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13 Important Questions to Ask before Hiring an #Event #Caterer
Selecting an event caterer to work with is one of the more crucial decisions an event planner has to make.
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  It is imperative that the event planner steps up his role as a facilitator in order to reduce this “getting to know each other and building trust” phase over as quickly as possible. 
A good number of attendees to a conference or other business meetings attend those events in order to create live, face to face, connections with other attendees that can help them digest all the information thrown at them during the event. However, it is rather common that most of the ...
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Why you should replace meeting lectures with sessions that incorporate attendee connection.
 In 2011 I ran a two and a half hour participative techniques workshop on the last afternoon of a four-day conference. After we ended, a participating supplier came up to me and told me that he had made many more useful connections in that one workshop than during the 3 days preceding it.
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The hosted buyer format aims to ensure a commitment from qualified buyers.
With the arrival of new technologies, the opening of more meetings and the rise of emerging markets, the traditional exhibition formats have given way to “new formats” that have been re-discovered and re-utilized by the big associations in order to improve the performance of the fairs.
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3 Marketing Hacks #EventProfs Should Learn From Startups 
What keeps event planners up at night? In most cases it's the fear of not bringing in enough attendees to their event. Letting people know about your events v
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It is coming! Celebrate North American Meetings Industry Day with us this April 16th!!! http://bit.ly/1MbC2ZO
As part of Mexico's agenda regarding the meetings industry, it was announced recently that the country will work together with its neighbors to the north: the US and Canada in order to hold the first ever North American Meetings Day. This event, to be held in the US was inspired by the Canadian ...
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Check out this blog and e-book on +BizBash about the evolution of #event  technology: http://www.bizbash.com/the-evolution-of-event-technology-what-has-changed-since-2000/new-york/story/30253
In less than two decades, new tools and online platforms have changed the way the industry plans gatherings—and how attendees experience them. There’s no denying that technology has touched and transformed every aspect of the event industry in the past 15 years, influencing the planning, production, execution, and follow-through.
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Hot of the presses! 7 innovative logo design resources perfect for your event marketing efforts: http://hubs.ly/y0G3z80
A visually compelling logo is key to a successful event marketing campaign. Here are 7 event logo design resources to create a good-looking and cost effective logo.
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The Art of Organising Successful Q&A Sessions at Conferences
Q&A sessions are loathed by many event planners because they are the least predictable part of many conferences. As an organiser, you have no idea if your 
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A list of free software/tools that  #eventprofs  can take advantage of to better manage event projects. What’s your favorite one?
We outline and summarize some of our favorite free event planning and project management tools, to help you streamline the exploration process.
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These 10 travel tips will help event organizers and attendees arrive to their destination comfortable and refreshed.
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Spectacular aerial footage which completes the report on your event. Drones fly high and humming above your audience. The result: aerial footage of your meeting, event, congress or teambuilding.
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Excited to announce that advance review copies of The Power of Participation: Creating Conferences That Deliver Learning, Connection, Engagement, and Action will be going out this week to illustrious event luminaries, who will hopefully say nice things about it before the book is published in June! #PowerOfParticipation  
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Equipment is the key to achieve excellence, so we share with you the best tips to make all work! 
Do you ever think in how important is having the appropriate equipment on your event or how important is that the equipment is well functioning? The answer is VERY. Just stop a little and think about it: What happens when your equipment doesn't work? All starts to come crashing down, ...
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How important feedback in event evaluations is generally ignored 
A fascinating piece of research published in Science concludes that the Chinese government allows people to say whatever they like about the state, its leaders, or their policies—except for posts with collective action potential, which are far more likely to be censored.
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Learn how Social Media Marketing World creating an effective marketing strategy to attract over 2,000 attendees to their event: http://blog.bizzabo.com/event-marketing-tips-how-smmw15-attracted-over-2000-attendees
Learn from the best: How Social Media Marketing World constructed an effective event marketing campaign to attract attednees to their world class marketing event.
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Don't focus on perfect execution at the expense of engagement.
To dance with customers in an act of co-creation: This is part of 37Signals' secret. From their book to their blog to their clearly stated point of view about platforms and the way they do business, they invite customers to debug with them in an ongoing dialogue about finding a platonic ideal of ...
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Itay Talgam discusses his approach to speaking engagements.
 
SPEAKING.COM: What do you want people to learn / take away from your presentations?

ITAY: I want them to have improved communication within themselves and with their colleagues – new perspectives about their leadership styles and open communication. Not a judgmental tool of self-torturing – rather the opposite: to find new, optimistic ways of seeing yourself and your organization, and of where you may choose to lead together. 



SPEAKING.COM: Have you had any particularly memorable speaking engagements / unusual situations arise while on the road?

ITAY: Many! I tend to fall in love quite easily when people are responsive, caring, empathic, listening. I’m lucky to meet many audiences that are willing to assume that nature.

SPEAKING.COM: What types of audiences would most benefit from your message?

ITAY: Everyone who is willing and able to disassociate themselves from being the very important know-it-alls that other people expect them to be in their everyday leadership or managerial roles… I need them to be the opposite: ignorant by choice.

SPEAKING.COM: What inspired you to become a speaker?

ITAY: The mutual feeling of gratitude that a good conversation brings with it… that is very rewarding.



SPEAKING.COM: Which of your keynote speeches do you enjoy the most and why?

ITAY: The more I am able to let go and become a ‘keynote listener’, the better the session is. That way I am still responsible for facilitating the dialogue, but I am no longer controlling it – it has a flow of its own, with everyone in the room having ownership and control in equal measure. That for me is successful modeling of leadership and collaboration at their best.
SPEAKING.COM: When and how did you discover your passion for music and begin your conducting career? ITAY: I played the Piano from the age of six, but hated practicing. As a teenager it seemed to me that conducting and composing would give me a really cool image, so I studied both! My four-year tour as …
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