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Meetings management and design

Advice on meeting planning and design.
In 2015, exhibitions will add bandwidth and embrace new technologies but at the same time work to make the show floor as fun and engaging as an attendees’ smartphone.

You can find a lot of articles written on clarifying why a meeting is being held and even more articles on the business value or return on investment of meetings. In my experience,

How do you find new and engaging designs for events, activities for meetings, and ways to wow jaded audiences?

A recent blog post from SoolNua Managing Partner Padraic Gilligan, titled the 'The New Paradigms for Destination Marketing' shared links to increasing evidence of the role that DMOs (Destination Marketing Organizations)

How developing an environment where it's safe to be vulnerable and it's easy to make connections makes for more meaningful meetings.

Despite being wicked good at stretching a budget, meeting planners are not generally known as a stingy crew, and they tend to be “people people” too,

A meeting may be one hour, one day, one weekend, or an entire week—but each is a forum for leading change.

Locally sourced food and beverage at events is all the rage, but that's usually referring to ingredients,

In theater, actors and stage elements are deliberately positioned based on how and where the director wants the actors to move.

The virtual age needs face to face events and experiences more than ever, according to a panel of communications and media experts from the Financial Times and Ernst & Young.

It’s not enough to just approve the use of virtual meetings.

Of the five human senses—touch, taste, smell, sight, and hearing—it’s the last one that is most critical to a business meeting.

When Lisa Devlin, Esq., Devlin Law Firm, PC, Phoenix, and Barbara Dunn, Esq., Barnes & Thornburg LLP, in Chicago, present case studies from actual meeting contract disputes in education sessions

Today's guest post is by J Ocana, who is president, COO, and one of the founders of Reaction Audio Visual, an international event technology production company.

Conference attendees are collectors of experiences. They don't remember or share mediocre or vanilla—only the extremes:

When you’re a huge conference center that’s hosted thousands of training meetings, you pick up a few tips and tricks.

Georgia O’Keeffe said, “I found I could say things with colour and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way—things I had no words for.”

Home-style settings, networking spaces and a peek at the great outdoors—all are features that will mark the meeting room of the future,

Here is a shocking statistic: 90 percent of what we know about the brain has been discovered in the last five years.

Event planners and conference hosts all share the same concern: “Will attendees find this event helpful and useful?” You need to get the right people to your events to help both your clients and your attendees achieve their meeting objectives.

You have everyone together in one room facing the stage—now what? A corporate event or annual meeting is only as effective as its script is engaging. Here are five tips to write a script that will keep their rapt attention throughout the entire gener

When guests walk through the door to your event, it’s your event staffers who will ensure that they experience the event as you’ve planned and envisioned it. Are they up to the task?

People no longer come to your meetings to get information. They come to make sense of the deluge of information they already have.

They have run Mind Meeting for the past twelve years and are specialists in designing fruitful programmes for international conferences, congresses, seminars and workshops.

When guests walk through the door to your event, it’s your event staffers who will ensure that they experience the event as you’ve planned and envisioned it.

Business conferences and exhibitions can last all day or for a few days and you will usually be on your feet and networking most of the time.

Looking to maximize your impact at your conference’s general sessions? Here are five simple, no-cost ways to amp up the energy, professionalism, and theatricality.

Are your meetings more dreadful than mindful? Sadly, all too many fall on the dreadful side. Enterprise software developer Atlassian surveyed individuals about meetings and made some stunning discoveries.

Move over, baby boomers—Millennials are now America’s largest generation. And, according to a study by Meetings Mean Business, those 18-to-35-year-olds like to meet face to face just as much as their elders.

At its meetings during the past few years, Financial & Insurance Conference Planners has included “idea exchange” sessions on the agenda, allowing meeting planners and hospitality partners to share experiences and ideas on various topics. It’s

As a professional speaker, I have the opportunity to attend a lot of events and conferences. While they all differ in scale, audience, locations, and cultures, they almost all share certain elements.

Speakers sell the invisible. The intangible. The possible. They create feelings in your attendees that cause them to take action at work, at home, and in their communities.

FOMO, or the fear of missing out, is that feeling that everyone is having more fun than you are.

Unless you have your own food allergies, or have a loved one who has, it can be difficult to understand why there are so many demands around food today.

“The revolution will be gamified!” exclaimed Shelly Alcorn, CAE, principal, Alcorn Associates Management Consulting during a session on gamification at the recent American Society for Association Executives Annual Meeting.

Planning your meeting’s general session can be daunting. Last year’s triumph doesn’t guarantee a hit with this year’s audience.

Your attendees have to be at the morning general session. Make them feel excited to be there— not wishing they were back in bed.

Imagine this: Several major sponsors have just signed huge contracts for your next event. Before you pop that bottle of champagne, understand this is where the real work begins.

1. Provide healthy food.
2. Give them a break from their chairs.
A recent Hilton survey of meeting attendees revealed that planners can increase meeting productivity and attendee satisfaction by taking these two actions.

It’s always been the event professional’s job to ensure an event goes off without a hitch. But sometimes, despite your best intentions, something goes wrong.

Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is the definition of insanity, right? But what if we did the same thing time after time and expected to get the same results?

Event planners spend most of their time trying to engage people, both before and during the events they create. But in this digitally enabled age,

In my last article, I talked about creating a solid sponsorship strategy. Now let’s focus on the next step: acquiring your sponsors.

The industry can be proud to have developed a large diversity of CSR activities for all destination segments:

es, this is another article about Millennials, planning meetings for Millennials, understanding Millennials, citing statistics about Millennials.

Survey results, registration, and financial reports are all good lagging indicators for conference improvement.

There was a time when mobile apps for events were just a replacement for the printed guide. But technology took care of that and those days are long gone.

In the past few years, badging at conferences has changed rather dramatically. Going from written paper badges to printed barcode badges; in recent years RFID (radio frequency identification) badging has become more popular.

The impact of your conference education sessions is less about what happens on site and more about what happens on the attendee’s job after the session.

Meeting planners can collect lots of data about attendee behavior when they use mobile apps at meetings, and really get granular about what content and experiences are connecting with participants.