Kristi Casey Sanders @PYMLive was our guest on the September 10 #Eventtable chat, Event Industry Pet Peeves. Our intrepid guest moderator was Karen Irving, Managing Editor at The Conference Publishers.
Tagged: Meeting Professionals International
This week our #eventtable chat was on “Trends in Hybrid Events.” Our guest was Ruud Janssen of The New Objective Collective.
Ruud was one of the authors of MPI’s latest research on hybrid events, along with Samuel J. Smith, Rosa Garriga-Mora, Richard John and myself, Jenise Fryatt.
When it comes to assessing the return on investment (ROI) in large, face-to-face meetings, it’s hard to think of a more basic measure than 3.8 million years of life.
With the approach of World AIDS Day December 1, the Harvard School of Public Health AIDS Initiative issued a verdict of sorts on the AIDS policies pursued by former South African president Thabo Mbeki. According to the New York Times, a Harvard study attributed 370,000 premature deaths to Mbeki’s “denial of the well-established scientific consensus about the viral cause of AIDS and the essential role of antiretroviral drugs in treating it.”
The power of the Internet is partly about the unexpected connections that help people share knowledge and build community, often in ways that make services more affordable and environmentally friendly.
In meetings, we’re just scratching the surface of what might be possible online. Not simply to try and replace live meetings with virtual ones, or print publications with conference content websites, but to combine the various options into a result that is greater than the sum of the parts.
The fact that he came over to chat had very little to do with me.
I was sitting on the patio at Bridgehead Trading, the funky, fair trade coffee shop that serves as an informal meeting room and home-away-from-home for our office two blocks away. One of the counter staff came over to visit with Maydeleh, our 3½-year-old Shetland sheepdog.
The Arctic is changing so quickly that it’s become one of the many early warning systems for global climate change. Each year brings new reports of ice sheets breaking off into the sea, along with a mad scramble to plan shipping routes and resource development projects that would have been difficult or impossible a generation ago.
TORONTO—When more than 70 million participants attend 671,000 meetings in one year, your first reaction might be that everybody needs to get out a little more.
But when it turns out that those meetings generated $32.2 billion in spending and 235,500 full-year jobs across Canada in 2006, representing an economic sector that was just a bit bigger than motor vehicle manufacturing … you might conclude that MPI Canada had just released the findings of its 19-month study of the economic impact of the meetings industry.
FROM THE MPI CONFERENCE IN LAS VEGAS—Our first set of news capsules from MPI’s World Education Congress is now online, and I can’t seem to stop grinning.
It’s been a very long time since I was a journalist. When I left Canada’s Parliamentary Press Gallery in 1984, I was well aware that I was “going over the wall” from reporting to communications, and that there would almost certainly be no turning back.
AT THE MPI CONFERENCE IN LAS VEGAS—A meeting planner friend used to tell the story of the moment her former boss began to take her seriously.
For years, he’d fallen into the habit of scheduling half-hour meetings to talk about the logistics for an upcoming conference, starting the meeting 10 minutes late, then interrupting 10 minutes later to take a phone call. Until the day she set aside the to-do list and asked him the fateful question: