Recently I was preparing for a presentation to a group of meeting professionals, entitled “Designing with Flexibility.” The plan was to share ideas about how in a COVID/post COVID world we need to be even more flexible when planning, as the rules/protocols/guidelines are every changing. So, I did some research in industry magazines and blogs, […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
What a year! I’m sure anyone reading this can relate. It was a crazy roller coaster both personally and professionally. It’s probably an unusual opinion – but in hindsight, I’m grateful it happened (no, not the restrictions, people dying and uncertainty) because it made me pause and reflect. It reminded me that we learn and […]Continue Reading... 1 Comment.
March 2020 – the COVID craziness starts. In-person meetings and events were postponed, postponed again, moved to virtual or cancelled outright. Like many others in my industry, I saw my calendar go from fairly packed to almost empty. I spent the first month adjusting to having a full house again and figuring out where everyone […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Brag a little. It’s not something most of us like to do, however sometimes you need to – you need to show how you stand out from the crowd. College When you apply to college (quite long ago for most of us, and then you go through it with your kids), your GPA & SAT […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
One of the challenges I love when working with clients is how to help them weave a cohesive theme throughout their meeting. For a recent Board of Directors retreat, my client wanted to focus on bringing a new team together while accomplishing required agenda items. When discussing a group activity, the venue offered up tickets […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Know. Like. Trust. I’ve heard those words frequently in recent meetings. Last week at a networking session, the speaker talked about the importance of those words and how they relate to networking. The next day during a webinar about selling skills, those words came up again. I too have often used them in presentations when […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
I had the good fortune last fall to fulfill one of my career goals – to teach at a college or university. It’s been on my list for a while – I started with some guest lecturing and was thrilled to teach my first course last fall. It was exciting (and a lot of work!). […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Entrepreneurs are driven people – Type As if you will. Those of us who work for ourselves (and work from a home office) are a special breed. We can be crazy busy trying to figure out when we can come up for air and then boom – some downtime comes. Downtime is good, but when […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Meetings are rarely smooth sailing. You plan, you anticipate, you prepare and more often than not, something will not go exactly as planned. It might not be a major problem such as a natural disaster, or an oversold hotel, but if you have thought things through and have a supportive team, you will overcome the […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Most people in my profession cringe when asked: “what do you do?” Why? Because the ‘easy’ answer, “I’m a meeting planner” gets the response – “oh, a party planner, what fun!” The more complicated answer “I’m an experience curator” or “I’m a connection facilitator” or “I’m an event professional” get blank stares. How to best […]Continue Reading... No Comments.