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6 Simple Ways to Add Creativity and Fun to Events

I have previously discussed the role of fun in corporate events. Now, fun isn't appropriate for all events, but when it is, you can pick up ideas from tradeshows, corporate events, and what's in the news. Here are 6 creative ideas to boost the enjoyment many different types of events.… Read more

Trouble with (And Potential Solution To) Hiring and Promoting

The internet, digital media, and technology advancements have changed the way we live and work so dramatically that life without these tools is often hard to imagine. However, when it comes to hiring and promoting employees, even major companies have trouble fully utilizing the tools and information available to them. Read more

Every L.A. Neighborhood Tells a Story. What’s Yours?

Meet L.A. A thriving destination boasting uniquely L.A. experiences, endless entertainment, culture and world-class amenities. A welcoming city where days are filled with warm sunshine, Los Angeles is the entertainment capital of the world offering myriad exclusive attractions where unforgettable customized experiences can be delivered to any type of group.A… Read more

Does social media have a place in your professional development initiatives?

"Sharing knowledge for more effective meetings and more productive individuals;" it's right there at the top of our website. Social media sounds tailor-made for sharing knowledge, doesn't it? But does it work in our world of meetings and professional development? We surveyed CMPD members about their current usage of social… Read more

Cvent CONNECT Chronicles: Arianna Huffington Set to Deliver Keynote Address

Arianna Huffington will deliver the keynote speech at this year’s Cvent CONNECT conference. As the co-founder, president, and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Media Group—an influential online news organization with a prolific digital presence—she personifies one of the central tenets of meeting and event success and of our conference: the… Read more

Former Avon CEO Andrea Jung, TED Prize Winner Sugata Mitra, and Graffiti Artist Erik Wahl to Keynote ATD 2015 International Conference & Exposition

The Association for Talent Development will hold its 2015 International Conference & Exposition on May 17-20, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. The conference is the premier international event for those in the talent development profession.Click here to read full version. Read more

Event Apps: Helping Attendees Network

Social media has made it easy for people to meet and establish relationships online. As a result, when people attend an event, they are excited about meeting their online peers in person. They do not want to leave those important connections to chance.Savvy event organizers will provide their attendees with… Read more

HOW TO: Innovate

Innovation is a word I've heard so many times, I've threatened to remove it from the dictionary. But here's the thing - our industry really needs to evolve. We've made some big strides in the past few years, but I still think our industry needs to embrace INNOVATION in a… Read more

Discover Detroit, America’s Great Comeback City

Discover Detroit, America’s great comeback cityWith an energy and vitality that are hard to resist, Detroit is America’s great comeback city. Billions have recently been invested into revitalizing downtown Detroit, where visitors will find something fresh and exciting around every corner.   Named one of the hottest U.S. cities for 2015… Read more

Incentive Destinations: Northwest Territories, Canada

Canada has 3 territories: Nunavut, Yukon, and the Northwest Territories. By far the most heavily populated territory is the Northwest Territories, where everything from meetings to rugged adventures can be accommodated.During the warmer months, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, white water rafting, and helicopter tours are the adventures of choice. Groups seeking… Read more

Tools That Limit Distraction May Raise Student Performance in Online Classes

For students taking courses online, the endless distractions of the Internet can be a hindrance to success. But using software to limit those diversions can make a big difference.That’s the takeaway from a new study, which found that limiting distractions can help students perform better and also improve course completion.A… Read more

First Nations and Indigenous Event Venues in Canada

When event planners and their clients are interested in providing attendees with unique cultural experiences and opportunities to give back to the community, head to Canada where a number of indigenous communities have built resorts, hotels, and event venues, often on reserve land, to do just that.Aurora Village (Northwest Territories)"Aurora… Read more