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Meetings Due Diligence in the Aftermath of a Disaster

Meetings Due Diligence in the Aftermath of a Disaster | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

After the epically awful 2017 hurricane season wreaked destruction from Texas to Florida to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, meeting professionals with future events booked in affected areas are grappling with a tough question: Should we stay or should we go? Will their organization and attendees be better served by cancelling and relocating the program, or stay the course at the original destination and hope the lights will be on and the AV running by the meeting’s scheduled dates?

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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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How to Harness Creativity to Improve Results

How to Harness Creativity to Improve Results | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

What is creativity? So much has been written about it and there’s probably no other topic, which is as mystified and glorified as creativity. Finnish creative director, Saku Tuominen, defines creativity as the ability to see and the desire to do things better. What I like about this definition is that it doesn’t only focus on planning and ideas but emphasizes the point of making an effort for attaining better results.

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Generational Blending: An Event Attendance Growth Strategy to Seize

Generational Blending: An Event Attendance Growth Strategy to Seize | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Tribalization (aka “Take Me to My Peeps”) has ruled supreme at many events. And let’s face it – our brains are hard-wired to prefer mingling with like-minded people. People of the same gender, age, ethnicity, professional experience, etc. But there are unintended and sometimes dire long-term consequences for this short-term tribal play.

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How to Accommodate Dietary Restrictions

How to Accommodate Dietary Restrictions | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Planning a menu for an event can be a hassle, especially in our gluten-free, keto and vegan world. Whether an attendee has a food allergy, is health conscious or stands firmly by their personal or religious beliefs on how food should be prepared, creating a menu that accommodates everyone can be a headache.

Luckily, most venues are pretty accommodating to dietary restrictions. They just need to know ahead of time.

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Phone Interview Best Practices for Both Interviewers and Interviewees

Phone Interview Best Practices for Both Interviewers and Interviewees | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Phone interviews are a great way to connect with a candidate without the time and effort investment (on both sides!) that an in-person interview requires. If the position you’re hiring for includes time on the phone with those you serve - even better! You get to test drive the experience.

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Fostering a Winning Conference Culture

Fostering a Winning Conference Culture | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

I have been struck by the disparity in how an association’s organizational culture translates (or doesn’t translate) to the on-site implementation or planning of its live events. There are many associations that tout their open and supportive cultures. But when it gets to “go time,” does that culture manifest at your conferences and meetings?

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4 Ways to Build Anticipation for Your Next Event 

4 Ways to Build Anticipation for Your Next Event  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Uber-novelist Stephen King once offered some deep insight into hype and buzz. He said when the message lands, and there then becomes a groundswell of genuine interest, that becomes “buzz.” It almost always portends good things (the success of your product launch, new feature rollout, etc.)—and creating that spark is what marketers live for. Marketers should pay attention to this insight because it goes straight to the heart of why consumers get excited about certain things.

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How to Write The Perfect Event Invitation Email 

How to Write The Perfect Event Invitation Email  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

In 2018, 281 billion emails were sent and received. That causes a problem for event creators trying to compete for attention in event-goers’ cluttered inboxes.

There are many email marketing strategies you can use to stand out in event-goers’ inboxes, but the most important is your email copy. Here’s what you need to know to stand out with your event invitation email copy.

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The Anatomy of a Successful Conference Website

The Anatomy of a Successful Conference Website | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Conference-goers are a discerning lot. Sure, they’re looking for great content to further their career development—but at a good price. And like 88 percent of savvy consumers today, the first place they’re going to look for more information about your event is online: your event website.

But just because a potential attendee finds your conference website doesn’t mean you’re in the clear. You’ve only got 10 seconds to capture their interest, so your site needs to present the right information to capitalize on that window, especially by providing a seamless checkout.

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Meeting Attendees Preferences

Meeting Attendees Preferences | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

With 85 percent of responding planners saying that the latest generations of attendees are forcing greater integration of new technology into events, and 85 percent of planners also saying that “experience creation” is a more prominent task for them than ever before, the 2019 Meeting Room of the Future report from the International Association of Conference Centers shows that planners must work multiple angles in order to ensure the effectiveness of their events.

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3 Ideas Worth Sharing from MPI WEC

3 Ideas Worth Sharing from MPI WEC | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

In the spirit of the theme of Meeting Professionals International’s World Education Conference 2019in Toronto, the Smart Meetings team gathered lessons from the main stage and The Village floor to share with event professionals who couldn’t attend.

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10 Daily Habits to Help You Increase Productivity

10 Daily Habits to Help You Increase Productivity | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Is your daily routine leaving you tired and burnt out? Do you find it hard to build up the energy to get even the smallest tasks done? Well, you’re not alone. The job of event professional is consistently rated one of the most stressful after emergency responder and surgeon—a condition that can lead to stagnation. But even the most junior meeting manager knows that nothing gets the blood flowing like crossing things off a checklist.

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How to Give Back to the Community on a Budget

How to Give Back to the Community on a Budget | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Finding ways to include corporate social responsibility initiatives in events is an increasingly important detail as employee-driven activism is rising around the world. Unfortunately, there isn’t always a significant amount of funding available in the budget to design and implement give-back activities. While this does present a challenge, it’s also an opportunity for savvy event professionals to think creatively about how to help organizations achieve these goals.

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4 of Your Most Costly Event Expenses (and How to Reduce Them)

4 of Your Most Costly Event Expenses (and How to Reduce Them) | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Dreaming of a bigger budget? You’re not alone.

The 2019 Eventbrite Pulse Report found that the second key concern for event organisers is insufficient budgets. Just under 45% of respondents said it was a challenge for them in 2018 and, although it looks like budgetary pressure is expected to improve this year, 37% of organisers still state that it will be a challenge.

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What Attendees Look for On Your Event Website 

What Attendees Look for On Your Event Website  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

When a curious event-goer lands on your website, you’ve only got 10 seconds to capture their attention. Will your event website grab someone’s attention in such a short amount of time?

If it’s not, that might be because event websites are very different from every other website. And if you don’t understand why your site should be different, your event attendance may suffer as a result.

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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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For More Memorable Meetings, Walk in Your Attendees’ Shoes

For More Memorable Meetings, Walk in Your Attendees’ Shoes | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

To get a handle on some of the positives and negatives of your meeting, start your planning with a “sensory exposure audit” of what attendees will experience, from pre-meeting mailings through the meeting itself and afterwards. Just as political campaigns have “advance agents” who walk through every step of an event to consider all that might go right or wrong, you can mentally visualize each “vignette” attendees could encounter.

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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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Make the Most Out of Microsoft Outlook

Make the Most Out of Microsoft Outlook | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Inbox zero is something people love to talk about, but it remains elusive for many of us. That need not be the case any longer.

Audrey Thomas, founder of Organized Audrey, recently shared tips in an FICP webinar on how to achieve inbox cleanliness and how to maintain it. With proper use of the calendar, task feature and rule creation, you’ll be an expert at Outlook in no time.

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