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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to Go Beyond Leads- Event Hospitality & Networking

How to Go Beyond Leads- Event Hospitality & Networking | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
Your trade show booth staffers can act as brand ambassadors for your company at your next show. Learn how to train them accordingly.
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With Braindates, PCMA Helped Attendees Receive More Customized Networking and Learning Experiences at Convening Leaders

With Braindates, PCMA Helped Attendees Receive More Customized Networking and Learning Experiences at Convening Leaders | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
Imagine turning those sometimes awkward event networking experiences into more meaningful encounters that lead to valuable connections. Attendees at PCMA’s recent Convening Leaders had a chance to do just that with Braindates, an online matchmaking platform that puts like-minded people together to share knowledge face-to-face, one-on-one.
 Sort of like Tinder, but for peer-to-peer networking, Braindates was created five years ago by Montreal-based E-180 with the philosophy that everyone has a story to tell and lessons to teach. 
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4 Tips to Build More Successful Relationships Between Event Professionals

4 Tips to Build More Successful Relationships Between Event Professionals | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

In any professional environment, it’s the combination of radically different opinions that often lead to the best results. However, in some cases, those differing opinions come with differing personalities which can bring tension to any situation. In the events industry, this can be especially distressing if it starts to get in the way of progress. 

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Humans, Machines, And The Hard Work of Relationship-Building

Humans, Machines, And The Hard Work of Relationship-Building | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

On paper, face-to-face events are fantastic opportunities to develop new relationships. In reality, many fail miserably. Why? Because it’s mathematically impossible for most people, unaided, to build meaningful new relationships—discover complementary interests, have a fulfilling conversation, and commit to pursuing common goals—with more than a small group of people inside of three days. One software company is doing something about the difficulties of event networking by staying true to the ideas it has had all along about social, community, and experience.

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Forbes Welcome

Forbes Welcome | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

There are three things your LinkedIn profile must tell others, but the vast majority of LinkedIn’s 400-plus million members fail to provide clear and concise answers. The result is that LinkedIn does not work very well for them. Let’s make sure that you avoid this trap. Your profile needs to tell casual readers the following.

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Using Events to Grow Your Association’s Membership: 4 Tips

Using Events to Grow Your Association’s Membership: 4 Tips | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Events are a great way to engage your association’s membership. But did you know they’re also a great way to grow your association’s membership?

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5 ways to ask your network for help

5 ways to ask your network for help | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
Starting a conversation is one of the easiest ways to expand your network. Add value, add your expertise by sharing one or two items of interest that will make you memorable.
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Networking Tips: How to Give a Good Referral

Networking Tips: How to Give a Good Referral | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
Not all referrals are good referrals. Sometimes they can even have a negative impact on the referral giver or recipient. Discover networking tips on how to give a good referral.
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How Introverts Can Make the Most of Conferences

How Introverts Can Make the Most of Conferences | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

For introverts, attending a conference can feel exhausting. But if you avoid conferences — or just avoid talking to anyone while attending them — it can hurt your career and your business. The good news is that you don’t have to go against the grain of your own personality to get value from conferences and other networking events. 

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How to talk to anyone at a networking event

How to talk to anyone at a networking event | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

You get to an event filled with impressive people you normally don't have the chance to speak with. You'd like to pick their brains and maybe even arrange a coffee meeting to discuss ideas.


The only problem is you've never met any of these people before, and you're terrified of making an awkward first impression.

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Networking for Millennials: How to Make It Useful

Networking for Millennials: How to Make It Useful | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Building strong relationships with others is one of the best things people can do for their careers. But finding and maintaining connections takes time, so directing efforts to where they will be most profitable makes sense. The below tips will help make networking for millennials a cinch!

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5 Steps for Networking With Powerful People (It's Easier Than You Think)

5 Steps for Networking With Powerful People (It's Easier Than You Think) | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Oprah Winfrey? Sheryl Sandberg? Richard Branson? The CEO of that hot new startup? Think about it for a minute: If you could connect with anyone, who would it be?


Fantasy isn’t just for football. As Steve Jobs advised: It’s time to stop dreaming big, and start dreaming bigger. Here are five simple steps you can put in motion today to network with people who can change your career—and maybe even your life.

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13 Must-Haves to Bring to Every Conference You Attend

13 Must-Haves to Bring to Every Conference You Attend | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Because business cards are so last year. 

No, you’re not a stalker. You’re an awkward conference goer. One who didn’t come prepared. All you have are a few business cards in your back pocket. And you’ve already realized that’s not enough to save you.



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