Orlando-based Wade and Barbara West are co-owners of the American Fundraising Association, a nonprofit organization specializing in fundraising auctions. I sat down with the Wests, former television news anchors who have more than 1,800 fundraising auctions under their belt, to hear their thoughts about common mistakes made at fundraising auctions.
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Whether the sessions were logged as pieces of SXSW Interactive, Film, Music or Convergence, you can now catch up on some of the best offerings from this year’s iconic mega event.
There are many joys to living with a meeting planner—and some oddities. In living with a meeting planner, here are some of the things I’ve learned as well as some of the things I’ve learned to avoid.
If you get a group of event planners talking about the challenges in the industry for long enough, Wi-Fi charges is one topic that is sure to eventually come up. Few things frustrate event planners more than booking a venue and paying “extra” for Wi-Fi. The perception is that the infrastructure is already in place. Groups don’t have to pay extra for local telephone calls or cable TV. So what’s behind those Wi-Fi charges?
SongDivison’s community co-created anthem for Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) is released! Listen to it and read about the anthem, its intent & future.
10 intriguing and inspirational (possibly frightening) takeaways from virtual reality-related presentations at SXSW 2016.
As with any new form of presentation media, there are ways to stand out from the crowd, and here they are.
Everything you do to market your event follows from knowing your audience. Your customers are your audience and today you need to know who they are in much deeper ways than ever before. It is important to reach them in the right places at the right times in the right ways to convince them to attend your event.
Strategic Meetings Management (SMM) is your best career buddy because it provides quantifiable, clear progress to goals, and everyone should realize that in order to know how much you are worth, you have to know the value you have provided to the organization.
March 2016: Hotel openings, renovations, expansions
March 2016: Meeting industry hires & promotions
I am excited to share my experience attending a PYM LIVE event for the first time. I admit to being skeptical about the event at first. How would this be different from another network meeting and/or “lunch and learn” provided by a local organization?
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.
Whether you are just starting out in the industry and have much to learn, or you have been in the game for years and need to hone your skills, there are many resources readily available for those willing to learn. Some require an investment of time and/or money, while others are complimentary and take just a few moments. Advanced education keeps you sharp and increases your marketability.
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.
Event planner turned cannabis industry entrepreneur Paul Warshaw, founder and CEO of GreenRush, shares his curious career trajectory, the edge provided by this unique background and thoughts on the intersection of legal marijuana and the events world.
In preparation for the very first Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) this April, and to strengthen the effort, SongDivision, leaders in interactive group songwriting, brought the geographically…everywhere…industry together to create an anthem for GMID.
Southeast Asia holds vast potential in terms of tourism. 2015 saw tourist arrivals reach 108 million, a staggering 44-percent increase from 74 million tourist arrivals in 2010. Of those 108 million visitors, 50 million came from within Southeast Asia itself. The idea of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts is not lost on this region. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is an organization comparable to the European Union with its enduring effort to achieve regional solidarity. Manila, Philippines, recently hosted the 35th annual ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF). This year’s theme was “ASEAN–One Community for Sustainability.”
February 2016: Hotel openings, renovations, expansions
Singapore-based Camilla Chiam became vice president of public relations & communications for Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group’s Asia-Pacific region. Juan Bochenski became executive chef and F&B director at Cap Juluca in Anguilla, British West Indies. Nicholas Emery became general manager of the Regent Beijing. Paolo Cazzin became sales & marketing director at the Palazzo Victoria in Verona, Italy. Arturo Eduardo Avila […]
It happens more often than event planners would like. Your meeting runs late, your agenda lags. Sometimes this happens because of traffic delays, or early speakers running overtime. The result: Depite your best plans, you fall behind schedule. This puts pressure on the remaining speakers. They may end up frazzled. For sure, content will be rushed […]
Every year you’re in charge of the big event. You know your audience. You know the hotel and catering teams. You’ve been doing it so long that you even know to ask the concierge about her daughter. Given the great location and how easy it is to work with the remote staff, you locked in a multiyear contract with the venue, saving your company tens of thousands of dollars annually.
Then, seemingly out of nowhere, the organizers behind the biggest event in your industry announce they’re changing the date of their annual conference. It will be held the same week, or right before or after, your event. Despite your attendees’ loyalty, they’ll have to choose, and the odds are not in your favor.
Email is the No. 1 communication channel for 85 percent of event planners in a study just released by the event-management software company Bizzabo.
Event planners are industry leaders and should present themselves as such. They should convey warmth and competence. We want our clients to trust us and our suppliers to respect us. And we have to do it in a blink of an eye.
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.
I recently attended the first-ever sedentary behavior and health conference at the University of Illinois. Let’s try to demystify the “science of sitting.”
If you’re like me, you’re just starting to surface from that sugar-induced holiday coma you enjoyed last month and wondering where to focus your attention.
PCMA is expanding its content partnership with BOB.tv that delivers curated news and educational content for event professionals.
Have a smartphone? A tablet? Your colleagues would like you to shut it off and put it away until the meeting’s over, thank you very much.
I can say with confidence that I’m an effective leader. How do I know? I do the opposite of what my bosses did to made me miserable.
Below are updates on the meeting industry hires and promotions for January 2015. Take a look and reach out to your fellow colleagues to congratulate them!
Learn more about the hotel openings, renovations, and expansions in January 2016.
Rather than fighting the cold, enjoy it with a winter-themed event. Here are 8 brr-budget-friendly tips for winter white events.
Beginning today, pharmaceutical companies will get help complying with regulations when hosting meetings or conferences with health-care providers.
Pantone may have dubbed Rose Quartz and Serenity the colors of the year for 2016 — but not all design experts agree.
Not sure if you have your work-life balance all under control? Here are 8 signs that your work-life balance is looking good
Boutique Design New York (BDNY) and HX: The Hotel Experience announced its Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design winners.
It’s a challenge almost every event and meeting planner faces as one year ticks toward another. To help, here are 10 ways to drum up business for 2016.
If you’ve been wondering what might rule the meetings industry in 2016, IMEX has 5 trends they think will.
Today’s meeting professionals need not worry about zombies, but there’s no time like now to implement your own plan of action for emergency situations.
The event, which ended Dec. 3 in Key West, recycled 90 percent of its trash — 1,713 pounds — and converted the rest to energy.
New meeting and hospitality hires, promotions and honorees, here and abroad.
What’s new, what’s happening at properties around the world.
Among the advice: Pay attention to generational shifts and stay on top of travel trends.
Two recent studies show that events make money, but that sizable percentages of marketers don’t know how much return they’re getting on their investments.
Manhattan might be the convention capital of the United States, but Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood — just across the East River — is gearing up to capture its own piece of the action. The borough will add nearly 1,000 hotel rooms in 2016, according to hospitality research firm STR, including 183 guest rooms and suites in the […]
This year, why not commit to working with one charity and using your skills to change the world?
The daylong forum will cover everything from marketing sustainability efforts and identifying key project funding partners to current trends and future innovations.
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
For event attendees, in-room content would include general announcements, one-to-one messages and even each attendee’s personal agenda.
There’s no one-size-fits-all answer where stress control is involved, but there are plenty of warning signs and ways to respond.
The American Society of Administrative Professionals marked its 10-year anniversary recently with several milestones, including a record-high 60,000 members.
Do you have what it takes to plan a mega-event? Want to learn how the pros do it? Go behind the scenes of the Consumer Electronics Show with MPI’s Experiential Event series and you’ll gain 11 hours of hands-on training and a certificate in Experiential Marketing with an emphasis on trade show management.
The fifth IMEX America trade show was the largest ever, setting records in several areas.
Johnnie C. White Jr., CMP, MBA; Janet L. Jakobsen, CMP, MBA; and James E. Rooney will be recognized at the 2016 Visionary Awards on April 27 in Washington, D.C.
Here are a few exercises you can do right where you are. They’ll help keep your energy even and your muscles relaxed.
ABTS Convention Services and the University of Miami Center for Computational Science are partnering on an effort to analyze variables that affect annual meeting attendance. The goal: Increase ROI.
Project ICARUS recognizes European companies and industry professionals who demonstrate leadership, innovation, creativity and commitment to developing sustainable programs, products or services.
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.
The PCMA Education Foundation has elected its 2016 officers and trustees. They’ll take office Jan. 14, immediately following Convening Leaders, the Professional Convention Management Association’s 60th annual meeting, in Vancouver, British Columbia. Convening Leaders runs Jan. 10-13. Convening Leaders showcases innovations in event technology, meeting design and business event strategy, customarily drawing more than 4,000 […]
Atlanta’s Westin Peachtree Plaza is taking team-building to a new level, one that’s 72 stories and 723 feet high. New this fall at the downtown hotel is a team-building activity for meeting attendees called “Climb the Peach.” Participants can opt to climb via the hotel’s inside stairwell. Their reward, in addition to a fitness boost, […]
A “running concierge, a general manager-run boot camp, “Amazing Race” and “Tour de France” competitions are among the team- and fitness-building programs popping up for groups at hotels.
Diversity, inclusion and trophies among the components that make a team-learning exercise memorable, says Ryan Nowicki of TopGolf.
If you’re a planner who travels to meetings and events by air and asks attendees to do the same, Delta Air Lines’ Delta Meetings Network can likely save you time and money. The program’s goal: help you focus on the meeting, not the travel. The Delta Meetings Network was launched in 2009, four years after […]
Some convention hotels are livening up their interior landscapes with native flora to give attendees a nature break and an appreciation for their surroundings, even when they’re in meetings all day. A few examples: COSTA RICA: Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort in Herradura replicates the 1,100-acre rainforest that surrounds the property with a natural tropical entryway. […]