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“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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.”
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.
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
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.)
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.”
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.
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.
Planners who attended the recent Omni Hotels & Resorts Be Collaborative education and networking event in Boston are now designated Omni Meetings Specialists, having taken the Omni Meetings University online course and passed the multiple-choice exam
Meeting Planners will always rank increasing face-to-face registration numbers as the top priority, but many of leaders in the industry are working to put a portion of that F2F (Face-to-Face) experience into a virtual package.
In our super hi-tech and super connected IT world, I have always supported the view that virtual meetings through conference calls, video calls, webinars and all the other means we use to communicate can never replace a firm hand-shake and a face-to-