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5 Roadblocks to Holding an Exceptional Event
Aug 06, 2012 by
You have been given the green light on a meeting you have had on the drawing board for months and you want it to be absolutely exceptional. The last few meetings you have planned have been okay, but this one you want to be different. You want attendees to be excited about coming to the event.  Here are 5 common roadblocks many planners face when putting their meetings in motion and what you can do to avoid them. Getting caught up in the minutia.  If you want a great ev...
Delivering Training Face-to-Face: Why One Organization Says it is the Only Way to Go
Aug 03, 2012 by
Two years ago, Delotte LLP an audit, financial advisory, tax and consulting firm, set out to offer the best possible staff training to their 186,000 employees and partners from 154 countries worldwide. They studied the "bricks versus clicks" options and what they settled on was a $300 million, 5 story training center solution.  "We wanted to do something special and different," said Bill Pelster, Principal at Deloitte Consulting. "We had a great ...
5 Things Event Planners can Learn from Olympic Athletes
Aug 01, 2012 by
Now that the Olympics are in full-swing, I often marvel at the way things change every 4 years. Athletes seem to get faster and more powerful. Technological advances in equipment, clothing, and shoes allows them to go just that millisecond faster.  So what can event meeting services organizations learn from these powerful professional athletes? Plenty. Here are the 5 things any meeting planner can take away from the games: Olympians train, train, and train some more. They are...
A Case for Dividing Attendees: 6 Beautiful Benefits in Turning One Big Meeting Into Several Smaller Ones
Jul 30, 2012 by
Small regional meetings are trending up in the event meeting services industry and will probably continue to do so for the foreseeable future. It seems counter-intuitive: How can several small meetings be as cost-efficient as a large one? After all, doesn't it take more time to plan 3 to 5 meetings versus one event? The answer is not really, given advances in technology and the planner's ability to negotiate multi-meeting contracts.  According to MPI, here is a synopsis of th...
4 Flubs and Fixes When Handling a PR Crisis at Your Event
Jul 27, 2012 by
Last week, 6,000 individuals attended Tony Robbins "Unleash the Power Within" 4-day event in San Jose, California. Part of the program in overcoming their own fear is to walk on hot coals. However, this time things went very wrong and at least 21 individuals needed to be treated for 2nd or 3rd degree burns on the soles of their feet.  Below are the 4 flubs from the event that Reuters New Agency reported and the fixes that any event meeting services organization can utilize ...
Professional Attendees Plus Trade Show Exhibitors = ROI and Lead Generation? Not Exactly
Jul 25, 2012 by
It used to be that event organizers handled all the planning, execution, and logistics of a meeting and left the rest of the coordination to the executive and sales team. However, in today's competitive and digital environment, this is no longer the case. Sales reps want qualified leads and C-Suite management demand measurements to justify their participation in a trade show -- and all of this responsibility now falls squarely on the planner's shoulders.   However, in this de...
5 Fantastic Fixes to Make Your Next Speaker Shine
Jul 23, 2012 by
Have you ever sat in the back of the room listening to the high-priced speaker you booked and at the same time, observe your audience glancing at their watches, checking their smartphones, and start coughing or yawning? Do you see the energy just sap out of the room? And then, do you get mad at yourself that you didn't vet your speaker well enough?  Here's a reality checkpoint: Perhaps the reason your speaker wasn't effective is partly your fault. "What?!?" you ...
9 Nifty Nuggets to Build Your Brainstorm Meeting Effectiveness
Jul 20, 2012 by
You have decided it is time to get all or a subset of your employees together and brainstorm about an opportunity, challenge or threat your company is facing. Since there will be more than 50 people in attendance, it doesn't make sense to meet as one big group. You have heard about brainstorming, but are unsure how it works. Lets take you through, step-by-step ways to integrate problem-solving, team building and brainstorming into one meeting!  Here are the 9 steps (or nifty nuggets...
Are you Leaving Money on the Table? 12 Ways to Cut Costs for Your Next Meeting
Jul 18, 2012 by
Do you sometimes walk away from a vendor meeting feeling like you "left money on the table"? Does your gut tell you that you had some more negotiating to do? There is no easy answer to this process because suppliers are in the business of winning your meeting and bringing in a profit. In these financially perilous times, you need to do your best to keep costs contained...but how? Here is a good rule of thumb:  The bigger the conference spend, the more opportunity there i...
Halt Hidden Meeting Fees! 5 Things Planners can do to Protect Themselves
Jul 16, 2012 by
Sometimes planning a meeting feels like building a new house. You have the plans and the monies set aside. Construction has begun and everything seems to be going as smooth as silk. And then Wham! You forgot your husband upgraded the countertops to granite, the carpeting you wanted is out of stock so you end up with a more expensive brand, and don't even get me started on the landscaping! Bottom line: Add about $25,000 or more to your original budget and you should be golden. But, cor...
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