Industry Views

The Power and Role of a Contemporary Destination Organization

By Don Welsh, President and CEO of Destinations International

 

For decades, destination organizations around the world, particularly those known as convention and visitors bureaus (CVBs), have been the trusted source for meeting planners when considering a destination for a convention or meeting...

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MICE Women in Leadership

By Rhonda Brewer

 

The Webster dictionary definition of leadership is the act or an instance of leading. When you google leadership definitions or qualities, you get quite a lot of different views but in summary, I find these are at the top: trust, vision, serving, empathy, perspective, action, managing, respect, team building, and continual improvement. These qualities are important whether you are a male or female leader...

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How to use a crisis to accelerate change

By Kristen Anderson

 

Barilla is on a journey. We are the world’s largest pasta maker, but we are still small compared to the global food giants. We are a private family-owned company based in Parma, a small town at the heart of Italy’s food valley. Half of our revenues come from Italy and half of our 8,400 employees are based in Italy...

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Incentive Travel – the 'I' in MICE

By Didier Scaillet

 

Incentive Travel – the 'I' in MICE - is the fastest growing segment of the MICE industry and SITE is the only global association focused exclusively on Incentive Travel Excellence. We are all about the business case for incentives, the ROI of motivational travel.  As more and more companies worldwide embrace incentive travel as a business tool to improve performance, SITE is experiencing rapid growth...

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Facilitation and technology: The key elements of events that make an impact

By Juraj Holub

 

The frustration caused by boring presentations can be detected in many meeting rooms.

 

No wonder there has been a boom in the use of event technology to stimulate conversations and drive more audience participation.

 

Having worked with 150,000 events, we have observed one thing: using technology for the sake of technology never works...

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What’s so 'special' about Special Olympics...?

By Ronan King

 

How volunteering with Special Olympics can help you to discover the best in yourself.

 

2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Special Olympics movement in 1968 by Eunice Shriver, sister to US President, John F. Kennedy. It started small - today Special Olympics International embraces over 5 million athletes in 180 countries across the world...

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Save Face-to-Face!

By Michael J. Lyons

 

Call me old-fashioned but I see a disturbing trend emerging in our society and in the business world: In the past few years, as we have become more and more reliant on technology, our face-to-face communication has diminished and suffered. And ironically, the meetings industry – the standard-bearer for face-to-face communication – is an active participant in this shifting new era of communication behavior...

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This Is Why You Should Admit Your Mistakes And Weaknesses

By Jonathan Bradshaw

 

How many times have you wanted to hide your weaknesses? Results of numerous studies suggest that, rather than being hidden, they should in fact be highlighted as they can have a very positive effect if you want to connect with others....

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Volunteerism in the Travel Industry

By Cindy Hartner

 

Hi, my name is Cindy, and I am a self-confessed volunteer addict ☺.  I volunteer judging high school musicals and mentoring drama students in the Washington state, I am involved with Boxer Rescue organizations (the dogs, not the athletes)… and, of course, I volunteer within the amazing industry that we all call home, the travel industry...

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Common Misconceptions about DMC’s

By Shannon Gardner, DMCP

 

Shannon Gardner, DMCP, President and Owner of Accent Indy and CTC Destination Management and 2018 Winner of the ADMEI Destination Management Professional of the Year award shares her thoughts on some of the most common misconceptions about DMC’s today...

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Channeling my 'Inner Hippy' on a Bright & Sunny Day

By Sean Mahoney

 

Who am I kidding? While I may look relaxed and meditative in the photo above, there are probably hundreds of things running through my head; a persistent challenge for a sufferer of both ADHD and OCD. More likely, I was thinking of whether the grass would stain my jeans, if there were any biting insects nearby and a host of utterly unrelated topics...

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Leadership – the millennial way

By Gráinne Ní Ghiollagain

 

Recently with Meetings+Millennials we did a workshop with Site YL Ireland – an organization that has led the way for young leaders within our industry for years. We only had 20 minutes, but it was a dynamic and interactive session and one with which we were delighted to be involved...

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5 Ways to Amplify Your Personal Brand!

By Judi Holler-Durkin

 

It's no secret that the world has changed.  You are doing more with less.  Things are moving at the speed of light.  And Google has become the new resume.  The question is... what are you doing about it?...

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Return on Time

By Claire Smith

 

In our fast paced, 24-7 world, our most valuable asset is TIME. There is never enough of it and we have to make wise decisions on how to use it.

How does this valuable asset factor in our industry? With demands at home and at work extending around the clock, we are all trying to juggle a multitude of priorities and often view time away from the office as a loss of productivity...

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Learn how to get to 'Amazing' with Purposeful Meetings at IMEX America 2017

By Carina Bauer

 

You know you've succeeded as a planner or organizer when people walk away from your event, conference or unconference saying 'Amazing!'

With that one word, that one exclamation it's clear that the person was engaged. That they were moved by new information and new connections...

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Are events the secret to creating a world that works for everyone?

By Fiona Pelham

 

The United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals are a roadmap to creating a world that works for everyone, and in September a commentary will be launched by global, not-for-profit Positive Impact to tell the story of the role of events in achieving those goals...

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Tourism is the exhaust fume of the business and professional events industry

By James Latham

 

James Latham of the Joint Meetings Industry Council`s advocacy platform, The Iceberg, argues that business tourism is the exhaust fume of an industry which should be acknowledged as a transformational engine of the knowledge and creative society...

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Transparency leads to collaboration

By Dan Tavrytzky

 

There's an old saying that "Knowledge is Power." While knowledge is important, I would add that "Collaboration is Power", and one of the ways to garner collaboration and shared learning in the Meetings & Events industry, is for suppliers and planners to have transparency in their communication...

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