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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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Sabotaged: 5 Ways to Stop Killing Your Success 

Sabotaged: 5 Ways to Stop Killing Your Success  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Have you ever noticed how you may be on your way to your dream job, body or relationship and somehow, you’ve sabotaged yourself? Why would we consciously or subconsciously derail efforts that are bringing us towards what we believe we want? While a few reasons may be that we’re afraid of change, afraid to put ourselves out there, and afraid to shine, there are many other reasons too.

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5 Ways to Fix A Major Screw Up

5 Ways to Fix A Major Screw Up | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

There’s nothing more frustrating than when someone refuses to take responsibility for their behaviors and actions-especially when those behaviors and actions caused harm. While we’re often so willing to overlook and forgive an error in judgment or a transgression, we tend to hang onto it more tightly when the person who caused the harm refuses to own it. So, instead of blaming, making excuses, getting defensive, ignoring it or assuming the other person doesn’t need an explanation or apology, take responsibility for the part you played (whether it was intentional or unintentional) and own it.

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Learning How to Be an Agile Leader

Learning How to Be an Agile Leader | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Sometimes, you just need to look at leadership from a different angle. In Zoom Leadership: Change Your Focus, Change Your Insights, organizational consulting expert Janet Britcher urges readers to “zoom in and out” with a flexible, open mind when problem-solving, rather than looking at a situation from a single point of view.

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5 Things This Event Strategist Wishes She Knew When Starting Her Career

5 Things This Event Strategist Wishes She Knew When Starting Her Career | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

At Convening Leaders 2018, Kelly Peacy, CAE, CMP, founder and CEO of Insight Event Strategy, and former senior vice president of education and events at PCMA, shared with student attendees five things she wished she had known when she was just starting out:

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How to deal with difficult clients

How to deal with difficult clients | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

In the events and hospitality industry, dealing with clients on a regular basis is part of the job. Whether you are a planner, hotelier or supplier, your goal is to make clients happy and do your best to meet their demands. At times, however, the demands become excessive and difficult to manage. This is where it becomes important to maintain a positive client relationship (even if it seems impossible at times), and do your best to keep the client happy while being realistic.

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Building event value by creating trust

Building event value by creating trust | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

When I began writing Intentional Event Design: Our Professional Opportunity, it was to delve into and provide information on designing events that are people-centric and purpose-driven. The more I wrote, the more I realized it came down to one thing: using meetings to build trust – in the organization, between teams, and between solution providers and their potential clients. To create environments that allow the time and space for conversations is part art and part (neuro) science, and deeply understanding how humans respond to live event environments is our new currency as we build the value of our industry.

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Create More Focus With These 3 Steps

Create More Focus With These 3 Steps | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

That New Year’s resolution to increase your productivity might seem impossible, given never-ending emails to answer and phone calls to make. In his new book The Compass Solution: A Guide to Winning Your Career, pharmaceutical industry veteran, motivational speaker, and The Compass Alliance founder Tim Cole describes these distracting and often mindless tasks as “the storm,” capable of keeping us from true effectiveness at work. Here are three tips from Cole on how to lower your daily anxiety and focus on the tasks that matter most in 2018:

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The Power of Practicing Empathy at Work

The Power of Practicing Empathy at Work | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

How many times have you heard this: “The business events industry is a relationships industry.”  And it’s true. Success in the meetings industry depends on an event organizer’s ability to understand the needs of both clients and attendees.

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Influence Starts with Presence

Influence Starts with Presence | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

When Financial & Insurance Conference Professionals elevated its mission and defined a vision last year, it did so to gain influence within the meetings and events industry as well as to position its meetings professional members to gain influence (and respect) within their companies. The association more recently changed its name from Planners to Professionals to demonstrate that meeting planning is a bona fide profession that can add bottom-line value and improve company performance.

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Your Agency Competition Doesn’t Stand a Chance Against You

Your Agency Competition Doesn’t Stand a Chance Against You | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Yes, you read correctly.  This isn’t an article about why you’re getting crushed.  It’s an ode to why you stand out in the agency world and what you do different.  Well, maybe you are getting beat by your nemeses. If so, read on.  There might be something here for you.

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55 Glorious Time-saving Hacks for Event Profs

55 Glorious Time-saving Hacks for Event Profs | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Despite all the technical advances we’ve had over the past century, no one has found a way to increase the amount of hours in a day past 24, nor have they figured out how to freeze time when you’re on a quickly approaching deadline. Because of this, we need articles about time-saving hacks. While I can’t promise you more hours in the day, it just may feel that way with these ideas.

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How to Express Gratitude at Work 

How to Express Gratitude at Work  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The U.S. celebrates Thanksgiving on Thursday, so it seems like a good time to talk about gratitude and the attention that it has been getting in a new context: at work. While the benefits of gratitude on personal well-being are well-known, there has been less research on the effects of gratitude in the workplace — until recently.

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How Difficult Clients Can Make You a Better Event Planner

How Difficult Clients Can Make You a Better Event Planner | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Have you ever had a client so difficult, you considered leaving the industry? If so, we’re glad you didn’t. It may have actually been a boost for your professional development. Here’s what you probably gained from the experience.

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Trust Me, You Want to Be Trustworthy

Trust Me, You Want to Be Trustworthy | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Here are two surprising things about high-trust organizations:

1. Employees are paid more, by an average of $6,450 dollars a year.

2. Employees are 29 percent happier with their lives outside of work.

These findings were published in a Harvard Business Review article on “The Neuroscience of Trust” by Paul J. Zak, director of the Center for Neuroeconomics Studies at Claremont Graduate University and a member of the neurology department at Loma Linda University Medical Center.

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Four ways to optimize your networking opportunities 

Four ways to optimize your networking opportunities  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

In the meetings and events industry, one of the key predictors of your success is your ability to build relationships with influential people who connect powerfully and create high-trust relationships fast. And just like them, you can learn to effortlessly create profitable, winning relationships with anyone you want. While industry events are ideal places to find potential customers and partners, often the results are disappointing. You do everything the experts say: shake hands confidently, look people in the eye, and give them a well-rehearsed pitch. The person shows interest so you hand them your business card. But then nothing comes of it.

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6 Steps to Getting More Meaningful Feedback in the Workplace

6 Steps to Getting More Meaningful Feedback in the Workplace | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The reason hearing the words “annual review” is often met with a collective groan may be because the idea of getting feedback is so closely associated feeling criticized. But in Influence Redefined: Be the Leader You Were Meant to Be, Monday to Monday, author and leadership mentor Stacey Hanke suggests that feedback is not something to fear, but something to actively seek. “Feedback presents opportunities to better yourself — opportunities you may not even be aware of,” Hanke writes.

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Feedback como fuente de mejora y desarrollo en tu carrera profesional
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This is the Best way to Read the Emotions of Others

This is the Best way to Read the Emotions of Others | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

This week’s insight is going to challenge the way you read other people’s emotions as it brings into question whether the way you and I generally do it is, in fact, the most effective. The insight is based on research undertaken by psychologists at Yale University’s School of Management over in the US who undertook numerous experiments with over 1,700 volunteers testing their abilities to accurately guess the emotions of those who they were interacting with. The researchers varied the environments in which the experiments took place, including undertaking them in complete darkness.

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What Event Professionals Don't Understand About Focus

What Event Professionals Don't Understand About Focus | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Our culture has an obsession with focus. There are hundreds of articles and books written about getting focused, maintaining focus, and being present. We have drugs to help you focus, foods that do the same, and thousands of life coaches blaming all of our problems on a lack of focus.

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What Does It Take for Women to Excel in the Meetings Industry?

What Does It Take for Women to Excel in the Meetings Industry? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

What would you do if your boss put his finger in a glass of water and said, “This is the office with you,” then pulled his finger out of the glass and said, “This is the office without you. Do you see any hole?” Karin Krogh, creative director, Engaging Meetings, shared that story during a campfire session on how women can excel in the meeting industry during IMEX America 2017 this fall. The comment stung, she said, but it also made her even more determined to become a leader—one who would never be so disrespectful of those in her charge. 

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3 Ways to Nail Working Remotely

3 Ways to Nail Working Remotely | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

In light of the recent succession of natural disasters, we decided to discuss some classic methods that can help you work remotely while also accomplishing your day-to-day duties. Traditionally, most professionals work best when they follow a schedule, so trying to work in a situation outside of your normal comfort zone can sometimes throw you for a loop.

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Copying Your Competition: The First Step on the Road to Event Failure

Copying Your Competition: The First Step on the Road to Event Failure | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

An interesting column in Convene recently advocated working with your competition or co-opting them as competitors, so that everyone can benefit. The piece included a link to a Harvard Business Review article that has a great quote: ‘It’s not who your competition is, but what it is.’ 

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Improve Your Planner–Supplier Relationships with Better QBRs

Improve Your Planner–Supplier Relationships with Better QBRs | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The quarterly business review is an important part of the supplier-management process. QBRs are periodic meetings between the client and supplier partners to review performance metrics, revise priorities, and examine industry trends. Below are seven tips to help meeting professionals ensure more effective QBRs.

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Why Empathy is Essential for Business Success in the Digital Era

Some people may think that empathy in business is extraneous. That it’s irrelevant in a cutthroat world where only the most cold-hearted tycoons thrive. Many even mistakenly believe that empathy means being “soft” or unable to make hard business decisions. Yet, in reality, empathy is a business skill that is absolutely critical to IACC venue operator's success. Empathy enables the best venue sales person to understand, or even anticipate, another event organiser’s needs – to be able to identify the factors that will motivate a person to select a venue and connect in a way that instils trust. And it creates leaders in hospitality who inspire teams to better performance.

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35 Event Buzzwords that Nobody Likes

35 Event Buzzwords that Nobody Likes | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

There’s something killing intelligent conversation these days. And the irony behind it is that people think using these words makes them sound more intelligent. It’s time we put an end to these overdone buzzwords. Join us in our quest to identify the 35 most annoying buzzwords in the event industry.

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