And the Event Security Survey Says … We’re Scared

event-securityThis week’s blog post on speaker coaching is re-posted with permission from Aaron D. Wolowiec,  founder and president of Event Garde, a professional development consulting firm based in Grand Rapids, Mich. Website: www.eventgarde.com.

It was a Friday night and it had been a long week. I was just starting to unwind when my iPhone’s email notifications starting coming full blast. Continue reading

Refreshing Your Association Meetings

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Meeting attendance has been on the decline for many associations. If yours is following the trend, it might be time to transform or refresh your meeting. According to Velvet Chainsaw Consulting, CoreNet, an association for corporate real estate professionals, increased registration revenue by 49% and sponsorship revenue by 73% by revamping its meeting, a stunning achievement at a time when many groups are questioning the future of their gatherings. Continue reading

Speaker Coaching: The Key to Unlocking Top-Rated Conference Sessions

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This week’s blog post on speaker coaching is re-posted with permission from Aaron D. Wolowiec,  founder and president of Event Garde, a professional development consulting firm based in Grand Rapids, Mich. Website: www.eventgarde.com.

When’s the last time your organization’s education committee was asked to identify the three to five greatest challenges currently inhibiting its industry speakers from reaching their fullest potential during the annual conference? Continue reading

Selecting and Coaching Speakers to Deliver Quality Digital Presentations

selecting-speakersThis week’s blog post on association marketing is re-posted with permission from Aaron D. Wolowiec,  founder and president of Event Garde, a professional development consulting firm based in Grand Rapids, Mich. Website: www.eventgarde.com.

In a traditional call for presentations, a general invitation is released to an organization’s key constituents to submit topic ideas for a program. Continue reading

Calls for Presentations: No Longer the Best Approach?

Bullhorn_announce_123Signup_Blog300pxIn a recent webinar with Aaron Wolowiec – an expert in meeting management and learning strategy – 55% of the participants polled indicated that they use calls for presentations (CFPs) to find presenters for their meetings. It’s been a popular method among meeting planners, but it’s not necessarily the right method, according to Aaron. And his reasons were compelling. Continue reading

Advancing Association Meetings Through Brain Science

BrainThis week’s blog is re-posted with permission from Aaron D. Wolowiec, MSA, CAE, CMP, CTA. Aaron is the founder and president of Event Garde, a professional development consulting firm based in Grand Rapids, Mich. Website: www.eventgarde.com

Whether you’re a planner, a CEO, a supplier or whether you fill some other role, think back to the very first conference for which you selected/hired a speaker. Maybe it was for an association event, a church event, a community event or some other program altogether. Continue reading

11 Ideas for Partnering with Local Venues

networksThis week’s blog is re-posted with permission from Aaron D. Wolowiec, MSA, CAE, CMP, CTA. Aaron is the founder and president of Event Garde, a professional development consulting firm based in Grand Rapids, Mich. Website: www.eventgarde.com.

When’s the last time this happened to you? There’s a highly recommended, world-class speaker you’d like to feature at an upcoming program.
She’s perfect for your event in every way, except for the associated price tag. After much negotiation, you’re able to secure the “friends and family” discount; however, it’s still more than you’ve budgeted. Continue reading

Instructional Design: The New Normal

This week’s blog is re-posted with permission from Aaron D. Wolowiec, MSA, CAE, CMP, CTA. Aaron is the founder and president of Event Garde, a professional development consulting firm based in Grand Rapids, Mich. Website: www.eventgarde.com

I fled this week from the blustery temperatures of Grand Rapids, MI to a warmer climate in Dallas, TX. Always the bridesmaid (facilitator) and never the bride (learner), it was a chance for me to turn the tables and become a participant in ATD’s Master Instructional Designer Program. Continue reading

The Makings of Marketing Mavens

Puzzle-123SignupThis week’s blog by Kristen Parker is re-posted with permission from Aaron D. Wolowiec, MSA, CAE, CMP, CTA. Aaron is the founder and president of Event Garde, a professional development consulting firm based in Grand Rapids, Mich. Website: www.eventgarde.com

Two years after graduating college, I entered the association world. I served as director of communications for an association for four years – and I loved every minute of it. As all association professionals understand, resources were thin but job responsibilities were huge. I was all things communications, media relations and public relations.  Continue reading