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Amateur Meteorology Gives Way to Professional Live Event Safety Planning

Amateur Meteorology Gives Way to Professional Live Event Safety Planning | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

A dramatic shift in weather that’s producing an unprecedented surge in pop-up thunderstorms, superstorms, and tornados is challenging live event producers to completely re-think their approach to real-time weather forecasting. Fortunately for the live event industry this challenge comes at a time when a new generation of advanced weather detection and monitoring systems are available to help make all live events safer live events.

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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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Talking with the C-Suite: Advice for Meeting Pros on Making Their Case

Talking with the C-Suite: Advice for Meeting Pros on Making Their Case | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Frequently, meeting professionals have challenges linking with leadership to get their sponsorship for new programs, such as strategic meetings management. It is important to connect with them to get their buy-in for an initiative’s governance, value drivers, and outcomes.

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21 Survey Questions To Ask After Your Event

21 Survey Questions To Ask After Your Event | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

You’ve just wrapped a major event. You’re exhausted, you’re happy — and you’re curious. What did your attendees think about your event? How about sponsors? Are they likely to support your event next year? Surveys tell you exactly what attendees, sponsors, and stakeholders loved about your event and what you can do to make it even better next time. So how do you ensure that they’re worthwhile for the respondents too?

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Working Smarter, Not Harder During Your Organization's Busy Times

Working Smarter, Not Harder During Your Organization's Busy Times | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Are you in the middle of your organization’s busy season? Conference season, perhaps? If so, you’re not alone. But even if you aren’t, chances are, that time is coming...soon!

So when that happens, how you can you stay productive and get done what you need to get done without wanting to pull your hair out? It’s all about working smarter, not harder. 

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How to Make Your Organization's Emails Stand Out

How to Make Your Organization's Emails Stand Out | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Raise your hand if you get (what seems like) a million emails per day? Yup, we can ALL relate.  And your members are in the same boat. So when they’re receiving email after email after email, how can you make sure yours stand out? 

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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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Practical Tips to Creating Sustainable Exhibits

Practical Tips to Creating Sustainable Exhibits | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Despite all the wonderful elements of our profession, there is one unfortunate aspect to exhibiting that can be hard to ignore: it can often be extremely wasteful. From shrink wrap to marketing collateral to packing material to obsolete booth components, we exhibitors are constantly discarding our excess. Add to that the fossil fuels burned when traveling to conventions or shipping our materials, and exhibition suddenly starts to look like one of the least “green” sectors of the business world.

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Exclusively Corporate @IMEX 2019: How Cisco implements a successful online and offline events strategy worldwide—a talk by Gerd De Bruycker, Marketing Director, Northern Europe at Cisco System

Exclusively Corporate @IMEX 2019: How Cisco implements a successful online and offline events strategy worldwide—a talk by Gerd De Bruycker, Marketing Director, Northern Europe at Cisco System | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Exclusively Corporate is a conference specifically designed for the needs of corporate event managers. It offers a full day of education and networking during EduMonday, which takes place one day prior to IMEX Frankfurt, this year on 20 May 2019. There were six sessions this year, each approximately 20 minutes in length, dedicated to various topics that can help corporate planners improve their daily processes, become informed about the latest trends and also facilitate knowledge exchange. 

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New Campaign Launches to Fight Human Trafficking

New Campaign Launches to Fight Human Trafficking | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The American Hotel & Lodging Association has launched a new campaign to try to unite the hospitality industry in an effort to fight human trafficking. The campaign, No Room for Trafficking, suggests four ways for the industry to focus on eradicating human trafficking and exploitation:

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5 Non-Work Events That Event Managers Get Stuck Planning

5 Non-Work Events That Event Managers Get Stuck Planning | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Event planning never seems to go away — even on your days off. You might shut off your work email, but somehow you always get roped into planning in your free time. The school bake sale, your friend’s baby shower, or the community walk-a-thon — you name it, you’ve (begrudgingly) planned it.  

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8 Ways to Make Your Meeting a Good Piece of Business

8 Ways to Make Your Meeting a Good Piece of Business | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

At Meeting Professionals International’s World Education Conference in June, speaker Joanne Dennison, CMP, of The Ordinary Success Project, offered an hour of advice on how to make “bad” business more valuable to host venues. The packed house of planners and suppliers heard these eight tips.

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Five Ways to Match Your Event Strategy to Emerging Trends

Five Ways to Match Your Event Strategy to Emerging Trends | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Today’s associations are at an inflection point. For many, event attendance is flat or declining, and there is no clear path to turn that around. The hard truth is that the world moves faster than the pace of most association events. With the introduction of so many new technologies and consumer experiences, attendee expectations rise every year. Our audience is thinking: If we can have these things in our daily lives, why can’t we have them at our events?

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Chatting with a Chief Data Strategist

Chatting with a Chief Data Strategist | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

If there’s one thing to take away from data research, it’s that nothing is ever as black and white as it appears. Causes may vary, adding layers upon layers of meaning to its effects. Sifting through it all and finding something meaningful can be time-consuming and requires loads of brain power. That’s where Eric Tyree comes in. Smart Meetings sat down with Eric, vice president and chief technical officer of data & analytics, chief data scientist at CWT, to talk about business travel, millennials, seeking hotels for function or for experience, and overtourism. What a ride.

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PCMA Pulled Back Curtain on Attendee Behavior

PCMA Pulled Back Curtain on Attendee Behavior | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

To really influence attendees, event professionals need to be intentional about the experiences they design. But how do you know what innovations will work? At PCMA EduCon 2019 this week at JW Marriott Downtown L.A. Live, PCMA Foundation and Steelcase Event Experiences released an in-depth study of the behavior of attendees from PCMA Convening Leaders 2019 at David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh. The report, “5,000 People, 5,000 Personal Journeys,” is a collection of reactions—positive and negative—to everything from multi-track sessions to creative networking ideas.

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5 Event Signage Ideas to Improve the Attendee Experience

5 Event Signage Ideas to Improve the Attendee Experience | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Event signage may seem like the most basic of all event details. But get it wrong, and your entire attendee experience is at risk. Without clear and concise signage directing your attendees and helping them find what they’re looking for, any event will quickly descend into chaos.

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Education Committee: More Advising and Curating, Less Slotting

Education Committee: More Advising and Curating, Less Slotting | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Most meeting organizers invest a significant amount of time creating the educational programming for their annual conference. Models vary, but most include a 15- to 20-person conference committee (slotters) and army of reviewers (graders). Progressive organizers are shifting to a blended model, where conference committees act more like content curators and advisors and less like graders and slotters. Session and abstract submissions are still an important part of the process, but a greater reliance is being placed on curated sessions. Program assembly of submission-only sessions will never yield the best the industry has to offer.

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4 Ways to Make Your Conference Introvert-Friendly

4 Ways to Make Your Conference Introvert-Friendly | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Sometimes, introverts get a bad wrap. “They don’t like being around people.” “They just want to be alone.” Not true!  Introverts do enjoy socializing. They just tend to prefer doing so in smaller groups or one-on-one. And not only that, but they often like to have (and need to have) a little quiet time to recharge. So when your conference centers so heavily around networking, how you can make it appealing - and valuable - for your introverted attendees?

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What Planners Want and Need from Speakers Today

What Planners Want and Need from Speakers Today | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Putting the right people on stage and making sure the experience is optimized for your audience is a lot more difficult than swiping right on an agency’s page of headshots. Smart Meetings asked veteran event professional (and Smart Women in Meetings Award winner) Sharon Bonner her tips for finding, negotiating, marketing and teaming up with thought leaders to deliver messaging to attendees. As CEO and founder of Bright Ideas Events in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Bonner has hired hundreds of speakers over the years, and says it starts with strategy.

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Bonus: Smart Answers to Instagram Webinar

Bonus: Smart Answers to Instagram Webinar | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Worried about re-posting content, getting the best lighting for you selfies or what hashtag to use for your business Instagram? Sheryl Shelton, manager of B2B marketing and social media for Hilton Hotels & Resorts shared tips for engaging attendees through Instagram in a Smart Meetings webinar. She was joined by professional food photographer and cookbook author Justin Fox Burks who gave expert advice on lighting, styling and editing photos.

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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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36 Corporate Team Building Event Ideas

36 Corporate Team Building Event Ideas | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

When you think of the word “team,” what is the first thing that comes to mind? Most of us automatically associate teams with some kind of organized play. And if you want to generate a sense of team spirit among a group of co-workers, games are one of the most effective ways to make it happen.

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Autism Double-Checked Offers Training for Travel and Hospitality Industry

Autism Double-Checked Offers Training for Travel and Hospitality Industry | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Is your hotel autism-friendly? For children and adults living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), the act of travel can be a difficult experience due to changes in routine, unfamiliar noises and new environments. Autism Double-Checked is set to introduce a training program for the travel and hospitality industry to ensure all staff are able to meet the needs of these travelers.

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How to Rescue Leftovers

How to Rescue Leftovers | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Food and floral arrangements are critical pieces to an event, but they are also two elements that inevitably get dumped in the trash once guests have left. Coordinating the delivery and donation of food in an efficient way is a difficult challenge for planners to execute on their own. However, more planners are coordinating the donation of leftover food and flowers to waste less and serve their communities more.

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Smart Technology is Reshaping the Future of Hotels

Smart Technology is Reshaping the Future of Hotels | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

From enhanced guest experiences to the power of reserving your parking spot in advance, smart technology is becoming more common in the hospitality industry. Apps that anticipate guests’ needs help hotels and planners design events that deliver more of what people really want.

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VR: Not Just for Exhibitor Booths and Site Tours

VR: Not Just for Exhibitor Booths and Site Tours | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Meeting planners have been using virtual reality to check out new destinations for a while, as it’s inexpensive to don a Google Cardboard headset and virtually walk through meeting halls to narrow down a list of potential host venues. But for the most part, meeting professionals have left VR activities to exhibitors or speakers with technically advanced presentations. 

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