Attendees can experience an exciting variety of engaging and informative education sessions from industry leaders like Karen McCullough,
Jim Spellos, Shawna Suckow, Cheryl Payne and Crystal Washington.
Education sessions at past Connect events include:
Today’s meeting and event marketplace is challenged with providing more unique, consistent and engaging programs to achieve organizational goals. This program demonstrated creative ways to plan cohesive meetings and events through environmental design of how to dimensionalize the attendee experience.
Learning and speaking the “Language of Food” gives credibility in planning conversations and allows organizers to provide an enhanced meeting experience for their guests. In this session, attendees learned how the four traditional tastes along with four additional mouth sensations all add up to building flavor.
Strategic Meetings Management is our industry’s hottest topic and has increased expectations for improved meeting planner productivity, adding meeting value and ROI. In this interactive workshop, attendees evaluated and discussed a multitude of meeting value components and specific methods to calculate and communicate meeting value and ROI to managers.
Attendees joined industry attorney Barbara F. Dunn and veteran meeting professional Bonnie Wallsh as they led an interactive and informative session on today’s most pressing liability and risk management issues.
Have you ever been curious about the conversations that take place between lawyers who represent groups in connection with meeting contracts and lawyers who represent hotels? Attendees joined hospitality industry attorneys Barbara F. Dunn and Lisa Sommer Devlin as they debated today’s hot contract issues.
As meeting professionals, you are inundated with information on the latest networks and their constant changes. Which social network is best…and why? Attendees joined social media experts as they debated this topic and shared the pros and cons of social networks and why you need to be in the know. Then, they joined in the debate to see which network reigns supreme for our industry!
Is learning about bandwidth and other connectivity issues at your meetings or facilities a daunting task? This session provided an easy-to-follow overview and understanding of what you need to know and discuss to ensure your next meeting doesn’t fail due to essential technology.
Marketing is one of the most important factors in growing a company or selling a product or service. Jason SurfrApp shared stories, lessons and principles he’s learned over the past 10 years, including selling his last name twice to the highest bidders, and writing the profitable, fully sponsored book “Creativity For Sale.”
Meetings have been down, but recovery is underway. How are you embracing the future of meetings? Attendees joined us for a conversation about the future of meetings as we looked into the crystal ball together and collaborated on all meeting elements and how they will be impacted.
It is essential to discover not only what you are the best at but how to apply your strengths to career success. In this interactive workshop, attendees took the Strengths Finder 2.0 assessment prior to the workshop and practiced strengths teambuilding activities that they took back to their managers and teams.
Marketing is all about controlling and managing the communication around your organization, your brand and your message. It’s not the best product that wins; it’s the story behind the product. Attendees joined us for an interactive discussion on how to use the power of storytelling to differentiate and communicate their message.
Attention spans are shrinking. Online gaming and socializing are distracting at exponential rates. To engage your attendees, make content more hands-on, increase idea sharing and networking, and make your meetings more relevant. Attendees experienced how to recreate their meetings and add some attention-getting techniques to the agenda.
Engagement is the essence of a meeting. And the architecture of that meeting can make the difference between high ROI and reduced learning, networking and loss of attendance at the next meeting. Attendees learned to apply one minor adjustment—at no additional cost—and increase comfort and improve sight lines.
In this interactive workshop, Cheryl M. Payne addressed industry issues and trends, including specific methods to validate and report contract risk mitigation. Attendees also learned the pros and cons of utilizing a hotel contract addendum vs. a custom hotel contract process and methods to create a cost savings/risk reduction/cost containment report.
Report writing is an essential element in demonstrating return on investment (ROI) to senior management. In this session, Michele Wierzgac discussed different report structures and various elements that could be included in your post-con.
Development with all the new technology in our industry is making it more difficult for meeting and event planners to understand all of the options available to them. Attendees learned about these options, how to work with their audiovisual team, and took a closer look behind the scenes of Connect Marketplace, AV style!
This program taught attendees how to apply the Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument to identify and comprehend the different thinking styles of people. Applying this simple yet powerful model improves your ability to communicate effectively with others.
Two planners and two suppliers faced off as we settled into a candid discussion about issues selected from the audience members themselves via an anonymous poll. The session offered a lively, matter-of-fact deep dive, and audience participation was required.
The sports tourism industry is changing at a rapid pace. More and more DMOs and communities are striving to diversify their markets to capture this recession-resistant market. Attendees joined us in a practical dialogue about sports tourism to increase understanding of this vital market for today’s DMOs.
That’s not a typo, but some of you might think “Shift” is a bad word. It’s the 21st century, and there are more tools, ideas, partners, inspiration and more need to create transformational meetings and events to influence results within your organization and shift your meetings forward. This session featured a plethora of ideas, techniques and challenges to cause attendees to think differently and take calculated risks with their next meeting.
Meeting professionals have unlimited opportunities to gain valuable information about prospects, attendees and potential sponsors. In this session, attendees discovered features to help them save time and locate valuable information on the Web, all while turning them into networking rock stars.
So many people cringe when they have to start the sponsorship process, but it doesn’t have to be intimidating. Attendees learned from industry peers and experts as they conversed about what has worked, what hasn’t and what new ideas they could use to get their events sponsored.
Attendees learned to use easy value-adds to lift menus from mundane to magic, while sticking to budget. They developed their understanding of the ins and outs of food cost and how to make it work for them, and learned how to use the Four Cs: Communicate, Collaborate, Compromise and Commit, to build strong partnerships with their hotel event managers.
Tools such as “The Real You,” “Experience Them” and “Open Up” are all areas you can consciously improve to boost your likeability gauge up a few notches. In this session, attendees learned 10 quick tips that they could immediately put to use in their networking opportunities and the business world that could help them become more liked.
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