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Turn Negative Feedback Into a Positive

Turn Negative Feedback Into a Positive | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Feedback is a positive thing. It helps us identify ways we can improve our personal and professional lives, and yet we dread the idea of receiving any form of criticism. Why? According to a New York Timespiece, “Why It’s So Hard to Hear Negative Feedback,” it’s all about how we think — and feel — about it.

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Having Your Smartphone Nearby Takes a Toll on Your Thinking (Even When It’s Silent and Facedown)

Having Your Smartphone Nearby Takes a Toll on Your Thinking (Even When It’s Silent and Facedown) | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

“Put your phone away” has become a commonplace phrase that is just as often dismissed. Despite wanting to be in the moment, we often do everything within our power to the contrary. We take out our phones to take pictures in the middle of festive family meals, and send text messages or update our social media profiles in the middle of a date or while watching a movie. At the same time, we are often interrupted passively by notifications of emails or phone calls. Clearly, interacting with our smartphones affects our experiences. But can our smartphones affect us even when we aren’t interacting with them — when they are simply nearby?

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Taming the Epic To-Do List

Taming the Epic To-Do List | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The to-do list can be an indispensable tool when used to mindfully manage your time. But used indiscriminately, you become its servant. The first step in making your list work for you is to be clear on what job you’re “hiring” it to do. Most of us fail to do this, and so our lists are crammed with urgent priorities we must get done immediately (send revised slides to client), important tasks we’re afraid of forgetting because they have no specific due date (book a vacation), and basic tasks that we add to the list because it makes us feel good to check something off (order more pens — done!). Then day after day, we check off the basic items, get the urgent things done (which we probably would have done even were they not on a list) and procrastinate on the other items.

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Ten Tips to Deal with Distractions and Protect Your Productivity

Ten Tips to Deal with Distractions and Protect Your Productivity | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

For meeting planners, being interrupted by competing priorities is a way of life. But did you know it takes, on average, 23 minutes to refocus your mental effort and energy on a task after being interrupted? (According to a study by the University of California.)

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Aim high

Aim high | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Major Nicola Baumann is a fighter pilot flying a Eurofighter for the German Air Force. She applied for the "Die Astronautin" program, because she wanted to be the first German female astronaut to fly

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We need to raise awareness for every woman out there

We need to raise awareness for every woman out there | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

“We need to raise awareness for every woman out there”. 

Dr. Mara Harvey, Head Global UHNW Germany, Austria, Italy of UBS Switzerland AG, talks about the Equality Lounge at the World Economic Forum, women as largest emerging market and pay gaps creating massive wealth gaps.

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What Will You Leave Behind? | Carina Bauer | IMEX

What Will You Leave Behind? | Carina Bauer | IMEX | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

People or organizations who are passionate about something and put their hearts and minds into it, typically also want to leave something behind after their work is done: a best practice, a new approach, a better future for others or the earth … or maybe even create a building, a song, or a work of art. Something that says “I/we were here” and “ I/we tried to leave things a little bit better.” In other words, passionate people and organizations often want to leave a legacy.

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Questions speakers should ask planners

Questions speakers should ask planners | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Over the years, from various sources I have collected questions that many meeting professionals would welcome hearing from speakers, either those whom they have booked or with whom they are considering booking.

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How to Break into Event Planning: The Education You Need

How to Break into Event Planning: The Education You Need | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Think event planning might just be the perfect career for you? If you love meeting new people, handle stress well, and pay attention to even the smallest of details, then yes — it totally could be. Whether you’re an experienced professional looking to make a change or a student wondering what type of degree to pursue, there are a number of paths you can use to break into the events industry. The first step? Getting the event planning education you need to excel as an event creator.

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99 Resources to Get into Event Planning 

99 Resources to Get into Event Planning  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Breaking into event planning with little to no experience can be a challenge. And it’s REALLY hard to get experience if no one will hire you. Or is it? Hey, I’ve been there. I know the challenges. But they can be overcome with a few tactics, tools, and strategies. In this article, we’ll navigate this event planning career path together and give you the kind of jumpstart to your career you’ve been looking for. This guide will walk you through everything you need to know about landing your first event planning position and making the most of an incredibly rewarding career.

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Why Being Mean Won’t Help You Be a Good Leader

Why Being Mean Won’t Help You Be a Good Leader | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

When Mark Lipton started researching executive leadership effectiveness decades ago, he came upon an alarming trend: A large number of the founding entrepreneurs he read about had a distinct, unfortunate personality trait — meanness. Many of us have heard stories about cold-hearted behavior of leaders such as Steve Jobs or Henry Ford, but Lipton, an adviser to major corporations, start-ups, government agencies, and not-for-profits, feels that the aggression in leaders — in particular, male leaders — goes beyond a handful of examples.

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Sabotaged: 5 Ways to Stop Killing Your Success 

Sabotaged: 5 Ways to Stop Killing Your Success  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Have you ever noticed how you may be on your way to your dream job, body or relationship and somehow, you’ve sabotaged yourself? Why would we consciously or subconsciously derail efforts that are bringing us towards what we believe we want? While a few reasons may be that we’re afraid of change, afraid to put ourselves out there, and afraid to shine, there are many other reasons too.

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5 Things You Should Really Avoid During a Presentation

5 Things You Should Really Avoid During a Presentation | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Are you presenting to colleagues, customers, or are you on a stage in front of a large audience? Then you should definitely read this. Why? Because the following 5 mistakes are made by a lot of presenters, even by the most experienced ones. I often see professionals falling into the same traps when it comes to presenting… And although your charisma, your posture and a flawless delivery are the ideal conditions to ensure a successful delivery, if the presentation, which is designed to improve the speech by adding visual impact, is not at all impactful, the audience’s attention will quickly wander around.

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5 Ways to Fix A Major Screw Up

5 Ways to Fix A Major Screw Up | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

There’s nothing more frustrating than when someone refuses to take responsibility for their behaviors and actions-especially when those behaviors and actions caused harm. While we’re often so willing to overlook and forgive an error in judgment or a transgression, we tend to hang onto it more tightly when the person who caused the harm refuses to own it. So, instead of blaming, making excuses, getting defensive, ignoring it or assuming the other person doesn’t need an explanation or apology, take responsibility for the part you played (whether it was intentional or unintentional) and own it.

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The 2018 Event Planning Training Guide: What you need to know about Courses, Certificates, Certifications and Degrees

The 2018 Event Planning Training Guide: What you need to know about Courses, Certificates, Certifications and Degrees | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Whether you are a school leaver, keen to enter the crazy and exciting world of event and meeting planning, switching from a different career path or looking for education and qualifications to increase your job prospects for promotions and advancement it can be overwhelming assessing all of the options.

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A Day in the Life of... An Event Assistant

A Day in the Life of... An Event Assistant | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Interested in a career in events? If you’re lucky enough to secure a job with an event agency, you’ll likely start in the position of Event Assistant. To give you a flavour of what that might entail, we asked Faye Smallwood, Event Manager at Make Events in Cheadle Hulme to describe her day, from waking up to lights out.

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Learning How to Be an Agile Leader

Learning How to Be an Agile Leader | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Sometimes, you just need to look at leadership from a different angle. In Zoom Leadership: Change Your Focus, Change Your Insights, organizational consulting expert Janet Britcher urges readers to “zoom in and out” with a flexible, open mind when problem-solving, rather than looking at a situation from a single point of view.

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5 Things This Event Strategist Wishes She Knew When Starting Her Career

5 Things This Event Strategist Wishes She Knew When Starting Her Career | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

At Convening Leaders 2018, Kelly Peacy, CAE, CMP, founder and CEO of Insight Event Strategy, and former senior vice president of education and events at PCMA, shared with student attendees five things she wished she had known when she was just starting out:

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How to deal with difficult clients

How to deal with difficult clients | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

In the events and hospitality industry, dealing with clients on a regular basis is part of the job. Whether you are a planner, hotelier or supplier, your goal is to make clients happy and do your best to meet their demands. At times, however, the demands become excessive and difficult to manage. This is where it becomes important to maintain a positive client relationship (even if it seems impossible at times), and do your best to keep the client happy while being realistic.

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Travel Planning: A List of Lists

Travel Planning: A List of Lists | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Since I was traveling at least one week a month, I really needed a separate set of toiletries and travel-related gear. Since much of this was on my list, I was able to build up a bit of an inventory while I was out and about—whenever I went to the pharmacy, I’d stock up on travel-sized soaps, lotions, and toothpaste. Because I loved my hair stylist’s hair-care line, I purchased some travel-sized products when I was there for my regular appointment. Even if you’re not traveling for a week or more, start to put aside your clothing in one place as you do your laundry, assuming you won’t wear it in the meantime.

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Building event value by creating trust

Building event value by creating trust | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

When I began writing Intentional Event Design: Our Professional Opportunity, it was to delve into and provide information on designing events that are people-centric and purpose-driven. The more I wrote, the more I realized it came down to one thing: using meetings to build trust – in the organization, between teams, and between solution providers and their potential clients. To create environments that allow the time and space for conversations is part art and part (neuro) science, and deeply understanding how humans respond to live event environments is our new currency as we build the value of our industry.

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Create More Focus With These 3 Steps

Create More Focus With These 3 Steps | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

That New Year’s resolution to increase your productivity might seem impossible, given never-ending emails to answer and phone calls to make. In his new book The Compass Solution: A Guide to Winning Your Career, pharmaceutical industry veteran, motivational speaker, and The Compass Alliance founder Tim Cole describes these distracting and often mindless tasks as “the storm,” capable of keeping us from true effectiveness at work. Here are three tips from Cole on how to lower your daily anxiety and focus on the tasks that matter most in 2018:

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8 New Year’s Resolutions That Are On All Event Planners’ Lists

8 New Year’s Resolutions That Are On All Event Planners’ Lists | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

It’s that time of year. People around the world switch from overindulging to planning to get healthier. They head back to work after some much-needed time off, resolving to work harder and smarter next year. And after a busy holiday season, event creators are no exception.

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How to Control Your Audiences' Reaction to You--According to Neuroscience

How to Control Your Audiences' Reaction to You--According to Neuroscience | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

There is a trait that neuroscientist and TED India speaker Vilayanur Ramachandran believes is fundamental to what made human civilization possible by enabling us to learn the complex social behaviors needed to produce civilization, itself. Powerful stuff. These relatively recently discovered neurons are called "mirror neurons" and they are what instill in us the trait of human compassion; the instantaneous ability we have to feel what others are feeling and imagine what they are thinking. Our mirror neurons are activated both when we take an action, and when we see another take that action. If we see someone having a strong emotional reaction, we feel that emotion, too.

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Packing a Punch: Packing Hacks

Packing a Punch: Packing Hacks | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Given my line of work as a travel planner, I know my way around a suitcase. The task of packing and unpacking has become a familiar chore – although personally, I take pleasure in it. I find packing to be a cathartic experience, and a way to ensure comfort and control while I’m away from home. Believe it or not, I pack three-to-four weeks ahead of time, or immediately upon my return from my preceding trip. Why? Because the idea of putting it off and packing the night before gives me the heebie-jeebies, even though start to finish, the process takes me only about 15 minutes.

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