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Too Many Conferences! Are You Sure Yours Stands Out?

Too Many Conferences! Are You Sure Yours Stands Out? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

What do delegates and conference participants mostly care about these days? A rather popular (and complex) theme is the quality of conferences. Just by monitoring the Web 2.0 world, tracking social media conversations and forum discussions, one can extract crucial insights on pressing association questions

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Meetings Are Essential, So Why the Bad Press?

Meetings Are Essential, So Why the Bad Press? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Meetings seem to be getting some bad press lately. The June 28, Bartleby column in The Economist called meetings, “a form of torture for office staff” and compared the average employee’s enthusiasm for a meeting to Prometheus awaiting the eagle to peck at his liver every day. Bloomberg News posted a video on July 8 suggesting that reducing the number of at-work meetings boosts employee morale and productivity, and quoting Harvard University research that indicates 4 to 6 attendees is the ideal number for an in-office meeting because it promotes more meaningful discussion than a larger one.

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Hone Your Radar To Seize These Conference Innovation Invitations

Hone Your Radar To Seize These Conference Innovation Invitations | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Innovation may be a tired word. There is no doubt that innovation has become an overused and confusing buzzword. It is riddled with an excessive number of meanings from authors, dictionaries, experts and our personal experience. Ask ten people to define innovation and you’re probably going to get a dozen or more responses. Innovation is change that creates a new dimension of performance said management guru Peter Drucker. Within the conference arena, innovation is the process through which new value is created and delivered to customers.

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How to Nail Your Meeting Venue Search

How to Nail Your Meeting Venue Search | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The meetings industry is stronger than ever, but the rise in activity brings new challenges. In many cities, it is becoming more difficult to find appropriate space for large-scale conferences. Space is just not available like it was years ago, and if you’re not working nine to 12 months in advance, your options could be limited.

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Farm to Table: How a Farmer-Turned-F&B Strategist Feels about Food

Farm to Table: How a Farmer-Turned-F&B Strategist Feels about Food | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Brian Stapleton is the vice president of food and beverage at Aramark and an International Association of Conference Centers board member, but he started his career as a sous chef back in 1985 and worked at various hotels, including a Ritz-Carlton. At Aramark, he oversees menu development and enhancing the customer dining experience, which for Stapleton starts at the beginning of the food procurement chain. Stapleton says, “I love going to farms, I grew up on one in Elk Grove, Calif, so I always go to the distributor’s warehouse and ask where the produce comes from so I can visit.”

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Listen Up! Top Tips to Captivate Your Attendees

Listen Up! Top Tips to Captivate Your Attendees | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

One of a busy event professional’s important considerations is selecting speakers that will help drive registration and engage your audiences. Whether those speakers are celebrities, industry experts, thought leaders, or professional speakers for keynotes, breakouts, panels, short-talks, or emcee roles, their responsibility is to get (and keep) your audience’s attention, provide tangible takeaways, and inspire them to share their learnings with others.  

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Driving Delegates From 'Lights, Camera' to 'Action'!

Driving Delegates From 'Lights, Camera' to 'Action'! | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Conferences are an overwhelming rush of discussions, presentations and educational sessions -among others-. This flux of information makes it hard for delegates to focus their attention and allocate enough time on what truly interests them, let alone its impact on actioning their learnings. Often, the post-conference time-frame makes it nearly impossible for attendees to implement what they learned back at their workplace. All those engaging discussions, interactive workshops and inspiring presentations become a memory, when they could have potentially turned into actionable plans.

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Embracing the Great Outdoors in Your Event

Embracing the Great Outdoors in Your Event | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Now that the warm weather is here, event planners are gearing up for a season of outdoor concerts, weddings, and retreats. And surely, no matter what type of events are on your calendar, using the outdoors to your advantage can create a refreshing experience for attendees. Assuming it’s done right.

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The 8 Essential Elements of Beautiful Event Design

The 8 Essential Elements of Beautiful Event Design | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The venue you choose and the decor you furnish it with have the power to bring your event or brand to life. Done right, beautiful event design can change the atmosphere of a venue and give your attendees something to talk about — or share on their social media. Without the elements of event design, however, attendees may feel uninspired — or worse, unsatisfied.

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Can a Conference Be Fun? 3 Ways to Hit the Mark

Can a Conference Be Fun? 3 Ways to Hit the Mark | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Can your next conference, corporate get-together, or annual meeting be fun? Yes—in fact, unless you are dealing with a truly serious matter, I would say it needs to be. Whether you’re building brand awareness, promoting a new product, or team bonding, kicking up the level of fun may be the difference between “It was the event of the year!” and your participants playing games on their phones.

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Cost-Effective (But Not Cheap) Event Planning

Cost-Effective (But Not Cheap) Event Planning | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

One element that is constantly under serious scrutiny by event planners, is the budget. Event budgets of course vary depending on the event’s scale, however, throwing a large amount of resources into it does not guarantee  success. Cost-effective doesn’t have to mean cheap in the world of event planning, therefore experiences with a smaller budget can be equally impactful and engaging, as long as event planning is executed strategically to activate and excite attendees. After all, it is the value that needs to be high, not the price.

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How to Organise a Sustainable & Cost-Effective Event

How to Organise a Sustainable & Cost-Effective Event | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The term sustainability strategy refers to any measurable objective aiming at optimising (reduce environmental impact and cost), innovating to improve participant experience, engaging organisations and attendees to change behaviour and leave positive social impact and finally communicating sustainability initiatives while building brand reputation.

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Creating Long-lasting Impact for Your Next Conference

Consider this: in today’s world there is an abundance of information. From the latest technological developments and emerging social media trends, to engagement models and destination details, the constant barrage of information from various sources makes it more difficult for audiences to retain information overtime.

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Food Waste: How to Feed More and Waste Less

Food Waste: How to Feed More and Waste Less | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Every year, $165 billion of food is wasted in the United States; while at the same time, many families go hungry. Two events industry experts, Courtney Lohmann, CMP, director of culture at Koncept Events, and Mariela McIlwraith, CMP, CMM, MBA, director, industry advancement at the Events Industry Council, participated in a recent MeetingsNet webinar on reducing food waste in the meetings industry. Lohmann and McIlwraith focused on two strategies, reducing the amount of food that is wasted at an event, and using any extra food in a planet-friendly way.

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Skipping the Single-Use Plastics at Events

Skipping the Single-Use Plastics at Events | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Spring and summer are synonymous with event season. Whether it be conferences, concerts, community events or festivals, chances are we are all heading to at least one in the next few months. In honor of Earth Month, now is a great time to reflect for a moment on impacts these events are having on the environment; particularly in the area of single-use plastics, which given their prevalence in event settings as well as their difficulty to recycle & break down, present a unique challenge to attendee, venue, and planner alike.

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7 Event Organisers Reveal Their Biggest Mistakes (And Lessons Learned)

7 Event Organisers Reveal Their Biggest Mistakes (And Lessons Learned) | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Whether it’s managing worse-for-wear guests or forgetting to focus on delegates, every event organiser has learned a lesson or two along the way. Here, we speak to seven about their biggest mistakes made (and what they now do differently as a result).

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8 Ways to Increase Audience Participation

8 Ways to Increase Audience Participation | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Planning a successful event is hard enough without having to worry about how presenters are going to consistently sustain interest and buzz for large and often diverse audiences over extended timeframes. Thankfully, you don’t have to schedule 87 networking breaks, provide each registered guest a custom coffee IV drip, or hire fire-eaters and dancing horses to keep attention and conversation levels consistently high.

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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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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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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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New Sustainable Event Management (2018 Edition): A Free Guide to Better Green Meetings

New Sustainable Event Management (2018 Edition): A Free Guide to Better Green Meetings | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

In this post, we share a variety of green meeting ideas and walk you through how you can create green policies to further your sustainable reach. Plus, we are going to show you how to do it in a way that keeps costs down and actually save money through your sustainable efforts. Above all, we promise not to use jargon or bamboozle you with science that busy eventprofs simply don’t have time for.

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Eat, Drink and Succeed. Seven tips to make your meetings more engaging

As the White House Director of Events during the Clinton Administration, IACC keynote speaker Laura Schwartz created events that represented a nation and inspired the world. Today, as a professional speaker, respected television commentator and author of Eat, Drink & Succeed,  Laura shares the secrets to building powerful, effective connections within companies, communities and events.

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Are You Inadvertently Burning Out Your Attendees?

Are You Inadvertently Burning Out Your Attendees? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Why was I not surprised to see the first example of an employee who is highly engaged, but also burned out, in this Harvard Business Review article was a conference planner? Like so many of her planner peers, she threw everything she had into planning her event. Sadly, she ended up not leaving enough of herself for herself—she crashed before the conference happened and had to take time off to recover.

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Striving for sustainability in events

Striving for sustainability in events | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The concept of “sustainable” and “green” events is not new. Over the years, we have seen a shift towards making events more eco-friendly. This has been most noticeable with more hotels and convention centers coming up with detailed eco-friendly initiatives. With venues stepping up to the plate, planners and producers (myself included) need to do our part to prioritize sustainability.

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Who Goes to Events?

Who Goes to Events? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

I just took an interesting 41-question survey that aims to figure out what event participants value by asking respondents about what types of events they’ve attended recently, what they found most and least useful about the learning formats and technology used, and several other factors about the event experience. It got me thinking. 

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