Over the last few years, their has been an undeniable change in the world. Economically the world is a different place and we’re all managing how we are to adapt and grow. Obviously technology plays a huge role in how we live our daily lives now, and multiple tech companies helping individuals and businesses connect instantly, work with increased efficiency and much cheaper than before. Free collaboration and document sharing tools existing ‘in the cloud’ make it much easier to work with groups of people remotely. Google has a plethora of tools & apps like: google chat, docs, calendars & google sites. Other free tools I like: dropbox, box, teamgantt, evernote are very easy to start using.
As meeting and event professionals we need to embrace this change and help our clients deliver their goals and objectives effectively and efficiently.
Companies large and small have a huge opportunity to engage with their consumers and employees, to boost relationships, trust and transparency. As specialists in our Industry we need to keep up with constant evolving trends that can facilitate reaching these goals.
There are SO many great outlets to receive more education and learn about changes taking place in our Industry. I recently watched a webinar on the MPI website by Peter Fisk who will be speaking at the European Meetings & Events Conference (EMEC) this month. His presentation was all about the changes that will take place leading up to 2020! Currently the population is over 7 Billion. There are 50 Billion Devices and by 2020 2.5 Trillion connections will be made! Another interesting point made in the webinar: GE, HP, Microsoft, MTV and the iPod were all created during a recession, again, in a time when great change is taking place!
Attendees do not want to spend long lengths of time sitting and watching the same old passive powerpoint presentations. Event goers are now wanting innovative, experiential events, with hands on learning, team work, interactivity where their opinions are counted and change is welcomed.
“It is not the strongest in the species that survive,
nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”
~ Charles Darwin
MPI, PCMA, IMEX are a great resource for educational content. Look at events like Eventcamp that is organized by Industry professionals coming together to lead the way with innovative conference learning styles for planners /producers /suppliers.
Also for inspiration…..checkout SXSW a huge music, film and interactive event that just keeps growing.
And to end this post….the lastest video by Eric Qualmann, Author of Socialnomics showing what technology replaces in this digital age!
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