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Escape Your Conference Comfort Zone To Become Happier And Smarter
by Jeff Hurt
Conference organizers, whatever scares you when planning your event, plan to do it now!
That’s right, run to your fear and escape your conference comfort zone!
Why? Busting out of your conference comfort zone leads to a longer, happier, smarter life with increased confidence, gratification and satisfaction, to paraphrase author Ken Budd.
Read more at jeffhurtblog.com
Crank Up Your Conference Emotional Intensity With Bright Light
by Jeff Hurt
Forget about turning down the lights to set the mood for your opening general session.
Why? It’s the perfect way to disengage and dial back your attendees’ emotions.
If you want to emotionally connect and increase your audience’s emotional intensity, a University of Toronto study says you need to turn lights up bright!
Bright Lights Arouse Intense EmotionsConventional wisdom says that sunny days can brighten our moods. While cloudy, rainy days can bring us down.
However, this new evidence shows that bright lights intensify our emotions, whether cheerful or glum. Dimming the lights dampens those moods.
SPIN Founder to Launch Sister Network for Veteran Hospitality Suppliers
SPIN Founder Shawna Suckow, CMP, has something new up her sleeve. She's been preparing to launch a new project, and it's all about cross-pollination between planners and suppliers. It's no coincidence, then, that the name of this new venture is called The Hive Network (www.thehivenetwork.org), and it's set to launch on March 20 - the first day of spring (when the bees come out - get it?).
"I've been asked by suppliers ever since I launched SPIN five years ago, 'When are you going to create something for us?'" said Suckow. "I never understood what the full purpose of such a group could be, until now."
The Hive Network will serve four purposes:
"I believe The Hive is going to be very valuable to salespeople who have seniority," said Jeffrey Perrin, CMP, director of strategic accounts for The Americas for Hyatt Hotels and Resorts, and an advisory board member of The Hive Network. "The ability to learn from veteran planners, and the opportunity to attend these meet-ups is very beneficial."
Suppliers can participate in The Hive in three ways: join the free LinkedIn group, become a member, or take part in a la carte educational sessions.
Members of The Hive Network receive free access to all the CCSE courses, weekly tips from planners, and a monthly newsletter with in-depth advice. Membership will be $695 per year, but the first 100 new members will receive a launch price of $395, starting March 20. Corporate discounts for 10+ members will be available.
“I wish this would have been created 20 years ago,” said Colleen Abernethy, managing director of Platinum DMC Collection, and a Hive advisory board member. “It’s going to help a lot of suppliers because the game keeps changing – what planners were open to five years ago, doesn’t work today.”
"Industry education is typically focused on planners," said Suckow. "Our education will help suppliers stop spinning their wheels, stop being ignored, and get access to planners in ways that really work, and that's what it's all about. Their membership will pay for itself many, many times over."
For more information, sign up for announcements at www.thehivenetwork.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or join The Hive Network's LinkedIn group.
8 Event Management and Planning Trends for 2014
Tis the season to reflect on the past year and look forward to what awaits us in 2014. And as we here at Planning Pod prepare for a year of growth and new tools and features, we wanted to give you the inside scoop on what we’ve been hearing from event planners and what we’ve observed in our own business with our 2014 event management trends blog post.
So here are 8 trends in event planning and event technology we have been seeing over the last few months that we believe will carry through to much of 2014.
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3 Tips for Dealing with Stress in 2014
By David McMillin
There’s no better time to review your work-life balance than the beginning of a new year. Unfortunately, if you’re like most employees in the meetings industry, that balance may be tipping in the direction of your office desk. A recent survey from Philadelphia-based talent and career management firm Right Management shows that more than 90 percent of employees find their workplace more stressful than it was five years ago.
As 2014 kicks off, it’s time to make yourself a happier meeting professional. Here are three tips for dealing with stress this year.
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10 Event Trends for 2014
I cannot thank enough Carmen for making sure the presentation is liked by thousands and Fabio Cannillo, the web designer everybody wants to steal from us, for confirming why Italian design is popular around the world.
A big introduction is that this year you can vote your favourite trend by tweeting it from the presentation. Check slide 33 for instructions. Results will be announced later in 2014 and we’ll discover who won the preference of #eventprofs.
Here it is, if you want to know more about it, read the write up here.