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Tips for Better Networking at Your Events

People attend events for a variety of reasons, with networking often at the top of the list. As an event professional, there are steps you can take to promote networking and boost the likelihood of attendees achieving success in this area.

Why would somebody want to attend your event? In addition to learning, networking is a response that many will share. They want to connect with others in their space, such as to drum up new business or to simply broaden their network for future benefits.

Here are some face-to-face networking statistics from HubSpot to help you better understand why this is a big deal for your event:

  • 84 percent of people say they prefer in-person meetings.
  • 85 percent of people say they build strong relationships at conferences and face-to-face business meetings.
  • 77 percent of people say they prefer networking at conferences as they are able to read body language.

With that out of the way, it’s time to answer this question: how will you improve networking at your events?

Here are a few ideas to consider:

1. Add Some Excitement

People will undoubtedly network on the trade show floor and at conference events, such as learning sessions. However, […]

Networking: Are You Doing it Right?

Networking is a key part of building a personal brand. The more people you know, the better. You never know when you may be able to help each other out on a project, get hired by a company, or even find investment. Since you really never know who you are going to meet, it’s always a good idea to check out a few networking events a month if you have time.

This week we are really going to focus on some key points in networking.

Tips for Better Networking at Your Events: Follow these easy tips to increase networking at your events, thus making your event worth more to those looking to work with those in their field. Networking is one of the most important parts of attending any type of event or conference.

Digital Ice Breakers: Break into the newest technology and help to break the ice digitally for your attendees. Show them something brand new that has shown amazing results. Is it a fit for your next event?

Sweatworking: What it is and how to do it correctly: Step up your networking event game by having a private spinning class for your attendees. Get everyone sweating and see where the networking goes from there.

How to Remain Productive While Working from Home

With a growing number of people working from home, both full and part-time, today’s workplace does not look the same as it did in the past.

There are many benefits of working from home, which is why so many people seek a position in which this is a possibility. Along the same lines, there are employer benefits as well.

Rather than discuss the benefits of working from home, this article will focus on how employees can remain productive while doing so. See: Remote vs. Inhouse Which is Best For You

The television is right behind you. Your children are in the other room. The refrigerator is only a few steps away. Let’s face it: working from home means that you will face a variety of distractions on a daily basis. How you deal with these will determine your level of productivity.

Here are several tips for remaining productive while working from home:

1. Treat it Like You are at a Traditional Office

You may be working from a home office, but don’t treat it as such. Would you take a snack break every 30 minutes at your company’s home office? Of course not. For this reason, you should […]

What Is Decision Fatigue, And How Might It Impact You?

Last week we touched on the basics of decision fatigue, this week we go a little more in depth into this issue and what it could mean for you.

As an event management professional, you’re no stranger to being decisive. You likely make thousands of career-related decisions a day, and thousands with each event. And amidst all that decision-making, there’s also a good chance that, on at least one occasion, you found yourself grinding to a halt, unwilling to even make a choice as small as what you’re having for breakfast.

“We make decisions all day long, without really considering it,” writes Power Event Group co-founder Jeannie Power. “Some are important, like hiring the perfect caterer. Others, such as what belt to wear, are not as important. But decisions are decisions, and they begin as soon as you wake up…on average, the normal person makes about 35,000 decisions a day!”

“I’m confident in saying that event professionals routinely make more,” she continues.

The problem here is that plenty of people aren’t built to be constantly decisive. We aren’t meant to be passing judgement every second of every day, or choosing between option A and B through our every […]

How to Hire the Best Talent for an Event Agency

Do you own an event agency? Are you responsible for hiring talent for such a company?

If you want to achieve great success, you need to surround yourself with the best workforce. While some agencies know what it takes to find and hire the best talent, others continually fall short.

Where to Recruit New Employees

Hiring the best talent for an event agency is based primarily on knowing where to recruit new employees. When you spend your time and money on the right recruitment strategies, there is a better chance you will be happy with the end result.

Here are three ways to not only recruit new employees, but also those who are a perfect fit for your agency:

1. College Career Fairs

If experience isn’t the end all, college career fairs are a great place to begin your search. At these events, you can connect with ambitious college students looking for a start in your industry.

Tip: Students with targeted internship experience are often the best choice, as they already have some idea of how an event agency operates.

2. Business Networking Groups

Do you attend networking meetings in your local area? If so, and you need to […]

Shattered Walls: Why Modern Event Management Needs Document Control

There’s already been a lot of talk about the security risks associated with mobility. How even though mobile devices make things infinitely more convenient, they also represent a significant threat to one’s organization if they’re not properly managed. This is true of any industry – including event management.

However, it may not be true for all the reasons you’d expect.

See, everybody already knows that mobile malware is dangerous. They’re aware that lost and stolen devices can release torrents of sensitive data into the wild, and that employees who fall pretty to a phishing scam can compromise an entire organization. What many of them don’t know is that these risks are themselves only part of a wider security tapestry – and that many of them are overlooking a significant portion of that tapestry.

I’m talking about file sharing.

No matter what organization you’re talking about, employees are going to engage in file sharing to some extent. It’s an inevitable side effect of the mobile enterprise, where people are divorced from desk and office and can work at any time, and from anywhere. This is, naturally, quite evident in event management – itself a highly mobile profession to begin with. […]

Decision Fatigue Can Hinder the Success of Your Event

As an event planner, you are faced with one decision after the next. Which venue is best? Which vendors should I hire? How will I stay within budget? These are just some of the many questions that will need answered along the way.

Decision fatigue, a phrase created by Dr. Roy Baumeister, a Professor of Psychology at Florida State University, is very real.

Based on his studies, the more decisions a person makes, regardless of the importance, the less willpower he or she has. Subsequently, this causes poor decisions in the future as well as a lack of performance.

How to Prevent Decision Fatigue

If you are concerned about the impact of decision fatigue on your event, it is important to prevent this before it becomes a problem. There are three simple ways of doing so:

1. Get Into a Routine

Although your routine may lead to boredom at some point, it puts you in position to avoid decisions associated with unfamiliar circumstances.

Have you planned a similar event in the past? If so, use the same routine this time around. This will keep you on the right track, while helping you avoid issues that have caused […]

Five Steps to Find a Better Job in 2016

Have you set a New Year’s resolution of finding a better job in 2016? Have you come to the conclusion that now is the time to chase after your dream position? If so, you know one thing to be true: there is a big difference between saying and doing.

If you want to take action without delay, if you truly want to close in on a new job in the near future, you should take these five steps:

1. Know what you are Searching for

If you don’t know what type of job you want, you will never find what you are looking for. Makes sense, right?

List out everything you like and dislike about your current and past positions. From here, make a list of what you are seeking in a new position. Maybe you are looking for better benefits. Maybe a shorter commute is at the top of your list. It doesn’t matter what you want, as long as you know what it is.

2. Search Fast Growing Career Fields

Let’s face it: some jobs are easier to land than others. If you find yourself in the job market in 2016, there are some fast growing positions […]

Stay Social – Getting Your Staff Active On Social Media

In a prior piece published on the Tweetwall blog, I discussed how you can ace social media without spending a cent.  One of the ideas I brought up that piece was getting your employees more involved in your organization’s social media presence. Today, I’d like to expand on that idea a bit more.

Now, we aren’t going to spend a great deal of time talking about the benefits. It’s pretty obvious that getting your staff interested in your brand’s social presence will lead to positive growth, and that more people talking about your brand means a wider audience. Instead, we’re going to expand upon what you can do to inspire them to get involved.

How can you convince employees to make an effort on your organization’s behalf?

Understanding What Advocacy Is – And What It Isn’t

The first ground rule I want to lay down right out the door is that you cannot treat your employees like a sales team. In the past, I’ve said that social media is vastly different from traditional marketing. Direct sales messages aren’t really the right way to go about mastering it.

Nowhere does that ring truer than here.

See, chances […]

The Complete Guide to Setting a Killer New Year’s Resolution for Your Business

2016 has finally arrived, folks – and with it comes countless tides of New Year’s resolutions. With 2015 still fresh in their mind, everyone’s started looking back to think about what they might change and what they want to improve. A resolution is always a pretty personal thing, in all honesty, but it doesn’t need to be.

You can formulate one for your business every bit as easily as you can for yourself – and in all honesty, you should. That’s easier said than done, of course. A business tends to be a little more complicated than a person. Thankfully, that’s where we come in.

Today, we’re going to talk about how you can cobble together a killer New Year’s resolution for your business – one that’ll leave you better than ever by the time 2017 rolls around.

Step One: Figure Out What You Want to Change

So, first thing’s first: what do you want to see changed or improved within your organization? Do you want to stretch your budget a little further? Do you want your employees to be more efficient?

What’s important here is that you focus on one specific component of your business – […]

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