News & Articles - virtual meetings

  • Shaping the Future of Meetings

      Q&A with  Jean-François Tourigny, Le Centre Sheraton Montreal Bit by bit, Canada’s meetings and events community is getting back to business. And while no one can say for sure what will come of pandemic restrictions, venues like the Le Centre Sheraton Montreal Hotel are cautiously optimistic that the days of robust, in-person events are getting closer. For a glimpse of what the future of meetings holds, we spoke with Jean-François Tourigny, Director of Event Planning at Le Centre Sheraton…

    Industry Insights

  • Virtual Meetings During Pandemic Leading to Changes in Corporate Events

    The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) recently published findings from a study into organizations’ corporate meetings and events strategy as a result of the pandemic, and found that the number of hybrid meetings is set to double by the end of 2021. The year 2020 will likely be remembered for virtual meetings among other things (masks, hand sanitizer, social distancing etc.), but into 2021 the trend moves toward hybrid meetings. Before the pandemic, approximately seven in 10 respondents (71 per…

    Breaking News

  • Six Rules of Etiquette for Virtual Events and Meetings

    Covid-19 vaccine rates globally hover at about five per cent and Canada is sitting at 4.8 per cent as of this writing, which means for the event and meeting planning industry virtual events are still very much a reality for the next while. Soon we can get back to in-person meetings and events, but for now we’re still Zoom-ing. So what points of etiquette should be noted? Well, a few things. Just as we would be considerate and watch our…

    Virtual Events

  • 4 Steps to a Successful Virtual Brainstorming Session

    We’re now more than a year into the pandemic and many people continue to work from home. Unsurprisingly, companies are experiencing communication challenges and, in some instances, full-on breakdowns within their teams. Protocol-driven online meetings that were intended to improve the exchange of information and collaboration may actually be undermining those things. Now is the time to switch out unnecessary Zoom check-ins for powerful, synergistic sessions with your team members. Virtual brainstorming is critical for uncovering gold mines of inspirational solutions…

    HR Tips

  • What Events May Look Like After the COVID-19 Pandemic

    COVID-19 has stopped meetings and events in their tracks. But although an unprecedented time for the industry, it will undoubtedly recover. “I am strongly convinced the physical event business will bounce back,” says best-selling author and frequent public speaker, David Meerman Scott, who studies how neuroscience affects behaviour. “Humans crave physical interaction with other humans. We want to be part of a tribe — that’s baked into our neuroscience. Our brains thrive around being around people who are just like…

    Contingency/Disaster Planning, Event Operations

  • New research explores the evolving landscape of technology in meetings

    Meeting planners remain interested in virtual meetings but lag behind attendees who want more virtual experiences Technology influences every aspect of global commerce, and new research released today by American Express Meetings & Events explores the many ways emerging technologies are changing the meetings industry landscape, as well as how that innovation can be harnessed to increase engagement and productivity and generate a greater return on a meetings investment. The American Express Meetings & Events report, titled GREAT EXPECTATIONS: The…

    Breaking News, Event Operations, Industry Research, Meeting Community, Social Media & Technology

  • Assessing trends in AV technology for corporate meetings and events

    While some believe that the evolution of meetings technology is accelerating at a staggering pace – with the recent influx of event mobile apps and the use of social media to provide a virtual voice to attendees in real time – others argue that these fads come and go. The fact is, however, that the core AV solutions haven’t changed much for many years.

    A/V & Special Effects, Event Operations, Social Media & Technology

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