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What I Learned from Lockdown: Keep Moving

What I Learned from Lockdown: Keep Moving | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

I recently asked my team what, if anything, they learned about themselves during the coronavirus (COVID-19) quarantine lockdown. Responses varied, but the point was to acknowledge the unimaginable situation we are in and how we might use such a time for change.

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EventProfs Book Club Boosts Connection, Virtually

EventProfs Book Club Boosts Connection, Virtually | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Event professionals looking to advance their careers while sheltering in place due to coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns have a place to go to share ideas—and learn something along the way.

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Virtual Support and Working From Home

Virtual Support and Working From Home | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Travel and daily life continue to be affected by COVID-19 as “shelter-in-place” orders are mandated across the United States, and the world. Even still, amid isolation and quarantine, technology and the internet are keeping people connected. From working remotely to socializing with friends and family, there is readily available tech that can assist in day-to-day tasks during these uncertain times.

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Industry Disruption May Present Planners an Opportunity

Industry Disruption May Present Planners an Opportunity | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

According to many economic assessments, including this one, the financial impact of COVID-19 is being felt in the travel and hospitality industries first. Unfortunately for meeting planners, this means that some are facing a period of intense scrambling to postpone an event or move it online; for others, it means a period of un- or underemployment.

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10 Boundaries You Must Put In Place Right Now 

10 Boundaries You Must Put In Place Right Now  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

As we are entering further into the year, we must take a look around us to see if we have the boundaries that we need for our lives put in place. Boundaries are limits, simple limits put in place to prevent us for going overboard. Also boundaries can be limits that are in place so that others do not interfere with them. Here are 10 boundaries that you should put in place right now to help you lead a more healthy and productive life.

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Road Warrior Tips For Managing Relationships at Home 

Road Warrior Tips For Managing Relationships at Home  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Mental health in the workplace is gaining more attention these days as study after study is revealing how stress can negatively impact employee wellness and performance. As road warriors, there are ways that you can mitigate the strain on your relationships that frequent travel can cause. While you may love your job and don’t mind the travel, being away from family and friends can still take a toll in part due to something called ambiguous loss, which is a term that describes the uncertainty about how a relationship with a loved one may change due to separation. Below are strategies for keeping your relationships strong when your job keeps you apart.

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How to Prioritize Your Never-Ending To-Do List

How to Prioritize Your Never-Ending To-Do List | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Do you ever get so overwhelmed with work that you start to feel paralyzed? The to-dos keep coming, and you don’t even know where to begin. It’s ALL important, and it all HAS to get done. 

If so, you’re certainly not alone. Even if you’re an extremely organized person, it can be hard to determine what tasks to tackle first. If your to-do list is no longer cutting it, and prioritization is starting to become an issue, try this alternative approach to time and project management.

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Improve Your Work Space with Feng Shui, Plus Science

Improve Your Work Space with Feng Shui, Plus Science | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

You may be vaguely familiar with feng shui (uhm…it’s a Chinese organizing thing, right?). Whether you feel the flow of chi or not, the issues that the practice aims to tackle with energy optimization have scientifically established effects on your performance.

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A Planner’s Guide to Holiday Movies

A Planner’s Guide to Holiday Movies | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Movies are almost as much a part of our holiday traditions as food. It’s a Wonderful Life has such a strong association with Christmas it is shown in independent movie theaters like New York’s IFC Center, and cinema chains such as Bow Tie, 73 years after it was made.

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Do You Have A Second Act in You? Career Changes in Later Life

Do You Have A Second Act in You? Career Changes in Later Life | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Being an effective meeting planner means you’re an ace at multi-tasking, plus your networks are wide and your personal tool kits expansive. As we age and start thinking about the future, those assets will come in handy when exploring new paths of happiness or finding a truer sense of purpose throughout our golden years.

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12 Stress Relief Tips for Event Leaders

12 Stress Relief Tips for Event Leaders | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Leaders go through unique situations that only they have to navigate. It is only logical to conclude that leaders need to be able to relieve stress just as much as the people they lead do. The problem is, many times leaders are working so much without much downtime. So what are some ways that leaders can relieve their stress all while keeping up with the pace of what they do? Well here are 10 stress relief tips that can help.

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4 Mistakes Every Event Planner Makes At Least Once

4 Mistakes Every Event Planner Makes At Least Once | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Mistakes happen — even to the most organised event planners. It’s hard to be perfect when you’re juggling endless details and deadlines, corresponding with dozens of caterers, and trying to woo sponsors, all at the same time!

After all, you’re only human.

Take a look at some of these common event planner mistakes to see if you can relate. If you’ve been lucky enough to avoid these mistakes so far, follow the bonus strategies to keep that error-free streak going.

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Top 5 Drivers for Stress in Event Planning

Top 5 Drivers for Stress in Event Planning | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

I recently read an article about the drivers for stress on Forbes and how they can impact how we see ourselves and our future. There are several ways that stress enters our lives. One of the major ways is through the collision of work and life. Eventprofs like everyone else have to jump in the battle for balancing both of these areas of their lives and it isn’t always a clear path to look to. Let’s take a look at these top drivers for success, and explore how as Eventprofs we can take necessary steps to decrease the amount of stress that these areas have hold over our lives. We’ll take a look at these drivers for stress, evaluate the impact for our industry and give you some tips to overcome them.

 

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Meeting and Event Planners: Your Time is Money

Meeting and Event Planners: Your Time is Money | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

If Bill Gates dropped a dollar, would he pick it up? You may have heard some version of this question before. Following a 2011 experiment by Neil deGrasse Tyson, the Internet was ablaze with the finding that Gates would have to stumble across $45,000 in order for it to be worth his time to bend down and pick it up.

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Why You Need "White Space" in Your Daily Routine

Why You Need "White Space" in Your Daily Routine | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

In design, “white space” is negative space. It’s not blank space because it has a purpose. It is balancing the rest of the design by throwing what is on the page (or the screen) into relief. The white space helps focus your visual attention.

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4 Mistakes Every Event Planner Makes At Least Once

4 Mistakes Every Event Planner Makes At Least Once | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Mistakes happen — even to the most organized event planners. It’s hard to be perfect when you’re juggling endless details and deadlines, corresponding with dozens of caterers, and trying to woo sponsors.

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5 Mantras Event Planners Should Live By

5 Mantras Event Planners Should Live By | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Event planning is a mix of fast-paced excitement and mind-boggling stress. You know it’s worth it when you see the smiles on your attendees’ faces — but sometimes it’s hard to remember that feeling during a last-minute crisis. Whether you need to get pumped up to power through an event-day marathon or a tricky sponsorship negotiation, mantras can help you feel centered so you can take action.

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6 End-of-Day Tasks to Complete for a More Productive Tomorrow

6 End-of-Day Tasks to Complete for a More Productive Tomorrow | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

It’s easy to get into an afternoon/end-of-day slump. But how you end your day can have a great impact on how you begin your tomorrow. Obviously, you want your work days to be as productive as possible, so to make that more of a daily reality, try ending each day by completing the following six tasks:

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4 Crucial Steps to Making a Positive First Impression

4 Crucial Steps to Making a Positive First Impression | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

While the featured speaker at your conference may only be on stage for 40, 60 or 90 minutes, as a meeting professional, you are most likely “on stage” throughout the entire conference. From corporate clients to team members, venue partners to service providers and conference chairs to attendees—the variety and number of people you are in contact with seems to be endless. Making a stellar first impression on them should always be at the forefront of your mind. This is because once one an opinion has been formed, it can be hard to change and will dominate someone’s view of you regardless of how often it is contradicted by new experiences. Therefore, your “stage performance” prior, during and after a conference should be a top priority for you and its success will depend on four basic elements.

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10-15 Minutes Each Day Spent on Yourself is a Career Changer

10-15 Minutes Each Day Spent on Yourself is a Career Changer | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Many in our industry have heard me speak about strategic meetings management, General Data Protection Regulation, business travel, and other industry-related topics. Most recently, I have been asked to speak about personal career branding, and how as an industry we need to have a greater awareness of our personal brand, and how having a brand can help or hurt your career trajectory. 

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7 New Year’s Resolutions Every Event Creator Breaks — and How to Do Better

7 New Year’s Resolutions Every Event Creator Breaks — and How to Do Better | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Event professional’s New Year’s resolutions are often predictable variations of the same goals: selling more tickets, achieving a better work-life balance,  or learning how to relax. It’s human nature to want to grow and improve — but resolutions are doomed to fail if you keep making the same ones year after year without a game plan. Keep reading to see which of these New Year’s resolutions you’ve likely broken in the past — and how just a little tweak might make this the year that you finally follow through.

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The Road Ahead - 5 Ways to Succeed Your Goals this Year

The Road Ahead - 5 Ways to Succeed Your Goals this Year | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

It’s only been a day and I’ve already had to harness my willpower (big time) at times to stick to some of my goals. Why is resisting those carbs so hard? They say it’s not the destination but the journey. Yet, even though our intended destinations are clearly visible, the road can remain unclear. So what do you do when your goals are made, and it’s time to hit the road? What steps to you make to get to your destination? Do you go left or right in this journey of completion?

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12 Questions to Ask Yourself for a More Successful 2019

12 Questions to Ask Yourself for a More Successful 2019 | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

It’s hard to believe 2018 is almost over. As the year winds down, it’s natural (and good!) to reflect on the past 12 months. In fact, doing so can help set you up for a more successful new year. Now, 12 months is a lot to reflect on. To help narrow the scope, here are 12 questions - some about you, some about your organization’s membership - to ask yourself for an even better (and more successful) 2019.

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The 9 Best Affordable Holiday Gifts for Event Planners

The 9 Best Affordable Holiday Gifts for Event Planners | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

If there’s a special event professional in your life, you know they already had your holiday present picked out months ago. (Their penchant for preparedness extends far beyond events.) You, on the other hand, are a little more last-minute in your gift selection.

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9 Ideas for a More Fun and Fulfilling 2019

9 Ideas for a More Fun and Fulfilling 2019 | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

December 31 seems to creep up faster and faster every year. While resolutions aren’t for everyone, I think we can all agree that a new year is the perfect time to start fresh with something, whether that’s a new initiative at the office or working on something a little more personal.

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