Virtual Meetings Lower Costs … and Interaction

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“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.”

Design your meeting BEFORE choosing the venue!

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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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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.

11 Meetings You Need for an Awesome Event

Event Manager

Meetings often have a bad reputation as a good way of wasting time but these eleven types of actions will ensure everyone’s on track and working towards a successful event. Meetings get a bad wrap: “A meeting is an event in which the minutes are kept and the hours are lost.”

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.

Report: What Planners Want Now in Meeting Rooms


Though technology and real-life experiences often clash, in the case of meeting planners the two event elements are equally important

Your Annual Meeting Is Boring – Refresh it with These Smart Ideas

Event Manager

We hate to say it, but everything about your meeting is predictable. The post Your Annual Meeting Is Boring – Refresh it with These Smart Ideas by Editorial Team appeared first on [link]. Ideas annual meeting ideas live streaming social media

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Avoid this common mistake when planning meeting programs

Conferences that Work

Although I have good reasons to champion meeting designs where the participants get to choose what they want and need to discuss and learn rather than a program committee , there is invariably a place for some predetermined presentations at conferences.

How The New Travel Ban Will Affect Meetings And Events

Event Manager

We take a look at the new travel ban, what’s changed, what hasn’t and how it will affect meetings and events. The post How The New Travel Ban Will Affect Meetings And Events by EventMB Team appeared first on [link].

Top 10 new terminologies every meeting planner needs to know.


A while back we addressed the top terminologies every meeting planners needs to know. Surely perhaps one of the most used new words amongst meeting planners. Not much time has passed and a handful of new words have snuck into our professional vernacular.

The Meeting Planning Industry Needs a Lasting Strategy


On this episode of Event TALK we are speaking with Christy Lamagna, Founder and Chief Strategist of Strategic Meetings and Events. Our discussion focuses on the need for the planning industry, and meeting professionals to be more strategic to insure long-term success.

14 Essential Meeting Questions: Before, During and After

Smart Meetings

Meetings are a crucial opportunity for everyone in a company to touch base, express concerns and collaborate in a meaningful way. Meetings that have a positive impact require planning and evaluation at every stage of the process. Why is this meeting being held?

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Meeting Trends: Millennials Favor In-Person Over Online Meetings

Smart Meetings

Great news, meeting professional : Your career is safe. The poll results overwhelmingly indicated most Americans believe events and in-person meetings are more effective than online experiences—and that positive change requires connecting with one another in person. “As

7 Steps to Align Face-to-Face Meetings with Organization Strategy

Event Manager

Because we’ve done it every year is not a good reason to run a meeting! The post 7 Steps to Align Face-to-Face Meetings with Organization Strategy by Eric Rozenberg appeared first on [link]. Now more than ever we need to get a greater return from our events.

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5 V.I.P. Perks Your Meeting Attendees Will Appreciate


Digital communication dominates the day-to-day life of business people across nearly every industry, yet attendance at meetings, conferences, and trade shows remains

The Secret Formula Of Successful Hybrid Meetings [Case Study]

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The post The Secret Formula Of Successful Hybrid Meetings [Case Study] by EventMB Team appeared first on [link]. Venues event management experience event planning live presentations case study event venue case studies Venue event case study scientific meetings hybrid meetings

10 Effective Meeting Icebreakers

Smart Meetings

One of the greatest challenges that meeting planners face is to facilitate a meeting that truly engages attendees. One of the best ways to ensure your meeting gets off to a great start is by planning a fun and casual icebreaker activity.

5 Innovative Meeting Formats

PCMA Convene

Attendees who want more from their meetings don’t want to sit and listen passively to a formal presentation. Welcome to the era of disrupted meetings, in good company with other industries and institutions whose established norms are being taken down to the studs.

Association Meetings Up, Attendees Down

Smart Meetings

There were more international association meetings than ever last year, but on average the meetings had fewer participants, reports the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA). The post Association Meetings Up, Attendees Down appeared first on Smart Meetings.

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Meet and Eat: Menus for Better Networking

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The post Meet and Eat: Menus for Better Networking by Halifax Convention Centre appeared first on [link]. This is a sponsored post written by Greg Smith, food and beverage expert at Halifax Convention Centre. More information about Event Manager Blog’s sponsored posts.

10 Affordable and Free Meeting Software For Office Efficiency

Capterra Event Management

While I think there are plenty of meetings that anyone could sum up in an email, it’s important to meet with your coworkers or other persons of interest when subjects require a more personal touch. Affordable and free meeting software. Google Hangouts Meet.

The 15 Most Innovative Meetings 2016


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When Peaches Meet Coconuts

PCMA Convene

I asked Meyer what this might mean for North American–based meeting professionals whose conferences are now attracting participants from around the globe. Which, in turn, requires flexibility on the part of time-obsessed North American meeting organizers. Erin Meyer.

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The Meeting Planner’s Glossary

Smart Meetings

This industry runs on jargon, and since meeting planning requires everyone to work at a rapid click, it’s best to get acquainted with it yourself. Convention and Visitors Bureau , a local organization that can help meeting planners conduct venue and vendor selection at no cost.

5 free resources and tools every meeting planner needs


Meeting planners are in general an organized bunch. Integrates with Gmail for free, and eliminates the back & forth emailing when needing to schedule a meeting. Google Drive can be viewed as a meeting planner collaboration tool.

How to Plan Your Walking Meeting

Smart Meetings

Considering that much of the average workday is spent glued to a computer screen , walking meetings may be more beneficial than ever before. Walking meetings don’t have to be a huge commitment. Limit spontaneous meetings to four people.

Why meetings are more important than you think

Conferences that Work

As 2017 begins, take a moment to think about meetings in a wider context. While our primary relationships are usually with family and friends, professional relationships are also important, and meetings are typically the most effective way to form and develop then. Meetings.

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American Express Releases 2017 Meeting Predictions

Smart Meetings

The annual American Express Meetings & Events report , designed to identify trends based on survey responses, suggest spending will likely be similar to 2016, while overall activity, including number of meetings or number of attendees per meeting , may see a decline.

How Will Millennials Change Meetings?

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In ten years, millennials will make up 70 percent of the workforce and, as they become the majority, their preferences will shape and shake up the meetings and events industry at large. Being open to change is what will drive meetings of the future.

Cvent’s Top 10 U.S. Meeting Destinations

Smart Meetings

meeting hotels , leading event management software provider Cvent has released its annual list of top meeting destinations. 1 meetings destination in the country, only reinforces our ongoing commitment to this important industry.” meeting destinations are listed below.

5 Cool New Tech Tools for Meetings and Events


Here’s a roundup of five of the newest and updated technology products for events and experiential marketing

Utilizing the outdoors to benefit your meeting

Plan Your Meetings

Meeting planners are always looking for new ways to create an environment that fosters lasting impressions. I’ve noticed an uptick of meeting planners bringing their groups outdoors to enjoy nature, and have seen how this can help the overall success of an event.

ICCA Names Top 20 Association Meeting Cities

Smart Meetings

ICCA, the International Congress and Convention Association, has released its annual rankings of top meeting cities and countries , and there have been quite of a few shake-ups among the top 10 meeting destinations. Top Meeting Cities. Number of Meetings in 2016.

8 Meeting & Event Trends that Could Explode in 2017

Smart Meetings

These meeting trends have already made an appearance in 2016, but some experts suggest they’ll really blossom in the coming year. based event venue company, shares his thoughts on the latest trends for those in the meeting and events industry. The 5-minute meeting.

2017 Meetings Industry Trends Reveal Sunny Outlook

Smart Meetings

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has released its quarterly Meetings Outlook report. The report presents trends and predictions that MPI members believe will have a major impact on the meetings industry. Meeting budgets are rising.

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3 Ways to Bring Nature into Your Meeting

Smart Meetings

Meeting planners are always looking for new ways to create an environment that fosters lasting impressions. I’ve noticed an uptick of meeting professionals bringing their groups outdoors to enjoy nature , and have seen how this can help the overall success of an event.

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.

Raise a Glass to 7 Great Wine Cellar Meeting Spaces

Smart Meetings

These seven wine cellar meeting venues prove that groups don’t have to head to Napa or Bordeaux to gather among grapes. Complete with a 1970s wood Knoll conference table that seats up to 10 people, the space seamlessly transitions to post-meeting wine tastings with the resort’s sommelier.

9 Things Every Meeting Planner Should Carry in their Toolkit

Smart Meetings

Just about anything can happen at a meeting—a broken shoe heel, contract confusion , a sudden headache or the dreaded dead phone battery. To help, we’ve created a handy list of things meeting planners should find useful. Meeting Planning Planner Professional meeting planning

How We’ll Meet

PCMA Convene

There’s a blizzard of white papers and trend reports that seek to help meeting professionals understand what to expect in the future — including research conducted by the German Convention Bureau (GCB) as part of its Future Meeting Space initiative.