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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
The core message that’s been lost on some meeting planners is that adult learners have short attention spans when they are in a passive mode of learning. So don’t be passive.
The more that attendees feel part of the speaker-selection process, the more engaged they’ll be leading to and throughout your event.
I began to get nervous. My team and I are (self-proclaimed) event technology experts, but producing a livestreaming event is a whole other barrel of monkeys.
How do you decide which speaker to hire and what to pay? Here’s a breakdown.
I’m not a fan, but what captures my interest is her determination to offer a superior performance. Here are 10 lessons Taylor Swift can teach presenters.
People don’t naturally latch on to new things, says Midori Connolly. So if you’re asking them to get a little uncomfortable, make it a fun experience.
You can fail-proof your event, and it’s actually easier than you might think.
A memorable speech takes the audience on an emotional roller-coaster ride.
Regular interactions with your audience are critical to having “wow” events.
The real solution has to come from the stage, although there are other small steps you can take.
It’s common for those at meetings and to sit for long periods and consume a lot of information in short bursts. Exercise can help, and we’re not talking a mile-long run.
These five tips should go a long way in making your event feel a lot more grown-up that junior high.
Like them or not, we all use them. Not always wisely, though, or effectively and purposefully.
Don’t be ignored. Here’s how to maintain your sanity, humanity and sense of humor during those eight long hours on your feet.
Team-building activities are under more pressure than ever to justify their value and expense, but they can still be fun and games.
PCMA, MPI, ASAE, ISES … random letters, right? Not if you’re in the events industry. Explore them if you want to get more involved.
Goals, group size and budget should be at the top of your list when you’re planning team-building activities.
Think back to your last event. How often did you feel tired? Did you get fanny fatigue and/or brain freeze? It’s not uncommon.
The Professional Convention Management Association Convening Leaders conference last month instigated some gentle changes. Here’s what worked and what didn’t.
When all is said and done, the celebrity factor adds an element of cache and excitement that can’t be achieved any other way. Embrace the task, and hold on tight!
It’s almost gotten to the point where attendees expect every major event to have a dedicated app. And why not? If you do it right, it’s a great way to engage your audience before, during and after.
Unexpected hiccups can have a trickle-down effect on your staff and attendees, so why not avoid them altogether?
What are the biggest meetings trends for 2014? From what we hear, they’re streamlining, going back to basics and creating fun, relevant experiences.
Let’s face it, office holiday parties tend to be lame. But companies haven’t given up on them. These ideas might help you tip yours into fun mode.
Last week we asked you whether you were inspiring in your work. Today we give some solid tips for getting there and staying there.
Sexy just won’t cut it in today’s meeting world. Now it has to be sexy with a purpose.
What’s missing from meetings? What are the common barriers to human communication that meeting and event designers can remove? How do you bridge multicultural gaps? We attempted to answer those questions and more in a broadcast interview with Johnnie Moore of Creative Facilitation. We’ll be doing more. Let us know who you’d like to see.
Be courageous. Embrace change. People want a different experience. Now give it to them.
Smart speakers exchange crucial information with the meeting arranger as soon as they’ve been booked.
With so many conferences in competition, event organizers need to become more savvy about the value they offer.
Replace the predictable conference cocktail party with dine-outs, a ticketed event, a tour or private dinner. Be creative!
Everyone knows the model is outdated but that fixing it is complicated.