3 Years of #EventIcons – Episode 142

December 18, 2018

Three years ago Will Curran wanted to find a way to stand out in a crowded space, doing what he loves best – talking to people. Just as important to Will was thinking about how to develop and deliver meaningful content for event professionals, by event professionals in an engaging format. While #EventIcons has been through iterations of delivery, the premise, the core that we can and should learn from each other has remained!

In this episode of #EventIcons we are celebrating 3 years of the show! Our hosts Will Curran, Brandt Krueger, Tahira Endean and Alex Plaxen are joining us for a year round up. They will share their favorite episodes, what goes on behind the scenes, plus what you can look forward to in future episodes of #EventIcons and so much more!

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Make Your Events More Theatrical – Episode 141

December 11, 2018

A great event is very similar to a great theatrical production. There is the grand entrance, the setting, a narrative, building the story, emotions, and an ending that makes us think. On top of a storyline,  there is the technical side with set changes, technology to enhance the experience and a cast that brings it all to life. It makes sense to make your events more theatrical to enhance the attendee experience. So how do you make your events more theatrical? You are in luck! Today’s guests are going to share the best tips and tricks for doing just that. 

In today’s episode of #EventIcons our iconic panel Brittney Lanni of O’Keefe Communications, LLC,  Kevin Molesworth, CSEP of Brass Tacks Event, Sarah Cissna of The Side Lobby will be discussing how to bring more theatrical experiences to your event to enhance the overall experience. They will share their dream mainstage setups, how to improve breakout sessions, technical elements and what will make or break your next event. If you want to have engaging and memorable events you have come to the right show! Let’s get to it!

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Everything Mega Televised Events: Episode 140

December 4, 2018

Some of the most challenging events to produce are televised events. With a mega televised event such as the Super Bowl, Inauguration or Olympics you only have one shot to get things right. If you aren’t prepared or things go wrong it really shows.

In fact, we saw a prime example of this at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade last week when the lip-sync track audio did not match up with Rita Ora’s in ear track creating an out-of-sync disaster of a performance that unfolded in front of millions viewing the live show. So how do you execute a flawless televised show? How do you deal with the pressure that comes along with planning one? Is it really that different than any other event?

Joining us in today’s episode is Paul Winston the owner of Razor Marketing and Management and an expert on mega televised events. Paul has worked on events such as the Olympics, the Super Bowl, the National Memorial Day Concert, A Capitol Fourth Concert, both of which you can see every year televised on PBS and so much more. Paul will be joining us speaking about the challenges that go into creating events with such high stakes. He will talk about his most memorable moments, best tips and so much more. You don’t want to miss this jam packed episode!

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  • Razor Marketing and Management – Razor is a full service consulting and event management company that delivers turn key solutions to events and programs of any size and budget.
  • Capital Concerts – Capital Concerts, Inc. is the nation’s leading producer of live patriotic television shows.
  • Smartsheet – A Powerful Platform for the Way You Work Today!
  • Sports Travel – The sports world’s event magazine, and producers of the TEAMS Conference & Expo.
  • Teams Conference – The world’s leading conference and expo for the sports-event industry.
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Everything You Need to Know About C2 Montreal – Episode 139

November 27, 2018

C2 Montreal is completely different from any event out there. C2 Montreal is all about setting the stage to spark creativity and exploration within attendees.  The event is full of collaborative experiences and experiential brainstorming. Whether you are hoisted into the air during a lab or have a networking meet up in a mirrored room, you can expect the unexpected at C2 Montreal.

In this episode of #EventIcons the iconic Julia Cyboran of C2 Montréal joins us to teach us more about the magic and engineering that makes this event truly spectacular. She will fill us in on techniques C2 Montreal uses to collect data and how they leverage that knowledge to create amazing experiences. We will also talk about what goes into planning the collaborative experiences and the purposes behind them. By the end of this episode, we guarantee you will be inspired and itching to attend!

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  • Live From IMEX 2018 – #EventIcons Episode 135 – In this special episode of #EventIcons, we are coming to you live from IMEX 2018. PACKED with 23 #EventIcons (yes, you read that right 23 industry heavyweights!).
  • C2 Montréal – C2 Montréal is the annual international business conference that helps established and aspiring leaders unlock their creativity in order to better face disruption and change.
  • The Economist – The Economist is an English-language weekly magazine-format newspaper owned by the Economist Group and edited at offices in London.
  • PCMA – With more than 7,000 members and an audience of more than 50,000 individuals, PCMA is the world’s largest network of Business Events Strategists.
  • Forbes Media LLC – Forbes is an American business magazine. Published bi-weekly, it features original articles on finance, industry, investing, and marketing topics.
  • The Wall Street Journal – The Wall Street Journal is a U.S. business-focused, English-language international daily newspaper based in New York City.
  • New York Post – The New York Post is a daily newspaper in New York City. The Post also operates the celebrity gossip site PageSix.com, the entertainment site Decider.com, and co-produces the television show Page Six TV.
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Why Networking is Dead & Braindates are The Future – #EventIcons Episode 138

November 20, 2018

If you have not heard the term braindate yet, we need to talk! We believe braindates are the future of networking and you are going to want to incorporate them into your next event. We all want networking at our events to knock the socks off the participants, leaving them feeling richer for the experience, and braindates do just that. They allow you to use an app to connect to other participants and set up one on one or small group meetings based on shared interests at a specific location. Overtime, they have proven itself at events from C2, PCMA and so many more. 

But how exactly do braindates work? What do you need to set them up? Today our ICONIC panel, Christine Renaud and Sophie Silkes of e180 are here to discuss all these burning questions and more! In today’s episode we will discuss what braindates are, how they work, how to set them up and so much more! You do not want to miss this episode! Let’s jump in.

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Our Favorite Events From 2018 – Episode 137

November 13, 2018

This is one of our favorite episodes of the year! If you follow #EventIcons you know our hosts travel the world and see so many epic events. Today our hosts are sharing their favorite events from 2018 with us. They will discuss what makes a great event, and highlights from the many events they attended this year. We will also cover what events are on their bucket lists for 2019. Watch below to get the scoop!

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A Complete Guide for Planning a Nonprofit Event – Episode 136

November 6, 2018

Planning a nonprofit event is no easy feat, it takes a great strategy and above all a big heart.  These events require a commitment to the cause, an understanding of how to leverage the power of events to share a message and raise funds. Of course, on top of all that you still need to be a master of the event planning skills all planners need!

Today we are so excited to have two very strong leaders joining us from this space. They have a deep expertise ranging from how to manage diverse teams, planning nonprofit events, and really making your company shine. Our ICONIC guests, Megan Kincaid Kramer of Catalyst Inc. and Kelsi Boyle of Women Deliver are walking us through planning nonprofit events. They will answer what to keep in mind when planning nonprofit events, how to keep the cause alive well after the event,  challenges and so much more. We are excited about the wide range of ideas they are going to bring to anyone who joins us for this ride!

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  • Catalyst Inc.– A global nonprofit organization focused on empowering and accelerating women in business
  • Women Deliver – A catalyst that leverages its extensive reach and partnerships to spark political commitment and investment in girls and women everywhere.
  • Catalyst Resource – Be Inclusive Every Day
  • Trello – Free and flexible project management boards
  • Focus Booster – Based on the Pomodoro method, work for 25 minutes, take a 5 minute break and then repeat 3 times taking a longer break once complete
  • Apple Watch – Great for time keeping at events and I love the be mindful reminders to breathe and stand.
  • This American Life – A weekly public radio program and podcast.
  • Story Pirates Changemakers – Turn kids’ original stories into wild sketch comedy musicals featuring professional actors to show those kids just how amazing their ideas are
  • SurveyMonkey – Provides free, customizable surveys, as well as a suite of paid back-end programs that include data analysis, sample selection, bias elimination, and data representation tools
  • Smartsheet – Works seamlessly with your favorite enterprise tools and apps, so you can focus on the work that matters most.

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Live From IMEX 2018 – Episode 135

October 30, 2018

In this special episode of #EventIcons, we are coming to you live from IMEX 2018.  PACKED with  23 #EventIcons (yes, you read that right 23 industry heavyweights!). If you aren’t familiar with IMEX it is THE place to connect as an event prof. IMEX has 3200 plus destinations, venues and suppliers from 130-plus countries under ONE roof in Las Vegas literally everything you can imagine in one place.  On top of connecting, there are so many educational programs, workshops, and amazing keynotes. This is the place to be!

In today’s show our iconic and gigantic panel will weigh in on hot topics and trends in the events industry. We will cover everything from the details that impressed our event profs at IMEX, to best tips when it comes to planning your next event. From AI to sustainability and many more hot topics, you don’t want to miss this jam-packed two-hour episode!

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PCMA: The Largest Network for Meeting Planners – Episode 134

October 26, 2018

PCMA truly cares about the personal success of all their members and their organizations. They are committed to making their members they best they can be. They have been around for decades and are constantly pushing the events industry forward.

Today on our iconic panel we are joined by Sherrif Karamat of PCMA and Claire Smith of Vancouver Convention Centre. They will be taking us through an extremely thought provoking epsiode! Not only will we learn more about PCMA, but we will learn about the industry as a whole and how it connects to other global issues. Our panel will discuss what key challenges the industry collectively faces. The impact we have as event planners on the world, and how we can make a difference. They will also discuss what they are looking forward to at IMEX this week and so much more! Watch the episode in full below!

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Everything You Need to Know About Event Furniture – Episode 133

October 16, 2018

Event furniture design is often an overlooked part of events. Sometimes to cut corners we go with what is cheapest or what’s available at the venue. This is a mistake! Have you ever sat in those locking chairs all day at a convention tightly packed like a sardine? Don’t do this to your guests you can do so much better! With the help of CORT furniture, we are talking all about how furniture and design can really help you achieve your event goals and so much more!

Joining us today on our iconic panel are Kelsey Rausch,  Lilian Shen,  Holly Larson of CORT. They will be giving you insider tips of how to use seating to encourage face to face interaction, and also seating that inhibits engagement. We will learn about what is trending in event furniture and some amazing options for all budgets. If you haven’t put much thought into event furniture you need to see this episode.

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