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Yes, and…

Yes, and… | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

If you know anything at all about improvisation, it’s likely to be the phrase “Yes, and….” Those two words — shorthand for acknowledging an idea and then adding to it — are the cornerstone of improvisation, according to Bob Kulhan, founder and CEO of the consulting company Business Improv.

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Four Signs Your Event Strategy Is on Fire

Four Signs Your Event Strategy Is on Fire | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Strategic planning is sometimes perceived as a solution only employable by larger organizations with deep pockets and resources to burn. I disagree with this, contending that strategy is accessible and beneficial to all sizes and types of businesses — including the brand experience category. From exhibiting to show organizing and everything in between, a clear and effective strategy guides all messaging, media, and measurement, deeply connecting your marketing to your audiences, and driving home long-term results for your brand. 

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Why a Strategic Partnership is Key to Successful Brand Experiences

Why a Strategic Partnership is Key to Successful Brand Experiences | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

In the international market, we’re seeing a huge shift happening that is pushing experience toward the center of the marketing ecosystem; that’s exciting for us. Brands are eager to tackle fresh new ideas from strategic marketing partners who come to the table with creativity and flexibility in mind.  

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Considering a Chatbot for Your Next Event? Here are Some Tips to Get You Started

Considering a Chatbot for Your Next Event? Here are Some Tips to Get You Started | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Chatbots, or bots, are taking the tech world by storm, so it’s no surprise have begun to make their way into the event space. These programs, powered by artificial intelligence (AI), have the ability to communicate with users, mimicking natural speech while they answer questions and provide helpful information.

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How to Build an Informative Calendar for Your Association’s Members

How to Build an Informative Calendar for Your Association’s Members | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Let’s be honest: We can all let our schedules get away from us. Whether it’s personal or professional, having a handle on your calendar should ultimately generate less stress in your life (and who doesn’t love that?). To help make it a little easier, we’ve split up the typical events for an association’s calendar into three categories to help you organize your key dates with ease!

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Capture Leads With Marketing Automation and Event Apps 

Capture Leads With Marketing Automation and Event Apps  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

When two of your event planning tools can work together, they make processes more efficient and can deliver optimal results. Case in point: marketing automation software and your event mobile app. Both do great things on their own, but if they can integrate together, they can become incredibly useful tools for attendees, sponsors and event planners alike.

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The Best Questions to Ask Your AV Company For An Amazing Event 

The Best Questions to Ask Your AV Company For An Amazing Event  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Let’s face it unless you’re an AV pro, your quote may look confusing to you. Do not be afraid to ask questions. Make sure the AV company walks you through your quote! AV companies should be able to justify EVERY piece of equipment on the quote. They should also explain it all in layman’s terms. Far too often, AV companies just send you a quote and expect you to understand it (or maybe they hope you don’t and just go with it). Unless you have a lot AV experience under your belt, it’s hard to understand what every line means. It’s even harder to understand how it impacts the overall vision of your event.

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6 Steps to Helping Your Speakers Succeed

6 Steps to Helping Your Speakers Succeed | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

If you hire speakers for corporate events, you know that choosing the right one for your audience is just the first step. As a 30-year veteran of the podium, working as a corporate put-on comedian, I’ve learned plenty of lessons about the what can go right and wrong on stage. Here is some of my favorite advice for ensuring that speakers have the best chance to succeed.

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Green Energy Ideas to Power Up Your Next Event

Green Energy Ideas to Power Up Your Next Event | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Green energy and innovative sustainable solutions have been in the event industry’s spotlight for quite some time now – the latest paradigm being the recent EXPO 2017 in Astana. It is evident that our world needs to move away from the ever-increasing power consumption and its severe environmental repercussions, with events spearheading this massive effort.

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How to Engage Your Event Attendees

How to Engage Your Event Attendees | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

You spend a lot of time - and money - planning your association’s events. So naturally, you want them to be successful and for your attendees to be engaged. But how? How do you make sure your attendees are having a good time and engaged in your sessions/activities?

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Cyber Security & the Events Industry (Part II)

Cyber Security & the Events Industry (Part II) | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Most of the news we hear about cyber-attacks these days are concerning large business entities and organisations. However, the threat is also very real for smaller business that could be financially devastated by the fallout and losses inflicted by a cyber-attack. Hackers are becoming increasingly sophisticated in their methods in this digital world and what is more concerning, is that institutions with top-notch security systems, such as banks, have been repeatedly victimised by these type of security breaches.

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Venue Contract Negotiations: A Primer for Eventprofs

Venue Contract Negotiations: A Primer for Eventprofs | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Negotiating is something you either love or hate. You enjoy the thrill of the hunt or you wish the “money talk” never had to happen. But while you may get used to negotiating payment, there are certain parts of the site contract negotiations that can be tricky for those who are used to someone else drawing them up. Here’s what you need to know when it’s time to draft your own.

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How Artificial Intelligence is Changing Events 

How Artificial Intelligence is Changing Events  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Today there is a lot of talk in the event industry about Artificial Intelligence. Find out how artificial intelligence is changing events, why you should care and what you should consider when evaluating AI for your future projects.

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Improve Your Planner–Supplier Relationships with Better QBRs

Improve Your Planner–Supplier Relationships with Better QBRs | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The quarterly business review is an important part of the supplier-management process. QBRs are periodic meetings between the client and supplier partners to review performance metrics, revise priorities, and examine industry trends. Below are seven tips to help meeting professionals ensure more effective QBRs.

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Houston After Harvey

Houston After Harvey | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

A little more than two weeks ago, Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas as a Category 4 storm. Over the course of four days, Harvey dropped 30 to 50 inches of rain on Houston, creating widespread flooding, displacing tens of thousands of people from their homes, temporarily disrupting energy and agricultural production, and causing up to $50 billion in property damage. Nearly 10,000 people ended up sheltering in place at Houston’s George R. Brown Convention Center.

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How to Achieve Influence and Success in a Digital World

How to Achieve Influence and Success in a Digital World | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

It can be challenging for businesses to find their place in the vast digital landscape. But when approached thoughtfully, conquering social media doesn’t need to be an insurmountable task, according to Erik Qualman, motivational speaker and bestselling author of Socialnomics: How Social Media Transforms the Way We Live and Do Business. “Don’t jump in and use every possible social media or mobile outlet out there,” Qualman suggested. “I always say focus on one, get pretty good at that, and move on from there.”

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A planner's open letter to attendees

A planner's open letter to attendees | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

This is a letter I’ve wanted to write to you, but never have gotten around to doing. Now that I’ve written it, I might not send it. I’m not very visible to you for most of the year; you only see me at the annual meeting and perhaps a couple of quarterly meetings. I’m a meeting professional with your trade association, working year-round to ensure that your time and monetary investment in being a member pays off for you.

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5 Social Media Event Marketing Reads to Uplevel Your Strategy

5 Social Media Event Marketing Reads to Uplevel Your Strategy | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Social media isn’t just a nice to have for promoting your event — it’s essential. But getting your posts to show up in the feeds of event-goers is getting more and more difficult, thanks to changing algorithms. So what can you do?

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How to Handle Negative Event Feedback: 4 Tips

How to Handle Negative Event Feedback: 4 Tips | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

We talk a lot about the importance of surveying your association’s membership, particularly following events. But let’s say you do survey your event attendees and, unfortunately, don’t get the best feedback. What should your next course of action be? How do you respond to your members (and prospects) and appease them in a way that’ll make them want to come back next year? 

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5 easy-to-implement tips to become more mindful

5 easy-to-implement tips to become more mindful | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Research has found that mindfulness training alters our brains and how we engage with ourselves, others, and our work. When practiced and applied, mindfulness fundamentally alters the operating system of the mind. Through repeated mindfulness practice, brain activity is redirected from ancient, reactionary parts of the brain, including the limbic system, to the newest, rational part of the brain, the prefrontal cortex.

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When Disaster Strikes

When Disaster Strikes | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The people of Texas and Florida are on my mind in the wake of Harvey and Irma. These storms and their aftermath are causing me to feel somewhat helpless. We can (and should) donate to the extent we are able, but what else can we as meetings professionals offer? I’ve lived through a handful of disasters myself, and while these storms’ wrath may be unprecedented, the lessons for our business and personal lives, as well as our role as event professionals, remain consistent

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4 Words That Matter When “Selling” Your Association

4 Words That Matter When “Selling” Your Association | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

When marketing your association, are there any words you find yourself using over and over? What terms resonate with people? What phrases are actually effective? Well there’s a lot out there about marketing and persuasion, but here are four words you may want to consider when “selling” your association.

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10 Creative Ideas for Speaker Thank You Gifts

10 Creative Ideas for Speaker Thank You Gifts | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Speakers are at the heart of business events and fundraisers. A solid lineup can mean the difference between “wow” and “meh” for your attendees. After all, they come for a great experience, quality networking, and actionable advice — all things speakers contribute to.

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7 Features Attendees Love in Mobile Event Apps

7 Features Attendees Love in Mobile Event Apps | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

When it comes to mobile event apps and event technology of all varieties, event professionals know exactly how true that sentiment is. If an event app isn’t useful, engaging, valuable (and all those other adjectives that mobile event apps have to be), then encouraging attendees to download and engage with the event app will be futile.

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Assessing Your Association’s Global Maturity

Assessing Your Association’s Global Maturity | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

As technology makes the world a smaller and more connected place, association leaders in the United States increasingly heed the call to expand to new international markets. Bearing in mind that many sectors and professions are going global exponentially, it becomes imperative for associations to offer international capabilities and incorporate a more global view in decision-making.

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The Wide-Ranging Impact of Exceptional People Skills

The Wide-Ranging Impact of Exceptional People Skills | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

From the moment you leave your house in the morning until you come home at night your day can consist of hundreds of professional and personal interpersonal interactions, and research suggests that if you could improve the experience for both parties in each of these interactions the benefits could be greater than you think.

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