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Sabotaged: 5 Ways to Stop Killing Your Success 

Sabotaged: 5 Ways to Stop Killing Your Success  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Have you ever noticed how you may be on your way to your dream job, body or relationship and somehow, you’ve sabotaged yourself? Why would we consciously or subconsciously derail efforts that are bringing us towards what we believe we want? While a few reasons may be that we’re afraid of change, afraid to put ourselves out there, and afraid to shine, there are many other reasons too.

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5 Ways to Fix A Major Screw Up

5 Ways to Fix A Major Screw Up | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

There’s nothing more frustrating than when someone refuses to take responsibility for their behaviors and actions-especially when those behaviors and actions caused harm. While we’re often so willing to overlook and forgive an error in judgment or a transgression, we tend to hang onto it more tightly when the person who caused the harm refuses to own it. So, instead of blaming, making excuses, getting defensive, ignoring it or assuming the other person doesn’t need an explanation or apology, take responsibility for the part you played (whether it was intentional or unintentional) and own it.

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12 Tricks to Energize Your Morning Meetings

12 Tricks to Energize Your Morning Meetings | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Most companies have one (or more) morning meetings; unfortunately, attendees often find them annoying and disruptive to their daily routine. The National Statistics Council says 37 percent of employee time is spent in meetings, and 47 percent of employees consider too many meetings to be the biggest waste of time on any day—more than social media or email.

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Learning How to Be an Agile Leader

Learning How to Be an Agile Leader | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Sometimes, you just need to look at leadership from a different angle. In Zoom Leadership: Change Your Focus, Change Your Insights, organizational consulting expert Janet Britcher urges readers to “zoom in and out” with a flexible, open mind when problem-solving, rather than looking at a situation from a single point of view.

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Partnering With IMEX To Inspire Your Next Event

Partnering With IMEX To Inspire Your Next Event | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The IMEX Group and EventMB announce new partnership - industry research, case studies and exhibitor storytelling define ‘unprecedented journey’. We are very glad to announce a partnership with IMEX Group. We have been following the evolution of IMEX and participated in some of it with #IMEXpitch, one of the first event technology pitch competitions.

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5 Things This Event Strategist Wishes She Knew When Starting Her Career

5 Things This Event Strategist Wishes She Knew When Starting Her Career | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

At Convening Leaders 2018, Kelly Peacy, CAE, CMP, founder and CEO of Insight Event Strategy, and former senior vice president of education and events at PCMA, shared with student attendees five things she wished she had known when she was just starting out:

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How to deal with difficult clients

How to deal with difficult clients | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

In the events and hospitality industry, dealing with clients on a regular basis is part of the job. Whether you are a planner, hotelier or supplier, your goal is to make clients happy and do your best to meet their demands. At times, however, the demands become excessive and difficult to manage. This is where it becomes important to maintain a positive client relationship (even if it seems impossible at times), and do your best to keep the client happy while being realistic.

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Everybody Wants Innovation (but No One Wants to Change)

Everybody Wants Innovation (but No One Wants to Change) | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

David Owens, PhD, began his presentation at Professional Convention Management Association Convening Leaders in Nashville with a photo of a bumper sticker saying, “Creative People Must Be Stopped!” The message summed up his session, “Everybody Wants Innovation (but No One Wants to Change).”

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Trendspotting 2018: What Will Drive this Year's Association Meetings?

Trendspotting 2018: What Will Drive this Year's Association Meetings? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Loyalty. Education. Content. Attendee experience. According to a report in association management company SmithBucklin’s 15th annual Circuit publication, these will be among the key issues affecting associations this year. 

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Articulate Your Value: How to Speak Up and Speak Out

Articulate Your Value: How to Speak Up and Speak Out | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

We are each responsible for our own career progression, and we all benefit from the growth or our industry. That’s why I believe it is incumbent upon all of us to articulate our value in three ways:
• The value you personally deliver to your organization
• The value our industry provides to the global economy
• The value of your community service

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Building event value by creating trust

Building event value by creating trust | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

When I began writing Intentional Event Design: Our Professional Opportunity, it was to delve into and provide information on designing events that are people-centric and purpose-driven. The more I wrote, the more I realized it came down to one thing: using meetings to build trust – in the organization, between teams, and between solution providers and their potential clients. To create environments that allow the time and space for conversations is part art and part (neuro) science, and deeply understanding how humans respond to live event environments is our new currency as we build the value of our industry.

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5 Meeting Pros on Productivity

5 Meeting Pros on Productivity | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Some meeting executives handle multiple events at the same time. Many plan events that are mission critical and financially consequential to their organizations. Some have demanding travel schedules. Some manage teams. Some volunteer their time inside and outside the industry…. And some—many, in fact—handle all these responsibilities at once. 

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Get it Done: Meeting Pro Carina Bauer on Productivity

Get it Done: Meeting Pro Carina Bauer on Productivity | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

For Carina Bauer, CEO at IMEX Group, productivity is a reflection of the passion we bring to our work. But like any efficient machine, tune-ups are a must. “Everyone has ups and downs in terms of motivation but at the end of the day we like to feel that there’s some purpose in the work that we do. I think if you find yourself in a situation where you’re wondering why you’re working so hard, you have to take time to step back to question what you’re doing and why.

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Create More Focus With These 3 Steps

Create More Focus With These 3 Steps | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

That New Year’s resolution to increase your productivity might seem impossible, given never-ending emails to answer and phone calls to make. In his new book The Compass Solution: A Guide to Winning Your Career, pharmaceutical industry veteran, motivational speaker, and The Compass Alliance founder Tim Cole describes these distracting and often mindless tasks as “the storm,” capable of keeping us from true effectiveness at work. Here are three tips from Cole on how to lower your daily anxiety and focus on the tasks that matter most in 2018:

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5 Ways to Prepare for Your Event — A Year Early

5 Ways to Prepare for Your Event — A Year Early | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

You know better than anyone: managing events is stressful. With so many moving parts, it might seem tough (or even impossible) to prepare for an event that’s a year away. Luckily, there are tricks to make your preparation effective (and achievable) as the event gets closer. Here are 5 ways you can prepare for your event — a year early.

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Pay Attention to These Details for Ultimate Event Engagement

Pay Attention to These Details for Ultimate Event Engagement | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

There’s nothing more frustrating than getting all hyped up for an event, and then feeling awkward and unsure about what to do the second you arrive. Or worse - going to purchase a ticket, and having such a lousy registration experience that you completely give up on the idea of attending all together. Events are crucial to association life; no matter the size or purpose, each one should be given the white glove treatment of member experience. You want to make it as easy as possible for any member to attend, all while making sure they get the intended value out of the content you’re presenting...talk about pressure!

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The Power of Practicing Empathy at Work

The Power of Practicing Empathy at Work | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

How many times have you heard this: “The business events industry is a relationships industry.”  And it’s true. Success in the meetings industry depends on an event organizer’s ability to understand the needs of both clients and attendees.

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Influence Starts with Presence

Influence Starts with Presence | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

When Financial & Insurance Conference Professionals elevated its mission and defined a vision last year, it did so to gain influence within the meetings and events industry as well as to position its meetings professional members to gain influence (and respect) within their companies. The association more recently changed its name from Planners to Professionals to demonstrate that meeting planning is a bona fide profession that can add bottom-line value and improve company performance.

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Planning For Next Year? Get These Things Right First

Planning For Next Year? Get These Things Right First | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

It’s the final quarter of the year and a busy one for some event planners. Whether you’re struggling to breathe under your workload or you are enjoying some well-deserved slow time, know that your actions in the last few weeks of the year can set you up for your best beginning to a new year ever. Starting off strong allows you to build momentum in your business and enjoy a much more successful year than one that begins with a soft fizzle. But you’ve got to set it up now to reap the benefits in the future.

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Your Agency Competition Doesn’t Stand a Chance Against You

Your Agency Competition Doesn’t Stand a Chance Against You | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Yes, you read correctly.  This isn’t an article about why you’re getting crushed.  It’s an ode to why you stand out in the agency world and what you do different.  Well, maybe you are getting beat by your nemeses. If so, read on.  There might be something here for you.

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55 Glorious Time-saving Hacks for Event Profs

55 Glorious Time-saving Hacks for Event Profs | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Despite all the technical advances we’ve had over the past century, no one has found a way to increase the amount of hours in a day past 24, nor have they figured out how to freeze time when you’re on a quickly approaching deadline. Because of this, we need articles about time-saving hacks. While I can’t promise you more hours in the day, it just may feel that way with these ideas.

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Multigenerational Workplace Challenge: Develop Healthy Conflict Resolution Skills

Multigenerational Workplace Challenge: Develop Healthy Conflict Resolution Skills | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Disagreement in the workplace is inevitable, particularly when you are passionate about what you do. Add in generational differences and discord can become all but certain. But here’s the thing: Conflict needs to be respectful. Always. Losing your temper or being overly stubborn can mar your professional image. Mastering the art of healthy debate and conflict resolution is essential to succeeding in today’s multigenerational organizations.

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The psychology of events: Why sticking to a schedule matters

The psychology of events: Why sticking to a schedule matters | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Have you ever wondered why you get so agitated sitting in a presentation longer than expected? Or why you are so relieved when it ends a few minutes earlier? To understand why this is the case, I interviewed Dr. Brynn Winegard, award-winning professor, brain science expert and keynote speaker. Dr. Winegard opened my eyes as to why sticking to a schedule matters more than you can imagine for the attendee experience.

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Why Event ROI Starts with Strategic Intent

Why Event ROI Starts with Strategic Intent | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The meetings and events industry has enjoyed numerous advances over the past two decades. Yet a sobering reality persists; for many, the ability to consistently demonstrate, even express, event value – aka event ROI – has remained elusive. In that same timeframe, digital channels went mainstream and fundamentally altered expectations around marketing transparency. At the intersection lies a simple truth: resources and budgets migrate to areas that perform. Thankfully, live meetings and events do perform, and can achieve comparable levels of transparency. Skilled staff, best practices and integrated technology are essential. Yet to really nail event ROI, there’s a broad need for something more fundamental, and it’s an activity event executives are uniquely positioned to lead.

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How Eventprofs Can Take Advantage Of Binge Attending

How Eventprofs Can Take Advantage Of Binge Attending | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The new way to consume content is to binge. A familiar concept with TV shows and movies but the same behavior is emerging as a trend in events too. We take a look at the binge attending phenomenon and see what’s in it for eventprofs.
I want it all and I want it now. When it comes to consuming content, this appears to be very much the default position these days. Constant FOMO (fear of missing out), combined with an ever-growing all you can eat buffet of desirable content are two of the main drivers of this behavior.

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