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ILEA Portland Instagram Campaign

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As the President of the small, but mighty, Portland Chapter, it is impossible to ignore our lack of an abundance of social media worthy items to post to our Instagram account.  Our membership is small.  REALLY small.  That being the case, there is a limited number of creative partners to highlight, and thus we've been struggling to stay relevant online.  In an effort to reestablish a "footprint", an idea occurred to us: Why not promote the great work of ILEA members from cities around the world?  We are, after all, an International association, and  each and every chapter  is a great source of inspiration.     Over the past two weeks, we ran ...
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First time blogger on ILEA Hub.  Our main blog resides at http://imesevents.com/our-blog/   More to come soon!
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MAKING YOUR EVENT ROCK!

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The crowd is up dancing, clapping, singing along. For that one moment they are one group, sharing an experience. Its happens at every concert and people pay top dollar for the experience. Can you have the same experience at your gathering. YES! Music is powerful and should be used as part of any production plan. Walking though the mall the other day a I saw 3 DJs playing in stores. Lights and music draw much more attention than any old Sale sign. Retailers are getting the idea and so should you. Event planners are really in show business and its our job to create effective shows that do more than just entertain. The goal is to appeal to people in ways ...
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Hi Everyone! As we are approaching the end of the year, I wanted to challenge everyone to start thinking of your best events of 2016! I put together some quick tips for getting your award submissions ready early so you don't have to mess with it in April and May. I would love to see tons of our member's highlighted for amazing events. Stay tuned for submission dates and deadlines. Esprit Tips - Share with your Chapter.pdf Please reach out if you have any questions. Cheers! Lindse
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For the first time in many years, I had more than a passing interest in the Rio Olympic Games. I’m not sure if this is because my kids and I all started watching them together with opening ceremonies, or if because I can finally think about the Olympics without the sting of my experience at the 1996 Atlanta Games. I owe a lot to everything I learned the summer of 1996. While there were some highlights, like seeing the US Synchronized Swimming Team win the Gold medal in person, it was truly trial by fire on-site and after a grueling three weeks, I came out, licked my bruises and still chose to continue in the meeting and planning industry. ...
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Esprit Feedback

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Hi Everyone! As Esprit Chair for the upcoming year, I wanted to reach out and see who attending ILEA Live next week here in Austin would like to get together to chat all things ESPRIT AWARDS?! Our committee will be meeting Wednesday afternoon in hopes of continuing to improve the submission process, the categories and the overall experience. I welcome any feedback! Please send me an email if you are interested in getting a beverage during leadership or conference to discuss your experience and thoughts- lindsey@whimhospitality.com Thanks
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The future of the events industry is in the hands of one of the largest growing demographics: millennials. In fact, by 2020, millennials will make up a whopping 75% of the workforce — meetings and events included. But as the millennial workforce continues to grow, so does the need to bridge the gap between generational groups and understand why working with millennials doesn’t have to be a different game entirely. Both camps have a vested interest in inspiring positive change and advancement and luckily, can take steps towards this goal by bringing about a greater understanding of one another. Both generations have identified opportunities to bridge ...
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Successful event planning is often defined by the details. Here is a checklist of ingredients that ensure a smooth running event from the planning stage until the final wrap-up. Visit the venue. While photos are great and a lot of planning can be accomplished remotely, seeing a venue in-person for your meeting or event is the way to go. It allows you to visualize your event, ask important questions, understand the design of the venue and make note of things you may not have noticed in photos. If an in-person visit isn’t possible, check with the venue to see if a virtual tour is available. Have a RSVP process. You don’t want to pour your ...
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"Did you know 81% of guests say that entertainment is the most memorable part of a wedding. Don’t disappoint!" The days of Bridezilla and one dimensional weddings are long gone. Couples planning 2016 weddings are creating thoughtful, dynamic and meaningful events that, above all, give guests once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Help your clients wow their nearest and dearest with these delightful ideas trending now. GO BEYOND SATURDAY NIGHT Wedding Weekends are all the rage. With guests traveling from both near and far, couples want their guests to mix, mingle and have a blast the entire weekend. Welcome parties are gaining more attention ...
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FASHION AND FUNCTION

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We get to plan and attend some pretty cool events. It's fascinating to see how styles change depending on where you are. So many things from the culture to climate effect the look and feel of an event. It’s always a bit frustrating when people assume style only comes from either New York or Los Angeles. Nothing against those cities, but each city and town has there own style and taste waiting to be discovered. I’ve witnessed some event folks trying too hard to make an event something it’s not. Quirky and over the top does not work if it’s not functional. Often events go for the visual appeal and forget everything else. If you have triangle plates and ...
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Two years ago I started interviewing Event Planners to find out what your biggest pains and frustrations are. The goal of these interviews was to figure out how I could best add value to the industry and where the new business I was planning to create would fit. Over 200 interviews later, it's clear that Event Planners do not have an easy job! There were so many pains and frustrations and many of them serious. I started concentrating on proposals as it seemed like an area I could make a significant impact on the lives of Planners. I mean, there is little I can do about unreasonable client expectations or the difficulty in securing sponsorship nowadays, ...
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Hi Everyone! I am reaching out as VP of Education & Programs for ISES Austin to tell you about something new we are doing! Most of you know that ISES Austin has been doing what we like to call power lunches and power hours to gather small groups together to talk about topics that may not cast a wide enough net for a full educational meeting but are still very valuable for our members. We have done catering roundtables, venue chats, award submission tips and all kinds of other topics that come from our membership. This year we have been able to host a lot of sessions that focus on CSEP content and have had amazing attendance of between 20-30 members. ...
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I’m often asked for advice on finding a job in the event industry. That’s not easy to answer because the industry is so vast, but that’s also one of the things that is attractive to people. You can make your own path. I often hear people say “follow your passion”. I’m not sure people who say that even know what they are really saying. The word “passion” comes from the greek word pathéma. It literally means suffering, affliction, an undergoing, an enduring. It’s not a pleasant thing. We think of passion as something you love to do. Do what you love for your job. That’s great if you can and pay the bills, but the reality is that’s not always possible. There ...
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Steal This Idea...NOW!!!

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As the Chair of the Membership Development Committee, I am always seeking new ideas as to how we can engage our members. Morgan Connacher told me about a simple, but very effective initiative that ISES San Diego put into action at their last educational meeting. When guests checked in at the registration desk they were told that they had to find a board member in order to earn their drink ticket. The price of receiving said drink ticket was that each guest had to share with that board member what exactly they wanted to get our of their ISES membership in 2015-2016. This is a great way to survey your members and easy to execute. How can your chapter ...
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To view the original article, click here Every successful corporate event relies on a combination of trustworthy vendors. It can be a challenge finding the right vendor you need for each piece of the event you’re planning. If one vendor makes a mistake, it could reflect on you and damage the relationship you have with a client or other vendors. This is why vetting vendors and knowing exactly how to negotiate with them is such an important part of the event planning process. Here are 6 tips for choosing the best event vendors: 1. Determine your needs First, have a brainstorming session and come up with what you want each ...
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ISES Austin programs team is pleased to announce our 2nd annual Day of Education for Monday, August 10th from 8am-4:30. Full and half day options are available. We would love to see some attendance from all ISES Texas chapters and welcome anyone from out of state as well. Make a weekend of it! Speakers: - Kevin White - XPL - How to Think Like Google, Disney and Other Innovative Brands - Cindy Lo - Red Velvet Events - Entrepreneurship & Growing Your Business - Nikki Nuckols - Doodle Dog Advertising - SEO & Marketing Your Business - Mark Banks & Aaron Clay - Amy's Ice Cream - People Development & Company Culture - Michael Barnes;The Statesman, ...
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When you start to plan your events, the venue is one of the first priorities. Koncept Events shares some totally unique large scale venue spaces in this July series as well as our tips and tricks for planning in these spaces. Raymond James Stadium, Tampa
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CSR Shark Tagging Teambuilder!

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Bring your meetings to South Florida and experience Koncept Events' custom corporate social responsibility (CSR) teambuilder! It's an educational and bonding experience that also gives back to support the marine ecosystem! You can get excited for this teambuilder by checking out Shark Week on Discovery channel! Shark Conservation - Take a Bite of FRESH CSR
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Take Your Dog to Work Day 2015

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June was a major month of CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) for Koncept Events. We finished off the month with a holiday our entire team has come to look forward to. National "Take Your Dog to Work Day." KE is generally a dog friendly office, but this is the one day out of the year all of the staff's pups are invited to come to the office together and stay the day. This event is a great way to promote the value of a pet friendly work space and promote supporting pet adoption. Learn more here: Take Your Dog to Work Day 2015
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Top 3 Takeaways from GMIC 2015

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Koncept Events participated in the Green Meetings Industry Council 2015 Conference in Atlanta, GA. This event provides meeting professionals with sustainable practice education for events and KE shares our top takeaways from this experience: Top 3 Takeaways from GMIC 2015
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