The Business of Meetings

  • Events Celebrate Human Connections

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      by Tahira Endean Event professionals face an alphabet soup of things to think about and manage daily: rising costs, connections, climate change, fundraising, growth, wellness, AI, revenue, quality and so much more. There is a seemingly endless list of challenges, and yet we have a global industry that is busier than ever. Why? Simple. Events matter. They matter because we are humans. We rely on technology, including a rapid global acceptance of AI to support tasks in our business…

  • Event Planners Need to Prioritize Self-Care

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      What drives us to persist in a career as event professionals, knowing full well the toll it can take on our mental and emotional well-being? In a field ranked among Canada’s top three most stressful occupations, why do we continue to navigate its challenges, risking burnout along the way? For many of us, it’s about the thrill of creating memorable experiences that bring people together, thriving amidst the chaos and finding beauty within the storm. There’s a certain satisfaction…

  • Managing Client Touchpoints

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      Amidst all the excitement of re-connecting and once again enjoying all the things we had lost during the pandemic, those of us in the event industry who work directly with clients found something new added to our proverbial “to do” list. We now found ourselves at the beck and call of clients, around the clock. Let me state something very important about this – it was no one’s fault. We all remember those early days of the pandemic when…

  • The Importance of Self-Care For Event Managers

      The event décor is picture perfect; the music is playing. Wine is flowing freely, and a sumptuous three course gala dinner has just been served. You, however, are hiding behind a screen of pipe and drape hoping that no one notices you stuffing a handful of mints from the hotel front desk candy jar, because you realize that’s all you’ve had to eat in the last six hours. Sound familiar? Event managers are notoriously bad for looking after their…

  • Event Staff Shortages Pose Challenges

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      The event industry is fully on the road to recovery with a rise in bookings and a surge in demand for events. But the significant loss of people to other industries during the pandemic means facing a new set of challenges. Event management companies are struggling to find qualified and experienced individuals, which can negatively impact the quality and success of events. Planners today need to be mindful of increased costs and possible service offering disruptions. They will need to…

  • Balancing Act: Prioritizing Mental Health

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      In the fast-paced world of event planning, where deadlines, logistics, and creativity converge, it’s easy to lose sight of one crucial aspect: our mental health. This year, with all its challenges and uncertainties, served as a stark reminder of just how important self-care and balance are for event professionals. We invite you to join us in a conversation about mental health in the events industry. It’s time to recharge, reflect, and share our self-care rituals as we navigate the…

  • Why Events Need a Great Reimagination

    By Shannon Byck and Joe Nishi COVID may no longer be a part of our daily conversation but the lasting impacts are still evident today. As we sat plotting out the outline for this article, we noticed how much we struggled with cohesive and creative thoughts. If we were to be honest, the article could have been titled The Great Procrastination as most days it seems easier to avoid the task at hand versus getting things done. Why the funk?…

  • How Insurance Protects Your Events

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      Whether you are the event planner or the event host, there are potential financial risks that have to be taken into consideration when evaluating your insurance portfolio. Planning, organizing and hosting an event has lots of moving parts. Venues to be booked, caterers to hire, ticket sales – it’s an endless list of logistics.  You may be concerned about injury to guests, accidental damage caused by a third party vendor or guest to the venue. No matter how well…

  • Ask Tough Questions for Better Events

      by Tahira Endean Who remembers that moment in time with no meetings or events, no air travel, no need to wear pants to work? For at least one full year, we met people online, learned how to work remotely and either fell in love with this or were desperate to return to the office, at least some of the time. We wore masks if we left the house, and we didn’t go to any events. There were no events…

  • Tips for Trade Show Displays

      Event and trade show marketing is a big investment for any business. To maximize your return, you’ll need to create a one of a kind display that engages show attendees and promotes your products or services. To make the most of your next trade show event, we’ve put together a list of six tips to attract more visitors to your booth. Pick the right booth location Some booth locations just naturally get more visitor traffic than others. Like booth…

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