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Gardian of the Month: Krista Rowe

The Gardian of the Month is Krista Rowe, Health Equity Consultant for Center for Health Equity Practice

Q: Learn: How do you learn best? In a coffee shop with lots of noise or in a quiet, library-like setting?

A: It depends on the content. If it requires being focused, is new to me or is particularly challenging, I prefer quiet.There's nothing quite like my favorite corner of my favorite library with a good cup of coffee. But having noise and people around helps if I’m being creative or designing content.

Q: Network: Some people are wallflowers while others are natural networkers.  Which are you (or are you in the middle)?

A: I get a lot of energy from most social/networking settings. Although, the older I get the more I appreciate moments of solitude.

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

A: Writing things down. Whether it’s taking notes during meetings, doodling while others are speaking (particularly about dense content) or remembering my to-do list, writing things down is key for me.

Q: Please share with us a tool/resource/book/blog/article/website etc., and why you just can’t live without it.

A: Good medicine by Pema Chödrön is an audio recording of a workshop on Tonglen meditation. Tonglen is described as “sending and taking,” an ancient Buddhist practice to awaken compassion. With each in-breath, we take in others’ pain. With each out-breath, we send them relief. It is definitely the book/resource I return to most often.

Q: Just for Fun: What is your all time favorite movie? Why?

A: This is a tough one! I’m not sure I could even claim an all-time favorite by genre.  I watch a lot of movies. That said, I watch Sound of Music every year.

In Event Planning…We’re All on the Same Team

In basketball, you win as a team, and you lose as a team. It doesn’t matter if you personally play your best game, if you aren’t supporting each other and working together as a team, you won’t be successful. This is true of events too! 

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Breaking Down the Many Faces of Meeting Software (in VR)

Pandemic accelerated the adoption of virtual tools for business communication. Now we live in a remote-first society that demands better ways of connecting online. Here we explore what Virtual Reality is, and the many forms that it comes in to help us connect with others remotely.

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Gardian of the Month: Ahliba Toffa

Ahliba Toffa is our Gardian of the Month! Find out her favorite thing about learning something new, her go-to networking tip, the resource she can't live without and a little-known fact about her!

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By: Shannon Lockwood | Sep, 9 2022
Meetings

Aligning Your Venue Space, Content, and Experience Goals

You’ve just begun digging into the planning process for your organization’s next event. The venue contract was signed months (or even years!) ago, and you’re beginning to align the existing components of your event within the contracted space grid. And suddenly, a colleague comes in with their next BIG IDEA… and “the plan” goes out the window…

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By: Krista Rowe | Sep, 2 2022
Facilitation

How the Questions We Ask Effect Our Work

Often as facilitators we create questions to get to a particular outcome, to the extent that it guides the conversation in a narrow direction. Being clear about our own agenda for a question - the ways in which all questions are loaded and are directly connected to our own worldview – is super important.

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Forces Impacting Our Success: MSAE Members Complete PESTLE Analysis

During the Michigan Society of Association Executives, members and attendees had the opportunity to participate in a facilitated exercise to identify and explore current forces at play that are affecting them and their organizations. Following is an overview of those sessions led by Event Garde team members, along with the strategic insights and actionable business intelligence association leaders can apply to their work immediately.

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