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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.


Millennials will soon be replaced by Gen Z, according to a recent story in Bloomberg

Gen Z will make up 32 percent of the global population of 7.7 billion in 2019, a Bloomberg analysis found.

And this presents a challenge not only for employers, but also educators and event planners. This wave of young professionals has a great sense of self-awareness and therefore knows exactly what it wants, the story says. And this means events and educational opportunities need to be spot-on.

“Each generation comes with a unique set of behaviors and presents a unique set of challenges for those looking to reach them,” according to a report by research firm Nielsen Holdings Plc. “Gen Z are bombarded with messages and are a generation that can quickly detect whether or not something is relevant to them.”


Good news for wallflowers: Networking may be as effective on LinkedIn as it is in real life.

That’s according to, which provides some tips for using LinkedIn to build personal and professional networks. 

Users should make their profiles stand out, making sure each section is complete, the story says. Once a user’s profile is complete, he or she needs to connect with people in the industry – even if they’re strangers. Other tips: Post engaging content and join LinkedIn groups.


There’s a lack of knowledge sharing in many companies and that could be holding back employees, says a recent HR Dive story.

Employees who hoard information for job security or who don’t make time to share knowledge with others create a frustrating dynamic. 

Employers need to ask a few questions to determine if there’s a knowledge sharing problem, said JD Dillon, principal learning strategist at Axonify, in the story.

What do to if there’s a problem?

HR Dive says it starts at the top. Managers and leaders should create a culture in which sharing of knowledge and resources is encouraged. Cross-training can also be effective, allowing employees to learn different sets of skills.

By: Aaron Wolowiec | Feb, 15 2019

ACTION CARDS: A better way to meet

Short for Action Created Together, ACTION CARDS help teams have engaging discussion on identified topics, while identifying clear decisions and actionable/easily documented next steps. Moreover, participants have fun, team-oriented discussion where all participants feel safe, engaged and accountable to the outcomes.

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Bright Idea: Using social media to advocate

Love it or hate it, social media can be a useful tool for grassroots efforts to build support, educate and inform.

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By: Lindsay Gross | Feb, 6 2019

Starting from the bottom up: facilitation’s foundational values

Facilitation work, like anything else, also requires a strong foundation to work from.

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Content delivery becoming more challenging, but rewarding

A new report by Omnipress finds delivering educational content is becoming more challenging.

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Gardian of the Month: Kelly Turner

​Kelly Turner, president and CEO of the Michigan Society of Association Executives, is Gardian of the Month.

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Bright Idea: Straight from the patients’ mouths

The American Academy of Implant Dentistry created a public awareness campaign to educate people about the industry. The campaign includes testimonials, a video and a website, all of which highlight the organization’s members.

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