From Sages on Stages to Sages on Screens: Pivoting to Virtual Meetings

From Sages on Stages to Sages on Screens: Pivoting to Virtual Meetings
Joan Eisenstodt
July 9, 2020
Is it really July? I finally got out for a haircut. Apartment door to elevator to garage to car (my spouse drove—I don’t drive [despite what someone once said, yes, you can be successful and not drive!]—six blocks to haircut where every precaution was taken. It felt great and I was terrified being out. Meanwhile, COVID-19 cases soar in many U.S. states; meetings and conventions continue to be postponed or to move to a virtual platform; and sports, theater, and most other events are on hold. And more meetings are moving from physical to virtual. Thus we must consider what and how content will be delivered and by whom.

Add Elements of Theatre to Make Meetings That Inspire

Add Elements of Theatre to Make Meetings That Inspire
Joan Eisenstodt
January 4, 2019
For years, I’ve tried to understand why going to live theatre and experiencing a performance, usually not an interactive one, is more invigorating and engaging than going to a meeting or session at a conference. Daniel Mayer, ED of TheArtsCenter in Carrboro, N.C., provided insights as did Cricket Park.

14 Helpful Speaker Tips That Are Worth Saving

14 Helpful Speaker Tips That Are Worth Saving
Lynne Wellish
May 8, 2018
I wish I would have known to keep a list of helpful hints earlier in my career. The following list covers sage speaker advice learned by several planners, through the school of hard knocks.

Why Would I Use a Speakers' Bureau?

Why Would I Use a Speakers' Bureau?
Lynne Wellish
March 21, 2018
You have a big event coming up and you’ve been tasked with lining up a mix of speakers that are educational, motivational and inspirational. Most importantly, they have to know your industry. Where do you start?

Why Diversity and Inclusion Matter to and for Hospitality, Tourism and Meetings

Why Diversity and Inclusion Matter to and for Hospitality, Tourism and Meetings
Joan Eisenstodt
March 2, 2018
It’s pretty easy to understand why people want to be included in all the activities at your conferences and in your facilities. And why it hurts so much when people are not. We need to be hospitable and welcoming in all that we do.

A ‘Great Speaker’ May Not Be Great for All

A ‘Great Speaker’ May Not Be Great for All
Lynne Wellish
February 21, 2018
In the beginning, I was only focused on the speaker and the budget. Now I know that, while those two pieces are important, the focus needs to be on how attendees experience and interact with the content of the event.

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