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How To Win and Influence Attendees

How To Win and Influence Attendees | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

How do you convince people to attend your event? This article offers 25 techniques to influence your guests and make sure your event is a success. I’ve always researched the topic of influence and persuasion in marketing. I can call it a passion, possibly the reason why I studied marketing to begin with.

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7 Audiovisual Trends for Event Planning

7 Audiovisual Trends for Event Planning | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Trends, by definition, come and go, but you don’t want to be a year behind the latest and greatest, especially in terms of technology changes. The Rental and Staging Network recently surveyed its members to find out what’s next for audiovisual, and here the seven most popular trends noted by respondents.

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3 Tips to Talk Like TED

3 Tips to Talk Like TED | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

With more than 2 million subscribers and hundreds of millions of views on its YouTube channel, TED has set a benchmark for capturing people’s attention. What make TED talks so compelling? Carmine Gallo, author of the recent book “Talk Like TED: The 9 Public Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds,” offered these three suggestions in a Harvard Business Review blog. Keep them in mind as you’re designing your programming and prepping speakers for your next event.

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Frank Conversations On Better Conference Measurement

Frank Conversations On Better Conference Measurement | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Oh, we’re fairly good at measuring our conference goals.

As long as those goals are based on common conference inputs and outputs. You know, expenses/revenue, attendance, exhibitors and sponsors. But rarely do we measure anything else that proves ROI, ROO or ROA (return on attendance). And rarer still do we even know how to define and measure conference shatterpoints.


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The Secret to Member Engagement Is... The Personal Touch

The Secret to Member Engagement Is... The Personal Touch | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Member engagement is as elusive as courtship and love. There are plenty of dating experts who will tell you how to “land” the person of your dreams, but ultimately member engagement - and love - come down to personal desires and timing.

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5 Quick Tips To Get People to Talk to You

5 Quick Tips To Get People to Talk to You | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Do you find event networking difficult? The first step is initiating a conversation, which can be a tricky task. In order to get people to talk to you, try implementing the following tips to get the conversations flowing.


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How Storytelling Defines Your Brand

How Storytelling Defines Your Brand | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

An association’s brand is more than just a logo—it’s the stories people tell about you. Are you listening to what’s being said in connection with your organization’s name?

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12 Keys to Kick-ass Green Event Teams

12 Keys to Kick-ass Green Event Teams | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Many of us look for the secrets to sustainable event success outside of our organizations: in checklists, standards, and external experts. However, very often the solution lies within our organizations, through cultivating an event sustainability team.

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Show Your Exhibitors How Much You Appreciate Them

Show Your Exhibitors How Much You Appreciate Them | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Associations sometimes spend more time worrying about their meeting attendees than their exhibitors. But some are starting to realize that offering additional benefits to exhibitors can lead to not only greater loyalty but also higher non dues revenue and engagement that extends beyond the meeting.

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The 4 Crimes of Conference Name Badge Creation & How To Fix Them

The 4 Crimes of Conference Name Badge Creation & How To Fix Them | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

I've been to enough conferences to know that not all conference name badges are created equal. Despite years of complaints from attendees, some conferences still seem to get it wrong. To make it easy, I'm going to go over the biggest mistakes in conference name tags and how organizers can rectify their crimes.

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Go High Tech and Green for Your Next Tradeshow

Integrating technology into your tradeshow experience will get people engaged and excited about what you’re offering and when you can introduce technology while also going green you can help the planet and stay true to your environmental initiatives.

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Get Social in LinkedIn Groups

Get Social in LinkedIn Groups | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

I think we all know by now that social media is taking over. If you aren’t on the big three, which I consider to be Facebook-Twitter-LinkedIn, then what are you doing? It is time to get social!

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Mobile Devices: Friend or Foe at Your Events?

Mobile Devices: Friend or Foe at Your Events? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Picture this: At one of your key marketing events, the speaker is building an airtight case for why attendees need to invest in certain innovations that your company just happens to offer. Dazzling slides roll by in the well-crafted presentation. You scan the audience, expecting to see rows and rows of people eagerly awaiting the next brilliant point. But many aren’t looking at the slides, the speaker, or their notepads. Instead, they’re staring intently at—you guessed it!—their smartphones.

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Does Your Association Have Trust Issues?

Does Your Association Have Trust Issues? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

A new survey from the American Psychological Association found that workers’ trust of their employers is somewhat lagging, and it affects their job performance. A psychologist explains some methods organizations can use to build more trust among staff.

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15 Myths We Hold As Truths About Conference Education

15 Myths We Hold As Truths About Conference Education | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

We all believe in myths. Some of us don’t know that our own personal beliefs are actually based on fiction. Some of us hold on to our own personal experiences as supporting evidence of our beliefs. We don’t realize that our realities are often grounded in confirmation bias. We fail prey to the adage, “But I know better because my own experience says so.”


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The Business of Staying Busy

The Business of Staying Busy | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

We all like to be considered over-achievers. Why else would we inordinately fill our schedules? Does it make us feel important, successful? I’ve asked myself this same question a million times, but it isn’t until I’m flying off the rails when I realize that I’m in over my head. But, this isn’t a sustainable way to live and/or do business.

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How to Re-energize Trade Show Planning

How to Re-energize Trade Show Planning | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Trade shows are a big undertaking for any company. Like any project with so many logistical considerations and potential expenses, planning can quickly become fairly conservative – with decision-makers adhering to what is low-risk and familiar in lieu of taking chances. 

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The Small Staff Association Leader Who Volunteers

The Small Staff Association Leader Who Volunteers | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Chances are as a small staff association leader, you don’t get to do a lot of traditional volunteering. Don’t get me wrong- you work hard, and for free, volunteering your spare time A LOT. But the long hours and the late nights you put in working for your association isn’t quite the same as volunteering for another local nonprofit. I know what you’re thinking: where the heck am I going to find the time for that? 

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Inspire me! How to Stimulate Fresh Thinking at Your Events

Inspire me! How to Stimulate Fresh Thinking at Your Events | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Event planners are paid to be creative, to come up with new ideas that will keep our events fresh. However, creativity can easily get lost in the day-to-day routine of running a business. In this article we look at how you can keep inspiration alive.

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How well do you know your AV team?

How well do you know your AV team? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

As AV professionals, it’s our job to make your job easier. That means the moment you hire our team to bring your event to life, our crew has to be ready to jump into action, cables, cords, switchers in hand—whatever it takes—to ensure that your event goes off without so much as an unplanned hiccup.

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My Five Biggest Lessons from Five Years of Hosting Association Chat

My Five Biggest Lessons from Five Years of Hosting Association Chat | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Over the years the Association Chat community has grown in ways unimaginable.  While many of the original participants have moved on to hopefully bigger and better things, new players with new ideas have taken the fore.  And as the faces change, I find it fascinating that each time I meet people from Association Chat in person at the many Society of Association Executive events I attend, it feels like meeting an old friend with a shared past. 

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6 Networking Tips for IMEX Success

6 Networking Tips for IMEX Success | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

You pause at the door but then decide on another trip to the restroom. You’ve been at the entrance to the ballroom twice before but, each time, found compelling reasons not to go in. First time, when you looked into the room, there was nobody there. Second time the room was too packed. Now you’ve just got to touch up your make up. As you leave the Restroom you see a familiar face. Happy days! You enter the room together and stand there for an hour sipping drinks and smiling hopefully at anyone who makes eye contact. You then convince each other it’s a crap party and leave.

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12 Ways to Boost Your A.V. IQ

12 Ways to Boost Your A.V. IQ | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
Use this quick guide to some of the key concepts in technical production.Planners often have to wear many hats, figuring out everything from program content and menus to room layouts and technical production for their events.
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Try This: Pitch-Slam

Try This: Pitch-Slam | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The Natural Products Expo version of Pitch-Slam was a fast-paced mashup of poetry slams—where poets have a short time to woo a panel of judges with their wordsmithing—and the TV show "Shark Tank," where entrepreneurs pitch product ideas to a panel of venture capitalists who can provide funding.

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Beyond “Dumb” Internet: Get Ready for the Really Cool Networked Event

Beyond “Dumb” Internet: Get Ready for the Really Cool Networked Event | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Last year we published a comprehensive guide to high-speed Internet access at meetings. Then we blinked. We wrote about attendees with two devices downloading video. Now they’re probably carrying three, all running high-bandwidth apps. “It’s an exponential growth in demand,” says Christos Karmis, president of Mobilitie, a provider of wireless network and other telecommunications infrastructure. “Any network built even a few years ago has nowhere near the robustness necessary.”

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