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Month: August 2013

4 Tips to Get in Touch with the Needs of Your Meeting Attendees
Aug 30, 2013 by
Almost every planner I know, tries to effectively read the pulse of their audience -- whether it be through paper and pencil surveys, observing body language or responding to complaints. We want to keep our attendees learning and happy. But in today's digital world, are surveys even relevant? Won't attendees just let you know how they feel? To learn more about what the participant wants and whether or not you met the mark, intelligent surveying needs to be completed.  Christophe...
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Aug 29, 2013 by
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5 Fabulous Ways to Get Everyone in Sync at Your Next Sales Meeting
Aug 28, 2013 by
If you are in sales or manage a sales team, how many times have you attended a meeting only to leave it bored, frustrated or confused? Most reps would concur that many sales sessions are downright inefficient because they don't adequately address the true reason they are brought together... meet or exceed the sales quota of the company.  A realistic plan to meet quota usually does not happen. The meeting becomes a complaint fest. Or the manager has loaded his or her ta...
Need Help Justifying Your Conference Attendance? Here’s an Easy Process to Help Make it Happen!
Aug 26, 2013 by
Many individuals need to complete a cost/benefit analysis when considering a conference. We all do it in our head -- as we look over the speakers, see where the conference is being held and lastly peruse the cost -- which can be expensive. But even if you are convinced you must be there, your management team may want something more. Rather than fighting with them, why not give them what they want?  Below is a tool you can use to help justify your attendance. Use the parts that make t...
4 Killer Ways to Effectively Use Facebook at Your Next Conference
Aug 23, 2013 by
Encouraging attendees to post to your conference Facebook page can seem overwhelming -- a bit like herding cats. However, with over 1 billion users and growing, it is a safe bet that most attendees have a personal Facebook account. With that many users, it would be unwise to ignore the power of this social channel.  Your goal is to request attendees to take a more active role on your fan page. The key is to encourage social conversations between those that are there and those that are ...
So Little Time and So Many Speakers! 5 Minutes to Effectively Judging a PowerPoint Presentation
Aug 21, 2013 by
As much as we would like to get away from PowerPoint, it is still the number 1 presentation method used by most speakers and facilitators. However, now more than ever, you need to review the slides to make certain the message is right for your audience. You can no longer take for granted that presenter is the subject matter expert on effective PowerPoint presentations. You are. But you have so little time -- how will you manage?  Take the next 5 minutes to read this blog for eff...
Why The One Percent Solution will Work for Trade Show Exhibitors Every Time
Aug 19, 2013 by
Show managers often hear complaints from frustrated exhibitors asking a simple question:   Where have all the attendees gone?  At the Exhibit & Event Marketers Association's Red Diamond Congress held at the end of July, meeting participants heard a new perspective about attracting attendees: the 1% solution.  The One Percent Solution: Sell Your Way to the Top One Percent by Brian Osterhaus surmises that there is a simple, yet effective framework to build a winni...
5 Principles of Meeting Design: Are You Using Any of Them?
Aug 16, 2013 by
Meeting Professionals International (MPI) is going to unleash to the world a comprehensive Meeting Design Toolkit on August 20th and will include the following:  How-to Documents Worksheets A Case Study  Implementation Phases and  Tutorials on how to use the toolkit.  This downloadable document will be free to all MPI members and will be found at   Here are MPI's 5 principles for best practices in meeting desig...
4 Fantastic Ways PowerPoint Presentation Equipment can Help “Break the Ice”
Aug 14, 2013 by
Icebreakers are a great way to help set the tone for a meeting or event, especially when you have a lot of individuals in attendance that do not know each other. Icebreakers help participants to relax, get to know each other better and create a team environment.  The key to a great icebreaker is the content and the timing. It needs to fit the demographics of the group and it can't be too long or too short -- it needs to be just right.  Here are four ways to break the ice: &nb...
A Beginner’s Guide to Choosing the Right AV for Your Next Meeting
Aug 12, 2013 by
If you are new to the meeting and event industry and need to rent audio visual equipment for the first time, it can be a little scary -- especially if you are being told what to do by everyone from the speaker to the hotel sales staff. Now is the time to take a deep breath and take control of your event, especially since you are paying the bill! Whether your meeting is 10 or 10,000 attendees, it is important that everyone in your audience see, hear and use their tactical senses to digest t...
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