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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.

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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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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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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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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.

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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.

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Connection, attachment, and meetings

Conferences that Work

But what does it mean in the context of meetings? Surely we sometimes become attached to people we meet? Isn’t creating and strengthening attachments one of the desirable functions of meetings? Read the full article at Conferences That Work The post Connection, attachment, and meetings appeared first on Conferences That Work. A teacher recently advised our daily meditation group to seek “connection free from attachment” This is a wise practice for me.

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Metaverse Meetings Still a Work in Progress

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Skift Take: Even Meta is finding it hard to encourage employees to use VR for internal meetings. Still, as the technology improves and users gain familiarity, it may become that standard way people to meet, train, and collaborate online.

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Meta Struggles to Gain Traction With Its Own Metaverse Meetings

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Skift Take: Even Meta is finding it hard to encourage employees to use VR for internal meetings. Still, as the technology improves and users gain familiarity, it may become that standard way people to meet, train, and collaborate online.

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Smart Women in Meetings Awards Nominations 2023

Smart Meetings

Smart Meetings is proud to announce the eighth annual Smart Women in Meetings Awards. The post Smart Women in Meetings Awards Nominations 2023 appeared first on Smart Meetings. Smart Events smart women in meetings

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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!

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CES Gets Meetings Industry Going for 2023

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Skift Take: With attendee and exhibitor numbers getting closer to pre-Covid figures, the entire meetings industry is hopeful for a strong CES that sets the tone for the rest of 2023. Miguel Neves Read the Complete Story On Skift Meetings.

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How Meeting Profs Can Improve Event Engagement

Smart Meetings

Smart Meetings spoke with several event experts whose main goal is to craft a personalized, engaging and educational experience. Knowing the audiences’ wants and needs gives meeting planners the chance to reconfigure the usual general session.

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State of Virtual Meeting Tools

Smart Meetings

Even as in-person meetings continue to reemerge with a vengeance, virtual meetings have taken a primary position in the event professional toolbox. Yes, hybrid meetings are more complicated and costly, but virtual is here to stay without a doubt,” he said.

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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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Meetings Are Forever Changed, New Data Shows

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Skift Take: Stressed teams, less demand, the popularity of drive-to destinations, and shorter lead times are among the findings of the Skift Meetings State of Business Events report. Andrea Doyle Read the Complete Story On Skift Meetings.

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7 Meetings Industry Trends to Watch in 2023

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Skift Take: The past three years have brought about significant challenges to the meetings industry. Skift Meetings Studio Team Read the Complete Story On Skift Meetings. Announcements event trends meeting trends

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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.

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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!

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Can Virtual Speakers Meet the Expectations of Meeting Planners? 

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However, including remote speakers does not make a meeting less successful. Paul Cook Read the Complete Story On Skift Meetings. Skift Take: To assume a virtual speaking experience is the same as in-person is a mistake.

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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,

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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.

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A Unique Meetings Consolidation Model Grows

Smart Meetings

Predictions of a mass consolidation of the meetings industry have been swirling since the World Health Organization started advising lockdowns in early 2020 to “smooth the curve” of what was then known as novel coronavirus.

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Meeting Profs Travel Report

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Meeting Profs Travel: Over Half of Passengers on Flights from China Test Covid-positive Hong Kong has announced the lifting of all mandatory PCR test requirements for inbound travelers; however, travelers coming to the U.S. The post Meeting Profs Travel Report appeared first on Smart Meetings.

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Meetings Recovery Continues Upward Trajectory, According to New Report

Smart Meetings

In the report of 98 global venue operators, Europe (including Sweden, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Belgium, and the Netherlands) and the Americas are showing encouraging signs of a meetings industry increasingly seeing itself in a better place as the weeks pass by.

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Status and power at meetings

Conferences that Work

Meeting professionals rarely talk about status and power issues. This is unfortunate because the ways that status and power manifest at meetings matter. Because a majority of those who attend most meetings have little say over what happens at them.

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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.

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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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Sustainable Meetings Through Renewable Concepts

Smart Meetings

Sustainability is now required at meetings as attendees are demanding an environmentally conscious event. Curbing pollutants has become part of the meeting professional job description, but how does one to do so at in-person and virtual events in a meaningful and cost-effective way?

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Are Good for Your Meetings (and Business)

Smart Meetings

Following the events of George Floyd’s tragic death in 2020, meetings industry organizations have been actively seeking to engage in the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) discussion. If a client has strong feelings about DEI, meetings planners should too. “If

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Skift Meetings’ Top News Stories of 2022

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Skift Take: Wrapping up an intense year filled with ups and downs, we share the most popular news stories published on Skift Meetings in 2022. Skift Meetings Studio Team Read the Complete Story On Skift Meetings.

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5 Tips for Improving Accessibility for Meetings

Smart Meetings

In chatting with Smart Meetings, Cat-Wells offered several important tips that meeting organizers should consider before putting together events in the future. The post 5 Tips for Improving Accessibility for Meetings appeared first on Smart Meetings.

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Are Your Meetings Neuro-Inclusive?

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Andrea Doyle Read the Complete Story On Skift Meetings. Skift Take: Fostering a sense of belonging in event design helps ensure success for all. Google’s Megan Henshall is building a community focused on building a neuro-inclusive future.

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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.

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Meet Up with Churchill

Smart Meetings

of total event space, options range from an intimate meeting for 12 in their executive boardroom or a reception for 50 at Winston’s on the Beach, to an outdoor event for 175 at the Lido Terrace or indoor venues for larger groups.

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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.

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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.)

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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.

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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.

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Are Your Business Meetings Truly Accessible?

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Andrea Doyle Read the Complete Story On Skift Meetings Event Design accessiblity Columbus DEI diversity equity Greater Columbus Convention Center inclusion PCMA

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