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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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 338

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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 292

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 278

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.

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. Some people have the attitude that attendees at online meetings are grown-ups and they should be given the freedom to take a break when they want and/or need to. Obviously, there are times when online meeting participants need to take a break.

2020 231

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.

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 265

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 205

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

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 99

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 173

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 157

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 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 149

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 170

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 234

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 156

EventHack Hybrid Games: A New Playbook for Hybrid Meetings

SmartMeetings

If producing hybrid events were an Olympic sport , most meeting professionals would have no trouble qualifying as amateurs. By experimenting with their own events, they are inventing what the future of meetings will look like.

2020 83

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

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.

2020 111

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 136

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 227

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.

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Keeping Your Teams and Attendees Engaged in Future Meetings

SmartMeetings

We are struggling to stay consistently engaged and motivated in the meetings and events hosted there. View all : FICP Chats Answers Your Q’s about the Future of Meetings. The post Keeping Your Teams and Attendees Engaged in Future Meetings appeared first on Smart Meetings.

2020 87

Meet Event Up

Event Industry News

Also, the city boasts great infrastructure facilities for MICE industry, such as conventions, symposiums, incentives, and business meetings. The meetings were held between July and the end of August in Forty Kleparz, Cracow.

2020 65

Advancing Virtual Elements in Future Meetings

SmartMeetings

Sixty percent of the 450+ participants in the August Financial & Insurance Professionals (FICP) Chats said at least 50 percent of their meetings and events through the end of 2020 will or have converted to fully virtual. Understanding the objectives of the meeting (ex.

2020 74

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 80

6 Essential Tips to Deliver More Productive Virtual Meetings

SmartMeetings

It appears the average meeting is messed up. Meetings occur too infrequently or too often. And since even Zoom and Skype meetings are where business is getting done right now, these virtual meetings must have the essential ingredients attendees are craving.

2020 92

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 114

When Good Meetings Go Bad

SmartMeetings

Chilling tales from the front and how meeting profs saved the day. Smart Meetings asked veteran convention center habitues for their real-life, unexpected encounters with such blizzards of doom and put together a handy guide for recovering with grace and charm. Senior Manager, Meetings, Incentive Travel, and Events, Tupperware Brands. Sometimes meetings are stranger than Hollywood. Kimberly Montoya, President, Twenty156 Meetings & Incentives.

2020 80

5 reasons to measure business value of meetings

Plan Your Meetings

Meeting and event professionals can no longer wholly rely on satisfaction measurements to justify spend, and as they seek to determine the true business value that their meetings drive, they are finding the added benefit of heightened roles within their organizations. Indeed, proving the value of their meetings has, in turn, proven the value of their roles as experience designers, strategists and internal consultants. cation of meeting success.

2018 173

Something is rotten in the state of meeting industry education

Conferences that Work

Over the last five years I’ve heard increasing concern from the meeting professionals community about the deterioration of the quality of our national industry conferences. A recent thread on the MECO community (a great resource for meeting professionals since 2006) describes numerous recent basic logistical failings, and points to what I see as symptoms of fundamental problems with meeting industry associations at the national level.

Design your meeting BEFORE choosing the venue!

Conferences that Work

I love my meeting design clients, but there is one mistake I see them making over and over again. Clients invariably ask me to help design their meeting after they’ve chosen a venue! Event design meeting design venue contracting venue selectionHere’s why they do it, and why it’s a mistake. Read the full article at Conferences That Work. Related posts: Help Wanted—Venues for my participation techniques workshops! Please help me (and hopefully yourself)!

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Handling a meeting question that isn’t

Conferences that Work

We’ve all experienced the meeting question that isn’t. Read the full article at Conferences That Work The post Handling a meeting question that isn’t appeared first on Conferences That Work. Being Schooled: Inside a Conference That Works “Mad blogger” Sue Pelletier of MeetingsNet has written an excellent article on her experiences at the four-day Conferences That Work format edACCESS 2014 annual meeting I convened in June.

2019 186

Job Hunting During COVID: What Meeting Professionals Need to Know

SmartMeetings

The travel, hospitality and meetings industry has been one of the hardest hit during the COVID-19 slowdown. Independent planners are facing gaping holes in their calendars as meetings continue to drop off. Many organizations, including Smart Meetings , have turned their events virtual.

2020 94

Virtual Meetings Lower Costs … and Interaction

Conferences that Work

“Intel’s annual meeting was entirely virtual. ” — Steven Davidoff Solomon , New York Times, Online Shareholders’ Meetings Lower Costs, but Also Interaction. Could businesspeople be persuaded to stop traveling to meetings, to sit instead in comfortable local studios hundreds of miles apart, handsomely equipped with cameras, microphones, screens, and speakers that magically allowed them to meet as well as if they were all in the same room?

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