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Voices and Views: May

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.

Learn

Feedback is an important part of the learning process. Without feedback, how do you know if your learning programs are effective?

All too often, feedback surveys are an afterthought, says Sheila Robinson in Blue Sky eLearn.

She says by focusing on the why, what and how of survey design, organizations can collect meaningful data.

For example, know the things surveys can and can’t measure; know how to craft quality questions; and understand how to engage participants.

Network        

Most introverts dread networking. Just the thought of a room full of strangers, wanting to make small talk, can cause severe anxiety in the quietest of individuals.

But not all hope is lost for introverts

The key: Ignore the crowd and instead focus on individual conversations, says Holly Raider, clinical professor of management and managing director of executive education at the Kellogg School of Management.

“My impression is the people asking believe they just need to accept that building a business network is a necessary part of business, or that they simply need to figure out how to manage anxiety,” she says in Qrius. “Instead, introverts can learn to thrive in the experience more than they might ever have imagined. And their introversion can be harnessed as a networking superpower.”

Raider offers simple tips such as developing a repertoire of questions and knowing when to move on.

Transfer

We’re in the middle of a “Silver Tsunami,” which refers to the aging workforce, writes columnist Angela Holmes

By 2022, more than 25% of the U.S. workforce will be 55 or older, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

And while we’ve known it’s coming, many corporations aren’t ready, she says. Knowledge transfer needs to happen now.

Holmes suggests mentorships and apprenticeships as effective knowledge transfer tools. 

But, she says, look at the current workforce and start planning. Create an environment in which people want to stay so they can be ready for the next wave of change.

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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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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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Virtual and Hybrid Conference Presentations - Where Time and Space are No Longer Finite

​Time and space become less finite in a virtual event. Let’s use it to our advantage, not as a fall-back. Let’s take the time to produce content that our attendees want to consume and engage with. Let’s seek out the best presenters from our diverse world. Let’s invite those that could never afford to attend to join in. Let’s learn more than we could before - and dive in deeper than we ever have. As event planners, as we wished for less confinement in space and time before, we should embrace the virtual and hybrid options as they give us exactly that. Embrace the infinite possibilities!

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A Microsite is Your Association’s One-Stop Content Hub

​Your website is one of the most valuable communications tools your association has for reaching members and providing them with need-to-know information. There are times, however, when your association’s content needs to stand alone and serve a specific purpose or audience. Those times call for a microsite. Here are some instances when a microsite can put the proper focus on your content.

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