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The Regenerative Event Checklist

The Regenerative Event Checklist | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

As lockdown measures begin to loosen in Europe, life is slowly starting to resemble a more familiar past. However, there are notable differences, with the visitor economy and meetings industry, particularly hard hit. As we set out to recover from the impacts of covid-19, leaders are calling for a green and fair recovery to avoid a return to the ‘old normal’. It follows, that the meetings industry in particular will experience a tough rebound, unless both the economic importance of the industry, and a clear vision and plan for a more sustainable and regenerative way of organising events is defined.

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Advocating for Events Industry Takes Center Stage at EIC 

Advocating for Events Industry Takes Center Stage at EIC  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

It only makes sense that Events Industry Council’s EIC Advance virtual event running Wednesday through Friday of this week includes a focus on advocacy. After all, the new event is described as being laser-focused on advancing the industry, which will be a key catalyst to global economic recovery.

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PlanetIMEX Dove Deep on Education, Inspiration and Restarting

PlanetIMEX Dove Deep on Education, Inspiration and Restarting | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The streaming feed of PlanetIMEX last week was both more and less than the massive industry gathering that traditionally descends on Las Vegas each fall. The immersive platform built on the 3D experience built in May to relieve the withdrawal symptoms of those missing IMEX Frankfurt. The October edition featured education, community and interactive undersea graphics.

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EIC Offers Hope for Displaced Meeting Professionals

EIC Offers Hope for Displaced Meeting Professionals | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The latest Events Industry Council (EIC) APEX COVID-19 Business Recovery Task Force Accepted Practices Guide created a place where those affected by the pandemic slowdown in the meetings and events industry can go for help. The new “book” on Workforce and Wellness covers everything from finding a new job and learning the skills to advance in their current positions to a Dr. Brene Brown segment on comping with grief, fear and anxiety during corona.

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Virtual Keynotes Need a Unique Flavor

Virtual Keynotes Need a Unique Flavor | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Among the sessions that will take place during the PlanetIMEX, October 12-16 online gathering is a keynote presentation by Brian Fanzo, digital futurist and creator of social-media channel iSocialFanz. His topic for the audience of meeting and event planners: Finding speakers who fully reinvent their keynotes for the virtual medium rather than trying to deliver their keynote mostly as they would in-person, which is bound to disappoint.

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Paint the Town Red: How 2,000 Event Venues Came Together for One Night

Paint the Town Red: How 2,000 Event Venues Came Together for One Night | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Event professionals are not the type to sit still during a pandemic. Case in point: last month's slew of eye-catching “empty events,” which were held across the country to draw attention to the struggling live event industry and advocate for government support.

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How to Keep the C-level Engaged In-person and Online

How to Keep the C-level Engaged In-person and Online | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

When hosting a physical event for executives, the emphasis is often on creating a relaxing atmosphere where C-level leaders feel comfortable enough to share their thoughts and experiences. Exclusive environments in private dining rooms with the finest wines featuring key participants make the networking opportunity valuable for all participants.

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Re-incorporating Sustainability into the Future of Meetings

Re-incorporating Sustainability into the Future of Meetings | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

While meetings professionals and the hospitality partners they work with have been understandably focused on the health and safety of event attendees since the appearance of the COVID-19 pandemic, both groups realize the continued importance of incorporating sustainability measures into those events, as well.

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Have You Created a Medical Contingency Plan Yet?

Have You Created a Medical Contingency Plan Yet? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

How can you provide a safe and secure environment for your attendees in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic? It begins with confidence. Many meeting planners are looking to someone else to tell them the right way to plan a successful and safe event. However, as a meeting organizer and expert at your craft, you’ll deliver a better and safer experience if you have the confidence to take the lead and instruct your venue, hotel and vendors with your own individual COVID-19 contingency planning requirements.

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Texting isn't the Best way of Having a Serious Chat. But this is…

Texting isn't the Best way of Having a Serious Chat. But this is… | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Meetology's Jonathan Bradshaw explores why, if you need to have a serious chat, you’d be better off avoiding texting as a way of communicating.

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Safety Considerations for Online Events

Safety Considerations for Online Events | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

COVID-19 has made online events more popular than ever — from a health perspective, it’s the safest way to gather while COVID-19 transmission remains a risk. But there are still risks associated with an online event that warrant consideration. Be aware of those risks and consider the following when planning your next online event:

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The Future of Events Is Definitely Hybrid: What Will They Look Like?

The Future of Events Is Definitely Hybrid: What Will They Look Like? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

There is one question on the minds of event professionals looking at getting back to live events, what will hybrid look like? Here is a potential scenario.

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How to Create a COVID-era Event Marketing Plan

How to Create a COVID-era Event Marketing Plan | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

As event professionals know, even the best-planned gathering can fall flat without the right marketing. To maximize the impact of and business results from your online or real-world event at a time when some people might be hesitant to travel, it’s vital to start with a comprehensive event marketing plan. This plan outlines the different components your event marketing will need (like a website and content strategy that addresses any concerns prospective attendees might have) and enables you to build a marketing timeline that will attract the maximum number of guests to your event.

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Neuroscience Secrets for Adapting to COVID-19 Meetings

Neuroscience Secrets for Adapting to COVID-19 Meetings | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Society as a whole–including meeting planners–failed to prepare effectively for the COVID-19 pandemic. You probably experienced extreme stressors ranging from sudden event cancellations to uncertainty about how to protect future meetings. As a neuroscientist whose expertise is in disaster avoidance, decision making, strategic planning and risk management, I have some strategic suggestions for how meeting planners can best adapt to and plan for the long-term impact of the pandemic.

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5 Tips for Designing Engaging Virtual Meetings

5 Tips for Designing Engaging Virtual Meetings | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Virtual meetings require careful design to keep attendees engaged and deliver value for the hosts. But how do you translate the energy and insights from a face-to-face meeting through a computer screen? Marteen Vannest, senior consultant at Meeting Design Institute, which produces a free masterclass and certified training on producing online meetings, suggests starting with the “why” of the meeting.

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Advocacy’s Role in Our COVID-19 Recovery

Advocacy’s Role in Our COVID-19 Recovery | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

As we move into the summer months, our industry is still assessing the toll that COVID-19 has/is/will be taking on exhibitions and events. As reported by the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) in late April, we are gaining a clearer picture from data fielded by an ongoing survey to business-to-business (B2B) exhibition executives. In addition to monitoring the economic impact, industry leaders have been proactive in finding solutions to the logistical challenges unique to trade shows when dealing with communicable diseases such as this novel coronavirus.

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Your Post-COVID Planner Contract Questions Answered

Your Post-COVID Planner Contract Questions Answered | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Addendums, amendments, mutual cancellation clauses, “frustration of purpose”—what do they all mean? And when should each be applied? In the latest Smart Meetings Accelerator “Top Planner Contract Questions Answered,” Lisa Sommer Devlin, an expert in contract law at Devlin Law Firm, answers those very questions (and more) for planners.

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Venues & Vendors: A Way Forward Through Sustainability

Venues & Vendors: A Way Forward Through Sustainability | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Venue and vendor services need to look ahead at sustainable solutions for moving forward to include the environmental impacts that they can include.

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Planning Live Events? Focus on Psychological Safety

Planning Live Events? Focus on Psychological Safety | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

In my conversations with meeting planners, many of the concerns I hear around planning live meetings in this new normal are logistical: how will we practice social distancing? Will I need more space for the same size event? How can we handle food and beverages?

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What Virtual Attendees Want

What Virtual Attendees Want | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

In a recent survey of more than 1,000 people who have attended at least one in-person conference and one virtual conference, the preferences for how virtual events are scheduled, priced, and executed became clear—and revealed a few surprises. For instance, 85 percent of respondents under age 24 prefer in-person conferences to virtual ones, despite their technological acumen. On the other hand, only 67 percent of respondents aged 35-44 preferred in-person events, with family responsibilities being a likely factor driving that lower percentage.

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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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Black Event Industry Leaders Call for Action

Black Event Industry Leaders Call for Action | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The event industry is suffering from inaction and a lack of representation. We spoke to four black leaders and they gave us a plan to change that. At EventMB, diversity and inclusion in the event industry is a topic that we hold very dear to our hearts. 

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10 Sustainable + Hygienic Tips for the Post-Corona MICE World

10 Sustainable + Hygienic Tips for the Post-Corona MICE World | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

To hold the pandemic at bay, disposable items seem to be the easy solution to keep things clean and safe. But do not throw out the baby with the bath water! The MICE industry has come a long way in recent years to help slow man-made climate change—which, don’t forget, will hit us with its own health challenges down the road.

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A New #HospitalityStrong Initiative

A New #HospitalityStrong Initiative | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

While the financial hit from massive layoffs and furloughs in the hospitality industry has been devastating, COVID-19 has also highlighted the creativity and strength of the meetings industry. Venues have donated unused food and supplies from cancelled events and hotels have been housing healthcare workers all over the country. Planners have made masks and raised funds for their communities. More recently, industry speaker and resiliency expert Deborah Gardner launched an initiative to help both front-line workers and furloughed or laid-off hospitality staff.

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3 Ways to Engage During Your Next Online Meeting

3 Ways to Engage During Your Next Online Meeting | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Even before we started taking the necessary steps of social distancing by fully telecommuting, work was trending virtual. Zoom meetings were commonplace and webinars occurred regularly, but the current state of things has resulted in an even fuller reliance on digital methods of communication.

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The Regenerative Event Checklist

The Regenerative Event Checklist | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

As lockdown measures begin to loosen in Europe, life is slowly starting to resemble a more familiar past. However, there are notable differences, with the visitor economy and meetings industry, particularly hard hit. As we set out to recover from the impacts of covid-19, leaders are calling for a green and fair recovery to avoid a return to the ‘old normal’. It follows, that the meetings industry in particular will experience a tough rebound, unless both the economic importance of the industry, and a clear vision and plan for a more sustainable and regenerative way of organising events is defined.

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