From paper straws to composting to reducing plastic use and overall disposal, people and companies everywhere are doing whatever they can to be more sustainable. At home and in the office, it can be easy to make changes but what about meetings hosting hundreds of attendees? I reviewed what we (the Meetings Team at Talley Management Group) does and together, we shared our ideas of how we integrate sustainability into our client partner events and meetings.
At the beginning of January, PCMA- the world’s largest network of Business Events Strategists- hosted its most important, influential and inspiring industry event, Convening Leaders. Each year this event brings together business events professionals from around the world. This year’s conference was held in Pittsburgh and was themed “Disrupt and Deliver,” focusing on ways to break from the old, finding new and innovative methods of planning unforgettable events.
Talley Management Group, Inc. (TMG), a leading association management company with national and international connections, announces the addition of Tina C. Squillante, CMP, taking the role of Senior Meeting Manager for several TMG global client partners.
"As Talley Management Group grows, we need seasoned professionals that will provide the outstanding customer service and overall management that we are known and respected for,” said TMG President and CEO, Gregg Talley, FASAE, CAE. “Tina’s extensive background in meeting and event development and execution will greatly benefit current, new and prospective client partners, especially those with an international membership."
Tina specializes in medical and scientific educational meetings, having worked with the American Society of Transplantation (AST), the International Pediatric Transplant Society (IPTS) and the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI). Her role has expanded to include strategic planning, brand development and cause marketing. In her various positions, Tina was instrumental in the growth of non-dues revenue generation for her clients to include grant writing, special event fundraising and industry relations.
Think about events you have attended; any event-a wedding, a conference, a birthday party-which one stands out the most to you? Why? Did you love the food? Was the DJ great? Did you get to take home the centerpiece that was filled with your favorite flowers? Why was it memorable? Believe it or not, there is a science behind event design and management and TMG happens to have experts that know all about the elements that will make a lasting impression on your attendees.
Topics: Meeting Planning, Meetings, Events, Meeting Room Set-Up, Meetings and Events, Mobile Apps, Event Experiences, Non-Dues Revenue, Education Events, Medical Meetings, positive change, Heather Seasholtz, experiential event design
We’ve all been there-stuck on another conference call or in a meeting that seems to have lost focus. How much time do we spend in meetings or on calls that are not accomplishing what they are set up to do? Studies show a typical employee spends 31 hours a month in unproductive meetings. That is a lot of wasted time, too much. Whether you are leading a team meeting or are a participant, we can all contribute to improving how we spend time in meetings and make them as productive as possible.
March Madness has begun. Brackets are being developed, lucky jerseys are being worn daily-fans are ready. When it comes to marketing a meeting however, there is no place for madness.
Topics: Marketing, Meeting Planning, Meetings, Trends, Communication, Membership Marketing, Social Media, Conference Management, Meetings and Events, Communications, Conference Planning, Convention Management, Event Experiences, March Madness
This month was an exciting one here at Talley, we had our annual Bug Out event that we hosted at our headquarters this year. Many employees brought family members to share in on the fun, which included food trucks, the moon bounce, hula hoop contests and all-around fun. Thank you to Ashley Duffy for organizing and Gregg Talley for hosting another fantastic family friendly event where the Talley team was able to come together and enjoy the summer fun. We were even able to raise money for ASPCA during the event from our employees, and we will continue to do so throughout August in the office.
If you’ve been to any kind of meeting lately, you’ve likely noticed that room set-ups have changed. I was at a recent IAEE meeting and my colleagues and I were snickering at the sofas that had been installed way up in the front. The last laugh was on us, however, when, as the day progressed, there wasn’t an inch of space to be had on those now very comfortable-looking, relaxing and even enticingly soft sofas! Could foot massagers be far behind?
As we close out 2012 one question that everyone is wishing they had an answer to is "what is in store for us in 2013?" Are we going to see a bounce back or will the economy continue to drag along? PCMA chatted Gregg Talley, CAE, FASAE President and CEO of Talley Management Group and asked what he thought 2013 will look like for meeting planners. Click here to see what Gregg had to say on PCMA's website.