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MILLENNIAL MINDSET

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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.
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Are Bitmojis Taking a Bite Out of Our Senses?

Are we becoming a visual society, and what affects does this have on our communication with one another and our ability to express ourselves to another human being face to face?
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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."
Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows; San Diego; millennials, millennial meetings

Deconstructing the Misconceptions of Millennials & Meetings

Millennials actually prefer face-to-face meetings and events just as much, if not more, than previous generations.
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Harry Potter & the Quandary of Unengaged Millennials

It's not that millennials can't give their attention for lengths of time; it's that they require much deeper and more meaningful engagement.

WHAT I KNOW

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The Best Food & Beverage Setup I Ever Saw…

"The best F&B setups anywhere around the globe have two attributes. They don't require waiters to bring you a meal, and the lines to get food go on both sides of the table.”
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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."
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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.

FLIP THE SCRIPT

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5 Icebreaker Ideas that Can Actually Work

During breakout sessions, encourage people sitting at tables together to chat rather than text or get on Facebook.

8 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Mobile Social Media

Encourage attendees to download the mobile event app well in advance of the event and direct them to the social links in the app.

INSPIRATION HUB

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.

EXPECT DIVERSITY

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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.
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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.
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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."

Have something to add to Spark? Please contact Prevue’s Executive Editor, Johnalee Johnston at johnalee@worthit.com