Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Add Some break Time

Packing the day looks good in the conference brochure but wears on attendees. Give them a mid-morning and a mid-afternoon break of 20 to 30 minutes. The day and whole conference will go better for everyone.

Saturday, June 01, 2019

Meeting Attendees Crave Connection

More people live alone in the U.S. than at any time in history, and the trend is beginning to take hold in Europe and other parts of the industrialized world. The average number of occupants per dwelling is actually falling. For many people, television, online services, and the ability to connect with the world is the usual interaction they have throughout the day away from work.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Speakers Bureaus

Why Would You Want to Use a Speaker Bureau?

* because the agents are dedicated professionals and among the tops in the field.

* because they work with only the best speakers who do a consistently outstanding job at every speaking engagement.

* because they are efficient, responsible, flexible, and stay highly attuned to your needs.

* and, when their bureau representative will meet with you on site at your location.

* and when they've been in business for +10 years and serve meeting planners effectively.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Increasing Social Isolation

Dateline 2007, with dramatic overtones twelve years later:

"Americans are far more socially isolated today than they were two decades ago," says Shankar Vedantam, a Washington Post staff writer. "And a sharply growing number of people say they have no one in whom they can confide, according to a comprehensive new evaluation of the decline of social ties in the United States.

A quarter of Americans say they have no one with whom they can discuss personal troubles, more than double the number who were similarly isolated in 1985. Overall, the number of people Americans have in their closest circle of confidants has dropped from around three to about two.

The comprehensive new study paints a sobering picture of an increasingly fragmented America, where intimate social ties -- once seen as an integral part of daily life and associated with a host of psychological and civic benefits -- are shrinking or nonexistent. In bad times, far more people appear to suffer alone.

Has Facebook, Twitter, or social sites picked up some of the slack?  A little but not much. The implication for meeting professionals: the need for face-to-face meetings will never die. People will be amenable if only to stem some of the tide of the growing feeling of isolation in their personal lives.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Perilous Conference Room Air

In the New York Times, columnist Veronique Greenwood writes: "You’re holed up with colleagues in a meeting room for two hours, hashing out a plan. Risks are weighed, decisions are made. Then, as you emerge, you realize it was much, much warmer and stuffier in there than in the rest of the office."

"Small rooms can build up heat and carbon dioxide from our breath — as well as other substances — to an extent that might surprise you. And as it happens, a small body of evidence suggests that when it comes to decision making, indoor air may matter more than we have realized." 

"At least eight studies in the last seven years have looked at what happens specifically in a room accumulating carbon dioxide, a main ingredient in our exhalations. While the results are inconsistent, they are also intriguing. They suggest that while the kinds of air pollution known to cause cancer and asthma remain much more pressing as public health concerns, there may also be pollutants whose most detrimental effects are on the mind, rather than the body."

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

To Be Available and Responsible

For any large meeting you’re holding, the responsiveness and availability of the AV staff can be crucial:

* Is the staff immediately accessible and located on the meeting floor?

* Is the AV specialist able to handle all equipment problems?

* How responsive is the staff to requests from the coordinator, trainer, or speaker?

Friday, April 26, 2019

Meetings with Decorum

The Indianapolis Public School system has warned parents not to cheer when their child's name is read out at this year's high school graduation ceremonies. A letter from the superintendent reminded families that attending a graduation ceremony is a privilege, not a right, and warned that up to 30 police officers would be present at each ceremony to ensure good order. Graduation "is a joyous time, a proud time, and a formal time," he write. "It is not a party. It is not a pep rally."

Amen. I've personally witnessed graduation ceremonies that have turned into pseudo-popularity contests with raucous cheering for some students.