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Ten Human Skills for the Future of Work

Ten Human Skills for the Future of Work | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

We’ve all heard how we must practice being more human to avoid turning into robots. But how about practicing humanity to make sure we don’t become monsters? Whether it’s the emotional cues spinning by in a meeting headed for disarray, curiosity that could turn a business-as-usual day into an internal spark reminding you why you got into this darn job in the first place, or the art of making space for conflict resolution that’s going to save us all, here are ten ways to salvage our better selves and keep us from mutating into workplace monsters.

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Podcasts to Inspire and Empower Female Planners

Podcasts to Inspire and Empower Female Planners | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Don’t be a ‘chill host’ is the advice Priya Parker offers in a recent episode of Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop podcast. Podcasts have become the new commute activity, weekly entertainment, news source and buzz for everything from fitness to career motivation. For businesswomen, podcasts can be indispensable in explaining how to handle stress, squeeze in a workout at the end of the day or advance a career. We have rounded up five female-run podcasts to inspire and empower businesswomen and planners.

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How to Harness Creativity to Improve Results

How to Harness Creativity to Improve Results | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

What is creativity? So much has been written about it and there’s probably no other topic, which is as mystified and glorified as creativity. Finnish creative director, Saku Tuominen, defines creativity as the ability to see and the desire to do things better. What I like about this definition is that it doesn’t only focus on planning and ideas but emphasizes the point of making an effort for attaining better results.

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The two types of creativity peak at very different ages 

The two types of creativity peak at very different ages  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Young and old alike can rejoice in a new finding by researchers at Ohio State University and the University of Chicago. There is hope for us all when it comes to creativity, they say.

“Many people believe that creativity is exclusively associated with youth, but it really depends on what kind of creativity you’re talking about,” explains Bruce Weinberg, lead author of the study and professor of economics at Ohio State University, in a statement.

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How to join forces with a creative collaborator

How to join forces with a creative collaborator | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

As someone who spends almost all of my time working on creative projects—either for myself or for clients—collaboration has been a consistent cornerstone of my career. Despite all the practice I’ve had teaming up with others to bring new ideas to life, giving up creative control on projects has always been a struggle. It’s taken time and practice to truly discover the beauty of having a creative partner to lean on for support and accountability, to brainstorm with, and simply to get things done more efficiently. But over the years, I’ve learned that it’s way more fun to let a project unfold as the product of two (or more) brains, rather than just my own.

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Maximizing Your Conference Experience: 4 Post-Event Best Practices

Maximizing Your Conference Experience: 4 Post-Event Best Practices | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

As an association or chamber professional, you likely plan a lot of events (or assist your members in their events). But hopefully you’re able to attend a few events of your own for professional development purposes. If you do attend conferences during the year, do you feel like you’re getting your time and money’s worth? What do you do with all that information once you get home? To fully maximize your conference experience, take a look at these four post-event best practices.

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3 Creative Brainstorming Techniques to Improve Your Meetings 

3 Creative Brainstorming Techniques to Improve Your Meetings  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Businesses today are constantly striving to work out how they can achieve more, improve and work more economically, often through meetings and brainstorming sessions. Brainstorms provide a valuable platform for sharing ideas and planning creative ways to tackle challenges as a business. But how can you make sure that you’re getting the most out of your brainstorming sessions? Whether it’s an intimate team meeting or a business-wide innovation session, it’s important to ensure you’re set up to make the most out of every session instead of wasting precious time.

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Should You Listen To Music While Doing Intellectual Work? It Depends On The Music, The Task, And Your Personality 

Should You Listen To Music While Doing Intellectual Work? It Depends On The Music, The Task, And Your Personality  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Given how many of us listen to music while studying or doing other cerebral work, you’d think psychology would have a set of clear answers as to whether the practice is likely to help or hinder performance. In fact, the research literature is rather a mess (not that that has deterred some enterprising individuals from making bold claims).

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Quiz: Are You Ready to Add CMP to Your Name?

Quiz: Are You Ready to Add CMP to Your Name? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

You have put in the years doing site visits, balancing event budgets, negotiating contracts and you have spent so much time carrying your CMP International Standards Handbook around that one arm is noticeably stronger than the other. But are you really ready to sit for the exam? In advance of the annual Events Industry Council CMP Conclave in Birmingham, Alabama next week, we have put together a quiz so you can test your prep skills and brag to your friends. Or, better yet, take the next step and sign up to begin the journey to CMP status.

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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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5 TED and TEDx Talks for Your Summer Binge List 

5 TED and TEDx Talks for Your Summer Binge List  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

If you find yourself needing an extra push to think creatively, work harder and educate yourself further, TED talks may be that dose of inspiration you need to make the most out of your day (and career). We’ve collected five of our favorite TED and TEDx talks for meeting planners looking to learn more about the art, psychology and importance of planning.

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Meeting planner scholarships

Meeting planner scholarships | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The cost of education—from college all the way to professional development throughout one’s career—can be significant. Knowing this, groups throughout the meeting and event industry have banded together for years to help ensure knowledge and advancement is a reality. The result is that there is now an incredible supply of scholarships to be had, thanks to generous donations from your planner peers, industry suppliers and professional associations.

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Let’s Go Outside! 

Let’s Go Outside!  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Perhaps more than ever in this age of online interaction and communities, physical exhibitions and conferences offer a major asset that the virtual world cannot: genuine human contact. How can exhibition organisers best use their physical location to optimize matchmaking and knowledge transfer? How do you ensure that visitors and exhibitors return home inspired by useful, new experiences?

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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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Everybody Wants Innovation (but No One Wants to Change)

Everybody Wants Innovation (but No One Wants to Change) | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

David Owens, PhD, began his presentation at Professional Convention Management Association Convening Leaders in Nashville with a photo of a bumper sticker saying, “Creative People Must Be Stopped!” The message summed up his session, “Everybody Wants Innovation (but No One Wants to Change).”

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Experiential Excellence: Change Your Meetings With the Times

Experiential Excellence: Change Your Meetings With the Times | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Ensuring excellent participant experiences is an increased focus throughout the industry. In fact, the updated strategic meetings management wheel from the Global Business Travel Association, which I featured in my last column, now includes “participant experience” as one of the components to be addressed when designing an SMM program.  

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20 Creative Formats to Refresh Your Conference in 2018

20 Creative Formats to Refresh Your Conference in 2018 | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

As we approach a fresh, new year, isn’t it time you started thinking about ways to revamp your conference events? Shaking up your session formats will not only get people’s attention, it will encourage new ways of engaging, learning, collaborating and networking at your event. Here are 20 ideas to reinvigorate your conference in 2018.

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How Event Planners Can Overcome the Dreaded Creative Block

How Event Planners Can Overcome the Dreaded Creative Block | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Event and meeting planners rely on their creativity. In fact, it’s an essential part of the job description. Not only do planners need to come up with creative ideas to make events one-of-a-kind and memorable, event planners also apply their creativity daily through creative problem-solving. You can always count on an event planner to use their creative brain to get themselves out of a sticky situation. As a result, a creative block can be a blow to an event planner’s productivity and ability to do their job. While creative blocks are at times unavoidable, they can be overcome. We’ve put together some sound strategies for overcoming your next creative block when it strikes.

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How to Create an Interactive Workshop That Inspires Attendees 

How to Create an Interactive Workshop That Inspires Attendees  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

You know what participants will learn at your workshop. But to make your workshop most effective, you need to go beyond basic education and think about inspiration. Your workshop may be a part of a greater event like a business conference, or an independent class that’s open to the community. The subject matter could be academic, professional, personal, creative, or even parental.

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5 Ways to Make Learning Stick

5 Ways to Make Learning Stick | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Are you a visual learner? Auditory? Kinesthetic? Kristi Casey Sanders, CMP, CMM, DES, HMCC, director of the MPI Academy at Meeting Professionals International, led with what turned out to be a trick question at a session on the show floor at IMEX America 2017. You can’t be any of those learning styles we all have relied on in the past, she said, because there’s no scientific backing that these things even exist.

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Are You Mistaking Activity for Productivity? A Practical Guide to Thinking

Are You Mistaking Activity for Productivity? A Practical Guide to Thinking | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Juliet Funt’s keynote at IMEX America in Las Vegas was extremely funny, but her message was very serious. The CEO of WhiteSpace at Work, a productivity consultancy, hilariously summed up a typical day for a meeting planner, responding to one emergency after another with no time for a bathroom break. But while the audience recognized their own experiences in her anecdotes, she finished her story by asking, “Is this how we design the finest events in the world? Is this how we are going to be creative?” 

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25 Fun, Fresh Ideas to Step Up Your Trade Show Game

25 Fun, Fresh Ideas to Step Up Your Trade Show Game | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

If your trade show involves people strolling up and down aisles past booths with no meaningful direction to what they’re doing, your attendees and your vendors could do better. There are tons of options out there that you can embrace in order to bring new excitement to your event. Don’t keep doing the same old thing because it’s comfortable. Shake things up. It’s time to take your trade show experience to the next level with these ideas.

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Reflection Moments at Every Conference

Reflection Moments at Every Conference | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

“Reflection moments are what we are going to have at the end of every session”, said Avinash Chandarana, MCI Group’s L&D Director, when he started his presentation at the Singapore MICE Forum. Boosting memory retention is a one-way street for overcoming the challenge of attendees’ forgetfulness and according to Chandarana “it only takes five minutes of quiet time at the end to increase retention and deliver a much higher ROI for the time spent here”.

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Are You Serving Shallow, Advancement Or Deep Learning Experiences

Are You Serving Shallow, Advancement Or Deep Learning Experiences | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The world has drastically changed in the past several decades. But most conference experiences have changed very little, if at all. They compete with the Internet to distribute content and deliver information. So what type of conference education are you serving your customers—shallow learning, advancement learning or deep learning? Do you even know the difference between the three? Do you know which would lead to authentic, transformative learning experiences?

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Gamification at Your Event: It’s About More Than the App

Gamification at Your Event: It’s About More Than the App | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Event apps are popular, and it is easy to see why. They are excellent resources for attendees, providing them methods for organizing their experience and collecting valuable information. But, as an event professional, your goal isn’t to have everyone walking through the space with their noses in their phones. Instead, you want to encourage them to have fun while they learn and network, and gamification can help. Here are some tips to get you started.

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