4 New Year’s Resolutions Meeting Planners Should Make—and Keep

Did you make any New Year’s resolutions? While you can form new habits at any time of the year, accomplishing resolutions you created at such a significant time can feel like a rite of passage.

Not sure where to start? Here are four resolutions that we recommend for 2019.

1. Create a Healthy Work/Life Balance

It’s easy to fall into a 24/7 routine, but you need to create time for yourself to stay on top of your game. Abandoning a social life isn’t healthy, either. Set a few hours aside each day to call friends, take a bath, make dinner or play with your pet. It will keep you from losing your sanity entirely, and you won’t feel as much FOMO (fear of missing out) when you see your friends indulging in bottomless mimosas without you.

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2. Stay Up to Date on New Technology

The future is now. Hotels now offer smart toothbrushes, planes give you access to Wi-Fi and the notion of cryptocurrency has taken off. As a meeting planner, it’s important to follow what’s trendy on the tech front. Consider integrating radio-frequency identification (RFID) into your next event or incorporating artificial reality and/or virtual reality into your booth at the next conference. People are drawn to what’s new.

3. Follow Up on Post-Event Data

Event Maturity and DataWhat worked and what didn’t? Ask your attendees. Post-event, send out surveys to attendees about every aspect, from cleanliness to food, to technology. Each piece of your event is integral to the success of the whole, so don’t leave out anything. If you’re using a scale, take the average and match it with any written responses you receive. You’ll be able to analyze your data thoroughly and visualize what your next event will look like.

4. Learn How to Use Social Media

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It cannot be said enough: Social media is crucial when it comes to events nowadays. So, it’s of the utmost importance to learn how to utilize all forms of social media. See how your followers respond on different platforms and find ways to engage with them. If you truly don’t have time to dedicate to learning it, consider hiring a social media manager.

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