April 12, 2018, is Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID), a dedicated date to focus on and promote the meeting and event industry and enhance your planning skills through free or low-cost professional education.
Meeting and event design
Read on for inspiration and best practices to make your next meeting or event design stand out.
Delivering meetings that engage employees doesn’t have to be difficult. Here are six ideas for effective all-hands meetings designed to engage your employees.
Questions speakers should ask planners–if they don’t then planners should address these points in advance.
2018 culinary trends showcase ethnic cuisine and fun
Tips for creating memorable events by focusing on the peak and an exceptional conclusion.
Recommendations for planners to improve the effectiveness of conferences.
The effects of meeting space design and tactics for implementation.
Improve your meeting outcomes with this deep dive into the psychological research surrounding well-being in the workplace and meeting efficiency.
Strengthening attendee ROI with take-home education aids, such as books or audio recordings from speakers.
Christmas event décor ideas using new tech
3D projection mapping has the power to transform environments and event experiences. Check out these great examples from Montreal.
All-too-common reasons speakers mess up
Recommendations for incorporating shopping centers into your meeting and event schedules.
A speaker’s perspective: Working with a good meeting planner versus not
Exploring the challenges planners face when seeking to include live music in an event’s schedule and the state of the festival scene in the U.S.
Get outdoors for easy and fun ways to engage your group and create a setting that builds lasting connections.
Let’s take some time to dig into the latest and greatest when it comes to getting our audiences engaged in the conversation.
Under the guise of International Sushi Day, take a moment to luxuriate in the delicacy and pick up some sushi knowledge nuggets.
By coordinating energizing group activities to facilitate connections, or incorporating the scenic outdoors to create a memorable event, planners are using distinctive experiences to ensure the success of their meetings and create a lasting impact for their attendees.
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have been around for a lot longer than most people realize. The first drones were used by the Austrian military in their attack on Venice in 1849. Quadcopters have been around since 1920. Mini-drones and quadcopters have been used for photography for almost a decade. As drones have come down in […]
Plan Your Meetings is pleased to offer a free, interactive U.S. map showing state-by-state gun laws as they relate to meeting and event venues.
Meeting professionals should recognize that guns at meetings are not a problem for everyone.
It is not that difficult to be inclusive of vegans at your event. Follow these simple tips and guidelines to ease the process.
There are certainly occasions when armed event security is necessary—and when such security is a hindrance.
There’s a good reason why conflict and collaboration go hand in hand. Always agreeing might be your default when you lack confidence in your idea and want to save face, however, it functions more as a one-way street to boring town. How can innovative ideas find their feet when there’s only room for same-same? For […]
You’re responsible for the safety of meeting and event attendees. So what are you doing about guns on site?
Here are six common event planning mistakes that can negatively impact your budgets…and tips on how to avoid them.
In November, the Corinthia Hotel London welcomed Dr. Tara Swart for a world-first, yearlong term as neuroscientist in residence.
Second-tier cities may be smaller in size, but are larger in charm and attentiveness.
Periods of uncertainty also create anxiety for employees. In the corporate world, town halls and executive briefings to address employee concerns directly are far more likely to be beneficial than comfort animals. Corporate event planners can play a vital role in organizing these interactive meetings.
Some Christmas event themes are so popular that there is a tendency to repeat them year after year. There is nothing wrong with that, but regular attendees would also welcome something new. So, here are some fresh ideas to breathe new life into popular themes.
Event planners who want to add the “wow” factor to conference, corporate event, meeting and event marketing can find inspiration from viral marketing campaigns. Viral marketing engages audiences in unexpected ways and creates a buzz to encourage people to share their experiences with others. Here are six takeaways for event professionals. 1. Develop clarity about […]
Here are some tips to ensure that your hybrid event does not turn into a “snoozefest.”
The German Convention Bureau provides a glimpse into the meeting room of the future.
Every new safety and security incident is a wake-up call for meeting and event professionals. The bottom line is that events and event venues can be vulnerable.
Six favorite after-hours activities for groups in fall.
At PYM LIVE New York, an executive assistant who planned several of her company’s meetings shared her biggest challenge: finding time to work more efficiently. With so many meetings coming in at the last minute, her boss suggested that she look into giving some planning tasks to an outside contractor.
Sporting events are a huge draw. Here are 5 ways to build excitement at corporate events using sports-related components.
Within 24 hours of an event’s cancellation, King, El Gazzar and Kaufman sent out a press release announcing that they’d be repurposing many of the keynote speakers for a new experience they called Ctrl+Alt+Del (#ctrlaltdel).
Expert Sandro Forte shares wisdom on sleuthing the right speaker for your meeting or event.
The real-world application of augmented reality in pop culture has officially begun thanks to Pokémon Go–and it will impact the meeting and event industry.
Guerilla marketing is unexpected, memorable and fun. Here are 8 tips for designing great guerrilla marketing events!
Tips from Sandro Forte, a founder member of the Professional Speakers Association, on how to find the proper speaker for the goal of your meeting.
While free or low-cost live-streaming apps are not replacements for high-quality streaming services, they can be powerful tools in the event planner’s toolbox. Here are just a few uses to get your mind going.
Traditional learning has the instructor teaching concepts in class and the students applying those concepts on their own, often through homework exercises. In a “flipped classroom” the students learn the concepts at home, usually through engaging videos, and use in-class time for applying those concepts through exercises, discussions and the like.
While you’re likely to see an ever-increasing number of Cardboard-style VR viewers at meetings and events and being given away at trade shows in the next six, 12, 18 months, it’s important to realize that what you should be focusing on is becoming comfortable with VR—and then learning VR content creation strategy and execution.
What’s the most trendy conference giveaway? Google Cardboard-style virtual reality (VR) viewers that fold flat for travel, are easy to assemble, use your smartphone as the screen and advertise your conference or company’s brand. In case you haven’t seen them before, here’s an example of how they’re being branded for conferences, courtesy the Future of […]
Team-building activities can be an essential part of creating a stronger bond amongst co-workers and an effective way of boosting productivity. Here are 7 tips for next-level team-building events.
You must give consideration to the qualities of music that will be present at an event (style, organization, volume, pulse, duration, purpose, etc.). But try going deeper, learn more about your audience and understand a smidge of what legitimate, talented DJs think about when designing the auditory landscape of an event.
Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs may have more in common with the successful outcome of an event than one may think. By identifying attendee needs and then meeting or surpassing them, we can drive brand interaction and engagement like never before.
Follow-up is one of the most important aspects of event design, but it’s also the most neglected areas of corporate event planning. Here are 11 steps you can take to achieve measurable ROI.
Rather than fighting the cold, enjoy it with a winter-themed event. Here are 8 brr-budget-friendly tips for winter white events.
Pantone may have dubbed Rose Quartz and Serenity the colors of the year for 2016 — but not all design experts agree.
We’re becoming more determined to make healthier food choices and move more everyday. That’s why we see more wellness lounges on show floors
Let’s assume your function is necessary. You can enhance its value and, perhaps, replace attendees’ resentment with enjoyment.
Don’t alienate the fastest-growing segment at your events by talking about millennials like we aren’t in the room.
Diversity, inclusion and trophies among the components that make a team-learning exercise memorable, says Ryan Nowicki of TopGolf.
The study found that planners and marketers are focused on working with tighter budgets and needing to significantly increase attendance.
When you are able to create a team of your choosing, as Mom always said, “Make good choices!”
“We should be striving for ‘ideal conditions’ like we do in every other aspect of planning,” says one industry expert.
You can customize events for those using wheelchairs or scooters or crutches, those who have hearing issues, are visually impaired or disabled in a less obvious way.
The more you understand the individual needs and challenges of your disabled attendees, the easier it is to find truly accommodating solutions.
There’s a big difference between complying with the law and providing events that truly give disabled attendees the same experience as the able-bodied ones.
How do you tame that beast called chaos? It’s not so much about doing as it is about communicating.
Pair a plan to a goal, and you have a S.M.A.R.T goal. That’s no ordinary goal, and it’s virtually bulletproof, if you do the work.
Identifying your true goal is the first step to success. Doing that is sometimes more challenging than we think.