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39 ways to improve your meetings
Meetology® Group and PCMA    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Studies show that having grumpy, discontent attendees in a meeting may just be the way to inspire creativity as disgruntled members often won't accept the status quo, will voice their opinion and challenge any "group think" mentality. Consider this when you want creative ideas and diversity of opinion. This is just one of the many tips you find it the following guide on how science can help you create great meetings and maximize performance of those who attend. More

What businesses are doing wrong on social media
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For many business owners, the temptation is to use social networks to promote themselves and broadcast their messages. But if you stop thinking like a marketer and start thinking like a customer, you'll understand that the secret to social media is in the "social" more than in the "media" — it's in being human — being the sort of person at a cocktail party who listens attentively, tells great stories, shows interest in others, and is authentic and honest. The secret is to simply be likeable. More

2013 meetings focus trends survey
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More than 600 planners completed the annual Meetings Focus Trends Survey this year, revealing that prices continue to cause consternation and the stubbornly sluggish economy tops their list of threats to the meetings industry. More

8 public speaking lessons from 57 inaugural speeches
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To date, there have been 44 United States presidents and on Jan. 21, President Barack Obama delivered the 57th Inaugural Address. While each speech holds tremendous historical value, very few can be considered rhetorical masterpieces. So what makes a great inaugural speech? What do they say about the president and our country? And what constitutes a success or a failure? More

Reinventing the future of the convention industry with Robert Tucker
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The author of seven books on innovation, Robert B. Tucker is a frequent speaker on the global conference circuit — which has given him the opportunity to observe firsthand the "transformative changes" the meetings industry is experiencing. Tucker recently convened a two-day think tank for a small group of executives who produce conferences to help them chart their own path — in other words, to innovate — in a shifting landscape. More

Improve the common conference lecture
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Talking is a critical part of that learning experience. We talk so we can understand. We talk so we can remember. We talk so we can learn. But who does the majority of talking at a conference and who does the majority of listening? More

One huge step every great boss takes
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The difference in how employees respond when you take this one step is huge. Praise should always reward, motivate and inspire to the fullest extent possible. Make employees come to you, or inconvenience them in some way, or somehow implicitly show your time is more valuable, and the impact is much less powerful. More

10 questions to ask before hiring a tax accountant
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When it's time to look for a tax accountant, you want one who not only can help save you money and avoid potential trouble with the IRS, but also can provide useful information for your business. So shop around, interview accountants and figure out which one is the best fit for you and your business. The following are 10 key questions to help you make the decision. More

Guide to personal brand building using kindle publishing
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Writing and publishing a book remains the best strategy for building your personal brand. Writing a book establishes you as an expert in your field, instantly differentiating you from your competition and opening the door for new opportunities. More

'Inside out' marketing: It's who you know
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Marketing "inside out" is about marketing to the people who know and trust you. Do that, then let them market you to their networks. Instead of going after everyone you don't know, go after the people you do know: Your network. More

Deliver better education by getting your customer feedback in advance
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Simply providing content at your meeting is no longer enough. From the necessity of using social media and mobile meeting apps to drive interaction before, during and after a live event, to recent research showing that attendees need context with their content, planners are being stretched to think beyond filling the agenda with relevant speakers. More

Why listening is better than talking
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While executives endlessly get coaching in presentation skills, very few develop their listening skills. Which could, of course, explain a lot of routine miscommunication at work. Being a world class listener isn't automatic or easy, so here are some ideas about how to develop your skills. More

Make every day more productive
Inc.    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
That initial excitement and rush of the new is quickly followed by the need to get things done. As an owner or manager, you understand the importance of maintaining a relentless focus on your company's productivity. But your personal productivity is just as important. Of course we all want to get things done, but every once in a while, we each need a little help to re-focus. More


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