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    1. Join the 24-Hour Tweetfest for Event CSR

      Join the 24-Hour Tweetfest for Event CSR

      Need some fresh ideas and inspiration around corporate social responsibility and sustainability in the events industry? Help is just a click away on Friday, April 21. The third annual #CSRshareDay, a 24-hour global Twitter conversation, hopes to get 2 million people involved in sharing, retweeting, and reading about best practices, experiences, and ideas that will encourage them to make events even more sustainable.

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    2. Starting a Meeting Program: New Course from GBTA

      Starting a Meeting Program: New Course from GBTA

      The Global Business Travel Association begins a new online course next week for corporate meeting professionals.

      In five, 90-minute sessions delivered weekly, Cindy Heston, director of travel and events for Anthem, will lead participants through key competencies and advanced principles for starting a corporate meetings program or elevating an existing program.

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    3. Forget the Impossible Dream of Achieving Work/Life Balance

      While I’d be the first to say that I love technology and have quite the crush on my iPhone, our constant connectedness has changed the pace at which we work. And it is making the whole work/life balance thing even more of an unachievable dream, especially for meeting professionals.

      Did you know recent surveys have found…

      • Three out of four people admit to texting while driving. (Please stop.)

      • 39 percent say they wait for a red light before texting.

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    4. What Tomorrow’s Leaders Want—but Aren’t Getting—from Today’s Meetings

      Career development opportunities are a key motivator for 80 percent of people considering whether or not to attend a meeting, according to a recent study. Meeting organizers, however, did not rate this as a highly motivating factor.

      This was just one of several disconnects discovered by Loughborough University and Imago Venues, both based in the U.K., when they asked 430 university students and current meeting participants about their meeting experiences.

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    5. It’s Time to Face Our Scary Beasts

      It’s Time to Face Our Scary Beasts

      There are two large elephants sharing the room with associations and our meetings, and it’s time we faced them.

      The first is the ever-increasing facility with which even the most complex information and knowledge can be accessed. This is steadily eroding the traditional monopoly that associations once enjoyed as gatekeepers to their specialized fields of expertise.

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    6. Webinar: Increase the Value Proposition of Your Live Medical Event: Innovation Success Stories

      Wednesday, April 19, 20172:00 pm ET / 11:00 am PTDuration: 1 hour

      Tightened education budgets…increased competition for healthcare professionals’ time and attention…the easy availability of meaningful content online and in journals—with today’s challenging environment, it’s more difficult than ever to draw healthcare professionals to come to your live educational events. It’s also more important than ever to be able to inject new life into your event marketing and content.

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    7. How to Kick Off Your General Session in Style

      How to Kick Off Your General Session in Style

      In the immortal words of Yogi Berra, “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.” True in baseball, certainly, and in most things. However, when it comes to events, an opposite aphorism may be more apropos: “It starts before it starts.”

      You can shape a general session’s narrative well before the first speaker steps onto the stage. Here are a few tips that will help you get the most out of your general sessions.

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    8. MPI Announces Risk Management Certificate and New IACC Alliance

      MPI Announces Risk Management Certificate and New IACC Alliance

      Risk management has always been on the minds of meeting professionals, but the industry is galvanizing behind the issue in unprecedented ways in 2017, and Meeting Professionals International is at the leading edge of the trend.

      For the first time, MPI will offer an entire educational track on safety and risk management at its World Education Congress in June, with nine sessions looking at duty of care, cybersecurity, travel safety, crisis management, and more.

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    9. 5 Practical Tips for Managing Volunteer Meetings

      5 Practical Tips for Managing Volunteer Meetings

      It’s hard enough to keep staff meetings on track—and those people all work for the same boss. When you’re running a committee or board meeting comprised of volunteers, that hard job just gets a lot harder.

      Here is some practical advice to make it just a bit easier, learned from the combined experience of Rebecca DeVivo, MPH, MSW, associate executive director, education, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; Ed Dellert, RN, MBA, CHCP, chief policy and learning officer, American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy; and Suzanne Ziemnik, M.Ed, vice president, continuing professional development, American Society for ...

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    10. The Exhibition Industry Revolution Will Be Digitized—Are You Ready?

      The Exhibition Industry Revolution Will Be Digitized—Are You Ready?

      The trade show industry has quietly begun to undergo a revolution, spurred by the emergence of big data, analytics, and digital technologies. And yet all too many exhibition organizers, still happy to rely on traditional exhibit revenue streams, have been reluctant to plan for long-term digital transformation, says Denzil Rankine, executive chairman of events global events strategy consultancy AMR International.

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    11. Increase the Value Proposition of Your Live Event: Innovation Success Stories

      Wednesday, April 19, 20172:00 pm ET / 11:00 am PTDuration: 1 hour

      Tightened education budgets…increased competition for healthcare professionals’ time and attention…the easy availability of meaningful content online and in journals—with today’s challenging environment, it’s more difficult than ever to draw healthcare professionals to come to your live educational events. It’s also more important than ever to be able to inject new life into your event marketing and content.

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    12. Beyond Face-to-Face: Mind-to-Mind Is Where the Innovation Happens

      Beyond Face-to-Face: Mind-to-Mind Is Where the Innovation Happens

      When we meet face-to-face—across our cities or around the world—something powerful happens. Ideas flow more freely. Collaboration comes more naturally. Mutual commitment can form more quickly. As valuable as face-to-face interaction is, it’s time to take the power of live conferences, meetings, and events to the next level ... to something I call “mind-to-mind meetings.”

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      Mentions: ROI CVB
    13. Nominate a 2017 Changemaker!

      Nominate a 2017 Changemaker!

      If Woody Allen was in the meetings biz, he might have applied his well-known Annie Hall metaphor to our industry: “Meeting management is like a shark. It has to constantly move forward or it dies. What you don’t want on your hands is a dead shark.”

      Moving forward and making change is exactly what MeetingsNet celebrates with our annual Changemakers list, which will be published in June, with a fresh class of inspiring planners and suppliers. We want your nominations!

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    14. 3 Ways Planners Can Integrate Life into Work Meetings

      3 Ways Planners Can Integrate Life into Work Meetings

      The concept of “work-life balance” is outdated.

      As traditional 9-to-5 jobs become less common, “work-life integration” or “work-life harmony” are becoming more apropos terms. Modern employees are eager to find new, nontraditional workplace environments that spur inspiration and are enjoyable, while also enabling their productivity.

      At Convene, we believe that today’s corporate meeting setting has the potential to play a major role in connecting the work-life environment in more meaningful ways.

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    15. Meeting the Meetings Industry

      Meeting the Meetings Industry

      The best thing about working in the meetings industry, and probably any other industry, is meeting new people and traveling. So I was absolutely thrilled to join the staff of MeetingsNet as senior content producer in January. I was even more thrilled to start the new job with a trip to Professional Convention Management Association’s Convening Leaders 2017 in Austin, Texas, but truthfully there were certain aspects of going to the conference that I was not looking forward to.

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      Mentions: Las Vegas PCMA
    16. 3 Ways to Make Meals More Experiential

      3 Ways to Make Meals More Experiential

      Your attendees know the routine of the usual dinner event. They connect with the people they know at their table while they wait for things to get started. Then they head to the buffet line to fill their plate before settling in for the dinner presentation. Once that’s finished, they enjoy a little lighthearted conversation before the evening comes to a close.

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    17. What Really Drives Event Attendance? Don’t Fall into These Traps

      What Really Drives Event Attendance? Don’t Fall into These Traps

      According to Meeting Professionals International, about 1.8 million meetings and events occur in the U.S. each year. Surprising? Not at all. Events are one of the few marketing tactics that provide both tangible and intangible benefits for your organization. But why are some events filled with “cult followers” while others struggle for attendance?

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    18. What Planners Need to Know About Meeting Logo Design

      What Planners Need to Know About Meeting Logo Design

      In a world saturated with conferences, don’t just slap a logo on your event. Instead, make it strategic and thoughtful. “It’s always worth the effort,” says Kate Silva, design director at Freeman XP. A well-designed conference logo offers the first glimpse into what an attendee can expect from the live experience and helps maintain connections over time. It should be given the same consideration as every other touchpoint of your brand.

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      Mentions: PCMA
    19. Could the Confusing New Device Travel Rule Mess with Your Meetings?

      Could the Confusing New Device Travel Rule Mess with Your Meetings?

      Color me confused.

      By now, you’ve likely heard that the Trump administration has instituted a rule requiring airlines from eight Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East and North Africa to ban passengers to the U.S. traveling with anything bigger than a cellphone in their carry-on luggage. Now laptops, tablets, e-readers, cameras, portable DVD players, and other electronic devices must be packed in checked baggage.

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