The Association for Women in Events, a nonprofit supporting gender equality and diversity in the meetings industry that goes by AWE, is launching a Hall of Fame recognition program. Hosted by the AWE awards committee, the program will honor leaders in five categories: Disruptor, Coach, Woman of Influence, Emerging Leader, and Organizational Leadership.(Read Full Article)
Business people don't have to communicate with extraterrestrials (yet), but they can still learn a few things from the sci-fi thriller Arrival. The blockbuster film put a language professional in the leading role. Hollywood star Amy Adams plays Dr. Louise Banks, a linguistics professor asked by U.S. Army Intelligence to help communicate with an alien species that has arrived on Earth.(Read Full Article)
Who’s your customer?
That’s the one thing you need to know for sure. While meeting professionals may not think of themselves in terms of selling, we all provide some kind of product or service. Instead of customers, you may have clients, participants, attendees, or respondents. Understanding who they are, what they need, and how your product or service meets that need, is the key to being successful. Who are you working for?(Read Full Article)
Planners know that Wi-Fi is a key component to a successful program these days. But how can they get the best bang for their buck? What may at first blush sound like the best deal—an offer of free or comped Wi-Fi on the part of the host facility—may be good for the bottom line, but not so good for attendee experience.(Read Full Article)
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In 2016, an important threshold was crossed in the American business-travel segment: The Millennial generation became the largest group of business travelers. One hallmark of this under-35 segment of the workforce is that they’re the first to be “digital natives” who grew up knowing only a world that’s connected by electronic devices and the Internet. However, what this generation’s tech-focused upbringing has instilled in them is a hunger for live experiences.(Read Full Article)
Boston’s event scene just got a new addition: two new meeting and event spaces in the 114-room Ames Boston Hotel. The rooms and prefunction space, designed for both elegance and functionality, add 1,700 square feet of modern meeting amenities to the hotel, which was constructed in 1893. Able to accommodate groups of up to 125, the Ames and Oliver & Oakes rooms can be configured for banquet, conference, lounge, classroom, and theater-style meetings, events, and presentation.(Read Full Article)
Learning to negotiate Wi-Fi with an event venue requires planners to almost learn a new language so both sides can come to an understanding of how the technology can best help you meet your meeting’s goals. In a recent MeetingsNet webinar, Tim LaFleur, CMP, director, mobile strategy and solutions, Meetings & Incentives Worldwide; and Matt Harvey, vice president, client network services, PSAV, explained the three most important terms for things you need to know about how networks function.(Read Full Article)
“Wi-Fi strikes fear into many planners’ hearts,” said Tim LaFleur, director, mobile strategy and solutions, with Meetings and Incentives Worldwide during a recent MeetingsNet webinar. Even the most seasoned professionals, those who have no problem with 5,000 people rushing into lunch after a general session, can break into a cold sweat when it comes time to negotiate Wi-Fi, he added.
So what is it that makes connectivity such a fearsome topic to tackle? LaFleur identified three main reasons.(Read Full Article)
Given the current market conditions, it is essential that we elevate the electronic request for proposal process for group meetings on both the buyer and supplier side of the equation. This is a passion of mine that I’ve been presenting on for a few years, and during my sessions both planners and suppliers have shared great advice. Here are some of the key recommendations I hear consistently that can elevate the e-RFP process for everyone.(Read Full Article)
The CEO of Estée Lauder once suggested using a “lipstick index” as an economic indicator, in the belief that sales of lipstick go up in hard times because women can’t afford higher priced items like clothes or shoes. These days a better symbol may be a name tag, because there is no better metric of the health of the global economy than meetings.(Read Full Article)
Event management software company etouches LINK announced the acquisition of Loopd today, a move that increases the company’s array of data-driven event solutions.
Loopd, winner of the annual #IMEXpitch startup competition in 2015, creates wearable smart badges for conference attendees that provide organizers with intelligence on event traffic and engagement.(Read Full Article)
You want to make sure your general session is streamlined, polished, and engaging. But there are so many things that can derail even the best-laid plans. Here's a list of bad advice that could take your session off the rails, and some good practices to keep you on the right track.
1. Skipping rehearsals(Read Full Article)
Meeting planners and their hospitality partners are like master chess players when they approach the negotiating table—sometimes, it makes sense to make a small sacrifice of a nice-to-have to ensure you’ll get that need-to-have when you come to it.
Here are eight tactics you can use to move your negotiations in the right direction at each stage of the game.(Read Full Article)
As a MeetingsNet contributor, I often have written about the ups and downs of strategic meetings management, or SMM. I’ve questioned many things. Why is adoption so low? Is it too complicated? Should we stop calling it “strategic?” Then my day job took me to another corner of the meetings industry and I turned my attention to other things.(Read Full Article)
Before you even start talking concessions and clauses, take a step back and make sure you have these negotiation basics covered.(Read Full Article)
Tech guru Jim Spellos outlines some of the cool technology that, if it’s not already, will be affecting your meetings in the very near future.(Read Full Article)
- By Tom BrialeyStaff and other small meetings can be a big time sink—but they don’t have to be.(Read Full Article)
The event industry can have a huge positive impact in creating a more peaceful world, from local economic impacts to inspiring positive behavior change.(Read Full Article)