Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Communications & Business Continuity

December 11, 2019 - Communication is a critical component of planning for business continuity. Whether it's a crisis response team communicating among themselves or communicating to the public, communication is an area that should be considered in your business continuity plan. All too often, however, not enough time and attention is devoted to this area. This week we are providing some information about this critical aspect of business continuity.

Technology has advanced to the point of being a near-constant force in society, and as such has given many ways to help keep society safe. In today's world, planning for violence could end up being the most important decision a business can make. (Item #1)

Effectively communicating information in a crisis is an important part of business continuity planning. Get the steps to follow in this emergency communication plan template. (Item #2)

Here's what you should know when it comes to communicating efficiently and ensuring business continuity during a natural disaster. (Item #3)

A crisis communications plan helps you determine how to provide accurate information to the right people via the appropriate channels. (Item #4) 

You may not be able to control the crisis---whether it's a life- or environment-threatening disaster (like an oil spill) or a reputational risk (like accusations of fiduciary mismanagement)—but you can control your response. (Item #5)

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Reputation Management

November 13, 2019 - Along with your employees, your good reputation is your most important asset. What are you doing to protect it and maintain its value? If you're not doing enough, you could be in danger of losing or having a tarnished reputation from which you may never recover. Look at this week's articles for some things you could be doing right now to maintain or improve your reputation.

(#1)  There's one question, the answer to which can affect your longevity more than nearly anything else: How's your reputation? 

(#2)  We've compiled 72 of the most eye-opening reputation management stats for 2019.

(#3)  If you take the right steps, you can protect your reputation and maintain a strong brand.

(#4)  Here are five ways that you can protect your company's reputation on social media.

(#5)  However, one defines reputation, everyone agrees it's a precious enterprise asset and recognizes a reputation that has been damaged beyond repair.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Meetings & Events

October 30, 2019 - As meeting planners, you are constantly planning for everything, but we hope you don't forget to plan for unexpected disturbances and crises. Especially in this day and age, we all need to have plans and strategies for dealing with terrorists, active shooters, strikes, and other disruptions. These articles may help you develop those emergency and crisis plans.

"Woulda-coulda-shoulda" regrets are never more painful than when we must admit, in retrospect, we didn't have a contingency plan in place. (Item #1)

The reality is that while you can't foresee and prevent many crises, there are steps that every planner should take to ensure they are prepared to handle any issue that comes along, as part of their "duty of care." (Item #2)

A strong and up-to-date plan should be in place to ensure the safety and security of attendees regardless of where a meeting is held. (Item #3)

No matter the size or location of the area you are trying to protect, following these steps will help you have a safe and enjoyable event for your attendees and staff. (Item #4)

These resources may be helpful when developing your emergency/crisis plan for meetings. (Item #5)

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Fire Preparedness and Prevention

September 25, 2019 - October is fire prevention month, so we need to start thinking about what steps we need to take both to prevent and prepare to respond to fires. You probably do occasional fire drills but do you to any training for employees on how to prevent or escape from a fire? Is there some sort of annual review of the office to identify fire hazards? If not, some of these articles should be helpful to you.

Here are some useful tips for you to avoid a fire in your workplace. (Item #1)

Here's how to create a business continuity plan that gives your business the best chance of surviving such a disaster.  (Item #2)

Can you answer these fire safety questions? (Item #3)

Sure you have fire extinguishers at work; but does anyone know how to use them? Or IF they should use them? (Item #4) 

Here are five of the most common office fire safety issues and how you can take steps to protect your business. (Item #5)

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Business Continuity Planning -- Whether It's Weather Related or Not

September 11, 2019 - Business continuity planning requires knowledge of all the risks you could encounter, especially -- at this time of year -- hurricanes. This week's articles can help you better prepare to be able to mitigate the risks and recover from weather-related and other disasters.

Business Continuity Planning for Hurricanes Facilities also need to have a comprehensive plan in place that outlines what they'll do after the fire trucks, hazmat team, utility companies or camera crews leave. (Item #1)   The Disaster Recovery Institute's 2019 Predictions Report included the following disasters and major disruptions. (Item #2)   Here's how to create a business continuity plan that gives your business the best chance of surviving such a disaster. (Item #3)

 The best way to do mitigate hurricane disaster? Have a plan. Here are our five best business continuity tips for hurricane season. (Item #4)   There are several resources freely available to help organizations adapt to climate change, such as those listed in the references of this guide and in  the further reading sections of each chapter. (Item #5)   Here's what to know about hurricanes to create a preparedness plan. (Item #6)

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Are You Prepared for an Active Shooter Event?

August 28, 2019 - An active shooter in your workplace? It may never happen, but you just can't be sure. For this reason, you need to be sure that you and your employees know what to do in the event such an event occurs. The articles below can provide some help as will the DHS video in #6. May you never need to put any of these actions to use.

The three things that DHS emphasizes over and over is either get out, hide out or, if necessary, take the shooter out. (Item #1)   Hiding under a desk might be a natural response to an active shooter in your building, but it may actually increase your chances of being shot. (Item #2)   Because active shooter situations are often over within 10 to 15 minutes, before law enforcement arrives on the scene, individuals must be prepared both mentally and physically to deal with an active shooter situation. (Item #3)

Technology can assist in your effort to detect and respond to an active shooter. (Item #4)  To recover from an active shooter event, restore business operations, and retain employees, experts say that business continuity planning, communication strategies, and personnel issues should be among the top priorities for organizations. (Item #5)   This Homeland Security video can help everyone determine what to do in the event of an active shooter event. (Item #6)

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Testing... Are you doing it?

August 7, 2019 - If you're not, you should be planning to do so. Once you have your plan, you need to see if it will work as you think it will. Better to find out now that someone in a key role will freak out than wait until that individual does so in a crisis. Or, if there are a couple of steps missing, wouldn't it be better to find out now that in a critical situation? Silly question, right? Testing/exercising your plan will help you determine if your plan might be successful, but even any failures will teach you something.

How will your business respond if faced with a natural disaster, a cyberthreat or an active shooter scenario? (Item #1)   It's only through a failover that you'll shake out the bugs and ensure that your alternate facility or alternate processing capability accounts for all the actual interdependencies. (Item #2)   You need to thoroughly scrutinize how well your plan performs and allow enough time to resolve any issues before they impact the ability to restore operations in case of an emergency. (Item #3)

Exercising is, to this author, about enhancing capabilities, your people and the resources they need to have to respond effectively and confidently in situations they have never fully experienced before. (Item #4)   This article attempts to provide some guidelines for developing and administering employee awareness training programs in organizations. (Item #5)    Regardless of whether you call it a test or a drill, these lessons learned, tips and recommendations will enable you to develop and facilitate value-adding business continuity exercises. (Item #6)

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Safety and Security in the Workplace

July 24, 2019 - It's not just your premises and your data, but your most important asset - your employees - that you have to ensure remain safe and secure. This week's articles discuss the benefits of a safe workplace as well as ways to determine the health of your workplace through an assessment. If you don't do everything you can to ensure safety and security, you could risk lawsuits or even the reputation of your business.

Learn about what comprises workplace security, why is security important and how you should go about creating a safe and secure workplace. (Item #1)   Healthy employees who feel safe and comfortable in their work environment will work more productively than employees who become injured or sick in the workplace. (Item #2)   Risk management-based interventions are common in most workplaces. They are central to effective occupational health and safety prevention and response. (Item #3)

Employees should be trained to respond appropriately to each scenario that is applicable to their workplace. (Item #4)   Here are a few questions from OSHA's Evacuations Plans and Procedures eTool, a checklist for designing and analyzing EAPs that is dedicated to producing the best EAP for work possible. (Item #5)   As a leader, you are responsible not only for your own safety, but for the security and safety of those you lead. (Item #6)

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Protecting Your Business from Identity Theft

July 10, 2019 - Corporate identity theft, which has been with us for years now, remains a huge threat as businesses continue to leave themselves vulnerable to this danger. Despite everything we do to protect our corporate identity, cyber thieves are continually discovering new ways to create havoc. Why should you worry? Identity theft can put your business - and you - at risk in many different ways. Check out this week's articles to learn how to protect your company or organization from identity theft.

As business identity theft increases, what you need to do to make sure that your company is secure? (Item #1)   How do you prevent business identity theft? (Item #2)   Don't let your company become an easy target for crafty cyberthieves; take control now to protect all that you've built today for tomorrow. (Item #3)

Here are some tips from on protecting your business from fraud and identity thieves. (Item #4)   Unfortunately, thanks to business identity theft, there are new unexpected risks to you and your business - risks they don't teach you about in business school. (Item #5)   Here are some signs that indicate your business has been hacked, as well as the number one way to help put a stop to all attempts of cybercrime against your company. (Item #6)

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Cloud Computing

June 26, 2019 - Cloud computing is growing by leaps and bounds and will continue to do so through the year and longer. If you haven't jumped on the cloud computing bandwagon yet, there are some benefits as well as risks you should be aware of. This week's articles provide some info on the state of cloud computing, the trends we are seeing, and the dangers lurking out there.

As multicloud strategies, 5G and containerization take hold, cloud computing is set to see some major disruption. (Item #1)   A Forrester study predicts that enterprises must respond nimbly to address changing cloud markets and technologies. (Item #2)   While today, it sometimes seems like we've seen the main components of cloud operations and all that's left to do is optimize them, history tells us that's not the case. (Item #3)

In its second decade, cloud computing has become a mature and reliable technology, but we still have only scratched the surface of the cloud's full potential as an enabler of digital business transformation. (Item #4)   The white paper points out that cloud-based solutions can reap great rewards but also harbor hidden dangers. (Item #5)   Chances are if you are in the events industry you have used AV at your events. There are proactive steps you can take to protect your data in the cloud. (Item #6)

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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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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Social Media

April 3, 2019 - Nearly all businesses use social media in one form or another, whether it's for marketing, customer/client communication, or other applications. We're not sure, however, if any businesses have made plans to respond to and manage a social media crisis. If you don't have a plan, these articles should convince you that you need one and also help you create one. Don't wait until it's too late to get started.

Use the tips in this article as a guide to help curb the spread of misinformation and improve your social media response to any crisis. (Item #1)   What can you do about Twitter? (Item #2)   Here's what to do if you end up with a full-blown social media crisis management situation on your hands. (Item #3)

Every company should have a social media crisis management plan in place; equipped with your crisis survival guide, you'll be prepared for even the worst situations. (Item #4)   The worst time to start planning for a crisis is when you're in the middle of one. (Item #5)   Like any other emergency strategy, a social media crisis plan is designed to offer a quick and appropriate response and funnel correct information to anyone looking to access it, including customers, employees, and the media. (Item #6)

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019


March 20, 2019 - Every year recently seems to be the year of the cyberattack, and 2019 will be no exception. We no sooner figure out how to fend off one cyberattack than a new one is on the horizon. This week's articles focus on what types of attacks you need to look out for, how to strengthen your defenses, and even writing a cyberattack playbook. We think you'll find some helpful information here.

To better prepare one's company and employees for cyberattacks in this article, look to implement cybersecurity processes and strategies that are both layered, automatic and dynamic. (Item #1)   Threat-based cybersecurity is a journey spanning the entire corporate lifecycle and requiring an ongoing commitment to cyber defense. (Item #2)   There are ways to strengthen your systems against hackers, but first, you've got to know your threats. (Item #3)

If 2018 was the year of the ransomware attacks, 2019 will likely be known as the year our over-reliance on technology was tested. (Item #4)   Business owners and web developers must prepare for the worst and take steps securing their web sites from the smartest hackers out there. (Item #5)   The sort of cyber incident playbooks should be written for are the basic attacks including ransomware, DDoS attacks and data loss (this might want to be segregated into the different types of data the organization holds). (Item #6)

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Testing and Training

March 6, 2019 - A recent survey indicated that about 2/3 of the businesses that have continuity plans do not test them. Are you one of these businesses? If you don't test the plan, you will never be sure it will work as expected. There don't have to be elaborate scenarios or schemes; even simple tabletop testing will help you determine if things will go as planned. This week's articles provide some help with testing and training.

How will your business respond if faced with a natural disaster, a cyberthreat or an active shooter scenario? (Item #1)    There are a variety of methods you can utilize to test the usability and effectiveness of your Business Continuity Plan. (Item #2)    This article looks at the objectives, format, and scenario of business continuity exercises, and explains why scenarios are not the most important factor when planning an exercise. (Item #3)

Business continuity planning must be a process---not a one-time task. (Item #4)    This article addresses several issues in an attempt to provide some guidelines for developing and administering employee awareness training programs in organizations. (Item #5)   Without training, employees cannot be expected to know what is written in your plans, which hazards they could face, or how to respond to emergency situations. (Item #6)

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Workplace Violence

February 20, 2019 - Just one year and a day after the anniversary of the Parkland shooting, another workplace active shooter took five lives in Illinois. Such violence has become so commonplace that it's critical we know what to do in the event of an active shooter or other violence -- and also how to recognize potential trouble and what to do about it. This issue can be helpful in determining your policies with regard to workplace violence.

This article about workplace violence answers these questions for the health and safety of your employees. (Item #1)   For some occupations, violence is the 3rd leading cause of death. (Item #2)   Where there is awareness of workplace violence, there is prevention. (Item #3)

Workplace violence prevention policies must be carefully crafted and legally balanced to offer support for victims and consequences for perpetrators. (Item #4)   With mass shootings on the rise, experts share best practices for training employees how to react in an active shooter situation at work. (Item #5)   You're at work and suddenly you think you hear a gunshot. What do you do? (Item #6)

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

How to Deploy an Emergency Response Plan for Your Meetings & Events

February 14, 2019 - Event-Aware is a mobile application from Attainium Corp that simplifies building and deploying emergency response plans for meetings and events by putting the information literally at your fingertips. The service is the first of its kind, combining hands-on guidance with an easy-to-use consumer-style app that makes meeting and event emergency response plans actionable and visible.

Users of the Event-Aware app can retrieve all relevant plan components through an interface that is simple, powerful and intuitive. Whenever on-site event staff launch the app, it downloads the latest updates to plans, contact lists, schedules, and links to emergency services, venue staff, and local authorities. This ensures that event personnel on the ground have access to the current version of the plan whenever and wherever they need it, especially in a crisis situation.

“Every event organizer knows the importance of having an emergency response plan, but making that plan available to everyone who needs it and keeping it updated has always been an issue,“ said Bob Mellinger, Attainium CEO. “Event-Aware gives all users access to vital information even when their mobile devices are not connected to wireless or cell networks.”

The app, which is available for both Android and iOS devices, is supported by the Event-Aware team, who create tailored and relevant emergency response plans based on industry best practices. The team is available to assist users throughout the development and deployment process, incorporating the unique issues of various events.

If your next meeting/event needs:

- an Emergency Response Plan -
- a more prepared on-site team -
- venue, hotel, and local resources -
- immediate access to response procedures -

then check out Event-Aware.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Online Reputation Management

February 6, 2019 - Finding negative information or reviews of your company online is definitely troubling, but what are you doing to prevent such information from finding its way to Google searches or social media sites in the first place? It's a fact of life today that online reviews and information are the chief way people are getting information about your company and statistics show that those reviews are considered accurate by the majority of people reading them. Are you actively seeking ways to minimize the impact any negatives on your reputation? This week's articles may give you some insight in how to strengthen your online reputation.

Every touchpoint that a customer has with your business online is a contributor to its online reputation. (Item #1)   You have significant control over your reputation as long as you are monitoring your Reputation Score and using the data to improve your customers' experiences. (Item #2)   Whether you're just starting to take charge of your online reputation, you want to stay ahead of the pack, or you're a marketing agency offering valuable reputation management to clients, take a look at these trends in online reputation management in 2019. (Item #3)

In this day and age, small business owners can no longer afford to ignore their online reputation. (Item #4)   With a careful marketing strategy and ORM best practices in place, it is possible to shape an online identity that conveys integrity, leadership, and trustworthiness. (Item #5)   Online reputation management can take a considerable amount of effort. Luckily, there is a range of paid and free tools that can make your efforts easier. (Item #6)

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Communication and Business Continuity

January 23, 2019 - Communication -- internal, external, crisis, and just plain every day -- is a key component of every successful organization. We all have stakeholders with whom we need to communicate on a regular (even daily) basis but we often don't have plans that enable us to implement effective communication when we need it. This week we look at some of the components of effective communication and the impact communication has on the continuity of operations.

Communication planning is an intricate part of preparedness and any continuity process. (Item #1)   Given its important role, crisis communication must be part of an effective business continuity plan, and not come as an improvised afterthought. (Item #2)   At the center of a business continuity plan for instances such as last year's Strand gas leak is the challenge of communication. (Item #3)

Communicating during a crisis is one of the most important elements of a workplace disaster. (Item #4)   Effective customer communication during a crisis really comes down to organization and collaboration.  (Item #5)   Despite having more channels, more ways to reach out to each other and more content, communication is breaking down in organizations. (Item #6)

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Friday, January 11, 2019

Meetings and Events 2019

January 9, 2019 - It's a new year and you're likely already planning for upcoming meetings, conferences, and other events. The articles herein focus on some of the trends that are changing the meetings industry and how you might use them. Plus, Item #4 focuses on some events that went badly... some of the changes might help you avoid such chaos.

Prevue's editors picked their favorite five top meeting industry trends for 2019. (Item #1)   Here's how the meetings industry is changing the events game. (Item #2)   What are some of the trends in event venues that you need to be aware of? (Item #3)

These disasters are a reminder that designing meetings and conferences isn't for the inexperienced. (Item #4)   This article highlights six meetings and events technology trends to try in 2019 and tips to implement each in your future programs. (Item #5)   In this guide, EMB shares how trends all come together for the benefit of the planner and the audience. (Item #6)

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