Category Archives: Tips & Tools

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Enrich Events with Something Unpredictable

Who can resist the allure of a mystery? This is exactly what experiential event planning company Mystery Trip is founded on. Dave Green, chief mysterious officer/creator (how cool!), discussed the revolutionizing new way to take groups on an adventure. Green says, “It makes me really happy to show people a good time. It’s not trust…

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How Event Professionals Can Help Ease an Anxious World

Today, event professionals need to be more aware of how they use language and how guests may receive that message. To help attendees feel more comfortable, experts suggest being open and transparent in all communication, while incorporating positive and clear language in your messages. Per, anxiety disorders are the most common form of mental…

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How to Get Event Feedback Without Being Boring

Let’s be honest about one thing: old school surveys are boring. Often event attendees won’t do them because they feel it is wasted time out of their day. So how do you measure your success without losing your audience’s focus? Here are some creative strategies you can use to make feedback fun again. Make It…

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10 Answers to Your Random Airplane Questions

A number of things pass through your mind during a flight, especially if you’re traveling for work—such as when to eat, what to wear and how you can fit everything into two days. Surely, your mind also drifts to the random, and that’s when these plane questions arise. We’ll answer the questions you’ve probably mused…

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5 Steps to Enhance B2B Matchmaking

There is a clear difference between traditional networking sessions—the ones you just add to the event program, usually during the coffee breaks—and B2B matchmaking dynamics. When attending events, your guests may feel uncomfortable talking to strangers. They also aren’t always able to find relevant connections. Silly ice-breaking games, rivers of alcohol and exquisite catering won’t…

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Checklist for a Productive IMEX Trip

For those packing to go to IMEX America in Las Vegas next week to see more than 12,000 of their best friends in the event and hospitality industry, we put together a checklist of things you will want to make sure to bring along. 1. Comfortable shoes. Sands Expo and Convention Center covers 2.25 million…

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6 Steps to Planning a Safer Meeting

It used to be, planners could focus their efforts solely on the success of the meeting or event. Now, as a scan of headlines in recent months makes tragically clear, another priority demands your attention—making it safe. Severe weather, earthquakes, protest demonstrations and, yes, acts of terrorism or mass violence must concern every meeting planner…

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How to Accommodate Designated Drivers at Your Event

Close your eyes and think about the last event you attended. More likely than not, alcohol was a central aspect. Cocktail parties, wine tastings and, more recently, craft brewery tours have become a staple of conference programs. Planners have to be careful to cater to the needs of non-drinkers in our midst as well. Sobriety…

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Selling Unique Session Formats to Meeting Stakeholders

How to get buy-in from executives, presenters and attendees In our last column, we spoke with Kristi Sanders, CMM, director of Meeting Professionals International Academy, about different session formats designed to generate deeper learning. They do this by proactively drawing upon the intellect and experience of all session participants. The six formats we highlighted use…

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Don’t Underestimate Your Potential

Leadership expert Mark Sanborn challenges you to disrupt yourself Mark Sanborn probably doesn’t have anything to teach meeting professionals—or most other people, for that matter—about their industry. But the award-winning speaker, author and leadership expert has plenty of insights to help all of them. “I can’t teach John, our chief cardiac surgeon, about medicine or…

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