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3 Little Words That Can Kill Your Meeting and What to do About Them
May 22, 2013 by
I don't think most meeting planners equate their words as power statements -- but they are. Because you often are the "go-to" person for attendees, sponsors, venues and exhibitors, it is important that the following words be banned and replaced with more positive statements in order to keep your meetings thriving and growing.  Here are the words, what they mean to the recipient and the replacement statements that can work in your favor. "Never."  W...
The Millennial Generation: Four Things You Should Know to Attract Them to Your Meeting
May 20, 2013 by
The Millennial Generation, or commonly referred to as "Gen Y" consists of individuals born between 1980 - 1995 (ages 18 to 33 years old). This is the group of individuals most business organizations are focused on because they will be running our corporations, government entities and meetings in a few years.  PwC, in conjunction with the University of Southern California and London Business School, conducted a global generational study of 1,000 Millennials from 18 gl...
Want to Keep Your Employees Happy? Throw Them an Appreciation Event!
May 17, 2013 by
As the summer heats up, an employee appreciation event is a great way to get everyone together in a social, casual setting. Whether you host a company picnic on your grounds or you have a networking reception at a local restaurant, getting employees together in a non-work setting, shows them your organization cares and is willing to go the extra mile.  Appreciation events have been shown to improve employee loyalty, reduce attrition and create or maintain a positive work environ...
Six Savvy Techniques to Bring Your Next Sales Meeting to Life
May 15, 2013 by
  Whether your organization has one large national convention per year or several smaller meetings throughout the year, the purpose of bringing sales professionals together is to train, motivate and reward them for their hard work. However, due to the nature of sales theses days (larger territories, quotas and remote support staff), many sales meetings are suffering from dwindling attendance. The key to a successful sales meeting is to create an agenda and environment where reps WANT ...
How Will BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Prevalence Among Attendees Affect Your Meeting?
May 13, 2013 by
  In corporations and government agencies across the country, it is pretty much mainstay for employees to be issued on their first day of work the following items: A uniform cell phone with a homogeneous talk/text/data plan; A desktop with an operating system and apps the IT department supports and; A laptop for those individuals who travel or are part of the C-Suite. Usually the employee's monthly cell bill is paid for by the organization and when the employee departs, the...
A Walk Down Memory Lane: The 30-Year Evolution of Meeting Technology
May 10, 2013 by
Even though the technology landscape has changed much since the introduction of the PC in 1981, have you ever considered the rapidity of this change and how it might evolve in the meetings industry? Here's a quick look at the last 30 years of technology used at meetings and events: 1983. Most presentations were carried out in a dark room with an overhead projector and transparencies which were typed or handwritten. To change out the slide, someone (usually the speaker) had to take the curr...
Why Are You Holding a Meeting? 7 Super Steps to Keep Your Team Focused on the Reasons Why
May 08, 2013 by
When was the last time you inquired about "the why" of your event or trade show? Sure, sure there are the basic responses such as education and networking. But with more virtual opportunities available to meet, your stakeholders are going to focus on bottom-line revenue and quantifiable opportunities associated with your face-to-face meeting.  Here are 7 sequential steps that will help keep your team engaged, attendees happy and sponsorship dollars flowing: Super Step #1:...
What Meeting Professionals Everywhere can Learn from J. Crew’s CEO Mickey Drexler
May 06, 2013 by
Millard “Mickey” Drexler brought a debt-drowning J. Crew back to profitability last year. He did so by implementing the following: Took the company off the stock market in 2011 via a $3 billion private equity buyout Cleaned house in the C-suite and  Retooled the brand’s merchandise by moving it upscale. The results? In the second quarter of 2012, J. Crew reported net income topping $22 million compared with a $10.5 million loss in the same quarter of the ...
Is Your Product Launching Event Getting the Attention it Deserves?
May 01, 2013 by
Every time your organization announces a new product or service, it helps differentiate you from the competition. And in today's "dog-eat-dog" world, it is important to do whatever you can to build brand awareness and customer loyalty.   So, how do you make your product launch extra special and memorable? It starts with a plan that encompasses the guest list and ends with your conference equipment rental decision. Here is a checklist of the things you should do to get s...
Meeting Professionals Who are Shaping the Industry
Apr 29, 2013 by
With so much change in the meetings industry, you may wonder who is really setting the pace in the marketplace. MPI recently identified "Chief Curators" who are considered thought leaders for the future. Here is a synopsis of what they bring to the table along with my key takeaways about what this all means.  INFLUENCER #1: Michael McAllen, Meeting and Event Production Warrior Michael runs Grass Shack Media where he started up a website called AVForPlanners.com to help ...
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