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Meetings Mean Business: 4 Key Indicators of Their Overall Value
Mar 12, 2014 by
Meetings Mean Business recently launched the above video and updated their findings about the number of meetings, GDP effect and taxes generated from meetings. In fact, the meeting industry's contribution to the GDP was greater than the motion picture, performing arts and spectator sports industries.  While this study "The Economic Significance of Meetings to the U.S. Economy" was originally produced in 2009, it was updated to reflect findings in 2012. Below are the ke...
 
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7 Solid Ways Presenters can Talk Like TED
Mar 10, 2014 by
Technology, Design, Entertainment, or TED for short, hit its 30th anniversary in March. This highly sought after conference has hosted individuals from Bill Gates to an unknown 13-year-old African boy. It usually sells out in days after registration opens. And unlike any other conference I know of, it has the same rules of engagement from the highest ranking celebrity to the most obscure speaker. Carmine Gallo, Author of Talk Like TED, analyzed 500 TED talks and interviewed TED speakers ...
 
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Five Compelling Reasons to Rent Tablets for Your Next Conference
Mar 07, 2014 by
The Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF) held their annual Transcather Cardiovascular Therapeutice conference in late October of last year. This six-day conference, held in San Francisco, drew 11,500+ attendees.  In order to cut down on paper products and eliminate conference binders, CRF decided to purchase 10,000 Samsung tablets for attendees, knowing that over 1,000 attendees would BYOD. Instead of charging for the tablets, they gave them to the registrants for free when they arrive...
 
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4 Fantastic Ways to Brain-Engage Your Event
Mar 05, 2014 by
Your attendee walks into a cold, dimly lit meeting room with no natural light. . They see scores of empty chairs and the PowerPoint presentation equipment has a black and white slide indicating only the title of the presentation. Your attendee starts to shiver as they take their seat and looks around for a cup of coffee - only to realize it is outside the room by the registration area. Once back at their seat, the speaker gets up on stage and goes for a full 90-minutes covering 120 slides; nev...
 
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What Lies Ahead for Event Planning? Challenges, Shifts and Growth
Mar 03, 2014 by
Rohit Talwar, CEO of Fast Future Research led the effort in two recent future trend studies: Convention 2020 and Power of 10. Below is a synopsis of those studies and what meeting planners everywhere can learn from them.  CONVENTION 2020 1,125 meetings professionals from 76 countries were asked what they believed the meeting experience would look like in 2020. Here are their responses:  Event Technology Commonplace in conventions and exhibitions will include: 75% said live ...
 
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What Does the Meeting Industry Think About Technology? Inquiring Minds Need to Know!
Feb 28, 2014 by
LiveTech londonlaunch, a master-class in digital engagement and social media, recently polled their attendees about the use of social media and technology for maximizing attendee engagement at their meetings and events. Below are the survey results broken up into two categories - Social Platforms/Apps and Technology - plus some of my ideas of how interactive technology tool rentals can help in each area.    SOCIAL PLATFORMS/APPS What social platforms and apps do you currently use ...
 
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How Green can Your Meetings Go? You Might Just be Surprised
Feb 26, 2014 by
Although the industry has been talking about this for a long time, there isn't one place to go to see the standards and certifications for going green. This blog brings the event information to you, will help you wade through it and gives you a few simple steps to bring your meeting to a more sustainable level.   STANDARDS  APEX/ASTM Environmentally Sustainable Meeting Standards The Convention Industry Council and ASTM International teamed up to complete nine individual standa...
 
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3 Things that Befuddle Planners and What can be Done About Them
Feb 24, 2014 by
If you are a meeting planner, you know the stress associated with planning and executing a large, complex event. You can be the best project manager and communicator in the world, but when the event actually starts to unfold, things can go sideways rather quickly.  Here are three items that most planners deal with at every meeting and nine strategies to maximize attendee happiness and minimize your own stress levels.  NO SHOWS 10 years ago, the no-show rate was about 5-10% for all...
 
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3 Things that Drive Attendees Away From Your Conference
Feb 21, 2014 by
Is your conference shrinking or does it experience high turnover? If this is the case, chances are your attendees have not received the kind of treatment they should have; either when registering for the event or at the conference itself. They have the budget approved and they want to be there - but something went awry in the process.   Here are the top three things that drive customers always as identified by Bill Murphy, Jr., an author specializing In leadership and entrepreneurship. ...
 
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7 Super Things All Conference Planners can Learn from Montreal’s C2MTL Experience
Feb 19, 2014 by
When Daniel Lamarre, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cirque du Soleil, came to the SID LEE agency in 2010, he wanted a corporate event where business leaders could instill creativity and innovation into their organizations. And out of this collaboration, C2MTL was born - an intensive three-day event now into its fourth year. With 75% of the event sold out with three months to go, no wonder BizBash upholds it as a "must-attend conference" model. Here are seven takeaway i...
 
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