Lessons From 100 Episodes Dedicated to the Meeting and Events Industry

Check out the 100th episode of The Conference Talk Show when Thom Singer and I chat about what has changed over the last two years, including:

The Rise of the Emcee: In virtual events over the last 2 years, emcees engaged participants, rallyed enthusiasm, and made meetings better. A great master of ceremonies can be a secret weapon for meeting professionals. As we move back to in-person events and see hybrid events as well, emcees are a vital part of any team.

Booking Times Are Short for All Vendors: Thom and I are seeing lead times as short as 3 weeks for an in-person event and less than a week for virtual meetings. As event professionals navigate the shifting comfort of gathering in person, booking hotels, caterers, speakers, etc. in advance has become more difficult. When working with speakers, don’t hesitate to keep the lines of communication open. Most of us are happy to hold a couple of dates and be flexible.

Stress Is On The Rise: Meeting professionals are well represented in my job stress study – and always top the lists of stressful jobs. These past two years have seen unprecedented stress. Thom and I are at your service to talk through hybrid strategies, give suggestions for speakers, or lend an ear on a stressful day.

Thanks for a remarkable 100 episodes. We will be back in 2022 with monthly episodes starting January 17th.

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Please nominate anyone who serves the event industry who has gone above and beyond: event professionals, speakers, vendors, hotels, CVBs it all counts! Submit your nomination at ConferenceHeroAward.com

Catch the Conference Talk Show once per month on Monday mornings at 11 am CT live on Facebook or watch all of our episodes on our YouTube Channel. We interview meeting industry professionals and share what is effective and ground-breaking in face-to-face, virtual, and hybrid meetings.

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