How Embracing the Slow Philosophy Could Enhance your Next Event

From time to time GovEvents will come across information we feel our members and audience would benefit from. Here’s something we wanted to share:

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As Event Managers we strive to ensure value and as a result we often try to cram every minute of the event schedule. But is this actually having a detrimental effect on our events? Should we actually seriously consider slowing down the pace to see the benefits?

A lot of thought and planning goes into any event programme. As an Event Manager I see it as my duty to create an efficient and flowing schedule strongly focused on the content with, dare I say it, almost perfunctory breaks throughout the day. Continue reading

Ch..Ch…Ch…Changes: Changing Up Your Annual Event

ChangeWe’re all comfortable with familiarity and routine, but when it comes to annual events, a measured amount of change is a good thing. In an age of decreased travel, training budgets, and time strapped attendees, freshening up your event is not just a good idea, it’s necessary to build audience growth and profit.

This article from BizBash provided insight from leading event planners as to when and why to look at changing up annual events. Some comments that jumped out were: Continue reading

CQ Roll Call Election Impact Conference to Explore Implications of Midterm Elections

From time to time GovEvents will come across information we feel our members and audience would benefit from. Here’s something we wanted to share:

rollcallOriginally posted on Fishbowl DC by Nick Massella

Two days after the 2014 midterm elections, National Republican Senatorial Committee executive director Rob Collins and his counterpart at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Guy Cecil will come together to discuss what just went down at the CQ Roll Call Election Impact Conference.

Roll Call editor-in-chief Christina Bellantoni will moderate the discussion with Collins and Cecil on the determined and yet-to-be-called Senate races of this year’s election cycle on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at The Liaison Capitol Hill. Continue reading

We Want You: To Provide Cybersecurity Training


We are continuing our focus on cybersecurity as we roll through October, the official month for cybersecurity awareness. Here at GovEvents we feel there is a strong connection between awareness and training. There has been wide reporting about the shortage of trained cyber professionals. So how do we get qualified (and interested) professionals up to speed on the practice of cybersecurity?

As we mentioned in a post this summer, cybersecurity is among the most common topics for events listed on There are a wide variety of events from panel discussions sharing lessons learned to specific technology demos and trainings. Given the need for more professionals, in-depth hands on training may be the most needed type of event. Continue reading

User Error: Training Your Organization Around Basic Security Threats

CSAWith October recognized as cybersecurity awareness month, we have been giving some thoughts to the areas of cybersecurity where events and training can make a big difference. One area that jumped to mind was general cybersecurity awareness training for all members of your organization.

In talking about “insider threat” most people think of the recent Snowden/NSA case where a credentialed and background cleared employee knowingly leaked data  he rightfully had access to. But insider threat is more than that. It is also accidental data leaks, breeches, and security violations. You may have great virus protection, firewall technology, even continuous monitoring devices, but one errant click by an employee can bring your IT system to its knees. Continue reading