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exhibit booths, 3D printers, virtual reality, Freeman, Inspiration Hub

What Will the Next Generation of Exhibit Booths Look Like?

Everything from the use of 3D-printed booths and booths made of recycled materials will leave attendees questioning how trade shows were ever considered wasteful.
Jeff Guaracino, Welcome America Inc., LGBT meetings, LGBTmarketing, LGBT events, Expect Diversity, diversity

How to Plan LGBT Meetings that Welcome Everyone

"Our industry must remain vocal at any attempt to tell anyone that they are not welcomed."
Scott Mason, Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa, art, art team building, Scottsdale, Arizona, art trend

Is Art the New Food?

"Groups really gravitate to learning about our city’s history and heritage through the art and artists who have lived and worked here."
mushroom foraging, prehistoric life, Bill Schindler, The Great Human Race, anthropology, fishing

How Living a Prehistoric Life Can Shape Your World View

“If we’re talking about housing development, they probably should know how to swing a hammer and pound a nail.”
millennials, millennial meetings, millennial meeting attendees, millennial myths, Millennial Mindset

4 Myths About Millennial Meeting Attendees—Debunked

Yes, millennials are the most-connected generation, but that doesn’t mean they don’t want time to escape the realities of the world.
Sustainable Branding, The Shakedown, Sandja Brugmann, sustainable meetings, sustainability

How to Build an Authentic, Sustainable Brand

My No. 1 piece of advice for companies looking to build a sustainable brand is to be authentic, and this requires doing work internally within the company.
Design Thinking, Silicon Valley, National Public Radio, Stanford University, Inspiration Hub

Design Thinking: A Creative Way for Planners to Get Unstuck

Thinking like a designer can help organizations develop products, services, processes and strategy by using creative tools—i.e., stories, drawings, stickers, you name it—to address challenges.
Victoria Garlick, air events global, event freelancers, meetings freelancers

Freelancers for Hire: How Shared Economy Platforms Could Influence Meetings

"There are not many sectors that won’t be impacted by the efficiencies of both sharing economy and peer-to-peer online platforms."
travel ban, travel boycotts, U.S. Travel Association, diversity, meetings diversity

Navigating the World of Travel Bans & Boycotts

No matter what side of the political argument you and your group supports, the key thing that all meetings industry professionals can do is monitor policy issues that impact the industry.
virtual reality, Freeman, VR, technology, event technology, virtual

Are You Ready to Explore Virtual Reality?

During a trade show, exhibitors can use VR to introduce attendees to products such as a ship or jet that can be difficult to transport to the exhibition floor.
tech tools, technology, Samsung Galaxy, Skype, Contactually, What I Know

The Tech Tool I’m Using the Most Right Now Is…

“The tech tool I am using most right now is Contactually, an amazing software solution that helps me manage my relationships with clients."
time, time management, free time, TED Talk, Laura Vanderkam, Inspiration Hub

How to Manipulate Time to Your Advantage

“Over the long run we have the power to fill our lives with the things that deserve to be there.”
New Year's, New Year's resolution, What I Know

My New Year’s Resolution Is…

Meeting planners share their New Year's resolutions and how it can impact their life in the hospitality and meetings industries.
Dominika Fudala, Meeting Design Institute, meeting design, meeting trends, meeting tools, The Shakedown

How the Meeting Design Institute Shakes Up Meeting Trends

"Meeting planners need to focus on how to do more meetings with less travel and out-of-the-office time."
Tech Trends, Inspiration Hub, Corbin Ball, meetings technology, technology trends, event technology

3 Tech Trends to Takeover Meetings in 2017

Face recognition systems are already available to determine someone’s gender, age, ethnicity and even mood.
Karen Shackman, mindful meetings, wellness meetings, Shackman Associates New York, meditation yoga

Why Mindful Meetings Are the Next Big Thing

"Meditation experts suggest that the most ideal time to meditate is post-workout."
future generation, advice, meetings advice, What I Know

My Advice to the Future Generation Is…

"Steve Jobs—truth be told—was only strong at a few things (mega-strong) and was very wise to always surround himself with people that could see and do things he couldn't."
Meeting Design Institute, Meeting Design Toolbox, meeting design, meeting tools

3 Technical Tools to Put in Your Meeting Design Toolbox

The microphone is designed to enhance audience engagement because it can be tossed from participant to participant, creating more interactions.
LGBT meetings, diverse meetings, minority attendees, LGBT-friendly meetings

3 Simple Ways to Create More Welcoming, Diverse Events

Here are three simple ways to make your event more welcoming for LGBT and minority attendees.
Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, event personalization, big data, Freeman,

Enhance Event Personalization Using Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

At the very core, attendees have basic human needs that need to be satisfied before moving to the next step.
What I Know, diversity, meeting planner confessions, meeting diversity, diverse meetings

I Have Anticipated Diversity By…

In this What I Know, industry professionals discuss how they've anticipated diversity.
Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina, Marriott, Millennial Committee, millennials, millennial meetings, San Diego

San Diego Marriott’s Millennial Committee Engages Younger Attendees

"We created a small honeybee safe haven located on our South Tower’s third-floor rooftop."
Shane Cragun, melt rate, meeting relevancy, Whole Brain Model, SweetmanCragun, The Shakedown

Stay Relevant: How to Keep Your Event from Melting

Keep your event from melting by addressing three key meeting elements: attendance, enthusiasm and exciting topics.
Mentors, Mentoring Events, Network Under the Stars, Jackie Brown, Freeman

How Mentoring Events Can Shape the Future of Meetings

Forming a mentor-mentee partnership can be beneficial to both parties.
John Tanzella, Diversity, LGBT Tourism, Diverse Meetings, LGBT Meetings, International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association, IGLTA

How Meeting Planners Can Accommodate LGBT Tourism

"We recommend that meeting planners speak directly to potential host hotels about their experiences with LGBT groups and the diversity training their staff has had to ensure a high comfort level for attendees."

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