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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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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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Why Empathy is Essential for Business Success in the Digital Era

Some people may think that empathy in business is extraneous. That it’s irrelevant in a cutthroat world where only the most cold-hearted tycoons thrive. Many even mistakenly believe that empathy means being “soft” or unable to make hard business decisions. Yet, in reality, empathy is a business skill that is absolutely critical to IACC venue operator's success. Empathy enables the best venue sales person to understand, or even anticipate, another event organiser’s needs – to be able to identify the factors that will motivate a person to select a venue and connect in a way that instils trust. And it creates leaders in hospitality who inspire teams to better performance.

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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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Is a Seat at the Table Enough?

Is a Seat at the Table Enough? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

I often hear my association’s meeting professional members say that they would like a “seat at the table,” especially when it relates to organizational strategy. In many cases, meeting professionals are not valued or respected enough within their companies, or at least not to the point of getting that proverbial seat. Our industry can do better.

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Helicopter Parents in the Workplace: It Happens and It Needs to Stop

Helicopter Parents in the Workplace: It Happens and It Needs to Stop | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The concept of helicopter parents buzzing around the workplace, just like they hovered and swooped on the elementary school soccer field, sounds like a joke. No doubt you’ve heard of this phenomenon — parents sitting in on interviews or calling to re-negotiate a child’s compensation package. NBA recruit Lonzo Ball has recently received a ton of attention for his dad’s, um, involvement, in the draft process. Some of the stories are so egregious that you may wonder if these incidents are bizarre outliers, blown out of proportion by the media.

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The Power of Personal Vision to Drive Organizational Change

The Power of Personal Vision to Drive Organizational Change | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Well-known author and political activist, Helen Keller, once noted that “the most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight, but has no vision.” Stricken by serious illness at age 2 that left her both deaf and blind, Keller’s dogged perseverance over seemingly insurmountable odds is a testament to her personal vision. Keller’s quote leads me to consider contemporary visionaries like Steve Jobs and Elon Musk who have radically transformed our realities regarding what is possible. But for every Steve Jobs and Elon Musk there are countless other brilliant individuals whose visions will never be realized simply because they cannot effectively communicate the organizational vision in their heads to the hearts and minds of their teams.

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How to be a great delegate

How to be a great delegate | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

It is easy to assume that conference delegates know what to do when they attend your event. Of course some attendees do know how to make the most of their time, however, most of our attendees could do with some more support from the event planner. Even good delegates need support to be “great” delegates.

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How Businesses Stay Afloat In the Face of Great Disruption

How Businesses Stay Afloat In the Face of Great Disruption | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Bonnie Canal is a managing partner of The Resiliency Institute, a New Orleans–based company that specializes in business continuity — how to keep a business operating in the face of disruptive events. As a New Orleans resident, Canal has witnessed more than her share. From the Deepwater Horizon oil spill to hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the city “just seems,” she said, “to be in the epicenter of these terrible disasters.”

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When the Boss is You

When the Boss is You | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

How do you become an independent meeting planner? In many cases, if the five veteran independents who participated in a recent Convene virtual roundtable are any indication, it happens partway through your career and somewhat accidentally. Some of our participants went out on their own for personal reasons, while others were interested in the professional opportunities it presented. But all five agree that it was one of the best career choices they ever made.

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Content Marketing: How to Make Each Blog Post Drive ROI [infographic]

Content Marketing: How to Make Each Blog Post Drive ROI [infographic] | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Any marketer will tell you that producing a regular stream of content for your website is necessary and important. You also need to optimize your content. The question is, what are you optimizing that content for?

There are plenty of reasons to blog, and even if you don’t know exactly what your goals are, you may already be achieving some successes. But without goals, you’re missing out on all that’s possible. 

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5 Employee Recognition Program Myths Debunked 

5 Employee Recognition Program Myths Debunked  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

When building an effective employee recognition program, believing common misconceptions can be a big set back in its success. Here are some myths about employee recognition programs that our team has encountered throughout the years, and how they could be hindering engagement in your company.

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15 Habits to Power Your Productivity 

15 Habits to Power Your Productivity  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

For an event organizer, there are never enough hours in the day. No wonder that Forbes named “event coordinator” the fifth most stressful job of 2017! Prolonged exposure to stress isn’t just bad for your work performance and personal life, it can also be detrimental to your physical and mental health. So what can you do?

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How Your Bad Memory Can Be Good for You

How Your Bad Memory Can Be Good for You | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

After looking at years of data on memory, memory loss, and brain activity in both humans and animals, University of Toronto researchers Paul Frankland and Blake Richards have concluded that forgetting things is not only normal, it can make us smarter. The two suggest that the goal of memory is not to transmit the most accurate information over time, but rather to help make intelligent decisions. And we’re better able to do that by letting go of what’s not important.

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Are you over-responsible? 6 Signs You Have an Unhealthy Sense of Responsibility

Are you over-responsible? 6 Signs You Have an Unhealthy Sense of Responsibility | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Taking responsibility is the hallmark of a successful leader. Whether managing people, managing a workload, or managing a household, not much gets done if you don’t take ownership of the tasks that need to get done day to day.  But what happens when you don’t just take responsibility for your tasks, but for other people’s as well? It’s called over-responsibility, and it just might be sabotaging your schedule, your effectiveness, and the people around you.

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Ignore the Overhype — Leadership Qualities That Really Are Everything

Ignore the Overhype — Leadership Qualities That Really Are Everything | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

We all know the “it” words for leadership qualities today, those buzzwords that pop up over and over to describe the qualities leader aspire to. Frankly, I’m totally over words like “ninja” and “guru.” But there are several words that are common in today’s management vernacular that really do describe great leaders. If you’re a leader or aspiring to be one, I hope you’ll find these valuable.

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How Passion Can Make You Happy — or Unhappy

How Passion Can Make You Happy — or Unhappy | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Daniel Lerner, a professor at New York University and the University of Pennsylvania and performance coach, observed that firsthand in his work — some of the most gifted individuals fail to find personal fulfillment despite reaching highs in their professional lives.  When Lerner set out to find out why, one particular factor stood out. “The fact that really seems to be emerging that makes the massive difference between being successful and being happily successful,” Lerner said,”is the scientific study of passion.”

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15 Habits of Dislikeable Event Professionals

15 Habits of Dislikeable Event Professionals | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

In the event industry a lot depends on creating personal connections and relationships. People buy into people so it helps to be liked by colleagues, clients and vendors you work with. Although you are judged on the quality of the events you produce, being likeable is part of the criteria too. Successfully building relationships can open an array of opportunities. Make sure you don’t have any of these 15 bad habits to avoid being disliked and improve your working partnerships.

 
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5 Steps to Take NOW to Make 2017 and Beyond a Success

5 Steps to Take NOW to Make 2017 and Beyond a Success | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

With summer in full swing, state fairs and music festivals in full force, and many of us heading to the beach, the woods, or the mountains with a good book or Pokemon Go, it is easy to check out mentally. Yet this is the most important time of the year! Why? First, you have less than five months left to achieve your 2017 goals; about five weeks left to finalize your 2018 budget; and 15 days or so to update your strategy, change out staffing, or tweak your programs before Labor Day comes, and the focus shifts to day-to-day execution.

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The 3 Habits of Highly Productive People

The 3 Habits of Highly Productive People | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

When Chris Bailey graduated from business school, he declined to take one of the full-time jobs he was offered and instead shuttered himself away from the world for a year to dig into what’s known about productivity. 

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The Anatomy of a Genuine Thank-You Note

The Anatomy of a Genuine Thank-You Note | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

No matter what your industry is, we cannot stress the importance of nailing a thoughtful thank-you note. In the association world, this can be to your volunteers, your board, your executive director, or even your members! Either way, the ultimate intention for your note should be to make it personal, authentic, and concise. We outlined the six basic steps to make writing your next thank-you note a breeze.

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The Mistakes That are Killing Your First Impression

The Mistakes That are Killing Your First Impression | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

“You never get a second chance to make a good first impression.” It’s one of the most clichéd pieces of advice. That’s because it’s true — especially if you are job hunting. Research shows that recruiters typically only give your resume a six-second glance, and some people say the first seven seconds of meeting someone are the most important, so you don’t want to squander that initial chance to shine in person, on paper or online.Here are some common ways job hunters undermine that crucial first impression — and how to avoid them:

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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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Opportunities Created by Competition

Opportunities Created by Competition | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Competition is inevitable and fierce, especially among businesses and associations wanting to maintain their leading position. Existing and new players are constantly trying to evolve their services and products, stressing the need for offering more personalised experiences to achieve maximum business results and attract more audiences.

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