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Taming the Epic To-Do List

Taming the Epic To-Do List | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The to-do list can be an indispensable tool when used to mindfully manage your time. But used indiscriminately, you become its servant. The first step in making your list work for you is to be clear on what job you’re “hiring” it to do. Most of us fail to do this, and so our lists are crammed with urgent priorities we must get done immediately (send revised slides to client), important tasks we’re afraid of forgetting because they have no specific due date (book a vacation), and basic tasks that we add to the list because it makes us feel good to check something off (order more pens — done!). Then day after day, we check off the basic items, get the urgent things done (which we probably would have done even were they not on a list) and procrastinate on the other items.

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Ten Tips to Deal with Distractions and Protect Your Productivity

Ten Tips to Deal with Distractions and Protect Your Productivity | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

For meeting planners, being interrupted by competing priorities is a way of life. But did you know it takes, on average, 23 minutes to refocus your mental effort and energy on a task after being interrupted? (According to a study by the University of California.)

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6 Ways to Integrate Social Media Into Your Crisis Plan

6 Ways to Integrate Social Media Into Your Crisis Plan | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

As your attendees are headed to your meeting, they see a post on social media about a threat made against the venue. Are you ready to respond? How will you keep your attendees informed about events that affect them, especially when they are onsite at your event?

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6 Spring Food and Beverage Trends to Jump On

6 Spring Food and Beverage Trends to Jump On | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
Spring is officially here, and with it come food and beverage trends for meeting breaks that will be popping up all over. Here are our best bets on trends you’ll be seeing at a grand ballroom near you this season.
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Coming to Grips With GDPR

Coming to Grips With GDPR | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The EU General Data Protection Regulation focuses on the rights of individuals over their personal information and how companies use it. It will have a huge impact on the industry, affecting event professionals, agencies, technology providers, and associations across the globe and not just in Europe. It applies to the collection and processing of data of European citizens, which means compliance is required by any organization hosting events attended by EU citizens anywhere in the world.

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How to Revive a Congress Format Steeped In Tradition

How to Revive a Congress Format Steeped In Tradition | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Is there a way to balance tradition with refreshing twists and draw a congress away from its stale or old-fashioned status? As stagnation is a fast train to declining attendee numbers, it is paramount to freshen things up occasionally, not only to revive your congress format but also to restore engagement. Having access to comprehensive reporting is a prerequisite, and once you put your hands on congress data, it becomes much easier to uncover your delegates’ desires and identify patterns in behaviour that will drive greater engagement.

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Two Ways To Create a More Mindful Workplace Today

Two Ways To Create a More Mindful Workplace Today | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

We are hearing a lot about mindfulness  — the act of being present and purposeful in our actions, including our actions at work, as a way to work smarter, rather than harder.

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How to Measure the Impact of Micro-Influencers on Your Event

How to Measure the Impact of Micro-Influencers on Your Event | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Micro-influencers have smaller, more niche followings and a much deeper sense of connection with their audience. They engage in buying conversations 22.2 times more often than the average consumer. Conversations they could be having about attending and recommending your event.

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5 Facts That Prove Social Media Event Marketing Isn’t Just for Millennials

5 Facts That Prove Social Media Event Marketing Isn’t Just for Millennials | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Are you reaching everyone you could be on social media? Or have you been stuck in a millennial bubble? If you think social media is just for millennials, you’re missing out on a large market — and lots of ticket sales. The facts show that audiences of all generations are active on social. According to Pew Research, 78% of adults aged 30-49 are now on social media. And so are 37% of those who are at least 65 years old. But just because all generations are on social media doesn’t mean they behave the same way on those platforms. When you look closer, you can parse exactly where and how generations spend their time on these channels.

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5 Sustainability Trends to Look Out For in 2018

Over the past decade, the term sustainability has caught on in event venues, meeting rooms and office environments. A growing number of associations and corporations are integrating sustainability into their operations including their events, and although some might argue that the concept has reached the mainstream, there are plenty of opportunities abound for implementation.

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U.S. Millennial Travel Report

U.S. Millennial Travel Report | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Every generation has its own set of stereotypes, but Dianna Carr, vice president of Resonance Consultancy thinks that their “2018 Future of U.S. Millennial Travel Report” helps dispel a few enduring millennial myths. As a demographic, millennials range from 20 to 36 years old, and far from being a homogenous group, they are in fact, “a huge kind of cross-section of humanity,” Carr told Convene.  There are “some that are still on the sofa and some that have kids and families.”

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Meetings Market Survey Challenges

Meetings Market Survey Challenges | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Each year, along with the numbers we collect for the annual Meetings Market Survey, we ask respondents open-ended questions, including this one: What’s the biggest challenge facing the meetings industry?” The responses are illuminating, showing us not only the most common pain points, but spotlighting new challenges. Amid with the perennial concerns with coping with rising costs, we spotted a new worry in the responses. A number of people mentioned competition and a saturated events calendar as the biggest challenge, a response that we’ve seldom seen before.

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Have Event Ticket, Will Travel - The New Millennials Mini Break Trend

Have Event Ticket, Will Travel - The New Millennials Mini Break Trend | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Looking for a way to attract more millennials to your event and increase your revenue? Exciting new research commissioned by Eventbrite shows you can do both – by giving them an excuse for a mini break. We already knew millennials would rather spend money on experiences than on physical goods, so we decided to investigate their willingness to travel to find these experiences. We teamed up with consumer insights platform Attest to survey 250 people in the UK, aged 22-36, about attending events that require an overnight stay. The results were surprising and present some real opportunities for event organisers.

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Aim high

Aim high | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Major Nicola Baumann is a fighter pilot flying a Eurofighter for the German Air Force. She applied for the "Die Astronautin" program, because she wanted to be the first German female astronaut to fly

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We need to raise awareness for every woman out there

We need to raise awareness for every woman out there | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

“We need to raise awareness for every woman out there”. 

Dr. Mara Harvey, Head Global UHNW Germany, Austria, Italy of UBS Switzerland AG, talks about the Equality Lounge at the World Economic Forum, women as largest emerging market and pay gaps creating massive wealth gaps.

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5 Ways to Increase Your Productivity and Finish What You Start

5 Ways to Increase Your Productivity and Finish What You Start | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Event planners are the some of the busiest people that I know. We work hard, and we equally play hard. However even the best of us have trouble finishing our work and putting the finishing touches on an event. Maybe it is the perfectionism taking over. Other times, our aim to control every little thing leaves us paralyzed only to complete nothing. In an event we need to overcome these situations and keep ourselves focused on finishing what we do.

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5 Ways Neuroscience Drives Engagement at Events

5 Ways Neuroscience Drives Engagement at Events | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Managing an event may not require rocket science, but successfully engaging with attendees does require manipulating the properties of neuroscience, the study of the nervous system, particularly the brain. In the last 10-15 years we have learned more about our thinking brain than in all of human history combined. Many of these discoveries have a huge impact on best practices for holding meetings and conferences, and, in turn, how we think about what it means to be engaged in a meeting setting.

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Ride the Rails to Sustainability –

Ride the Rails to Sustainability – | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

One of the key components of producing a sustainable event is transportation to the event itself. Too often this important factor is overlooked or, in the case of air travel, ignored like the elephant in the room. We will leave air travel for a subsequent blog and today focus on ground transportation. Savvy event hosts know the importance of selecting a destination with mass transit from the airport to the meeting venue and to accommodations. 

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What Will You Leave Behind? | Carina Bauer | IMEX

What Will You Leave Behind? | Carina Bauer | IMEX | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

People or organizations who are passionate about something and put their hearts and minds into it, typically also want to leave something behind after their work is done: a best practice, a new approach, a better future for others or the earth … or maybe even create a building, a song, or a work of art. Something that says “I/we were here” and “ I/we tried to leave things a little bit better.” In other words, passionate people and organizations often want to leave a legacy.

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How to Tap Into Storytelling at Your Next Event to Activate Attendees

How to Tap Into Storytelling at Your Next Event to Activate Attendees | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Marketing guru and best-selling author Seth Godin famously said, “Marketing is no longer about the stuff that you make, but about the stories you tell.” The quote makes perfect sense, especially in the digital age where brand loyalty is earned through unique, shareable experiences and moments; where empathy and transparency win far more trust than advertising. Experts have noted that people today want an experience as much as a product or service, and research reveals that consumers are “less worried about spending money and more concerned with using it to enhance their lives.”

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Keeping it Professional Online

Keeping it Professional Online | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
Now that social media penetrates virtually every aspect of our lives, “it’s fair to say we’re juggling two business agendas,” writes strategic innovation consultant and futurist Scott Steinberg. “Real and virtual.” In his new book The Business Etiquette Bible: Modern and High-Tech Rules, Tips, and Training for Working Professionals, Steinberg shares best practices for keeping it as professional online as you do in the office.
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‘Timely, powerful and relevant’ – EduMonday programme launches for IMEX in Frankfurt

‘Timely, powerful and relevant’ – EduMonday programme launches for IMEX in Frankfurt | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Legacy, diversity and innovation – all global hot topics that are reverberating across the meetings and events sector. These issues top the agenda at the highly topical EduMonday at IMEX in Frankfurt this year. An expanded programme of immersive education forms the backbone of EduMonday, a full day of free education taking place the day before IMEX in Frankfurt, on Monday 14 May.

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How to Design an Unforgettable Attendee Experience

How to Design an Unforgettable Attendee Experience | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Creating a memorable attendee experience should be the top priority of any event. A memorable event raises your credibility, encourages future event growth, and expands your influence.  Planning for an unforgettable event means striving to meet the needs of each attendee. This may seem like a tall order (after all, how can you anticipate everyone's needs?), but it’s not unattainable. 

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Legacy – a rewarding approach to marketing Congress Destinations!

Legacy – a rewarding approach to marketing Congress Destinations! | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

As an industry partner of The ICEBERG – a joint project between the Joint Meeting Industry Council (JMIC) and the Technical University of Sydney- we at tmf dialogmarketing, are one of the ambassadors of the current international hot topic “Legacy” . A successful “Call for Destinations to Join the Movement” should therefore also be supported by us!

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10 Conference Marketing Tips to Hone Efforts and Boost ROI

10 Conference Marketing Tips to Hone Efforts and Boost ROI | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Marketing a conference means being everywhere at once. You want the professional world abuzz with anticipation, your event’s name popping up everywhere they turn. That sort of cultural infiltration takes more than basic social and web presence. Especially if you’re still building your conference brand, you have to infuse your marketing with extra oomph.

Here are 10 conference marketing tips to help stand out from the slew of conferences all around you this year:

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