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Food and Wellness Trends that Are Shaping Today’s Meeting Menus

Food and Wellness Trends that Are Shaping Today’s Meeting Menus | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

It’s no surprise that health and wellness issues are becoming increasingly important for conference and meeting delegates. In addition to an overall movement toward healthier food choices, many regions are seeing an increased demand for organic and locally sourced foods, food requests brought on by allergies and vegetarian preferences, as well as a growing multi-national – and urban – food culture.   

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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 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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How Lack of Sleep Affects your People Skills 

How Lack of Sleep Affects your People Skills  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Now, if you’re a regular viewer / reader, you may recall that the effects of sleep deprivation is a subject that I touched on 6 month ago when the clocks went forward when I highlighted some fascinating research that suggested that, in court, a sleep deprived judge was likely to give a harsher sentence to a convicted criminal. This time I’ve got a couple of additional, equally fascinating insights.

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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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Business Travel: What Me, Worry?

Business Travel: What Me, Worry? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Carlson Wagonlit Travel, working with Artemis Strategy Group, surveyed more than 1,900 business travelers from around the globe in spring 2017 for its CWT Connected Traveler Study. While researchers found that business travelers are indeed connected—on average carrying four types of technology—they also learned that many travelers find a lot to worry about when on the road and many use strategies to relieve some concerns, including buying insurance and signing up for alerts. To participate in the study, respondents had to have made more than four business trips within the past 12 months.

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If you're a worrier, you're clearly not alone when it comes to business travel
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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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10 Stress-reducing Email Management Tips for Event Planners

10 Stress-reducing Email Management Tips for Event Planners | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Us event planners can easily get bogged down in email. Whether it’s from a co-worker, current client, or prospective customer, it can seem like climbing out of our email inbox and finally experiencing Inbox Zero is a far-away dream. The reality of email is that it’s a necessary evil of the events industry—but it doesn’t have to be the bane of your existence.

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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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How Meeting Professionals Can Strike a Better Work-Life Balance

How Meeting Professionals Can Strike a Better Work-Life Balance | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

We always ask respondents to our Salary Survey their most and least favorite part of their job, and get lots of answers for both, but the least-favorite entries are usually the most colorful. People tend to use them as a forum for teeing off on unappreciative bosses and colleagues, demanding attendees, and unreasonable suppliers. Workload is a regular concern, too — and since the Great Recession, often has been phrased along the lines of “being expected to do more with less.”

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5 easy-to-implement tips to become more mindful

5 easy-to-implement tips to become more mindful | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Research has found that mindfulness training alters our brains and how we engage with ourselves, others, and our work. When practiced and applied, mindfulness fundamentally alters the operating system of the mind. Through repeated mindfulness practice, brain activity is redirected from ancient, reactionary parts of the brain, including the limbic system, to the newest, rational part of the brain, the prefrontal cortex.

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Reflection Moments at Every Conference

Reflection Moments at Every Conference | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

“Reflection moments are what we are going to have at the end of every session”, said Avinash Chandarana, MCI Group’s L&D Director, when he started his presentation at the Singapore MICE Forum. Boosting memory retention is a one-way street for overcoming the challenge of attendees’ forgetfulness and according to Chandarana “it only takes five minutes of quiet time at the end to increase retention and deliver a much higher ROI for the time spent here”.

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Getting Unhooked from Our Smartphones

Getting Unhooked from Our Smartphones | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The heaviest smartphone users click, tap or swipe on their phone 5,427 times a day, according to the research platform dscout. The rest of us still touch the addictive things 2,617 times a day on average. That level of connection is wreaking havoc on our ability to focus on tasks that require more concentration than it takes to post a status update.

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Why “Inbox Zero” Doesn’t Work For Eventprofs

Why “Inbox Zero” Doesn’t Work For Eventprofs | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Email is useful communication tool that any event professional cannot live without but it is easy to be swamped with emails and dealing with your inbox can be a time sucking task. According to the Radicati 2017 email statistics report, around 269 billion emails are sent per day and this is set to rise by 4% each for the next few years as companies embrace more email marketing and with communication technology is on the rise, this is not surprising. What is however, is how much of this is not actually useful. Around 49% of this figure is considered to be spam and unimportant while 2.3% of emails contain malicious content, viruses and malware. With this in mind, we consider the inbox zero trend and whether it is a practical solution for eventprofs?  

 
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Clocking Out: How to Wrap-Up a Productive Workday 

Clocking Out: How to Wrap-Up a Productive Workday  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Nothing ruins a productive workday like rushing around at the last minute. You’ve worked hard all day long, done a lot, and almost reached your daily goals. Then you glance at the clock and realize only 10 minutes remain. A panic sets in and you begin to rush through tasks. You find yourself attempting to finish your to do list without staying late. As a result, mistakes are made and details forgotten. You sacrifice your best work to the constraints of time.

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Alcohol-focused team-building events: Is it time to rethink them?

Alcohol-focused team-building events: Is it time to rethink them? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
We need to rethink the idea of making alcohol the focus of team-building events in an effort to make them more inclusive and diverse, says Andrea Boulden.
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I Lived for My To-Do List, But Here’s Why I Ditched It

I Lived for My To-Do List, But Here’s Why I Ditched It | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
Originally published by Lindsey Pollak 13 June 2017 Is there anything more satisfying than checking things off of a to-do list? I didn’t used to think so. But I recently decided to kill my to-do list obsession—and here’s why you might want to ditch yours, too. A Love Affair with Lists I’m not sure anyone…
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Why Event Planners Should Doodle More

Why Event Planners Should Doodle More | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
Your stick men and scribbled stars may actually help you to become a better event professional. Here are 11 reasons why you can justify your doodling.
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