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World Domination, SocialTables, CAD and Who's Local at your events? + MORE

Every day we search the web for interesting articles, snippets, and links that we think you our readers may be interested in. 
Here is the list for today – we hope you find them interesting.
Designing Conference Customers, Not Just Traditional Conferences
We are thinking about conference innovation from the wrong perspective.
We usually think about conference innovation as something we create for our paying attendees. Or we think about innovation as something we design with attendees through crowdsourcing.
We need to make a critical leap. Conference innovation is a way to design attendees!
Innovation should be treated as a medium and method for (re)desigining customer…

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World Domination, SocialTables, CAD and Who's Local at your events?World Domination, SocialTables, CAD and Who’s Local at your events?

On todays show we have Mike McAllen talking about the World Domination Summit.  Jon Trask talking about SocialTables and other CAD type programs.  Adrian Segar talks about Who’s Local at your meetings.
Jon Trask segment Social Tables, Auto CAD and Vectorworks are the focus today as Jon takes a look at some of the various room diagraming options available to planners…

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Your Competitors Are Using Big Data To Improve Their Events [Infographic]
Big data has been on the lips of many business professionals for some time now.
So is it a big mistake or a promising trend to apply?
Expo and Global Experience Specialists (GES) developed a study that looks at how event producers and exhibitors are collecting and analyzing data to help their customers and their own organizations…

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Increase Your Conference Attendee Engagement By Increasing Relevance
“How can I increase engagement at my conference?”
It’s a question I hear a lot. “How can I help my attendees increase their engagement?”
What’s my answer?
Increase the relevance.

Increase the relevance of the content.

Increase the relevance of the learning experience.

Oh and by the way, what type of engagement are you talking about?
The Camouflaged Faux Engaged Attendee
As meeting professionals, we struggle with defining attendee engagement…

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Your Conference Needs A Customer Vision Statement
What is your vision for your conference customer?
In case you are confused by the term conference customer, I mean your paying attendee or registrant. What is your vision for your conference customer, the paying attendee?
How do you hope to help your paying attendee to grow, evolve or transform? What traits and characteristics do you desire to create in your customers through your conference experience?
Those are some tough questions we need to consider…

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307 Jon Trask, Tamsen Webster + MORE

Our pick-list for the week includes articles on event planning, venue selection, supplier management, as well as IT and software choices.
Are Your Conference Speakers Tickling Ears Or Transforming Lives?012 Nagasena (Scratched Ear) by Photo Dharma
Several months ago, a well-known established professional speaker chided me publicly in Facebook because of a post I wrote about how our brains thrive on images.
This speaker said that he didn’t need to add visuals to his presentations because all of his clients were extremely satisfied with his keynote presentations…

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Changes In The Information Cycle Are Driving Conference Education Reform
Conferences (and associations) used to be the go-to source for information and content about a profession or industry.
Today, the tools of content creation and distribution actually rest in the hands of individuals. Anyone can create and share content. While not everyone wants to be a content creator, everyone has an interest in organizing and packing information in their own, unique way…

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Mobile Tools for Event Pros

– elitemeetings.com

Mobile Tools  for  Event Pros
Planning Tools Evernote: With the ability to record voice memos, attach files (such as contracts), add tags, and color-code multiple notebooks, Evernote is notebook-keeping to the max. You can easily create an event bible using Evernote, and the beauty is that because the notes are synchronized across the cloud, you can access your content from any device—even a Web browser on your assistant’s laptop…

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307 Jon Trask, Tamsen Webster

– grassshackroad.com/

Jon Trask gives meeting organisers the run down on Infocomm that happened last week in Las Vegas.  Lots of cool machines to make your next event really shine.
Tamsen Webster talk to Mike McAllen about how she helps companies and individuals communicate better.  Sh ereally gives some great nuggets of information and everyone has listened to an executive who is not a good speaker…

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MPI Names New Leadership for 2014-2015

Congratulations to the new leadership of Meeting Professionals International (MPI), whose terms became effective July 1, 2014. The new leadership represents a diverse group of individuals, several of whom also serve on Elite Meetings’ own advisory board. We’re especially pleased that our own EMEA regional director, Alda Egurrola-Wienke, will be serve as a council member for that region…

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The GBTA Show: Seeing Stars in the City of Angels
Many of the Elite Meetings International (EMI) staff will be making the short drive south to Los Angeles for the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) convention, taking place July 26-30, 2014. We’ll be one of the 400 exhibiting companies in attendance. I know what you’re thinking…that’s enough to make anyone want to register, right? But as an added incentive, the clever show organizers have something else up their sleeves…

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Midsize City, Maximum Appeal—Memphis

By Annette Burden ……………………………………………………………..
Meeting planners find an impressive package of conference facilities for up to 10,000 people at the heart of Memphis…

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Conferences Are Creating Toxic Events With Visual Logorrhea + MORE

We at conventions.net are continually scouring the net to find new sources of information for our readers. Some of the articles and posts are just so good that feel we need to share them.
What You Are Doing Today Probably Will Not Drive Your Long Term Conference Growth
Most conference strategy is stuck!
It’s stuck in strategic thinking based on ideas and frameworks designed for a different era. Our current conference growth strategy is out of context with today’s dramatic accelerated pace of change.
We have taken for granted a set of growth strategy assumptions that served us in the past…

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Todays show we have:
Top 5 Trends in the meetings industry.
 
Chris Brogan talking about his new book
Freaks Shall inherit the Earth
Enjoy.
Mike

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Your Conference Needs More Joyful Silence
Most conferences emphasize the spoken word.
Usually, the aim of a conference is to provide stimulating speakers, fun entertainment, engaging networking, new business leads, great music and healthy food. The conference experience is typically geared to an extrovert, Type-A Personality.
But how often do we use the power of silence and solitude in a conference experience? How frequently do we encourage contemplative thought? How common is it for the conference to provide opportunities for reflection, meditation and deeper thinking without all the background noise?
Shaken And Stirred
Most conference experiences try to cram as many speakers, sessions and receptions as possible into a short time frame…

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How to compare all of your proposals side by side?
Did you know, you are able to compare all of your proposals side by side? Once you receive at least 2 proposals, you will see the Compare Proposal link under the name of your event.
The excel spreadsheet lists all of the properties your RFP was  sent to with the information they included in their proposals…

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Conference Growth Is Connected To Unique Attendee Experiences
If you want to grow your conference, you need to annually create a unique conference experience.
You also need to create an emotional bond with your registrants. We have to remember that our registrants are people too.
And your conference experience should help them solve the issues that are keeping them up at night…

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Most Association And Conference Beliefs About Attendee Learning Are Wasted Efforts
The empirical research on how we learn and remember shows that…
…Most of what we know as truth about learning is nothing more than wasted effort!
The learning opportunities that we offer to our customers and members are based on outdated theory, lore, past experiences and gut instincts. And the empirical evidence says much of our education offerings are nothing more than wasted effort and time!
Our Intuition About Learning Is Wrong
“People generally are going about learning in the wrong ways,” say the authors of Make It Stick: The Science Of Successful Learning…

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Conferences Are Creating Toxic Events With Visual Logorrhea
Most conferences spread verbal diarrhea and visual logorrhea like viral diseases.
We create toxic airborne events cluttering the conference experience with an overuse of monologues, panel dialogues and slideuments. Author Garr Reynolds coined the word slideument referring to presentations that have enough text that they can “speak for themselves…

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Your wedding guests will remember many things about your special day – your wedding dress, the venue, the fun and yes most importantly the lip-smacking food! Of course, it will matter to you as well with the catering likely to be your main concern and biggest expenditure for the wedding event. The key here is to hire the best professional wedding caterers, who will create the best menu for your wedding event at affordable rates…

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What Are You Becoming? + MORE

Every day we search the web for interesting articles, snippets, and links that we think you our readers may be interested in. 
Here is the list for today – we hope you find them interesting.
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 conference planner

Conferences Are Creating Toxic Events With Visual Logorrhea + MORE

Most conferences spread verbal diarrhea and visual logorrhea like viral diseases. We create toxic airborne events cluttering the conference experience with an overuse of monologues, panel dialogues and slideuments. Author Garr Reynolds coined the word slideument referring to presentations that have.... More »
 venue checklist

World Domination, SocialTables, CAD and Who's Local at your events? + MORE

World Domination, SocialTables, CAD and Who's Local at your events? On todays show we have Mike McAllen talking about the World Domination Summit.  Jon Trask talking about SocialTables and other CAD type programs.  Adrian Segar talks about Who's Local at your meetings. Jon Trask segment S.... More »
 event coordinator

307 Jon Trask, Tamsen Webster + MORE

Jon Trask gives meeting organisers the run down on Infocomm that happened last week in Las Vegas.  Lots of cool machines to make your next event really shine. Tamsen Webster talk to Mike McAllen about how she helps companies and individuals communicate better.  Sh ereally gives some great .... More »

What Are You Becoming?

– jeffhurtblog.com/

What Are You Becoming?
Dear Meeting And Association Professional:
Here are some of my personal reflections, shaped by many of the people I read and those that have touched my life that I recently shared with NACE 2014 participants.
I ask you the same thing I asked them…
What Are You Becoming?

What Are You Becoming? from Jeff Hurt
 
What are you becoming?
We might be shaped by our pasts but our futures are always open…

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Going All-In for Conference Improvement
You may have noticed that our blog post frequency slowed down a bit in May.
Our team was busy upgrading and converting our blog and website. We’re happy to announce that work is complete and the resources available to the industry we love are more accessible and plentiful than ever!
We appreciate and value, you, our blog readers and subscribers! If you’re reading this via email or RSS feed, you may not have noticed the changes and additional resources available on our homebase – Velvet Chainsaw dot com…

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Meetings Podcast Incentive Research Foundation, Convene Salary Survey, 3 Ways to be more Productive + MORE

We at conventions.net are continually scouring the net to find new sources of information for our readers. Some of the articles and posts are just so good that feel we need to share them.
Latest Updates
 venue selection

What Are You Becoming? + MORE

Dear Meeting And Association Professional: Here are some of my personal reflections, shaped by many of the people I read and those that have touched my life that I recently shared with NACE 2014 participants. I ask you the same thing I asked them… What Are You Becoming? What Are You Becoming? .... More »
 venue checklist

World Domination, SocialTables, CAD and Who's Local at your events? + MORE

World Domination, SocialTables, CAD and Who's Local at your events? On todays show we have Mike McAllen talking about the World Domination Summit.  Jon Trask talking about SocialTables and other CAD type programs.  Adrian Segar talks about Who's Local at your meetings. Jon Trask segment S.... More »
 event coordinator

307 Jon Trask, Tamsen Webster + MORE

Jon Trask gives meeting organisers the run down on Infocomm that happened last week in Las Vegas.  Lots of cool machines to make your next event really shine. Tamsen Webster talk to Mike McAllen about how she helps companies and individuals communicate better.  Sh ereally gives some great .... More »
 conference planner

Conferences Are Creating Toxic Events With Visual Logorrhea + MORE

Most conferences spread verbal diarrhea and visual logorrhea like viral diseases. We create toxic airborne events cluttering the conference experience with an overuse of monologues, panel dialogues and slideuments. Author Garr Reynolds coined the word slideument referring to presentations that have.... More »

Incentive Planning

– elitemeetings.com

Incentive Planning
Incentive trips are once again on the rise, and one of my personal favorite things to plan. As a recent “plus-one” on an incentive travel trip to Mexico, I was able to witness, firsthand, some of the pitfalls and challenges of such programs. The following are some key themes I observed, and think might help in planning incentive travel programs…

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Events for the Senses

– elitemeetings.com

Events for the Senses

SIGHT
Sensory experiences are only as vivid as the memories they leave behind. Photo booths offer guests visual mementos of their fun. We often recommend syncing a photo booth with social media Web sites so that guests can instantly upload their photos and videos to Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter…

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Todays Show 304 Meetings Podcast Incentive Research Foundation, Convene Salary Survey, 3 tips to be more productive
 
 
 
Editors Sue Pelletierand Barbara Scofidio from MeetingsNet discuss what happened down in Mexico at Incentive Research Foundation Invitational. They share some tips from the educational day…

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The Wrong Way To Approach Conference Sponsorship + MORE

We at conventions.net are continually scouring the net to find new sources of information for our readers. Some of the articles and posts are just so good that feel we need to share them.
Latest Updates
 conference planner

Meetings Podcast Incentive Research Foundation, Convene Salary Survey, 3 Ways to be more Productive + MORE

Todays Show 304 Meetings Podcast Incentive Research Foundation, Convene Salary Survey, 3 tips to be more productive       Editors Sue Pelletierand Barbara Scofidio from MeetingsNet discuss what happened down in Mexico at Incentive Research Foundation Invitational. They share some tip.... More »
 conference planner

Conferences Are Creating Toxic Events With Visual Logorrhea + MORE

Most conferences spread verbal diarrhea and visual logorrhea like viral diseases. We create toxic airborne events cluttering the conference experience with an overuse of monologues, panel dialogues and slideuments. Author Garr Reynolds coined the word slideument referring to presentations that have.... More »
 venue selection

What Are You Becoming? + MORE

Dear Meeting And Association Professional: Here are some of my personal reflections, shaped by many of the people I read and those that have touched my life that I recently shared with NACE 2014 participants. I ask you the same thing I asked them… What Are You Becoming? What Are You Becoming? .... More »
 event coordinator

307 Jon Trask, Tamsen Webster + MORE

Jon Trask gives meeting organisers the run down on Infocomm that happened last week in Las Vegas.  Lots of cool machines to make your next event really shine. Tamsen Webster talk to Mike McAllen about how she helps companies and individuals communicate better.  Sh ereally gives some great .... More »
Delivering Community And Connections at ConferencesCalSAE Elevate 2014. Community and connections. Closing general session gallery activity. Photo by Steve Pate-Newberry, SPN Photography .
Does your conference have connexity?
Not sure what that means? Or even if your conference has it?
Well, the success of your face-to-face meetings depends on it!
Connexity Happens When…
Connexity happens when community and connecting collide! In a good way of course…

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The Wrong Way To Approach Conference Sponsorship
Logos hanging from the ceiling at the tradeshow.
Ads covering windows, elevator doors and escalator ramps. Symbols, signs and emblems stuck to the floor, carpet and wrapping columns. Logos on lanyards, room keys and conference bags.
All of these are the traditional ways conferences approach sponsorship…

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The Six Types Of Audiences Your Conference Needs To Succeed
Your conference audience is your most important asset.
Imagine your conference for a minute without an audience. Imagine exhibitors and sponsors showing up but no audience arrives. What happens?
Your conference needs an audience to survive. And you need a loyal audience if your conference is to grow and evolve…

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Conference Improvement Means People Improvement
The quality of a conference’s education program cannot exceed the quality of its speakers.
The message is simple. What speakers do during keynotes, breakouts, concurrents, symposiums and workshops, matters. The greatest variance in our conferences relates to our presenters.
In short, a conference education program cannot give what it does not have…

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Conferences Are Providing Inferior Education Through Lectures
Conferences are providing inferior education if all they provide is didactic, presenter monologue lectures.
Yes, that’s right. The speaker lecture is ineffective and inferior! If all your attendees do is sit and listen passively to speakers, you’re providing bad conference education!
At least that’s what 2001 Physics Noble Price recipient, Stanford professor and former director for science at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Carl Weiman says regarding lectures…

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On our show today we have 3 great segments1)   Going to the Chapel with Dana Frecker Doody from The Expo GroupDana talks about Marrying your Education and Exhibition experiences can create a long, fruitful symbiosis to engage attendees. Some smart planners in corporations and associations are creating content on their show floor that directly brings in their conference speakers, further bridging the mental gap that often can exist between conference and exhibition…

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302 Meetings Podcast Social Tables IMEX Franfurt Visit, Handling Information Overload + MORE

Our picks of the week – to keep you up to date with the meeting and events industry.
Latest Updates
 food selection

The Wrong Way To Approach Conference Sponsorship + MORE

Logos hanging from the ceiling at the tradeshow. Ads covering windows, elevator doors and escalator ramps. Symbols, signs and emblems stuck to the floor, carpet and wrapping columns. Logos on lanyards, room keys and conference bags. All of these are the traditional ways conferences approach sponsor.... More »
 venue checklist

World Domination, SocialTables, CAD and Who's Local at your events? + MORE

World Domination, SocialTables, CAD and Who's Local at your events? On todays show we have Mike McAllen talking about the World Domination Summit.  Jon Trask talking about SocialTables and other CAD type programs.  Adrian Segar talks about Who's Local at your meetings. Jon Trask segment S.... More »
 event coordinator

307 Jon Trask, Tamsen Webster + MORE

Jon Trask gives meeting organisers the run down on Infocomm that happened last week in Las Vegas.  Lots of cool machines to make your next event really shine. Tamsen Webster talk to Mike McAllen about how she helps companies and individuals communicate better.  Sh ereally gives some great .... More »
 conference planner

Conferences Are Creating Toxic Events With Visual Logorrhea + MORE

Most conferences spread verbal diarrhea and visual logorrhea like viral diseases. We create toxic airborne events cluttering the conference experience with an overuse of monologues, panel dialogues and slideuments. Author Garr Reynolds coined the word slideument referring to presentations that have.... More »
Revamping Your Conference Social Media Strategy
Are you bald yet from pulling your hair out dealing with recent social medial platform changes?
Or perhaps you’ve spent all afternoon biting your nails wondering how to adapt your conference social media strategy to the platform changes.
Social Media Platform Changes Yet Again
In the past few months, Facebook has dramatically changed how company page posts appear in our newsfeed…

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On todays show we feature 2 segments:
 
 
 
1) Claire Harrington CMP and Public Relations Manager of talks to Dan Berger CEO & Founder of Social Tables. They discuss Dan’s recent visit to IMEX Frankfurt,  Marketplace Opportunities, Technology commoditization (fragmentation) and what that means for meeting planners, Meeting Automation/Strategy…

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What’s new at Michelle Rago Destinations…. + MORE

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302 Meetings Podcast Social Tables IMEX Franfurt Visit, Handling Information Overload + MORE

On todays show we feature 2 segments:       1) Claire Harrington CMP and Public Relations Manager of talks to Dan Berger CEO & Founder of Social Tables. They discuss Dan's recent visit to IMEX Frankfurt,  Marketplace Opportunities, Technology commoditization (fragmentation) .... More »
 venue selection

What Are You Becoming? + MORE

Dear Meeting And Association Professional: Here are some of my personal reflections, shaped by many of the people I read and those that have touched my life that I recently shared with NACE 2014 participants. I ask you the same thing I asked them… What Are You Becoming? What Are You Becoming? .... More »
 conference planner

Meetings Podcast Incentive Research Foundation, Convene Salary Survey, 3 Ways to be more Productive + MORE

Todays Show 304 Meetings Podcast Incentive Research Foundation, Convene Salary Survey, 3 tips to be more productive       Editors Sue Pelletierand Barbara Scofidio from MeetingsNet discuss what happened down in Mexico at Incentive Research Foundation Invitational. They share some tip.... More »
 food selection

The Wrong Way To Approach Conference Sponsorship + MORE

Logos hanging from the ceiling at the tradeshow. Ads covering windows, elevator doors and escalator ramps. Symbols, signs and emblems stuck to the floor, carpet and wrapping columns. Logos on lanyards, room keys and conference bags. All of these are the traditional ways conferences approach sponsor.... More »

Fam Etiquette

– elitemeetings.com

Fam Etiquette
 
When people comment that “meeting planning is a cake job,” I often laugh and think to myself, “you have absolutely no clue what my job fully entails!” I must confess that there are some serious perks (and much deserved, as far as I’m concerned) to being a meeting planner. One of those perks is the opportunity to attend familiarization trips (fam trips)…

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What’s new at Michelle Rago Destinations….A new face and a facelift!

One of the toughest aspects of being an entrepreneur is marketing and branding. We are constant gardeners. It is a task I happen to love but it takes a tremendous amount of time and dedication. I spend hours thinking about what message goes out into the world and what kind of business my market presence will bring back…

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Your Conference Needs An Innovative Strategy
Executives and conference organizers need to train themselves to look for change!
Innovative organizations look out the window, away from the organization as well as look inside the organization for opportunities.
They embrace change as an opportunity to innovate. Not as a threat.
Your Success Can Be Your Failure
Many conferences that have got into trouble in the past ten years are successes that rested on their laurels…

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She Who Dares Conference Improvement, Wins
Most conferences are so safe.
Yawn! So boring…so tame! Contagious yawn, setting off a chain reaction of conference meeting yawns.
Don’t misunderstand me. I don’t think that conferences are supposed to be boring. But most are! Big yawn, time to sleep.
Creating An Adventure
What if your next conference was an adventure?
Weren’t conferences created to be places of transformation? A place where you go to meet like-minded individuals, story share, meld souls, contribute passions, solve problems and get inspired…

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How to send your RFP to additional hotels without re-creating the RFP + MORE

We at conventions.net are continually scouring the net to find new sources of information for our readers. Some of the articles and posts are just so good that feel we need to share them.
Latest Updates
 event coordinator

307 Jon Trask, Tamsen Webster + MORE

Jon Trask gives meeting organisers the run down on Infocomm that happened last week in Las Vegas.  Lots of cool machines to make your next event really shine. Tamsen Webster talk to Mike McAllen about how she helps companies and individuals communicate better.  Sh ereally gives some great .... More »
 venue checklist

World Domination, SocialTables, CAD and Who's Local at your events? + MORE

World Domination, SocialTables, CAD and Who's Local at your events? On todays show we have Mike McAllen talking about the World Domination Summit.  Jon Trask talking about SocialTables and other CAD type programs.  Adrian Segar talks about Who's Local at your meetings. Jon Trask segment S.... More »
 venue selection

What Are You Becoming? + MORE

Dear Meeting And Association Professional: Here are some of my personal reflections, shaped by many of the people I read and those that have touched my life that I recently shared with NACE 2014 participants. I ask you the same thing I asked them… What Are You Becoming? What Are You Becoming? .... More »
 conference planner

Meetings Podcast Incentive Research Foundation, Convene Salary Survey, 3 Ways to be more Productive + MORE

Todays Show 304 Meetings Podcast Incentive Research Foundation, Convene Salary Survey, 3 tips to be more productive       Editors Sue Pelletierand Barbara Scofidio from MeetingsNet discuss what happened down in Mexico at Incentive Research Foundation Invitational. They share some tip.... More »
Out of Office– The Power of a Well-Planned Retreat
Today’s frenzied, do-more-with-less work week has presented senior business leaders with a challenging paradox—namely, how do you discuss strategic planning, brainstorm on new business opportunities, and spend quality time as a group to improve overall team chemistry when you’re already inundated with tedious conference calls and tactical staff meetings?
A well-planned executive retreat solves this contradiction by providing CEOs and their top leaders with a dedicated opportunity to come together and focus on top-of-mind issues and initiatives that are critical to business…

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How to send your RFP to additional hotels without re-creating the RFP
Did you know you can send your RFP to additional hotels without re-creating the RFP?
It’s easy, just go to your SpeedRFP dashboard on SpeedRFP.com.

Click on My RFP’s and you will see your RFP and to the right a blue button that says Send to More Hotels.

Click on the button and you will be taken to the search field, input the destination or hotel and then click Request for Proposal

You can add multiple hotels, choose your RFP from existing RFPs and click on Next Step…

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10 Ways to Make the Most Out of Your Fam Trip
10 Ways to Make the Most Out of Your Fam Trip
By Danielle Childress
A familiarization trip, more commonly known as a fam trip, is an informational visit that allows planners to personally experience the sights, sounds, and tastes of a destination. Since these trips are often larger-than-life experiences to long-dreamt-of destinations, it’s easy to get lost in the excitement of vetting a new destination…

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10 Tips for Planning Events in Europe
Over the past couple of years, the travel industry has seen a slow increase in the use of international destinations for incentive travel programs. A recent Maritz Travel study, the International Destination Index, revealed that many European destinations provide the luxury and adventure that participants particularly value in incentive travel…

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For Top Luxury Hotels and Meeting Planners, Availability is Tight, Demand is Up – and Creative, Disruptive Technology is the Key to Planning Successful Meetings in 2014 and Beyond + MORE

Every day we search the web for interesting articles, snippets, and links that we think you our readers may be interested in. 
Here is the list for today – we hope you find them interesting.
Latest Updates
 conference planner

Meetings Podcast Incentive Research Foundation, Convene Salary Survey, 3 Ways to be more Productive + MORE

Todays Show 304 Meetings Podcast Incentive Research Foundation, Convene Salary Survey, 3 tips to be more productive       Editors Sue Pelletierand Barbara Scofidio from MeetingsNet discuss what happened down in Mexico at Incentive Research Foundation Invitational. They share some tip.... More »
 event coordinator

307 Jon Trask, Tamsen Webster + MORE

Jon Trask gives meeting organisers the run down on Infocomm that happened last week in Las Vegas.  Lots of cool machines to make your next event really shine. Tamsen Webster talk to Mike McAllen about how she helps companies and individuals communicate better.  Sh ereally gives some great .... More »
 trade show planner

What’s new at Michelle Rago Destinations…. + MORE

A new face and a facelift! One of the toughest aspects of being an entrepreneur is marketing and branding. We are constant gardeners. It is a task I happen to love but it takes a tremendous amount of time and dedication. I spend hours thinking about what message goes out into the world and what kin.... More »
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Conferences Are Creating Toxic Events With Visual Logorrhea + MORE

Most conferences spread verbal diarrhea and visual logorrhea like viral diseases. We create toxic airborne events cluttering the conference experience with an overuse of monologues, panel dialogues and slideuments. Author Garr Reynolds coined the word slideument referring to presentations that have.... More »
Podcast:  Easy ways to build energy at your event, ethics, 7 ways to utilize twitter at events
On todays show our segments are:
1) Sue Pelletier – Share a few tips from the great article 48 easy ways to bring energy to your event.
2) Pat Ahaesy-Do event planners take the High Road or the Low Road which is a great ethics segment for the events industry…

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Elite Meetings International’s April 2014 Elite Meetings Alliance at the Fiesta
Americana Grand Coral Beach Cancun Resort & Spa Drives Deals, Anticipates Trends |
Santa Barbara, CA – May 7 2014 New technology and conducting business profitably and efficiently in an environment of high demand and tight budgets were hot topics at the April 2014 Elite Meetings Alliance (EMA)…

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