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By: Kristen Parker | Sep, 22 2017

Voices and Views: October

Event Garde is committed to professional development, for ourselves and for our industry. As such, we’re avid readers of industry news. We’d like to share these must-reads with you.


Several studies have shown that visual memories aid in learning. People tend to retain more knowledge if they can associate visuals with a learning experience.

But sometimes material doesn’t lend itself to visuals.  Or does it?

A group of researchers in the Netherlands conducted a story of memory athletes – people who can perform incredible memory tasks, such as memorizing the order of a deck of cards in under a minute by using the “memory palace” technique, which teaches learners how to use their visual memory to help information stick.

Based upon the research, educators can follow three steps to create a visual component: break down information into small steps; teach the system; and practice.


Networking doesn’t come easy for everyone. It can be awkward to strike up a conversation with a complete stranger, and, truth be told, it takes practice.

But starting with a good icebreaker question and developing a good closing statement makes conversation easier, writes Jessica Taylor in The Muse.

Some tips include starting with a simple introduction, asking for advice and inviting someone to check out surroundings. And when it’s time to move on, exchanging business cards can be an effective exit strategy.

“Networking isn’t always smooth sailing, and most of us have at least a few awkward experiences to share,” Taylor says. “But learning how to start and close conversations is one of the best ways to master this important skill. With any luck, you’ll make some connections, you’ll find some event buddies and you’ll gain some helpful professional resources.”


In order to remain competitive, organizations should foster the exchange of knowledge among employees, especially as the workforce experiences its generational shift.

Technology can play a role in knowledge transfer, making information easily shareable.

“With such a vast amount of knowledge spread across a company, how do companies capture and distribute relevant knowledge efficiently?” asks Converge.XYZ.  “There are many options available to promote the tribal knowledge needed for business sustainability. Some options include collaboration of technology platforms, virtual learning environments, learning management systems and even podcasts.”

Watch the videocast for a conversation about knowledge transfer in the workplace.

5 steps to developing a lifelong habit of learning

The simple truth is: Most successful people are dedicated to constantly learning. They recognize they always need to be growing, always need to be deepening their knowledge, always need to have a more thorough understanding of themselves and the world. Here are five steps to get you started on the path to become a lifelong learner.

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Free Resource: 8 Steps to Successful Mobile Activation

Often, the launch of a mobile app can fall victim to the dreaded execution gap. It may be perceived as less important than other five-alarm fires the organization is currently battling. But not to fear! A free, user-friendly workbook is now available to help you successfully activate your mobile app – no matter the platform you’re currently using.

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Gardian of the Month: Rebecca Campbell

Rebecca Campbell, director, Colorado Society of CPAs, is the Gardian of the Month.

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What do new Apple guidelines mean for event apps?

Apple recently updated its review guidelines. Under the new guidelines, “apps created from a commercialized template or generation service will be rejected.”

Association professionals are concerned about the impact on conference apps – which are effective tools for learning and networking.

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Bright Idea: Building the tech workforce

Hoping to recruit workers and provide them with the skills to better the IT industry, CompTIA recently launched Association of Information Technology Professionals, a member support and advocacy association.

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Technology and Learning: Associations headed in right direction

Organizations of all sizes from multiple industries are using technology for learning. That’s according to Tagoras’ just-released Association Learning + Technology 2017 report.

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