Are you ready for a cringe-worthy cheerleading chant? "A-V, R-F-P. You need this stuff, now buy from me." We can all agree that the thought of our tech team with pom-poms and fist-pumps sounds particularly painful. Unfortunately, that often pales in comparison to the feelings that well-up through the actual process of going out to bid for AV services.
Today’s meeting planners are challenged by their internal and external clients to keep the momentum of a meeting going well after it concludes. Here are some ideas that may help keep your event front of mind with the attendees after they have departed.
William Moulton Marston, a physiological psychologist with a Ph.D. from Harvard, introduced the DiSC Behavior Model in his 1928, <em>Emotions of Normal People</em>. In the book, he introduced his theory on the impact that human emotions have on behavior and how behavior may change over time. His goal was to identify practical explanations that would help people understand behavior and how to better relate with others.
The meetings and events industry is affected by many factors, and the global economy is a big one. Even if your events are held only in the U.S. or even in one region of the country, the global economy has an impact on your budget.
More than 220 million meetings are conducted in America each month. Because I’m an entrepreneur who’s providing the fastest-growing network of meetings and conference venues in the U.S., you would think I’d be doing cartwheels and flips over this opportunity.
The truth: Your meetings are costing you… Say you have 10 employees making $70K/year. They are getting paid $35/hour. Put them all in a room for 1 hour and that meeting just cost you $350…BUT a survey conducted by Harris Poll found that U.S. employees spend about 40% of their time at work in meetings. Now you are spending about $5,600/week on those 10 employees going to meetings.
Planning and managing a meeting outside the U.S. can be complicated. There are 196 countries and more than 6,000 spoken languages around the world. Let’s not forget the cultural and business differences, varying taxes and border entry requirements to manage as well.
Recent surveys by Meetings & Conventions Magazine as well as by PCMA’s Convene have shown that as the job market continues to improve, meeting professionals are realizing a higher salary and taking home nearly 10 percent more than last year.