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Why Virtual Meetings Will Never Replace Face-to-Face Conferences
Aug 24, 2012 by
      It seems as technology becomes better, cheaper, and faster, senior managers push their event teams to look at the virtual alternative. While it is true that a lot of the issues with virtual meetings have been minimized -- such as buffering and crashing systems -- there is a time and place for each meeting option. Today's lets focus on the strengths and weaknesses of the Face-to-Face and Virtual format. What it really boils down to are these 3 questions planners ...
10 Tips to Make Your Event Wi-Fi Access Decision Easier
Aug 22, 2012 by
Wi-Fi access can seem cumbersome and overwhelming to a meeting planner. While most venues tout access to Wi-Fi for your attendees, the questions you should be asking are: Is it free?  If it isn't free, how much should I budget for it?  Is it fast?  Is it secure? Many organizations claim to offer free Wi-Fi, but it can be slow or unsecure or both. And whether it is fast or secure depends on your definition what that means. If your attendees are expecting i...
7 Terrific Trends to Build Better Meetings
Aug 20, 2012 by
Things are changing in the meeting industry. Spaces will soon replicate a "living room" environment with top-notch interactive technology tool rentals that can bring a "wow" effect to the event. No more boring spaces -- fun, vibrant, and creative are the words of the day. BizBash Magazine recently published the top 10 trends they believe are changing the industry. I have plucked out 7 of the 10 in this blog post -- highlighting changes in both the meeting spa...
How to Capture and Keep The Elusive Millennial Attendee at Events (Part 2)
Aug 17, 2012 by
In Part 1, we shared with you the findings from The PCMA Foundation regarding the characteristics of Millennial attendees and what planners can do to reach and keep them at your meetings.  Today lets focus on the motivational and communication aspect of this special group of attendees. On a scale of 1 to 5, where 1 is "least motivating" and 5 was "very motivating", about 2,000 individuals between 18 to 30 years old were asked 25 questions about what motivated them...
How to Capture and Keep The Elusive Millennial Attendee at Events (Part 1)
Aug 15, 2012 by
The PCMA Education Foundation recently commissioned 3 professors from Eastern Carolina University to survey almost 2,000 individuals between the ages of 18 - 30. The goal was to: Understand what meeting characteristics are important to Millenials Find out what motivates them to attend a conference or meeting and Determine what communication methods work best Below, is Part 1 which will cover the characteristics and identifies how interactive technology tool rentals can ...
Our Love/Hate Relationship with Networking and How Technology Can Help
Aug 13, 2012 by
  Besides educational content, networking is a close second as to why individuals attend a conference or convention. They want to meet new people in their field. They want to expand their network. They want to feel connected. But they want to do all this with little to no effort -- and that is just down right impossible. Think about the last time you were at a networking event. How many new people did you meet? If you are anything like me, I gravitate to the people I already know because ...
The 6 Peeps You Need to Pull Off Your Next Event
Aug 10, 2012 by
You know this by now, no meeting or event is carried off by a single person. You need the help of others to make any event successfully come together. But have you ever thought about who these people, or group of people, are that make your meeting possible? Below is my list of critical "peeps" you need in your corner. Peep #1: Your Manager or Client This is the individual who is going to give you a "thumbs up" or "thumbs down" on the training seminar, sales meeting, or product launching event...
The Wonderful Ways a Wireless Audience Response System Can Change Up Your Meeting
Aug 08, 2012 by
Do you like movies that have alternate endings? Or books that have interesting and unexpected twists? If so, you are not alone. We all like to be intrigued by whatever we are watching or reading and this sense of not knowing how things will turn out applies to the meeting and event industry as well. Think of Audience Response rentals as your alternative ending or added twist platform. They easily plugin to the PowerPoint presentation equipment. Quite simply, every 5 or 10 slides the speaker c...
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 ...
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