ELI Virtual Event Profile: Suzanne Neve

ELI Virtual Event Profile: Suzanne Neve

For over 20 years, the Florida Festivals & Events Association (FFEA) has promoted large community events in Florida, including festivals, food & wine events, and state and local fairs. FFEA supports more than 700 event industry professional members who...
29 Tips to Successfully Promote Your Virtual Event

29 Tips to Successfully Promote Your Virtual Event

The planning is underway – goals are set, the agenda is coming together, speakers are coming on board, and platforms are in place. Now, it’s time to start promoting your virtual event. One benefit to virtual events is the opportunity to appeal more broadly to those...
ELI Virtual Event Profile: Sharon Schenk, CMP

ELI Virtual Event Profile: Sharon Schenk, CMP

Like many others, at the end of April 2020, Sharon Schenk, Director, Conventions and Event Management for CCA Global Partners, knew their in-person summer convention couldn’t proceed as planned. The annual education and networking event typically brings together 1,500...
How to Keep Event and Meeting Skills Sharp

How to Keep Event and Meeting Skills Sharp

What can event and meeting pros do to keep their skills relevant and up-to-date? Even in pre-pandemic times, continuing education and professional development were paramount. And as our industry continues to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic, the need is even higher....
Four Content Design Tips for Virtual Events and Meetings

Four Content Design Tips for Virtual Events and Meetings

The Event Leadership Institute began serving up online education for event and meeting professionals in 2010. In those last ten years, we’ve seen – and been a champion of – the continued evolution of effective online content and education delivery.  Now that...
14 Inspirational Reads for Event and Meeting Planners

14 Inspirational Reads for Event and Meeting Planners

Let’s face it: 2020 has thrown us plenty of jabs and sucker punches to the gut. But what has been amazing to watch is the strength, resiliency, and creativity of the events and meetings industry kick into full gear in response. Companies have pivoted on a dime and...
Planning for the Return of Modified In-Person Events

Planning for the Return of Modified In-Person Events

“Until we meet again.” Sure, that’s the catchphrase found in many movies and songs. But event and meetings pros have been saying this since the pandemic began – longing for the days to be back together, doing what they love. And it isn’t just event and meeting pros...
The Essential Checklist for Virtual Event Planning

The Essential Checklist for Virtual Event Planning

Ask any planner about their most valuable tool, and most will sing the praises of checklists. With endless details to keep track of pre-, during, and post-event, a list makes the to-dos more manageable and provides sanity-saving peace-of-mind too. Of course, there...
How to Plan a Virtual Non-Profit Fundraising Event

How to Plan a Virtual Non-Profit Fundraising Event

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused massive disruption to calendars. Birthday celebrations have been replaced with drive-by parades, social gatherings now take place via Zoom happy hours, and many community-based events – including fundraisers – have been canceled...
Situation Report: Questions About the Purpose of Virtual Events

Situation Report: Questions About the Purpose of Virtual Events

The Event Leadership Institute checks in weekly with two select groups from across the US and Canada: event-planning businesses and event-technology companies. Group members report on how their firms are faring and offer coping strategies amid the massive disruption...
Virtual Event Lingo: 23 Terms to Know

Virtual Event Lingo: 23 Terms to Know

Event and meeting planners joke – for a good reason — about the unique lingo that’s second nature for our industry. A/V✓ BEO✓ CMP✓ F&B✓ RFP✓ But the rise in virtual events and meetings has brought about a whole new vocab. Whether you’re new to the industry...
Win-Win Venue Contracts Mean Identifying These Planner Personas

Win-Win Venue Contracts Mean Identifying These Planner Personas

Smarticle Most event planners want a venue contract in which everybody wins. However, because they’re also accountable to someone—a boss or a client—some are tempted to use negotiation tactics that can catch venue sales representatives off guard. Venues should be on...
When Having a Personal Brand Comes in Really Handy

When Having a Personal Brand Comes in Really Handy

Smarticle READ TIME: 4 minutes No one wants to be judged solely on the assumptions of others or how things appear. One way to prevent that is to build a personal brand over which you have control. Having a personal brand—an expectation about what you bring to the...