Mike talks a little bit about how he got into meeting production and then explains the evolution of AVforPlanners.com. Shares the story of how Wells Fargo saves 30k using AVforPlanners evaluation. Mike has personally helped Siemens Medical Solutions, Vantagescore, Restoration Hardware, Oracle, AVON, Wells Fargo, Pepsi Co, Genzyme, BiogenIdec, Sanofi, HP and many other companies with creative development, meetings and media production for live events and video production. Mentioned in show Victoria Rabin, Tom Hillmer, Kyle Tanner, Invision Communications.
On todays show Mike McAllen talks to Andy Sharpe of SongDivision. Andy and his team recently put together a very successful event to get the king of promotions Sir Richard Branson’s attention. Andy’s team did such a good job Richard called him after the show to personally thank him. Richard even wrote about them on the virgin blog. Check out the SongDivsion website and the story behind the show to learn more.
Mike McAllen talked with Debra Benton about her upcoming IMEX Keynote called: Leaders Needed: Apply Within: Benton will dissect and decode the secret sauce of traits and nuance needed to elevate your presence in the world where you want to be – your authentic self. Learn how to tweak what you already have to present yourself in a way that people are receptive to you; build trust with colleagues and customers. Rearrange how you view yourself by differentiating yourself and still be comfortable in situations you normally don’t feel comfortable. And finally, sharpen how you think and behave so that people remember you for the right reasons – enhancing your business grace, connection and rapport.
At 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.
Other interesting takes on Mr. Lehrer:
It is sad such a great young talent has this blemish on his record. But a good lesson to all.
Todays guest is Jackie Mulligan Director of enterprise for the internatonal centre for research in events, tourism, and hospitality at Leeds Metropolitan University in the UK.
Jackie has some great ideas about downtime at conferences. Brings out creativity and innovation from attendees.
She will be speaking next week at MPI WEC event in St. Louis.
Add her sessions to your calendar at WEC-
Flash Forward 2030- MPI Future of Meetings 7/30 9:00 am
Imagineering Tour: WEC 2030 7/30 2:30 pm
Things we covered:
Why do you think meetings need to be more creative?
Why do you think downtime works for conferences?
What types of activities could enable downtime?
More on Jackie Mulligan
Todays show continues with the Meetings Podcasts Primer series:
“Hybrid Events 101”
Todays show is a continuation of the Primer Series of educational podcasts for meeting planners and event organisers. Mike McAllen founder of Event Camp and the producer of three EventCamp Hybrid events, plus technically producing many other corporate and association meetings and events using the Hybrid model. He discusses Hybrid Events 101.
Check out these other Blog posts to work on content for your hybrid meeting or hybrid event along with production.
Today’s show Mike and Jon talk about the recession ending and the ramifications to the meetings and events industry.
Show notes :
Mike McAllen: Welcome back to the Meetings Podcast. This is Mike McAllen with Grass Shack Events and Media and back again is my partner in crime Jon Trask from Alliant Event Services.
Extra! Interview with Maarten Vanneste Author of Meeting Architecture and CEO and President of Abbit Meeting Support
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
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Today Mike interviews Jay Smethurst from Illumination Galleries Jay shares some exciting creative tools utilizing graphic facilitation to keep your attendees learning and collaborating though the whole event!!
Also check out Jays Blog for some great information.