What about your loyal delegates?

Steffen Kalverboer - directeur Creator Meeting Support

Do you have an annually recurring conference? Then you know you will meet those people who have always attended your conference each and every time. The faces and personalities of those loyal delegates can give you and other attendees an almost familiar, comforting feeling. Should you treat these loyal attendees any different from other attendees? […]

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The human factor

Steffen Kalverboer

Organising meetings, conferences, fairs, sessions or any other kind of meeting is always a combination of the available resources and the human factor. Not just for the planners themselves, but definitely also for specialised suppliers. The resources such as your budget, a location, AV equipment, catering, meeting materials etc., are often clearly set out or […]

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Commission: noooo! Or yes?

Steffen Kalverboer

Some see it as a reward for good performance, for others it is daylight robbery or fraud. Commission. It is always a popular topic between meeting professionals and there is always a lively discussion about how it is used, justified and what the proportions are. Commission is as old as the road to Rome and […]

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The congress is dead. Long live the congress!

Maarten Vanneste

Long, long ago a large association started a gathering of its members and called it ‘the Annual Congress’. The congress was the group’s high mass and it kept growing, as auditoria, screens and loudspeakers became big¬ger. For a few decades, however, some mysterious ‘interaction’ had been floating around its meeting rooms like a ghost. A […]

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Seven tips to improve congress sessions

Maarten Vanneste

Everyone tells you ‘the conference must innovate’, yet everyone is afraid to change … Here are seven steps to finally get things moving, without risking your neck! Make a plan Step back and look at this project from a long-term perspective. Such a process of change requires at least three years. You start small and […]

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How do you develop a conference?

Ton Soons

Most associations organise their conferences in the same way. There is a scientific or conference committee that is responsible for the programme. It is given or chooses a topic and focuses rather quickly on scientists as potential speakers, selected, or not, after a request for abstracts or proposals. One rarely thinks about other stakeholders. Thus, […]

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How long should a conference last?

Ton Soons

Anyone who has to organise a conference on a certain topic often asks themselves how long it should go on for. A better question to ask would be how much time can the target group spend? This is a question television producers ask themselves. You can spin out any topic into a winter-long series of […]

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Conference chairperson role

Ton Soons

A conference chairperson, whether a man or a woman, can either make or break your conference. Ok, your programme does some of the work, but the chairperson, moderator, or presenter – no matter what you call them – determines the atmosphere, focus, speed, humour, interaction, and the connection between the people. […]

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