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    1. Three Conference Games People Will Actually Like Playing

      Three Conference Games People Will Actually Like Playing

      As a keynote speaker and a married guy, I’ve often compared conferences to weddings. In both cases there are hundreds of people to please. The location should be pretty yet affordable. The speeches/readings should be relevant, and you probably shouldn’t let your relatives sing. And of course, in both cases people will love you if you can swing an open bar.

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    2. The Four Design Elements of 21st Century Transformative Conferences

      The Four Design Elements of 21st Century Transformative Conferences

      The tagline of Meeting Professionals International’s World Education Congress, unfolding June 19 to 22 in Las Vegas, is “Stop planning meetings. Start designing experiences.” One of the executive-level tracks, “The 4D Conference Experience,” aims to help meeting professionals think more about the strategic design of their events and learn how to foster four deep experiences at their meetings: deep learning, deep play, deep reflection, and deep connections.

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    3. How to Take Your Meeting from "Wrap Rage" to Enrapture

      Have you ever had to take scissors and hack your way through that plastic wrap enveloping some item you bought, usually something the store management thinks is steal-worthy? Uh huh, so you know exactly what she meant when Lisa Kay Solomon, emcee of American Society of Association Executives’ recent Xperience Design Project, invoked the concept of “wrap rage.”

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    4. Is Your Event Tech Smarter than a Fourth Grader?

      Is Your Event Tech Smarter than a Fourth Grader?

      As a fourth-grade teacher, I am increasingly impressed with all the things my scholars find more interesting than me—wooden pencil shards, the omnipresent Pokeman card, and, most recently, a superbly obnoxious fidget spinner. As a first-year teacher, I also engage in various forms of “professional development” because, God knows, I need it. I’ve been learning about forging student relationships, enhancing content, and, most recently, about how to inspire active student engagement.

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    5. Five Top Meeting Destinations with Fast, Reliable WiFi

      Here’s How Planners Can Make the Most of ItThese days, it is one of the most common scenes at meetings and conventions: Attendees hustling in and out of educational sessions, refreshment breaks, and the exhibit hall, all while looking at their mobile devices. This is simply a fact of business life in the 21st Century—and a behavior that meeting and convention planners must account for when they select a host destination and start building out their event experience.

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    6. 2017 Changemakers: Change Is Good

      2017 Changemakers: Change Is Good

      This year’s talented group of meeting managers, association executives, and suppliers might each start their career-defining “elevator speech” with, “I have tenaciously pushed for…”  They have re-imagined their educational strategies, stood up for diversity, argued for better risk management tools, instituted sustainability programs, advised industry startups, built communities, and much more. Their contributions are far and wide, but they are like-minded in their leadership and their success.

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    7. It Takes a Village: The New Conference That Created a Community

      It Takes a Village: The New Conference That Created a Community
      MeetingsNet’s annual Changemaker list recognizes 20 outstanding meetings professionals for their efforts to move their organizations and the industry forward in unique and positive ways. Find all the profiles here.

      Tom Bohn, CAE CEO North American Veterinary Community For improving the meeting experience, expanding education, and creating a community for the animal health industry

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    8. The Benefits of Living Outside of the Herd

      The Benefits of Living Outside of the Herd
      MeetingsNet’s annual Changemaker list recognizes 20 outstanding meetings professionals for their efforts to move their organizations and the industry forward in unique and positive ways. Find all the profiles here.

      Roger Haskett Engagement Expert, Speaker, Facilitator, Conference Emcee Engagement UnlimitedFor being a fierce activist for more active, participatory, and inclusive meetings

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    9. Transparency and Data Capture: Success Comes One Meeting at a Time

      Transparency and Data Capture: Success Comes One Meeting at a Time
      MeetingsNet’s annual Changemaker list recognizes 20 outstanding meetings professionals for their efforts to move their organizations and the industry forward in unique and positive ways. Find all the profiles here.

      Karen Hutchings Global Travel, Meetings & Events Leader | Business  Enablement Ernst & Young For questioning the status quo and a relentless focus on efficiency

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