Today we’re tackling luxury experiences and events all the way from…a luxury location! This week’s #EventIcons looks even better than usual, coming directly from The Resort at Pelican Hill. This wonderful place is the epitome of the word lavish. Surrounded by the most beautiful views, imposing villas, and quite a bit to teach when it comes to luxury experiences and events.
Today on a more serious note, we’re talking about physical safety and security at events. This is one of the most important topics to cover, and especially nowadays. There’s always so much to think about when you’re playing an event, right? It’s a rollercoaster, it seems like everything might go wrong, and there’s not enough room space in your brain to worry about every single detail. But there’s one thing that event planners must always keep in mind! And that’s exactly the safety of their attendees.
You might be wondering just exactly what this means. What does security at events entail? Sounds like a broad enough topic, and also a very costly thing. But if you know what to expect, and what the best practices are, you’re good. From that point on, you’re ready to put together an event that won’t just be successful, it’ll be safe and secure!
- Safety at Events – What Every Event Planner Needs to Know – #EventIcons Episode 74
- Event Safety Alliance
Endless has been out and about lately – more precisely, around IMEX Frankfurt. This week, we’ve already brought you a very special edition of Event Tech Podcast. But there are so many cool new things to go over, one episode simply wouldn’t cut it! With that in mind, today we bring you an extra spicy edition of #EventIcons.
Our hosts Will Curran, Brandt Krueger, Alex Plaxen and Lindsay Martin-Bilbrey put together an anthology series just for you. It’s the official Greatest Hits of IMEX Frankfurt! So, be ready for an exciting hour, featuring enough icons to leave you starstruck. This international exhibition allowed us to sit down with people from all walks of the event industry. There are nuggets of information and knowledge everywhere, so start taking notes. Jump onboard of this week’s #EventIcons, and learn from the experts that got together in the wonderful stage that is IMEX Frankfurt!
- MCI Group
- Positive Impact Events
- IMEX Facebook
- IMEX Twitter
- IMEX Youtube
- Live From IMEX 2018 – #EventIcons Episode 135
- IMEX America: USA’s Largest Meetings Industry Trade Show – #EventIcons Episode 33
- Imagination + the #EventCanvas at #IMEX19 boost event design practitioners in Frankfurt
We’re about to get down to the nitty and gritty of behavioral science in event design! This topic will probably send every event professional into overdrive. At the end of the day, events are all about people. Events are about changing behaviors. And behavioral science teaches us about people, what they want, want excites them, and why. As such, knowing these things can be a true game-changer when it comes to event design.
And to help us dive deep into behavioral science in event design, today we welcome Nick Borelli. Nick is the founder of Borelli Strategies, and he dedicates his life and career to improving the experiences of event attendees. Through consulting and guidance, he gives event profs all the tools to elevate their professional undertakings.
- Top Event Tech Trends in 2019 – #EventIcons Episode 143
- Predictably Irrational, Revised and Expanded Edition: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions
- Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness
- Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data
- Thinking, Fast and Slow
So, it’s no secret that everybody loves gifts, right? They’re a fantastic way to send a message to someone, whether it’s a special occasion or not. However, when we start to talk about gifts in the context of business, things get a little more complex. Curious to find out how you can turn your clients into your own personal sales force to drive exponential growth? Take a seat and press play.
- Never Lose A Customer Again by Joey Coleman
- Give And Take by Adam Grant
- Seth Godin’s Blog
- Our Favorite Gifts for Event Professionals
This week’s #EventIcons continues on the topic of event design. Last Wednesday we dove into design thinking and its impact on events. And to take it a step further, today we’re introducing the #EventCanvas methodology! Now, as everyone knows, designing an event is stressful. Not only is it stressful, but it’s also unbelievably time-consuming. This is exactly the part where having processes in place can make a world of a difference! However, putting the machine to work can be hard if you have no idea where to start…
- Event Design Handbook – Systematically design innovative events using the #EventCanvas
- Event Canvas Download
- CIRKUSTÄLT Children’s tent
- Event Design Handbook: Systematically Design Innovative Events using the #EventCanvas
On today’s #EventIcons, we’re taking a closer look at how to plan an event without visiting the venue using AR and VR in events. During a very recent episode of the Event Tech Podcast, Will Curran and Brandt Krueger already tackled a similar topic. However, it’s never quite enough! When considering all the unbelievable potential of AR and VR in events, endless (Endless? Get it?) possibilities for discussion are out there. And this week, we’ll jump on the topic of venues, and what AR and VR can mean in this context.
The advancements we’re witnessing in technology are staggering. And while the event industry might be a little slow in adopting some trends, attention should be paid to how our lives as event planners can change. One of the amazing possibilities of AR and VR is paying virtual visits to potential venues while simulating experiences. The concept alone is mesmerizing, and the number of resources that can be saved is more than appealing.
This week’s episode of #EventIcons will tackle the amazing world of design thinking for events. Your favorite podcast will have a few episodes dedicated to design, and how it impacts the world of events coming up. As such, today we’re talking all about design thinking, and how this solution-based approach can be an asset for event planners. When it comes to planning, the eyes should always be on the prize – and in this case, the prize is your attendee experience.
- Mural – Design Thinking Online
- The Ten Faces Of Innovation
- Cibola Systems
- The Art of Gathering by Priya Parker
- OpenIDEO Challenges
- Design Thinking USA
- A Virtual Crash Course In Design Thinking
- AVIXA Three Day Courses
So, you’ve heard of a play within a play, but when was the last time you heard about a podcast within a podcast? Okay, perhaps the Shakespearean element doesn’t quite fit here. However, today’s episode of our podcast is, indeed, about podcasts. More specifically, podcasts and events.
It seems like every way you turn, someone has their own podcast going on. But there’s still quite a gap in the industry when it comes to bringing podcasts and events together. Why is this the case, considering there’s so much this form of content can give companies?
- EP. 277: ALEX PLAXEN, THE YES MAN OF HITTING GOALS, THE WOW MAN OF SOCIAL MEDIA
- Zoom Handheld Recorder
- Shure SM7 Microphones
- iIsotope RX7
- Hubspot & Gmail Integration
A couple of weeks ago, #EventIcons was all about Meetings Mean Business, the coalition behind Global Meetings Industry Day. As one of the most important days of the year for the event business, GMID joins professionals from across six continents and over forty countries in events all over the world. In fact, the purpose of the Global Meetings Industry Day is for everyone involved to celebrate the tremendous worth and economic impact of the industry.
Ahead of this remarkable date, Lindsay Martin-Bilbrey sits down with two very special guests for this week’s #EventIcons. First, we welcome Tracey Smith, a longtime meeting planner who now leads the world’s largest association of senior-level meeting & event planners, SPIN. Joining them is Cathy Breden, an executive VP and COO of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) In addition to this, she currently serves as the CEO for the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) whose primary purpose is to promote the growth, awareness, and value of exhibitions and other face-to-face marketing events by producing and delivering research-based knowledge tools.
Sit tight and get listening, as the three discuss Global Meetings Industry Day, its genesis, its future, its meaning, and how the event industry will change moving forward. What are the businesses’ biggest challenges from here on, and how can GMID help? Press play and find out!
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Check out the epic resources mentioned in this episode:
- Jeremy Gutsche
- Shelly Palmer
- The Wall Street Journal: The Daily Shot
- StoryBranding: Creating Stand-Out Brands Through the Power of Story
- Bedtime Stories App
- Meetings Mean Business – GMID
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