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In her blogs, session handouts, and articles, Dana Saal shares tips to move associations and their meetings forward. Explore her tips and discover ways you will benefit.

 

These suggestions are designed for easy access and immediate implementation. You don't need expensive tools or lots of time to put them to action, making a difference.

December 29, 2017

Dana’s Meeting Minutes is based on the Meeting Planning Triangle©. Click here for a link.

Who takes care of you? How do you keep your cup full? This was a focus at SPINCon 2017* earlier this month. Dubbed “a senior-level meeting of the minds,” the goal was to practice se...

December 15, 2017

Dana’s Meeting Minutes is based on the Meeting Planning Triangle©. Click here for a link.

Why do you collect event evaluations? Hopefully it’s because you have a solid plan for the use of the information.

THREE TIPS

Tip #1

Questions should advance the mission of the event o...

December 1, 2017

Dana’s Meeting Minutes is based on the Meeting Planning Triangle©. Click here for a link.

We ask a question:

Why didn’t you attend the event?

They answer:

We can’t attend events on week nights.

We respond:

Schedule the next event for a weekend.

The real reason:

The programming...

November 17, 2017

Dana’s Meeting Minutes is based on the Meeting Planning Triangle©. Click here for a link.

Meeting professionals face the challenge of balancing their sanity with accommodating special food requests. However, it is our responsibility to meet participant needs and our goal...

October 27, 2017

 Dana’s Meeting Minutes is based on the Meeting Planning Triangle©. Click here for a link.

Signage can affect participants’ experiences. Done well, it guides them throughout the event. Done poorly, it frustrates them. Do it well by planning and designing for three key fu...

October 13, 2017

Dana’s Meeting Minutes is based on the Meeting Planning Triangle©. Click here for a link.

Make arrival fun! Let attendees know you’re glad they are there and are about to have a great experience.

THREE TIPS

Tip #1

Make checking in simple

  • Every registrar must be happy, we...

September 29, 2017

Dana’s Meeting Minutes is based on the Meeting Planning Triangle©. Click here for a link.

Today’s attendees seek personalized meeting experiences. Just attending is considered old-fashioned and uninspiring, especially by younger audiences. “Organizers must think of their...

September 15, 2017

Dana’s Meeting Minutes is based on the Meeting Planning Triangle©. Click here for a link.

Registration management is not for sissies, and I’m a sissy. I will not do it. Besides lacking patience with confused people (just click the button next to LUNCHEON TICKET), I’m not...

September 1, 2017

Dana’s Meeting Minutes is based on the Meeting Planning Triangle©. Click here for a link.

It’s the last day of your meeting and your participants are heading home. What is that experience like? Make sure they are saying, ‘I can’t wait until next year!’

THREE TIPS

Tip #1

Dep...

August 18, 2017

Dana’s Meeting Minutes is based on the Meeting Planning Triangle©. Click here for a link.

I’m moving around my Meeting Planning Triangle (above) to the third area—Participant Experience. Yes, I’ve covered it in the Event Design area, but I will focus entirely on planning...

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