News & Articles - networking

  • Shaping the Culture: How to create inclusive networking events

    This is part two of a two-part series. See part one here. In his book The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups, Daniel Coyle explains that humans use “belonging cues,” or behaviours, that create safe connections in groups. You’ve felt these before: eye contact, turn taking, attention, body language, vocal pitch and whether everyone talks to everyone else in the group. If a group isn’t inclusive, you sense it immediately. “Belonging cues add up to a message that can…

    Meeting Community, The Business of Meetings

  • Getting Past the Pitch-Fest: Networking events for introverts

    This is part one of a two-part series. See part two here. Networking activities can add value to many corporate events, but how do you plan them? Do you keep them simple or make it complicated? And do they bring out the best in your attendees, or does it make people anxious about participating? Let’s face it: you don’t hear the words “fun” and “networking” together very often. In fact, many of the members in our Authentic Networkers meetup group…

    Meeting Community

  • Networking Know-How: The keys to building a powerful network

    By Jennifer Beale All successful people say networking is the key to achieving goals. Given today’s ever-changing, high-tech, hyper-connected world, it’s never been easier to find the right people. But because everyone is bombarded with information and requests, it’s hard to get someone’s attention. And when you do, it can be even harder to keep it. Live events remain the best place to connect with the right people. Nothing can replace an event for getting noticed and initiating lucrative, long-term…

    Event Operations, Meeting Checklists

  • Four ways to optimize your networking opportunities

    By Jennifer Beale In the meetings and events industry, one of the key predictors of your success is your ability to build relationships with influential people who connect powerfully and create high-trust relationships fast. And just like them, you can learn to effortlessly create profitable, winning relationships with anyone you want. While industry events are ideal places to find potential customers and partners, often the results are disappointing. You do everything the experts say: shake hands confidently, look people in…

    Career Development, Meeting Community, People & Profiles, Special Events & Conferences, The Business of Meetings

  • Creative Group Activities in the Outaouais

    Eight ideas for team building, networking or post-meeting playtime Planning group activities is an effective way to infuse energy and fun into a corporate event. Attendees now want an experience that enhances their learning in a unique way. They want to grasp new industry knowledge, but they also want to mingle with colleagues in unusual settings. Rather than discuss a morning’s worth of seminars in the back of a conference room, get people talking to each other at a wine…

    Industry Insights

  • Ways to create easier check-in and facilitate networking with event apps

    By Jenn Heighington, senior Event Coordinator at Managing Matters The world of event planning has evolved, and so has the way events are executed. The days of registration spreadsheets printed by the dozen, haphazardly highlighted as attendees check in are long gone. When a registrants asks “has <insert name here> checked in yet?”, we no longer have to sift through and cross reference three different lists to be able to provide them with a quick yes or no answer, because,…

    Event Operations, Event Registration, Social Media & Technology

  • Top 10 ways to attract Millennials to association events

    Why is there such a stigma around events hosted by associations? Why do association events somehow get classified as less glamourous than corporate events? Many young professionals may not yet know all of the benefits of joining a professional association in their field (networking opportunities, professional development, industry recognition, just to name a few), so hosting an amazing event is a great way to get their foot in the door. Look at the Millennial stereotype – they’re tech-savvy, trendy, action-oriented,…

    Event Branding & Marketing, Event Operations

  • Nine ideas for injecting energy into your next meeting or conference

    When I tell people that I am leaving to attend a conference in an amazing city or country, they usually say things like: “wow, you are so lucky that you get to go there,” and “take lots of pictures!” They don’t realize that I will only see the airport, the conference hotel or facility and whatever else I can glimpse outside the taxi cab’s window as I make my way to and from the airport. The taxi ride is normally…

    Event Operations, Food & Beverage, Speakers & Entertainment, Special Events

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