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 MICEBOOK.com indicates that event planners aren’t as creative as they thought. So event ROI is important.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Social Media Roundup: Starting an Event Planning Company? Read This First

Associations Now

Before taking your event planning solo, keep in mind the business factors that come with the territory. If you’ve been doing this event-planning thing for a while, you might be wondering to yourself what it’s like to strike out on your own.

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


The following blog post was written by one of the AssociationSuccess.org 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 3.15.19

Reid All About it

The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… Back in my restaurant general manager days, I went through a serious bout of burnout. Now for the educational events scheduled for next week. Does finding ways to prove your event’s R.O.I.

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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.

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: 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.

What is Association Management?

Association Navigator

One of my earlier blog posts included a basic overview of association management. In addition to financial management we support their communications, advocacy, education & training, and event planning.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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: 6.9.17

Reid All About it

Your weekly list of free webinars and events for the association community… My friends at DelCor Technology Solutions have kicked off their 15th Annual.org Community Food Drive to support the Capital Area Food Bank. – How to Report Live from Nonprofit Conferences and Events.

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3 Strategies to Balance Association Member Needs: Entrepreneurs and Employees

Cvent Association Tips

Quarterly Networking Events. Perhaps a quarterly event in which suppliers and prospective clients can connect would add value and take the pressure off for all parties. Here is an example of a suggested annual cycle: Q1 Local hosted buyer event at a great new venue.

The Event Planner’s Guide to Using Online Community for Your Annual Event

Higher Logic

Your annual event might be looming, or it might be a year away – wherever you are in the planning, it can feel like you’re stuck in a crazy-making cycle. We’re not saying you have to get best friend necklaces, although if you did, we would totally support it, but taking advantage of the event planning resources your online community offers won’t hurt. Planning your annual event can become hectic, and it would be a shame not to rely on the tools at your disposal.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 11.4.16

Reid All About it

Now on to the list of this week’s free webinars and learning events. Brainstorm ways to start planning for the uncertain future with case studies and best practices from around the globe. The Event Planner’s Guide to SEO. Digital Planning Priorities. Follow Blog via Email.

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 pic.twitter.com/4qOGTbWpA6. What’s your association’s meeting planning process?

Association Brain Food Weekly: 12.1.17

Reid All About it

The weekly list of free educational events for the association community… AI is definitely coming soon to associations, in fact, many associations already use AI-powered software to serve and engage members. Now what about mobile apps, particularly event apps?

Q&A Will Not Satisfy Conference Audience Cravings For Participation

Velvet Chainsaw

We interrupt this blog post with an important news bulletin: This just in… after months of hearings, the National Bureau of Stop Boring People has established new standards for audience engagement at conferences.

Communicating Your Conference Value Proposition To A Short Attention Span World

Velvet Chainsaw

As the digital wheel accelerates, we find ourselves buried in a tsunami of information… emails, texts, blog posts, newsletters, whitepapers, podcasts, apps. Adapted from Donna’s Meeting Innovation post on Cvent’s Event Planning blog.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 1.13.17

Reid All About it

Find out which blogging tactics produce the strongest results. Now, onto the list of this week’s free webinars and learning events. Learn how you can prepare for upcoming trends in meetings and events. Why 2017 Is the Year to Re-Evaluate Your Event Tech.