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Beyond the RFP: 8 Key Questions to Ask Your Next Audio Visual Provider
Oct 10, 2012 by
You sent out the RFPs, evaluated the AV company responses and narrowed it down to 3 potential providers. Before signing on the dotted line, you want to ask some follow up questions to make certain you are choosing the right supplier for your next conference. Here are 8 key questions to ask your next audio visual provider:  How much and what type of equipment does your organization have in inventory? Many experienced planners know that sometimes equipment requests happen at the las...
Want to Capture Your Attendee’s Attention? Make Your Message Short.
Oct 08, 2012 by
Theater style seating arranged. Check. PowerPoint presentation equipment set up. Check. Speaker has arrived and sound and lighting rental units tested. Check, check, and check. You have the outward appearance of a fantastic meeting that is going to last 2 hours --without any interaction or breaks. Your plan is to put your attendees or employees in a semi-dark room to listen to a subject matter expert. What does this format remind you of? You got! Most planners organize meetings i...
Keeping Your Meetings Green is as Simple as 1-2-3
Oct 05, 2012 by
Even though the "green movement" has been around for years, the event meeting services industry still has a fair way to go with their embracement of it. Here are the cold, hard facts:  In 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency deemed the meeting and event industry as the 2nd most wasteful in the country.  That same year, a EPA study determined that Americans generate about 250 million tons of waste, composting and recycling only 34% of it and throwing th...
Want to be a Meeting Industry Thought Leader? 2 Surefire Ways to Make it Happen
Oct 03, 2012 by
The buzz question in every industry circle is: Who are your thought leaders? But most people want to know: What exactly is a thought leader and how can I position myself to become one?  According to Webster's Dictionary, a thought leader is one whose views on a subject are taken to be authoritative and influential.  The reason most of us in the meeting industry want to be considered "authoritative and influential" is because it sets us apart from everyone else....
4 Things Event Organizers Can Learn from the Presidential Election Process
Oct 01, 2012 by
Are you sick of the political rhetoric, TV commercials, and telephone calls from the various parties touting their candidate? As time-consuming and frustrating this process may be to you, the fact is that many of these tactics work. Since so much of the presidential campaign is event driven, I thought it only appropriate to identify the top 4 things that meeting planners can take away from this process. Political Point #1: We always know when the election will be held.  The el...
5 Fantastic Questions to Ask A Potential Meeting or Event Supplier
Sep 28, 2012 by
I don't think it should surprise you that most meeting planners don't ask enough questions of their potential partners or suppliers. While many focus on price and availability, if they are going to build a long-term relationship with a vendor, they need to go deeper. Event planners need to pinpoint how effectively they can work with a new hotel sales person, or event solutions company. Here are 5 questions to ask that can take you beyond the typical "rates and dates" conversation: Question...
6 Success Tips from Sir Richard Branson that can be Applied to Any Meeting
Sep 26, 2012 by
Sir Richard Branson has built his success running and managing 400+ different companies -- all without having a college education. In his latest book, "Like a Virgin: Secrets They Won't Teach You in Business School", he spells out 18 of his best business success tips.  Today's lets examine a compulation of 6 of those tips -- applied to  the event meeting services industry. Here they are:  #1 You can't run a business without taking risks.  Take...
5 Keys to Building a Better Technology Team for Your Next Event
Sep 24, 2012 by
Meetings and events can be so complicated nowadays. You have the client, venue, event audio visual rental company, IT staff and if your event is a hybrid one, you could be dealing with 2 to 4 additional organizations. And it isn't just a matter of ordering the equipment -- it's the management of the process that requires a fair amount of time and attention. Given this potentially complex process, what is the best way to proceed to make sure that everyone does their job and the att...
8 Great Tips to Plan Your Next Employee Appreciation Day
Sep 21, 2012 by
You value your employees and want to show them so, but you have a limited budget and are "busy, busy, busy". You also know in the coming year things are going to be tough. How do you show your most valuable asset --- your employees --- that you care about them? By holding an employee appreciation event!   Here are 8 ways to get started on planning an event to be remembered:  Tip #1: Establish an overall budget for the day.  Find out the budget number you have to ...
6 Steps to a More Successful Sales Meeting
Sep 19, 2012 by
Every business day, thousands of U.S. companies gather their sales team together for a meeting. The purpose might be the rollout of a product launching event, to share confidential company information, or to provide quota challenges or accolades to members of the team.  If you are responsible for gathering the sales professionals together -- whether it be monthly, quarterly, or yearly -- you may be wondering: "What are the essential elements of a successful sales meeting?...
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