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6 Steps to Helping Your Speakers Succeed

6 Steps to Helping Your Speakers Succeed | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

If you hire speakers for corporate events, you know that choosing the right one for your audience is just the first step. As a 30-year veteran of the podium, working as a corporate put-on comedian, I’ve learned plenty of lessons about the what can go right and wrong on stage. Here is some of my favorite advice for ensuring that speakers have the best chance to succeed.

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5 Ways You Should Be Using Music At Your Events

5 Ways You Should Be Using Music At Your Events | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Music can have a positive impact on your events, in terms of participation, engagement and making your event memorable. Here are five free and low-cost ideas to incorporate music from Andy Sharpe, CEO of SongDivision.

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Avoid this common mistake when planning meeting programs

Avoid this common mistake when planning meeting programs | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
Although I have good reasons to champion meeting designs where the participants get to choose what they want and need to discuss and learn rather than a program committee, there is invariably a place for some predetermined presentations at conferences. Unfortunately, most program committees use a flawed process to select session content.
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Best Booth Engagement Strategies

Best Booth Engagement Strategies | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The way we engage and how we qualify event attendees is shifting because potential buyers are savvy and have more control of the buying cycle. They are well on their way through the buying journey before they even get contacted by sales or visit your booth space. A well-organized event can be a great opportunity for attendees to learn and connect while enjoying the process.

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The Essential Six Cs of Learning Every Meeting Pro Should Know

The Essential Six Cs of Learning Every Meeting Pro Should Know | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

There’s no arguing that the adult learning environment has changed dramatically. With the answer to almost any question a quick Google search away, people don’t need to go to a meeting to learn—at least, not the traditional one-way information exchange model of meeting that is still the most-offered option. Today’s professionals need learning more than ever as they compete in an increasingly competency-based marketplace, and they’re learning on their own through gamified, infotainment-based, just-in-time experiences.

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Empowered Connectivity: How Virtual Teams Create a Human Connection

Empowered Connectivity: How Virtual Teams Create a Human Connection | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Technology and the internet have made telecommuting a convenient choice for today’s businesses and workers. The incentives are clear: for employers, lowered office expense; for employees, flexible work location. Businesses that utilize virtual teams know personal connections are important for team engagement and productivity. Several tactics can help virtual groups create the needed human connection.

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Protected: We’re Stepping into an Area of Conversational Presenting

Protected: We’re Stepping into an Area of Conversational Presenting | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

As the audience expectations shift, speakers incorporate energizing elements and conversational activities into their presentations. Our meeting designer Juraj Holub shared his thoughts on conversational presenting and the trends in the event design.

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4 Tips for Introducing Your Next Keynote Speaker

4 Tips for Introducing Your Next Keynote Speaker | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

A good introduction can get your audience excited about what they’re about to listen to. So if you’re ever in a position to introduce someone, here are a few things to keep in mind.

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How the Most Tech-Savvy Geo Approaches Brand Experience Technology

How the Most Tech-Savvy Geo Approaches Brand Experience Technology | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

In our recent brand experience study, one of the interesting findings was that Asia is by far an early adopter of technology for deeper personalization and immersion. When it comes to tapping into sensory interaction as a way to personalize brand experience, 42 percent of Asian marketers use these interactive technologies compared to 28 percent in North America and 13 percent in Western Europe. 

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5 Innovative Meeting Formats

5 Innovative Meeting Formats | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Attendees who want more from their meetings don’t want to sit and listen passively to a formal presentation. They have expectations of involvement. They don’t want to hear canned answers to prepared questions, and they have a radar for inauthentic content and rigid control. They are accustomed to having input on all kinds of institutional reform, and aren’t averse to disrupting the model if the model doesn’t work for them.

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7 Learning Styles to Incorporate at Your Next Conference

7 Learning Styles to Incorporate at Your Next Conference | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

We all know that running a conference takes a lot of time, money, and energy. But running your conference so that you’ll get maximum engagement is a whole other level. So, what’s the trick? You need to remember to tailor your conference so it’s not a “one-size-fits-all” for your attendees!

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5 Essential Ingredients to Facilitating a Killer Brainstorm 

Some of the most innovative and influential ideas for brand experiences come when people with diverse perspectives come together. We believe in “intersectional design thinking” – the power of bringing together diverse viewpoints to solve a challenge or think creatively about an opportunity.

But the act of bringing people together doesn’t always result in breakthrough thinking. The difference between a great brainstorm and a KILLER brainstorm is not leaving it to chance. 

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The Ultimate Guide to Planning a Conference Panel Discussion

The Ultimate Guide to Planning a Conference Panel Discussion | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Panel discussions are a popular part of many conferences but there are lots of things to consider to ensure a successful session. Break away from the norm and shake up your panel using these pro tips and by taking inspiration for interesting layouts and furniture options from pictures of real life events.

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3 Ideas to Make Sessions a Little More Interactive and Engaging

3 Ideas to Make Sessions a Little More Interactive and Engaging | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

It never hurts to go back to basics and dig in to see where you can improve your events. One thing many planners always seem to be on the hunt for are more opportunities, techniques, and ideas for injecting a little more interactivity into their events in order to coax a little more engagement from their attendees.

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How Do You Find Great Speakers for Your Event? 

How Do You Find Great Speakers for Your Event?  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Each speaker you select for your event can make a massive difference to its attractiveness to attendees. However, this doesn’t mean you have to spend thousands of pounds for a high profile celebrity.

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Preparing Presenters for your Conference - A TED Video

Preparing Presenters for your Conference - A TED Video | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
Every conference speaker is different, some are charismatic, some scared, some funny, some frantic. As organizers its our job to help them succeed.
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Fresh Picks: 18 Speakers Who Belong at Your Podium in 2017

Fresh Picks: 18 Speakers Who Belong at Your Podium in 2017 | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Who is apropos for your podium this year? To protect, update, and motivate your organization, the in-demand speakers for 2017 will be those who can shed light on the new administration, the changing workforce, and growing risks both online and globally.

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Improving the Flow of Your Conference’s General Sessions

Improving the Flow of Your Conference’s General Sessions | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
Often during conferences, event organisers worry that they might face challenges in keeping the delegates’ interest during the live general sessions. Similarly, attendees feel that they have been exposed to the same proceedings again and again, particularly if they are participating to an annual conference that follows the same build-up every year.
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7 Tips for Leveraging Your Speakers as Event Advocates

7 Tips for Leveraging Your Speakers as Event Advocates | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

With more and more conference and event organizers competing to attract participants, it is important to use every strategy available to “get the word out”. Conference and event speakers are a largely untapped resource.

Many keynote speakers and breakout session facilitators have extensive and active networks both on and off-line.

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Tips for hiring the best keynote speaker for your next event 

Tips for hiring the best keynote speaker for your next event  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Hiring the right keynote speaker for your corporate event or conference isn’t getting any easier. There seems to be more speakers than ever, on just about any topic. If you Google the term “keynote speaker,” there are over 19.2 million results. So what are some tips that will help you find the best possible speakers for your events?

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10 Awesome PowerPoint Alternatives for 2017

10 Awesome PowerPoint Alternatives for 2017 | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Effective presentation skills reduce miscommunication, which is likely the biggest cause of work-related stress. Better presentation skills also reduces the stress on presenters which means they will be more willing to present and more effective with their communication. (George Torok) Here are 10 PowerPoint alternatives to better your presentation skills in 2017.

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How to Host Successful Campfire Sessions 

How to Host Successful Campfire Sessions  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Learning comes in many forms and that’s important to remember when building your event or conference program.

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Crowdsourcing Speakers

Crowdsourcing Speakers | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
Are you ready to crowdsource your speakers or learning sessions at your next event? Here are a few questions to ask yourself before you do.
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Why don’t participants want to ask questions at events?

Why don’t participants want to ask questions at events? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
Picture this scene. The presenter finishes their session, the moderator steps on stage and asks the audience “are there any questions?” Tumbleweed rolls by as delegates shuffle nervously in their chairs.
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