284 Meetings Podcast|Virtual Assistants, No Shows, AV Tips

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Thanks for listening to the Meetings Podcast.  The Meetings Podcast is sponsored by IMEX America and AVforPlanners.com
Todays show features Host Mike McAllen from Grass Shack Events & Media.
Segment producers
***Julius Solaris presents: ‘Hack Your Event – Shortcuts, Tips and Tricks to Make Your Planning Easier’   Todays show is Avoid No-Shows at Events one of the biggest plagues affecting our industry, no-shows.
- Using secondhand exchanges
- Delaying Charges
- Online Check-in
Get more information at http://eventmanagerblog.com/avoid-no-shows from the Event Manager Blog (Eventmanagerblog.com)
Read Julius popular blog Event Manager Blog (http://eventmanagerblog.com ) or follow @EventMB on Twitter (twitter.com/eventmb)  You can reach Julius on Twitter (http://twitter.com/tojulius) or at http://JuliusSolaris.com
***Jon Trask presents: Five tips to keep in mind about facilities from an AV perspective
-Room capacity charts can lie.
-Ceiling heights really do matter.Power is more than having a few wall plugs available.
-In house vendors may have contractual rules that you must adhere to.
-Those speakers up in the ceiling are good for some meetings…and really bad for others.
Get more information from Jon at AVforPlanners.com.  You can find Jon at Jon(At)AVforPlanners.com
Jon has offer a free show evaluation to Meetings Planners and organizers for their next meeting. A $1500 value. All you have to do is email Jon and say you heard the offer on the podcast.
*** Jonathan Shank from Learn To Find, Manage, and Hire Your First Virtual Assistant!
Jonathan discusses how using Virtual Assistants can make you more efficient with your time and money. He also gives shares his Apple method for finding Virtual Assistants. I added an S. So Apples.
Website: YourFirstVirtualAssistant.com
Twitter: @YFVAJonathan
Podcast: Your First Virtual Assistant

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Press Conference with Jonah Lehrer- Show 226

jonah L  150x150 Press Conference with Jonah Lehrer  Show 226At last weeks MPI (Meetings Professionals International) we watched the opening keynote Jonah Lehrer speak about: “The heart of where good ideas come from and will reinforce how connectivity is a vital part of how we innovate. In the meetings and events industry, it’s our relationships with others combined with our ‘good ideas’ that impact those we serve and leave a lasting impact on the events we plan and the industry we’re a part of. ”

He sure left an impact on the MPI event.

Mr Lehrer gave his talk and I headed over to see him in the MPI press room.  I was late but recorded the last few minutes of the questions asked to Mr. Lehrer.  Frankly, I wasnt that impressed with his general session talk, mostly because I had watched the same speech on YouTube before heading to the conference.  ( I apoligize for the low volume- it was a big room- and a photographer camera was making lots of beeping noises)

After he answered the questions and took some pictures.  Later he was in the hallway pacing back and forth on his mobile phone.  As I watched him he seemed so young but also very upset.  I jokingly thought to myself. “He must have been having trouble securing Justin Bieber tickets.”  It turns out he had been caught making up information for his books. (Q & A: Michael C. Moynihan, The Guy Who Uncovered Jonah Lehrer’s Fabrication Problem) Jonah Lerer then promptly resigned from his job at the New Yorker. When I was chatting about this situation with super music fan Jon Trask  he said. “It is amazing to me that he would fabricate a Bob Dylan quote. Seems everything thing Bob Dylan has said has been disected and mulled over.  So it is no surprise Mr. Lehrer was caught making quotes up.”

My friend Sarah Braley had a great editorial about her experience with Mr. Lehrer.

 Editorial: Jonah Lehrer Stumbles at MPI by Sarah J.F. Braley

Other interesting takes on Mr. Lehrer:

Jonah Lehrer’s Deceptions–The celebrated journalist fabricated Bob Dylan quotes in his new book, Imagine: How Creativity Works

Freewheelin’: Bob Dylan, Jonah Lehrer and the Truth

Do you think Jonah Lehrer got his Bob Dylan quotes from twitter?

The Onion says Jonah Lehrer next book is on Why We Falsify Quotes. icon smile Press Conference with Jonah Lehrer  Show 226

It is sad such a great young talent has this blemish on his record.  But a good lesson to all.

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Wrap up of Day 1 and 2 from The World Education Congress in St. Louis -Show 223

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On todays show we discuss the first few days at MPI (Meeting Professionals International) #WEC12 World Educational Congress in St. Louis.  The topics range from the fantastic opening receoption in Busch Stadium to the new partnership MPI has with HSMAI.

Building an Event Ideas!

Building a party Building an Event Ideas!Every so often when Mike and I are chatting we’ll touch on a subject and he’ll exclaim…”That should be a blog post!”

We were having one of those talks this week about a basic little revival of an invitation idea that I saw and thought was very clever to get people intrigued about an event.

The item I saw was a brick, with the invitation printed directly on it to a “Building Party”.  Basically the infamous Phil Spector was building a new studio in Hollywood and invited people to a party to each come and add  brick to one of the new walls.  How cool is that?

What a great way to engage folks in advance (we can all visualize the construction site immediately.) And, then once they get there you have a fun activity of them actually placing the brick into the wall.

Granted the shipping costs would play into deciding to use an idea like this.  But, you can riff off of the basic idea into different sorts of materials.  The key concept being that the guest is involved in a basic way in the construction of this new structure.  Maybe each person simply gets a bolt to add?

You could also make it a part of a service project for a group,  it would fit great with a habitat or renovation type service project to engage the attendees before they ever get there.

I love the idea, so many creative directions to take it.

Has anyone else done any really cool invitations they’d like to share?

 

 

 

Extra! Interview with Maarten Vanneste Author of Meeting Architecture and CEO and President of Abbit Meeting Support

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The Meeting Planners podcast source for what’s new and exciting in meetings and events industry!

Mike McAllen of Grass Shack Events & Media interviews Maarten Vanneste, CMM
President and CEO of Abbit Meeting Support
The Meeting Support Institute – and is the Author of Meeting Architecture

Company www.abbit.eu
Organization www.meetingsupport.org
Book Meeting Architecture www.meetingarchitecture.com
Facebook group Meeting Architecture

Please leave us a question or comment, which we will try to address on the show ASAP!

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Meetings Du Jour – Green Your Meeting Fast

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0:42 Intros- Tom Hillmer/Jon Trask/Mike McAllen

1:05 Sponsors Blue Sky factory- Hilton E Events

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Citigroup Follows AIG Lead.

We spoke about our reactions today on the MeetingsPodcast about this article.

As thousands lose their jobs, Citigroup splashes out with a right royal knees-up

Citigroup put itself on collision course with the U.S. government after throwing a sumptuous Christmas party for its top executives and guests in London this week.

At a time when it is axing 52,000 jobs, the stricken Wall Street firm splashed out an estimated £250,000 on the black-tie bash at Kensington Palace.

Guests were treated to champagne and canapes in the Palace, before settling down to a three course meal in the Orangery.

The £300-a-head dinner included asparagus and courgette flan, followed by rump of lamb and a panache of vegetables, all washed down with fine wines.

What do you think about them having this event?
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Extra! Interview with Achim Nowak Influens.com Speaker Coach

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Todays guest is Achim Nowak of Influens a top speaker coach and author of Power Speaking- The Art of the Exceptional Public Speaker.

I have seen Achim in action onsite at a few events and his work really works for executives connecting with audiences. I hope you enjoy the podcast. (Mike)

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Extra! Interview with Speaker Kivi Bernhard from Kivibernhard.com

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Todays guest is Speaker Kivi Bernhard. Kive is based in Atlanta, Georgia, and was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa. Kivi uses the hunting habits and techniques of the African leopard, perhaps the most successful feline predator on earth, Kivi draws metaphors of personal and corporate leadership, trust and success that will leave you spellbound. [Read more...]