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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Everything You Need to Know About Event Transportation – #EventIcons Episode 132

October 9, 2018

Event Transportation is the key to the success of your event. It’s a piece of the puzzle we often take for granted. Event transportation often is overlooked, strategy and logistics go on behind the scenes but is a must to execute well when planning.  There is so much to consider when planning event transportation from how many people you will have, where they are coming from, the venue you are going to, the city. To make transportation a success you need to be proactive in the planning.

Where do you even start? If you aren’t sure have no fear! Our ICONIC panel joining use today are masters in event transportation! In this episode Lisa Lanna of Newsday Communications and Eric Hotard of Event Transportation Systems are going to tell you everything you need to know and didn’t consider about event transportation. From what you need to think about when planning, to budgeting and the top details event planners over look, plus how to make money off transportation! You can’t miss this episode!

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Cyber Security For Events : The Good The Bad & The Really Ugly – Episode 131

October 2, 2018

Cyber security for events should be at the top of every event planners mind. But often, it’s overlooked or misunderstood. As event profs we need to very aware of cyber security for events. Is your clients data safe? If you aren’t sure this episode is for you!

In todays episode our ICONIC guest James Spellos of Meeting U joins our very own Will Curran and Brandt Krueger to discuss cyber security for events. From the basics like what do you have to protect? and how do you protect it? To a deeper dive into VPNs, passwords and softwares we will cover it all.  This is a episode you cannot miss! 

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Best Practices for Hiring An Event Staff – Episode 130

September 25, 2018

In this episode, we are covering the hot topic of hiring an event staff. We will discuss independent contractors vs W2 employee and which might be right for you. While there is no right answer, people have very strong feelings on what is best and you will see that today! Our panel will discuss best practices for hiring your event staff from differences between a W2 employee and an independent contractor to best applications. Furthermore, we will discuss the differences in breaks, travel, over time, the future of employment and more.

There are benefits to both W2 employees and independent contractors and we will discuss them all in this episode. Hiring an event staff can be daunting but it doesn’t have to be! Here to help us thoroughly walk through the topic are our iconic guests, Noha Salah of The EventWork, Kelsey Crane of Quench Staffing, Krista Hazelwood of Quench Staffing. They will cover all the hot topics and tough questions you are dying to know about!

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Build an Internal Event Team – Episode 129

September 18, 2018

It’s no question that everyone wants to build internal event team that’s amazing. However, actually going about creating the team can sometimes feel like a mystery. We are here to help you learn all about how to build an internal event team that is engaged and ready to execute events at the highest level.

On this episode of #EventIcons, Sej Pandya of Event Marketing Consultant, will be discussing how to build a great internal events team. We will talk about ways to connect your team whether you have weeks or a few hours to do so. How to filter and cut through the noise when hiring for your internal events team. Furthermore, we will discuss how brands are evolving their events and what you need to do to catch up. There is so much to cover today and by the end you will be a pro at building an internal event team!

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Everything You Need to Know About Mills James Agency – Episode 128

September 11, 2018

Today on #EventIcons we’re talking about the life of a creative agency. We will be learning from Mills James. For more than three decades Mills James has been helping some of the country’s biggest brands plan, develop and execute the events and videos that have shaped and driven the industry. They have offices in Columbus, Cincinnati and Cleveland, Ohio, providing event and video production services to Fortune 500 companies, startups and not-for-profits.

Futhermore, Mills James will be answering all your biggest questions in this episode. We will talk about the evolution of experiential events and other trends. And cover some of the biggest event challenges they have overcome and how you can overcome your challenges too. Check it out below!

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