The Best Laid Plans of Multi-Tasking

I get really cranky when my schedule gets thrown off. A disciple of the “block yo calendar” ninja method, it used to be easy enough to compartmentalize my time but lately I feel my black belt status might be slipping away from me. I’m accountable for lots of stuff, much of which, since I’m still in…

Before You Respond to that Email, Pause

Why are we so conditioned to respond immediately to emails? This reblog from HBR takes a look at how we can all work towards developing stronger and salient communication channels in a 24-7 world. As someone who reads about half of her email on my mobile device, I especially love these tips to pause and…

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Madeleine Albright is still Team #COCO but reminds Conan that true ladies own the conversation I’m counting down the days to primary season, but first Mashable takes a look at why these midterms might be the most important time in electoral politics in quite some time Participants confirm what conference planners have always hoped, they’re…

The Real Revolution in Online Education Isn’t MOOCs

HBR’s Michelle Weise offers a compelling look at competency-based learning. I see this article as another piece of good news for associations such as NSA that offer business growth and stagecraft skills based on accepted experts from the communications and meetings/events industries. What will be interesting to see is if associations can effectively compete with…

How to How To

My boss always laughs and says that I should name my first book, All My Circuses, All My Monkeys. Many days, I tend to agree with him. What I do for a living can look like a heck of a lot of fun, what with the travel and suspended world of events, but in reality,…

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Forbes tells me 6 new ways to get my coworkers and boss to love my ideas Smart meetings are thinking digital: Check out PCMA Convene’s latest article on live streaming featuring Digitell’s great simulcast system Velvet Chainsaw’s Jeff Hurt never fails with a great 2015 forecast for social media, customer service, and what’s hot in…

Engagement as a Shared Function

You ever heard the expression, too many cooks, not enough broth? I feel that way about engagement as a shared function. It sometimes raises my hackles, just like when you’re reminded about that TPS report cover sheet you forgot to include: Which drives me crazy because shared engagement with prospects, members, and/or the greater community shouldn’t…

“Write Drunk, Edit Sober”

I’ve often said, the best and worst thing about having a blog is that it allows you to write. And to write about whatever you want. Not even a job for many of us, but an impetus that drives our thoughts from a jumble to a somewhat orderly sentence, you can run the gamut from…

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Experience Design: Hospitality Edition

What is the best experience we can design for our participant? Like user experience design for software, with conventions and conferences, you really need to best understand how the end user will experience the event based on their already established common behaviors and patterns (ie Steve Jobs knew you didn’t really want to do three…

The Individual vs. the Whole

How do you make your career decisions? Do you guide the planning for your career or are you letting your organization or company make those choices for you? Do you think about your personal goals and objectives, your organization’s goals and objectives, or a combination of both? As an learning and training director, this is something…

Keep On Keepin’ On

Day to day can be so tough. It might be that same project you’ve been trying to work on for weeks, or a series of calls from people you don’t want to talk to that seemingly get booked back to back for weeks on end, or those emails that just keep piling up because they…

Jumping Off the Ledge

I’ve been at some great in person events this August, MPI’s #WEC14 in Minneapolis, ASAE’s Annual Meeting in Nashville, and closing it out with Collinson Media’s Connect Marketplace in Orlando. I’ve been a participant at all of them, and a hosted buyer in the ConnectMP expo, which is a nice change from running my own…

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It’s convention evaluation time and next steps in the 2015 and 2016 cycle so my week has a lot of focus on: Adrian Segar’s Four Important truths for conference evaluation Re-reading Velvet Chainsaw’s amazing 2013 Speaker Report and checking out Sarah Michel’s Connexity concepts Writing great learning objectives with advice from eLearning expert, Connie Malamed Planning…