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New Sustainable Event Management (2018 Edition): A Free Guide to Better Green Meetings

New Sustainable Event Management (2018 Edition): A Free Guide to Better Green Meetings | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

In this post, we share a variety of green meeting ideas and walk you through how you can create green policies to further your sustainable reach. Plus, we are going to show you how to do it in a way that keeps costs down and actually save money through your sustainable efforts. Above all, we promise not to use jargon or bamboozle you with science that busy eventprofs simply don’t have time for.

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Eat, Drink and Succeed. Seven tips to make your meetings more engaging

As the White House Director of Events during the Clinton Administration, IACC keynote speaker Laura Schwartz created events that represented a nation and inspired the world. Today, as a professional speaker, respected television commentator and author of Eat, Drink & Succeed,  Laura shares the secrets to building powerful, effective connections within companies, communities and events.

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Are You Inadvertently Burning Out Your Attendees?

Are You Inadvertently Burning Out Your Attendees? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Why was I not surprised to see the first example of an employee who is highly engaged, but also burned out, in this Harvard Business Review article was a conference planner? Like so many of her planner peers, she threw everything she had into planning her event. Sadly, she ended up not leaving enough of herself for herself—she crashed before the conference happened and had to take time off to recover.

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Striving for sustainability in events

Striving for sustainability in events | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The concept of “sustainable” and “green” events is not new. Over the years, we have seen a shift towards making events more eco-friendly. This has been most noticeable with more hotels and convention centers coming up with detailed eco-friendly initiatives. With venues stepping up to the plate, planners and producers (myself included) need to do our part to prioritize sustainability.

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Who Goes to Events?

Who Goes to Events? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

I just took an interesting 41-question survey that aims to figure out what event participants value by asking respondents about what types of events they’ve attended recently, what they found most and least useful about the learning formats and technology used, and several other factors about the event experience. It got me thinking. 

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5 Predictions and Prescriptions for Your Meeting Environment

5 Predictions and Prescriptions for Your Meeting Environment | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Make 2018 the year of memorable meeting experiences. Attendees are demanding it. They want to move beyond lectures to more personal experiences, more networking, and more creativity. But how do you do that? What does this mean for the meeting environment? Here’s my take on what’s happening—and what needs to happen—in your meeting environment in the year ahead.

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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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Industry Roundup: What ‘Experiential’ Means for Event Brands

Industry Roundup: What ‘Experiential’ Means for Event Brands | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

As we head deeper into 2018, the web is abuzz with event trends. One area of event marketing that’s getting a lot of airplay is experiential marketing. There are countless anecdotal tales of experiential success, and the actual metrics to back them up.

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How Multi-Cultural Design Thinking Leads to Better Events

How Multi-Cultural Design Thinking Leads to Better Events | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

What defines culture? And how does culture impact meetings? These were a few of the topics during “Multi-Cultural Design Thinking: Custom Touches for Remarkable Events” at Convening Leaders 2018.

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Making Wise Food Choices

Making Wise Food Choices | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

It’s January and everyone is trying to make wise food choices for themselves and those they care about. Events are no exception. If you are responsible for selecting the food for your event guests, you know how complex it can be in today’s world. Allergies, dietary preferences, local experiences, budgets and current trends all impact your decisions. Do you know your food choices also affect your event’s environmental impact?

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Hanging Walls of Bacon, Mocktails, and Spontaneous Vegetarians

Hanging Walls of Bacon, Mocktails, and Spontaneous Vegetarians | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

One of the most popular sessions at the 2018 Professional Convention Management Association Convening Leaders conference this week in Nashville, Tenn., was a panel discussion on F&B issues and trends that meeting planners can expect to see in the year ahead.

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Bien Venue's curator insight, January 14, 3:27 PM
A look at food and beverage trends for 2018
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En Route For Next-Gen Conference Audiences: Strategies To Consider

En Route For Next-Gen Conference Audiences: Strategies To Consider | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Will Millennials be joiners and conveners? Who are some of your next audiences to attract? Will your organization accumulate comparable lifetime customer value from next-generation members as it did from loyal Boomers? 

What are you doing to build a succession plan with your next audience? How are you attracting next-gen conference attendees? Here are key indicators and four areas you should address in your conference planning.
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Beyond the Basics: How to Host a Truly Accessible Business Event

Beyond the Basics: How to Host a Truly Accessible Business Event | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

At some point in their lifetime, 70% of all Americans will have a temporary or permanent disability. Many disabilities aren’t visible to the naked eye — mental illness, heart conditions, or deafness, for example. When you’re planning a business event, chances are, you’ll have registrants of different abilities. It’s definitely your job to know what ADA rules you must follow. But disability awareness extends beyond simply understanding the law. The more accessible your event, the more your attendees feel welcome — all of them.

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How to improve your meeting outcomes

How to improve your meeting outcomes | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Meetings are an important tool in any business, but they can often go awry. With poorly defined agendas, individuals speaking up for self-validation and poor leadership, catch-ups can easily overrun, breaking up the flow of the day and reducing productivity. Poorly planned meetings can cause more harm than good. So how can you improve meeting outcomes and what is the best way to get the most out of your team? We’ve done a deep dive into the psychological research surrounding well-being in the workplace and meeting efficiency and here’s what we found.

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High Performance Through Sustainable Events

Events are known for causing a big strain on society and on the environment, as they stress local resources and generate a lot of waste which is a big environmental issue – especially if this waste is land-filled! Since many aspects go into organising an event, here are our top tips on 3 main areas for successfully organising high performance sustainable events.

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The Rise of the Bleisure Event Attendee

The Rise of the Bleisure Event Attendee | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Are you seeing more extended stays after your events? If so, you may be experiencing a slow developing trend – the rise of the bleisure traveler. What will that mean for your event? Here are a few things you should know and what you can do to encourage bleisure and benefit your attendees and your events.

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5 Ways to Make Your Meetings Mean More

5 Ways to Make Your Meetings Mean More | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Until fairly recently, a meeting was thought to be successful if it met its financial and learner outcome goals. And while those are still important, a recent white paper posits that it’s time to stop focusing solely on the outcomes data and shift to making meetings more human-centric experiences. In the white paper, Maritz Global Events President David Peckinpaugh says, “In fact, while good meetings have well thought out logistical execution, great meetings enrich the hearts and minds of our guests.”

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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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The Trade Show of the Future

The Trade Show of the Future | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Would you agree that trade shows are in need of change if they want to stay relevant? Many attendees complain about their traditional resistance to change. There is a better way to plan trade shows that deliver a unique event experience to increasingly demanding attendees. There’s an easier way that doesn’t have to disrupt your logistics, yet moves focus to what really matters to the modern attendee. Read on to find out what modern trade shows are doing to stay relevant and what our research says attendees want. Make your trade show future-proof.

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Experiential Excellence: Change Your Meetings With the Times

Experiential Excellence: Change Your Meetings With the Times | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Ensuring excellent participant experiences is an increased focus throughout the industry. In fact, the updated strategic meetings management wheel from the Global Business Travel Association, which I featured in my last column, now includes “participant experience” as one of the components to be addressed when designing an SMM program.  

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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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Event Strategy: The 2018 Guide

Event Strategy: The 2018 Guide | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Event professionals have a million and one things on their plate. There’s determining event goals, building the event website, sending out email blasts, deciding on what type of event planning software to use (if any), making sure event goals are hit—and that’s just the beginning.

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How to Weave Digital and Analog Into a Seamless Experience 

How to Weave Digital and Analog Into a Seamless Experience  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Every company is now a technology and media company, according to Anders Sorman-Nilsson, founder of strategic consulting firm Thinque. Even in the experience-based meetings industry, companies should focus on providing quality content and using technology to “develop and see the patterns in terms of their customers’ preferences,” Sorman-Nilsson says in the latest video for The Intersection, presented by PCMA and PSAV.

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When the Meeting Schedule Is Tight, Why Make Time for Play?

When the Meeting Schedule Is Tight, Why Make Time for Play? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Tahira Endean, CMP’s recently published, wide-ranging book, Intentional Event Design: Our Professional Opportunity, gives readers insight into how participants respond to live events and the tools for improving those experiences. The 282-page paperback (also available as an ebook) is organized around seven principles of event design, covering everything from learning formats to technology integration to space flow. Here’s are some excerpts on creating events that are immersive and fun.

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How to Hire and Work With Event Vendors

How to Hire and Work With Event Vendors | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Of the countless decisions event creators make each day, choosing the right vendors to work with is one of the most important. With so many choices regarding event logistics – and the knowledge that all it takes is one subpar vendor to create a bad experience for your attendees – your work is cut out for you.

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