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The Beginner's Guide to Why You Should Use Unique Hashtags for Event Social Media Success

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Hashtags can be found everywhere on the internet these days. The trend that first started on Twitter as a way to help users find other members with similar interests has now expanded to Facebook, Google+ and more.

The perfect world

Perfectionists takes so much time that in a perfect world, a day would last a week. Maarten Vanneste - If people would have tried to make the middle ages perfect, we would still live in the middle ages. Maarten Vanneste

Why you must be hand in glove with your potential participants

Attracting participants to conferences is one of the main challenges for all event organizers. What can help is making your event client-oriented and “exclusive”. Interesting topics, discussions of vital issues, famous speakers and thought-leaders, unusual event format... Right. But I'd like to focus on one of the best motivators for people to attend an event, that is personal engagement in preparation of this event. Conferences are organized for attendees, so that they get answers to their professional questions, share ideas and opinions, meet peers.

ABCDEF: are people tools?


Are people tools in the hands meeting architects, to influence participants? It sounds a bit weird but on the other side, it is about time we see professionals (and volunteers or staff) of all sorts as a category of tools in designing better meetings. Our participants are people and consciously deploying ‘non participant’ people to assist, facilitate, inspire, motivate and even drive meeting objectives is probably the most logic and maybe even the most effective thing we can do.

Meeting Design THE POWER OF THE CROWD

Meeting Design THE POWER OF THE CROWD How do you use the wisdom of the crowds? Participants attend conferences to gain more knowledge, but as a group they also bring with them a wealth of experience and brainpower. Those who exploit the full potential of the interaction contribute immense added value to their conference. The time is ripe for this, argue four specialists in the field of conferences and crowdsourcing.

It's a technological world

(IMEX ShowDaily3) An interviewed with Maarten Vanneste published on IMEX ShowDaily3, published on Thrusday, 23rd May 2013

It’s a technological world


The role of technology in the meetings business has evolved hugely in the past ten years and shows no sign of let up. Where once the Telex was cutting edge, organisers must now manage in an age of hybrid events, multi-screening and streamed live content. Technology is making today’s events more engaging than ever.

Six Online Training Dos and Don’ts

Online training has come up as the blessing for those who cannot take regular classes or want to continue their education after a break. Online training is accompanied with many advantages which has made it very popular among learners. In spite of various benefits it is very important for the learners to introspect the need and the type of course they want to do and thus do proper research before taking the course. Online training can be very exciting for some but it can be frustrating and discouraging for others.

What can songs teach us about presentations?

Popular songs catch and keep your attention

Verse - chorus - verse - chorus - verse.
Listen to the radio and you will see for yourself: this is the structure of the typical songs we hear every day. And I suggest we can ‘take that’ as the framework we should embed in our presentations too.
“Verse-Chorus: a musical form common in popular music where the chorus is highlighted.“ (Wikipedia)
In the verse the singer plays the main role; the lyrics dominate and the story flows and develops.
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