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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. Conference Conversational Intelligence

      Conference Conversational Intelligence

      The team at Velvet Chainsaw Consulting is always in search of the latest science or research (outside of our industry) that can be applied to conference experience improvement. About a year ago, we discovered organizational anthropologist and author of Conversational Intelligence, Judith E. Glaser. She has devoted her career to studying humans and how conversations shape their culture, brains, and effectiveness as leaders.

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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. Global Meetings Industry Day Panel Tackles Controversial Legislation

      Global Meetings Industry Day Panel Tackles Controversial Legislation

      The monsoon-like rainstorm that enveloped the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge during the Global Meetings Industry Day conference did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of attendees. When MC and panel moderator David Adler, CEO and founder of BizBash, opened the proceedings by asking, “Who here loves your job?” everyone in the room raised their hands immediately.

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      Mentions: CMP PCMA David Adler
    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. 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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    10. 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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    11. 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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      Mentions: Digital
    12. 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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    13. 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
    14. 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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