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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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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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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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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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7 Secrets of Game-Changing Event Networking

7 Secrets of Game-Changing Event Networking | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

As an event organizer, one of the biggest game-changers you can offer at your event is the ability to connect your attendees, exhibitors and delegates in new and meaningful ways.

Plenty of event apps out there now say they offer ‘event networking’, or even ‘event matchmaking’, as part of their deal. But what do these actually mean? Here are 7 insights you can use to get ahead with the business networking you can offer.

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Buddy System: Get Yourself a Conference Pal

Buddy System: Get Yourself a Conference Pal | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
Going it alone can be hard, especially when you’re one of a few thousand conference-goers. Here’s how some groups are helping their attendees find a buddy.
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How to Turn Networking from Nerve-Wracking to Nourishing

Although many find networking to be nerve-wracking, I find it nourishing.  It energizes me, provides a source for innovative ideas, and gives me sense of belonging, connecting me with people from all over the world and reconnecting me with dear industry friends!

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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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7 Deadly Interaction Sins and How to Fix Them

7 Deadly Interaction Sins and How to Fix Them | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
Despite our best intentions, each of us has committed a sin or two against audience interaction when organizing an event. Despair not, dear brothers and sisters!
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20 Ice Breaker Ideas to Help Event Networking

20 Ice Breaker Ideas to Help Event Networking | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
Networking is an important part of events. Here are 20 ice breaker ideas that are easy, fun and should loosen everyone up.
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The Ultimate Way to Accelerate Business Networking at Your Event

The Ultimate Way to Accelerate Business Networking at Your Event | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
If we boil it down to the basics, people attend events for two reasons – to build knowledge and make new connections. And while we, as event planners, allocate ample resources to bringing i
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The Tailormade DMC's curator insight, September 10, 2016 7:27 AM
Make sure you are helping your attendees to get the best networking experience...
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4 Reasons Why Evening Events Matter at Conferences

4 Reasons Why Evening Events Matter at Conferences | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
Evening events at conferences and trade shows are important. Here are 4 reasons why they are worth the investment and not to be missed.
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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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Innovators Network Differently

Innovators Network Differently | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

After studying a whole bunch of professional conferences, it’s very clear to me what separates a thriving event from one on life support. For multi-day conferences, a growing number register and return because of who else will be there.

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7 Conference Icebreakers That Aren’t Awkward

7 Conference Icebreakers That Aren’t Awkward | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

As you know, the topic of icebreakers is very sensitive and polarizing. If done right, icebreakers can energize people and kick off a session on a high note. If done poorly, they can become a total flop trashing the first impression.


So I scoured the web. I read endless comment threads. And I dusted off my past experience to bring you the icebreaking activities that won't ridicule your delegates but will help them enjoy your event more deeply.

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9 Hot Seating Ideas to Make Your Next Event the Coolest

9 Hot Seating Ideas to Make Your Next Event the Coolest | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

You better sit down for this one: Standard straight lines of traditional ballroom chairs don’t cut it anymore.

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Bien Venue's curator insight, September 15, 2015 5:50 AM

When is a chair not just a chair? Interesting ideas for your next meeting?

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7 Effective Ways to Bring Your Exhibitors and Attendees Together

7 Effective Ways to Bring Your Exhibitors and Attendees Together | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Recently, I published an article, Are traditional conferences dead?, which raised a tsunami of opposing arguments. As an aspiring meeting designer, I was ecstatic to see people discuss the status quo of conferences which, in my opinion, is ripe for disruption. In the flow of comments, one contribution grabbed my attention in particular.

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Killing the Cliques and Other Networking Tips for a Successful Annual Meeting

Killing the Cliques and Other Networking Tips for a Successful Annual Meeting | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

For association events staff, networking is essential to future attendance. Keeping returnees mingling and newbies involved takes effort.

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NetWORTHing: The New Way to Network At Conferences

NetWORTHing: The New Way to Network At Conferences | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Have you ever been a victim of a network drive-by at a conference?
Violated by someone who only talks to you if they think you can do something for them? The whole time they’ve got one eye searching for a more influential target to move to.

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7 Tips For Creating Networking Opportunities at Your Event

7 Tips For Creating Networking Opportunities at Your Event | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

There are two main reasons why people attend events – for knowledge building and networking. While event organizers dedicate lots of attention to the former, networking activities are frequently neglected, which is a great pity.

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Tips for a successful conference. Check out this list!

Tips for a successful conference. Check out this list! | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

A recipe for a successful conference. Conferences are what you make of them. These events can be engaging or boring, depending on your focus and networking skills. Check these tips for a successful conference.

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Networking Isn't for the Faint of Heart

Networking Isn't for the Faint of Heart | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Networking is hard, people! Especially for those who aren't traveling with coworkers or customers, and who don't have acquaintances they can meet up with—those who, by choice or circumstance, find themselves having to actually try to find some way to make connections with total strangers.

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Why your event feels like an 8th-grade dance

Why your event feels like an 8th-grade dance | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

We can now look back and laugh at the awkwardness of the eighth-grade dance with its clusters of kids standing around trying not to look too eager or uncool. Instead of taking a risk and walking across the room, many of us watched and waited, hoping someone would approach us.

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Helping Conference First Timers And Solo Attendees Move Beyond Hello

Helping Conference First Timers And Solo Attendees Move Beyond Hello | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
Imagine that you’re a first-time attendee at a conference that draws thousands.
To make matters even more challenging, you’re flying solo. No safety net of colleagues to meet-up with every now and then.
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