Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Avoiding Meeting and Event Disasters

June 12, 2019 - When it comes to events, Murphy's Law is always at work. All of us have no doubt been victims of it at one time or another. This week we are focused on avoiding those disasters that Murphy can cause, from natural disasters to technical ones to faulty marketing messages. We hope you'll find some helpful tips in these articles.

Chances are you won't avoid any and all problems that come up during your event but following this guide will certainly help you avoid the biggest disasters, even including dinosaurs running rampant and eating your guests. (Item #1)    Here are 10 painful moments every event manager will have experienced at one time or another and how to tackle them. (Item #2)    Learn from some of the industry's experienced individuals and consider the best ways to prepare for and tackle the unforeseen. (Item #3)

In this EventTalk, Dr. Gleb Tsipursky, known as the Disaster Avoidance Expert, talks about using a scientific approach to avoiding event disasters. (Item #4)    Prospects are getting smarter. They'll avoid you and your marketing messages unless you also are smart about them and know how to build value and trust so they convert into attendees. (Item #5)    Chances are if you are in the events industry you have used AV at your events. Chances are you've also run into an AV disaster...or two...or three. (Item #6)

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Crisis Communication

May 29, 2019 - It's a crisis and your response has to help prevent the situation from going from crisis to chaos or worse. Your communication plan could help with this, but have you developed it enough to be useful in the current situation? Do you know what to do first and second? Or might there be another alternative to your current plan? (see Item #3) All of this week's articles talk about what to do and how to do it if a crisis occurs.

Communications must be at the heart of crisis operations from the very outset. (Item #1)   Take some time to be sure that your communication and disaster response plan is up to date and ready. (Item #2)   Anything you utter orally or digitally can and will be used against you. It's time to take a tough look at the PR crisis communications rulebook and write a new one. (Item #3)

This article addresses the crisis communication necessary for a business' employees and specific external stakeholders in relation to a business continuity plan. (Item #4)   Failure to address the many communications issues related to crisis or disaster response can result in greater damage to the organization. (Item #5)   In this article, seven communications executives from Forbes Communications Council offer tips for crafting more effective apologies from leadership, from swiftly addressing the issue to being sincere and empathic. (Item #6)

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Weathering the Weather in Hurricane Season

May 15, 2019 - We just observed hurricane preparedness week, and hurricane season will begin June 1. What's the status of your preparedness for the coming storms? As we have seen with recent weather, lack of preparedness can spell disaster, so take some cues from this week's articles and ramp up your plans in advance of the storms ahead.

While there's no way to stop the storm, we're here to tell you that you can ease hurricane-related burdens with a little help from your friends. (Item #1)   As another hurricane season ramps up, here's a rundown of what businesses should know about business continuity and disaster recovery planning. (Item #2)   Here is a sample emergency preparedness checklist to have on hand during storm season. (Item #3)

During the recovery period after a hurricane, organizations should focus on these areas. (Item #4)    Here are four steps to take to maintain technology business continuity during a disaster and when to act -- starting now. (Item #5)   The impact of a storm on the workforce often is not adequately considered, thus downplaying the importance -- and central role -- of the human contribution to an organization's recovery.  (Item #6)

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Identifying, Managing and Mitigating Risk

May 1, 2019 - Risk identification, analysis, and evaluation as well as risk management and mitigation... how many of these steps have you taken in your organization? We hope the answer is NOT zero, but, if it is, these articles can set you on your way. And if you have taken some steps, now might be the time to review what you've done and what you need to do. With risk, you're never finished.

Risk mitigation and management need to be long-term efforts by project directors throughout a project. (Item #1)   Here are some of the forthcoming challenges facing risk management in 2019. (Item #2)   Here are the biggest op risks for 2019, as chosen by industry practitioners. (Item #3)

Here are eight risks that may impact organizations in the next 12 months, no matter where they are on their digital journey. (Item #4)   In the year ahead, companies will need to find meaningful and measurable ways to align and integrate risk management with core business objectives to pursue and meet their company's goals. (Item #5)   Taking the steps outlined in this article enables all involved to have a comprehensive understanding of the hazards and risks that exist within facilities and processes, the consequences of the hazards present, and how those can be prevented or mitigated to protect workers' health and safety. (Item #6)

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Business Continuity Planning

April 17, 2019 - If you have a business continuity plan, that's terrific. Obviously, you know how important it is to have a plan. But have you updated it lately? Considered any new risks for which you should plan? Made necessary changes in personnel? And if you don't have one, perhaps it's time you got started on one. This week's articles can be helpful regardless of your situation.

Keep in mind these types of risk as you develop or refine your business continuity plan. (Item #1)   The more things change, the more they stay the same. What will 2019 bring for the world of BCM and IT/DR? (Item #2)   What will be the most efficient ways to put the pieces of your business back together, following an emergency? (Item #3)

Business disasters come in all shapes and sizes. Prepare yourself and avoid the worse. (Item #4)   The importance of business continuity planning is most strongly reflected in the 10 ways listed in this article. (Item #5)   Identifying the benefits of a business continuity program helps you define benchmarks and see the light at the end of the proverbial BCM tunnel.  (Item #6)

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