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How to Create an Interactive Workshop That Inspires Attendees 

How to Create an Interactive Workshop That Inspires Attendees  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

You know what participants will learn at your workshop. But to make your workshop most effective, you need to go beyond basic education and think about inspiration. Your workshop may be a part of a greater event like a business conference, or an independent class that’s open to the community. The subject matter could be academic, professional, personal, creative, or even parental.

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25 Fun, Fresh Ideas to Step Up Your Trade Show Game

25 Fun, Fresh Ideas to Step Up Your Trade Show Game | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

If your trade show involves people strolling up and down aisles past booths with no meaningful direction to what they’re doing, your attendees and your vendors could do better. There are tons of options out there that you can embrace in order to bring new excitement to your event. Don’t keep doing the same old thing because it’s comfortable. Shake things up. It’s time to take your trade show experience to the next level with these ideas.

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Are You Serving Shallow, Advancement Or Deep Learning Experiences

Are You Serving Shallow, Advancement Or Deep Learning Experiences | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The world has drastically changed in the past several decades. But most conference experiences have changed very little, if at all. They compete with the Internet to distribute content and deliver information. So what type of conference education are you serving your customers—shallow learning, advancement learning or deep learning? Do you even know the difference between the three? Do you know which would lead to authentic, transformative learning experiences?

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Gamification at Your Event: It’s About More Than the App

Gamification at Your Event: It’s About More Than the App | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Event apps are popular, and it is easy to see why. They are excellent resources for attendees, providing them methods for organizing their experience and collecting valuable information. But, as an event professional, your goal isn’t to have everyone walking through the space with their noses in their phones. Instead, you want to encourage them to have fun while they learn and network, and gamification can help. Here are some tips to get you started.

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7 Learning Styles to Incorporate at Your Next Conference

7 Learning Styles to Incorporate at Your Next Conference | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

We all know that running a conference takes a lot of time, money, and energy. But running your conference so that you’ll get maximum engagement is a whole other level. So, what’s the trick? You need to remember to tailor your conference so it’s not a “one-size-fits-all” for your attendees!

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5 Edgy Ideas for Educational Seating 

5 Edgy Ideas for Educational Seating  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Just as educators are constantly looking for better ways to communicate, planners are always looking for new educational seating ideas. The point? To keep the audience engaged in an increasingly mobile world and also encourage learning. By focusing on influencing the ABCs of group interactions—attitude, behavior and change—you’ll be on your way to success.

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New Research Considers Human-Centered Meeting Design

New Research Considers Human-Centered Meeting Design | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

At the end of the day,” according to Janet Sperstad, CMP, “we’re all human.” 

That observation is at the heart of a new study that Sperstad, program director of the meeting and event management degree at Madison College, is writing with Amanda Cecil, Ph.D., CMP, associate professor and chair of Indiana University’s School of Physical Education and Tourism Management.

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Why Event Gamification Is Not What You Think It Is

Why Event Gamification Is Not What You Think It Is | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Along with live video and chatbots, gamification is one of the most talked about event trends at the moment. Even though the term has spread like wildfire throughout the events industry, there is misunderstanding about what gamification is and how it can be use to enhance an in-person event.

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The Value of Experiential Event Design 

The Value of Experiential Event Design  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

It seems that over the last 12-24 months, our industry’s lists of trends and buzzwords have frequently reflected the popularity of incorporating interactive elements into event design. Long before our industry’s trade shows, educational events, and news publications started focusing on this “trend,” however, many of us were already racking up success stories driven by effective experiential event design. The companies who have been doing this for years are typically those who take a more strategic approach in helping corporate clients achieve their meeting, event, and incentive goals. Here at Kuoni, we refer to the practice as “client enculturation.”

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5 TED Videos That Will Help You Organize Better Meetings

5 TED Videos That Will Help You Organize Better Meetings | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

As event professionals, we’re constantly hunting for new ideas that could help us design better meetings. With this in mind, we browsed through the TED archives and discovered a few amazing videos that will give you a dose of inspiration.

Give them a watch. We believe these ideas are worth adopting at your next event.

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5 Essential Ingredients to Facilitating a Killer Brainstorm 

Some of the most innovative and influential ideas for brand experiences come when people with diverse perspectives come together. We believe in “intersectional design thinking” – the power of bringing together diverse viewpoints to solve a challenge or think creatively about an opportunity.

But the act of bringing people together doesn’t always result in breakthrough thinking. The difference between a great brainstorm and a KILLER brainstorm is not leaving it to chance. 

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Here’s What Makes For A Successful Hackathon

Here’s What Makes For A Successful Hackathon | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Jenine P. Humber, CGMP, GVEP, is no slouch when it comes to meetings. As special-event coordinator for the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) at Harvard University, Humber has access to some of the most technologically advanced venues in the United States. She is both a Certified Government Meeting Professional and a Government Virtual Events Producer.

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Beyond Face-to-Face: Mind-to-Mind Is Where the Innovation Happens

Beyond Face-to-Face: Mind-to-Mind Is Where the Innovation Happens | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

When we meet face-to-face—across our cities or around the world—something powerful happens. Ideas flow more freely. Collaboration comes more naturally. Mutual commitment can form more quickly. As valuable as face-to-face interaction is, it’s time to take the power of live conferences, meetings, and events to the next level ... to something I call “mind-to-mind meetings.”

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3 Experiential Events That Challenged Audience Thinking

3 Experiential Events That Challenged Audience Thinking | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Where traditional marketing plays on the wants and needs of potential consumers, the face-to-face nature of experiential marketing gives brands an opportunity to switch things up and challenge the thinking of an audience.

The days of simply selling product based on its benefits are over. In an age where we’re bombarded by advertising, consumers have learned to self-filter. To break through the noise, you’ve either got to be very loud or very different.

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10 Ideas Marketers Can Steal from SXSW

10 Ideas Marketers Can Steal from SXSW | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

SXSW Interactive is over, Film is still going, and Music has just begun, which means Austin is still teeming with thousands of visitors. It’s a hotbed of ideas, firing up attendees who seek to create, explore, and innovate — our team came home filled with inspiration. It’s hard to even scratch the surface of everything there is to experience, but these ten takeaways are tips you can apply to your programs to help plan a SXSW-worthy brand experience of your own.

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Great Ideas Learning Formats Reflect Self-Directed Learning Trend

Great Ideas Learning Formats Reflect Self-Directed Learning Trend | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

A recent blog post by the National Conference Centerhighlighted six trends in experiential learning. Among them: hands-on training in a lab-like setting, as opposed to the traditional meeting room, and learning by silence, where facilitators allow more time for reflection and meditation. Another research project from the German Convention Bureaushows that groups are turning to formats that allow attendees to not only self-select their learning interests but also share knowledge informally.

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Why Design Thinking Is the Future 

Why Design Thinking Is the Future  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

More than ever, attendees are better educated and more aware of their purpose both within an association as well as the world around them. They are demanding better meeting results from their boards and management. Thus, the experiences of Maritz and other incentive houses that have embraced design thinking can serve any planner well, no matter what type of group or meeting they plan for.

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Five Essential Ingredients to Facilitating a Killer Brainstorm

Five Essential Ingredients to Facilitating a Killer Brainstorm | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Some of the most innovative and influential ideas for brand experiences come when people with diverse perspectives come together. We believe in “intersectional design thinking” — the power of bringing together diverse viewpoints to solve a challenge or think creatively about an opportunity.

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Getting Attendees Involved in the Content Mix

Getting Attendees Involved in the Content Mix | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Creating a great brand experience and creating great content are not distinctly different activities. A successful brand experience maximizes all the ways you can engage attendees, setting the stage for them to interact, network, and share information. And as they say, content is king.

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7 Ideas to Steal from PCMA Convening Leaders 2017 in Austin 

7 Ideas to Steal from PCMA Convening Leaders 2017 in Austin  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

EventMobi was onsite in Austin, Texas, for the Professional Convention Management Association’s (PCMA) annual conference Convening Leaders January 8-11th, along with more than 4,000 event professionals. 

This annual conference is a mainstay for most industry professionals, earning a reputation for offering some of the best education, most interesting and inspiring keynote speakers, and heralded each year for the risks they take with their space and programming design.

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Create Community at Your Next Event with Daybreaker

Create Community at Your Next Event with Daybreaker | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

It’s six am on Tuesday and instead of reaching for the coffee mug, you are adjusting your neon-light up wristband. A loud beat is pumping through the speakers and hundreds of other people are bouncing to the rhythm. Crazy outfits, wide smiles, and magical energy fill this space.

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26 different ways to meet with your team

26 different ways to meet with your team | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The word ‘meeting’ likely conjures up an uninspiring image for you — talking through an agenda (if there is one) point-by-point, some people dominating, others zoning out. The typical format is so easy, it’s almost automatic, without really thinking whether it’s what we really need to make progress. We’re getting of tired meetings.

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Hackathons: Where Discovery & Networking Blend Beautifully 

Hackathons: Where Discovery & Networking Blend Beautifully  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Per Wikipedia, a “hackathon” is a “sprint-like event in which programmers, designers and others… collaborate intensively to advance projects.” To make one thing clear, I don’t typically cite Wikipedia for professional references; however, the dictionary definition refers to cyber hacking, and that’s definitely not what we’re talking about today. While that type of “hackathon” is designed to tear down, what we are referring to builds up and creates new ideas and opportunities for a brighter future.

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Designing Events That Activate Emotion

Designing Events That Activate Emotion | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Much has been written about experiential events, those that strive to bond attendees with the corporate brand or event organization by immersing them in fun, engaging experiences. But, there is more to experience creation than delivering fun. To truly connect with an audience, the event has to plumb the depths of human emotion by addressing four key drives: acquiring, bonding, learning, and defending. It may require some new thinking about what attendees really need and how to give it to them.

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