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20 Event Planning Fails Our Guests Hate

20 Event Planning Fails Our Guests Hate | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
It has happened to the best of us. Sometimes things go wrong. Some other times, it is actually our fault. This post is about the latter case.
If you plan events, you will be familiar with failure. It is around the corner at every moment of our event.
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The Top 10 Meeting and Event Trends for 2014

The Top 10 Meeting and Event Trends for 2014 | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Taking a closer look at this year, Miller sees a heavy emphasis on meetings and events that “play on the senses” as well as those that play up a destination’s local resources. Here are her top 10 predictions for the biggest meeting and event trends that we’ll see this year:

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Creating a Show Floor Education Sponsorship

Creating a Show Floor Education Sponsorship | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Show floor education is one of my favorite topics. Show floor education is a win for everyone. For the show organizer and exhibitors it’s a way to draw attendees to the exhibit hall. For attendees, it’s yet another opportunity to learn.

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Boardroom or Broadway?: The Similarities between Meetings Design and Theatre Production

Boardroom or Broadway?: The Similarities between Meetings Design and Theatre Production | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
We are very proud to have had London’s Barbican Centre (www.barbican.org.uk) as a client for a number of years and due to this, and the fact I am a member of their Business Events Advisory Board, I tend to visit this iconic and multi-function venue...
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Designing Events Without a Hair in the Soup

Designing Events Without a Hair in the Soup | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

What makes you happy about having dinner at a restaurant? Is it the setup, the service, the menu, the taste of your food, the atmosphere? What if everything is perfect, but the service terrible? What if the food is exceptional, but the place is shady? What will your user experience (UX) be given each of those components (the user interface or UI)?

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Where Have All the Volunteers Gone?

Where Have All the Volunteers Gone? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
As the number of people in the U.S. willing to volunteer their time decreases, meetings who rely on volunteers are likely to feel some heat.
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The Speaker Report

The Speaker Report | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
The Speaker Report: The Use of Professional and Industry Speakers in the Meetings Market offers some of the most comprehensive information available on how speakers fit into the educational landscape. This report looks at how organizations use professional and industry speakers at their meetings, conferences, and other events—how they select them, what they expect from …
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A Tale of 10,000 Tablets

A Tale of 10,000 Tablets | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
IMEX's insight:

The Cardiovascular Research Foundation ordered tablets for its annual meeting attendees to access education content — and swiped a few important lessons in the process.

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Convene Article Rethinking Risk

Convene Article Rethinking Risk | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Risk-management plans tend to focus narrowly on catastrophic possibilities and to approach risk strictly as a negative proposition. But each new element you introduce into your meeting represents a calculated risk - and sometimes the payoff is positive.

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Food Movement Meets 'Chopped'

Food Movement Meets 'Chopped' | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Cooking competitions make for excellent teambuilding opportunities, and Atlanta-based culinary and event company The Food Movement has seen the results with its own cooking-show inspired activities. The company has created culinary challenges reminiscent of the Food Network TV show Chopped, which pits four chefs against each other in a race to turn mystery ingredients into amazing meals.

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3 Top Takeaways From the World’s Largest Medical Meeting

3 Top Takeaways From the World’s Largest Medical Meeting | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
Dustin Sparks, VP of Experience Design, shares advice and takeaways from his experience working with RSNA
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Pods and Popcorn: How to Engage Pharma Meeting Attendees

Pods and Popcorn: How to Engage Pharma Meeting Attendees | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

At a session at the 2013 Pharma Forum, life sciences meetings managers explored how planners can add value by creating more meaningful experiences, gaining a better understanding how their attendees learn, and encouraging more attendee engagement during live events.

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The Meeting Virus: The Psychological Phenomenon that Occurs in Almost every Meeting

The Meeting Virus: The Psychological Phenomenon that Occurs in Almost every Meeting | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
Although it occurred in the mid 1990’s such was the hilarity of the situation those who were present still talk about it to this day.
I was working in my second proper job after university and was attending our regular weekly sales meeting.
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Playful Meetings?: Why Juggling in the Boardroom May Just Improve Productivity

Playful Meetings?: Why Juggling in the Boardroom May Just Improve Productivity | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
Psychology advocates distracting the brain for a while if you want to maximise creative ideas and one of the most innovative ways of doing this is by introducing an element of play to your meeting.
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Why TED talks are better than the last speech you sat through

Why TED talks are better than the last speech you sat through | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
A new book analyzes the presentations that have attracted millions of YouTube hits, and explains what makes them so compelling.
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It’s a Deal: The Secret Science behind the Perfect Handshake

It’s a Deal: The Secret Science behind the Perfect Handshake | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
Some of the most fascinating research related to the psychology behind physical movement that our team uncover is, unfortunately, not always of real use in my blog.
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Understanding Event Medical Planning

Understanding Event Medical Planning | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
Event Management can be stressful. It’s #1 on event management for dummies. Even the most consummate professional will face an unexpected situation that causes them to get some grey hairs.
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Successful Networking at Events – Old Ways, New Ways & Not Working Ways

Successful Networking at Events – Old Ways, New Ways & Not Working Ways | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Technology and social media have changed the face of events. In the past, you would go into an event blind-folded as to whom you would meet.  Now you can see who is attending an event via Facebook, LinkedIn, or one of the many amazing event software technologies out there—etouches, for example (shameless plug). Let’s look at the old way of networking, the new way of networking, and what is not working by today’s standards.

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Change is Good: How to Keep Group Creativity Levels High in Meetings

You may have a 'dream team' of people who, when they meet, deliver great results. However psychology suggest that, over time, changing that team is the only ...
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The Social Media Strategy Checklist for Events

The Social Media Strategy Checklist for Events | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

As a flowchart and spreadsheet junkie, it should come as no surprise that I also enjoy a good timeline. Besides the fact that timelines bring me peace, they are also an excellent way to keep on track while juggling a variety of factors to consider. Here is my checklist for social media event strategy, as a well as a few tips that I’ve noticed often get overlooked.

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4 Tips for Training Event Staff

4 Tips for Training Event Staff | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

It's your event staffers, whether volunteer or contracted, who ensure that guests experience the event as you've envisioned it. Are they up to the task? Try these four training best practices.

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Kyle Garber's curator insight, October 25, 2015 1:37 PM

The article includes success strategy for event planners and sport facility managers through providing four generic tips.

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Meeting Mythbusters: Vinyl vice?

Meeting Mythbusters: Vinyl vice? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

If every meeting held in the USA used one banner, it would use enough vinyl to cover approximately 750 American football fields. And while some meetings go without vinyl, many also use much more than one banner.  A single trade show may use tens of thousands of square feet of banners to acknowledge sponsors, inform attendees and brand event space.

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The Undercover Boss and the Gamification of Corporate Values

The Undercover Boss and the Gamification of Corporate Values | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
Modern television can be rather formulaic but every once in a while a new show is created that is truly original, refreshing and swiftly franchised across the globe.
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Show Up! 15 Tips to Avoid No-Shows at Events

Show Up! 15 Tips to Avoid No-Shows at Events | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

No one in the event industry likes no-shows. Yet this awful plague affects all types of events, small or big, free or paid, popular or fairly new. Here is your definitive guide to avoid no-shows at events.

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Tricks of the Trade Show: Engagement

For any trade show to truly deliver value, participating brands must focus on not solely themselves, but the people standing in front of their booths. Audience engagement is a necessity during these events.

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