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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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Beyond Speakers and Agendas: Event Apps Power Engagement

Beyond Speakers and Agendas: Event Apps Power Engagement | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
Event professionals know event apps power engagement. Learn how their focus has changed from speakers and agendas to the entire event experience. Read now
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7 Resources to Help Event Professionals Build Professional Networks

7 Resources to Help Event Professionals Build Professional Networks | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

7 Tips for Event Professionals to Build Their Professional Networks

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I Lived for My To-Do List, But Here’s Why I Ditched It

I Lived for My To-Do List, But Here’s Why I Ditched It | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
Originally published by Lindsey Pollak 13 June 2017 Is there anything more satisfying than checking things off of a to-do list? I didn’t used to think so. But I recently decided to kill my to-do list obsession—and here’s why you might want to ditch yours, too. A Love Affair with Lists I’m not sure anyone…
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Why Event Planners Should Doodle More

Why Event Planners Should Doodle More | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
Your stick men and scribbled stars may actually help you to become a better event professional. Here are 11 reasons why you can justify your doodling.
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7 Learning Styles to Incorporate at Your Next Conference

7 Learning Styles to Incorporate at Your Next Conference | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

We all know that running a conference takes a lot of time, money, and energy. But running your conference so that you’ll get maximum engagement is a whole other level. So, what’s the trick? You need to remember to tailor your conference so it’s not a “one-size-fits-all” for your attendees!

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5 Edgy Ideas for Educational Seating 

5 Edgy Ideas for Educational Seating  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Just as educators are constantly looking for better ways to communicate, planners are always looking for new educational seating ideas. The point? To keep the audience engaged in an increasingly mobile world and also encourage learning. By focusing on influencing the ABCs of group interactions—attitude, behavior and change—you’ll be on your way to success.

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New Research Considers Human-Centered Meeting Design

New Research Considers Human-Centered Meeting Design | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

At the end of the day,” according to Janet Sperstad, CMP, “we’re all human.” 

That observation is at the heart of a new study that Sperstad, program director of the meeting and event management degree at Madison College, is writing with Amanda Cecil, Ph.D., CMP, associate professor and chair of Indiana University’s School of Physical Education and Tourism Management.

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Why Event Gamification Is Not What You Think It Is

Why Event Gamification Is Not What You Think It Is | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Along with live video and chatbots, gamification is one of the most talked about event trends at the moment. Even though the term has spread like wildfire throughout the events industry, there is misunderstanding about what gamification is and how it can be use to enhance an in-person event.

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