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How to Manage Event Planning Stress

How to Manage Event Planning Stress | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

If you are an event planner it’s safe to say you’ve been stressed out a time or two. But how do manage event planning stress? Dealing with stress as an event planner is a part of our every day. Event coordinators juggle so many jobs under the main job title of “event planner. One minute you might be dealing with pressures from your clients, maybe because of a budget restriction or a last-minute change. Another moment you might be traveling across the country to your next event. Perhaps it’s the actual day of the event that stresses you out, with the timeline not on schedule or unexpected problems that pop up. Regardless of the reasons you are stressed learning how to manage event planning stress is crucial to your success in the industry!

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What Am I Most Grateful For?

What Am I Most Grateful For? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

As I started thinking about people I need to talk with for an upcoming story, I ran into the weirdest problem—there are just too many options! The meetings, events, and hospitality industry is ridiculously rich with thoughtful, interesting, independent thinkers and researchers. It’s an almost embarrassing wealth of brilliance I have to tap into.

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How to Express Gratitude at Work 

How to Express Gratitude at Work  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The U.S. celebrates Thanksgiving on Thursday, so it seems like a good time to talk about gratitude and the attention that it has been getting in a new context: at work. While the benefits of gratitude on personal well-being are well-known, there has been less research on the effects of gratitude in the workplace — until recently.

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5 Ways to Network, and Feel Good Doing It!

5 Ways to Network, and Feel Good Doing It! | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Networking can be a tricky thing. It's best to yourself for your networking experience. Checkout these tips to help you network and feel good doing it! You’ll find that the connections you make happen may not have an immediate advantage. However if you keep in contact over time, stay engaged to you will find that contacts will have more value as time passes.

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What Does Your Peace of Mind Cost? 5 Questions to Ask

What Does Your Peace of Mind Cost? 5 Questions to Ask | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

We’ve all heard the term “work-life balance” thrown around the last couple of years when it comes to figuring out our daily grind. But what does it really mean? Using the word balance can be a tricky move, as it can make us feel like we’re falling behind if we’re not poised exactly on that work-life line. And let’s be honest: Nothing is ever perfectly 50-50!

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The Powerful Question that Helps Overcome Conflict

The Powerful Question that Helps Overcome Conflict | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

At some time in your life you are likely to have been in conflict with someone else – and it can feel really bad can’t it? You probably felt frustrated with the person / people in question, perhaps hard done by and misunderstood. Well what if I was to tell you that psychologists have found that asking yourself a simple question can help you feel better?

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How Difficult Clients Can Make You a Better Event Planner

How Difficult Clients Can Make You a Better Event Planner | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Have you ever had a client so difficult, you considered leaving the industry? If so, we’re glad you didn’t. It may have actually been a boost for your professional development. Here’s what you probably gained from the experience.

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What Do You Like Best About Your Job?

What Do You Like Best About Your Job? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

In a reader survey we sent out earlier this year to  readers, when we asked “What do you like best about your job?,” many of you responded with all of the things you love about your jobs. When we printed them out, responses ran to 19 single-spaced pages. 

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Trust Me, You Want to Be Trustworthy

Trust Me, You Want to Be Trustworthy | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Here are two surprising things about high-trust organizations:

1. Employees are paid more, by an average of $6,450 dollars a year.

2. Employees are 29 percent happier with their lives outside of work.

These findings were published in a Harvard Business Review article on “The Neuroscience of Trust” by Paul J. Zak, director of the Center for Neuroeconomics Studies at Claremont Graduate University and a member of the neurology department at Loma Linda University Medical Center.

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How This Simple Trick Can Boost Your Productivity

How This Simple Trick Can Boost Your Productivity | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Have you been struggling with your workload since you’ve been stuck in meetings all week? Then you’re having to stay up late or work weekends to catch up? Meetings are a cultural norm in business and in the event industry, where flexible schedules and working from home are also common, but they offer a way for everyone to sync up, come together, and get on the same page. However, they can also be a real time-sucking task that everyone wants to avoid because they can hinder your productivity and motivation for the day. Microsoft conducted a productivity survey and found that out of 38,000 participants, 71% of U.S. workers felt they didn’t have productive meetings and yet, spent over 5 and half hours per week attending them. So why are we letting them dictate our working weeks?

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How to Bounce Back From an Unsuccessful Event 

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

The seats were empty, there was tumbleweed in the aisles… we’ve all had that one disastrous event where no one turned up.

It’s an excruciating experience, especially if you have other stakeholders to answer to. You probably wished the ground would just open up and swallow you, but don’t let one bad experience put you off from organising events.

Here we look at 10 positive steps you can take to bounce back from an unsuccessful event, how you can recover both emotionally and financially, and get everyone back on side.

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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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Managing Millennials Q&A: Why Isn’t My Mentee Reaching Out?

Managing Millennials Q&A: Why Isn’t My Mentee Reaching Out? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

This is the sixth post in my new series based on questions I frequently hear about managing millennials — those ongoing management challenges that can really make or break workplace relationships. Each month I’ll tackle a question and provide some advice for managers and millennials.

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How to Become a More Mindful Meeting Professional

How to Become a More Mindful Meeting Professional | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

At MeetingsNet, we know the countdown to the holiday rush officially begins now. You are busy finishing up your 2017 meeting rosters, and are diligently preparing for your 2018 meetings and beyond. To support you, we’re partnering with mindful leadership expert Holly Duckworth, CMP, CAE, LSP, to bring you seven weeks of Mindful Monday mini-messages in our MeetingsNet Today daily newsletters. In these mini-lessons, you will learn what mindfulness is, why it matters, and one technique each week you can use to bring more mindfulness to your life and work.

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6 Steps to Getting More Meaningful Feedback in the Workplace

6 Steps to Getting More Meaningful Feedback in the Workplace | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The reason hearing the words “annual review” is often met with a collective groan may be because the idea of getting feedback is so closely associated feeling criticized. But in Influence Redefined: Be the Leader You Were Meant to Be, Monday to Monday, author and leadership mentor Stacey Hanke suggests that feedback is not something to fear, but something to actively seek. “Feedback presents opportunities to better yourself — opportunities you may not even be aware of,” Hanke writes.

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Feedback como fuente de mejora y desarrollo en tu carrera profesional
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This is the Best way to Read the Emotions of Others

This is the Best way to Read the Emotions of Others | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

This week’s insight is going to challenge the way you read other people’s emotions as it brings into question whether the way you and I generally do it is, in fact, the most effective. The insight is based on research undertaken by psychologists at Yale University’s School of Management over in the US who undertook numerous experiments with over 1,700 volunteers testing their abilities to accurately guess the emotions of those who they were interacting with. The researchers varied the environments in which the experiments took place, including undertaking them in complete darkness.

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What Event Professionals Don't Understand About Focus

What Event Professionals Don't Understand About Focus | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Our culture has an obsession with focus. There are hundreds of articles and books written about getting focused, maintaining focus, and being present. We have drugs to help you focus, foods that do the same, and thousands of life coaches blaming all of our problems on a lack of focus.

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The Importance of Work and Family Balance

The Importance of Work and Family Balance | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The reality is that my job comes home with me and can interfere with many of my best-laid plans; after all, issues may arise at any hour in the event technology world. However, they say you have to give some to get some - and it’s true. What we’re willing to give may differ for each individual, so it’s important to know what you ARE NOT willing to give. The solution to my personal success was to learn what these are for me…

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What Does It Take for Women to Excel in the Meetings Industry?

What Does It Take for Women to Excel in the Meetings Industry? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

What would you do if your boss put his finger in a glass of water and said, “This is the office with you,” then pulled his finger out of the glass and said, “This is the office without you. Do you see any hole?” Karin Krogh, creative director, Engaging Meetings, shared that story during a campfire session on how women can excel in the meeting industry during IMEX America 2017 this fall. The comment stung, she said, but it also made her even more determined to become a leader—one who would never be so disrespectful of those in her charge. 

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5 Ways to Make Learning Stick

5 Ways to Make Learning Stick | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Are you a visual learner? Auditory? Kinesthetic? Kristi Casey Sanders, CMP, CMM, DES, HMCC, director of the MPI Academy at Meeting Professionals International, led with what turned out to be a trick question at a session on the show floor at IMEX America 2017. You can’t be any of those learning styles we all have relied on in the past, she said, because there’s no scientific backing that these things even exist.

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3 Ways to Nail Working Remotely

3 Ways to Nail Working Remotely | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

In light of the recent succession of natural disasters, we decided to discuss some classic methods that can help you work remotely while also accomplishing your day-to-day duties. Traditionally, most professionals work best when they follow a schedule, so trying to work in a situation outside of your normal comfort zone can sometimes throw you for a loop.

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Copying Your Competition: The First Step on the Road to Event Failure

Copying Your Competition: The First Step on the Road to Event Failure | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

An interesting column in Convene recently advocated working with your competition or co-opting them as competitors, so that everyone can benefit. The piece included a link to a Harvard Business Review article that has a great quote: ‘It’s not who your competition is, but what it is.’ 

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6 Effective Time Management Tips for Busy Event Planners

6 Effective Time Management Tips for Busy Event Planners | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
Event season is upon us, so here are six simple, yet effective time management tips to help busy event planners survive it.
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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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