Virtual Event Planning: A Round-Up of 25 Need-to-Know Stats

Virtual Event Planning: A Round-Up of 25 Need-to-Know Stats

When should I start promoting my virtual event? What is the best time to hold a webinar? Should I charge for my virtual event? We’ve sifted through recent reports and new research that’s been pouring in to find the answers to these and many other pressing questions...
Recession-Proofing Your Job: Do You Know Your VORP?

Recession-Proofing Your Job: Do You Know Your VORP?

READ TIME: 5 minutes We’re currently in the longest economic expansion since World War II, 125 months specifically, as I write this. It’s not a matter of “if” we’ll head into a recession; it’s a question of when, for how long, and how bad. The last...
What’s the Difference Between Leadership & Management?

What’s the Difference Between Leadership & Management?

Smarticle READ TIME: 2.75 minutes I run an in-house event team. In my last review, when I asked what it would take to get promoted to the next level, my boss said I needed to go beyond just ‘managing’ my team, and to start demonstrating ‘leadership’ (e.g. thought...
Embracing and Leveraging Millennial Strengths

Embracing and Leveraging Millennial Strengths

Entitled.  Self-obsessed. Narcissistic. Distracted. These terms carry a strong negative connotation and without doubt are insulting to any person between the ages of circa 22 – 37. I would even argue that the term “millennial” itself, denotes a negative undertone....
Be a Networking Superhero

Be a Networking Superhero

In todays’ digital, global world, making genuine human connections is becoming increasingly difficult.  We have grown accustomed to the ease of sitting in our offices at our desks, or at satellite or home offices sending LinkedIn invitations with personal notes hoping...
More Than Just Fancy Acronyms!

More Than Just Fancy Acronyms!

As an Event Leader, becoming a member of a professional association related to the meetings and events industry needs to come from a place of self-motivation and self-advocacy. Unlike some highly regulated industries, to carry the title of Event Leader, Event Planner,...
The Leadership Teeter Totter – Perception Deception

The Leadership Teeter Totter – Perception Deception

As leaders in the events industry we have all had our leadership style analyzed, our strengths and weaknesses identified, and have taken a barrage of courses on how to work with different generations, cultures, and to deal with diversity in the workplace.   In today’s...
The New Year’s Elephant | A Guide For Event Leaders

The New Year’s Elephant | A Guide For Event Leaders

Whether you are one to set New Year’s resolutions or not we all are asked by our loved ones, colleagues, friends and even our personal trainers or local baristas what we plan to do differently, commit too or change in the year ahead. As a traditionalist I am normally...
The Event Leaders Guide to Holiday Season Survival

The Event Leaders Guide to Holiday Season Survival

For some, the appearance of holiday décor in the stores, party invitations in your mailbox, post office lineups and even the Salvation Army donation bell jingling outside of the grocery store can evoke feelings of despair instead of the holly jolly warmth of the...
How To Have An Effective Board Retreat

How To Have An Effective Board Retreat

The thought of a board retreat can evoke a whirlwind of thoughts that without a doubt contain words such as: goal-setting, business plan reviewing, strategic planning and an abundance of other terms that Boards generally discuss at retreats, in what sometimes feels...
Benefits Of Joining An Event Industry Association

Benefits Of Joining An Event Industry Association

About The Video Event Leadership Institute’s Mike Granek interviews Ingrid Nagy, CSEP, President of the International Live Events Association (ILEA), at the ILEA Live Event in Calgary. Ingrid shares her thoughts on a variety of topics; from the benefits of joining an...
The 4 Traits of a Successful Wedding Planner

The 4 Traits of a Successful Wedding Planner

On TV or in the movies, it seems like a clever kit and a bossy demeanor is all it takes to quit your job as an accountant and become a wedding planner.  After planning and designing weddings for nearly 13 years, I can tell you that no major crisis was ever averted...