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Gone in 60 Seconds: Help Your Presenter Nail Their Opening Remarks
Sep 23, 2013 by
The old adage by Will Rogers "You never get a second chance to make a good first impression", holds true even with the most sought out professional speaker. Bruce Kasanoff from Now Possible, recently shared on LinkedIn that the first minute of a speaker's stage presence will garner his or her success ratio with the audience. It boils down to this: If they are engaged, they will listen. If they are not, they will quickly get distracted with their mobile devices.   ...
10 Ways Conferences are Using Social to Keep Attendees Connected
Sep 20, 2013 by
PCMA Convene Magazine recently highlighted four organizations that are using social in fun, creative ways to keep meeting participants connected throughout the entire conference and beyond. The conferences are:  iStrategy Digital Marketing Conference IBM Pulse 2013 National Preservation Conference 2012 and MPI World Education Congress 2013 Here is what each one did and how they used interactive technology tool rentals to spread the social posts to the rest of the confe...
Say What? Think About an Orange to Make Your Meeting Negotiations Easier?
Sep 18, 2013 by
How many times have you walked away from a negotiation because you have dug your heels in on one thing? It might be pricing, availability or something else, but for some reason you did not move the negotiation needle and neither did the other side.  However, what if you consider the uses of an orange to make this process easier? Here's the analogy:  Say there are two people negotiating over the use of one orange. In 99% of the time, the two individuals would cut the o...
Want to Make Your Awards Celebration Really Special? Look Closely at these Dos and Don’ts
Sep 16, 2013 by
Associations, nonprofits and corporations alike usually hold an annual gathering to recognize their members, board of trustees or employees and thank them for all their hard work over the course of the previous year or their career lifetime. Your job as an event professional is to make the honorees feel like they are receiving the "red carpet" treatment while keeping the audience entertained and engaged.   Here are the do's and don'ts of this type of function: D...
The Most Innovative Conferences Focus on Three Things: Sustainability, Seating and Social
Sep 13, 2013 by
BizBash recently identified the most innovative conferences of 2012 and I have to say, for the most part, each approach was above the fold. Trying to get thousands of individuals to actively participate in convention initiatives can be a bit like herding cats. But in the top 3 conferences -- McDonald's, TED and Cisco -- their approach was well thought out.  Below is a synopsis of what these organizations did and interactive technology tool rental tips to make the implementation of t...
Maximize Your Meeting Dollar: 7 Ways to Save Money on AV
Sep 12, 2013 by
Do you sometimes walk away from a vendor meeting feeling like you "left money on the table"? That you did not negotiate your best deal? It is the goal of most meeting planners to get the best equipment for the dollars they have allocated for the event. Here are 7 creative ways to save money when renting audio visual equipment for your next meeting. Savings #1: Have Options. Many times, hotel and conference staff will state that you must go with the in-house AV provider. This s...
Don’t Want Those Dorky Glasses to See in 3D? No Problem! Hi Res, Glasses-Free Displays are Here!
Sep 09, 2013 by
As an event organizer, one of your goals is to provide better visuals to "wow" your attendees. While 3D can definitely do the trick, you have probably been reticent to use this technology because of the need to put on annoying, dorky glasses to realize the total effect. Thanks to technological advances, that isn't the case any longer! Research also backs up the power of 3D. According to a 2011 Tilburg University study, attendees had a 45% higher retention rate of the materials being shown on...
Labor Day Celebration | AV Event Solutions
Sep 02, 2013 by
H a p p y L a b o r D a y B e f o r e t h e r e w a r d t h e r e m u s t b e l a b o r . Y o u p l a n t b e f o r e y o u r h a r v e s t . Y o u s o w i n t e a r s b e f o r e y o u r e a p . R a l p h R a n s o m E n j o y L a b o r D a y ! Y o u r f r i e n d s a t & n b s p ;
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...
How to Pick a Partner When Renting Audio Visual Equipment
Jul 29, 2013 by
Today's meeting budgets often contain audio visual equipment as one of the top expense items. Yet, as I talk to most meeting planners about AV, it is still the least understood budget item. And the truth of the matter is, now more than ever, it is important to forge a long-term relationship with an AV partner as interactive technology tool rentals change and become more integral to a meeting's success.  Here are the four questions to focus on when choosing an AV partner. It isn&...
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