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When it comes to bidding on a meeting location, strategy matters more than looks
Associations Now
A city's aesthetic appeal and attendee experience are far less important than achieving an organization's mission when choosing a meeting location, according to attendees at a recent International Congress and Convention Association workshop.
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Solid tips for meeting presentations
Smart Meetings
For many in the meetings industry, one of the greatest challenges is to effectively deliver presentations to large groups. This is quite understandable, considering all that goes into meeting presentations — typically, considerable research, concise but informative content and a stimulating delivery, among other things. The challenge can be overwhelming, but by developing a sound strategy, speakers can work to make the experience positive and even enjoyable.
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How can better tech improve our hotel experiences?
Associations Now
A new study from the Global Business Travel Association Foundation suggests that technology remains an important part of the equation for business travelers — and that tech element goes far beyond simply having access to Wi-Fi.
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8 LinkedIn profile tips for event professionals
Associations Industry Newsfeed
Although LinkedIn started as a job hunting site, it has grown into a platform where professionals can gather to share their experiences and build connections. Getting the most out of LinkedIn is as simple as starting a few habits and filling out certain profile sections.
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Report: How many group room nights are booked outside the room block?
International Meetings Review
A recent study jointly released by ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership, Center for Exhibition Industry Research, Destination & Travel Foundation, Meeting Professionals International and Professional Convention Management Association Education Foundation, has found that on average, 1 in 3 group room nights in the United States are booked outside of the event contracted room blocks.
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SGMP teams up with Questex, HSMAI for MEET National event
SGMP
SGMP will present several sessions at the 26th Annual HSMAI's MEET National Event Sept. 9-10, at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. The courses include "The Future of Government Meetings," "Doing the Right Thing When No One Is Looking" and "Fed Biz Opps."
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Eco-friendly meetings: 6 tips to green-up events
Smart Meetings
With the ever-increasing demand to go green in every thinkable manner, the meetings and events industry is coming under more and more scrutiny for having a heavy carbon footprint. In a recent Smart Meetings webinar co-hosted by Paul Salinger, VP of marketing for Oracle, and Shawna McKinley, directors of sustainability with MeetGreen, the question of whether meetings and events can ever reach the point of being sustainable came up multiple times.
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6 really simple ways to boost learning and development
Government Executive
How do your employees secure the training they require to remain effective? Are needs identified, with content readily available, or do significant lags exist between skill gap identification and supportive training? Does your training directive align with the current path of your organization? Or does content support a vision of the past?
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Is there room for hotels in the sharing economy?
Associations Now
While Airbnb and its competitors continue to create big headaches for the lodging industry, at least one major hotel chain is showing its willingness to play ball with the room-sharing model. And more chains could follow.
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