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Improve Your Planner–Supplier Relationships with Better QBRs

Improve Your Planner–Supplier Relationships with Better QBRs | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The quarterly business review is an important part of the supplier-management process. QBRs are periodic meetings between the client and supplier partners to review performance metrics, revise priorities, and examine industry trends. Below are seven tips to help meeting professionals ensure more effective QBRs.

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How to Handle Negative Event Feedback: 4 Tips

How to Handle Negative Event Feedback: 4 Tips | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

We talk a lot about the importance of surveying your association’s membership, particularly following events. But let’s say you do survey your event attendees and, unfortunately, don’t get the best feedback. What should your next course of action be? How do you respond to your members (and prospects) and appease them in a way that’ll make them want to come back next year? 

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10 Creative Ideas for Speaker Thank You Gifts

10 Creative Ideas for Speaker Thank You Gifts | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Speakers are at the heart of business events and fundraisers. A solid lineup can mean the difference between “wow” and “meh” for your attendees. After all, they come for a great experience, quality networking, and actionable advice — all things speakers contribute to.

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Design-Driven Project Management for Event Planners

Design-Driven Project Management for Event Planners | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Event planners juggle a lot of roles and responsibilities. But no matter how good you are at your job, you will at some point be relying on someone else to do something. Sometimes those people are your staff, other times suppliers. Some you will have “jurisdiction” over, while some will be completely independent of you. Still, from a client perspective as the event planner or manager, you will be expected to make sure that everyone is working well together and exceeding expectations. After all, it’s your name and reputation at stake. That’s why it’s beneficial for all event planners to have a basic knowledge of project management and best practices. You’ll save yourself a lot of headache and operate more efficiently if you master the basics.

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Why Empathy is Essential for Business Success in the Digital Era

Some people may think that empathy in business is extraneous. That it’s irrelevant in a cutthroat world where only the most cold-hearted tycoons thrive. Many even mistakenly believe that empathy means being “soft” or unable to make hard business decisions. Yet, in reality, empathy is a business skill that is absolutely critical to IACC venue operator's success. Empathy enables the best venue sales person to understand, or even anticipate, another event organiser’s needs – to be able to identify the factors that will motivate a person to select a venue and connect in a way that instils trust. And it creates leaders in hospitality who inspire teams to better performance.

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How Expectations Management Can Break or Make Your Event

How Expectations Management Can Break or Make Your Event | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Working in corporate events can be a challenge, especially when the senior management team expects magic. Here are a few tips to help you set expectations early and look like a rock star.

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35 Event Buzzwords that Nobody Likes

35 Event Buzzwords that Nobody Likes | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

There’s something killing intelligent conversation these days. And the irony behind it is that people think using these words makes them sound more intelligent. It’s time we put an end to these overdone buzzwords. Join us in our quest to identify the 35 most annoying buzzwords in the event industry.

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Minimizing Lapsed Members: 5 Tactics to Try

Minimizing Lapsed Members: 5 Tactics to Try | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Member lapses are normal, and to an extent, inevitable. But many of them CAN be prevented - with the right strategy in place. Need help minimizing lapsed members at your organization? Try out these tactics

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The Keys to Managing the Generational Shift in Today’s Workforce

The Keys to Managing the Generational Shift in Today’s Workforce | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

We’re now making workforce history as Millennials have become the dominant demographic in the US, outnumbering Baby Boomers 80 million to 76 million. There is a resulting generational shift in the workforce currently underway, and gathering steam. However, as Baby Boomers delay retirement in increasing numbers, friction is occurring as growing numbers of Millennials enter the workforce and find themselves at odds with their Boomer managers and Gen X counterparts. In some cases, they’re competing for the same positions, bringing a different point of view and different work ethic with them.

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Can Your Force Majeure Clause Weather Today’s Storms?

Can Your Force Majeure Clause Weather Today’s Storms? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Most garden-variety force majeure clauses specify that both parties to a contract can cancel without invoking damages if unanticipated occurrences outside the control of either party make it illegal or impossible to go forward with the event. But that’s not enough in today’s environment, says attorney Joshua Grimes, president of Grimes Law Offices LLC. With today’s 24/7 news cycle and a growing national obsession with the Weather Channel, more attendees are getting spooked by potential events—anything from a hurricane bearing down on Houston to a service workers strike that threatens to shut down an airport—and deciding to skip the meeting several days ahead of time.

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Is a Seat at the Table Enough?

Is a Seat at the Table Enough? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

I often hear my association’s meeting professional members say that they would like a “seat at the table,” especially when it relates to organizational strategy. In many cases, meeting professionals are not valued or respected enough within their companies, or at least not to the point of getting that proverbial seat. Our industry can do better.

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5 Ways To Guarantee Your Event Fails 

5 Ways To Guarantee Your Event Fails  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Your event is doing fine. You sell the same amount of tickets every year, more or less. You’ve got the production dialed. Sure, there’s competition, and you’ll keep your eye on it. But could you be doing better? It’s so easy to fall into a status quo of event operation. It takes gumption to make big changes. But in the hyper-competitive event world, “good enough” is no longer good enough. Today, people attending events of all types expect engaging experiences, memorable takeaways, and technology that always works.

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14 Ways Exhibitors Can Get the Most Out of Your Show

14 Ways Exhibitors Can Get the Most Out of Your Show | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Exhibitions are valuable ways to connect with customers, but it can be tough to grab attendees’ limited time on the show floor, especially when they already have a game plan in mind.

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Major AV Terms You Need to Know 

Major AV Terms You Need to Know  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

When it comes to planning an event choosing and understanding your AV can be overwhelming. Have no fear! I am going to walk you through everything you need to know in our 3 part series. First, we are going to tackle the basics, major AV terms you need to know. These AV terms will lay the foundation for your understanding of the rest of the series. For more information on how to make your AV at your event flawless see our guide to make your AV foolproof. 

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How to write a perfect event proposal  

How to write a perfect event proposal   | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Event proposal often evoke mixed feelings among event professionals. Some see them as an opportunity to shine and share their brightest ideas to win a new business, others take a more cautious approach due to risk of copying ideas, and see them rather as time consuming and tedious. One way or another, every event business needs them to grow and prosper.

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How to be a great delegate

How to be a great delegate | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

It is easy to assume that conference delegates know what to do when they attend your event. Of course some attendees do know how to make the most of their time, however, most of our attendees could do with some more support from the event planner. Even good delegates need support to be “great” delegates.

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When the Boss is You

When the Boss is You | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

How do you become an independent meeting planner? In many cases, if the five veteran independents who participated in a recent Convene virtual roundtable are any indication, it happens partway through your career and somewhat accidentally. Some of our participants went out on their own for personal reasons, while others were interested in the professional opportunities it presented. But all five agree that it was one of the best career choices they ever made.

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Content Marketing: How to Make Each Blog Post Drive ROI [infographic]

Content Marketing: How to Make Each Blog Post Drive ROI [infographic] | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Any marketer will tell you that producing a regular stream of content for your website is necessary and important. You also need to optimize your content. The question is, what are you optimizing that content for?

There are plenty of reasons to blog, and even if you don’t know exactly what your goals are, you may already be achieving some successes. But without goals, you’re missing out on all that’s possible. 

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15 Habits to Power Your Productivity 

15 Habits to Power Your Productivity  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

For an event organizer, there are never enough hours in the day. No wonder that Forbes named “event coordinator” the fifth most stressful job of 2017! Prolonged exposure to stress isn’t just bad for your work performance and personal life, it can also be detrimental to your physical and mental health. So what can you do?

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Event Professionals Basics: How to Best Prioritise Planning

Event Professionals Basics: How to Best Prioritise Planning | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

When event professionals are immersed into planning mode, there are numerous aspects to consider and challenges to tackle. Especially when planning is linked with collaborating with different stakeholders, time management and prioritisation are now beyond soft skills; they become imperative tasks to handle.

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Micro-Innovation: A Must-Try Strategy at Your Small-Staff Association

Micro-Innovation: A Must-Try Strategy at Your Small-Staff Association | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Raise your hand if you want to be an innovative association. Now raise your hand if you ARE an innovative association. Do those two realities line up? If not, why do you think that is? Often, it’s because we’re scared of innovation. It’s new, it’s different. Change is scary. But what if we could reframe our perception of innovation? Or maybe not even that, but scale down our ideas for innovation (and by extension, the risks associated with innovation)?

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Account-based Marketing: An Overview

Account-based Marketing: An Overview | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Account-based marketing can be very beneficial for your overall performance, as it enhances your event strategies in times where new solutions can make the difference as the competitive landscape is constantly growing. Change and innovation are prerequisites for reaching maximum audience impact and improve ROI.

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10 Ways You Know You’re an Event Planner 

10 Ways You Know You’re an Event Planner  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

It takes a certain type of person to be an event organizer. After all, not everyone can handle the fifth most stressful job in the country. So it’s no surprise that doing the job can leave its mark — in the form of strange quirks that no one outside of the events industry would ever understand. If you identify with the following, you know you’re a pro event manager.

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Training Your Staff to Better Sell Your Association’s Member Benefits

Training Your Staff to Better Sell Your Association’s Member Benefits | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

You’ve heard it before: “We’re all in sales now.” And to an extent, that’s true - especially for associations. There are a lot of things competing for your members’ and prospects’ time (and not to mention, money), so every touchpoint they have with your association(and every person they come in contact with) is an opportunity to sell - or not. That said, are all of your staff members equipped to “sell” your association’s member benefits? Are you all on the same page with what those are and how they should be positioned?

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The Mistakes That are Killing Your First Impression

The Mistakes That are Killing Your First Impression | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

“You never get a second chance to make a good first impression.” It’s one of the most clichéd pieces of advice. That’s because it’s true — especially if you are job hunting. Research shows that recruiters typically only give your resume a six-second glance, and some people say the first seven seconds of meeting someone are the most important, so you don’t want to squander that initial chance to shine in person, on paper or online.Here are some common ways job hunters undermine that crucial first impression — and how to avoid them:

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