions magazine ]! Read the full article at Conferences That Work The post The top educational meeting format appeared first on Conferences That Work.

Which meeting design books should I buy?

Conferences that Work

Here are five meeting design books I especially recommend. Into the Heart of Meetings: Basic Principles of Meeting Design ( ebook or paperback ). In 2013, Eric de Groot and Mike van de Vijver published this unique, extraordinary, and important book on meeting design.

The meeting industry coronavirus silver lining

Conferences that Work

Despite the terrible impacts of the coronavirus on the meeting industry, there’s a silver lining. The meeting industry is reeling under a wave of cancellations, postponements, and uncertainty. 1—Virtual meetings will replace many broadcast-style meeting sessions.

2020 243

1:1 Video Meetings: Foster Real Conversations, Connections & Networking at Online Events

Eventmobi

With EventMobi’s 1:1 video meetings feature, it is now easier than ever for attendees to connect at your virtual event and have meaningful conversations with each other or with sponsors and exhibitors. These situations are when private chat and video meetings come into play.

2020 312

Tambourine Meetings Amplifier [Review]

EventMB

Meetings Amplifier by Tambourine is a 360-degree hotel digital marketing solution designed to increase meetings and group RFPs. Meetings Amplifier by Tambourine: What Is It? The post Tambourine Meetings Amplifier [Review] by EventMB Studio Team appeared first on [link].

2020 155

Meeting Industry Jobs Outlook

SmartMeetings

While there will always be a place for those who specialize in experiences in person, the fast and the flexible who can produce quality attendee experiences no matter the venue, physical or digital, have a golden opportunity before them as the world reevaluates what it means…to “meet.”

2021 57

Trust, safety, and learning at meetings

Conferences that Work

If people come to meetings to learn, how can we create the best environment for them to do so? It turns out that trust and safety are prerequisites for optimum learning at meetings. How we learn at meetings. The key learning modality at such meetings is peer learning.

2021 243

Why our meetings are still full of lectures

Conferences that Work

Why are our meetings still full of lectures? When the leading candidate for the Mayor of New York City has this take on how people learn, perhaps it’s not so surprising that we’re still sitting through endless broadcast-style sessions at meetings and conferences.

2021 278

Leadership for meetings

Conferences that Work

What might leadership for meetings look like? “ —Harold Jarche, work in 2018 Read the full article at Conferences That Work The post Leadership for meetings appeared first on Conferences That Work. Related posts: Designing Participation Into Your Meetings No, that’s not me up on the stage, and that’s not the kind of session I’ll be leading next Tuesday, May 22, at the MPI New England 2012 Northeast Education.

2019 170

Who goes first — protocols for online meetings

Conferences that Work

” at meetings. When everyone shares at a meeting, someone has to start! Face-to-face and online meetings have different signaling options, which I described in detail last week. Last week I shared protocols for “ who goes next ?”

2020 212

Virtual Meetings: 81 (Best) Tools, Ideas and Tips

EventMB

Virtual meetings can be a cost-saving or revenue-generating option as an event planner. When it comes to virtual meeting event tech, there are several categories and types of tools you can use. The post Virtual Meetings: 81 (Best) Tools, Ideas and Tips by EventMB Team appeared first on [link]. But only if you have the right tools and know-how. We’ve looked at a lot of them (correction TONS of them) in this […].

2018 151

Meeting Profs Demonstrate Agility at Smart Meetings Experience Las Vegas

Smart Meetings

Where better to celebrate the resiliency of the meetings industry than in Las Vegas , where 2 million sq. of meeting space was added since the beginning of 2020? Smart Meetings had its own bubble in the meeting center amid a whopping 250,000 sq.

2021 69

Top 10 Resources Every Meeting & Event Planner Needs in 2021

Attendease

This list was part of a larger guide that we launched: 10 Survival Skills for Corporate Meeting & Event Planners in 2021. Meeting Minds Podcast. Meeting Minds Podcast has over 130 episodes recorded, sharing the ins and outs of meeting and event planning.

2021 309

COVID-19, hybrid meetings, and the future

Conferences that Work

Here are my current thoughts about COVID-19, hybrid meetings, and the future. I am not focusing on hybrid meetings at the moment. Because I see little, if any, benefit of holding in-person meetings at this time.

2020 199

Two ways for #eventprofs to meet up this week

Conferences that Work

There are two great ways for #eventprofs to meet up this week. Meeting professionals — this online conference is for you! Join Sarah Shewey and me for a discussion on the top-of-mind issue for meeting professionals right now — Are in-person events COVID safe? —

2021 167

Seating while Eating at Meetings

Conferences that Work

It’s no Comedians in Cars getting Coffee , but here’s my draft script for Seating while Eating at Meetings. Let’s start with… Three criteria for good seating while eating Read the full article at Conferences That Work Related posts: The Solution Room—a powerful conference session There’s been a lot of interest in The Solution Room, a session that I co-facilitated last July at Meeting Professionals International World Education Congress in Orlando, Florida.

2018 175

Give meeting-goers many options!

Conferences that Work

Today’s meetings need to give meeting-goers many options, not just a few. To be enjoyable and productive, meetings need white space : free time for attendees to do what they want and need to do. Predetermined meeting programs silence attendee voices in the same way.

2019 194

17 Meeting Ideas to Encourage Learning Retention

EventMB

Meetings are a necessity in terms of everyday working life and also creating smaller gatherings or workshops as part of a larger business event can be fruitful if done right. The post 17 Meeting Ideas to Encourage Learning Retention by EventMB Team appeared first on [link]. Ideas meetings meeting planners meeting design meeting profs meeting learning meeting facilitation corporate learning learning ideas meeting ideas corporate meetings

2018 124

Who goes next — protocols for online meetings

Conferences that Work

“Free discussions” at meetings frequently suffer from the same phenomenon. If you want to support everyone’s right to share at a meeting, you’ll need to facilitate what happens via defining and agreeing on who can speak, and when, and for how long.

2020 162

A Masterclass in Making Meeting History Beachside

Smart Meetings

The most recent stop on the Great Meetings Restart tour was Smart Meetings National West, which hit the beach at Hotel del Coronado this week for three days of business, connecting and community. The gathering of meeting professionals was a testament to the resiliency of the industry.

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