August 4, 2009
By Cara Beckerle, MMEO – Experient
Before it got syndicated five times a week and made into the background of an Oscar-winning movie, I occasionally watched the game show “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?”
The saving grace for a contestant who is stumped is one of their “lifelines.” Millionaire gives people a 50/50 lifeline, where two answers out of four are eliminated to give a 50% chance of the correct answer; Ask the Audience, where those in the studio give a consensus of what they think is correct to help guide the contestant, and Phone a Friend, where he or she gets to call a friend one to one for help on the answer.
As I was listening to Keith Ferrazzi, author of “Who’s Got Your Back,” at e4, I was reminded of this show. Keith’s talk centered around “lifeline relationships.” These are relationships that you can draw on to become successful in life – where you have the opportunity to be vulnerable and honest without fear of judgment. This kind of relationship is Read the rest of this entry »
July 30, 2009
By Cara Beckerle – Experient
My grandmother likes to joke that if she ever got separated from her daughters while shopping, all she had to do is listen for the loudest laughter and she would find them shortly thereafter. That’s the family I come from: full of fun, love and a lot of noise.
Family gatherings are always entertaining. I sometimes will sit back and observe the adults and children, packed into what is often a too-small space, enjoying each other’s company and plenty of delicious food. My dad is one of seven kids and my mom is one of five, so you can imagine the exponential growth of grandchildren and great-grandchildren that are currently running around at the holidays!
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July 29, 2009
By Leslie Wulfemeyer-Gilfillan – Experient
Whatever the purpose of the meeting or event is face-to-face gatherings advocate good will, better morale, relationships and networking. It’s difficult to establish a bond or build unity going eye-to-eye with a computer screen.
The biggest challenge in the corporate meetings environment today is establishing the need first and foremost for the meeting. Is there really a need to spend the money on an event, do we have a new product to launch? If we have the meeting, how elaborate can it be? Are we worried about the perception having a meeting would have? There are so many questions evolving on justifying meetings and the expense associated with them. If the meetings are approved, what level of a hotel/resort can we ‘get away with’ (perception). Can we have any off site functions, or any team-building events (again perception), even knowing it would motivate and build company morale.
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July 28, 2009
By Nancy Wise, CMP – Experient
What is the future value of your association and its annual “face 2 face” conference to your members? Today’s associations face many challenges, some of which are the same from years’ past, but some are new and unique to this decade.
For years associations have depended on their annual conference as not only a major revenue source, but also as the focal gathering point of the year for networking and education. Marketing successfully across the multi-generational workforce and the use of technology including social networking are both crucial elements of today’s and future association efforts to draw and retain member attendance.
Join us for an open discussion on what associations may need to consider moving forward in order for their annual conference to grow and remain a vital part of their member benefits as well as appeal to nonmembers.
July 24, 2009
My personal encounter with Walter Cronkite
by Brenda Houlihan – Experient, Inc.
In the event industry, we are all privileged to meet all walks of life including celebrities, politicians, or entrepreneurs. Recently, I was reminded of my brief encounter with an American icon, Walter Cronkite.
A few years back, I was working on an event and supporting the transportation and security elements of a high tech conference. I remember checking on the shuttle buses when a limo pulled into the WDW Dolphin porte couchere. I had instructed the transportation company that all VIP traffic was to be directed to the front entrance. I was noticeably aggravated, when my transportation coordinator responded, “it‘s the conference talent and they need to be dropped off at the ballroom.”
The limo pulled up and out stepped an agent, then an assistant and then Walter Cronkite. I immediately recognized the stately gentleman because he had been invited into my family’s home each evening at 6:00 pm. The busy activity of a home with five active kids would come to a silencing halt. My father would command that there would be silence, an almost reverence to the “Evening News with Walter Cronkite.” I thought how Walter Cronkite had shaped Read the rest of this entry »