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10 Events that Take Security Seriously

10 Events that Take Security Seriously | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
Event security is serious business these days. Here are ten events that make it a top priority.
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Case Study: What would you do if your keynote speaker canceled on you?

Case Study: What would you do if your keynote speaker canceled on you? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Getting a call from a keynote speaker cancelling a session is the nightmare of every event professional. It is even worse when the announcement comes in the middle of the night! This is exactly the situation that the MPI event team behind World Education Congress (WEC) had to face when Magic Johnson backed out of his All Attendee Lunch keynote late in the evening of the second day.

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Eight components of a high-level emergency plan document for your conference or event

Eight components of a high-level emergency plan document for your conference or event | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Risk management, security procedures and emergency planning are all top-of-mind with today’s meetings industry professionals. Just like events – pre-conference meetings (aka pre-cons) come in all shapes and sizes. I’ve been at pre-cons with three people and with 20 people. I’ve been at pre-cons with a formal agenda and with no agenda. I’ve been at pre-cons with my client present and on my own.

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Time for an Emergency Response Plan 

Time for an Emergency Response Plan  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The event dates are set, the venue has been selected, and the contracts are in place. Let the planning process begin! As an event organizer, you have an enormous amount of logistics to coordinate and massage into place as the event rapidly approaches. Everything from the event schedule, to registration, speakers and sponsors, food and beverage, you are responsible for it all! The list goes on and on as you work to strategically organize each category down to the finest details.

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Protecting Events and Attendees from the Terror Threat

Protecting Events and Attendees from the Terror Threat | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

When I heard early reports of what happened in Manchester at the Ariana Grande concert, I experienced the same feeling of receiving the news someone dear to me had died.

Out of respect we have waited to publish this article and to reflect on where we go from here. It is very easy to jump on some news and make a patronizing article. It’s very easy to say, we told you! It’s very easy to say, you should have thought about it!

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This Might Be the Worst Event-Planning Crisis in Recent History

This Might Be the Worst Event-Planning Crisis in Recent History | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
The Fyre Festival provides a textbook example of what happens when a brilliant marketing plan for an event isn’t backed by an ability to execute on it.
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How the Sunshine Act Affected Medical Meetings

A paradigm shift in the relationships between doctors and vendors is creating new approaches to learning — like a virtual education format for physicians modeled after online poker.

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8 Ways to Negotiate a Fair Attrition Clause Both Sides Can Live With

8 Ways to Negotiate a Fair Attrition Clause Both Sides Can Live With | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

If there’s one thing that’ll set a meeting professional’s teeth on edge, it’s a costly surprise—especially when it’s one that could have been addressed in the contract up front, and even more especially when it comes to costly attrition. While there are any number of ways to approach attrition in negotiations, here are some strategies that attorney, speaker, and College of Coastal Georgia professor Tyra Hilliard, Esq., PhD, CMP, outlined in a recent MeetingsNet Master Class webinar that can help you negotiate an attrition clause that’s fair to both parties.

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Beware: Third-party procurement can cost you your commission

Beware: Third-party procurement can cost you your commission | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Caution: Always have the person who contacts you on behalf of a company check to see if the organization uses a third-party procurement company or agency. I have posted before about third-party procurement models coming to North America. They have been popular in Europe for some time. I have just had the most horrendous experience so I am sharing it so you can avoid similar drama.

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Do You Have an Emergency Plan?

Do You Have an Emergency Plan? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

“Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” This quote comes from Mike Tyson who probably meant it literally, but it applies just as well to situations outside the boxing ring where your plan can be derailed by any number of surprises, leaving you struggling to come up with a new one. You may think you have the perfect event response plan in place for your meetings, but until you test it you won’t find the holes.

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The right way

The right way | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
Everyone is a watchdog or whistleblower these days thanks to pervasive social media and deep searches on the internet. Companies can no longer hide their worst traits and habits—and this is a good thing. The more ethical big businesses are, the better off the world will be. At least that’s the theory. Whether it’s true or not is for time to judge.
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Cybersecurity Takes Center Stage

Cybersecurity Takes Center Stage | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Cybersecurity is more important than ever for meetings and events .Security has always been a concern in planning meetings. But in an increasingly complex world, few would argue that the need to keep information secure is taking on new levels of importance, especially when it comes to online interactions.

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A Sense of Security

A Sense of Security | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
See how AlliedPRA handles an emergency with their Emergency Preparedness Plan and the steps we take to ensure our guests are our top priority
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A Guide to Serving F&B on the Exhibit Floor

A Guide to Serving F&B on the Exhibit Floor | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

At the Duty Free Show of the Americas, which takes place in Florida each spring, attendees come face-to-face with almost every conceivable item that might be sold in an airport duty-free store — from necklaces and perfume to cigars, luggage, and, of course, booze. “They serve a lot of alcohol, and they’d like people to sample this, that, or the other thing,” said Mark Gatley, regional general man-ager for SMG at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center, which hosted the show for a few years before it moved to the Orlando World Center Marriott.

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The CX Manifesto: Are You Designing Event Experiences with a Blindfold On?

The CX Manifesto: Are You Designing Event Experiences with a Blindfold On? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
When you design your event, are you creating a customer experience that you think they want or are you using behavioral data to know what they want.
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How to Seamlessly Migrate to the Right Event Software 

How to Seamlessly Migrate to the Right Event Software  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Event planners on the hunt for a new software provider may find that there are more options to choose from these days than in previous years. That’s because our industry is growing and fast, with research showing that the global event management software market will increase 8.24% by 2020.

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The Anatomy of a Volunteer Strategy That Works

The Anatomy of a Volunteer Strategy That Works | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
Here are the 7 key elements of a volunteer strategy for your organization or event that will save time, effort, and trouble.
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Incorporating slow food best practices into your meeting

Incorporating slow food best practices into your meeting | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Last September, Tracy Stuckrath, CMM, CSEP, CHC, CFPM, of the MPI Georgia Chapter attended Slow Food International’s Terra Madre Salone del Gusto event as one of 300 U.S delegates. Below are just a few of her takeaways from that experience.

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5 Ways to Disaster-Proof Your Meetings

5 Ways to Disaster-Proof Your Meetings | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Disasters can take many forms—from earthquakes and floods that damage infrastructure and halt business, to war, terrorism, cyber attacks, and pandemics, to technological failures such as power outages. The one thing they all have in common is the potential to cause trouble for, and perhaps even shut down, your meetings.

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Hacked Hotel Entry System Highlights Meetings Security Fears

Hacked Hotel Entry System Highlights Meetings Security Fears | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Where there is data, there is cash – at least that’s true from the perspective of a hacker. With technology and connectivity on the rise, the opportunity for exploitation of data is rife. A recent hijacking of a hotel’s electronic key entry system highlights a new vector of attack for fraudsters and a continual security threat for venues and eventprofs alike.

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Event Crisis Management: 5 Tips to Help Event Planners Bounce Back

Event Crisis Management: 5 Tips to Help Event Planners Bounce Back | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Crises happen to the best of us – that’s life. In the events industry, there are many small details that go into the perfect event, so it should come as no surprise that things could possibly go awry here and there. Despite the fear of something going wrong, the best way to address a crisis is to prepare for it in advance. In some cases, that means avoiding the issue entirely while, in other cases, it means having a crisis response plan ready should something happen.

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Is Your Event's Data Security Good Enough? Find Out With This Checklist

Is Your Event's Data Security Good Enough? Find Out With This Checklist | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

“In 2015, there were 38% more security incidents detected than in 2014” as reported by PwC, The Global State of Information Security. And that number may continue to grow unless privacy and security becomes a bigger priority for the events industry.

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Turning Temporary Tattoos Into Allergy Warnings

Turning Temporary Tattoos Into Allergy Warnings | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Who knew a tattoo could save your life?

At least, it can in Japan, where life-threatening allergic reactions to the country’s popular soba noodles, which are made from buckweat, have caught some tourists, and even locals, off guard.

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Important Clauses You Need To Know in Speaker Agreements

Important Clauses You Need To Know in Speaker Agreements | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

With minutes until the curtain draw, you peer into the sold out stadium as the crowd roars in anticipation. This is the moment you’ve been dreaming of. You see, ten months prior, this moment was all but a dream. You knew you were ready to take your events to the next level but wasn’t sure how. Although you have access to the top presenters within your company, you knew it was time to book an outside speaker.

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