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Top 5 Considerations for Virtual Meetings

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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Permalink to 6 Step Creative Process for Corporate Theatre

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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Permalink to The Sixth Pillar – Deliver “WOW”

The Sixth Pillar – Deliver “WOW”

Posted July 5, 2015 by Mark Bowling

I often feel that in today’s profit-driven corporate atmosphere that, many times, I am simply pleased when I get what I expect from a vendor – whether that is at a restaurant, lawn service or buying a product at retail.  That so often seems to be the norm that  when I encounter a person or...

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Permalink to The Fifth Pillar – Innovation

The Fifth Pillar – Innovation

Posted June 28, 2015 by Mark Bowling

Many people and leaders of companies and organizations believe that as long as they change, they can stay one step ahead of their competition.  But while change is necessary for any person, company or organization to grow, change in-as-of-itself does not guarantee success. In their book Blue Ocean Strategy, W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne...

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Permalink to 3 Planner Tips for Creating Experiential Events on Purpose

3 Planner Tips for Creating Experiential Events on Purpose

Posted June 25, 2015 by Heather Hutson

I am a musical theatre geek. OK, I admit it.  I have learned that there is a formula to almost all musicals. First there is a grand opening number that sets the tone for the whole story. Oklahoma! opens with “Oh What a Beautiful Morning”.  The following songs and dialogue move the plot forward to the...

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Permalink to Top 3 Video Conference Do’s and Don’ts

Top 3 Video Conference Do’s and Don’ts

Posted June 22, 2015 by Heather Hutson

Last summer BlackSheep did a whirlwind road show covering 14 cities in three months.  The purpose of this road show was for the executive to connect directly with small groups all over the country. Needless to say, it is extremely difficult for an executive to  hit all of those dates while also running a Fortune...

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Permalink to The Fourth Pillar – Team Development (Part 2)

The Fourth Pillar – Team Development (Part 2)

Posted June 21, 2015 by Mark Bowling

In the last post, I explored why companies should provide the tools that are necessary for team members to do their job effectively and why organizations should develop their team members professionally.  This post is to be focused on the personal development of team members. Although this has been the topic that I most love...

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