Business Continuity NewsBriefs - September 26, 2018
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Meeting & Event Emergency Management Planning

September 26, 2018 - Every event or meeting is both an opportunity for success and a possible potential for failure; you just never know what might happen. Planning can help ensure success or, at least, help deal with disasters to avoid catastrophe. These articles identify many possible pitfalls and ways to overcome them.

"To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan and not quite enough time." 
-- Leonard Bernstein --

1. 20 ways to ruin a perfectly good convention

There are lots of ways to ruin a convention/meeting/event so the author came up with list of the Top 20, calling it the "Convention Misery Index." If you count one point for each violation, you'll be able to get a pretty good idea of just how bad it is. A four on the Convention Misery Index? Probably pretty good, so quit your whining. A 27? Well, personally, if it rises above 20, I'm sitting in my room and seeing what's on cable before I venture back down to the event.

2. Nine Threats to Your Event (And How to Overcome Them)

Event planners often are so busy that they can overlook elements detrimental to the success of their events. It's always good to be reminded of (potential) past mistakes, why they arose and how you overcame them. You'd be surprised at what you might overlook when the stress piles on!

3. 10 Common Event Disasters and How to Address Them

No matter how much experience you have, or how well prepared you are, there will always be the odd hairy moment working in the unpredictable world of event planning. While you can't always prevent problems, the key is how you deal with them when they do occur.

4. How to Avoid EPIC Event Planning Failures

No event is immune to unforeseen circumstances. And, there can be setbacks during all types of events ranging from conferences and business meetings to weddings and galas. Decorations, tents and awnings can fall; laptops can crash; stand-up comics, speakers and panelists can slur inappropriate or insulting comments. The key is to be prepared and react appropriately if something goes wrong.

5. Ten Ways to Delight Your Attendees Through an Exceptional Event Experience

Whether it was an industry conference, networking meetup, company retreat, sales kick-off, or even just a friend's birthday party, it's safe to say most of us have had an event experience that's been good, bad, fun, name it. A few of us may have even attended a disastrous event or two in our lives! Let's focus on those events that are truly exceptional. The ones where you walk out feeling excited, inspired, and maybe even ready to take on the world!

6. On Alert: Is Your Event Plan Ready for a Crisis?

From wildfires and other natural disasters to protests turned violent and terrorism, it is hard to look at the current headlines without finding a new reason to worry about what might go wrong at an upcoming conference meeting or an event. Although we can't plan for every possible crisis that could happen at a meeting or event, having a contingency event plan for a crisis should be paramount during the planning stage for every event and meeting planning professional.

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