Recycle Across America, Inspiration Hub, recycling, event recycling, meeting recycling, sustainability

What Is Your Event Doing to Help the Recycling Crisis?

The state of California—known for its progressive recycling efforts—already shut down more than 450 recycling plants this year.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Boston, convention center, exhibition center, public spaces

How to Make the Most of Your Convention Center’s Public Space

Are you making the most of the public spaces surrounding your event?
Engage attendees, increasing attendee engagement, meeting tips, professional development blog

Discovering Underutilized Visual Opportunities to Engage Attendees

Recent studies have shown that approximately 65 percent of people are visual learners. There are lots of underutilized opportunities to engage attendees visually in between sessions, lunches and receptions, says Cynthia Hornketh, CMM, Experient’s VP, experience design.
Tableau Conference

Build Your Conference, Build Your Brand

How did the data company Tableau grow its user conference from 200 to 8,000 attendees in less than eight years?
unconventional event formats, meeting planning, professional development blog

Increasing Audience Interaction with Unconventional Event Formats

Increasing audience interaction is key when planning for Millennials, whose epic appetite for engaging experiences can keep planners up at night.
event food waste, meeting tips,professional development blog

Getting Keen on Curbing Event Food Waste

There is perhaps no single thing planners can do to make their events more sustainable and less wasteful than to curb food waste. Read how one successful planner is doing just that.

Using Crowdsourcing Techniques to Give Attendees What They Want

Event crowdsourcing techniques get attendees involved in the action long before the meeting or event begins.
event uncertainty,

Overcoming Event Uncertainty with Emotional Intelligence Techniques

How can event professionals, whose job it it is to eliminate as much meeting or event uncertainty from the outcomes as much as possible, deal with the uncertainty factor?
starting an event planning business, meeting tips, professional development blog

Starting an Event Planning Business Isn’t for Sissies

What does it take to start an event-planning business? Plenty of grit for starters, says Marley Majcher, CEO of Party Goddess, a high-end, West Coast event planning company that is popular with celebrities.

And Now Something Different: Engaging Generation Z

We’ve heard quite a bit in the last two years on how to engage Millennials at meetings, but what about the generation coming up after them—those born in the mid-to-late 1990s?
education at meetings, meeting tips, event tips, professional development blog

Time to Unlearn What We Know About Education at Meetings

Opportunities for professional education and information exchange have never been greater in this age of on-demand training videos, live streaming from university classrooms and virtual conferences that bring together communities of knowledge from around the globe.
new meeting formats, meeting tips, event tips, professional development blog

New Meeting Formats Emerge for 2016

The FRESH conference 2015 tested out new meeting formats and event technologies. Here's a look at the rising trends they found.
event apps, meeting tips, professional development blog

Getting the Most Out of Your Event App

Mobile event apps, introduced just a few short years ago, are now widely used—but how effectively are they being deployed?
knowledge sharing at events, meeting tips, event tips, professional development blog

Mobile Matchmaking Sparks Powerful Peer-to-Peer Collaboration

Peer-to-peer learning isn't solely reserved for Millennials. See how one tech company is using mobile matchmaking to facilitate powerful exchanges among like-minded attendees.
configuring tablets for event planning, meeting tips, event tips, professional development blog

Tablets Are a Planner’s Best Friend

Managing mountains of paper as part of your meeting planner job is a thing of the past. So why, then, are so many planners still doing it?
planning for diversity, meeting tips, event tips, professional development blog

Planning for Diversity? Take a Look at Your Own Backyard

For many meeting planners, there’s not enough guidance on planning for diversity, or how to make the content and the rest of their programming elements more appealing to a diverse array of attendees.

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