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Voices and Views: April

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.


You’ve heard it before: Content is king.

But it’s useless if you’re not providing the kind of content your readers – and learners – want.

In a new Buffer post, Alfred Lua gives some tips for creating meaningful content that’s shareable on social media channels.

First, use analytics to determine which posts are popular so you can re-create content of similar topics. And don’t be afraid to ask your audiences what they want to read. He suggests posting a poll on Facebook or asking on Twitter.

Other strategies include learning from industry peers and creating marketing personas.


Networking can be hard for introverts, who often find it difficult to explore new and, sometimes uncomfortable, territories.

Brian Tracy, an Entrepreneur Network partner, recently posted a video to help introverts network.

“Introverts can actually network more effectively than extroverts,” Tracy says. “An extrovert might think he or she can simply show up and make connections, but an introvert is probably more inclined to be prepared and have a sense of whom to make those connections with and how to go about it. An introvert is also more likely to bring a friend to a networking event, and that friend can help make introductions. An introvert might also be more likely to stay in the moment, which your conversation partner will no doubt appreciate.”


We know there’s a mass exodus coming in the workplace as baby boomers retire. While employers are concerned about knowledge transfer, they should tap into retirees, according to a story in BedTimes Magazine.

Often, after retirement, former employees are willing to serve as consultants or mentor, thereby helping to retain knowledge.

“Every day we work with seasoned and accomplished professionals who have 25 years or more of experience in their field and want to work differently at this stage of their life,” says Deborah Seeger, senior vice president and co-founder of Patina Solutions, a consulting firm based in Brookfield, Wisconsin, that focuses on mentoring with seasoned executives. “They want to use all the experience, skills, knowledge and abilities they’ve built throughout their careers to help companies be faster, better and smarter while having more flexibility to do the things they want to do when they want to do them.”

Gardian of the Month: Lisa Awkward

​Lisa Aukward, manager of member and partner relations for Event Garde/AORE, is Gardian of the Month.

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Co-facilitation: Second Time is the Charm

Facilitation requires us to build relationships with our participants. We develop rapport and trust when we guide groups through some of their most challenging professional and interpersonal dynamics.

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Bright Idea: Feeling vs. reading

Virtual reality may be the next trend in e-learning. Whether at universities, corporations or associations, visual learning is increasingly being incorporated into curricula.

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Meetings, Education & Professional Development Survey Report

Twelve state societies of association executives collaborated with Whorton Marketing & Research in Las Vegas, Nevada and Event Garde in Kalamazoo, Michigan. A report on their education, meetings, and professional development activities are included here.

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In Trump era, security is of top concern for events

According to a new report by Development Counsellors International, event and meeting planners are most concerned about safety and security during their events.

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Voices and Views: September

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.

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