Tag Archives for meetings

I Deactivated My Facebook Account

And here’s what happened… After months of contemplation and debate, I deactivated my Facebook page. Like many folks, I’ve tired of the too-many-to-count hacking scandals that have plagued the internet over the past year. Facebook was one of many sites to suffer this sad fate. On a related note, data privacy has become increasingly important […]

Irma and the Eye of the Storm: Lessons Learned From a Force Majeure Event

I’ve planned meetings for nearly twenty years.  In a previous job, I rescheduled a meeting because of an approaching hurricane.  The meeting wasn’t in the hurricane belt, but the storm would have disrupted enough flights to limit attendance.  The following year, I helped another group move a meeting that was scheduled to take place just […]

My Top Ten Meeting Planner List

Recently I was asked for a list of tips/tricks that help me every day as a meeting planner:  both personally and professionally.  Putting this list together was fun, but it was also a challenge, and not in a way that one might think.  Finding ten things that I do daily – and are suitable for […]

Social Media Trends to Watch for in 2017: Part II

Here’s a continuation of our last blog on social media trends for 2017: Dependence on mobile technology: Free and reliable wireless internet access is becoming more widely available, especially in the meetings and hospitality industry.  Mobile technology continues to advance and the most popular social media channels are adapting to that demand.  Expect social networks […]

What Did the Pokémon GO Craze Mean for Meetings?

Did you get up and go this past summer:  did you play “Pokémon GO,” a location-based mobile reality game?  Even if you didn’t partake in the Pokémon GO craze, you likely heard about its mesmerizing effects in the media.  This extremely popular free mobile game has been credited with dramatic weight loss in some participants […]

Using Hashtags for Events

The Spring tradeshow season is a busy one, only surpassed by the Fall tradeshow season. I am celebrating 20 years (!) in the event management business this year: six years as a tradeshow manager in the publishing industry and 14 years of producing the convention itself. Over the years, I have learned not to even […]

Managing the Digital Media Budget

Mobile technology has managed to invade nearly every corner of our lives.  Many of us express wonder about how we ever conducted our professional lives without our smartphones and tablets.  Events are evolving into an age where moderators now ask the audience to leave their portable electronic devices on – instead of turning them off. […]

Four Apps for Meetings and Hospitality Professionals

Many professionals rely on their smartphones and tablets more than ever before.  Here are some go-to apps to consider: TinyScan Turn your mobile device into a portable scanner!  Scan and email color or black and white images as PDF files. Penultimate Sketching ideas during a site inspection – whether it’s a floor plan or a […]

Welcome to the OpenMindWorks™ Blog! What You Won’t Find Here

Thanks for stopping by!  Your time is valuable and I intend to make your visits here as productive and meaningful as possible.  My commitment to you, the reader, and to the integrity of this blog is to impart practical information and to generate thought and conversation.  And perhaps even some controversy along the way! For […]