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 299

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 206
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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 339

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 301

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 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 279

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. Unfortunately, the meeting industry tends to assume that if business meetings should be efficient, meeting industry events should be too. Obviously there are aspects of meeting events that should be efficient whenever possible. So, should meetings be efficient?

2020 167

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 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.

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. I’m sorry, but when I think of a virtual meeting, this comes to mind…. And if your meeting is using holographic telepresence to bring in a presenter or two, perhaps virtual is the right term. And what should we use for traditional meetings?

2020 225

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. I believe there are three silver linings that are long-term positives for the meeting industry. 1—Virtual meetings will replace many broadcast-style meeting sessions. 2—Virtual meetings process technology will improve.

2020 219

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 263

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.

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 […].

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 193

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 103

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

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. Let’s explore strategies for who goes next, first for face-to-face meetings and then online meetings. Who goes next at an online meeting?

2020 160

How Will Hybrid Meetings Hit 2021 Budgets?

SmartMeetings

Who could have predicted a year ago that Zoom would be a major disruptive influence in the meetings industry? Now, conventional wisdom suggests that hybrid groups, which combine teleconferencing with person-to-person meetings, will be prevalent for the foreseeable future.

2021 77

What Will We Call Face-to-Face Meetings Next?

EventTechBrief

The third-party, face-to-face meetings industry has, by design, placed itself in a silo. It leaves business on the table, hinders the evolution of the meetings industry and provides a disservice to existing customers. By Michelle Bruno.

2020 141

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. I’ve been in many meetings where the first contribution avoided addressing what was asked, or was meagre or superficial. Read the full article at Conferences That Work The post Who goes first — protocols for online meetings appeared first on Conferences That Work.

2020 160

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 174

Do More With Your Event Budget at Your Next Meeting

Picatic by Eventbrite

This is a guest post by Marin Bright, the founder and CEO of Smart Meetings, a community of event professionals obsessed with inspiring brilliant experiences. Event professionals have a lot on their plate already, so budgeting for meetings is no easy feat. More often than not, these meetings come with high price tags — and […]. Business & Professional Event Budget Meetings Smart Meetings

2019 235

Three ways to create truly surprising meetings

Conferences that Work

Experienced meeting planners know that every meeting has its share of unexpected surprises. Minimizing surprises like CoffeeGate is default behavior for meeting planners. Surprising Meetings But not all meeting surprises are bad. Because meeting professionals want to minimize the likelihood of unexpected surprises during execution of the events, there’s a tendency to unconsciously minimize planned surprises for the attendees.

2018 166

Why Meeting Planners are Jumping on Clubhouse

SmartMeetings

So, when Megan Finnell, director of meetings and conferences with MGMA, pinged me with an invitation to join Clubhouse , I jumped on it. When I saw a notice for a room opening up called “CH Cage Fight Live Events vs. Hybrid” featuring Smart Meetings Planners of the Year Timothy Simpson (brand and engagement chief strategist for Design Studio by Maritz Global Events) and Elizabeth Sage (associate director of events and trade shows with Illumina), I had to listen in.

2021 81

Taking Meetings and Exhibitions on the Road

PCMA Convene

The Italian Society of Anaesthesia, Analgesia, Intensive Care, and Resuscitation (SIAARTI) turned its annual meeting into a traveling event that included educational content and meetings with experts, health managers, local administrators, and sponsors in socially distanced settings.

2021 93

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. So how do we give meeting-goers many options without taxing their stamina and powers of concentration? Read the full article at Conferences That Work The post Give meeting-goers many options!

2019 155

Flipping the Script on Training Meetings

Aventri

We hear a lot about increasing engagement and creating "wow" factor with event technology at large events, trade shows, and conferences, but rarely do we hear about it playing a role in internal meetings. Meetings Management featured

2018 162

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. It requires more than the traditional meeting planning skills we’ve developed. The post Time Capsules, Time Machines And Evolution Of Traditional Meeting Planners appeared first on Velvet Chainsaw.

2018 229

17 Aesthetically Pleasing Meeting Spaces to Spruce Learning

EventMB

Your meeting room should, of course, be functional and fit for purpose. Part of learning engagement and productivity can involve choosing the right meeting environment, whether this is creating a meeting space creatively or opting for a built-for-purpose venue to capture the attention […]. The post 17 Aesthetically Pleasing Meeting Spaces to Spruce Learning by EventMB Team appeared first on [link].

2018 129

MEET THE CHANGE: How Germany’s First Hybrid Event Achieved Success

Eventmobi

With their first hybrid event MEET THE CHANGE, the German meetings industry association MEET GERMANY needed to deliver an innovative event format. MEET THE CHANGE in Numbers. This required quite a technical set up: © MEET THE CHANGE pictures by Oliver Wachenfeld.

2020 244

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 119

HPN Global: How to Move Meetings Forward, Safely

SmartMeetings

Editor’s note : One of the best ways to learn how to host a pandemic-era meeting is to learn from others who are doing it. Director of Meeting Services Kiersten Perry and I went to great lengths to plan and showcase what a safe meeting looks like for the current time. As is appropriate with today’s meeting landscape, we also included a virtual component. Meeting sets appropriately distanced. More : Will Constant Mask Wearing Save the Meetings Industry?

2021 67

The Meetings Show 2021 unveils new dates and venue

Event Industry News

The Meetings Show , the UK’s leading platform for the world’s meetings and events community, will take place on 30 September and 1 October 2021 at ExCeL London.

2021 86

Tech Mergers Could Simplify Virtual Meeting Management

SmartMeetings

That could be good news for meeting professionals looking for new features and end-to-end solutions. He cited a recent study that estimated 98 percent of people expect future meetings to include remote participants, a trend he dubbed “global everything.”.

2021 71

How Independent Hoteliers Can Win More Meetings and Events

EventMB

The economic impact of pandemic is exposing weaknesses within the hospitality industry’s meetings and events lines of business, but independent hoteliers have an opportunity to position themselves to thrive as events return.

2020 143

Back Light: 7 Critical Virtual Meeting Considerations

SmartMeetings

Editor’s Note : As part of Back Light , a series of articles sharing illuminating insider observations, we asked Shameka Jennings, director of meetings and partnership development with National Coalition of STD Directors, to share her experiences planning meetings during a pandemic.

2020 76

6 Great Virtual Meeting Icebreakers

SmartMeetings

Whether it’s a short introductory icebreaker or a team-building activity, icebreakers, bonding breakouts and trust exercises have become commonplace at meetings and events. Yet these kinds of activities are often missing in virtual meetings. To begin, it’s important to remember to start your meeting with informal chat. For a smaller meeting with people who know each other, talk about how everyone is staying busy at home. Speed Meeting.

2020 79

Virtually There: Tech Meetings

SmartMeetings

Tech companies tested virtual meetings before they were cool. Smart Meetings talked to the planners behind the alt-launch and a bevy of other experts in streaming meetings and found out the answer is: “A lot.”. Most face-to-face meetings embody three major components: education, networking and commerce. However, meeting in person sparks other, more nebulous outcomes as well, including inspiration and camaraderie.

Tech 58

Essential! Support the $1 Trillion Meetings Industry, Restart America

SmartMeetings

When the lights went dark on the more than $1 trillion meetings and events industry in March, the call to shelter in place dimmed prospects not only for 26 million people whose jobs are directly or indirectly connected to bringing people together, but also for the 1.5 The stakes are high.

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