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Are Networking Events Worth It for Your Business?

Are Networking Events Worth It for Your Business? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Networking events are always a useful way to get people to come together and form professional and personal bonds. As with any other event, though, there is a way you should approach the function. Otherwise, it’s just a social event with no direction. That means it ends up being a money waster with no long-term benefits for your company or the attendees. We’ll explain all there is to know about these come-togethers and how to follow up after a networking event for best measurable results.

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Take a Page Out of Jeff Bezos’ Meetings Book

Take a Page Out of Jeff Bezos’ Meetings Book | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Jeff Bezos of Amazon banned the PowerPoint. It’s a bold move, especially when it is the standard. But going through photos, graphs and data can be, well…boring. Meetings are difficult enough, let alone meetings that revolve around clicking slide after slide. Consider pulling a Bezos, or at the least, incorporating something unique to keep morale and spirits high.

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Bien Venue's curator insight, September 6, 2:38 AM
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How to Transform Your Attendees into Networking Butterflies

How to Transform Your Attendees into Networking Butterflies | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Thanks to social media—and a whole host of event marketing platforms—it’s never been easier to set up a networking event. The challenge is ensuring that the event is a genuine success for those in attendance. Before starting, it’s worth asking the following questions: Will the event make it easy to facilitate introductions? Will there be enough engaging activities? Will there be a good balance between party and genuine networking opportunities?

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5 steps to improve engagement in meetings

5 steps to improve engagement in meetings | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The interview for that new job you’re hoping to get. The coffee date with your personal hero and, hopefully, future mentor. The make-or-break sales demo with that perfect-fit client. The last-ditch attempt to mend a broken partnership. When everyone in the room understands what’s at stake, engagement is automatic. We don’t worry about engagement in these situations. Instead, we focus on success.

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How to Get Creative with Conference Staging Ideas

How to Get Creative with Conference Staging Ideas | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

As you know, conferences are the bread and butter of event planners. You plan so many conferences of a similar nature each year that it can be easy to get stale. But, just because conferences have a heavy business-focus, doesn’t mean they need to be (or should be) lifeless! Even on a small budget, there are simple ways to get the most out of conference staging ideas.

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10 Tips for Choosing The Perfect Conference Venue

10 Tips for Choosing The Perfect Conference Venue | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
Whether you are running a conference for customers, partners or a larger conference, the right space makes all the difference. These 10 tips will help you find the perfect conference venue.
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Bien Venue's curator insight, August 20, 2:26 AM
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Insight, Intentionality, and Intimacy

Insight, Intentionality, and Intimacy | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

It has long been understood that most business or professional conferences and trade shows have been about the 3 C’s: content, commerce, and community. These three legs of the stool for big, national events made sense. First, we aggregate an array of education and programming known as content. Next, we host a football-field-sized trade show with booths and let attendees/“shoppers” wander, looking for the right company that has what they’re looking for. And last, we’ve seen it as our job to bring a community of like-minded people together in the hope that the right people would find each other and build or renew a professional relationship.

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The 10 Unbreakable Rules of Event Day

The 10 Unbreakable Rules of Event Day | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

When the sun rises on event day, you’ll already have been up since 4 am. But that doesn’t mean you didn’t get out of bed with a rush of adrenaline and excitement. This is the moment you’ve been planning for — and now it’s time to see how all your hard work will pay off.

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Bien Venue's curator insight, August 7, 1:52 AM
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Must-Have Contract Clauses for International Meetings

Must-Have Contract Clauses for International Meetings | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Hotel and venue contracts for international meetings are often shorter than for those in the United States, and “may often look more like a banquet event order than a legal contract,” says Terri Woodin, CMP, vice president of marketing and global meeting services, Meeting Sites Resources. However, just because a contract is short and easy to read, it is not necessarily a cause for celebration. According to the international meetings expert, planners still need to protect their organizations and attendees. During a recent MeetingsNet webinar, Woodin laid out her must-haves for international contracts.

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Top Tips: Stagnating Delegate Attendance

Top Tips: Stagnating Delegate Attendance | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Delegate attendance: One of the main topics in the highly competitive world of associations where uncertainty continues to grow. Very often due to lack of expertise or resources, associations struggle to find the right ways to reach their target groups, and to develop a strategy that will allow them to maximise their delegate attendance for their conferences. So, how can it be made sure that potential attendees know about the conference and its value? And how can associations ensure the impact of their conference is effectively communicated to prompt the attendance numbers to go up?

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Too Many Conferences! Are You Sure Yours Stands Out?

Too Many Conferences! Are You Sure Yours Stands Out? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

What do delegates and conference participants mostly care about these days? A rather popular (and complex) theme is the quality of conferences. Just by monitoring the Web 2.0 world, tracking social media conversations and forum discussions, one can extract crucial insights on pressing association questions

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Meetings Are Essential, So Why the Bad Press?

Meetings Are Essential, So Why the Bad Press? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Meetings seem to be getting some bad press lately. The June 28, Bartleby column in The Economist called meetings, “a form of torture for office staff” and compared the average employee’s enthusiasm for a meeting to Prometheus awaiting the eagle to peck at his liver every day. Bloomberg News posted a video on July 8 suggesting that reducing the number of at-work meetings boosts employee morale and productivity, and quoting Harvard University research that indicates 4 to 6 attendees is the ideal number for an in-office meeting because it promotes more meaningful discussion than a larger one.

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Hone Your Radar To Seize These Conference Innovation Invitations

Hone Your Radar To Seize These Conference Innovation Invitations | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Innovation may be a tired word. There is no doubt that innovation has become an overused and confusing buzzword. It is riddled with an excessive number of meanings from authors, dictionaries, experts and our personal experience. Ask ten people to define innovation and you’re probably going to get a dozen or more responses. Innovation is change that creates a new dimension of performance said management guru Peter Drucker. Within the conference arena, innovation is the process through which new value is created and delivered to customers.

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How to Nail Your Meeting Venue Search

How to Nail Your Meeting Venue Search | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The meetings industry is stronger than ever, but the rise in activity brings new challenges. In many cities, it is becoming more difficult to find appropriate space for large-scale conferences. Space is just not available like it was years ago, and if you’re not working nine to 12 months in advance, your options could be limited.

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Farm to Table: How a Farmer-Turned-F&B Strategist Feels about Food

Farm to Table: How a Farmer-Turned-F&B Strategist Feels about Food | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Brian Stapleton is the vice president of food and beverage at Aramark and an International Association of Conference Centers board member, but he started his career as a sous chef back in 1985 and worked at various hotels, including a Ritz-Carlton. At Aramark, he oversees menu development and enhancing the customer dining experience, which for Stapleton starts at the beginning of the food procurement chain. Stapleton says, “I love going to farms, I grew up on one in Elk Grove, Calif, so I always go to the distributor’s warehouse and ask where the produce comes from so I can visit.”

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Listen Up! Top Tips to Captivate Your Attendees

Listen Up! Top Tips to Captivate Your Attendees | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

One of a busy event professional’s important considerations is selecting speakers that will help drive registration and engage your audiences. Whether those speakers are celebrities, industry experts, thought leaders, or professional speakers for keynotes, breakouts, panels, short-talks, or emcee roles, their responsibility is to get (and keep) your audience’s attention, provide tangible takeaways, and inspire them to share their learnings with others.  

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Driving Delegates From 'Lights, Camera' to 'Action'!

Driving Delegates From 'Lights, Camera' to 'Action'! | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Conferences are an overwhelming rush of discussions, presentations and educational sessions -among others-. This flux of information makes it hard for delegates to focus their attention and allocate enough time on what truly interests them, let alone its impact on actioning their learnings. Often, the post-conference time-frame makes it nearly impossible for attendees to implement what they learned back at their workplace. All those engaging discussions, interactive workshops and inspiring presentations become a memory, when they could have potentially turned into actionable plans.

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Embracing the Great Outdoors in Your Event

Embracing the Great Outdoors in Your Event | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Now that the warm weather is here, event planners are gearing up for a season of outdoor concerts, weddings, and retreats. And surely, no matter what type of events are on your calendar, using the outdoors to your advantage can create a refreshing experience for attendees. Assuming it’s done right.

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The 8 Essential Elements of Beautiful Event Design

The 8 Essential Elements of Beautiful Event Design | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The venue you choose and the decor you furnish it with have the power to bring your event or brand to life. Done right, beautiful event design can change the atmosphere of a venue and give your attendees something to talk about — or share on their social media. Without the elements of event design, however, attendees may feel uninspired — or worse, unsatisfied.

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Can a Conference Be Fun? 3 Ways to Hit the Mark

Can a Conference Be Fun? 3 Ways to Hit the Mark | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Can your next conference, corporate get-together, or annual meeting be fun? Yes—in fact, unless you are dealing with a truly serious matter, I would say it needs to be. Whether you’re building brand awareness, promoting a new product, or team bonding, kicking up the level of fun may be the difference between “It was the event of the year!” and your participants playing games on their phones.

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Cost-Effective (But Not Cheap) Event Planning

Cost-Effective (But Not Cheap) Event Planning | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

One element that is constantly under serious scrutiny by event planners, is the budget. Event budgets of course vary depending on the event’s scale, however, throwing a large amount of resources into it does not guarantee  success. Cost-effective doesn’t have to mean cheap in the world of event planning, therefore experiences with a smaller budget can be equally impactful and engaging, as long as event planning is executed strategically to activate and excite attendees. After all, it is the value that needs to be high, not the price.

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How to Organise a Sustainable & Cost-Effective Event

How to Organise a Sustainable & Cost-Effective Event | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The term sustainability strategy refers to any measurable objective aiming at optimising (reduce environmental impact and cost), innovating to improve participant experience, engaging organisations and attendees to change behaviour and leave positive social impact and finally communicating sustainability initiatives while building brand reputation.

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Creating Long-lasting Impact for Your Next Conference

Consider this: in today’s world there is an abundance of information. From the latest technological developments and emerging social media trends, to engagement models and destination details, the constant barrage of information from various sources makes it more difficult for audiences to retain information overtime.

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Food Waste: How to Feed More and Waste Less

Food Waste: How to Feed More and Waste Less | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Every year, $165 billion of food is wasted in the United States; while at the same time, many families go hungry. Two events industry experts, Courtney Lohmann, CMP, director of culture at Koncept Events, and Mariela McIlwraith, CMP, CMM, MBA, director, industry advancement at the Events Industry Council, participated in a recent MeetingsNet webinar on reducing food waste in the meetings industry. Lohmann and McIlwraith focused on two strategies, reducing the amount of food that is wasted at an event, and using any extra food in a planet-friendly way.

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Skipping the Single-Use Plastics at Events

Skipping the Single-Use Plastics at Events | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Spring and summer are synonymous with event season. Whether it be conferences, concerts, community events or festivals, chances are we are all heading to at least one in the next few months. In honor of Earth Month, now is a great time to reflect for a moment on impacts these events are having on the environment; particularly in the area of single-use plastics, which given their prevalence in event settings as well as their difficulty to recycle & break down, present a unique challenge to attendee, venue, and planner alike.

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