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Front cover IMEX Policy Forum 2018 summary report
The summary report of 2018's IMEX Policy Forum has just been released to the public for download. Prepared by Rod Cameron, Executive Director of the Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC), the report contains an overview of the day's proceedings.

Generation X & Y (they are also called Generation Why?) & Z will change the business events industry!

After a successful three years of global advocacy, the fourth edition of Global Meetings Industry Day takes place on Thursday 4 April. Here's how to get involved in this amazing chance for global industry advocacy (and fun)!
After a successful three years of global advocacy, the fourth edition of Global Meetings Industry Day takes place on Thursday 4 April. Here's how to get involved in this amazing chance for global industry advocacy (and fun)!

Marit Imeland Gjesme, Founder of CultureCatch Consultancy, guides Headquarter Magazine’s readers to successfully optimise cross-cultural teams and business meetings.
Marit Imeland Gjesme, Founder of CultureCatch Consultancy, guides Headquarter Magazine’s readers to successfully optimise cross-cultural teams and business meetings.

But with so many exciting new trends in meetings and events, how can you spot the one which is likely to have the most impact on your business and events?

Cities look to 'intellectual capitalism' to feed future growth
Destinations which align themselves to knowledge clusters like biotech, fintech or healthcare reap benefits through attracting conferences, talent and investment, according to James Latham, Producer of Business Events at legacy network The Iceberg.

“The Power of Conferences: stories of serendipity, innovation, and driving social change”, produced by Business Events Sydney and the University of Technology Sydney, gives undeniable evidence that conferences can, and do, create social change.

What draws participants in to new events each year-- and what brings them back? From keynotes to panel discussions, an organiser’s focus is on building an impressive, content-rich experience that aims to delight and inspire.

In the present chaos of the world right now, human beings are
living between the acts of awakening and surrender.

When we meet face-to-face—across our cities or around the world—something powerful happens.

Associations can no longer afford to ignore these two driving forces

Part of Meetings Industry Advocacy should be how meetings can facilitate and advance positive societal goals such as empowerment of women and recognition of their contributions.

It has long been thought that business organisations are hierarchies, islands in a vast sea of capital markets. This market hubbub over hierarchy has eclipsed the true value of a shadow organisation called the network.

It doesn’t take Einstein to conclude that motivation and empowerment are the key to retaining your human capital, yet it appears that some organisations – large and small alike, are still failing to recognize this key facet as something not to be tak

If you are tasked with creating an experience that will help your participants achieve a specific outcome, consider going experiential.

“What’s in it for me?” That’s a question Millennials are asking as they decide on upcoming conference opportunities. Meeting organizers, on the other hand, are more focused on their own goals

How much does your organization budget for professional development for employees? If yours is like most companies, the average is about $1,250 per person.

Event marketers are always after the latest, greatest tools and ideas that will engage audiences at trade shows and conferences.

To plan an effective meeting, event planners have to know where their attendees are coming from, and not just in a geological sense.

One of the many reasons I wish I could have gone to the Meeting Professionals International World Education Congress last month was to go to a session called, “Powering Up: Women and Leadership in the Meeting and Event Industry.”

David Stankiewicz, project manager/strategic programs with IEEE, a professional association for the advancement of technology, showed how meeting planners can use Google+ Hangouts to enhance an event by

Panels can be droning, painful exercises in ego-fluffing. They can feature overbearing panelists who commandeer the discussion and cow the other panelists—and the moderators who let them—into submission.

CEOs and meeting professionals are not hiring women speakers because they are not finding the right woman for their audience at the right time. Let’s be honest: There are not as many professional women speakers as men.

Many conference organizers are jumping on the micro-learning bandwagon as a silver bullet for innovating their conference education.

We regularly write about and advocate for the importance of face-to-face meetings. I may be a little biased since I make my living off of them, but here’s yet one more example of why they work so well.

Twitter allows us 140 characters to deliver a message and catch the attention of our followers to take action.

Planning a daylong hybrid meeting that includes live interaction with more than 600 participants in 80 countries is not for the faint of heart.

At the Global AgInvesting conference, event organizer HighQuest doesn’t leave networking chance.

Meetings planners can expect more socialising rather than networking and venue operators better be ready to supply the latest technology to facilitate communication for Generation Y and pimp up the mood in their centres

Among the recommendations in a new insights paper from brand experience agency FreemanXP is to hire a content DJ

Some meeting planners’ budgets are so scrutinized that they have to justify every expense.

Remember when rapper Tupac (who was killed in 1996) took the stage in hologram form at Coachella in 2012, performing with live stars Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre? (If not, here’s the link—it is pretty impressive.)

Velvet Chainsaw Consulting’s Jeff Hurt, always a thought-provoking guy, once again really got me thinking, this time about meeting industry certifications,

Of course Adrian Segar, who has been designing and facilitating meetings for 30 years, wants you to read his new book

Q&A sessions are loathed by many event planners because they are the least predictable part of many conferences.

The days of pointing a stick at a blackboard are long gone. Innovations in technology now allow us to create presentations that sing, dance, speak multiple languages, and travel the globe.

It is the method of choice for communicating the desired messages – which is what the
effectiveness of the meeting ultimately depends on.

Event professionals want more engagement at events, but are confused as to what that means, a new report has found.

I read a lot of business books, highlight the heck out of them, and then dictate into iPad Notes to capture the author’s message, along with specific action-based tips.

Apps can add real value to the attendee experience, but it’s vital to keep delegate data safe. Michael Douglas, Director of Sales, Mobile Solutions at GenieConnect by Lanyon, explains how to be safe rather than sorry.

Here is a shocking statistic: 90 percent of what we know about the brain has been discovered in the last five years.

Event planners and conference hosts all share the same concern: “Will attendees find this event helpful and useful?” You need to get the right people to your events to help both your clients and your attendees achieve their meeting objectives.

As much as I am passionate about strategic meetings management, I am equally passionate about forming long-lasting partnerships with key suppliers. For planners, this requires a mindset shift toward more trust and inclusiveness.

When guests walk through the door to your event, it’s your event staffers who will ensure that they experience the event as you’ve planned and envisioned it. Are they up to the task?

People no longer come to your meetings to get information. They come to make sense of the deluge of information they already have.

The event planning software company Social Tables and the advocacy group Meetings Mean Business have collaborated with industry experts on a trend report called “The 9 Ways Meetings Will Impact Hotels in 2015.”

As physicians adjust to the new era of patient care, medical associations are grappling with a new set of challenges to attract, engage and educate healthcare professionals.

Like Smokey the Bear imploring each of us to take care of the forests, Roger Rickard recently implored a group of meeting professionals to join the Meetings Mean Business Coalition to protect the future of the meetings industry.

Hold a meeting at an Omni property, use the hotel company’s technology partner, Encore Event Technologies, a Freeman Company, and get a free event app.

We're all aware how crucial gathering attendee insights is for the success of any event.