Jackpot! Finally a Project Management Tool for High-Performing Meeting and Event Organizers

The evolution of event technology has elevated our profession to the next level enabling organizers to concentrate their efforts on developing goal-driven, emotional and experiential events, rather than on data management and other low-value tasks. Combine the adoption of innovative technologies with a strategic meeting management (SMM) framework; organizations are poised to increase efficiency, transparency, and ultimate control over their …

Dealing With Meeting Disruptions

Published in Insurance & Meetings Management Magazine ~ August 1, 2017  ** As the hospitality community and event organizers continue to navigate the ever-changing global landscape of unpredictable disruptors, there has been an amazing display of resiliency and camaraderie among peer groups as they share best practices, successes and lessons learned. I recently had the opportunity to moderate a panel …

Outlook 2017: ‘Wait and See’ – New Rules, New Administration and New Challenges Around the Corner

Published in Insurance & Financial Insurance Management Magazine – November 1, 2016 ** As we bid farewell to 2016 and look around the corner to 2017, the financial and Insurance meetings industry will continue to tread cautiously among economic pressures as well as domestic and global uncertainties. Event planners in the marketplace are experiencing unique challenges based on their company’s …

Take a Risk – Add Humor to your Next Event

Are you looking for alternative ways to shake things up with your meeting content or at least sprinkle in something new to engage attendees? Why not add some humor! No matter the audience, integrating humor in a thoughtful manner can be a welcomed change and a compliment to a traditional or technical content approach that attendees are accustomed to experiencing. …

The Onsite Amenity Experience! “Wow” Attendees, Extend Brand Awareness and Integrate Charitable Giving

The opportunity to deliver a well-rounded event experience continues to escalate due to maturity of the industry, technological innovations and creative disruptors. When it comes to the onsite amenity gift experience, the days are long gone where organizations are confined to providing a “one size fits all” experience or purchasing luxury products directly from the manufacturer, shipping and designing an …

Safeguarding Event Deposits and Payments

The global event industry continues to evolve and is directly influenced by current economic environments.  In recent years, we have seen world economies impacted and crippled by catastrophic events such as 9/11, extreme weather, virus outbreaks, the housing market collapse and destabilization of currencies. Based on these events, there always seems to be an unfavorable impact to the meeting industry …

Six Keynote Speaker Messages that Resonate and Why

Researching and deciding on a session or keynote speaker who can deliver on an intended objective and truly resonate with an audience can be exhausting, if only because of the seemingly endless talent available in the marketplace today. Fortunately, the Internet and speaker bureaus have made it easier to decipher the vast ocean of speaker options and to narrow down …

Todd Zint CMP, CMM, launches Ignite Event Solutions, LLC

After two decades of planning meetings, incentives and exhibits globally for fortune 500 companies, I’m excited to launch Ignite Event Solutions. The firm offers a portfolio of event services including end-to-end event design and planning, consultation and “a la carte” support based on the needs of clients. Organizations will have the ability to tap into my vast industry and global experience …

NFP’s 2016 Strategy Summit: A True Original

The 2016 NFP Strategy Summit conference held at the Omni Dallas went through a major marketing and logistical reinvention to enhance the multi-business line conference experience. NFP’s Marketing team reviewed all strategic and logistical facets of the meeting based on the recent brand launch to ensure the attendee experience was fulfilling, educational and informative. Areas of focus included messaging, brand continuity, thematic foyer and …