I’ve recently read the article by Claire Repass, CMP on the ways one can support the events industry today. There are several great points there. First, the industry is not any more a supporting one, it is a full-function, independent and powerful sector which is again proved by impressive numbers provided in the article. It is still amazing that many people can not see its value, or at least do not take it seriously. And this is why the author calls for meeting professionals to be their own advocates and help the industry in three ways: by making noise, educating, and innovating. (more…)
Events industry is one of those sectors where people-to-people interaction is basically the key element. Such interaction happens all the way through: between organisers and attendees, organisers and partners/suppliers/media etc, between attendees themselves. A lot of connections being formed, a variety of subtle shades of human communication being exposed. And that means psychology is all around any event.
Body language, wow-factor, Dunbar’s number, F-pattern – these are just a few examples of psychological factors related to the events management. Cognitive, social, organisational psychology can all be the source of very useful information for any event manager, and can help make an effective and interesting event.
Yet, it is even more surprising why psychology of events is still so underestimated area. Yes, there is quite a lot of research already done, but still it is more on the research and not best practice side.
We are going to collect relevant information and cases under psychology and events tag. Ping us if you are willing to share your story or thoughts on this.
If you would like to stay in the know of the best latest technology-related developments for the events industry, you are going to watch EventTechAwards. Not only it has already proved to be the platform for the companies to showcase their services to the events world, the Awards is remarkable for its categories, neatly covering usage of technolgy in a variety of event management aspects – from best event app to best event monetization technology to best use of gamification etc.
The Awards will be held on November 11, and there is a long shortlist of great companies offering great solutions to event professionals. For your convineince, we have made our own top and chosen several nominees to closely watch. Here are the first three: (more…)
Some time ago the best event ever has happened in my life – I have become a mom. In a year or so I was slowly getting back to reading work-related articles and event management blogs. And like you probably, too, I’ve seen a lot of headings like ‘5/10/8/etc Qualities of Successful Events Manager’ discussing the primary qualities required for the profession. Having come across it again, it just stroke me that event agencies should be head-hunting moms for their business – as they would not find better event managers. Think it over: there are so many common traits between a mom and an event manager! If you doubt it, below are top six qualities of the successful event manager according to industry community. Let’s compare.
Risk Management in Events is a special matter, due to a number of factors, first of all due to its nature of dealing with a lot of people-to-people interaction. This involves all sorts of risks you can imagine.
When I studied Events Management, we talked a lot about various risks, and this topic was definitely emphasized every time we discussed one stage of event planning after another. The risks in events planning occur on preparation, actual operation and post-event stage, so it is really essential not just being aware of some common risks but take them seriously each time. I am sure the experienced professionals will agree on this and give plenty of examples when something went wrong even if it should not have been so for 99%!
Spectacular venue, great agenda, promising list of participants, organic coffee break…
But how does it help? Can we evaluate? Beforehand? To go or not to go?