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How to Bounce Back From an Unsuccessful Event 

How to Bounce Back From an Unsuccessful Event  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The seats were empty, there was tumbleweed in the aisles… we’ve all had that one disastrous event where no one turned up.

It’s an excruciating experience, especially if you have other stakeholders to answer to. You probably wished the ground would just open up and swallow you, but don’t let one bad experience put you off from organising events.

Here we look at 10 positive steps you can take to bounce back from an unsuccessful event, how you can recover both emotionally and financially, and get everyone back on side.

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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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A planner's open letter to attendees

A planner's open letter to attendees | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

This is a letter I’ve wanted to write to you, but never have gotten around to doing. Now that I’ve written it, I might not send it. I’m not very visible to you for most of the year; you only see me at the annual meeting and perhaps a couple of quarterly meetings. I’m a meeting professional with your trade association, working year-round to ensure that your time and monetary investment in being a member pays off for you.

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Why So Many Event Planners Prefer The Freelance Lifestyle

Why So Many Event Planners Prefer The Freelance Lifestyle | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

In the U.S. around 35% of the workforce are freelance and they contributed over $1 trillion dollars to the economy during 2016 alone. As technology increases and makes communication and flexible-working much easier, freelancing is becoming increasingly popular and accessible. Offering certain benefits and potentially a lot more freedom, more event planners are making the switch and choosing to work for themselves. For others however the lack job security and guarantee of a regular pay packet is a massive issue. Here are 14 reasons to consider and decide whether being a freelance event planner could be right for you.

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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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Get Relief for These Top 6 Meeting Planner Pain Points

Get Relief for These Top 6 Meeting Planner Pain Points | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

More planners identify attendee satisfaction as the key indicator of an event’s success than financial gain, engagement, and number of leads generated, according to a recent survey of 239 event planners worldwide conducted by global event management and venue-sourcing cloud company etouches.

But figuring out how to use today’s event technology to increase that satisfaction rate is still a little painful for many planners, the survey found. Here are some specific areas planners find most painful pre-, during, and post-event, along with suggestions on event tech that can help.

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6 Things You Must Do After Your Event is Over 

6 Things You Must Do After Your Event is Over  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
Some of the most important work to be done comes after the guests have left. Here are 6 things you should include on your post event to do list.
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Will Millennials Kill The Event Industry?

Will Millennials Kill The Event Industry? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
In this new video, we’re talking about how millennials can help change the event industry moving forward.
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Confessions of a Government Special Events Coordinator

Confessions of a Government Special Events Coordinator | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

As a Special Events Coordinator, I take concepts for new event initiatives from my manager, break them down into actionable items, and communicate logistics to all of the pieces of the puzzle that will bring the event to life. I specifically work in the municipal sector of the event planning world, meaning that my end game is to promote, brand, support and unite local businesses, the community, city officials and anything else that makes us unique. Generally, our “special events” are large festivals based around music, arts, holiday traditions or food and are intended to cater to as many people in the community as possible. The latter half of that sentence is what I absolutely love about my job, but it’s also what makes my job challenging.

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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 Ways Planners Can Integrate Life into Work Meetings

3 Ways Planners Can Integrate Life into Work Meetings | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The concept of “work-life balance” is outdated. As traditional 9-to-5 jobs become less common, “work-life integration” or “work-life harmony” are becoming more apropos terms. Modern employees are eager to find new, nontraditional workplace environments that spur inspiration and are enjoyable, while also enabling their productivity.

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What You Need to Know About Language Professionals for Events

What You Need to Know About Language Professionals for Events | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
Business people don't have to communicate with extraterrestrials (yet), but they can still learn a few things from the sci-fi thriller Arrival. The blockbuster film put a language professional in the leading role. Hollywood star Amy Adams plays Dr. Louise Banks, a linguistics professor asked by U.S. Army Intelligence to help communicate with an alien species that has arrived on Earth.
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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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3 Questions to Ask Yourself When Looking for Volunteers

3 Questions to Ask Yourself When Looking for Volunteers | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

If membership recruitment is tough (which it is), volunteer recruitment is 10x tougher. You’re asking people to give their time - a scarce resource, particularly nowadays. So what’s the trick? Well there is no easy or sure-fire method for finding volunteers, but if you’ve been struggling lately, consider asking yourself these three questions:

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5 TEDxSydney Talks For Event Managers & Marketers 

5 TEDxSydney Talks For Event Managers & Marketers  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Today a few thousand lucky individuals are sitting in the Sydney Opera House experiencing the unique community of TEDxSydney 2016. 

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Make Your Meetings More Effective [Infographic]

Make Your Meetings More Effective [Infographic] | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

People hate meetings because they're mostly ineffective and are big time sucks. Here is a visual breakdown of ways to make your meetings more effective.

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How to Take your Meeting from Mind-LESS to Mind-FUL

How to Take your Meeting from Mind-LESS to Mind-FUL | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

There is a lot of talk about mindfulness and intention setting right now in the events industry, and this concept is usually translated into early morning yoga, meditation rooms, or wellness breaks.

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Why Bother With Conference Education Peer Discussions?

Why Bother With Conference Education Peer Discussions? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Is audience participation worth it? Are the benefits of conference peer discussions sufficient to justify giving up lecture time to cover content? Yes!

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9 Ways to Make Sure You Have Effective Meetings - CT Business Travel

9 Ways to Make Sure You Have Effective Meetings - CT Business Travel | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Meetings are a crucial part of the working ecosystem, helping to drive strategies forward, being a hub for new ideas and a place of respected discussion. Easier said than done though don’t you think? It’s easy for meetings to slip into irrelevant discussion meaning your allotted time is effectively wasted. What can be done to change this cycle?

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How To Survive 8 Straight Hours Of Meetings

How To Survive 8 Straight Hours Of Meetings | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

With some smart strategies, you can stay sane and productive, even if you're booked solid.

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Your Q&A Sucks. 8 Ways to Make It Better

Your Q&A Sucks. 8 Ways to Make It Better | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

A Question & Answer session is a well known ingredient in meeting design. It can be a powerful tool, but one that is often underrated. It is however also a format that is scarcely used to its full potential.

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That is Soooo 90s – 10 Outdated Event Habits You Should Drop in 2016

That is Soooo 90s – 10 Outdated Event Habits You Should Drop in 2016 | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

These are 10 outdated event habits to resign to the bin, alongside jelly shoes, bad perms and The Spice Girls...

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Business Improvement Conference Education Trends

Business Improvement Conference Education Trends | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Does your conference education drive attendees’ business performance?
Or are your offerings more a roll of the dice, leaving it up to chance that they impact the attendees’ job performance.

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7 public speaking tips to improve your next presentation

7 public speaking tips to improve your next presentation | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Eventually, your ability to rock the mic will be the key success factor in a big meeting or presentation. Are you prepared to deliver?

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Ten Ways Conference Professionals can Gain Credibility and Increase Their Strategic Value

Ten Ways Conference Professionals can Gain Credibility and Increase Their Strategic Value | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
Here are ten ways conference professionals can increase their credibility and strategic value.
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