Bananas! Event-Planning Takeaways from “Minions”

Associations Now

Being leaderless leaves them all depressed, so one of them—Kevin—comes up with a plan. After they arrive in New York City, they come across a secret villain TV channel advertising Villain Con in Orlando, an event billed as “the biggest gathering of criminals anywhere.” (Now Associations could riff off of this idea at their meeting by offering a startup or innovation competition , for example. 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. And, as I was watching Christmas Vacation last weekend, I couldn’t help but notice the film has a lot of good takeaways related to conferences and events. So, as you’re designing your upcoming events , keep in mind that a little can go a long way.

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Association Event Planning: Tools to Elevate Your Conference

AssociationTrends

For example, a business conference might consist of employees from various related companies discussing industry innovations and advancement opportunities in the field. However, conferences are notoriously tough to plan. An intuitive event microsite.

Event Planning Playbook: How to Get the Most out of Your Event Data & Eliminate Big Surprises

ReviewAMS

Guest post by Aura Innovative Technology Planning an event may sound simple, but with a vast amount of data to keep track and making sure it all ties back to your accounting system appropriately, it is not an easy task. events.

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. Research suggests the event management industry is filled with left-brained thinkers. So what does the right brain vs. left brain debate mean for event planning? So event ROI is important.

Thursday Buzz: Event Planning for a Million People

Associations Now

Take a look at the tremendous effort it takes to produce a world-famous event. How do you begin to plan an event that 1 million people will attend? Event-planning pro Jarno Stegeman, also known professionally as The Event Tutor, spoke with George Ridgely , the executive director of San Francisco Pride, about how he and his team prepare for the world-renowned San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration.

Your Guide to Gen Z: Will They Be at Your Next Conference?

MembersClicks

Born into the age of innovation and technology, Gen Z can be the perfect target market for anyone’s next event. event planning member engagement Small Staff ChatterSpeaking as a Gen Z-er, myself, I know we can be a tough crowd to please. Keeping us interested and entertained is no small job. Between personal insight and some industry research, I’ve put together three tips to help you attract Gen Z-ers to your next conference.

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Virtual: A Day in the Life – Events Planner

Association Management

Q&A with Brittney Burns, Events Manager at Virtual. At Virtual, I manage events for a technology-focused, non-profit association management company. This might mean planning conferences and member meetings. Virtual’s event planning team plans numerous of Board of Directors and association working group meetings every year. We run events in 35 countries for participants including the U.S. Every event is different.

Confirmation Bias And Why Conferences Need To Become Innovation Labs

Velvet Chainsaw

Pitching Conferences As Innovation Labs. Conference organizers often toss out the word innovation to promote their events, but where many fall short is in thinking through how they will deliver on that promise. As you paint a more vivid picture of innovation in action at your next conference, here are a few things to keep in mind: Who else will be attending the conference? Does confirmation bias ever slow down your conference reinvention plans?

Wednesday Buzz: Understand What Innovation Really Means

Associations Now

A management consultant shares why associations should learn about innovation before promoting themselves as experts. All associations want to create unique and innovative content to share with their audiences. For some, innovation may mean slight adjustments. If you are saying you want to innovate, but aren’t doing these things, what’s wrong with this picture?” Or is it that the stated aspiration to innovate is quite different from the actual aspiration?”.

Friday Buzz: Reignite Innovation During Business Meetings

Associations Now

Also: A celebrity event planner offers her trendsetting, customer-focused tricks of the trade. 8 Rules for Events from Celebrity Wedding Planner Sharon Sacks ( @sacksprods ) [link] #eventprofs #eventplanning. Every event is a moving work of art,” celebrity event planner Sharon Sacks told BizBash. From leaving guests to their own devices to sending nonstop emails to your team, Event Manager Blog editor Julius Solaris lists several event planning no-nos to avoid.

I Think We Cracked the Code on Digital Networking!

Velvet Chainsaw

You could use this activity toward the end of an event to ask them what they learned, or might use, or how they might implement the session ideas at their organization. I’m afraid if I tell my members this is a networking event, no one will show up.

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Bonus content – Event Garde e-news – September edition

Aaron Wolowiec

Cora Geujen, director of event planning, Renaissance Esmeralda Resort and Spa. Q & A with Cora Geujen, director of event planning, Renaissance Esmeralda Resort and Spa. Filed under: Innovation , Leadership Tagged: Cora Geujen , Event Gardeian of the Month , Renaissance Esmeralda Resort and Spa. Innovation Leadership Cora Geujen Event Gardeian of the Month Renaissance Esmeralda Resort and Spa

Celebrating two years

Aaron Wolowiec

Strategic planning. 8, 2011, Grand Rapids-based Event Garde was born. Event Garde: A clever play on words? Event Garde represents a pushing of the boundaries of what is accepted as the norm or status quo, especially as it relates to continuing education,” he wrote for the website. “By 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.

5 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Association’s Event

Blue Sky eLearn

For an association, hosting events like conferences, networking meetups, and learning sessions is an effective way to bring people who share a common goal or passion together. Plus, events are one of the ways that your association can raise non-dues revenue. . There’s a lot riding on your association’s next event, so how can you get the most out of it? . Every event-planning team struggles with this question. With events.

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 1.29.21

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The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community…. You must check out this treasure trove of ideas from Lee Gimpel of Better Meetings— 51 best practices for engaging webinar and online educational event attendees. 8: Innovate. 8: Innovate.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 2.26.21

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The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community…. They describe how to cultivate an organizational growth mindset so you can prepare your team and association to innovate and thrive. 4 ways to raise the bar on virtual events in 2021.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 6.26.20

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The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… Inclusive conferences. Here are the educational events scheduled for next week. – Virtual Event Demo Days. – Virtual Event Demo Days.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 5.7.21

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The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community…. Even after resuming public performances, some theater troupes plan to keep streaming their productions , reports Terry Teachout at the Wall Street Journal. Event Tech Survival Guide.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 5.29.20

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The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… Reboarding members. Virtual event ebook. Ellipsis Partners and Achurch Consulting have been burning the midnight oil on a virtual events ebook that’s definitely worth checking out.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 5.15.20

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The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… Benchmark survey on communicating in the current climate. Virtual event sponsors and exhibitors. Here are the educational events scheduled for next week. Host: Event Garde.

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. While listening to speakers and fellow attendees at digitalNow , I kept thinking associations are their own worst enemy when it comes to innovation. Now for the educational events scheduled for next week.

Sizzling Summer release from Nimble AMS

Nimble AMS

After a year of over-the-top value, reimagined events, and new programming, your team deserves some rest and relaxation. That’s a lot of product innovation and enhancements to keep up with. The season of flip-flops, BBQs, and out-of-the-office autoresponders has officially arrived.

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 12.6.19

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The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… Starting to feel a little holiday stress? Sustainability and ‘flight shaming’ are topping many lists of event trends. Here are the educational events scheduled for next week.

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 5.14.21

Reid All About it

The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community…. Event safety. The team at Event Farm has been hosting a series of webinars about the safe return to in-person events. Check it out before you get too deep into your planning process.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 5.22.20

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The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… New member onboarding. We’ve had a few months now of quickly planned virtual conferences and learning events. Virtual event sponsors/exhibitors. Host: Event Garde.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 6.19.20

Reid All About it

The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… Inclusion advice. Virtual event benefits. Virtual events are responsible for some of the silver linings described by WBT Systems in their post this week. Making Video for Virtual Events.

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“Disrupt” Your Meeting to Improve Attendee Productivity

Associations Now

Karen Malone of HIMSS talks about how she constantly thinks about innovation and disruption, including with her own staff. To create innovative and interactive meetings, planners around the nation are raising the bar on productivity and capitalizing on attendee experience.

SBI Events Team Earns Virtual Event & Meeting Management (VEMM) Credential

SBI

At SBI, we pride ourselves on providing innovative services and solutions to help nonprofits thrive. This certificate course was provided by the Event Leadership Institute in Partnership with MPI. Hear from our event professionals —.

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 11.3.17

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The weekly list of free professional development events for the association community… I love the role of content curator, haven’t you noticed? I’m looking forward to SURGE 2017, a virtual summit with a thesis: By joining together thousands of association professionals, we can collectively innovate and push our industry forward. Fostering a Culture of Innovation at Your Association. Presenter: Brooke Gracey, Senior Mobile Events App Strategist, CrowdCompass by Cvent.

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Why Your Organization is Ripe for Design Thinking

Revverberations

When executed properly, DT is a very powerful tool to address a wide array of business challenges and create innovative solutions, as well as develop new products or services. At the healthcare association, for instance, despite the fact that information overload issue appeared to be the publishing department's challenge, team members from IT, finance, operations and event planning were included in the design thinking work group.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 4.24.20

Reid All About it

The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… Zoom fatigue—or is it? Selinger raises several good points to keep in mind as you plan virtual conferences and other online programs. Hosting virtual events. Virtual event sponsorships.

Association Happenings to Celebrate! PART TWO

Association Success

A round up of great events for association professionals. This second part is a compilation of events and programs that represent a shift in the industry (yes, our own event might have made its way in here, but as a truly collaborative exploration of knowledge sharing it’s really the work of everyone!). Register for this event if you want to have meaningful conversation in real time with association professionals across the world

Association Brain Food Weekly: 1.26.18

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The weekly list of free educational events for the association community… The world wants you just as you are—you are enough. Their paper, Steal Like a Fundraiser: Innovations in Cause-Oriented Fundraising for Associations , shares the secrets to charity fundraising success: Building relationships with donors at all levels and how that relates to membership relationship building and management. The Right Tech for Your Event — On a Budget.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 4.5.19

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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. If you have any free webinars or events coming up, please send me the link. Tue 4/9 at 7 a.m.* – How Event Design Can Decode Past, Shape Future.

Top Membership Management Software Options & Reviews

Fonteva

For example, with the member information you gather through your software system, you can create courses, events, and other programs based on your audience’s preferences. You also describe exciting upcoming events, such as a virtual networking night or a new speaker series.

Michele Frania Joins the Velvet Chainsaw Team

Velvet Chainsaw

Her responsibilities there included corporate event planning and managing/coordinating the company’s participation in 15 medical/pharmacy tradeshows each year. Additionally, her marketing skills will enable us to do a better job of sharing stories of the cool things our clients and our innovative team members are doing. I’m excited to announce that Michele Frania has joined the Velvet Chainsaw team as of April 8, 2013 as Director, Client Projects & Stories!

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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. Facebook will hand-pick Featured Events for their ultra-social users who avidly subscribe to events online. More than 123 million public and private events were created on Facebook last year.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 9.25.20

Reid All About it

The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… I’m not publishing Brain Food next Friday (10/2) because I’ll be hiking in southern Utah, so this edition includes all the events I know about in the next two weeks. The ASAE Communication Professionals Advisory Council requests your participation in a short, 11 question survey to help the community understand the challenges of planning virtual conference communications. No Events?

Association Brain Food Weekly: 3.30.18

Reid All About it

The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… The team at Velocity Partners has scrutinized the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and come up with seven requirements for Generally Dickish Practice Retirement (what GDPR really means) that you need to start working on right away. Now, the main event: free professional development events for the association community. Innovation and Events.

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