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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  ww.mpiweb.org/FOM.   Here are MPI's 5 principles for best practices in meeting desig...
 
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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...
 
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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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Zero Waste to Landfills? Take a Lesson from the London Olympics
Aug 09, 2013 by
Believe it or not, the 2012 London Olympics sent zero waste to landfills. Through a concerted effort of recycling and composting (62% of it) plus converting the remaining waste into energy, they achieved this amazing feat. Considering the London Olympics hosted over 12 million individuals at 26 different venues throughout SE England makes their results even more remarkable.   The International Olympic Committee did not do this alone. They had help from the European Pathway to Ze...
 
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What is the Future of Meeting Wi-Fi? Free or Fee?
Aug 07, 2013 by
In the July edition of PCMA Convene, four individuals shared their thoughts on the ongoing debate about "free vs. fee" Wi-Fi and creative ways to keep these costs down. One thing is for certain: Wi-Fi demands are not going away. In fact, with the increase in native apps and processor speed, Wi-Fi will continue to be more and more important in the event industry.    As the "free vs. fee" debate rages on, it is clear most individuals do not want to pay for it. I...
 
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13 Ways to Curate Great Content at Your Meetings and Conferences
Aug 05, 2013 by
Have you ever thought... Wouldn't it be great to collect photos, videos, and text content from as many attendees as possible on a real-time basis? Now there is a way to do so! With the assistance of mobile devices, great apps and interactive technology tool rentals, meeting organizers can easily gather data from attendees. While there are many benefits of allowing attendees to create and curate event content, the best benefit is your ability to use their words when selling next y...
 
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Top 3 Meeting Trends for the Remainder of 2013 and Beyond
Aug 02, 2013 by
It is hard to believe that the end of 2013 is only 5 short months away! Because I usually start any new year with a few meeting industry predictions based on the experts in the field, I thought it would be appropriate to look at a few more trends as we move toward the close of 2013.  Andrea Driessen, Chief Boredom Buster for No More Boring Meetings recently shared in MPI one+ magazine her predictions as to what is on the meeting horizon. Below is a synopsis of her thoughts and ways in...
 
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Real-Life Examples of How Meeting Professionals Use iPads at Their Events
Jul 31, 2013 by
Recently I followed a LinkedIn discussion where the following question was asked: "What's your favorite way to use iPads at events?" Three meeting professionals participated in this discussion sharing their real-life use of iPads in this environment. Here is a summary of their commentary as well as more information about each app and the overall benefits of iPad technology.   Jill Mendoza, Meeting Architect at Kinsley uses an iPad for the following:  Note t...
 
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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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Is Your Meeting Prepared in the Event of a Disaster? If not, Check Out These 5 Ways to be Disaster Ready
Jul 26, 2013 by
No one wants to talk about it, but sometimes it just cannot be avoided. A disaster strikes your meeting and you need to have a plan because whether you like it or not, you are the "go to" person meeting participants will look to when something goes wrong.  Here are 5 common crisis statements and the technological solutions that can help any meeting planner be better prepared.  I don't have a clue as to what to do if disaster hits my meeting.  The Federa...
 
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