9 strategies for last-minute event planning
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All-too-common reasons speakers mess up
Re-evaluating two industry practices: asking for RFPs with detailed creative briefs and asking speakers and trainers to work for free “to gain exposure.”
Taking weather for chance during your event is risky. Having accurate, real-time lightning weather information is critical to ensure attendee safety and event success.
These five tips will put you on the path to delivering a rock solid, controlled and insightful financial presentation to execs.
Follow this framework and you’ll be on the path to hosting a successful event.
The top six platform-agnostic apps for meeting and event professionals.
Let’s take some time to dig into the latest and greatest when it comes to getting our audiences engaged in the conversation.
When planning and executing an event, it is important to be efficient and keep things running as smoothly as possible. The following 10 tips will save you from many headaches.
A look at real-world examples of how virtual reality is currently being used in the meeting and event industry.
Recognizing your team’s efforts is one of the best ways to keep them motivated, as they chase those business wins both big and small!
Building buy-in and more importantly, meeting the expectations of your stakeholders is an extremely delicate balancing act.
Tips for providing on site staff/volunteer orientation
Four top apps for planning your next meeting–along with video overviews to help you get started.
The No. 1 problem meeting planners have today is getting hoteliers to respond to their requests for proposal (RFPs).
New U.S. overtime rules may cost meeting professionals, corporate attendees and exhibiting companies more money to have a presence at events held over holidays and weekends.
In order to plan an effective meeting, you need to understand why it’s happening and what would make it successful. That’s where your meeting stakeholders come in.
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.
If spring cleaning seems like too big a task for you, maybe it’s time to adopt some new strategies to the annual ritual.
Just what you want to read first thing on a Monday morning: Studies show that most humans are most alert at 8 a.m.
Do you know what a CVB is? Hint: It stands for “convention and visitors bureau.” Take this quick poll and see how savvy you are. The answers might surprise you.
When event industry professionals are already traveling to a trade show or conference, tourist boards and venues have an ideal opportunity to promote their destination.
Be more comfortable with your work and personal lives by keeping it simple, choosing wisely, trusting yourself and recognizing completions.
How much of the time is an assignment or task truly needed as soon as possible? Think about it …
The most effective professionals control their time. Here’s how.
Savvy planners know that scheduling a pre-con is in everyone’s best interest and, if run correctly, can make or break their success.
A five-part guide for telecommuters, wannabes and road warriors.
Each site listed here can help you work smarter or better in some way, and is worth at least a brief visit.
Look at some of the worst workaholics within your meeting planning community and start doing what they do. Read on!
Much of human behavior can be explained by the phrase “behavior that is rewarded is repeated.”
If you don’t do one, you should. Here’s why.
When traveling abroad, the language changes even when English is spoken, but the real humdinger is making metric conversions.
Achieving something in one small area helps give us more focus, energy and direction for what’s next.
Room advances are common among planners who want to make sure that VIPs find their lodging in perfect condition. Here are some things to watch out for.
Mega-meetings often mean more money for better venues, bigger-name speakers, and more creative events and staging. On the other hand, snafus can happen on a much grander scale.
You’re a nonprofit planner, and you know that with events, it’s all about the details. But who can focus on details with so many moving pieces, only one of you and no cash for extra help? The answer may lie in a volunteer program.
Many people mix up the terms “task” and “project.” It’s important to understand the difference between them, because each must be managed differently.
Love it or hate it, email is part of your daily life. Last week we shared seven tips for taking control. Here are six more, collected over the years.
“Manage me as if I’m one of the most important elements to staying in control and maintaining productivity, because I am.”
The production team is in the spotlight if a projector fails, sound quality is poor or if any number of other technical snafus occur. You want the best of the best.
In evolutionary terms, we’re in the age of “over-information.” How do you cope? Get organized.
At a minimum, communication is a two-way street between the speaker and the recipient.
Even if you’re new to the planning industry, you already know that with every event line there’s a timeline for getting it done.
Also keep in mind that procurement is a verb, and that means it requires action on your part.
Feel like you’re surrounded by bullies? Here’s how to keep your cool and get what you need.
Being a boss and being a leader are two entirely different things …
Novelist William Gibson was right when he said that the future is already here — it’s just unevenly distributed. While some professional planners struggle with how to make time for social media initiatives, others are integrating science fiction-inspired technologies. Here are some hi-fi and low-fi ways to collaborate on the cutting edge.
Here’s a handy guide to three of the biggest technology timesavers out there: templates, online registration/attendee management systems and mobile applications.
Meetings and event expenditures can represent up to 60 percent of a company’s transient business travel costs and 1.5 percent of its revenues, but many companies don’t have a cohesive meeting and event spending strategy. If they did, they could save an average of 10 to 25 percent of that meetings and event spend annually, […]
In part one of this article, I discussed how all kinds of organizations do all kinds of executive assessments and publish all kinds of fascinating reports on each individual’s core competencies, examining why and how he/she will undoubtedly succeed at their next job. Yet, isn’t interesting that the average tenure for most executives is often […]
A successful meeting, conference or special event all rely on one major component — registration. That’s because almost every aspect of an event is determined by the number of attendees, including: Hotel guest rooms Food and beverage for all functions and breaks Meeting space for general session, breakouts and other functions Registration hand-out material Printed […]
All kinds of organizations do all kinds of executive assessments and publish all kinds of fascinating reports on each individual’s core competencies, examining why and how he/she will undoubtedly succeed at their next job. Yet, isn’t it interesting that the average tenure for most executives is often shorter than expected? And the cost of a […]
Last month, I led a session called “Making Cents: Cost-Saving Measures to Improve Your Meeting’s Bottom Line” at MPI’s Cascadia Educational Conference (MPI-CEC) in Tulalip, Wash. During the course of the session, we tackled many challenges the meeting professionals in attendance were facing. Here are their questions along with some of the solutions we found. […]
Planning a basic meeting is not as cut-and-dried as everyone wants to make it, because every meeting has its own personality. Before you can plan one, you need to know three things: The purpose of the meeting. What you want to accomplish. How much you have to spend – a.k.a., the budget. Once you know […]