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How to Express Gratitude at Work 

How to Express Gratitude at Work  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The U.S. celebrates Thanksgiving on Thursday, so it seems like a good time to talk about gratitude and the attention that it has been getting in a new context: at work. While the benefits of gratitude on personal well-being are well-known, there has been less research on the effects of gratitude in the workplace — until recently.

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How Difficult Clients Can Make You a Better Event Planner

How Difficult Clients Can Make You a Better Event Planner | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Have you ever had a client so difficult, you considered leaving the industry? If so, we’re glad you didn’t. It may have actually been a boost for your professional development. Here’s what you probably gained from the experience.

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Trust Me, You Want to Be Trustworthy

Trust Me, You Want to Be Trustworthy | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Here are two surprising things about high-trust organizations:

1. Employees are paid more, by an average of $6,450 dollars a year.

2. Employees are 29 percent happier with their lives outside of work.

These findings were published in a Harvard Business Review article on “The Neuroscience of Trust” by Paul J. Zak, director of the Center for Neuroeconomics Studies at Claremont Graduate University and a member of the neurology department at Loma Linda University Medical Center.

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Four ways to optimize your networking opportunities 

Four ways to optimize your networking opportunities  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

In the meetings and events industry, one of the key predictors of your success is your ability to build relationships with influential people who connect powerfully and create high-trust relationships fast. And just like them, you can learn to effortlessly create profitable, winning relationships with anyone you want. While industry events are ideal places to find potential customers and partners, often the results are disappointing. You do everything the experts say: shake hands confidently, look people in the eye, and give them a well-rehearsed pitch. The person shows interest so you hand them your business card. But then nothing comes of it.

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6 Steps to Getting More Meaningful Feedback in the Workplace

6 Steps to Getting More Meaningful Feedback in the Workplace | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The reason hearing the words “annual review” is often met with a collective groan may be because the idea of getting feedback is so closely associated feeling criticized. But in Influence Redefined: Be the Leader You Were Meant to Be, Monday to Monday, author and leadership mentor Stacey Hanke suggests that feedback is not something to fear, but something to actively seek. “Feedback presents opportunities to better yourself — opportunities you may not even be aware of,” Hanke writes.

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Mónica Antequera's curator insight, November 9, 1:36 PM
Feedback como fuente de mejora y desarrollo en tu carrera profesional
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This is the Best way to Read the Emotions of Others

This is the Best way to Read the Emotions of Others | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

This week’s insight is going to challenge the way you read other people’s emotions as it brings into question whether the way you and I generally do it is, in fact, the most effective. The insight is based on research undertaken by psychologists at Yale University’s School of Management over in the US who undertook numerous experiments with over 1,700 volunteers testing their abilities to accurately guess the emotions of those who they were interacting with. The researchers varied the environments in which the experiments took place, including undertaking them in complete darkness.

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What Event Professionals Don't Understand About Focus

What Event Professionals Don't Understand About Focus | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Our culture has an obsession with focus. There are hundreds of articles and books written about getting focused, maintaining focus, and being present. We have drugs to help you focus, foods that do the same, and thousands of life coaches blaming all of our problems on a lack of focus.

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What Does It Take for Women to Excel in the Meetings Industry?

What Does It Take for Women to Excel in the Meetings Industry? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

What would you do if your boss put his finger in a glass of water and said, “This is the office with you,” then pulled his finger out of the glass and said, “This is the office without you. Do you see any hole?” Karin Krogh, creative director, Engaging Meetings, shared that story during a campfire session on how women can excel in the meeting industry during IMEX America 2017 this fall. The comment stung, she said, but it also made her even more determined to become a leader—one who would never be so disrespectful of those in her charge. 

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3 Ways to Nail Working Remotely

3 Ways to Nail Working Remotely | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

In light of the recent succession of natural disasters, we decided to discuss some classic methods that can help you work remotely while also accomplishing your day-to-day duties. Traditionally, most professionals work best when they follow a schedule, so trying to work in a situation outside of your normal comfort zone can sometimes throw you for a loop.

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Copying Your Competition: The First Step on the Road to Event Failure

Copying Your Competition: The First Step on the Road to Event Failure | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

An interesting column in Convene recently advocated working with your competition or co-opting them as competitors, so that everyone can benefit. The piece included a link to a Harvard Business Review article that has a great quote: ‘It’s not who your competition is, but what it is.’ 

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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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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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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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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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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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Bien Venue's curator insight, September 4, 1:14 PM
Great conference? Be a great delegate!
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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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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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Opportunities Created by Competition

Opportunities Created by Competition | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Competition is inevitable and fierce, especially among businesses and associations wanting to maintain their leading position. Existing and new players are constantly trying to evolve their services and products, stressing the need for offering more personalised experiences to achieve maximum business results and attract more audiences.

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13 Ways Your Company Can Foster a Sense of Belonging

13 Ways Your Company Can Foster a Sense of Belonging | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Pat Wadors, Senior VP of Global Talent for LinkedIn, believes that three factors – Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging (DIBS) – are the key drivers of employee engagement. A sense of belonging, in particular – the feeling that you can bring your authentic self to work, that you are valued and are an essential part of your team – is the critical piece to the equation.

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Pay Attention to What’s Killing Your Productivity

Pay Attention to What’s Killing Your Productivity | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Are you ready to increase your value to your clients and boss, reduce your stress level, and achieve your strategic meeting planning goals? Here are five strategies that’ll get you there

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3 Scenarios Highlighting How to Be a Leader AND a Manager in Your Association

3 Scenarios Highlighting How to Be a Leader AND a Manager in Your Association | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

When it comes to describing your leadership style, it’s easy to demonize “managing” and put the idea of “leading” up on a pedestal. However, when you look at the root of this idea, you may come to our conclusion that being an effective director requires you to wear both your leader and manager hat in order to succeed. To help clarify the difference, we’ve highlighted three scenarios on how to break through the standard stereotypes of leaders versus managers and show how integrate both into your leadership style for your association.

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The 90-Minute Rule for Peak Performance

The 90-Minute Rule for Peak Performance | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The best events make meeting the core energy needs of attendees as important as  the content of the event itself. The research of Anders Ericsson [a psychology professor at Florida State University] on the role of practice in expert performance makes clear that great performers characteristically focus for periods of no longer than 90 minutes, and then take breaks to rest, renew, and refuel. By inserting breaks every 90 minutes, you’ll have an engaged audience throughout the day.

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The One Conversation That Can Instantly Improve Your Career

The One Conversation That Can Instantly Improve Your Career | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Do you generally prefer emailing, texting or talking on the phone? Do you love it when people write their whole message in the email subject line or does it make you cringe? How do you feel about voicemail? Emoticons? Infographics? What these types of questions reveal is commonly known as your “communication style,” that is, your preferences about how people ideally should communicate with you. And understanding other people’s communication styles is essential to building successful working relationships with them. But, oddly enough, it’s a topic we rarely discuss.

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