Speaking From Experience: Event Attendance Tips

AttendIn a new series here on GovEvents, we’d like to share some of the best tips and tricks we’ve found in navigating the world of events. From attending to exhibiting, we hope our tips (some discovered through missteps) will help you get the most out of events. In today’s post, we’ll focus on tips for attending events.

  • Go in with a plan – look at the agenda and exhibitor list the week before the event and take some time to plan out your time there. Block sessions you want to attend into your calendar and make notes on the booths you want to see. Make sure you build in time to check emails or grab coffee with people you meet. Doing this a week out also gives you time to confer with colleagues. If others are attending how do you best divide and conquer? If you are going alone, are there sessions or companies they’d like you to see while you are there. Jot down questions you want to make sure you get answered while there.

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Government Meetings Still in Freefall

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:

DCOriginally posted on meetingsnet.com

Corporate meetings have seen steady positive growth over the past year, but the government meetings segment continues to struggle, showing little sign of regaining its footing, at least not in the quarterly Meetings Outlook report published by Meeting Professionals International.

MPI asks planner and supplier respondents, “Compared to one year ago, which client segment of your organization’s meeting and event-related business has seen the greatest decrease in activity?” In the Winter 2015 report, whose data was collected in November 2014, almost half of respondents saw government meetings in decline. That’s even more than the 43 percent who reported declines in the August 2014 outlook, which itself was a dramatic increase over the 31 percent who saw declines in the May 2014 survey. (And in response to the converse question in the current report—asking which segment showed the greatest uptick—no one said government.) Continue reading

5 Ways to Engage Millennials in Meetings

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:

millenialsOriginally posted on cvent.com

Loosely defined as individuals born between the 1980s and early 2000s, the oldest millennials are now in their early to mid 30s. In the largest demographic power shift to hit organizations in decades, over the next 10 years more millennials will be entering the workforce and moving into the executive suite.

Associations are also discovering this. In fact, concerned about dwindling membership in the millennial demographic, American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) released a ground-breaking report entitled Associations, Generation Y, and Millennials: What You Need to Know About Your Next Generation Members. The report had take-aways about the expectations of millennials in the arenas of: Continue reading

Getting the Inside Scoop on Events

insiderYou’ve viewed the event website and received an email or two about the event, but how do you know if the event you are thinking about signing up for is really worth your time? In a recent post, we talked about how to set goals to help zone in on the events that you should be attending. Once you’ve mapped events to your goals, you may still need to narrow down the list. How can you get past the marketing and find out what the event is really like? Here are five tips that will help you get the inside scoop on recurring events. Continue reading

Cybersecurity Awareness Month – A Look Ahead

CybersecurityOctober has been designated Cybersecurity Awareness Month. In 2009, President Obama recognized the need to increase education and dialogue about cybersecurity. As part of this policy review, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was asked to create an ongoing cybersecurity awareness campaign. The Stop.Think.Connect. Campaign that is highlighted in the month of October is a national public awareness effort challenging the American public to be more vigilant about practicing safer online habits.

With this attention on the far-ranging topic of cybersecurity, a number of events are planned for the IT community to educate and collaborate. In this post we wanted to highlight the range of events professionals have to choose from this month.

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