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The Gardian Blog, featured in Alltop and Association Universe, serves as a rich content library that illuminates topics and issues of importance to the association community, particularly as they relate to professional development.

Virtual Game On! Gamification for Virtual Meetings

Discover new ways to engage your attendees at your next virtual meeting! Here are some suggestions for games you can create in minutes with your current event technologies!

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Leveraging Technology in Virtual Facilitations

​We have entered a “new normal” where much of our facilitation work is being done in the virtual environment. This leads to new challenges and barriers, but also opportunity. There are a vast number of options of new or under-utilized technologies we can begin to leverage - let’s explore a few of them.

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The Show Can Still Go On

​The association industry has seen many events canceled or postponed in the past three months, but, thanks to virtual learning, the show can still go on. Follow these steps to get your virtual show on the road.

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The Rapidly Evolving State of Virtual Conferences

Virtual conferences have been a quiet force in the events industry for years, but the COVID-19 pandemic has thrust them center stage. As so many organizations scramble to move their existing in-person events online, it’s natural to wonder whether we are undergoing a permanent shift away from face-to-face conferences. Research we conducted recently at Tagoras provides some clues about what the future may hold.

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Are Virtual Meetings Long-Term?

In March, when the coronavirus began to spread in the U.S and cancellations increased, industry experts were questioning how our industry could still provide a service. They anticipated that this might be the new normal. We faced the question all companies in our industry faced, is now the time to invest in a virtual meeting infrastructure?

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By: Jim Brumbach | Jun, 12 2020

When A/V and IT Meet

​A/V (Audio/Visual) and IT (Information Technology) have existed side by side, oftentimes uncomfortably, since the computer revolution of the 1960s. Picture a research university environment. The computer geeks with their fashionable pocket protectors are busy feeding punch cards into their room-sized IBM mainframe terminals. The A/V geeks, also with their petroleum based, shirt flap incurvation guardian, are busy setting up their 8mm projectors and reel-to-reel recording devices. Hold on … it would seem the more you look for differences, you tend to find similarities. It’s almost as If they’re both cut from the same cloth. It’s safe to say that you’re not far off. Let’s move on and take a closer look at their modern roles.

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