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 299

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?

2020 248

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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 198

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. 1—Virtual meetings will replace many broadcast-style meeting sessions.

2020 293

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 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? Read the full article at Conferences That Work The post The top educational meeting format appeared first on Conferences That Work.

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.

2020 196

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. But only if you have the right tools and know-how.

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. Event design comfort communal table connection distractions eating intimacy lack of distractions maximal intimacy meals meeting round table rounds seating

2018 221

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.

2019 294

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. Last week I shared protocols for “ who goes next ?”

2020 156

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].

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.”. Digital meetings yield some of these goals better than others.

2020 72

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 210

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.

2018 295

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.

2019 164

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. Speed Meeting.

2020 89

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.

2020 103

BLM Action Items for Meeting Planners

SmartMeetings

Do the widespread Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests calling for an end to racial bias in all its forms leave you wondering how meeting planners can join the struggle against the long history of discrimination? The post BLM Action Items for Meeting Planners appeared first on Smart Meetings.

2020 85

5 Tips for Designing Engaging Virtual Meetings

SmartMeetings

Virtual meetings require careful design to keep attendees engaged and deliver value for the hosts. But how do you translate the energy and insights from a face-to-face meeting through a computer screen? This will also leave time for other important aspects of meetings.

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.

2018 226

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 148

17 Aesthetically Pleasing Meeting Spaces to Spruce Learning

EventMB

Your meeting room should, of course, be functional and fit for purpose. The post 17 Aesthetically Pleasing Meeting Spaces to Spruce Learning by EventMB Team appeared first on [link]. Ideas meetings meeting planners meeting space meeting room meeting room design meeting profs

2018 129

5 Tips for Pivoting to Digital Meetings

SmartMeetings

That often means holding meetings and events to engage your employees, customers and partners. Based on our data, we anticipate a majority of internal (town halls, sales conferences) and external meetings will at least partially be virtual for at least the next six months.

2020 94

Smart Meetings Virtual Experience: Best Options for Working, Learning and Meeting in a Virtual World

SmartMeetings

Meeting professionals, just like everyone else, learn best by doing. On Tuesday, some 80 meeting experts learned first-hand that while virtual meetings may not be exactly the same as toasting signature cocktails in person, business, learning and fun can still get done.

2020 80

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.

2019 232

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. A virtual meeting eliminates the potential for a public relations disaster.”

2016 216

Incorporating Virtual Elements in Future of Meetings

SmartMeetings

Editor’s Note: This is part of a series reporting on FICP Chats about the future of meetings. Role clarity when selecting a virtual meeting platform was an area where participants noted an opportunity for improvement within their organizations. Meetings Professionals Re-Education.

2020 67

How Airbnb is Moving into the Meeting Space

Aventri

Considering that it has dramatically affected the worlds of transportation and travel, the shared economy is something today's meeting and event planners should be paying attention to, especially with Airbnb's recent push into the meeting space. Meetings Management featured

2018 178

The Online Meeting Resource Guide

SmartMeetings

Do you know how to break the ice when face to face with 50 of your closest online meeting pals? 6 Great Virtual Meeting Icebreakers. Whether it’s a short icebreaker or a team-building activity, icebreakers have become commonplace at virtual meetings and events.

2020 62

20 Ways to Modernize an Annual Meeting – Part 1

Velvet Chainsaw

Most annual meetings have used the same template agenda for decades. Annual Business Meeting. Meet bylaw requirements by having a 30-minute session (max) that can be attended by those interested. Annual Meeting Brand.

2017 273

Booking Group Business in the Future of Meetings

SmartMeetings

Editor’s Note: This is part of a series reporting on FICP Chats about the future of meetings. See also : Meeting Profs Demonstrate Community and Resiliency on #MeetingsChat. The post Booking Group Business in the Future of Meetings appeared first on Smart Meetings.

2020 95

Create Powerful Meetings Instead of Power-over Meetings

Conferences that Work

All meetings incorporate power relationships that fundamentally affect their dynamics and potential. Traditional conferences unconsciously promote and sustain power imbalances between the “speakers” at the front of the room and the audience.

2017 215

Meeting Room WIN!

Gallus Events

A few months ago I posted a view from a hotel bedroom and compared it to the view from a main meeting room in the same hotel. The bedroom view was brilliant, the meeting room view was terrible. The view from the two meeting rooms were just as good as the views from the bedrooms.

2017 152

The meeting industry’s biggest dirty secret

Conferences that Work

There are some things that the meeting industry doesn’t like to talk about in public. For example: Revenue models. Who actually paid for all that sybaritic F&B? You’ll never know.). Clients from hell.

2017 282

Have I Met You Before? Three ways to minimize embarrassment when meeting people

Conferences that Work

This happens all the time As a facilitator of conferences and meetings, I meet and talk with hundreds of people every year. I don’t want to forget the people I meet — but my aging brain is less cooperative.

2018 263

Smart Meeting Experience Delivers Digital Inspiration

SmartMeetings

First Virtual Smart Meetings Experience Amped Up Human Connections. The debut of the virtual Smart Meeting Experience connected 80 meeting professionals in April through a succession of simulated rooms for education and sharing. What might those meetings look like?

2020 52

FICP Chats: Revisiting the Immediate Future of Meetings

SmartMeetings

Editor’s Note: This is part of a series reporting on FICP Chats about the future of meetings. In early May, 82 percent of meetings professionals and hospitality partners within Financial & Insurance Professionals (FICP) had one or more in-person event scheduled for the remainder of 2020.

2020 62

Do Not Be Seduced By Meeting Fads Or Conference Trends

Velvet Chainsaw

Most conference and meeting professionals want the coolest, hippest, latest ideas and trends for their events. We are on the hunt for the next meeting, seating, session format, technology, and food and beverage fad. We are infected by the trendy meeting bandwagon participation virus.

3 Ways to Kill Your Zoom Meetings

SmartMeetings

2020 is the year of the Zoom meeting. People are meeting virtually at an astronomical rate, and as long as “shelter in place” orders remain, this is likely to remain the norm for some time. Here are tips for making your next Zoom meeting the best one yet.

2020 61