I put this picture up on Google Plus yesterday and it is still bothering me so much that I decided to post my thoughts here, a larger audience for me than Google Plus.
My thinking was, how many times do the unsuspecting buy into the load of crap that companies in the industry are selling us. I snapped this image while I was at a Hilton in Chicago. This is the bottle of water that they serve.
One of our group said “Oh COOL” and I just sat and laughed and explained that this is the worst type of greenwashing ther... read more
A call back in comedy is a technique that takes something that was said before and ties it back into the current topic. The reminder results in a clever connection and can create some great humor.
A convention theme can have the same effect by tying together common themes at breaks, the keynote speaker, break out speakers and the after dinner speaker.
Simply take variations of your convention theme and have conference speakers call it back throughout the day.
When you reinforce your theme it creates a congruence an... read more
Here’s the summary handout for my workshop on participation techniques you can use in conference sessions that I’ll be leading at MPI’s World Education Congress 2011. Sources for additional information on these techniques can be found in the notes at the end of the list.
Technique: Setting ground rules ‡*
Brief description: Setting ground rules before other activities commence clarifies and unifies participants’ expectations.
When to use: Start of session, worksh... read more
Event planners are often not privy to the regulatory requirements that surround industries that are proprietary in nature. Over the years, bankers would joke about “Models and Bottles” when referring to their unlimited client expense accounts, but today, this is a joke that would not be taken lightly. Due to sudden downturn and heavy scrutiny of the finance industry, regulators have decreased these types of expense accounts and therefore keep a watchful eye.
Other industries that require compliance with industry... read more
Founder and CEO of BizBash, David Adler is perhaps one of the most progressive thinkers in the events industry. He is known for being an engaging speaker and is also often the herald of some new trend or technology that seems to overtake the industry within short order.
I recently asked David to share his thoughts on trends in the industry by answering five questions. Not surprisingly, his responses were fascinating and full of useful information on what's coming down the pike. In fact, he gave me enough great con... read more
I have been filling out quite a few conference presentation proposals recently, and began to notice a pattern in my behavior. My mood changed when I had to fill out the session’s learning objectives (which are statements of what attendees will be able to do by the end of the session.)
Specifically, every time I had to fill out the learning objectives for a proposal I got really, really annoyed.
Over the years I’ve found that paying attention to patterns like this is nearly always a learning experie... read more
In case you've missed it last week: PlannerTech DC , the Technology Showcase for Event Planners. A short recap on an inspiring power conference.
What do you get when you let a small team of driven event peeps (Liz King of Liz King Events, Lindsey Rosenthal of Events For Good and Liz Mazzei of Pogby) bring together 10 state of the art event technology start-ups, a group of engaged event organizers, a magician for MC (Josh Norris), and mix them with some top notch partners to add s... read more
I got a call from an association planner friend of mine the other day asking if I had ever heard of a company called Convention Housing. I had to admit that I never had but asked why and what was up.
The tale she began to weave was familiar to me if the exact players in this story were not, they seem to be hotel poachers.
What is a hotel poacher?
A hotel poacher is a company that trolls your attendee and exhibitor list looking for ways to contact people that may be looking to book rooms for your m... read more
So, it turns out, there's a problem with Fair Trade.
Not only that, but you know that "Don't print this email" tag? The one you put in your footer because you want to educate people about not printing? Well, that causes over 2000 MT of CO2 emissions.
Oh and that biodiesel bus you were booking for your event? Well think again. It might be biting the hand that feeds, contributing to rising food prices around the globe.
Seriously, keeping up with the ongoing debate about what is good, better and best in the field of ... read more
Motivate, inspire and increase interaction at any event by borrowing some activities from Improv. Highly interactive motivational talks and workshops can take an event from blah and boring to memorable and impressive.
Instead of searching for concepts you think will inspire an audience, involve them and guarantee your success.
As always, for workshop activities to be successful they need to be relevant to the audience, so do your research!
When a motivational speakers presentations are all centered on their own st... read more
At a time in which the very fabric of society seems in the process of being re-woven, the act of bringing people together for networking, fellowship, education or entertainment is taking on a deeper meaning.
The following facts taken from two articles in Ode Magazine, The Power of Strangers by Serena Renner and No Such Thing As A Thing an excerpt from Lynne McTaggart's book The Bond illustrate a few of the many recent developments and discoveries that directly relate to meetings and events.
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When I was an IT consultant I used to build custom database management systems—complicated, company-specific software that handled the unique way an organization did things. The normal way to do this is the Microsoft Word or kitchen-sink approach: add every feature and ability you can think of (or that any important customer asks for) into the application, and let the user work with the entire glory of what you’ve created.
Over the years I found I could make a good living creating integrated systems that did thi... read more
Not long ago I tuned into the Climate Reality Project, a 24-hour, virtual global event to share the truth about climate change. I lurked for the content primarily, but also curious about how the event was designed, wondering if it would reflect the content of the message.
Several years ago, Live Earth - Al Gore's previous event to raise awareness about the climate crisis - appealed to the music fan in me, but left the event professional in me wondering if the message was compromised by the format of the event. With ... read more
In Loudoun County, the tourism industry is fortunate enough to have a resourceful CVB like Visit Loudoun. The Loudoun County Visitor’s Association (LCVA) hosts Visit Loudoun University, an educational outlet for tourism businesses to collaborate and connect.
In their Friday Forum series, selected speakers and panelists present on topics of interest to Loudoun businesses. Last Friday, a social media panel discussion for businesses in the tourism industry took place at the Middleburg Community Center. Panelists incl... read more