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5 Ways to Network, and Feel Good Doing It!

5 Ways to Network, and Feel Good Doing It! | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Networking can be a tricky thing. It's best to yourself for your networking experience. Checkout these tips to help you network and feel good doing it! You’ll find that the connections you make happen may not have an immediate advantage. However if you keep in contact over time, stay engaged to you will find that contacts will have more value as time passes.

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The Secret Recipe to Great Event Networking

The Secret Recipe to Great Event Networking | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Facilitating great networking at your event is a lot of work. Yet, it’s incredibly important because it’s one of the top draws of events. There are many ways to promote better networking but most of them boil down to this recipe for success. Networking has a strange appeal. It draws crowds and terrifies all at the same time. It’s one of the main reasons people attend professional events but it’s also dreaded by introverts. Creating a successful networking event means you’ll secure a place in your attendees’ hearts and they’ll be more likely to attend your events in the future. Let’s face it, while there’s plenty of online competition for networking opportunities, it’s still in-person that seals the largest deals.

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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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3 Techniques for Connecting With Clients

3 Techniques for Connecting With Clients | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

As an event organizer, connecting with clients is the key to a successful business relationship. A particularly powerful way to sell your skills to clients is to use Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) — an advanced way of mirroring someone. “When highly influential people communicate with others, they match everything from the other person’s tone of voice, hand gestures, buzzwords, acronyms, and body language,” writes Asher. “Using this technique allows them to accomplish mirroring in a natural, unobtrusive way, quickly establishing uncommon rapport with little effort.”

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The Wide-Ranging Impact of Exceptional People Skills

The Wide-Ranging Impact of Exceptional People Skills | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

From the moment you leave your house in the morning until you come home at night your day can consist of hundreds of professional and personal interpersonal interactions, and research suggests that if you could improve the experience for both parties in each of these interactions the benefits could be greater than you think.

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The Power of Group Interaction in Winning Events

The Power of Group Interaction in Winning Events | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Engagement keeps attendees coming back, right? And that adds to the pressure of needing to create more interactive sessions. So what do you do when group interaction isn’t living up to your expectations? Here are a few ways to increase engagement and interaction in your breakout sessions.

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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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How to Maximize Networking at Your Meetings and Events 

How to Maximize Networking at Your Meetings and Events  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

While the purpose of meetings and events is for knowledgeable speakers to share information with their audience, there’s another important reason why attendees go to events. Many of them are seeking to increase their network and meet valuable people to build connections with.

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Bien Venue's curator insight, September 4, 1:18 PM
Always an important part of any business event.
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Networking Through Roundtable Discussions: A How-to Guide for Your Next Event

Networking Through Roundtable Discussions: A How-to Guide for Your Next Event | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Networking is too important for the success of your event to simply leave it at “we’ll give our participants a 15 minute coffee break to network.” According to the latest IAEE report, 75% of delegates attend conferences with the aim of building new connections.

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Bien Venue's curator insight, August 3, 5:39 AM
Networking with structure - give it a try.
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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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Meeting Planners Tell Us: How Can Your Venue Make the Cut?

Meeting Planners Tell Us: How Can Your Venue Make the Cut? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Our recent survey of more than 180 meeting planners from around the world for the IACC Meeting Room of the Future  report delivered many interesting insights. We heard from people who are new to event planning as well as long-timers, and many provided candid comments.  Some of their remarks were anticipated, but some certainly surprised us. So what do meeting planners say venues need to do to appeal to the changing nature of today’s meetings? Here are ten of my insights into the most essential elements of sought-out venues.

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Tips on how to get through your next networking event 

Tips on how to get through your next networking event  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Do you love networking events or do you rather feel uncomfortable? Maybe you don’t have any problems when you are entering the room, when you look in the faces of all those strangers, maybe you are not insecure to join the conversation but maybe the exact opposite is the case.

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The Humblebrag: Is this the Most Devious Form of Self-Promotion? 

The Humblebrag: Is this the Most Devious Form of Self-Promotion?  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Research from the world of neuroscience suggests that there is one specific subject that our brains love to talk about above all others – ourselves! In studies, the part of the brain that lit up when we did so was the same part that fired when we had sex or food. However, relatively recently a phrase has been coined that relates to a way of self-promotion that is a little bit devious – introducing ‘the humblebrag’.

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The Top Questions To Ask To Get A Good Member Testimonial

The Top Questions To Ask To Get A Good Member Testimonial | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Getting the trust of a potential member is one of the biggest challenges when it comes to building your member base. So, what’s the best solution? While you can work on your member acquisition strategy, we also recommend including the tried and true method of word of mouth marketing into your plan. It can be hard for people to trust organizations - they can feel distant, sterile and impersonal. That’s where member testimonials come into play: People want to trust the word of other people. We’ve included the top questions we think you should ask current members to get the best feedback for those considering joining your association.

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Should You Pursue That New Social Media Platform?

Should You Pursue That New Social Media Platform? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The thing about social media is there are new platforms popping up every single day. And what works well for some associations, may not work well for others. How do you know which social media platforms your organization should be using? Three questions tell it all.

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Tips for Increasing Interactivity of Your Conference Sessions

Tips for Increasing Interactivity of Your Conference Sessions | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
When it comes to building powerful experiences for delegates,there's no one-size-fits-all solution.Read these tips to increase your session interactivity.
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5 Unique Networking Events To Try Out For Your Next Conference

5 Unique Networking Events To Try Out For Your Next Conference | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
Unique networking events that might surprise your event attendees at your next conference:
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Adding Micro-Influencers to Your Marketing Mix

Adding Micro-Influencers to Your Marketing Mix | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Micro-influencers are a powerful resource to add to any brand’s marketing mix and overall strategy. They are individuals who specialise in a particular topic or industry and have gained their followers’ trust by publishing and sharing high-quality content on their personal social media accounts.

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7 Resources to Help Event Professionals Build Professional Networks

7 Resources to Help Event Professionals Build Professional Networks | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

7 Tips for Event Professionals to Build Their Professional Networks

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Beyond Email: Grow Your Event With Smart Digital Marketing Strategies

Beyond Email: Grow Your Event With Smart Digital Marketing Strategies | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Despite the unfathomable growth of social media (Facebook now has over 2 billion users), the continued migration from print and television ads to mobile (ad spend on the web will soon surpass TV), and the increasing performance reached by retargeting, show organizers and event marketers continue gaining most registrations through email marketing.

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12 Tips to Help Exhibitors Get More Conversions

12 Tips to Help Exhibitors Get More Conversions | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Do you really need one more thing on your plate? That question was likely met with a resounding NO! But helping your exhibitors have more success in their booths and more foot traffic will also make your event more successful as they will decide to come back and possibly invest more with you next year.

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The Wrong Time to Email Your Association’s Members

The Wrong Time to Email Your Association’s Members | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

You probably read a lot about email best practices - when to email your members; what day, time, etc.

And while all of that is important (and definitely good to follow!), there’s something a little bigger we should all keep in mind, and that’s the context of our emails in relation to other emails.

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5 Actions to Take Immediately After Attending a Conference 

5 Actions to Take Immediately After Attending a Conference  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Attending a conference is an excellent way to network and gain contacts. As well as to glean valuable science and industry insights and to pass this information across to a team. However, many participants place all of their focus upon the event itself. There are several steps which should be taken after attending a conference to leverage its benefits in the most efficient manner possible.

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Why Face-to-Face Events Are Critical In Today’s Complex and Changing World

Why Face-to-Face Events Are Critical In Today’s Complex and Changing World | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Last month, we had the opportunity to come together as a meetings and business-events industry to promote the value of face-to-face meetings. On April 6, more than 100 events were held in nearly 25 countries across six continents as part of the second annual Global Meetings Industry Day, a Meetings Mean Business Coalition initiative.

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From Engagement to Connection- 12 Steps to Start Genuine Business Connections

From Engagement to Connection- 12 Steps to Start Genuine Business Connections | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

A big mistake made by many……not having an objective prior to a conference or event!  You have objectives for most business-critical processes, why not before you attend a conference or event? Most people attend to learn something new, to see what new products are offered in the industry and possibly to make new business connections.

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