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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.


We know learning on the job is important for employee engagement and retention, as well as the bottom line.

But surveys consistently reveal employees don’t feel they’re receiving necessary training.

In today’s technological world, it’s challenging to hold learners’ attention. But virtual reality may help, according to Association for Talent Development.

A study by the National Training Laboratory found the retention rate for VR learning is 75%, compared to just 10% for reading.


“VR imparts the ability to efficiently and affordably train in ‘spurts,’” ATD says. “Brain science shows that learning is more efficient when short training sessions are spaced out rather than crammed in back-to-back sessions. VR enables the ideal training cadence because it can be used on demand.”


While networking is an effective tool for job searching and advancement, many women aren’t taking advantage of such opportunities, writes Nancy Ham in Entrepreneur.

Although women are seen as more social than men, they’re often victims of their own self-barriers – such as humbleness and modesty, according to a recent study.  

“Done right, networking lets women identify role models, find mentors and sponsors and expand their business opportunities,” Ham says. “As they rise in their careers, they can also pay it forward by helping others coming up behind them.”

Tips: Make networking a priority and change your mindset. Think of networking as a learning opportunity.


People are living longer, and this means the workforce is growing older.

Unfortunately, that also means ageism is rearing its head in companies, especially as many organizations employ multigenerational staffs.

So, how should employers foster the older generation?

One way: knowledge transfer.

Lexology says employers should prioritize knowledge transfer among generations. 

“One of the biggest issues resulting from the absence of older workers is the loss of their knowledge and skills when they leave the workforce,” Lexology says. “Given this, employers should use older workers as mentors to capitalize on their experience and organizational knowledge.”

Mentoring programs can be an effective vehicle for knowledge transfer, as can encouraging regular communication and interactions.

Benefits of Professional Accountability Groups

Accountability Groups are becoming common practice - they can serve lots of different functions and mean lots of different things to different people. They are any group of like professionals who want to provide support for, provide personal and professional growth opportunities for, and build relationships with others in their field. Read on for the benefits of these groups.

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My Favorite Things - Event Planning Edition

As we come to the end of 2022 events, I feel tired, exhausted, and ready for a break. But looking into 2023's schedule, I am reminded of a few of my favorite things…so come sing along!

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By: Kara Nacarato | Nov, 18 2022
Best Practices

Considerations for Year-End Well Wishes and Gift Giving for Your Members, Customers, and Staff

As the holiday season and year end approaches, many organizations look for ways to acknowledge the season with their members, customers and staff. But this isn’t always an easy task and depending on your audience(s), coming up with the right messaging and/or gift-giving idea is crucial to ensure your well-intended gesture reaches your audience as imagined. Whether you are looking to say happy holidays, happy new year, or a simple “thank you” for your support, it is important that you take time to formalize the appropriate messaging and gift-giving options for your audience.

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DEIA Data Collection: Overcoming the Hurdles to Advance Our Missions

One of the questions organizations struggle with regarding diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) is, “How do we measure our efforts to ensure we are making the impact we are striving for?” Data-driven decisions are a good way to eliminate bias in any situation. There are research studies out there demonstrating the fact that successful DEIA efforts do lead to more innovative, productive, and higher earning organizations over their competitors. To share those types of results and narratives, we must have the data to support them.

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By: Aaron Wolowiec | Nov, 4 2022

Redesigning Association Meetings for Attendees Fundamentally Changed by the Pandemic

Due to the pandemic, it should be no surprise that our business-as-usual, pre-pandemic meetings are going to miss the mark. Following is an overview of just some of the ways our attendees are different, why it matters, and the tangible design edits you might consider for your upcoming meetings and events to better meet these new and evolving needs and expectations.

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By: Kara Nacarato | Oct, 28 2022

7 Event-Planning Lessons Learned in 2022

Many of us are back to planning in-person events and while we continue to use our experience to help deliver first-class events, not everything is as it once was when it comes to event planning and execution. Here are some of the key lessons Kara will take with her into 2023.

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