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By: | May, 31 2019

Gardian of the Month: Ashley Uhl

Q & A with Ashley Uhl, meeting planner for Event Garde.

Q: Learn: Let’s say you’re helping your child or friend with some homework. What’s your strategy for helping them learn a difficult topic?

A: I try to break things down into manageable parts. When the whole task seems too big or too daunting, setting smaller goals along the way helps to build confidence and achieve results.

Q: Network: What’s your No. 1 networking trick?

A: Ask questions. I’m terrible at small talk, so tend to go to networking events armed with questions that will get other people talking. Some of my favorites are, “What do you enjoy doing outside of work?” and “What’s the worst piece of career advice you’ve ever gotten?” Those two questions help me get to know someone personally, and also allow us to share a laugh. Because, wow, there is some BAD advice out there.

Q: Transfer: What resources/tools do you find most helpful in helping you retain knowledge? 

A: I have a terrible memory, so I have to write everything down. Smartsheet is a MUST HAVE tool for me, as I can not only write everything down in an organized and easily accessible way, but also can set reminders to get emails before a task is due.

Q: Please share with us a resource you can’t live without.

A: Well, Smartsheet is obviously important. But in addition to that, Doodle is great. Everyone is so busy, and Doodle makes it easy to send a quick poll out to everyone to enter their availability so we can get things scheduled, and skip the 6,000 emails trying to schedule one meeting. 

Q: What is your favorite summer activity and why?

A: Each Memorial Day weekend, my town hosts a three-day fair that is very 1950s. It’s been the same since I was a kid; same rides in the same places, same vendors, same food. I love taking my kids there now and watching everything anew through their eyes. Plus, there’s ENORMOUS ice cream cones – and who doesn’t love that? We also recently bought our first home, so roasting s’mores over the fire pit in the back yard is quickly becoming a favorite summer activity.

By: Kate Pojeta, CMP | Sep, 18 2020
Meetings

Graphic Design and Creative Tools for the Rest of Us

Whether you are forced to be a graphic designer at times or simply want to jazz up some documents and presentations with something other than text, there are a variety of tools out there that can help you along the way. Here are some favoritesthat might help you up your game for your next presentation, honey-do list, calendar of chaos, or whatever design needs you have!

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6 Strategy Questions to Ask Your Event Team

Countless organizations have had to pivot their education strategy from in-person to digital or hybrid experiences as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The most successful organizations have convened a leadership team to rethink their strategy and scenario plan in alignment with organization mission. We invite you to complete a wellness check on the virtual and hybrid meetings and events comprising your current education portfolio. Whether at the board, staff or committee level, or some combination of the three, following are the six strategy questions the Event Garde team thinks you should be asking right now.

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Tips for a Successful Virtual Presentation

Kate Pojeta provides considerations, some tools, and several tips for presenters to utilize not only in advance but also during the live presentation to ensure it is successful.

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Gardian of the Month: Pam Donahoo

Pam Donahoo, Chief Executive Officer for USFN, is our Gardian of the Month.

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Sample Webinar Roles & Expectations

Kate Pojeta shares a list of roles to consider when hosting a virtual event - from meetings to webinars to conferences.

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By: Aaron Wolowiec | Sep, 1 2020
Meetings

Post-Pandemic Meetings: 10 Strategies for Reinventing Your Education Portfolio

While many organizations likely began the calendar year defaulting to in-person events of one form or another, COVID-19 has caused most to rethink the appropriate delivery methods for the various learning and networking opportunities that comprise their respective education portfolios. Here are 10 strategies designed to help your organization reinvent its education portfolio as you look ahead to the end of 2020 and beyond into 2021.

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