Speakers & Entertainment

  • How facilitation can help attendees get the most from your next event

    By Mujtaba Mirza It is not always easy to get the most out of a group of people. Whether for a single meeting or a group project there is always the risk a group will not be able to work together to achieve their goal or realize their potential. Meetings and formal gatherings are not always well planned and often have to deal with the pressure of time and lack of attendance. Everyone has been to a bad meeting where…

  • How to create temporal landmarks and why they are crucial to your events

    By Ben Moorsom Do you find that you’re more likely to set and tackle your goals following a meaningful event such as the start of a new year, a milestone birthday or an anniversary (work or personal)? Do you feel as though these events give you a “fresh start” or inspire you to take stock of where things are at and where you’d like them to be? If so, you’re experiencing the Temporal Landmark effect. Where were you when you…

  • 17 ideas to add now for more memorable events

    Mobile device charging stations – the new water cooler of your events. Make it comfortable. Add water and maybe even a list of questions people can think about relevant to your industry as conversation starters – ideal for the power-hungry introvert. Mobile app. Keep it simple, or add some bells and whistles aka participant feedback mechanisms. Every single person shows up with a device, and most of them don’t need more paper to recycle later. Enough said. Water stations, with…

  • Can a corporate event be fun?

    It had been a long and difficult day – an early start with numerous meetings and endless telephone calls. That evening I was required to host our corporate table at a charity fundraising event. It was one of many fundraisers that I had attended over the previous few months – often at the same venue with the same menu. As usual, I was seated at a table of 10, half of whom were corporate colleagues and the remaining guests were…

  • What makes an event sticky?

    Stickiness is a term which refers to the resonance of an event or learning experience on a person. So, how do we make our events sticky? The good kind of sticky that has content being shared, actionable takeaways acted upon and guests booking their ticket for the following year is what we want to talk about. It has to elicit an emotional response. This can be from stories from the stage where your speakers are able to connect their experience…

  • So you think you want a “high-energy” event? Think again.

    By Ben Moorsom I’ve been thinking a lot about the term “high energy” as it applies to events. It’s something that’s asked of us all the time. People want to build buzz; they want to get their people excited about whatever it is they’re trying to launch or promote. But I think this is a trend we need to steer away from. Let me explain. When people say “high energy” they’re talking about manufactured energy – the stuff that comes…

  • Meetings need trust, timing and yes, surprise

    Do your meetings and events leave your participants wanting more? This year, I have attended more than a dozen conferences designed for meeting and event professionals. Most recently, over a period of 12 days I attended four industry conferences. This is more than the average, as most people will attend three to six conferences at the most per year, and each time we plan a meeting we are hopeful to have the “right” audience – in both size and mix…

  • Fitness first: How to combat conference fatigue with fitness energy breaks

    By Dr. Kim Bercovitz Think back to your last meeting or event. How often did you feel tired? Did you get fanny fatigue from sitting too much? Brain freeze from hearing a lot of information in a short period of time? Conference fatigue is a common problem experienced by attendees who sit for a long time at meetings and conferences. Muscles tighten, posture becomes slouched and energy levels plummet as the day wears on. Attendee inactivity at a typical conference…

  • Risk management and alcohol responsibility: Getting guests home safely

    Keys to Us has been around since 1996, and I just discovered it! What took me so long? Here’s the deal: You are pretty sure you will have too much alcohol when you head out for the evening. Give them a call, a time, a location, and they will pick you up. Not only that, they drive you home in your car. There is a Keys to Us car following so that the driver of your car can get back…

  • Speaker preparation for event organizers: Three ways to ensure an effective message

    Nothing happens until someone says something There is a longstanding rule in business, “Nothing happens until somebody sells something.” In creating special events, there should be a similar rule, “Nothing happens until someone says something.” There is a lot of work that goes into creating a successful event from stage design, to guest lists, to menus, to audio-video setups. Yet at the heart of any event is the need to say something that is relevant to the audience, important to…

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