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My Event is Underperforming Part 3

Posted By Dana Saal, CMP, CAE, Friday, August 5, 2016
Updated: Thursday, June 2, 2016

Resources for Parallel Development, a.k.a. borrowing the best ideas

Last month’s article, Simple and Impactful Changes to Abate Shrinking Attendance, offered ways to stimulate registration. Previously, Shrinking Attendance? challenged you to honestly examine key event areas.

I conclude with resources to inspire and educate. Yes, some are obvious, but as long-time pros, we occasionally forget the obvious.

Industry Publications

There are more publications (paper, digital) than we can each month. However, they are valuable for staying current with trends and technology.

  • Identify your key areas (e.g. exhibit management, corporate meetings) and subscribe to appropriate publications.
  • Read them. 
  • For future reference, bookmark articles by subtopic. Easy to find, easy to delete when outdated.

Others’ Events

  • Attend meetings to observe the attendee experience as an outsider. Choose meetings of similar size, but in different industries. e.g. you plan medical; attend one for educators. Invite the other planner to do the same and exchange constructive criticisms.
  • Attend meeting industry events to remember how it feels to be an attendee. It makes you empathetic toward participants who wait in lines, discover empty coffee pots and eat food they didn’t choose. 
  • It is very easy to become a planner who knows only his/her meeting. That limits you.

Other Planners

  • Stay connected with other planners in person, via social media, and as buddies who toss ideas back and forth.
  • Increase Google search success by using specific search terms. It works; I got 18,200,000 results for “How to create an event marketing plan that excites.”

Connecting and continuing education will always be fruitful sources. 

Dana L. Saal, CMP, CAE, has been a meeting professional since 1986. She is an expert in the design and execution of association meetings, with a record of increased participant satisfaction and registrations. She designs training programs, meetings and conventions for associations, specializing in helping associations rejuvenate underperforming events that target audiences want to attend and are profitable for the stakeholders. 

 

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