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Do You Have Fun Scheduled Into Your Next Event? Five Reasons to Bring it!
Feb 08, 2013 by
When was the last time your attendees had a gut wrenching laugh or had fun all the way through a speaker's presentation? Are your events just the opposite -- solemn and serious? After all, isn't fun and laughter reserved for only children? The answer categorically is: NO! Laughter and fun have been proven to improve every aspect of adult life from enjoyment in a work environment to getting the most out of a meeting and event. Still not sold? Here are the five reasons why you wa...
In Honor of Sunday’s Big Game: What Meeting Planners Can Takeaway From This Spectacular Event
Feb 06, 2013 by
Last Sunday's Big Game is probably one of the most hyped, talked about, and watched sports game on TV. It is bigger than the World Series® and the NBA® Finals. It has broad mass appeal and it provides something for everyone. It is a reason to gather at someone's home or a local establishment. Even if you do not understand football very well, it is a game you would go to, just so you could scratch it off your bucket list.  What is it about last Sunday's football game ...
Are Your Meetings Going the Way of Blackberry or Palm Smartphones?
Feb 04, 2013 by
Three short years ago, Blackberry was sitting pretty. They had roughly 40% of the smartphone market share and every business professional I know was carrying one. How the world changes in a flash of time. Just last year, Blackberry considered selling its RIM operating system to Amazon or Facebook as an attempt to save the company. A few days ago, they introduced a new version of RIM, but it is probably  too little, too late for the Canadian phone company.  Palm was the darling of s...
Professional Development Training Provides You With Valuable and Productive Employees
Feb 01, 2013 by
As we close out the first month of a new year, it is not too late to put together a professional development plan. This is one area that has been slipping through the cracks with many individuals and organizations. Small businesses say they don't have the money and large corporations are too busy to send their people away for any period of time. But I think they are looking at training in the wrong light.  Here's the big question: What happens if you do not take the time...
Thinking of Holding a Paperless Meeting but Can’t Justify it? Get Two Calculations that Will Help
Jan 30, 2013 by
Imagine,  if you will, a conference where there are no paper programs, exhibitor manuals, session handouts, or surveys. There is no paper. Period. Sounds great, right? You and your staff don't have to spend tireless hours printing, collating, punching and assembling binders AND then shipping them to the conference. Somewhere, somehow you know with all the interactive technology tool rentals available there is a better way. But how can you justify the spend? Surely, it is going to be very expen...
Can Short and Sweet Meetings Exceed Attendee’s Expectations?
Jan 28, 2013 by
With flatter organizations, an increase in responsibilities and technology improvements, some of your potential attendees may feel they don't have the time for long, multi-day meetings or are inclined to catch the presentation in the comfort of their office via a webcast. In addition, with the emergence of Gen Y attendees who are constantly multi-tasking, long drawn out meetings can have the connotation of being boring.  But the overriding question is: How do you design a meeting...
Just Like Zuck: What Meeting Planners Can Learn from This Facebook Leader
Jan 25, 2013 by
Who would have thought 10 years ago a 29-year old, Harvard drop out would run a phenomenally successful organization with over 1 billion users? Certainly not me and probably not you. But here we are in 2013 and almost everyone knows the name of Mark Zuckerberg. Even though Facebook had a rough IPO start, it now seems to be on the path of stability as its stock price continues to rise.  Ekaterina Walter, Social Media Innovator and Author of Think Like Zuck: The Five Business Secrets of F...
The Different Type of Association Members and How to Get Them to Your Next Conference
Jan 23, 2013 by
As a long standing event planner, association members usually fall into one of these annual conference categories : 1) Will Always Attend, 2) Have To Attend, 3) Probably Should Attend, or 4) Never Will Attend.  It also seems to me that event planners take for granted the "will" and "have" attendees and spend a lot of energy focused on the "probably" and "never" member. But is this really a productive use of your time? The answer is: maybe.  ...
5 Reasons Why Meeting Planners Stick with Certain Suppliers
Jan 21, 2013 by
Ever wonder why meeting planners do business with particular suppliers over and over again? Why they don't send out RFPs on certain items any longer? It seems to be more than just a business transaction, so what is the key to a long term relationship for both parties?  Meeting Professionals International (MPI) recently published their 2012 Business Barometer findings that explored the 5 elements of great relationships between planners and suppliers . MPI interviewed over 1,000 indiv...
5 Good Reasons to Use Mobile Devices at Your Next Conference
Jan 16, 2013 by
Mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets and e-readers are outselling standard cell phones and computing devices nearly 2 to 1 according to Forbes magazine. If you are on the fence about integrating mobile devices into your next meeting or event, here are 5 reasons why you should use mobile devices at your next event:    Mobile Devices are mini computers.  With several Gigabyte (GB) available at an attractive price point, attendees can do almost everything they want on...
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