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Food for Thought: New Event Menu-Planning Guide Released

Food for Thought: New Event Menu-Planning Guide Released | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Spurred by data showing that attendees have become more discerning—and assertive—regarding their food and beverage preferences at meetings, the International Association of Conference Centers led a group effort among event-industry experts and the World Obesity Foundation to produce the Guide to Managing Conference Delegate Dietary Requirements. Released in early November, the 12-page report aims to help meeting and event planners manage their partnerships with event venues when fulfilling the dietary requirements of attendees to better ensure attendee health and well-being.

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How to Reinvent the Conference Format for the Modern Era

How to Reinvent the Conference Format for the Modern Era | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

There’s no doubt that conferences are one of the most popular event types in the business world. But just because demand is high doesn’t mean success is guaranteed. Pulling off a wildly successful conference like Dreamforce, for example, takes a lot of hard work — and a total shift in mindset.

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Designing Inclusive Events: Practical Strategies for Overcoming Bias

Designing Inclusive Events: Practical Strategies for Overcoming Bias | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

 Tahira Endean, CMP CED, author of Intentional Event Design, and Mariela McIlwraith, CMP, CMM, MBA, director of industry advancement, Events Industry Council, recently hosted a session on welcoming events at IMEX America.  

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CEO Interview: How AccorHotels Is Rethinking Its Food and Beverage Strategy

CEO Interview: How AccorHotels Is Rethinking Its Food and Beverage Strategy | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

In this day and age, any hotel worth its salt has to provide food and beverage options. In recent years, food and beverage has become an integral part of the hospitality business, thanks to growing consumer interest. Moreover, hotel restaurants and bars are broadening their appeal to attract locals and guests alike.

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Welcoming Event Design: Rethink Your Biases

Welcoming Event Design: Rethink Your Biases | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

An event design seminar at October's IMEX America in Las Vegas began with a slide showing a photo of a group of happy couples on a beach eating seafood and drinking Champagne. The invitation to the event read, “Join us for a beachfront crab boil featuring live bands and fireworks.” It looked like a lot of fun.

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MPI Report: Meetings Becoming Shorter, More Frequent

MPI Report: Meetings Becoming Shorter, More Frequent | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The meetings industry is changing, and this is good news. The Fall 2018 Meetings Outlook by Meeting Professionals International (MPI) confirms that the industry is alive, well and thriving. The report described the results of an MPI survey that underscored that these changes could result in events being more impactful for their attendees.

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15 Painless Cost-Saving Ideas for Your Next Conference

15 Painless Cost-Saving Ideas for Your Next Conference | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Meeting professionals aren’t a shy bunch—but if you really want to get them talking, bring up the topic of cost savings. Everyone’s in the same doing-more-with-less situation and eager for new ideas to stretch the budget. At the Financial and Insurance Conference Professionals Annual Conference in Orlando this week, a packed educational session provided attendees a chance to share their cost-saving strategies. Here are 15 of our favorites:

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6 Types of Corporate Events (and How to Make Them Fun)

6 Types of Corporate Events (and How to Make Them Fun) | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Business-related events can often feel stale and predictable. But that doesn’t mean they have to be. To avoid awkward speeches, bland catering, and a conventional setting, all it takes is a bit of imagination. Check out these six common corporate event types and learn how to make yours more memorable.

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9 Engaging Interactive Event Ideas Worth Trying

9 Engaging Interactive Event Ideas Worth Trying | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Americans are attending more live events than ever before. But while four out of five people in the U.S. attended an event last year, the demand for live experiences also means more competition. So if you want your event to stand out, you need to offer attendees an engaging, interactive experience. Get started — and inspired — with these 9 interactive event ideas worth trying.

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Anisha Robinson Keeys's curator insight, November 5, 2018 7:23 AM

I'm not a big fan of fundraising events. There...I said it. The overhead is high and the net is typically low. That said...this is work the read.

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Are Networking Events Worth It for Your Business?

Are Networking Events Worth It for Your Business? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Networking events are always a useful way to get people to come together and form professional and personal bonds. As with any other event, though, there is a way you should approach the function. Otherwise, it’s just a social event with no direction. That means it ends up being a money waster with no long-term benefits for your company or the attendees. We’ll explain all there is to know about these come-togethers and how to follow up after a networking event for best measurable results.

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Take a Page Out of Jeff Bezos’ Meetings Book

Take a Page Out of Jeff Bezos’ Meetings Book | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Jeff Bezos of Amazon banned the PowerPoint. It’s a bold move, especially when it is the standard. But going through photos, graphs and data can be, well…boring. Meetings are difficult enough, let alone meetings that revolve around clicking slide after slide. Consider pulling a Bezos, or at the least, incorporating something unique to keep morale and spirits high.

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Bien Venue's curator insight, September 6, 2018 2:38 AM
Time to change your meeting set up?
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How to Transform Your Attendees into Networking Butterflies

How to Transform Your Attendees into Networking Butterflies | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Thanks to social media—and a whole host of event marketing platforms—it’s never been easier to set up a networking event. The challenge is ensuring that the event is a genuine success for those in attendance. Before starting, it’s worth asking the following questions: Will the event make it easy to facilitate introductions? Will there be enough engaging activities? Will there be a good balance between party and genuine networking opportunities?

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5 steps to improve engagement in meetings

5 steps to improve engagement in meetings | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The interview for that new job you’re hoping to get. The coffee date with your personal hero and, hopefully, future mentor. The make-or-break sales demo with that perfect-fit client. The last-ditch attempt to mend a broken partnership. When everyone in the room understands what’s at stake, engagement is automatic. We don’t worry about engagement in these situations. Instead, we focus on success.

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How to Get Creative with Conference Staging Ideas

How to Get Creative with Conference Staging Ideas | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

As you know, conferences are the bread and butter of event planners. You plan so many conferences of a similar nature each year that it can be easy to get stale. But, just because conferences have a heavy business-focus, doesn’t mean they need to be (or should be) lifeless! Even on a small budget, there are simple ways to get the most out of conference staging ideas.

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10 Tips for Choosing The Perfect Conference Venue

10 Tips for Choosing The Perfect Conference Venue | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
Whether you are running a conference for customers, partners or a larger conference, the right space makes all the difference. These 10 tips will help you find the perfect conference venue.
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Bien Venue's curator insight, August 20, 2018 2:26 AM
So important to get your venue right....
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Insight, Intentionality, and Intimacy

Insight, Intentionality, and Intimacy | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

It has long been understood that most business or professional conferences and trade shows have been about the 3 C’s: content, commerce, and community. These three legs of the stool for big, national events made sense. First, we aggregate an array of education and programming known as content. Next, we host a football-field-sized trade show with booths and let attendees/“shoppers” wander, looking for the right company that has what they’re looking for. And last, we’ve seen it as our job to bring a community of like-minded people together in the hope that the right people would find each other and build or renew a professional relationship.

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The 10 Unbreakable Rules of Event Day

The 10 Unbreakable Rules of Event Day | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

When the sun rises on event day, you’ll already have been up since 4 am. But that doesn’t mean you didn’t get out of bed with a rush of adrenaline and excitement. This is the moment you’ve been planning for — and now it’s time to see how all your hard work will pay off.

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Bien Venue's curator insight, August 7, 2018 1:52 AM
10 top tips for making the most of event day... 
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Must-Have Contract Clauses for International Meetings

Must-Have Contract Clauses for International Meetings | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Hotel and venue contracts for international meetings are often shorter than for those in the United States, and “may often look more like a banquet event order than a legal contract,” says Terri Woodin, CMP, vice president of marketing and global meeting services, Meeting Sites Resources. However, just because a contract is short and easy to read, it is not necessarily a cause for celebration. According to the international meetings expert, planners still need to protect their organizations and attendees. During a recent MeetingsNet webinar, Woodin laid out her must-haves for international contracts.

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Top Tips: Stagnating Delegate Attendance

Top Tips: Stagnating Delegate Attendance | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Delegate attendance: One of the main topics in the highly competitive world of associations where uncertainty continues to grow. Very often due to lack of expertise or resources, associations struggle to find the right ways to reach their target groups, and to develop a strategy that will allow them to maximise their delegate attendance for their conferences. So, how can it be made sure that potential attendees know about the conference and its value? And how can associations ensure the impact of their conference is effectively communicated to prompt the attendance numbers to go up?

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Too Many Conferences! Are You Sure Yours Stands Out?

Too Many Conferences! Are You Sure Yours Stands Out? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

What do delegates and conference participants mostly care about these days? A rather popular (and complex) theme is the quality of conferences. Just by monitoring the Web 2.0 world, tracking social media conversations and forum discussions, one can extract crucial insights on pressing association questions

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Meetings Are Essential, So Why the Bad Press?

Meetings Are Essential, So Why the Bad Press? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Meetings seem to be getting some bad press lately. The June 28, Bartleby column in The Economist called meetings, “a form of torture for office staff” and compared the average employee’s enthusiasm for a meeting to Prometheus awaiting the eagle to peck at his liver every day. Bloomberg News posted a video on July 8 suggesting that reducing the number of at-work meetings boosts employee morale and productivity, and quoting Harvard University research that indicates 4 to 6 attendees is the ideal number for an in-office meeting because it promotes more meaningful discussion than a larger one.

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Hone Your Radar To Seize These Conference Innovation Invitations

Hone Your Radar To Seize These Conference Innovation Invitations | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Innovation may be a tired word. There is no doubt that innovation has become an overused and confusing buzzword. It is riddled with an excessive number of meanings from authors, dictionaries, experts and our personal experience. Ask ten people to define innovation and you’re probably going to get a dozen or more responses. Innovation is change that creates a new dimension of performance said management guru Peter Drucker. Within the conference arena, innovation is the process through which new value is created and delivered to customers.

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How to Nail Your Meeting Venue Search

How to Nail Your Meeting Venue Search | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The meetings industry is stronger than ever, but the rise in activity brings new challenges. In many cities, it is becoming more difficult to find appropriate space for large-scale conferences. Space is just not available like it was years ago, and if you’re not working nine to 12 months in advance, your options could be limited.

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Bien Venue's curator insight, July 2, 2018 2:46 AM
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Farm to Table: How a Farmer-Turned-F&B Strategist Feels about Food

Farm to Table: How a Farmer-Turned-F&B Strategist Feels about Food | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Brian Stapleton is the vice president of food and beverage at Aramark and an International Association of Conference Centers board member, but he started his career as a sous chef back in 1985 and worked at various hotels, including a Ritz-Carlton. At Aramark, he oversees menu development and enhancing the customer dining experience, which for Stapleton starts at the beginning of the food procurement chain. Stapleton says, “I love going to farms, I grew up on one in Elk Grove, Calif, so I always go to the distributor’s warehouse and ask where the produce comes from so I can visit.”

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Listen Up! Top Tips to Captivate Your Attendees

Listen Up! Top Tips to Captivate Your Attendees | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

One of a busy event professional’s important considerations is selecting speakers that will help drive registration and engage your audiences. Whether those speakers are celebrities, industry experts, thought leaders, or professional speakers for keynotes, breakouts, panels, short-talks, or emcee roles, their responsibility is to get (and keep) your audience’s attention, provide tangible takeaways, and inspire them to share their learnings with others.  

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