Eventinterface http://blog.eventinterface.com Resource Blog & News en-US Copyright 2017, Eventinterface Mon, 24 Jul 2017 05:00:00 -0700 Tue, 25 Jul 2017 01:51:11 -0700 60 Interviews with Planners – Justin Hersh http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Interviews-with-Planners--Justin-Hersh <p>Justin&rsquo;s first exposure to creative production began at age seven, helping his father &ndash; a composer &ndash; set up a multimedia system for a concert. Over the past 30 years, he has designed and produced large-scale events and trade shows for heavy hitters such as Apple, Virgin Galactic, Medtronic, Applied Materials and Novellus Systems, as well as major museum installations including the Denver Museum of Nature &amp; Science, the California Academy of Sciences Steinhart Aquarium and the Bishop Museum. As the founder of <a href="http://www.groupdelphi.com" target="_blank">Group Delphi</a>, Justin&rsquo;s theatrical training was infused into the company&rsquo;s DNA from the beginning: people work collaboratively to create engaging experiences that always have a special flair to them. Today, Delphi designs and builds experiential initiatives for companies around the world.</p> <p><strong>What is the best advice you have ever received as a planner?</strong><br /> The show must go on. Before starting Group Delphi, Justin and Tony Erpelding (who later became Group Delphi&rsquo;s SVP of Creative Services) worked on a project for production company, Aid N Comfort 2. With thousands in attendance for the sit-down dinner and concert, the rain came down just as the concert began, and equipment started blowing up before their eyes. Recognizing that the show must go on, Justin and Tony did their part to make it a memorable event with guests staying the entire 3 hours. And it&rsquo;s been their motto ever since.</p> <p><strong>What is the most unique location you have ever planned an event at? What was great, what was challenging?</strong><br /> Launching a rocket. When Virgin Galactic wanted to introduce the universe to the world&rsquo;s first commercial manned spacecraft, they chose us. Challenges? How about creating an event for 800 people in the middle of the Mojave Desert &ndash; including VIPs like founder Sir Richard Branson and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger? Of course just your average 800-person event wouldn&rsquo;t do. This was history in the making. Our challenge was to pull off something as awe inspiring and visually arresting as the spacecraft itself. It was a monumental moment in space history and Delphi was there to make it happen. Oh, and did we mention we had 2 months from start to finish?</p> <p><strong>HOW WE SOLVED IT</strong><br /> We started with a hand-picked a team of exceptional internal designers, producers and project managers, and external technical and hospitality partners who together, through precise design, coordination, planning, and management, would execute this huge event. The centerpiece was a transparent tent that could house all the amenities, entertainment, food, drink and audio/visual elements. It took more than 5 miles of cabling to supply the power. Next came the runway which the spaceship would parade down. Scaffolding, lights, projections, music &ndash; we planned to really put on a show when revealing this incredible craft. And then on top of those main pillars of the event, we designed and managed all transportation for the guests, service during the party, catering, heat, press availability, and more.</p> <p><strong>WHAT ELSE WE DID</strong><br /> The desert being the desert, something was bound to not go according to plan. Except at Delphi, we always have a plan. We were constantly monitoring the weather as the party progressed and when high winds were forecasted we wanted to play it safe. In a matter of moments, we loaded up the guests in waiting busses. Not long thereafter, 110 mph gusts descended on the Mojave, destroying some of the structures and knocking out power. Of course, by then, we had safely returned everyone to the comfort of their hotels.</p> <p><strong>What advice would you give to someone entering the business today?</strong><br /> Understand how you plug into the broader marketing mix. This will make your efforts more relevant and raise the visibility of the work you do within the wider organization.</p> <p><strong>What do you see as the most challenging aspect of being a planner, and how do you</strong> <strong>overcome that challenge?</strong><br /> Among the challenges of being in the events industry is chasing every new trend, simply for the sake of it. This is especially true when it comes to technology. At Group Delphi, core to our work with clients of all sizes and across industries is ensuring we are starting with the &ldquo;why&rdquo; behind every event...and every event tactic.</p> <p><strong>How do you think our industry will evolve in the next five years?</strong><br /> I believe we will see a resurgence of experiential and event activations by brands of all sizes seeking meaningful face-to-face interactions with their constituents, even as the digital arena continues to evolve.</p> <p><strong>What makes you successful as a planner?</strong><br /> A singular focus on connections, and creating events and settings that help people engage in meaningful ways.</p> <p><strong>In your opinion, what is the best and worst industry trend of the year?</strong><br /> I think the best trend is the use of story-driven experiences wherein a visitor participates in a memorable narrative or otherwise immersive experience. This is a level of sophistication that trade shows and events didn&rsquo;t use to have (to wit: here&rsquo;s a booth, check out our widget!)</p> <p>The only bad trend I have seen lately is the overuse of some faddish materials that make for a superfluous architectural style. Needless flourishes of clear materials, charred wood, and other trendy materials.</p> <p><strong>What is the best industry book that has helped you as a planner?</strong><br /> Events and experiential are constantly changing and evolving, so savvy planners should block out time regularly to read books, online articles, trend reports, etc. to be at the top of their game. Event marketers also should look to the wider realm of marketing for novel ideas and opportunities to develop their omnichannel approaches. For instance, everyone should read <a href="http://www.cmo.com" target="_blank">cmo.com</a> and <a href="http://adage.com" target="_blank">AdAge</a> and <a href="http://www.adweek.com" target="_blank">Adweek</a>.</p> <p><strong>CONNECT WITH JUSTIN</strong><br /> <a href="mailto:justin.hersh@groupdelphi.com?subject=Interviews%20with%20Planners%20email">Justin Hersh</a><br /> CEO, <a href="http://www.groupdelphi.com" target="_blank">Group Delphi</a><br /> Phone: (800) 536-4545<br /> <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/jphersh/" target="_blank">LinkedIn</a><br /> <a href="https://twitter.com/GroupDelphi" target="_blank">Twitter</a></p> <p>Please do us a little favor and share this post with others, for there&rsquo;s a good chance that it will help them as they go about planning meetings and events.</p> <p><strong>RELATED POSTS</strong><br /> <a href="https://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Interviews-with-Planners-Fiorella-Neira">Interviews with Planners - Fiorella Neira</a><br /> <a href="https://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Interviews-with-Planners-Sarah-Sebastian">Interviews with Planners - Sarah Sebastian</a></p> <script type="text/javascript"> amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; 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One of the most important steps in the process - and the one that should be the very first step - is to build an event budget. This budget will help to direct the plans moving forward and help with the decision-making process.</p> <p>So, if you are new to event planning, perhaps you&rsquo;ve just recently graduated from something like your <a href="http://online.maryville.edu/accounting/bachelors/" target="_blank">bachelor&rsquo;s degree in accounting</a>, and you haven&rsquo;t yet had a chance to plan a big event, you are going to want to read on. Here we take a look at the basics when it comes to building an event budget.</p> <p><strong><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:14px;">EVENT PLANNING &ndash; A ROLE THAT TAKES PERFECTING</span></span></strong><br /> Event planning is a job all on its own. People go to school specifically for events planning and learn all the different aspects involved. A degree such as your online bachelor&rsquo;s degree in accounting will help prepare you somewhat, but there will still be areas where additional information can prove to be beneficial.</p> <p>Sure, you are good with numbers, but you also need to know what goes into that event budget. There is also the fact that staying within the proposed budget is key when planning a business event.</p> <p><strong><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:14px;">CREATE A SPREADSHEET</span></span></strong><br /> The first place you will want to start is with inputting all the information into a central location, such as a spreadsheet. You need to be able to track expenses as they happen so you that you are always aware of the budget and where you stand.</p> <p>As a side note, there are a number of free event planning templates that can be found online, as well as apps that help you plan and track all the expenses.</p> <p><strong><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:14px;">WHAT WILL BE INCLUDED?</span></span></strong><br /> Now it&#39;s time to look at the actual expenses involved with holding an event. <a href="https://www.thebalance.com/how-to-build-a-basic-event-budget-1223749" target="_blank">These expenses include</a>:</p> <ul style="margin-left: 40px;"> <li>Rental fee for the location the event is being hosted at (if off-site).</li> <li>Catering costs, which should include food, beverages, wait staff, service fees and gratuities. Keep in mind that your catering costs usually take up a large portion of the budget.</li> <li>Decor, this probably doesn&#39;t apply as much to work events as it does for personal events.</li> <li>Transportation costs, if you are transporting anyone to and from the event.</li> <li>Audio/visual equipment rental fees; sometimes the event site will offer package deals so you can look into these.</li> <li>Promotional or marketing materials you may want to distribute at the event.</li> </ul> <p><strong><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:14px;">KEEP TRACK OF DUE DATES</span></span></strong><br /> Not only should you be tracking the item and the cost but you also need to keep track of when payment is due and how much is due. And don&rsquo;t forget to <a href="http://helloendless.com/how-to-create-your-event-budget/" target="_blank">keep track of when you have actually paid it</a>. Just to be on the safe side, it&rsquo;s also a good idea to build a contingency fund in the budget for those expenses you weren&rsquo;t counting on.</p> <p>Building an events budget is all about proper organization, careful tracking, and plenty of planning.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <script type="text/javascript"> amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; amzn_assoc_search_bar = "true"; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "ventinterface-20"; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "manual"; amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; amzn_assoc_region = "US"; amzn_assoc_title = " Must reads for meeting and event planners"; amzn_assoc_linkid = "4e78a1efffcf6d100b2ec72228849c56"; amzn_assoc_asins = "1599185628,1515011615,0988463180,1535511842"; </script><script src="//z-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/onejs?MarketPlace=US"></script> http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Building-an-Event-Budget-The-Basics Wed, 19 Jul 2017 05:00:00 -0700 How to Turn Your Small Business Event into a Big Success http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/How-to-Turn-Your-Small-Business-Event-into-a-Big-Success <p>Business events are an inseparable part of success, especially for start-ups and small businesses. Whether it is a product launch, a conference, or a general event designed to help your business connect with the media or stakeholders, a well-crafted business event often leads to many new opportunities. Careful planning and good execution are very important.</p> <p>There are a lot of aspects to attend to in order to plan and execute a successful business event. These next several tips we are going to discuss in this article will help you get started without a problem.</p> <p><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>PUT THE RIGHT PERSON IN CHARGE</strong></span></span><br /> Not everyone can plan a successful business event. While you may think that organizing the event is something you can do yourself, letting event professionals do all (or at least most) of the hard work is often the best way to go.</p> <p>Fortunately, there are plenty of tools and resources you can use to make planning an event easier. You can, of course, use Eventinterface to handle anything from marketing your conference to selling online registrations and managing attendees. Other tools will help you tackle different tasks in the planning process.</p> <p>Alternatively, you can hire a team of professional event planners to do the job for you. Make sure you work with experienced professionals and that the team you hire is capable of organizing the kind of event you have in mind. If you want to hold a successful press conference, for instance, working with an event organizer with strong PR background is a good start.</p> <p><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>ADD VALUE TO THE EVENT</strong></span></span><br /> Regardless of the event, it is always important to <a href="https://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/3-top-tips-to-enhance-the-value-of-your-conferences-for-attendees">add value to the occasion</a>. Even when the event is free to attend, you will still find attendees making the decision to attend based on whether they find the event valuable.</p> <p>Opportunities are usually the value attendees look for the most. The opportunity to connect with industry experts, the opportunity to be the first to try a new product, and the opportunity to learn something new are a few examples of how opportunities can add value to an event.</p> <p>You can also encourage attendee engagement with freebies or interactions. While this is often considered a &lsquo;cheap&rsquo; approach, it is still an approach that works well for a particular target audience.</p> <p><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>PAY ATTENTION TO DETAILS</strong></span></span><br /> There are reasons why students taking online <a href="http://projectmgmt.brandeis.edu/" target="_blank">masters in project and program management program</a> are taught to micro-manage details of a project or an event. In fact, a top online MSMPP program from reputable universities such as Brandeis University is producing some of the best planners we have today because of the immense attention to details such graduates usually possess.</p> <p><a href="https://blogs.oracle.com/marketingcloud/5-tips-for-event-planning" target="_blank">Attention to details is everything in event planning</a>. Some of the most successful small business events are considered successful and leave strong impressions in the minds of the attendees, not just because of the event itself but also because of the fine touches added. You want the event to leave the right impressions; this is something that can only be achieved by fine-tuning every part of the event to perfection.</p> <p>There are a lot of things to do before you can have a successful business event, but the tips we just covered in this article will help you get started right away. To learn more about event planning, don&rsquo;t forget to check out our <a href="https://www.eventinterface.com/category/Tips-and-Resources">Tips and Resources section</a> too.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <script type="text/javascript"> amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; amzn_assoc_search_bar = "true"; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "ventinterface-20"; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "manual"; amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; amzn_assoc_region = "US"; amzn_assoc_title = "Must reads for meeting and event planners"; amzn_assoc_linkid = "03703520fdfe5ee07fba06f0e4851c57"; amzn_assoc_asins = "1599185628,1519178204,047083188X,1541028120"; </script><script src="//z-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/onejs?MarketPlace=US"></script> http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/How-to-Turn-Your-Small-Business-Event-into-a-Big-Success Wed, 19 Jul 2017 00:15:00 -0700 Facial recognition comes to event check-in http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Facial-recognition-comes-to-event-checkin <p>On this episode of Event TALK, we are speaking with Panos Moutafis, President of facial recognition company Zenus. We learn how Zenus&rsquo; facial recognition abilities combined with the power of Eventinterface offers planners easy facial recognition check-in for events, making the check-in process faster, smarter and more secure.</p> <p><strong>Listen to show host Al Wynant and guest Panos Moutafis discuss the following:</strong></p> <ul style="margin-left: 40px;"> <li>The benefits of facial recognition at events.</li> <li>How attendees share their picture with the registration platform.</li> <li>How data is managed, securely transferred, processed and discarded.</li> <li>The tools planners need to facilitate facial recognition check-in at an event.</li> <li>The speed of facial recognition check-in, how many attendees can be checked in at the same time.</li> <li>Top three benefits of facial recognition event check-in at events.</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>LISTEN TO THE SHOW</strong></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <audio controls=""><source src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/eieventtalk/Eventinterface-Event-TALK-podcast-show-on-facial-recognition-event-checkin.m4a" /> Your browser does not support this audio element.</audio> </p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://calendly.com/eventinterface/demo" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="https://eieventimages.s3.amazonaws.com/1500391231_Facial-recognition-for-events-demo-request.png" style="width: 300px; height: 54px;" /></a></p> <p><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>ABOUT OUR GUEST</strong></span></span><br /> Panos Moutafis has six years of experience in face recognition and he is the president of Zenus. He received his B.Sc. in Statistics from the Athens University of Economics &amp; Business in Greece, and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Houston. He has a dozen publications in leading journals and conferences along with a book chapter in Face Recognition Across the Imaging Spectrum. His distinctions include the IEEE Homeland Security Conference Biometrics, Forensics, and Physical Security best paper award. He serves on the advisory board at the Lone Star College and he enjoys offering talks to schools about careers in science and technology.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <script type="text/javascript"> amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; amzn_assoc_search_bar = "true"; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "ventinterface-20"; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "manual"; amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; amzn_assoc_region = "US"; amzn_assoc_title = "Use our facial recognition event check-in with these tablets and stands"; amzn_assoc_linkid = "de4c69cfc553a081f4155303c36fc638"; amzn_assoc_asins = "B00GQDBZUY,B00V49LL90,B01AZ8ESMC,B00OTWQIZG,B01J6HBY1Q,B01AUQ33K2,B00HFRYAGQ,B01DBV1OKY"; </script><script src="//z-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/onejs?MarketPlace=US"></script> http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Facial-recognition-comes-to-event-checkin Tue, 18 Jul 2017 06:00:00 -0700 Trending event swag http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Trending-event-swag <p>Be on the cutting edge and make a splash at your next trade show or conference with these trending promotional products.</p> <p><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>DRINKWARE GAINS VALUE</strong></span></span><br /> The hottest items of the past year believe it or not, have been water bottles. But, not the inexpensive ones! Best sellers are water bottles that are $7 or more. Popular name brands most requested include&nbsp;Contigo,&nbsp;Arctic,&nbsp;Camelbak&nbsp;and&nbsp;Yeti.&nbsp; Why?&nbsp; They&rsquo;re quality products.</p> <p>Bottles with a textured look are also the rage, even though imprinting takes more time, mostly because of brand rules. Order with just a bit more lead time so you won&rsquo;t be rushed!&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>COTTON COMEBACK</strong></span></span><br /> Cotton is making a comeback in apparel with items like&nbsp;polos.&nbsp;We&rsquo;ve seen more requests for cotton apparel in the last six months trending over and above&nbsp;performance wicking shirts.&nbsp;Dress shirts&nbsp;and&nbsp;golf shirts&nbsp;are still popular but numbers show cotton apparel is still in the lead. Reasons why? Comfort and style.&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>WELLNESS PROGRAMS ARE HEALTHY</strong></span></span><br /> More and more companies are creating programs focused on employee wellness, nutrition and exercise. Is it to keep health insurance premiums down, reduce absenteeism or increase morale?&nbsp; Human Resource departments are requesting&nbsp;technical shirts,&nbsp;lunch coolers and other items to get their employees moving. Even&nbsp;jump ropes&nbsp;and&nbsp;exercise balls, branded of course.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://calendly.com/eventinterface/demo" target="_blank"><img alt="Facial recognition check-in for events" src="https://eieventimages.s3.amazonaws.com/1500224208_Eventinterface-Facial-recognition-check-in-for-events.png" style="width: 848px; height: 287px;" /></a></p> <p><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>THE SHOWS GO ON</strong></span></span><br /> Conventions, trade shows, meetings and events are still on the calendar, but we&rsquo;re seeing an upward trend in sales-incentive trips after a bit of a lull. One item hot on the list is the&nbsp;virtual enabler&nbsp;for smartphones and tablets &ndash; from the affordable viewers to the expensive full-size units for incentive groups. Items to draw attention at booths also include&nbsp;kitchen utensils,&nbsp;jar openers,&nbsp;measuring tapes and my favorite, the&nbsp;unsinkable keyring.</p> <p><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>DECORATION AND PACKAGING PAY OFF</strong></span></span><br /> Full-color designs and custom color matching are trending now in the promotional product industry. Clients want to be unique and stand out in the marketplace, and customized packaging is one way to make that happen. Every company wants to make a splash on their product investment whether they have 2, 3 or even 4 or more colors in their logo. Custom printed&nbsp;gift boxes for sunglasses&nbsp;are a huge hit as well and gift boxes with a handle for&nbsp;Moscow Nile copper drinkware.</p> <p>Find all of these items and more at <a href="http://leonemarketingsolutions.espwebsite.com/" target="_blank">Leone Marketing Solutions</a>.</p> <p><strong><img alt="Rachel Leone Trending Event Swag at Eventinterface for Meeting Planners" src="https://eieventimages.s3.amazonaws.com/1500303661_Rachel-Leone-Trending-Event-Swag-at-Eventinterface.png" style="width: 150px; height: 187px; margin: 6px; float: left;" /></strong></p> <p><strong>Our Guest Author:</strong>&nbsp;Rachel Leone, MBA, President, and Senior Marketing Strategist of&nbsp;<a href="http://leonemarketing.com/" target="_blank">Leone Marketing</a>.</p> <p>What is your favorite swag? Add it into the comment section below.&nbsp; And, please do us a little favor and share this post with others, for there&rsquo;s a good chance that it will help them as they go about planning meetings and events.<br /> <strong style="font-size: 14px; color: rgb(144, 191, 92);">RELATED POSTS:</strong><br /> <a href="https://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/10-plus-books-every-meeting-planner-needs-to-read">10 plus books every meeting planner needs to read</a>.<br /> <a href="https://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/How-to-engage-all-generations-at-your-conferences">How to engage all generations at your conferences</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <script type="text/javascript"> amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; amzn_assoc_search_bar = "true"; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "ventinterface-20"; amzn_assoc_search_bar_position = "bottom"; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "search"; amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; amzn_assoc_region = "US"; amzn_assoc_title = "Shop Related Products"; 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She produces both corporate and social events for clients throughout the state.</p> <p><strong>What is the best advice you have ever received as a planner?</strong><br /> Someone once told me to hang out with people whom I aspire to be like, who also made me a little uncomfortable and challenge me to be better. It is definitely hard to do, but important to keep growing.</p> <p><strong>What is the most unique location you have ever planned an event at? What was great, what was challenging?</strong><br /> The most unique venue was a ski lodge we used for a corporate retreat. The event took place during the summer and the ski slopes provided beautiful views. The hills were great for our attendees to get out for activities. The challenge was that we hosted the retreat off season, so the resort and town were not entirely prepared for our group. It was the little things that I noticed, luckily our guests seemed to be unaware. I would definitely recommend discussing seasonality with the venue to ensure there are people available to help problem solve when needed.</p> <p><strong>What advice would you give to someone entering the business today?&nbsp;</strong><br /> I have two pieces of advice I like to share: One, have patience, this is both a logistical and creative field. So, you have to have patience to grow and learn. You won&#39;t know it all, and never will. As long as you are aware of that, reach out to your team of vendors for advice to reach your common goal you will be golden. And two, I have learned that you need to take care of the client but also the vendors who support your event. Without one piece of the puzzle, the event will not happen seamlessly. It is key that you treat your vendors and team right!</p> <p><strong>What do you see as the most challenging aspect of being a planner, and how do you overcome that challenge?</strong><br /> Purpose! You always have to keep the events&rsquo; purpose in mind when making decision and suggestions, not only during the planning process but also on the day of the event, as minor problems arise.</p> <p><a href="https://calendly.com/eventinterface/demo" target="_blank"><img alt="Plan better, increase event revenue and grow your attendee engagement with Eventinterface. Request your demo." src="https://eieventimages.s3.amazonaws.com/1493763120_Eventinterface-demo-request-attendee.png" style="width: 848px; height: 250px;" /></a></p> <p><strong>How do you think our industry will evolve in the next five years?</strong><br /> I think that as we get more engaged with social media, events will be more appreciated. There is nothing better than human connections and face-to-face networking. I think the industry will keep growing.</p> <p><strong>What makes you successful as a planner?</strong><br /> The people that help me in my company but also the venues and vendors that I work with. Also, knowing my numbers, I love numbers. From my own business to my clients&rsquo; budgets, it so essential to track what goes where!</p> <p><strong>In your opinion, what is the best and worst industry trend of the year?&nbsp;</strong><br /> Best trend is charging stations, leave your phone and go network with someone without looking down at your screen.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>What is the best industry book that has helped you as a planner?&nbsp;</strong><br /> I don&#39;t have one but I do listen to the GatherGeeks podcast!</p> <p><strong>CONNECT WITH FIORELLA</strong><br /> <a href="mailto:fiorellabneira@gmail.com?subject=Interview%20with%20Planners%20at%20Eventinterface%20question">Fiorella Neira</a><br /> Event Planner and Designer at <a href="http://www.neiraeventgroup.com" target="_blank">Neira Event Group</a><br /> <a href="https://twitter.com/NeiraFiorella" target="_blank">Twitter</a><br /> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/neiraeventgroup" target="_blank">Facebook</a><br /> <a href="https://www.instagram.com/fiorellaneira/" target="_blank">Instagram</a><br /> <a href="https://www.pinterest.com/Fiorellaneira1/" target="_blank">Pinterest</a></p> <script type="text/javascript"> amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; amzn_assoc_search_bar = "true"; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "ventinterface-20"; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "manual"; amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; amzn_assoc_region = "US"; amzn_assoc_title = "Event Marketing Must Read Books"; amzn_assoc_asins = "B007MF12VC,1477468188,0692468757,1118244117"; amzn_assoc_linkid = "8b3e28368177399e8fd6bf808fa84a30"; </script><script src="//z-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/onejs?MarketPlace=US"></script> http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Interviews-with-Planners--Fiorella-Neira Sun, 16 Jul 2017 06:00:00 -0700 Sustainability, what does it mean for your conferences and events? http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Sustainability-what-does-it-mean-for-your-conferences-and-events <p>On this episode of Event TALK, we are speaking with Julia Spangler a Sustainable Events Consultant with 6 years of corporate event experience. She has experience working on multi-day customer appreciation events, educational seminars and social events. She has won the International Live Events Association awards in Marketing Design in 2014,15 and 16 for her design suites for Baldwin &amp; Lyons Race Weekend. She is the Editor in Chief of Fair for All Guide, a blog focused on the pursuit of a connected and responsible life.</p> <p>Julia has combined a love of events with a passion for the environment, and in 2015 began to offer sustainability consulting services to the events industry.</p> <p>Today, we are speaking with Julia on how Meeting and Event Professionals can make their projects sustainable and what this means to the success story of these events.</p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>Listen to show host Al Wynant and guest Julia Spangler discuss the following:</strong></span></p> <ul style="margin-left: 40px;"> <li>How we should interpret &ldquo;sustainability&rdquo; in the context of the meetings and event industry?</li> <li>&ldquo;Green events&rdquo; used to be an overused term. Sustainability obviously plays a part in making events environmentally friendly. How do you see sustainability play a role outside of that narrower context? &nbsp;</li> <li>For meeting planners who have never thought about sustainability, what are the areas of an event that could be most easily transformed and how?</li> <li>On the other side, for meeting planners who are keenly aware of sustainable practices, how should they communicate their desires with the vendors and venues they seek to do business with?</li> <li>How can a meeting planner evaluate or measure the success of their efforts?</li> <li>What are your top three tips planners should keep in mind when developing a sustainability strategy for their meetings and events?</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>LISTEN TO THE SHOW</strong></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <audio controls=""><source src=" https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/eieventtalk/Event+TALK+Julia+Spangler+on+sustainable+events+at+Eventinterface.m4a " /> Your browser does not support this audio element.</audio> </p> <p><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>CONNECT WITH JULIA SPANGLER</strong></span></span><br /> <a href="http://www.juliaspangler.com/" target="_blank">Julia Spangler</a><br /> Phone: (217) 251.0348<br /> <a href="mailto:julia@juliaspangler.com?subject=Question%20via%20Event%20TALK%20podcast%20at%20Eventinterface">Email</a><br /> <a href="http://https://www.facebook.com/JuliaSpanglerSustainable/" target="_blank">Facebook</a><br /> <a href="https://twitter.com/JuliaSpangler" target="_blank">Twitter</a></p> <script type="text/javascript"> amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; 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See what other meeting planners read to help them excel in their careers.</p> <p>A must read for Sarah Sebastian with Rose Gold Collective is <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1591843170/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=1591843170&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=ventinterface-20&amp;linkId=f27b779534dc6beb1f71f81860546204" target="_blank">Purple Cow, New Edition: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="//ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=ventinterface-20&amp;l=am2&amp;o=1&amp;a=1591843170" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" width="1" /> by Set Godin. Although traditionally a marketing book, the takeaway of standing out in a field of cows is very important in the events industry as well.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;As I expand my business into association management, I&#39;ve found <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/088034380X/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=088034380X&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=ventinterface-20&amp;linkId=fbb01f99315623ee2382970f4d6da2c6" target="_blank">The New CEO&#39;s Guide: Advice for the First-time, Aspiring, or Current Association Executive</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="//ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=ventinterface-20&amp;l=am2&amp;o=1&amp;a=088034380X" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" width="1" /> by Beth Brooks, CAE very helpful and timely,&rdquo; states Amy Orr with ORRganized Events.</p> <p>For PS Ives with Space in the Raw, <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1599324385/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=1599324385&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=ventinterface-20&amp;linkId=94d9b58ead309637d384db5e2c5e78ca" target="_blank">Hyper Sales Growth: Street-Proven Systems &amp; Processes. How to Grow Quickly &amp; Profitably.</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="//ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=ventinterface-20&amp;l=am2&amp;o=1&amp;a=1599324385" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" width="1" /> by Jack Daly hits the nail on the head.</p> <p>The book that is helping Betty Owens with Your Turn Weddings and Events at this time is <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1580053157/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=1580053157&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=ventinterface-20&amp;linkId=6e11b182c4c50788e9f162514ee27916" target="_blank">Offbeat Bride: Creative Alternatives for Independent Brides</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="//ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=ventinterface-20&amp;l=am2&amp;o=1&amp;a=1580053157" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" width="1" /> by Ariel Meadow Stallings. &ldquo;My ideal client is the bride who is not a &#39;girly-girl&#39; and would rather not have any pink at her wedding. So, this book has definitely helped me in this area,&rdquo; states Owens.</p> <p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1416549005/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=1416549005&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=ventinterface-20&amp;linkId=1cfe17be1c8120fa9413908a90fc1f44" target="_blank">The SPEED of TRUST: The One Thing That Changes Everything</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="//ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=ventinterface-20&amp;l=am2&amp;o=1&amp;a=1416549005" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" width="1" /> by Stephen Covey and <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1400047005/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=1400047005&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=ventinterface-20&amp;linkId=46bdb14ab537c27e2859d58e17511460" target="_blank">Leading Up: How to Lead Your Boss So You Both Win</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="//ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=ventinterface-20&amp;l=am2&amp;o=1&amp;a=1400047005" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" width="1" /> by Michael Useem are two books that have helped La&rsquo;Bonnae Kea with Vintage Socialite, LLC tremendously. &ldquo;These books are not directly connected to the industry but I believe they are the foundation of how I engage with my clients,&rdquo; shares Kea.</p> <p>For Terrica Skaggs with Cocktails &amp; Details, <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1462001068/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=1462001068&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=ventinterface-20&amp;linkId=13f0edfd51ddd6dea391d1100a0383aa" target="_blank">The Susan Southerland Secret: Personality Marketing to Today&#39;s Bride</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="//ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=ventinterface-20&amp;l=am2&amp;o=1&amp;a=1462001068" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" width="1" /> by Susan Southerland is a must read.</p> <p>&ldquo;I have never read a book about event planning specifically, but I found <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0143118757/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=0143118757&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=ventinterface-20&amp;linkId=fce608329c6d33edc52273da48073082" target="_blank">Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="//ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=ventinterface-20&amp;l=am2&amp;o=1&amp;a=0143118757" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" width="1" /> by Fisher, Roger, Ury, William L., Patton, Bruce, to be very helpful when it came to negotiating contracts,&rdquo; shares Maxine Viktor with Prismatic Event Planning and Public Relations.</p> <p>&ldquo;<a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0470155744/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=0470155744&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=ventinterface-20&amp;linkId=7ea6f73ea159f245512d53f616eeb9f5" target="_blank">Event Planning: The Ultimate Guide To Successful Meetings, Corporate Events, Fundraising Galas, Conferences, Conventions, Incentives and Other Special Events</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="//ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=ventinterface-20&amp;l=am2&amp;o=1&amp;a=0470155744" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" width="1" /> by Judy Allen, is the event planning bible for me and one of the first book I read when I started planning events professionally. It is packed with tips and useful information for new event planners,&rdquo; shares Jody-Ann Rowe with Event Certificate and the Osgoode Hall Law School.</p> <p>For Mark Deane with ETS Risk Management <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0553419633/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=0553419633&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=ventinterface-20&amp;linkId=f4f3afda8846dc0d8955ba0f8b11f26a" target="_blank">How to Have a Good Day: Harness the Power of Behavioral Science to Transform Your Working Life</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="//ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=ventinterface-20&amp;l=am2&amp;o=1&amp;a=0553419633" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" width="1" /> by Caroline Webb is ideal for anyone who does not have enough time in the day, and this book will help planners.</p> <p>Jasmine Eldeen with National Events Partnership and HelmsBriscoe recommends the book that teaches you about teamwork, <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/159562015X/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=159562015X&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=ventinterface-20&amp;linkId=feaac929e90638beb9a68efb2d1927f4" target="_blank">StrengthsFinder 2.0</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="//ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=ventinterface-20&amp;l=am2&amp;o=1&amp;a=159562015X" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" width="1" /> by Tom Rath. &ldquo;It is so important to know each person&#39;s strengths when working together to execute a flawless event,&rdquo; shares Eldeen.</p> <p>There are several books on Greg Jenkins&rsquo; with Bravo Events shelves. His favorites are: <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0470832606/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=0470832606&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=ventinterface-20&amp;linkId=1bf970fbb4cc785faa208b42fde99535" target="_blank">Event Planning Ethics and Etiquette: A Principled Approach to the Business of Special Event Management</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="//ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=ventinterface-20&amp;l=am2&amp;o=1&amp;a=0470832606" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" width="1" /> by Judy Allen, and <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000W3WHHE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000W3WHHE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=ventinterface-20&amp;linkId=e21a90a7620ab2aec618a55e6d10b409" target="_blank">Special Events: Twenty-First Century Global Event Management (The Wiley Event Management Series)</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="//ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=ventinterface-20&amp;l=am2&amp;o=1&amp;a=B000W3WHHE" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" width="1" /> and Special Events: Best Practices in Modern Event Planning, both by Joe Goldblatt.</p> <p>What are your favorite books that have helped you become a better meeting and event professional? 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She has planned events globally, and specifically in the influencer and trade spaces. She has activated events alongside large platforms such as the US Open, Aspen Food and Wine and many more. Now, the owner of Rose Gold Collective, she works with brands and companies across industries delivering unique event experiences from conferences to launch events. Her eye to detail and bespoke creativity for each event helps elevate any events her boutique event agency, Rose Gold Collective touches. The idea of bringing in curated resources for each project is what sets her agency apart as well as the state of the art technology integration.</p> <p><strong><span style="font-size:14px;">What is the best advice you have ever received as a planner?</span></strong><br /> Never put off till tomorrow, what you can do today.</p> <p><strong><span style="font-size:14px;">What is the most unique location you have ever planned an event at? What was great, what was challenging?</span></strong><br /> One of the most unique venues was a previous 1800&#39;s church in New Orleans. It was great because of the natural patina, vintage stained glass and the overall ambiance of grand it embodied. However, an old 1800&#39;s church does not have the most state of the art facilities. From bathrooms to AC to kitchen necessities, all had to be brought in.</p> <p><strong><span style="font-size:14px;">What advice would you give to someone entering the business today?</span></strong><br /> Travel, and stay inspired. I take photos often of a font on a sign, or a unique display and archive it. You never know when you will go back and use it as an element in an event. Also, stay ahead of trends in general and technology. The more creative solutions you can offer a client, the better the product you will provide.</p> <p><strong><span style="font-size:14px;">What do you see as the most challenging aspect of being a planner, and how do you overcome that challenge?&nbsp;</span></strong><br /> One of the most challenging aspects of planning are your timelines. Every client, vendor, fabricator has them, and it is your job as a planner to ensure they all roll into YOUR timeline to make sure the program happens in a carefully curated way.</p> <p><strong><span style="font-size:14px;">How do you think our industry will evolve in the next five years?</span></strong><br /> Technology and overall trends within fashion, lifestyle and pop culture effect events. As our world evolves and depends even more on technology hacks and solutions through apps, the events industry will also include such trends. For example, the popular &quot;escape rooms&quot; you see popping up in every major city have made their way into event conferences and team building on a larger scale.</p> <p><a href="https://calendly.com/eventinterface/demo" target="_blank"><img alt="Plan better, increase event revenue and grow your attendee engagement with Eventinterface. Request your demo." src="https://eieventimages.s3.amazonaws.com/1493763120_Eventinterface-demo-request-attendee.png" style="width: 848px; height: 250px;" /></a></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>What makes you successful as a planner?</strong></span><br /> I have a multi-faceted background coming from brand sides where I worked with many agencies and constantly keeping and designing a brand identity. I look at each event as a brand and consider the experience and the content at the center of the event.</p> <p><strong><span style="font-size:14px;">In your opinion, what is the best and worst industry trend of the year?</span></strong><br /> One of the best trends is how AI will be integrated into events and the immense data it can provide to planners. The worst trend is, although I don&#39;t see it as a trend, is a traditional photo booth. There are so many unique ways to elevate a photo experience, even a 3-d wall or a vignette. People take photos at every event, ensuring your photo capture is unique is important.</p> <p><strong><span style="font-size:14px;">What is the best industry book that has helped you as a planner?</span></strong><br /> An oldie but goodie, &quot;<a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/159184021X/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=159184021X&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=ventinterface-20&amp;linkId=c5bfbbe6ab7b86134caca8e832b0a851" target="_blank">Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="//ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=ventinterface-20&amp;l=am2&amp;o=1&amp;a=159184021X" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" width="1" />&quot; by Set Godin. Although traditionally a marketing book, the takeaway of standing out in a field of cows is very important in the events industry as well.</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="//ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&amp;OneJS=1&amp;Operation=GetAdHtml&amp;MarketPlace=US&amp;source=ac&amp;ref=tf_til&amp;ad_type=product_link&amp;tracking_id=ventinterface-20&amp;marketplace=amazon&amp;region=US&amp;placement=1591843170&amp;asins=1591843170&amp;linkId=11f3a23c61f477147552607286a4b704&amp;show_border=true&amp;link_opens_in_new_window=true&amp;price_color=333333&amp;title_color=585252&amp;bg_color=ffffff" style="width:120px;height:240px;"></iframe></p> <p><strong>CONNECT WITH SARAH</strong><br /> <a href="mailto:Sarah@rosegoldcollective.com?subject=Interviews%20with%20Planners%20request">Sarah Sebastian</a><br /> Owner, <a href="http://www.rosegoldcollective.com/" target="_blank">Rose Gold Collective</a></p> <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Please do us a little favor and share this post with others, for there&rsquo;s a good chance that it will help them as they go about planning meetings and events.</span></p> <p><strong>RELATED POSTS:</strong><br /> <a href="https://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Interviews-with-Planners-Amy-Orr">Interview with Planners: Amy Orr</a><br /> Like to share your story? 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Through ORRganized Events, Amy has coordinated a variety of multi-day educational conferences, golf tournaments, air shows and fundraisers. In addition to conference and event planning she has since expanded her business to include association management. She loves how conferences and events bring people together in a community and for a common purpose.</p> <p>Prior to establishing her own event planning business in 1997, Amy Orr served as Director of Meetings and Events for the California Chamber of Commerce for five years. In this role, she was responsible for planning and implementing special events including top-level Board of Directors Meetings; Legislative Receptions; an annual Business Legislative Summit for 800; Business Luncheon Forums; an annual conference of 500 for Local Chamber Executives; and the Sacramento Host Breakfast for 1,200 attendees, which features the Governor as the keynote speaker each year. In her role at the Chamber, Amy was involved in special events for various foreign and national dignitaries including President Bush, Jos&eacute; Maria Aznar Lopez - President of Spain, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, President Paul Kagame of Rwanda; and President Vicente Fox of Mexico.</p> <p>Prior to joining the California Chamber of Commerce, Orr worked for the California Grocers Association and General Merchandise Distributors Council (GMDC).</p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>What is the best advice you have ever received as a planner?</strong></span><br /> &quot;Will this be remembered in five years?&quot; As a planner, I tend to be hard on myself, especially if something goes wrong. You have to remind yourself to learn from your mistakes or challenges, then move forward with a smile on your face. When I was just starting out, something had not gone perfectly at an event I was planning, and I felt terrible about it. My boss at the time, who was a gem, said, &quot;Will this be remembered in five years? Probably not. You have to learn from it and let go.&quot;</p> <p>We can strive for perfection - but at times there are things that can get out of our control, that can go south on you. Weather, economy, travel issues, any number of things. Sometimes a customer gets irritated with the way their name is spelled on a badge. The best thing you can do is to roll with the issues and find solutions to mitigate the problem - focusing on the customer first. Have integrity in all you do, focus on your customer, and work with all partners and vendors with respect, and things will work out.</p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>What is the most unique location you have ever planned an event at? What was great, what was challenging?&nbsp;</strong></span><br /> An airport. I supported the planning of a three-day air show for 10,000+ attendees. It was a public event that involved using an airport, which required closing air space above the airfield for several days, planning for heat, crowds, and bringing in pilots from all over North America. It was an incredible venue and especially magical during the twilight show as you see airplanes performing formation flights or stunts against a sunset backdrop. The challenging part was working with so many entities to pull off the event: the city permitting process, fire department, airport tower, FAA regulations, insurance companies, performers, sponsors, food vendors, volunteers, etc. There was also limited parking, so we had to work with land owners or business owners nearby for parking access on their property. This particular airport was a smaller, more rural airport, so a lot of the amenities, hangars, etc. were a little on the older side, which made it more challenging.</p> <p><strong><span style="font-size:14px;">What advice would you give to someone entering the business today?&nbsp;</span></strong><br /> Talk to as many people in the industry as you can to see which avenue of the industry appeals to you most. If you&#39;re creative you might like corporate planning with big budgets, or wedding and special event planning. If you love the hotel side of things, you might want to work as a conference service manager or sales person. You might find a fit with non-profit events, sporting events, fundraising events.</p> <p>I love organizing, working with people and I am detail oriented, so I found my niche working with associations on their conferences and events. Once you decide your focus join the appropriate professional organization: MPI (Meeting Professionals International), ASAE (American Society of Association Executives), ILEA (International Live Events Association). Continue to grow your network, attend industry education events and webinars, and gain experience until you find your niche and perfect job!</p> <p><a href="https://calendly.com/eventinterface/demo" target="_blank"><img alt="Plan better, increase event revenue and grow your attendee engagement with Eventinterface. Request your demo." src="https://eieventimages.s3.amazonaws.com/1493763120_Eventinterface-demo-request-attendee.png" style="width: 848px; height: 250px;" /></a></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size:14px;">What do you see as the most challenging aspect of being a planner, and how do you overcome that challenge?&nbsp;</span></strong><br /> So many details. Don&#39;t get me wrong - I love the details and thrive on them but there comes a point where you can burnout, especially right before or after an event. 95% of an event can go off perfectly, however; it is in a planner&rsquo;s nature to feel frustrated by the 5% that went wrong, especially if it was noticed by your attendees. I have to remind myself to get support - additional staff or volunteers - to help with key things before I even think I need them. Building those teams is important. You can&#39;t do everything yourself, you have to let go, delegate and trust people. And smile - a smile helps attendees and you - even in the midst of a challenge - to look for the best solution to a problem rather than focus solely on the fact that there is a problem.</p> <p><strong><span style="font-size:14px;">How do you think our industry will evolve in the next five years?&nbsp;</span></strong><br /> Technology will continue to challenge planners and attendees. We have to keep up with the curve, offering mobile apps and convenient ways to engage attendees before and after the event. However; it takes more time to engage in this way. We need to build that volunteer team or dedicate staff to support these efforts. Event design and event experiences are buzzwords now even in the traditional conference planning silo. If meeting planners don&#39;t keep up with the trends to keep things fresh and creative - while fostering learning, an event will slowly become irrelevant. For those in the more creative or experiential industries - such as concerts, weddings, etc. - the pressure to be innovative is always present but seems to be increasing both with technology -like drones- and with idea sharing platforms like Pinterest that have exponentially added pressure to the job of the event planners.</p> <p><strong><span style="font-size:14px;">What makes you successful as a planner?&nbsp;</span></strong><br /> People have said that they appreciate that I can see the big picture as well as be detail oriented. I think those skills are important in planning so you can envision where you&#39;re going as well as the steps that will take you there. People skills, being a problem solver, keeping my technology skills fresh, and being organized have all helped me in my role as a planner.</p> <p><strong><span style="font-size:14px;">In your opinion, what is the best and worst industry trend of the year?&nbsp;</span></strong><br /> For conference planners - the trend to have unique room setups for more interactive learning is exciting. Less staged with one person talking - more engagement gathering learning from the entire room. This can create a challenge as you try to plan for the right amount of seating within that set-up - but definitely more personal and the reason for face-to-face events!</p> <p>One of the worst trends is the AirBNB challenge. This challenge has been around since the creation of Priceline and Travelocity - but continues to be a huge challenge for planners. Planners have to just watch their history - continue to be conservative with their hotel block estimates and also may need to get creative with ways to entice people to book within their block. One of the best ways is to have a really great rate that can&#39;t be beat online - so working with hotel partners on this is key. You&#39;ll still have people that will book offsite. You will need to plan for that.</p> <p>See more tips from Amy <a href="https://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/The-best-and-worst-trends-in-the-event-industry">here</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>What is the best industry book that has helped you as a planner?&nbsp;</strong><br /> Studying for my CMP was very helpful - so the CMP process and books were a good investment.</p> <p>Right now, as I expand my business into association management, I&#39;ve found &quot;<a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/088034380X/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=088034380X&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=ventinterface-20&amp;linkId=5673aa1ad076a110af615007ac6c2b28" target="_blank">The New CEO&#39;s Guide: Advice for the First-time, Aspiring, or Current Association Executive</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="//ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=ventinterface-20&amp;l=am2&amp;o=1&amp;a=088034380X" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" width="1" />&quot; by Beth Brooks, CAE very helpful and timely.</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="//ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&amp;OneJS=1&amp;Operation=GetAdHtml&amp;MarketPlace=US&amp;source=ac&amp;ref=tf_til&amp;ad_type=product_link&amp;tracking_id=ventinterface-20&amp;marketplace=amazon&amp;region=US&amp;placement=088034380X&amp;asins=088034380X&amp;linkId=afe245dbd2dd589cbccd87fa306a0c0d&amp;show_border=true&amp;link_opens_in_new_window=true&amp;price_color=333333&amp;title_color=585252&amp;bg_color=ffffff" style="width:120px;height:240px;"></iframe></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>CONNECT WITH AMY</strong></span><br /> <a href="mailto:amy@orrganizedevents.com?subject=Interviews%20with%20Planners%20question">Amy Orr, CMP</a><br /> Owner, <a href="http://www.orrganizedevents.com" target="_blank">ORRganized Events</a><br /> Phone: 530-345-1109<br /> <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/amy-orr-9656234/" target="_blank">LinkedIn</a><br /> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/orrganizedevents/" target="_blank">Facebook</a><br /> <a href="https://twitter.com/ORRganizedEvent" target="_blank">Twitter</a><br /> <strong>Affiliations and: Memberships:</strong><br /> MPI, MPISSN, CalSAE</p> <p>Please do us a little favor and share this post with others, for there&rsquo;s a good chance that it will help them as they go about planning meetings and events.</p> <p><strong>RELATED POSTS:</strong><br /> <a href="https://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Interviews-with-Planners-Jamie-Jones">Interviews with Planners &ndash; Jamie Jones</a><br /> Like to share your story? Submit your interview <a href="https://goo.gl/forms/6KNMf9wBnPwrpOsD2" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><img alt="Get the Eventinterface weekly newsletter for meeting and event planners filled with tools, tips and resources" src="https://eieventimages.s3.amazonaws.com/1493682107_Eventinterface-Newsletter-Ad.png" style="width: 848px; height: 350px;" /></p> http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Interviews-with-Planners--Amy-Orr Thu, 06 Jul 2017 14:50:00 -0700 How to Protect Sensitive Company and Conference Data http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/How-to-Protect-Sensitive-Company-and-Conference-Data <p>Computer applications and apps can be reinstalled. Unfortunately, unique data cannot be replaced. For this reason, the safekeeping of your data is one of the most important services a company should offer their clients and customers. Read our top tips on how to protect your sensitive corporate and event data as much as possible.</p> <p><strong style="font-size: 14px; color: rgb(144, 191, 92);">BACKUP EVERYTHING</strong><br /> The best way to protect your company from data loss is with a regular backup. How much you should backup will be determined by your business and conference needs. For example, how much data can your company afford to lose? A week, day or hour&rsquo;s work? Event registrations come in continuously, so losing any data is unacceptable. &nbsp;</p> <p>There is no excuse for not backing up, as there are a variety of affordable third-party programs that make the process easy. By <a href="https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/275473" target="_blank">backing up your files</a>, you can gain immediate access to your data following a fire, natural disaster or a data breach.</p> <p><strong style="font-size: 14px; color: rgb(144, 191, 92);">SECURE YOUR DATA</strong><br /> It&rsquo;s essential to keep prying eyes away from your most sensitive data. <a href="http://www.techradar.com/how-to/computing/apple/terminal-101-file-permissions-1305647" target="_blank">Set file permissions</a> on data folders and files so only authorized personnel have access to the information. Also, set share permissions to control what user accounts can gain access to data in a network share.</p> <p><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>PASSWORD PROTECT IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS</strong></span></span><br /> Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat allow users to password protect individual documents. For a person to open a document, they will have to enter the designated password for the file. Unfortunately, the protection is easy for a professional to crack, as the programs make password recovery easy for a user. Yet, it is a good way to deter a casual intruder from reading a sensitive company document.</p> <p><a href="https://calendly.com/eventinterface/demo" target="_blank"><img alt="Plan better, increase event revenue and grow your attendee engagement with Eventinterface. Request your demo." src="https://eieventimages.s3.amazonaws.com/1493763120_Eventinterface-demo-request-attendee.png" style="width: 848px; height: 250px;" /></a></p> <p><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>SECURE A WIRELESS TRANSMISSION</strong></span></span><br /> Did you know data sent over a wireless network is more vulnerable than if sent over an Ethernet network? A wireless enabled portable computer combined with a high-gain antenna is capable of capturing data. Also, if a wireless access point has not been securely configured, a hacker can easily access both the network and data. It&rsquo;s essential to only store and send data on a wireless network using encryption, such as Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA), especially important at conferences when financial and personal attendee data is processed</p> <p><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>DISK ENCRYTION</strong></span></span><br /> A third-party disk encryption can lock down content located within a disk drive. The files will be automatically encrypted once written onto a hard disk, before being automatically decrypted once loaded into memory. Often, the programs perform as invisible containers that serve as a hidden disk within a disk, as other users will only have access to data in the &ldquo;outer&rdquo; disk area.</p> <p><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>DATA RECOVERY FROM A HARD DRIVE</strong></span></span><br /> A broken computer can often be a danger to a company if you have failed to wipe a hard drive. Many business owners make the mistake of throwing away a broken PC or laptop, unaware a hacker can easily recover the stored data.</p> <p>If a computer does break down, hire the services of a professional who can recover the files in a <a href="https://www.securedatarecovery.com/certifications/cleanroom" target="_blank">data recovery clean room</a>. This will ensure you can recover all the files from the broken computer, while wiping the hard drive to ensure the data does not fall into the wrong hands.</p> <p>Please do us a little favor and share this post with others, for there&rsquo;s a good chance that it will help them as they go about planning meetings and events.</p> <p><a href="https://www.getdrip.com/forms/90104026/submissions/new" target="_blank"><img alt="Get the Eventinterface weekly newsletter for meeting and event planners filled with tools, tips and resources" src="https://eieventimages.s3.amazonaws.com/1493682107_Eventinterface-Newsletter-Ad.png" style="width: 848px; height: 350px;" /></a></p> http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/How-to-Protect-Sensitive-Company-and-Conference-Data Wed, 05 Jul 2017 13:07:00 -0700 5 Steps to Get Sponsorship for Your Events http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/5-Steps-to-Get-Sponsorship-for-Your-Events <p>Unless you are a Fortune 500 company, you probably don&rsquo;t have the budget for a high-scale event. This means you will need sponsors on your side. Of course, getting a sponsor is easier said than done. Why will another company, after all, choose to sponsor your event when they receive dozens of similar requests on a near daily basis? Approaching sponsors the right way is the key to tilting the odds in your favor.</p> <p><strong><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:14px;">1. IDENTIFY YOUR ASSETS TO A SPONSOR</span></span></strong><br /> Sponsors leverage their sponsorship as a marketing strategy. Clearly, they want something out of it; otherwise they would not be sponsoring anyone and spending thousands of dollars. What can you offer to the sponsor that is tied directly to their campaign strategy? It should be more than just eyeballs and extra clicks to their website.</p> <p>If you share a similar demographic audience, then perhaps you can provide them with your own detailed data mining report, complete with predictive analytics and psychographics. Maybe you can provide value to their customers by giving them free VIP membership as part of a cross-promotion. In any case, you need to identify unique incentives that distinguish you from a competitor.</p> <p><strong><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:14px;">2. TIMING IS IMPORTANT</span></span></strong><br /> Most companies only do event sponsoring at certain times of the year. Their event budget is often formulated the previous year.&nbsp; The optimal time of year differs depending on factors like the economy, the industry, and the company&rsquo;s ROI performance.</p> <p>Other companies may sponsor events year-round but have a more limited budget during certain seasons. Companies tend to hold more events during the summer and fall seasons. Some may not be doing any sponsoring at this time of year since they&rsquo;re reserving their budget for their own events. They may begin sponsoring during the slower months in winter when their own consumer activity is slow.</p> <p>Know when the peak sponsoring times are for each company you reach out to. This may mean having to schedule your events around these peak times.</p> <p><a href="https://calendly.com/eventinterface/demo" target="_blank"><img alt="Plan better, increase event revenue and grow your attendee engagement with Eventinterface. Request your demo." src="https://eieventimages.s3.amazonaws.com/1493763120_Eventinterface-demo-request-attendee.png" style="width: 848px; height: 250px;" /></a></p> <p><strong><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:14px;">3. BE DATA-HEAVY IN YOUR PROPOSAL</span></span></strong><br /> Sponsors see your event as a form of advertising for their own company. As such, they want to see numbers that predict a successful event. Your proposal should include a spreadsheet and strong data visuals that outline anticipated attendance, attendance numbers of past events, social media engagement, and so on.</p> <p>Other forms of data you should share includes Click-Through Rate or CTR for event-specific ads. Include numbers generated from your business intelligence system&rsquo;s predictive analytics.</p> <p>Raw data is more important to sponsors than unquantifiable measurements like testimonials. Keep your data up to date and only present data that satisfies your own company benchmarks.</p> <p><strong><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:14px;">4. PROPOSE DIFFERENT PACKAGE LEVELS</span></span></strong><br /> Your proposal shouldn&rsquo;t just include a desired monetary sum. Provide sponsors with multiple tiers of sponsorship options and what you will do in return at each tier. Perhaps you need $20,000 to host the event, but you should let the sponsor know that you&rsquo;re willing to accept a smaller funding amount. A tiered sponsor package should include a list of the options and what you will provide at each level, such as in the following:</p> <ul style="margin-left: 40px;"> <li>$20,000 &ndash; the sponsor&rsquo;s logo on all of your promotional items, cross promotion of the sponsor&rsquo;s latest product during the main presentation, sponsor&rsquo;s ad on your digital signage;</li> <li>$10,000 &ndash; two of the three incentives under the $20,000 tier;</li> <li>$5,000 &ndash; any one of the three incentives under the $20,000 tier;</li> </ul> <p>Of course, this may mean having to acquire multiple sponsorships to obtain the full funding. However, you should be having an ongoing relationship with multiple sponsors.&nbsp; After all, do famous athletes, musicians, and politicians ever only have a single sponsor?</p> <p><strong><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:14px;">5. MAKE IT ABOUT THE SPONSOR</span></span></strong><br /> Your company is the one seeking event funding; therefore, the ball is in the sponsor&rsquo;s court. Aside from proposing multiple sponsor options, you can also just be direct and ask the sponsor what it wants in return. This way, you can customize a package suitable for the sponsor&rsquo;s specific needs. Does the sponsor want your own brand advocates to cross promote its products? Does it want to set up its own booth or workshop at your event?</p> <p>Know what the sponsor wants and do your best to fulfill the request. At the same time, however, don&rsquo;t be afraid to negotiate so that what you get out of it is fair for you.</p> <p>There you have it, a guide to getting sponsors on your side. These strategies aren&rsquo;t fail-proof by any means, and you should still expect many sent proposals to go unanswered. However, these steps do make your proposal stand out from the pile of other similar sponsoring requests.</p> <p><strong><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:14px;">GUEST BLOGGER:</span></span></strong><br /> Dan McCarthy is an Event Manager at&nbsp;<a href="http://venueseeker.com" target="_blank">Venueseeker</a>, an event management company based in the UK. Dan has 5 years of event project management under his belt. He has worked on many successful events, and currently he shares his knowledge by writing on the company blog. Follow him on Twitter&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/DanCarthy2" target="_blank">@DanCarthy2</a>.</p> <p>Please do us a little favor and share this post with others, for there&rsquo;s a good chance that it will help them as they go about planning meetings and events.</p> <p><strong><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:14px;">RELATED ARTICLES</span></span></strong><br /> <a href="https://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/The-Secrets-Of-Successful-Sponsorship-Programs">The secret of successful sponsorship programs</a>.<br /> <a href="https://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/How-to-Measure-the-Success-of-Your-Conference">How to measure the success of your conference</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="border-top-left-radius: 2px; border-top-right-radius: 2px; border-bottom-right-radius: 2px; border-bottom-left-radius: 2px; text-indent: 20px; width: auto; padding: 0px 4px 0px 0px; text-align: center; font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: bold; 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She founded Minneapolis-based Hybrid Events Authority to share her hybrid meeting expertise with organizations and companies that would like to extend their content to audiences beyond the meeting room.</p> <p>She was named a Top 20 Changemaker, and has been the recipient of nearly a dozen awards from the meetings industry for her work. Presently she serves as President of the Meeting Professionals International, Minnesota Chapter, and most recently was inducted into the Minnesota Meetings and Events Hall of Fame. Steph received an undergraduate degree from Valparaiso University and an MBA from Bethel University.</p> <p>We are speaking with Steph on how companies and organization can implement hybrid strategies for their conferences and events.</p> <p><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-family:verdana,geneva,sans-serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>Listen to show host Al Wynant and guest Steph</strong></span><strong> <span style="font-size: small;">Pfeilsticker</span></strong><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong> discuss the following:</strong></span></span></span></p> <ul style="margin-left: 40px;"> <li><span style="color:#000000;">The difference between Virtual Events and Hybrid Events.</span></li> <li><span style="color:#000000;">The best types of events to be considered for a hybrid event.</span></li> <li><span style="color:#000000;">The ideal first hybrid event to try for an organization or company.</span></li> <li><span style="color:#000000;">What does a planner have to think about when preparing for a Virtual or Hybrid Event?</span></li> <li><span style="color:#000000;">How to evaluate the success of these types of meetings above the numbers of people participating?</span></li> <li><span style="color:#000000;">How our guest educates planners on the use of Hybrid Events.</span></li> <li><span style="color:#000000;">Top 3 tips for planners considering hosting a Virtual or Hybrid Event?</span></li> </ul> <p><span style="color:#000000;">Steph also shares a special offer for organizations and companies who may want to implement a Hybrid Event.</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>LISTEN TO THE SHOW</strong></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <audio controls=""><source src=" https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/eieventtalk/Event-TALK-Virtual-and-Hybrid-events-at-Eventinterface.m4a" /> Your browser does not support this audio element.</audio> </p> <p><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>CONNECT WITH STEPH PFEILSTICKER&nbsp;</strong></span></span><br /> <a href="http://www.hybrideventsauthority.com/" target="_blank">Hybrid Events Authority</a><br /> Phone: (612) 247-4420<br /> <a href="mailto:Steph@HybridEventsAuthority.com?subject=Contact%20via%20Event%20TALK">Email</a>&nbsp;<br /> <a href="https://twitter.com/Hybrid_Steph" target="_blank">Twitter</a></p> <p>Please do us a little favor and share this post with others, for there&rsquo;s a good chance that it will help them as they go about planning meetings and events.<br /> <br /> <span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>RELATED PODCAST SHOWS</strong></span></span><br /> <a href="https://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Elevate-your-Return-on-Event-through-ValueBoosting-Professional-Development-Strategies">How to elevate your return on investment through value-boosting professional development strategies</a>.<br /> <a href="https://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Top-trends-in-meeting-planning-by-trend-expert-Daniel-Levine">Top trends in meeting planning by trend expert Daniel Levine</a>.</p> <p><a href="https://calendly.com/eventinterface/demo" target="_blank"><img alt="Plan better, increase event revenue and grow your attendee engagement with Eventinterface. 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The hotel has 272 guest rooms and 12,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space.</p> <p>The hotel&rsquo;s bright, modern d&eacute;cor is distinguished by thoughtful European influences. Throughout the unique Le M&eacute;ridien Hub, guests can socialize as Nouvelle Vague music travels down the corridor showcasing curated artwork. The 24-hour fitness center allows inspiring views from the rooftop.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Le Meridien Denver Downtown Lobby, Destinations and Venues at Eventinterface" src="https://eieventimages.s3.amazonaws.com/1498429537_Le-Meridien-Denver-Lobby-at-Eventinterface.png" style="width: 848px; height: 477px;" /><br /> Hotel Lobby</p> <p>The Unlock Art program includes a complimentary tour of the <a href="https://clyffordstillmuseum.org/" target="_blank">Clyfford Still Museum</a>, tastings at Renegade Brewing, Colorado Cider Company access, a tour at Bee Squared Honey Farm, and such exclusive offerings as stirring the mash at Leopold Brothers Distillery.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Le Meridien Denver Downtown Guest Room, Destinations and Venues at Eventinterface" src="https://eieventimages.s3.amazonaws.com/1498430062_Le-Meridien-Denver-Guestroom-at-Eventinterface.png" style="width: 848px; height: 456px;" /><br /> Guest Room</p> <p><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>MEETINGS AND EVENTS</strong></span></span><br /> The hotel features 12,000 square feet of versatile function space on one level, able to accommodate events for up to 600 participants. It includes a 5,700 square feet ballroom divisible into thirds, five breakout rooms, and 4,500 square feet of pre-function space with natural lighting. The hotel also has the highest open-air rooftop bar in Denver for receptions and events.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Le Meridien Denver Downtown Ballroom, Destinations and Venues at Eventinterface" src="https://eieventimages.s3.amazonaws.com/1498429640_Le-Meridien-Denver-Ballroom-at-Eventinterface.png" style="width: 848px; height: 477px;" /><br /> Ballroom</p> <p><a href="http://www.lemeridiendenverdowntown.com" target="_blank">Hotel website</a>.<br /> Pictures and renderings courtesy of the property.<br /> <br /> Please do us a little favor and share this post with others, for there&rsquo;s a good chance that it will help them as they go about planning meetings and events.</p> <p><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>RELATED POSTS</strong></span></span><br /> <a href="https://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Oceanfront-Resort-Emerges-in-Style-Following-100-Million-Transformation">Oceanfront resort emerges in style following $100 million transformation</a>.&nbsp;<br /> <a href="https://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/8-Tips-for-Choosing-the-Perfect-Conference-Venue">8 tips for choosing the perfect conference venue</a>.</p> <p><a href="https://www.getdrip.com/forms/90104026/submissions/new" target="_blank"><img alt="Get the Eventinterface weekly newsletter for meeting and event planners filled with tools, tips and resources" src="https://eieventimages.s3.amazonaws.com/1493682107_Eventinterface-Newsletter-Ad.png" style="width: 848px; height: 350px;" /></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Le-Mridien-Denver-opening-September-14-2017 Sun, 25 Jun 2017 15:23:00 -0700 Interviews with Planners - Jamie Jones http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Interviews-with-Planners--Jamie-Jones <p>Jamie Jones has been in the industry for over 20 years! She had her own catering business, and planned meetings, weddings, and corporate events. Jamie has done everything from waiting tables and clearing those tables to now being the Director of Sales and Marketing for the Jackson Conference Center in Huntsville, AL. With a degree in Education, she taught school for a while and planned events &quot;on the side.&quot; Realizing that planning was her passion, she pursued it as a full-time career and has not been disappointed. As the Director of Sales and Marketing for the Jackson Conference Center, a stand-alone conference center, she works with a great team to fulfill her passion. Jamie also owns a flower business and arranges flowers for corporate and social events. She has found this to be another great passion and outlet for creativity, and a much-needed service for planners!</p> <p><strong>What is the best advice you have ever received as a planner?</strong><br /> Relationships are key for return business.</p> <p><strong>What is the most unique location you have ever planned an event at? What was great, what was challenging?</strong><br /> I had a farm wedding at a remote farm. We started with a piece of land! We had to get a tent, electricity from a generator, treat the grass for ants and mow the field down. It turned out beautifully and was featured in Southern Living Magazine!</p> <p><strong>What advice would you give to someone entering the business today?</strong><br /> The key to a great event is customer service. You have to answer calls quickly, be efficient, courteous and warm. Customers like being able to have a person they can call again and again, and depend on. Relationships are key.</p> <p><strong>What do you see as the most challenging aspect of being a planner, and how do you overcome that challenge?</strong><br /> There will always be a newer, shinier meeting space that comes along. It is important to make your customer want to continue to come to you by offering great customer service that cannot be matched.</p> <p><a href="https://calendly.com/eventinterface/demo" target="_blank"><img alt="Plan better, increase event revenue and grow your attendee engagement with Eventinterface. Request your demo." src="https://eieventimages.s3.amazonaws.com/1493763120_Eventinterface-demo-request-attendee.png" style="width: 848px; height: 250px;" /></a></p> <p><strong>How do you think our industry will evolve in the next five years?</strong><br /> I have seen the industry become more automated, but I think that is why &quot;old school&quot; meeting and event planners are more successful. They know the beauty of relationships and understand that most customers will go where they are appreciated and known.</p> <p><strong>What makes you successful as a planner?</strong><br /> <span style="font-family:inherit;">I love my customers. I truly love what I do and look forward to going to work. I believe my customers see that. I have a relationship with them and I know what their likes and dislikes are, and know what they need before they do.&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 12.8px; font-variant-ligatures: normal; orphans: 2; widows: 2;">Also, having the necessary support is key and I work with an incredibly talented, motivated team.&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p><strong>In your opinion, what is the best and worst industry trend of the year?</strong><br /> What I have witnessed:</p> <ul style="margin-left: 40px;"> <li>Worst: Less employee recognition events.</li> <li>Best: More industry updates.</li> </ul> <p><strong>What is the best industry book that has helped you as a planner?</strong><br /> Not sure it is an &quot;industry book&quot; but it was quite insightful as a leader: &quot;<a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0786881267/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=0786881267&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=ventinterface-20&amp;linkId=a5828f28018219d49f1add1986861382" target="_blank">Jesus, CEO: Using Ancient Wisdom for Visionary Leadership</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="//ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=ventinterface-20&amp;l=am2&amp;o=1&amp;a=0786881267" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" width="1" />&quot; by Laurie Beth Jones.</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="//ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&amp;OneJS=1&amp;Operation=GetAdHtml&amp;MarketPlace=US&amp;source=ac&amp;ref=tf_til&amp;ad_type=product_link&amp;tracking_id=ventinterface-20&amp;marketplace=amazon&amp;region=US&amp;placement=0786881267&amp;asins=0786881267&amp;linkId=320e67f2e971fd6bf78458f377e927e0&amp;show_border=true&amp;link_opens_in_new_window=true&amp;price_color=333333&amp;title_color=585252&amp;bg_color=ffffff" style="width:120px;height:240px;"></iframe></p> <p><strong>CONNECT WITH JAMIE</strong><br /> Jamie Jones<br /> Director of Sales and Marketing<br /> <a href="http://www.jacksoncenter.net/" target="_blank">Jackson Conference Center</a><br /> Phone Number:&nbsp;256.327.9695<br /> <a href="http://linkedin.com/in/jamie-jones-1b04b6143" target="_blank">LinkedIn</a><br /> Affiliations and Memberships: AUSA, NDIA, and Women in Defense</p> <p>Please do us a little favor and share this post with others, for there&rsquo;s a good chance that it will help them as they go about planning meetings and events.</p> <p><strong>RELATED POSTS:</strong><br /> <a href="https://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Interviews-with-Planners-Jenna-Worrell">Interview with Planners: Jenna Worrell</a><br /> Like to share your story? 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During this hour-long virtual event, we will unveil new features, enhancements, and updated dashboards for planners and attendees. And, we will have a little trivia fun with prizes as well.</p> <p>Register for our launch event <a href="https://www.eventinterface.com/registration?eventid=eventinterface3launch&amp;t=rd" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p>Subscribe to event updates and our newsletter below.</p> <p><a href="https://www.getdrip.com/forms/90104026/submissions/new" target="_blank"><img alt="Get the Eventinterface weekly newsletter for meeting and event planners filled with tools, tips and resources" src="https://eieventimages.s3.amazonaws.com/1493682107_Eventinterface-Newsletter-Ad.png" style="width: 848px; height: 350px;" /></a></p> http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Eventinterface-30-launching-July-2017 Thu, 22 Jun 2017 12:38:00 -0700 Top tips for planning your event security http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Top-tips-for-planning-your-event-security <p>Meeting and event professionals are very much aware of the security challenges generated by bringing people together. They plan for accidents, venue problems, protesters, weather related issues, and much more. In recent days, we have been confronted once again by televised images of terror being inflicted on participants at events, walking a bridge or attending a meeting. These situations make us painfully aware how vulnerable event attendees can be to a wide variety of security threats. In this post, we take another look at event security, and the role meeting and event professionals, and their security partners play in keeping attendees safe.</p> <p>We spoke with security experts, meeting and event professionals to gather advice, techniques and best practices to implement as you plan your event security. One piece of advice stood out most: planning event security is not a task that should be accomplished in isolation. Planning for security involves a wide variety of stakeholders, and they should be engaged at the beginning of the event or conference planning process.</p> <p><strong>Mark Deane, CEO with<a href="https://www.ets-riskmanagement.com/" target="_blank"> ETS Risk Management</a></strong> brings years of experience to this conversation. Since Founding ETS, the company has become a leading provider of risk management and security services to multiple high-level corporate and VIP clients - including Fortune 10, Ultra High Net Worth&rsquo;s, Energy companies, and multiple Fortune 500 organizations.&nbsp;Mark is a risk management&nbsp;specialist whose experience stems from his career working as an Operational Officer for the British Government. This sound operational knowledge is complemented with his extensive experience of planning, managing and implementing numerous&nbsp;security and risk management&nbsp;operations at both a government, and corporate level.&nbsp;</p> <p>When starting the planning process, Mark advises planners to look at a number of key points. Planners and their security partners should first and foremost have a good understanding of the goals and objectives of the event. What are the organizers trying to communicate and who are the participants attending the event?</p> <p>Next, organizers need to develop a comprehensive risk assessment of all the threats and dangers to the event and the participants, and understand these extremely well. This is where the experience of a security professional can greatly benefit the organizer.</p> <p>Mark recommends that the following risks areas should be assessed during this process:</p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><strong>Political and social risks</strong></span></span><br /> This includes threats of protest and terrorist activities. An event itself may not be at risk, the location however may pose an elevated risk. Think about recent attacks in Paris, London and Brussels. Your venue may be well-protected, but how do you protect your participants after event hours? Is the event a LGBTQ-themed gathering, a minority event, an event with an underlying threat from anyone? Has a regional government enacted a law that is perceived to be discriminatory against a group of people? Think about the bathroom and immigration bills passed in recent years and how those affected events. You will need to be fully aware of these risks and plan accordingly.</p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><strong>Venue risks</strong></span></span><br /> Venue risks are many. You will need a clear understanding of all venue entry and exit points. How porous is the venue? How are people getting in and out of your venue? How will you vet and credential staff, volunteers, attendees, VIPs, entertainers&hellip;? How will you guide attendees through the venue and control their credentials? Are there enough exit points in case of an emergency? Are you thinking about leaving enough space to manage emergencies? Can the venue be accessed by climbing fences, through loading docks and other porous points, and if so, how will you manage these risks? Is the venue easily accessible by first responders in case of an emergency? Does the venue have onsite security staff, and what are they responsible for? How can your security team work with the venue&rsquo;s team? Who will be the liaison between venue security, law enforcement and the event?</p> <p>It is key to realize that venues have their own agenda when it comes to security and it is the planner&rsquo;s and security expert&rsquo;s responsibility to understand that agenda. Venue security will be focused on protecting venue assets, perhaps not so much your event&rsquo;s assets and guests.</p> <p>As an organizer, you open yourself up, and your guests, to certain vulnerabilities by solely relying on venue security. Hotel security teams are generally not executive protection specialists. You will have to work with an outside security specialist to manage risks associated with your high-level guests.</p> <p>When selecting a venue, understand who else will be using the venue at the same time your event is being hosted. There may be conflicts of interest by competing groups. There may be organizations with opposing viewpoints that may cause unrest at the venue? How will you be able to manage these clashes, and protect your event and participants? &nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><strong>Attendee Risks</strong></span></span><br /> It is key to understand all of your event participants, from attendees to staff and volunteers. Know your people! Events attended by a head of state may require all other attendees, staff and volunteers to be vetted in order to attend the event.</p> <p>Should a CEO of a company be a keynote speaker, and some unrest is brewing at the company, the risk of staged interruptions or protests becomes real. What about a local employee who was recently fired and who has threatened to shoot the CEO? How will you plan for this?</p> <p><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>CREDENTIALS AND TECHNOLOGY</strong></span></span></p> <p>Mark advises that planners must decide who and how to credential early on in the planning and risk assessment process. Will you provide simple name badges to attendees, or more sophisticated RFID badging systems for attendees, backstage, back of house, speakers, VIPs, volunteers, and staff?&nbsp; How will you vet people, manage and control all access and exit points? With badges and RFID technology, visual control is still needed, and you will need to plan for this.</p> <p>Planners can now also implement biometric check-in at events to control access to the event as a whole, individual sessions, or specific meeting rooms based on visual identification. <a href="https://www.Eventinterface.com">Eventinterface</a> offers this solution increasing security and speed of check in.</p> <p><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>Why work with a security company versus solely relying on venue security?</strong></span></span></p> <p>A good outside security company brings an objective eye and real world experience to your event. Experts will understand your event security staffing needs, how and where to assign staff to manage security. They will help you look at the many layers of security and bring the expertise to evaluate, plan and execute your event security plan. An event security company should be consulted right at the start of the planning process. This insures that you will not operate in isolation, and it will assure that you have a cohesive security plan in place for your conference or event.</p> <p>Planners tend to falter when assigning people to security or relying on venue security alone. It does not help throwing people at a problem without fully understanding the risk. A security expert will help you plan the correct number of staff, and where to assign that staff. And, it is important to realize that security staff plays a much bigger role than simply guarding an access point. Security staff are the first and last people your attendees will interact with at your event. They assist with traffic flow, lost and found, logistics and everything that goes along with those aspects of your event.</p> <p><strong>Steven Smith, Founder and President of <a href="https://guardiandefenseplan.com/" target="_blank">Guardian Defense</a></strong> in Florida specializes in active shooter training, workshops and classes that help organizations, companies and individuals prepare for the unthinkable, a person entering your event with weapons to harm or kill your attendees.</p> <p>Steven too recommends that the event risk assessment should be conducted right at the start of the planning process. Planners with their security partners should have a clear understanding of the type of event that is being planned. How many people will be at the event? 100 or 10,000? This number will dictate the resources needed to manage security.</p> <p>Is the event a concert, political rally, a gathering with religious motivations? Is the event private or heavily marketed? A general admission event, ticketed or by invite only? Who will be the people attending the event, the speakers, VIP guests? Have threats been made against the event or any of the guests? Counter protests? Have there been issues at the event in the past, or at similar events in other communities? What may be issues related to the venue? Entry and exits? Is there room for emergency responders?</p> <p>Once you have a clear picture of all of your risks you can start assigning resources to manage these risks. Based on the assessment of the site, event and population, determine the resources needed. Do we need uniformed law enforcement? Off duty cops? Unarmed security? Do you need a K9 sweep of your event to look for explosives? Assign a safety team leader or security advisor with experience in the field to help you plan, evaluate, staff and manage your event security. The mission of any event is to host a fantastic and safe gathering. The safety of your attendees is paramount.</p> <p><strong><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:14px;">Active shooter response</span></span></strong><br /> Active shooter situations are perhaps one of the hardest risks to prepare for. Steven recommend five immediate actions in the case of this type of crisis:</p> <ul style="margin-left: 40px;"> <li>Evacuate</li> <li>Evade</li> <li>Isolate</li> <li>Secure</li> <li>Defend</li> </ul> <p>The order of these actions may depend on the individual situation. The best way is to evacuate immediately. Planners and security teams can however prepare for prevention. Create a &ldquo;see something, say something&rdquo; culture at events. Insure that all entry points are controlled and conduct bag checks. Temporary water barricades can be brought in to prevent vehicles being used as weapons. Venues must also insure that escape routes are available, with doors unlocked so attendees can escape to a safe place.</p> <p><a href="https://calendly.com/eventinterface/demo" target="_blank"><img alt="Plan better, increase event revenue and grow your attendee engagement with Eventinterface. Request your demo." src="https://eieventimages.s3.amazonaws.com/1493762111_Eventinterface-demo-request.png" style="width: 848px; height: 350px;" /></a></p> <p><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>AND NOW FROM THE PLANNER SIDE</strong></span></span></p> <p>Planners bring years of security experience to this discussion. <strong>Jody-Ann Rowe with <a href="http://www.eventcertificate.com" target="_blank">Event Certificate</a></strong> in Toronto shares her experience:</p> <p>When planning for emergencies or hazards that could occur during an event it is essential to follow this simple rule: Find it, Assess it, Fix it.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:14px;">FIND IT</span></span>&nbsp;</strong><br /> What this means is that emergencies will happen and they will be beyond your control, however, what you can do is forecast potential issues. Find all the possible scenarios that could go wrong at the event and make a list. You will need to work with your venue staff, stakeholders or experts who can advise you on your risk status.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:14px;">ASSESS IT&nbsp;</span></span></strong><br /> Once you have a list of potential scenarios that could affect the security of your event you will need to assess the risk. On a scale of 1 to 10, try rating the &lsquo;likelihood&rsquo; of this scenario occurring and the potential consequences.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:14px;">FIX IT&nbsp;</span></span></strong><br /> With a list of potential emergencies and their risk rating in place, you will now need to fix it. This means you will need to identify practical measures that can be put in place to eliminate or control the emergency should it happen.</p> <p>For example: If you are hosting a Chef Battle BBQ event, one of the most easily identifiable emergencies would be related to fire, since you will be outdoors with flames and flammable materials. Knowing this, and identifying the high probability of this occurrence means that you can ensure that a Fire Marshall is present at the event, that your venue is equipped with fire safety equipment and you can also order fire extinguishers for the event to control the fire should it ever occur.</p> <p><strong>Jacinda Knightner, Onsite Experience Manager&nbsp;</strong><strong>with <a href="http://www.redvelvetevents.com/" target="_blank">Red Velvet Events </a></strong>shares:</p> <p>When beginning the process of emergency preparedness for any event, Red Velvet Events starts by making an emergency exit plan based on the specific venue the event will be located at. We establish two sets of rally points for guests to meet at if we were to evacuate. We put a map and a detailed diagram together and make sure that the client, vendors, and venue are all on the same page in case of an emergency.</p> <p>We establish a chain of command as well. Specifying who will call emergency authorities, who will alert the venue, who will alert guests, etc. It is very important to make sure that all staff members who are assigned to a role within the chain of command know all processes and steps.</p> <p>We make sure to have thought-out plans for several different emergency scenarios.</p> <p>We work with the City and the local Police Department to make sure that we are aware of other large events that are happening in the area and inquire if they are politically charged. It&#39;s very important be aware of other events, as an emergency could happen during another event but could affect your own if they are close enough in proximity.</p> <p>We make sure to have security at events that require security and make sure that our staff is always aware of who is in our event or around our event. We want to make sure that only attendees are allowed in and that we are creating a safe environment for our guests.</p> <p>In our emergency plan, we include: a detailed diagram with exit strategies and rally points, all local emergencies numbers (police, hospital, gas and water lines, etc.), our designated chain of command and the specific role each person has, guest counts, and vendor counts.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Heather Hess&nbsp;with <a href="http://www.hesscoinnovations.com/" target="_blank">Hessco Roadside Assistance &amp; Towing Innovations</a></strong> in Jacksonville, Florida&nbsp;shares helpful advice from a different angle:</p> <p>Event safety&nbsp;begins and ends with uninterrupted vehicle traffic flow. Traffic flow is&nbsp;important for all events.&nbsp;The best laid plans can be foiled by an overheated engine, a flat&nbsp;tire, or other vehicle breakdown issues. These things happen at the worst time and&nbsp;always in the worst place. The last thing any event or meeting planner needs is&nbsp;for traffic to be backed up at the front entrance of the event because of a vehicle&nbsp;breakdown.</p> <p>A tip for event planners is to have a reliable towing company on&nbsp;standby. Not just a phone number of somebody you found in passing, but&nbsp;an established relationship with a trusted local business. Take the time to&nbsp;let your local towing company know where your event is hosted, when your&nbsp;event begins, and how long your event is planned for. Always make sure the tow truck is ready at least an&nbsp;hour before the event starts.</p> <p>Call the towing company in advance with all the&nbsp;pertinent event information. If an&nbsp;event is really large, a tow truck onsite for the duration can be helpful with jump starts and other mechanical issues your guests may experience arriving or departing the event. While subscription roadside service plans may be a good option, it can take hours for a truck to show up. When hosting an event and speed is of the essence, a tow on call is a great option.</p> <p>Please do us a little favor and share this post with others, for there&rsquo;s a good chance that it will help them as they go about planning meetings and events.</p> <p><strong>RELATED POSTS</strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Top-Tips-To-Prevent-Event-Emergencies">Top tips to prevent event emergencies</a>.<br /> <a href="https://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Preventing-And-Preparing-For-Risks-Associated-With-Events">Preventing and preparing for risks associated with events</a>.<br /> <a href="https://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Snow-Hurricanes-And-Haboobs-Planning-For-Weather-At-Your-Events">Snow, hurricanes and haboobs. Planning for weather at your events</a>.</p> <p><a href="https://www.getdrip.com/forms/90104026/submissions/new" target="_blank"><img alt="Get the Eventinterface weekly newsletter for meeting and event planners filled with tools, tips and resources" src="https://eieventimages.s3.amazonaws.com/1493682107_Eventinterface-Newsletter-Ad.png" style="width: 848px; height: 350px;" /></a></p> http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Top-tips-for-planning-your-event-security Tue, 20 Jun 2017 19:50:00 -0700 Interviews with Planners - Jenna Worrell http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Interviews-with-Planners--Jenna-Worrell <p>Jenna is the Sales &amp; Marketing Coordinator at Visit Bucks County. She is in charge of helping B2B marketers plan their events! Jenna attends networking tradeshows, works with group, meeting, sport and wedding planners to bring their business into Bucks County. She plans large industry events, such as the annual Visit Bucks County Meeting Planner Event and Visit Bucks County Wedding Show, throughout the county.</p> <p><strong>What is the best advice you have ever received as a planner?</strong><br /> I think it&rsquo;s important to envision the &lsquo;big picture&rsquo; of an event, but to also visualize and set smaller pictures goals to create a plan of action for implementation. I have learned it is important to take things one step at a time and not have unreal expectations for everything to run perfectly smooth. It&rsquo;s important to be prepared for something to go not as anticipated.</p> <p><strong>What is the most unique location you have ever planned an event at? What was great, what was challenging?&nbsp;</strong><br /> I recently planned a public event at a local college. The most challenging part was working with a venue that did not have catering, nor an event staff on-site to help plan and host the event. Not only was my job to put together all of the content and programming of the event, but also all of the logistical pieces. It was a great venue space for the event and suited the needs to reach consumers, but working with an in-house team would have alleviated some of the challenges faced. This was the first time we brought back this event in five years so estimating the turn out for a free event open to the public was a challenge. It&rsquo;s very important to consider crowd control, signage direction, and other safety factors for the event.</p> <p><strong>What advice would you give to someone entering the business today?</strong><br /> Experience is everything. I think getting your hands dirty in the industry is the best way to prepare yourself for this business. Relationships are everything, so making meaningful connections in the early onset of your career will pave the road to success.</p> <p><a href="https://calendly.com/eventinterface/demo" target="_blank"><img alt="Plan better, increase event revenue and grow your attendee engagement with Eventinterface. Request your demo." src="https://eieventimages.s3.amazonaws.com/1493763120_Eventinterface-demo-request-attendee.png" style="width: 848px; height: 250px;" /></a><br /> <br /> <strong>What do you see as the most challenging aspect of being a planner, and how do you overcome that challenge?</strong><br /> One of the most challenging aspects of being a planner is handling so many different opinions &ndash; the phrase &ldquo;you can&rsquo;t please everyone&rdquo; comes into play here. To handle this, we have an events-based committee of like-minded individuals to discuss the event throughout the various planning stages.</p> <p><strong>How do you think our industry will evolve in the next five years?</strong><br /> I think e-marketing will be even more prominent than ever and tradeshows and networking events will fizzle out as we enter a more digital age.</p> <p><strong>What makes you successful as a planner?</strong><br /> The ability to remain calm, prepare for imperfections, seek alternatives, think proactively, and be organized, creative, imaginative, and make the event something memorable for all involved. Own the event &ndash; make it yours!</p> <p><strong>In your opinion, what is the best and worst industry trend of the year?</strong><br /> I think the best industry trend is creating events to be an overall &ldquo;experience&rdquo; that leaves guests wowed and with a distinctive memory. I think with the increase in technology, there is less of a &lsquo;need&rsquo; for event attendees to physically go to an event, when they have access to everything with the internet right at the tip of their fingers.</p> <p><strong>What is the best industry book that has helped you as a planner?</strong><br /> I wouldn&rsquo;t say a particular book but being a member of affiliations, organizations, and companies, and just being included on their industry e-mails and threads has been extremely valuable to grow in the business. It&rsquo;s helped me learned current news, trends, and happenings in the industry.</p> <p><strong>CONNECT WITH JENNA</strong><br /> Jenna Worrell<br /> Sales &amp; Marketing Coordinator<br /> <a href="http://www.visitbuckscounty.com" target="_blank">Visit Bucks County</a><br /> <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/company/visit-bucks-county" target="_blank">LinkedIn</a><br /> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/VisitBucksPA/" target="_blank">Facebook</a><br /> <a href="https://twitter.com/VisitBucksPA" target="_blank">Twitter</a><br /> <strong>Affiliations and Memberships:</strong><br /> MPI - Philadelphia Chapter, local business chambers, HSMAI, DI</p> <p><em>Lead in picture Snow at Fonthill Castle courtesy of Visit Bucks County.</em></p> <p>Please do us a little favor and share this post with others, for there&rsquo;s a good chance that it will help them as they go about planning meetings and events.</p> <p><strong>RELATED POSTS</strong><br /> <a href="https://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Interviews-with-Planners-PS-IVES">Interviews with Planners &ndash; PS Ives</a><br /> <a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeScGW0jBa6kxuRjBNGaVFyoOIh0ZZkM3DSiMArjlHeM1w7Xw/viewform?c=0&amp;w=1">Submit your own Interviews with Planners</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.getdrip.com/forms/90104026/submissions/new" target="_blank"><img alt="Get the Eventinterface weekly newsletter for meeting and event planners filled with tools, tips and resources" src="https://eieventimages.s3.amazonaws.com/1493682107_Eventinterface-Newsletter-Ad.png" style="width: 848px; height: 350px;" /></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Interviews-with-Planners--Jenna-Worrell Thu, 08 Jun 2017 05:00:00 -0700 How to get the best out of a conference http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/How-to-get-the-best-out-of-a-conference <p>If you have visited a conference lately, you will understand that a conference is an excellent opportunity to meet with others in the same line of work as you. There are many networking and relationship building opportunities, and you need to know how you can get the best out of them. You can point them to your website, hand out business cards and form long lasting business relations. You could also build a lasting relationship by offering them a reseller program from <a href="https://certahosting.co.uk/reseller-hosting/" target="_blank">certahosting.co.uk</a>.</p> <p>Here are a few ways you can develop new business deals and clients at a conference.</p> <p><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>SET YOUR GOALS</strong></span></span><br /> Before you attend a conference, think about what you wish to achieve when there. What are your objectives and whom do you want to talk to at the event? You might be thinking of branching into a new area, or trying to network with different suppliers. Your main goal may be to expand your brand&rsquo;s recognition. Whatever you choose to do, make sure you have a clear understanding before you go.</p> <p><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>PLAN YOUR EVENT</strong></span></span><br /> You might have thoughts about visiting many people at the conference, so it is a good idea to plan your day. Why not do some research about who will be attending the event? Write down all the names and where they will be located. Find out when all your people are free and make a point of going to see them during this time. Also, write a plan of all the panels and presentations going on that you want to see, so you do not miss anything.</p> <p><strong><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:16px;">EMAIL THE ATTENDEES</span></span></strong><br /> It might be a good thing to <a href="https://www.netmanners.com/e-mail-etiquette-tips/" target="_blank">email the people</a> you want to see in advance. This will break the ice and also help to arrange a time to meet them. This applies especially to people who may be attending shows throughout the day. However, refrain from contacting more people than you can realistically see in the day, or you might miss people. This will reflect poorly on your organizational skills.</p> <p><strong><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:16px;">DRESS SMART</span></span></strong><br /> You want to make sure that you are dressed in the right way for the event. Take a look at the event website and see what the dress code might be. You should be smartly dressed and carry some deodorant and mints with you, as it can get sweltering in a venue as the day goes on.</p> <p><strong><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:16px;">MEETING WITH PEOPLE</span></span></strong><br /> It is important to greet the people you are meeting respectfully and calmly, you need to introduce yourself and tell them a little about yourself. They might not have much time, so you will need to be quick. Also, hand out <a href="https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/225962" target="_blank">business cards</a> and remember to keep any they give to you.</p> <p>With these ideas, you should be able to meet with your potential clients and create useful links with other businesses. You will then be on your way to building your network of customers.&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>RELATED POSTS</strong></span></span><br /> <a href="https://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/How-to-engage-all-generations-at-your-conferences">How to engage all generations at your conferences</a>.<br /> <a href="https://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/5-Tips-to-Make-the-Most-of-Your-Conference-Connections" target="_blank">5 tips to make the most of your conference connections</a>.<br /> Please do us a little favor and share this post with others, for there&rsquo;s a good chance that it will help them as they go about planning meetings and events.</p> <p><a href="https://calendly.com/eventinterface/demo" target="_blank"><img alt="Plan better, increase event revenue and grow your attendee engagement with Eventinterface. Request your demo." src="https://eieventimages.s3.amazonaws.com/1493762111_Eventinterface-demo-request.png" style="width: 848px; height: 350px;" /></a></p> http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/How-to-get-the-best-out-of-a-conference Wed, 07 Jun 2017 12:59:00 -0700 Interviews with Planners – PS Ives http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Interviews-with-Planners--PS-Ives <p>PS Ives co-founded Space in the Raw in 2015 after 10 years as venue broker locating unique spaces for the event industry. Space in the Raw aims to match properties that are on the market long term with planners and events. Working with blue chip companies like Google, Nike, Microsoft and Sony, she recognized a gap in the event industry. Increasingly, companies want to create one of a kind brand experiences and request unique event spaces to make this a reality.</p> <p>Building her career, turning traditional real estate into event spaces and launching the popular venue, Location 05 in 2011, PS was inspired to co-found Space in the Raw. Space in the Raw focuses on transforming vacant real estate for short-term commitments. She believes that whatever clients envision, Space in the Raw can create it.<br /> <br /> <strong>What is the best advice you have ever received as a planner?</strong><br /> Always have solutions in mind for the unexpected. Never assume things will go perfectly, but try and shelter your clients from the wrath when possible.</p> <p><strong>What is the most unique location you have ever planned an event at? What was great, what was challenging?</strong><br /> 23 Wall Street was the former J.P. Morgan headquarters on Wall Street in New York City. This space is a 60,000 square feet shell of a building that was stripped of everything it once was, the remaining bones however were extraordinary. There was no HVAC, running water, and the building was located in the security zone of The New York Stock Exchange, making any type of load in extremely difficult due to heightened security in the neighborhood.</p> <p>We hosted several notable events in this space. One that stood out was Michael Jordan&#39;s 30th Anniversary for Air Jordan in February 2014. This ended up being the coldest day of the year, with many moving and changing parts, including the headline act, Prince. The greatest challenge was working in this bare space to create the illusion of a grand event room. A strong team and a room full of problem solvers made this event the &quot;party of the year&quot; amongst the celebrity set.</p> <p><strong>What advice would you give to someone entering the business today?</strong><br /> Know what you are selling as its very easy to talk up the dream but can you deliver what you promise? You get one shot with your clients to create a first impression. Make it a good one so that you can grow in a business that is based on reputation and your ability to execute.</p> <p><strong>What do you see as the most challenging aspect of being a planner, and how do you overcome that challenge?</strong><br /> Working as a team and relying on others is key to a successful event. Knowing who has strengths in what area of the event is important. Trusting individuals you place in the position to execute certain elements of the event can be a great challenge. The best way to navigate through this is through trial and error and with a backup plan in place.</p> <p><a href="https://calendly.com/eventinterface/demo" target="_blank"><img alt="Plan better, increase event revenue and grow your attendee engagement with Eventinterface. Request your demo." src="https://eieventimages.s3.amazonaws.com/1493763120_Eventinterface-demo-request-attendee.png" style="width: 848px; height: 250px;" /></a></p> <p><strong>How do you think our industry will evolve in the next five years?</strong><br /> Events as a whole are getting more and more creative. As a planner, you will need to be a step ahead with great ideas that will resonate with your clients and be remembered by the attendees. Starting with the space the event is held in, the food that is served, to the parting experience.</p> <p><strong>What makes you successful as a planner?</strong><br /> Relationships and being true to my business model and clients. Never sell what you don&#39;t believe in as it will eventually show. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>In your opinion, what is the best and worst industry trend of the year?&nbsp;</strong><br /> The best industry trend is the search for creative spaces to hold events rather than going back to the space that has been dressed a million times over.</p> <p>The worst trend is thinking that short cuts will get you to the same results as putting the work into it.</p> <p><strong>What is the best industry book that has helped you as a planner?</strong><br /> That would be &quot;<a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1599324385/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=1599324385&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=ventinterface-20&amp;linkId=1e818e3f0ae0bc619fc5ff8587422ac5" target="_blank">Hyper Sales Growth: Street-Proven Systems &amp; Processes. How to Grow Quickly &amp; Profitably</a>&quot;&nbsp;by Jack Daly.</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="//ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&amp;OneJS=1&amp;Operation=GetAdHtml&amp;MarketPlace=US&amp;source=ac&amp;ref=tf_til&amp;ad_type=product_link&amp;tracking_id=ventinterface-20&amp;marketplace=amazon&amp;region=US&amp;placement=1599324385&amp;asins=1599324385&amp;linkId=4b8d6dc6dcf01eac1638d5248e9da930&amp;show_border=true&amp;link_opens_in_new_window=true&amp;price_color=333333&amp;title_color=585252&amp;bg_color=ffffff" style="width:120px;height:240px;"></iframe></p> <p><strong>CONNECT WITH PS</strong><br /> PS Ives<br /> Co- Founder<br /> <a href="http://www.spaceintheraw.com/" target="_blank">Space in the Raw</a><br /> Phone: (212) 645-9090<br /> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/spaceintherawnyc/" target="_blank">Facebook</a>&nbsp;<br /> <a href="https://twitter.com/spaceintheraw" target="_blank">Twitter</a>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>RELATES POSTS</strong><br /> <a href="https://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Interviews-with-Planners-Jake-Clements">Interviews with Planners &ndash; Jake Clements</a><br /> <a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeScGW0jBa6kxuRjBNGaVFyoOIh0ZZkM3DSiMArjlHeM1w7Xw/viewform?c=0&amp;w=1" target="_blank">Submit your own Interviews with Planners</a></p> <p>Please do us a little favor and share this post with others, for there&rsquo;s a good chance that it will help them as they go about planning meetings and events.</p> <p><a href="https://www.getdrip.com/forms/90104026/submissions/new" target="_blank"><img alt="Get the Eventinterface weekly newsletter for meeting and event planners filled with tools, tips and resources" src="https://eieventimages.s3.amazonaws.com/1493682107_Eventinterface-Newsletter-Ad.png" style="width: 848px; height: 350px;" /></a></p> <p><span style="border-top-left-radius: 2px; border-top-right-radius: 2px; border-bottom-right-radius: 2px; border-bottom-left-radius: 2px; text-indent: 20px; width: auto; padding: 0px 4px 0px 0px; text-align: center; font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: bold; 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