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Planning A Conference On A Budget

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Most associations or small organizations are given a limited budget to work with when planning their conferences but you should never let this financial constraint limit your conference’s WOW factor. Instead, be creative and find ways to cut costs in your budget while still delivering a high-quality experience to your delegates. Concentrate on what’s important to them by focusing on the experiential elements of your event. These include networking opportunities, educational content, ease of navigating the event and the general atmosphere. 1. Plan early and be flexible with the dates and location of your meeting. If you can afford to …

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Can You Come to the Front, Please?

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You’ve heard it time and time again at a conference near you. Nobody wants to sit on the front row. Why is that? Why doesn’t it happen at other events? Picture this. You managed to get a ticket to see Hamilton, one of the most in-demand shows on Broadway at the time of writing. There are no assigned seats (hey, let’s pretend). You walk into the theater and to your shock, nobody is sitting in the front row. Everybody is trying to sit as far as possible from the stage. Now let’s say you were 15 years old in 2013 …

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How We Created A Winning Company Culture

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I want anyone to feel like he or she can knock on my door, sit down, and talk to me about anything. That is how I would define our company culture at Van Petten Group (VPG). Organizational culture is a key factor in sustainable profitability and unmatched long-term performance for nearly all successful companies. It’s a tried and true fact that when an organization has a winning culture, it’s reflected in its people and their performance. Yet, as a leader dedicated to continuous improvement, building such a culture takes a commitment to fine-tuning your soft skills. These are the skills that will allow you to …