Bananas! Event-Planning Takeaways from “Minions”

Associations Now

Warning: The remainder of this blog post contains some minor plot details. Being leaderless leaves them all depressed, so one of them—Kevin—comes up with a plan. I actually gleaned four event-planning lessons from a children’s movie.

Event-Planning Reminders From “Christmas Vacation”

Associations Now

Event- and conference-related takeaways from the holiday comedy classic National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and its lead character, Clark Griswold. So, as you’re designing your upcoming events , keep in mind that a little can go a long way.

Left brain vs. right brain: Which wins the event planning game?

Aaron Wolowiec

And so, I encourage you to take the aforementioned into account after reading this sentence: New research by London and Partners, the official convention bureau of London, and indicates that event planners aren’t as creative as they thought. So event ROI is important.

Lessons in Event Planning From a Rock Concert

Associations Now

Steal these five ideas from a recent concert to make your next event a sellout. I’ll start this blog post by revealing a neither deep nor dark secret about myself: I’m a bit of a music fanatic. (OK, Pay homage to your event’s location.

Social Media Roundup: An Exotic Take on Event Planning

Associations Now

Partying in a cemetery sounds weird, but it’s not the strangest place that event planners have taken over lately. Also: Is now the time to plan an event in an emerging country? The Craziest Venues We've Seen Events Take Over [link] #eventprofs.

Meetings 411: Event Planning Tips for Generation Z - Part 2

Cvent Association Tips

I recently discussed the implications of what we already know about Generation Z for designing meetings and event planners. Here 5 specific tips for designing meetings and events that are effective and engaging for Generation Z participants.

Trade Association CEO Support: Event Planning Checklist

Trade Association CEO Blog

The role of association CEO is diverse and whether youre a volunteer or a paid staff executive director this blog is the starting line for concepts and ideas to solve your leadership challenges. Consider these major responsibilities: Membership Development, Membership Benefits, Membership Administration, Governance, Volunteer Development, Meeting/Event Management, Government Affairs, Market Development, Education, Operations, Communications and Cheerleader. Event Planning Checklist.

[Guest Post] 8 Ways to Weave Collaboration into Your Virtual Event


The following blog post was written by one of the team members, Lucie Robathan! Technological solutions for interaction and communication mean that a virtual event can stimulate a unique kind of knowledge-sharing, across a huge range and variety of minds.

How to Plan a Virtual Conference at Your Association: 5 Steps


We recently wrote a blog post about the benefits of hosting a virtual conference at your association. How do you actually plan and execute an online event? But let’s say you do decide to host one. What happens next?

[Guest Post] The Problems Attendees Experience at Conferences


The following blog post was written by Amanda Kaiser, qualitative member researcher, writer, and speaker, and author of the Smooth the Path blog. Looking at the responses across more than three hundred interviews, of mostly very engaged members, a handful of typical weak spots in association conferences emerge: association management event planning membership management Small Staff Chatter

Association Luncheon Ideas That'll Bring Members Back For Seconds


Check out this list of association luncheon topics and subtopics (from our MemberClicks blog!) event planning member engagement member retention Small Staff ChatterFeel like your attendee rates have dropped lately with your association’s monthly luncheons? Keeping your members engaged with new and refreshing topics is crucial in having them sign up for regular attendance. that will get you brainstorming for your next luncheon!

Audit Secrets: Leveraging Your Inner Entrepreneurial Spirit

Association Adviser

Wolowiec, MSA, CAE, CMP, CTA, Event Garde. Editor’s Note: Before your association decides to modify or expand its slate of events, consider stepping back to conduct an audit of what is working well for your members and other stakeholders, and what could use some improvements.

Jumpstart 2012: Plan now for next year! : Off Stage

Off Stage

20, 2011 - Jumpstart 2012: Plan now for next year! Included in the Jumpstart experience: · A pre-event planning call with your association staff executive and/or incoming president. o Development of strategies and action plans for your association in 2012.

25 meeting management resources revealed

Aaron Wolowiec

During that event, we asked both planners and suppliers alike to share with us their favorite resources (e.g., technology tools, apps, programs, websites, blogs, books and articles). Blogs. Event Garde Blog. Event Planning Blog.

Happy Hundred: Looking Back at the Top 5

Reid All About it

This is the 100th blog post on Reid All About It. I wrote this post not long after I started blogging. They continue to be hot topics in the association, social media and event planning communities. Tagged: Writing & Blogging. Writing & Blogging

A Win-Win: How Associations Can Transform Sponsors into Thought Leaders, with Bob Buday

Moery Company

They keep sponsors on the sidelines at their conferences, relegate them to the advertising (not the editorial) pages of their publications, and block them out of planning those and other key association programs. That reflects poor event planning. IStock: Credit_kasto80.

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Best of the Week: 6 Stories for Association Executives from SCDdaily

SCD Group

The Nine Biggest Mistakes Meeting Planners Make By Debbie Taylor via Colorado Meetings + Events Planning any kind of event is a complex, time-consuming process that is filled with potential pitfalls. When planning your next event, avoid these common mistakes.

8 Practical Ways to Boost Engagement with Mobile Event Apps

Higher Logic

Businesses can tap into this potential with a mobile app for their events. Meeting and conference attendees increasingly expect ways to engage organizers, presenters, and each other – from the moment they register until months after the event. Mobile Event Apps: No Laptop?

Wednesday Buzz: The Productive Power of Checklists

Associations Now

The stress of event planning could be relieved by something as basic as a checklist. Event planning is a complicated process that can easily get out of hand, with deadlines, projects, follow-ups, and countless other minutiae overwhelming your team.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 04.19.19

Reid All About it

The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… If you haven’t already, you must read New Member Engagement Study , a collaboration between Kaiser Insights, Dynamic Benchmarking, 12 research partners and 160 association professionals.

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Wednesday Buzz: Don’t Get Overwhelmed by Event Overload

Associations Now

When planning an event, help the control freak in you learn to let go. But event planner Kelli White offers reassurance that you don’t have to shoulder all the responsibility for making your events successful.

3 Creative Ways Associations and Nonprofits Can Use Volunteer Management Tools

Higher Logic

Then, find creative ways to recognize contest winners through your member newsletter, via your community homepage, or by publishing a congratulatory blog post. Event Planning and Hosting.

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Monday Buzz: Giving Tuesday’s Getting Close

Associations Now

Also: A successful effort to tie together Leonard Cohen and event planning. The nonprofit technology company Blackbaud anticipates double-digit growth in donations during this year’s event—taking place November 29—and the right strategy can give your nonprofit a donation boost.

Daily Buzz: The Challenges of a Virtual Chapter

Associations Now

Also: easy actions for planning sustainable meetings. Some associations are concerned that virtual chapters will end up competing for members with national and other chapters,” writes the BillHighway team on its blog. “If Your Guide to Greener Events.

Wednesday Buzz: Morning Advice for Event Planners

Associations Now

Does your morning routine prime you for a busy day of event planning? According to the Event Manager Blog, you can boost your job productivity by performing several key tasks before 9 a.m. Is your event tech in sync?

Celebrating two years

Aaron Wolowiec

Strategic planning. 8, 2011, Grand Rapids-based Event Garde was born. Event Garde: A clever play on words? As most of you know by now, I came on board this summer as digital content manager to help Event Garde grow its online and public presence.

48 No-Brainer Tools Every Marketer Needs

Higher Logic

We’ve found Basecamp to be especially helpful for tradeshow planning. For when you need inspiration: Blogs and Podcasts : Everyone needs a bit of inspiration from the outside world to inspire their inner creative. When you find a blog you like, subscribe ( start with this one )!

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 4.5.19

Reid All About it

The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… When I was in charge of getting a new AMS back at my old association, I had no idea how to approach selection and implementation. Now for the educational events scheduled for next week.

5 Expert Tips to Revamp Your Event Management Strategy

Higher Logic

Your events can be the highlight of your member community experience! Especially for communities spread out over a wide geographic area, a monthly or yearly gathering is an exciting event to look forward to. Plan for sustainability with analytics. Choose the Right Event Software.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 3.30.18

Reid All About it

I know how badly you want to put your technology project (and all that heavy drinking) behind you, but before you move onto your next big project, heed Gretchen Steenstra’s advice at the DelCor blog: before moving forward, do a technology project close. Innovation and Events.

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New Year’s resolutions: Time for your association to drop some pounds?

Aaron Wolowiec

But as I thought about what to write for this blog post, I realized that as 2014 approaches, I need to believe these words, instead of just saying them. At your next event, plan family-friendly events at family-friendly places.

Wednesday Buzz: Facebook Ups Its Events Game

Associations Now

The massive social network will now curate hot events in a new feature box. We hope you can get on Facebook’s Featured Events list—it’s sure to be the new hot spot for events , as the social network’s Events section garners 550 million users each month.

Daily Buzz: Pizza at the Polls

Associations Now

Also: developing a meeting planning process. Developing a Robust Planning Process. An Introduction to The Event Planning Cycle and How to Master It: [link] #EventProfs What’s your association’s meeting planning process?

Monday Buzz: What It Takes to Become an Event Planner

Associations Now

An event management expert offers her wisdom to the next generation of planners. To aid prospective event planners in need of a helping hand, event management pro Kelli White has written “ 8 Insider Tips for Event Management Students.”

Monday Buzz: Appealing to New Graduates

Associations Now

Also: Even a veteran event planner can make these common mistakes. Since many graduates are anxious about starting their careers, association can help them out by providing them with a mentoring program, suggests MemberClicks in a recent blog post. “By Event Planning Errors.

6 Ways to Derail Any Meeting

Cvent Association Tips

Recently, Tony Compton gave event industry professionals some food for thought in The Email Corporate Event Producers Don’t Want to Read, his post on LinkedIn Pulse. Tony is not an event planner but he attends events.

Thursday Buzz: Nonprofits Hit Fundraising Jackpot Online

Associations Now

Plus: An event-planning life can be hectic—but a work-life balance remains possible. Tackle a Chaotic Event-Planning Lifestyle. Event planning isn’t really a 9-to-5 gig.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 1.26.18

Reid All About it

The weekly list of free educational events for the association community… The world wants you just as you are—you are enough. If you heed the advice of Eventpedia, you can be sure your event app won’t bomb with attendees. The Right Tech for Your Event — On a Budget.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 7.14.17

Reid All About it

Your weekly list of free webinars and events for the association community… Evidence, not ego, must drive digital transformation , says Gerry McGovern. And, if I’m missing a webinar or learning event, please add it to the Comments section. Follow Blog via Email.

Thursday Buzz: Prevent Meeting Fiascos

Associations Now

It’s a panic-inducing moment for even the most veteran event planners. In a recent post, Omnipress’ Big Ideas Blog provides a few recommendations for event-planning disaster scenarios.