Nishita Jain of a2z Inc. explains how trade shows can provide increased value to attendees and exhibitors. How can you facilitate networking and relationship-building for both sides of the booth? Easy-to-use technology and dedicated meeting space are great places to start. Read the full article at Event Manager Blog for all five networking-friendly ideas to make your trade show an industry staple.
Networking events can be a huge boon to your career. Your new connections can spark creativity and brainstorming, land you a new job or even boost your sales. With all you stand to gain from a networking event, it’s important to prepare ahead of time. Josh Rampton, contributor for Entrepreneur, compiled 19 tips you should consider when prepping.
Humans are hard-wired to use communication as a survival tool, but this often leads us to long-winded lectures about ourselves. When networking, it’s important to know when to talk, when to listen and how to move a conversation forward. This post at Fast Company will prep you to move past the small talk and make a meaningful impression at your next meeting.
It may not be the most fun part of planning, but your event budget is a crucial part of the process. The information laid out in the budget determines the profitability and feasibility of the entire plan. Lorenzo Neri, Senior Lecturer in Financial and Management Accounting, outlines five common budget pitfalls and how to avoid them.
If you are still having speakers deliver one-sided presentations followed by 10 minutes of questions from the audience, it might be time to refresh your Q&A strategy. We found eight alternatives to the traditional end-of-session route, all of which promise to deliver more engagement, more relevance and a better experience for everyone involved.
With up to half of the population preferring peaceful environments that promote reflection, today’s extrovert-friendly event trends could alienate a significant portion of your potential audience. Not all introverts are afraid of speaking up, they simply feel most comfortable and do better work when given the space to process information quietly.
If you’re looking for a unique way to engage your guests, try a custom scavenger hunt. This post at Smart Meetings explains how this activity can work for any group, from small retreats to large conventions. With options like mobile apps, leaderboards, themes and even a charity aspect, these scavenger hunts are sure to keep your guests entertained and active.
Industry expert Andrew Freeman, president of San Francisco-based AF&Co., offers several insights into the culinary trends we’ll see in 2017. By capitalizing on these fresh, unique ideas, you’ll ensure an ultra-trendy dining experience for event attendees. Think ethnic cuisine with a modern twist, a very interesting ingredient of the year and inspired event menus in Los Angeles and Kansas City.
A picture is worth a thousand words, and the Dessert Goals festival took full advantage of that. Many aspects of the event involved eating the delicious confections, while workshops offered sessions on food styling, launching a food business, and blogging about food. Attendees practiced their new food photography skills in a setting that was specifically designed for taking the perfect Instagram shot. Dessert culture is about more than eating delicious things. This unique event highlighted the importance of how we consume food with all of our senses—including sight.
Green events used to be a trend, but the term is becoming harder and harder to find. This article from Event Marketer begs the questions, “What happened to ‘going green’ in events?” The idea hasn’t disappeared; it’s evolved. “Sustainability” is the new “green,” and it’s only part of the equation. Planners and marketers are finding ways to think responsibly about the impact of the entire event life cycle on the environment and community. According to Paul Salinger of Oracle, this movement involves a “triple bottom line,” considering “people, planet and profits.”
Sustainability is more than just a trend—even large companies are taking note and incorporating green practices into their events. McDonald’s was the first Orange County Convention Center vendor to separate food waste and divert it to a composting program instead of landfills. Intel gave away brightly-colored messenger bags created from previous years’ vinyl signage. Symantec repurposed outdated computers and eliminated paper handouts. See more examples of how big brands are making a big impact in this slideshow.
Dumpster diving may be a well-known term, but dumpster dining conjures up a very unusual image. Josh Treuhaft, the creative mind behind Salvage Supperclub, hopes that his jarring event theme will help make a difference in the food waste problem. These dinner parties are held in dumpsters (the kind used for construction materials, not the smelly alternative), and feature gourmet dishes from imperfect foods. For details about how he transforms cast-off items into appetizing meals, read the full article at BizBash.