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3 Tips to Stop Feeling Overwhelmed and Get Back to Work

3 Tips to Stop Feeling Overwhelmed and Get Back to Work | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Have you ever noticed that when you’re working against a tough deadline, planning a big event, or tackling a challenging assignment, your brain sometimes shuts down out of sheer overwhelm? It’s not your imagination—it’s fear rearing its risk-averse head. Here’s what you need to know to turn off the fear and get back to work.

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Failure Into Success: How to Bounce Back Stronger

Failure Into Success: How to Bounce Back Stronger | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

We need to rethink the idea of failure. It is time to stop viewing it as something negative. Successful failure is when we use it as fuel to improve ourselves, our businesses and our events. Failure helps us take that (at times) much needed step back to rethink, regroup and refocus. After which, we start up again and discipline ourselves to take one step at a time moving forward from the experience.

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How to Bounce Back From an Unsuccessful Event

How to Bounce Back From an Unsuccessful Event | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

We’ve all had that one disastrous event where hardly anyone turned up. It’s an excruciating experience, especially if you have stakeholders to answer to. But there’s no reason you should give up.

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Say ‘No’ Sometimes—Even When Your Usual Response is ‘Yes’ 

Say ‘No’ Sometimes—Even When Your Usual Response is ‘Yes’  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

You’ve looked at your schedule, and see that you’re slammed. Then, you receive an email from a client requesting a change to an event proposal. Also, an attendee is wondering if they can call with questions about the program you’re putting on. Soon, your me-time has dissipated and you’re attempting to make the impossible happen.

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5 Fun and Inspirational Leadership Workshop Ideas

5 Fun and Inspirational Leadership Workshop Ideas | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Every successful leader knows ongoing professional and personal development is the pathway to continued success. Which is why people pay big bucks to attend leadership workshops. While it’s important that your workshop provides leaders with a new perspective on an old problem, there’s also fun to be had. Let these five leadership workshop activity ideas inspire you to strike the balance between strategy and play.

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Meeting planner scholarships

Meeting planner scholarships | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The cost of education—from college all the way to professional development throughout one’s career—can be significant. Knowing this, groups throughout the meeting and event industry have banded together for years to help ensure knowledge and advancement is a reality. The result is that there is now an incredible supply of scholarships to be had, thanks to generous donations from your planner peers, industry suppliers and professional associations.

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5 Ways to Deal with Chronic Illness and Succeed at Your Career

5 Ways to Deal with Chronic Illness and Succeed at Your Career | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Having a chronic illness while pursuing a career can be difficult to navigate. Every chronic illness manifests itself differently, and learning how to balance health with a full-time job takes time, effort, and trial and error. While it may feel impossible at first, juggling the two can be achieved.

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How to Make Your Event Planner or Manager Resume Stand Out

How to Make Your Event Planner or Manager Resume Stand Out | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

It’s a harsh reality: No matter how skilled in event management you are, you won’t get your dream job if your resume doesn’t stand out. But when so much of your event planning work has to be experienced to be understood, how can you prove your prowess in writing? The key is to make the typical elements of an effective resume work to reflect your skills. Here’s a checklist of the essential elements that should be on your event manager resume so you can stand out from other applicants.

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Master the Art of Saying No As an Event Manager

Master the Art of Saying No As an Event Manager | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

You’re a week from the event. The caterer wants to change the menu. Sponsors are requesting data that will take hours to pull. And your boss wants you to pitch the theme for your next event — today. You need to learn the art of saying no — whether to chaotic vendors, over-eager attendees, or your own staff. Giving in to every request can end up with you stretched too thin, making careless errors, or burning yourself out.

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The Independent Planner's Guide

The Independent Planner's Guide | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

You do it all. As the owner of your own third-party planner business you are the captain of the ship—and the crew. To help you navigate the sometimes rough waters of running your own business, we put together this handy resource guide with tips for everything from marketing and taxes to technology and negotiating. Feel free to bookmark this page as we will continue to update it with new tools for managing and growing your company. Until then, we wish you fair winds, following seas and full agendas.

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Get a Hobby

Get a Hobby | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

For many professionals, work/life balance is elusive. And even while off the job, people view leisure activities as a means to improving work performance — like practicing mindfulness or learning new productivity methods — instead of a way to genuinely relax and disengage. In fact, highlighting the professional benefits of leisure activities has become one of the only ways to trick people into taking up a hobby, according to Brigid Schulte, author of Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One Has the Time.

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Talking Leadership with Carina Bauer

Talking Leadership with Carina Bauer | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

I define leadership as a person or organization that is always looking for ways to innovate, that is not afraid to push important and sometimes controversial issues ahead, that digs in to solve or build without waiting for others to do so, that doesn’t look for individual kudos, but rather for collective progress.

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7 Event Fears

7 Event Fears | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Fear has been described by the acronym FEAR: False Expectations Appearing Real. We know that change is often accompanied by fear, as well as a sense of risk, uncertainty, and excitement. It’s also true that if we change the way we see things, the things we see change. 

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So. Many. Emails. and Other Things That Planners Don't Like About Their Jobs

So. Many. Emails. and Other Things That Planners Don't Like About Their Jobs | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Along with the numbers that we crunch for the annual Convene Salary Survey, we ask a handful of open-ended questions. Including this one: What do you like least about your job? Although readers singled out problems including attrition and room blocks, cuts to hotel commissions, managing shrinking budgets, and dealing with inefficient work processes (“So. Many. Emails.,” was one response) the overwhelming majority of the answers to the question weren’t focused on logistical challenges. 

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Degree vs. certification--what's best for you?

Degree vs. certification--what's best for you? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

“Should I get a master’s degree or a certification?” It’s a question I’ve been asked a lot over the years. And my answer is usually an ironic, “Yes.” Asking, “Should I get a master’s degree or a certification?” is like asking, “Should I have an apple or should I have turkey and dressing with giblet gravy?”

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7 Essential Event Planning Skills for Successful Event Managers

7 Essential Event Planning Skills for Successful Event Managers | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Event planners are a special breed of hard-working, hyper-organized adrenaline junkies. Consistently named as one of the world’s most stressful jobs, the role of event organizer is uniquely challenging — yet equally rewarding for some. Think you were born to be an event planner? Check out these must-have event planning skills to see if you’ve got what it takes.

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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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