Make the meeting bigger!

Conferences that Work

Most of the event industry and our clients continue to assume that if you can make the meeting bigger it’s a good thing. Online and hybrid meetings have seen less drastic reductions. The event industry unduly focuses on large meetings.

2022 260

Stop networking at meetings

Conferences that Work

It’s time to stop networking at meetings. No, I’m not saying we should only listen to lectures at meetings. This post was inspired when Victoria Matey shared the following thought about networking at meetings: Random thought.

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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.

2021 289

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 283

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.

Meetings Uncovered

Smart Meetings

Editor’s Note: This is the first edition of Meetings Uncovered—Smart Meetings’ newest column focused on keeping you up to speed with the latest news in the hospitality industry. . These are missed birthday parties, graduations, time with loved ones and important meetings.”.

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COVID, duty of care, and the meeting industry

Conferences that Work

Event professionals: it’s time to talk about COVID, duty of care, and the meeting industry. Yet the meeting industry seems to be abrogating its traditional responsibilities to keep attendees and staff safe. Meeting industry COVID-19 duty of care long covid meeting industry

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Two novel hybrid meeting formats

Conferences that Work

I’ve been writing about hybrid meetings for a long time; my first post was in February 2010. The COVID19 pandemic created an explosion of interest in hybrid meetings, and the marketplace and event professionals are still defining what “hybrid” means. (No,

2022 303

Improve meeting session learning with this simple tip!

Conferences that Work

Want a simple way to improve meeting session learning? Read the full article at Conferences That Work The post Improve meeting session learning with this simple tip! Provide a shared Google doc where all participants can take notes, ask questions, and get answers!

2022 281

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.

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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 241

What meeting planners who support women’s rights can do

Conferences that Work

What can meeting planners who support women’s rights do? Here are two concrete suggestions for action: Read the full article at Conferences That Work The post What meeting planners who support women’s rights can do appeared first on Conferences That Work. The U.S.

2022 215

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 263

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.

2021 201

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 307

A class is a meeting

Conferences that Work

Though I don’t teach college anymore, I’m interested in educational class design because a class is a meeting. And much of what we can do to design great meetings is applicable to college classes too.

2022 156

Adventures in International Meetings

Smart Meetings

Meeting professionals are not just in the events business, we are in the business of helping people define who they are. Incentive meeting professionals are masters of designing motivating experiences by personalizing the adventure based on guest data.

2022 52

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 212

Does the Meetings Industry Have a Complacency Problem?

Smart Meetings

And this goes beyond meeting planning. But it’s a big problem in the meetings industry.”. The world flipped on its head and meetings were impacted negatively. The post Does the Meetings Industry Have a Complacency Problem? appeared first on Smart Meetings.

2022 87

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….

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 305

ASAE Embraced Disruption at 2022 Annual Meeting

Smart Meetings

The return to The Center for Association Leadership’s (ASAE) Annual Meeting & Exposition brought almost 5,000 people to Nashville in August after two years of virtual experiences. Through Zoom meetings, hopping on a plane and attending gatherings in the Washington, D.C.

2022 83

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 262

The Ever-Changing Landscape of Meeting and Event Design

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Designing meetings that connect and transform people requires clear thinking and an unwavering focus on human needs. Skift Meetings Studio Team Read the Complete Story On Skift Meetings.

2022 129

Nonprofit Makes Meetings Work with Innovative Software  

Smart Meetings

focused on training advocates to meet with congressional offices and advocate for legislation. Read More: How to Harness the Lasting Power of Virtual Meetings. The post Nonprofit Makes Meetings Work with Innovative Software appeared first on Smart Meetings.

2022 83

Industry Leader Lori Cioffi Joins Skift Meetings as General Manager

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Read the Complete Story On Skift Meetings. Announcements

2022 190

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?

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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 220

The fairest rules for meetings

Conferences that Work

What are the fairest rules to use when running meetings? ” I think it’s reasonable to concentrate on fairness to participants : the majority of those involved with the meeting. Status and power at meetings. I introduce the third agreement at meetings…. …by

2021 253

Designing Meetings Around Human Needs

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Skift Take: This special episode features two sessions recorded live at the Skift Meetings' Event Design Summit. Skift Meetings Studio Team Read the Complete Story On Skift Meetings.

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2022 Meetings Industry Survey

Smart Meetings

Smart Meetings and Destinations International are partnering up to better serve you this year —with your help! We need your feedback about the biggest challenges you are facing as a meeting professional right now and how we can collectively help you going forward.

2022 83

The Continued Importance of Outdoor Meetings 

Smart Meetings

While 2022 is in full swing, the meetings and event industry is continuing to navigate best practices regarding safe meetings and social gatherings during the Covid-19 pandemic. One trend that we are continuing to see is that of outdoor meetings.

2022 97

How to stay on time at online meetings

Conferences that Work

Tired of meetings that don’t end on time? Things were bad enough when we held our meetings in person. Now so many meetings are online, it’s easy to saddle remote workers with back-to-back meetings. But you can stay on time at online meetings when they’re your meetings — if you follow the guidance below! NOTE: Many of these suggestions are good practice for any meeting! Before the online meeting starts.

2021 185

The words we use for meetings matter

Conferences that Work

The words we use for meetings matter. Unfortunately, familiar terms often perpetuate conventional meeting thinking. Here are three examples of better words to use when talking about meetings. By changing the words we use we can change how we think about events.

2022 181

Humanity’s problem is a meeting problem

Conferences that Work

I think it’s also a meeting problem: “The real problem of humanity is the following: we have Paleolithic emotions, medieval institutions, and god-like technology.” And so it goes with meetings. It’s why businesses sponsor meetings.

2021 200

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

Smart Meetings Experience Elevated Events Culture

Smart Meetings

That was the message from author and Superbowl-winning executive Michael Lombardi at Smart Meetings Northeast Experience in Boston this week. Be in the room at a future Smart Meetings Experience. of its own flexible meeting space. Smart Meetings CEO Marin Bright.

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Swag Has New Swagger: Ecofriendly Giveaways for Meetings 

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Read the Complete Story On Skift Meetings. Marketing Advertising Specialty Institute ASI premiums promotional products swag

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