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 248

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.

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What meeting planners who support women’s rights can do

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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.

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Hub and spoke meetings

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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 276

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.

Improve meeting session learning with this simple tip!

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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 248

The meeting industry new normal – Part 3

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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 243

The meeting industry new normal

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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 311

The four meeting professionals you meet in heaven

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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 257

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 196

Download 7 Exceptional Event Email Templates for Driving Attendee Engagement

Write winning event emails in minutes! Relying on decades of social science research and more recent behavioral data, we’ll show you the science-backed methods to creating a wildly successful event-marketing email campaign for almost any situation. Download the eBook today!

How to start online meetings on time

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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

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

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

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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 295

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

Good meeting design is cheaper than special effects

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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….

Should meetings be efficient?

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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 199

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

Schedule breaks during online meetings!

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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 256

The meeting industry new normal — Part 2

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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 292

Please don’t call them virtual meetings

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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 310

The fairest rules for meetings

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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 241

Leading and Learning From the Next Generation of Meeting Profs

Smart Meetings

“We understand the importance of connection; we understand the importance of culture,” said David Peckinpaugh, Maritz president and CEO, reflecting on meetings’ return to F2F (face-to-face) amid dawning young talent during our Smart Chat Live!

2022 87

Control versus freedom at meetings

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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 207

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

How to stay on time at online meetings

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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 177

Nominate a Meeting Prof for the 2022 Meeting Professionals of the Year

Smart Meetings

What better way to show appreciation for your colleagues, partners and associates than by nominating them for 2022 Meeting Professional of the Year? Nominate your favorite meeting professional by July 12 and they’ll be entered for a chance to win this prestigious award.

2022 52

Meet for Change at The Meetings Show

Event Industry News

Lime Venue Portfolio is continuing its support of ethical meetings as it unveils the latest chapter of its Meetings for Change initiative next week at The Meetings Show. Now, Meetings for Change is leading on carbon labelling. .

2022 65

Smart Meetings Armed Attendees with Revolutionary Strategies to Pursue Happiness

Smart Meetings

Top meeting professionals gathered in the Nation’s Capital this week at Smart Meetings Mid-Atlantic Experience were treated to a crash course in finding personal and professional freedom while building a network that will serve their careers for years to come.

2022 83

Working with suppliers and practitioners at meetings

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Over the years I’ve designed and facilitated hundreds of meetings. One of the most common issues I address that is rarely acknowledged openly is the tension between the wants and needs of suppliers and practitioners at meetings.

2022 216

Virtual and Hybrid Meeting Tech Updates You Need Now

Smart Meetings

After two years of testing streaming platforms, meeting professionals are asking for more comprehensive solutions and a number of event technology companies have risen to the challenge. Read More : Cvent Connect Lays Out Event Tech Roadmap to Meet Growing Hybrid Demand.

2022 83

Humanity’s problem is a meeting problem

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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 188

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.

2022 87

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 252

Boutique Hotels Riding Mid-Size Meeting Wave

Smart Meetings

One of the long-tail effects of the pandemic could be a downsizing of average meeting attendee lists as some big events go hybrid and bring parts of their audience together in person while larger audiences access content online.

Why Corporations Demand Multilingual Meetings


According to the report, six or more languages are spoken at 60 percent of corporate meetings and events with 11 or more languages spoken at nearly a quarter (23 percent) of company gatherings. The post Why Corporations Demand Multilingual Meetings appeared first on Skift Meetings.

2022 124

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 262

Review of Butter, a smooth meeting platform for facilitators

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Companies bombard me with offers to check out online meeting platforms. Butter is an online meeting platform that is designed to support the facilitation of great interactive meetings. So here’s my review of Butter, a meeting platform for facilitators to shine.

2022 156

The top educational meeting format

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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.

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


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.

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