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Welcome back to the Meetings Podcast’s News.  A roundup of meeting and event articles we enjoyed.

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Today’s podcast brings you information from Etouches Blog, Meetings NET, Meeting Pool and Event Industry News

First up from today’s posts:

Brad Langley of Etouches Blog writes on Power Your Event Consulting Engine:

When you automate venue sourcing, you make a quantum shift in the way you manage the thousands of details that accompany every event. Exciting new technologies now on the market eliminate many of the administrative tasks that consume so much of your focus and give you the ammo you need to truly consult clients. Here are a few examples of such:

  1. Big Data, Small Slices– In today’s seller’s market, demonstrating value is tougher than ever. And with customer expectations always on the rise, standard concessions are no longer enough. Although big data offers a goldmine of insights, many planners and customers struggle to know which chunks of data apply. Without careful management, big data can become so complex that it brings decision-making to a crushing halt.

To access more information on Power Your Event Consulting Engine, Go over to Etouches Blog at www.blog.etouches.com.

Next from Meetings NET:

Sue Pelletier writes on Two Ways To Kill Idea Killers:

“Yes but” … “No money” … “No time” … these are classic idea killers meeting planners hear when they try something new to improve their events. And for those who design events for pharmaceutical companies, these idea-killing phrases multiply exponentially.

Here are two exercises that can help:

  1. Use the five glasses method to break fixed thinking patterns.

You can do this on your own or with a colleague. Write your challenge or problem at the top of a piece of paper, then write down two or three ideas about how you could solve that challenge.

Next, imagine you are one of your colleagues—how would that person solve the same challenge? Write down what you envision their top two or three solutions would be.

Then imagine that you were working in a different department of your company. Instead of being an event manager, you are now working in marketing or HR or finance. Generate two or three new ideas that you think they would have to solve a similar challenge.

To access more information on Two Ways To Kill Idea Killers, Go over to Meetings NET at www.meetingsnet.com

Next from Meeting Pool:

Janet Amistoso writes on Simple Expense Reporting With Integrations:

If you are an events professional, there is no doubt you have a mountain of receipts and expenses to track. From large accounts like space rental and travel to smaller miscellany for details like décor and linen, organizing everything quickly rises into an overwhelming mountain of numbers

Fortunately, there are several SaaS companies that have recognized the need for tools that make it easy for you to track, sort, and submit all of your expenses. They also have integrations with popular accounting software like Quickbooks and Xero which can save you time both over the course of the year and during tax season

Here are a few tools that are able to do all of the above and much more:

  1. Expensify: Thisis the most popular expense reporting option available today. The app allows you to quickly and easily scan receipts with “SmartScan” and create expense reports with the click of a button.

To access more information on Simple Expense Reporting With Integrations, Go over to Meeting Pool at www.meetingpool.net

To close the show out we have an article from Event Industry News:

Tamara Deike  writes on Top 10 Tips: Playing Music At Events:

Quality music and sounds are integral part of great events and there is no worst event that one in which the speakers refuses to align with the music. Here are 10 tips to consider:

  1. Sound system, sound system, sound system

Do yourself a favour and invest in a decent sound system from a reputable manufacturer. There’s nothing worse than sub-standard speakers. The tell-tale sign of a good sound system in a venue is that it’s easy to spot! Remember that you should be able hold a conversation and converse without shouting whilst music is playing music in the background.

  1. Know the space

Take a walk around the room and test the volume at different points. Make sure that the highs aren’t set to a level that’s piercing to the ear, and be sure to adjust volume throughout the night based on footfall. Is it a huge room with high ceilings and marble floors? A tiny rooftop patio with street noises? Adjust your sound system based on these factors. If no one can hear the tunes, then what’s the point?

To access more information on Top 10 Tips: Playing Music At Events, Go over to Event Industry News at www.eventindustrynews.co.uk

That’s our roundup of today’s event articles – what’s your feedback on these articles?   We want to hear.  Email us at meetingspodcast@gmail.com.  Find all the links to these articles on the Podcastingforevents.com webpage and of course on meetingspodcast.com.

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