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3 Key Components of Experience Design

3 Key Components of Experience Design

Smarticle READ TIME: 2.5 minutes There’s a clear distinction between designing an event experience, versus planning an event. Experience design applies experiential properties and principals to the event design, while event planning is the organization of event...
Diversity and Accessibility – the Coefficients of Inclusion

Diversity and Accessibility – the Coefficients of Inclusion

As Event Leaders it is on us to ensure that any person attending an event will have the same experience – a sizable challenge – but when has our Industry ever shied away from an opportunity to be the voice.  This means as event designers we must think...
Embracing and Leveraging Millennial Strengths

Embracing and Leveraging Millennial Strengths

Entitled.  Self-obsessed. Narcissistic. Distracted. These terms carry a strong negative connotation and without doubt are insulting to any person between the ages of circa 22 – 37. I would even argue that the term “millennial” itself, denotes a negative undertone....
Be a Networking Superhero

Be a Networking Superhero

In todays’ digital, global world, making genuine human connections is becoming increasingly difficult.  We have grown accustomed to the ease of sitting in our offices at our desks, or at satellite or home offices sending LinkedIn invitations with personal notes hoping...
Golden Nuggets – The Hidden Value of Professional Development

Golden Nuggets – The Hidden Value of Professional Development

The importance of professional development or lifelong learning, no matter how it is labeled, is often put on the back burner. As our workloads overwhelm us, the need to be in the office to secure new business is top priority or the budget for attending conferences is...
Calculating the Tax-Deductibility of An Auction Item

Calculating the Tax-Deductibility of An Auction Item

Smarticle We’re planning a major fundraising event for our non-profit organization. When someone bids on an auction item, sponsors a table or buys a ticket, how do you calculate the tax- deductible amount? Which Organizations Qualify? First, make sure your...
When Life Gives You Lemons

When Life Gives You Lemons

Karma. Fate. Everything happens for a reason.  All possible explanations we and other’s give us when we are faced with life’s unexpected hiccups.  As Event Leaders, working in a fast-paced environment with many “irons in the fire” even a minor crisis can quickly...
Sales is Not a Title

Sales is Not a Title

Even if the word “sales” is not in your professional title, as event professionals we are always selling. During each and every interaction we have with our team, our staff and our customers we sell our services, our ideas, our designs, our strategy or approach to a...
More Than Just Fancy Acronyms!

More Than Just Fancy Acronyms!

As an Event Leader, becoming a member of a professional association related to the meetings and events industry needs to come from a place of self-motivation and self-advocacy. Unlike some highly regulated industries, to carry the title of Event Leader, Event Planner,...
Amps, Watts, and Volts: What’s The Difference?

Amps, Watts, and Volts: What’s The Difference?

Smarticle We’re hosting an event in a beautiful, but old, landmark building, and one of my vendors suggested we make sure the venue has enough electrical. How can I figure out how much electrical power we’ll need? And what’s the difference between amps, watts, and...
The Leadership Teeter Totter – Perception Deception

The Leadership Teeter Totter – Perception Deception

As leaders in the events industry we have all had our leadership style analyzed, our strengths and weaknesses identified, and have taken a barrage of courses on how to work with different generations, cultures, and to deal with diversity in the workplace.   In today’s...
The New Year’s Elephant | A Guide For Event Leaders

The New Year’s Elephant | A Guide For Event Leaders

Whether you are one to set New Year’s resolutions or not we all are asked by our loved ones, colleagues, friends and even our personal trainers or local baristas what we plan to do differently, commit too or change in the year ahead. As a traditionalist I am normally...
The Event Leaders Guide to Holiday Season Survival

The Event Leaders Guide to Holiday Season Survival

For some, the appearance of holiday décor in the stores, party invitations in your mailbox, post office lineups and even the Salvation Army donation bell jingling outside of the grocery store can evoke feelings of despair instead of the holly jolly warmth of the...
Five Risk Management Tips For Your Holiday Event

Five Risk Management Tips For Your Holiday Event

Being the person that speaks up at a holiday event planning meeting and addresses tough, valid and scary concerns around the safety and well-being of your guests, could earn you the nickname Ebenezer Scrooge, but rest assured you will soar to the top of the “nice”...
How To Have An Effective Board Retreat

How To Have An Effective Board Retreat

The thought of a board retreat can evoke a whirlwind of thoughts that without a doubt contain words such as: goal-setting, business plan reviewing, strategic planning and an abundance of other terms that Boards generally discuss at retreats, in what sometimes feels...
Camera Riser | Tech Thursdays Videos

Camera Riser | Tech Thursdays Videos

In this week’s Tech Thursday, Michael Granek, President & COO of ELI, and Kevin from Clark’s AV answer the question “What is a camera riser?”. Kevin shares what the difference is between a regular riser or stage deck vs. a camera riser, and why you need one when...
Tech Thursdays: Snake

Tech Thursdays: Snake

In this week’s Tech Thursday, Michael Granek, President & COO of ELI, and Kevin from Clark’s AV answer the question “what is a snake?”. Kevin shares what snakes are used for, the cost benefits of using snakes, and more.Want to learn more about event technology?...
Lumens | Tech Thursdays Videos

Lumens | Tech Thursdays Videos

The Event Leadership Institute and Clark’s AV have teamed up to bring you Tech Thursdays, short, micro-lessons about AV equipment and event technology. In this week’s video, ELI’s President & COO, Michael Granek, and Kevin Rowe from Clark’s AV answer the question...