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 end of each work day, many leave the office or shut down their laptops thinking, “What did I accomplish today” or “Was I productive enough?” One thing that can cut into how productive someone was that day is meetings. Yes, they are absolutely 100% needed; they are where we share ideas, collaborate, make decisions and come together as a group to update one another on the many things our teams juggle on a daily basis. What is not needed is a meeting where time is wasted because of preventable reasons.
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.
It happens. Whether you have summer plans or not, whether you’re returning from a vacation or about to leave for one, during at least one point in the summer, we all get a case of the “lazy work days of summer.” There are ways to avoid feeling lazy or becoming distracted from your work during the summer and can also be used all year around!
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
By Joe Sapp & Gregg Talley
We’ve heard that saying before and in the age of hybrid events, virtual meetings, social media and the up and coming Millennial Generation, there seems to be an assumption that the virtual environment is preferred over face-to-face meetings. Not so. Check out this article. In a recent study, "87% of all professionals believe face-to-face meetings are essential for clinching business deals.” 78% of Gen Xers and 80% of Millennials feel the same. Staggering stats. People still crave the emotional, physical connection made when conducting business. This translates to our meetings. Meetings are Business. Even if you are holding an educational conference, there is always some sort of business being conducted, whether through networking, sharing ideas, brainstorming, discussing general business, etc. These impromptu conversations would not happen virtually and usually happen at the coffee station.
That’s not to say technology isn’t important. Attendees like utilizing technology to link to colleagues who were unable to travel to the meeting, share information and include multiple people around the world for discussions. It’s important to balance hybrid and virtual events with face to face meetings. As mentioned above, attendees receive the emotional and physical connection with attendees at a conference and impromptu conversations are more likely to occur when face to face. Yes, costs are higher for a face to face meeting, but the outcome provides an excellent opportunity for ROI. As quoted by a TMG employee, “They may have to spend a little more money to get to our meeting, but a hand shake, eye to eye contact and networking are better.”