While speakers should definitely take precedent during educational sessions, encourage them to build a quick networking component into their sessions.
For meeting planners who didn’t attend our NY Visionary Summit, here are seven reminders and words of advice about health and safety risk management to consider when organizing a global event.
Millennials define "healthy" as a daily commitment to eating right, exercising and being mindful.
Meetings and events that increase attendee engagement will dominate the coming year, according to the 2015 Event Industry Trends report.
From their industry involvement to their company values, here are a few considerations when searching for a DMC.
If you've ever wanted to know how to become a mystic sorcerer capable of delving into distant dimensions with a determined gaze and swirl of a hand, don't bother reading this.
In August, Scottsdale, Ariz.’s resort rates drop significantly as demand is down during the destination’s hotter months.
More and more meeting planners are wanting meals family-style because, similar to a buffet, they don’t have to order as much food as they would a plated meal.
"What the world needs now are change agents, and that starts by questioning everything.”
Some destinations in the Caribbean and Mexico have drastically different airfares to and from the U.S. because of their popularity.
Sensory experiences such as color and music can help enhance attendee participation.
While interacting will help get attention for your personal brand, so will creating communities related to your professional industry.
Sure, we could have skimmed through the depths of Martha Stewart's blog for decoupage ideas but where's the fun in that?
Make the site inspection more than a walk-though by sharing information about the purpose of your meeting and developing a relationship with your salesperson.
Virtual events can quickly get boring for attendees, so keep them engaged by using images and video clips or asking questions throughout your presentation.
Always jeep a lightweight pair of walking sneakers, workout leggings and an top in your suitcase so you have something to exercise in or just walk around in if there are travel delays.
Who you partner with ultimately reflects your business, so it’s important to make sure you partner with a company that your attendees support and know.
Think of your sponsors as the spokespersons for your event and partner with them every way you can, from including them in planning focus groups or committees to having them hand out awards
As meeting planners take attendees to more exotic destinations, it’s important to know the specifics of what’s required to travel abroad before signing a contract.
Where in the past brands and labels might have been important to winners, this generation of younger attendee prefers to choose his or her pillow gifts at an amenity bar.
Meeting planners can give attendees access to specific information, prizes and downloadable materials to help draw them into a specific trade-show booth or presentation located just a few feet away.
Always have an escape plan for any social media marketing campaign because it’s difficult to predict if attendees will take a conversation in a negative direction.
“In our case, Zika did not fall under force majeure. We ended up staying with our original resort and moving the meeting to September, which is the end of winter there."
By bringing less conventional elements into a corporate event such as colorful visuals or hands-on activities, visual and kinesthetic learners will respond more productively to the content.
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.