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How Annual Meetings are Ch-Ch-Changing
Jan 20, 2012 by
In 2009, when the recession came into full tilt, many associations and corporations saw a significant drop in their annual meeting attendance. Some organizations, including the Newspaper Association of America even canceled their meeting that year. Others, like the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) saw an attendance reduction of 40 percent.  As a result, many associations knew they had to add innovation and change into their program in order to survive. At PCMA's Annua...
Want to Rent iPads for Your Next Conference? Overcome the 4 Major Obstacles
Jan 18, 2012 by
It seems as if tablet technology is everywhere, but for some reason, it isn't integrated into your meetings yet. So, what is holding you back? Below are common obstacles most meeting planners face when considering ipads and tablets, and here are some creative ways to overcome them. Obstacle #1: "I don't have it in the budget."This is the most common reason planners don't rent tablet PCs. Here are some ways to justify the cost, without experiencing significant cost overruns. Here they a...
The 5 Biggest Fears of Event Planners and How to Overcome Them (Part 2)
Jan 13, 2012 by
On Wednesday, Fears Part 1, we tackled attendance fears (both no people or too many) and keeping the networking interesting and fresh. Today, we will help you understand how to keep your attendees there until the end of the conference and why hiring a quality event audio visual rental company is an important factor to your meeting. FEAR: Attendees will take off early. Every event organizers desires to keep the attendee excited and engaged until the bitter end. But it seems more and mor...
The 5 Biggest Fears of Event Planners and How to Overcome Them (Part 1)
Jan 11, 2012 by
Every event meeting services organizer, at one point or another in their career, has woke up in a cold sweat in the middle of the night worrying endlessly about the details of an upcoming meeting. Will I be the only one there? Will people be bored out of their mind and leave? Will anyone network? Rest assured that mistakes and failures do happen, but there are many ways to put a plan together to offset or minimize those fears. Here is my fear list and what fixes can put in place to overcome...
Planning an Event this Year? Get 6 Meeting Venue Must Haves
Jan 09, 2012 by
As a meeting planner, one of my greatest angst comes with the selection of the right venue for my client. With all the new and interesting venues opening their doors in 2012, it can be downright overwhelming to whittle down the top 2 or 3 choices to present to the client. However, as we move into the new year, 6 important features come to mind and should be in any proposal you put together. They are: Must Have #1: Easy Access for Attendees We have become relatively impatient when it comes to...
What will 2013 Bring for the Meeting Industry? Check Out These Expert Predictions (Part 2)
Jan 06, 2012 by
As mentioned in Part I on Wednesday's post, the blog site Evenues recently posted the coming year predictions from 21 meeting leaders about everything from digital marketing to sustainability.  In Part 2 of the series, we will delve into meeting and event industry predictions.    In addition, we will share key takeaways for planners from these predictions.    MEETING INDUSTRY "I think 2013 will see the industry staying as is or a very slow incr...
6 Secrets to Creating Memorable Events
Jan 06, 2012 by
Every event planner wants their attendees to talk and remember their event for many months, and even years, after the meeting is long over. And for all the right reasons -- not the wrong ones. The Wedding Planning Institute has come up with their "A6 Formula" for event success, which is listed below, and I have added some additional ideas to make your event extra special and memorable. Anticipation Spend time making your invitation very intriguing. Send the sample invitation to 2...
New Year, New You: 7 Wellness Resolutions for Your Meeting
Jan 04, 2012 by
Happy New Year! If you are like most Americans, you have thought about, or even written down, one or two personal resolutions you want to see accomplished in 2012. But have you ever thought about resolutions to help your meeting attendees? Even though we are expected to continue to experience a sluggish economy and tight budgets, there are some simple and effective ways we can contribute to the wellness of our stressed-out attendees. Here are some wellness tips that won't break the bank:Loo...
Happy New Year from AV Event Solutions
Dec 30, 2011 by
& q u o t ; W i t h N e w Y e a r c o m e s n e w p o s s i b i l i t i e s , n e w r e l a t i o n s h i p s a n d n e w o p p o r t u n i t i e s . & q u o t ; ~ A n o n y m o u s C h e e r s t o t h e N e w Y e a r ! Y o u r f r i e n d s a t
4 Big No No’s When Planning a Meeting
Dec 28, 2011 by
You schedule meetings and events on a monthly, quarterly, or yearly basis with the intent to keep the attendee engaged and interested in the topics presented. However, in all the hustle and bustle of planning and executing meetings, sometimes the little things can snowball into big issues. Here are 4 "No-Nos" to avoid at your next meeting or event:No Game PlanWhen you have no measurable goals, objectives, or plan for your meeting, your event will appear to be disorganized and uninteres...
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