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5 Tips for for Live Show Producers

Posted August 28, 2015 by Heather Hutson

So You Want to be a Live Show Producer Recently I was on show site with a young volunteer. He was assigned to ‘help’ me. I started talking to the young man. I asked him what he wanted to do when he graduated, he said, “Do what you do.” How does one become a producer?...

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8 Step Process for Effective Brainstorms

Posted August 28, 2015 by Heather Hutson

It’s that time of year when you’re getting ready to plan the big meeting the company hosts annually.  Time to brainstorm the event experience. A lot of time is spent brainstorming.  How can we get the most out of a brainstorm? How can we ensure that the ideas are the best and most effective? Never...

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Permalink to 7 Considerations for Hosting Strategic Meetings

7 Considerations for Hosting Strategic Meetings

Posted August 21, 2015 by Heather Hutson

Sometimes you have meetings to uncover problems and identify tensions to manage. Sometimes you have meetings to brainstorm solutions and build consensus. Harvard Business Review published an article by Amy Gallo, about these types of meetings. They gave seven guidelines to help make the best use of this time: Keep meetings small as possible. No...

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Considerations for Face -To- Face Meetings

Posted August 14, 2015 by Heather Hutson

Over the last two weeks we have been talking about Virtual Meetings. Let’s spend some time talking about face-to-face meetings. There are countless ways to host a face-to-face meeting, there are short one or two training and strategy meetings, longer three to four day conferences with general sessions and breakout meetings and everything in between....

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Considerations for Virtual Meetings Part Two

Posted August 7, 2015 by Heather Hutson

Last week we discussed different ways to host a web based meeting where the communication is going from the presenter to the viewer. Communication goes only one way. But what if you want to step up from one way to two-way communication – a videoconference? Any videoconference requires a sending and receiving location. Each location...

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Permalink to Top 5 Considerations for Virtual  Meetings Part One

Top 5 Considerations for Virtual Meetings Part One

Posted July 31, 2015 by Heather Hutson

Meetings come in all shapes and sizes. Determining the purpose for a meeting will drive the format. However, if you don’t know what format options are out there, you may be at a loss.   Over the next few posts we will explore different meeting formats and the logistics to precipitate them. First we will...

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Permalink to 12 Steps to Producing a Great General Session

12 Steps to Producing a Great General Session

Posted July 18, 2015 by Heather Hutson

Marcus Lemonis is always talking about Product, People and Process on his show “The Profit” (Yeah, I just made a pop culture reference). Without all three you got bubkiss. In our business the product is our process. Here’s how we get from “Hey let’s have a meeting” to the Opening General Session. 1. Input Session...

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6 Step Creative Process for Corporate Theatre

Posted July 18, 2015 by Heather Hutson

When I was in acting school they taught us a process to use that would help us craft a character. I loved it. I loved not only the process of building a character but also the process of building a show. It started with a read through and culminated in Opening Night. Corporate theatre is...

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Permalink to 4 Tips to Achieving Corporate Planner Nirvana

4 Tips to Achieving Corporate Planner Nirvana

Posted July 13, 2015 by Heather Hutson

A friend of mine went to a networking opportunity last week and make an interesting observation. He met a number of meeting planners, the veterans were jaded and cynical and the younger ones were optimistic. I have noticed that other producers, in general, are jaded with an “I care, but not that much” mentality. Complaining...

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When is “Good Enough” Good Enough?

Posted July 6, 2015 by Heather Hutson

Last weekend, I was a conference attendee. The opening ceremony was at the Georgia Dome and had over 60,000 attendees.  Everyone was EXCITED to be there. The atmosphere was electric. The audience spontaneously exploded in joyful cheers as we got closer and closer to the start. The host of this particular convention is  a non...

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