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Hosted by Northstar Meetings Group, Eventful invites you to listen in on insightful conversations about hot topics in the meetings and events industry. Tune in for interviews and analysis of the editorial coverage in Meetings & Conventions, Successful Meetings, Meeting News and Incentive.

Eventful: The Podcast for Meeting Professional‪s‬ Northstar Meetings Group

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Hosted by Northstar Meetings Group, Eventful invites you to listen in on insightful conversations about hot topics in the meetings and events industry. Tune in for interviews and analysis of the editorial coverage in Meetings & Conventions, Successful Meetings, Meeting News and Incentive.

    Can You Require Attendees Be Vaccinated?

    Can You Require Attendees Be Vaccinated?

    Jonathan Howe discusses the latest legal issues facing meeting planners.

    Can meeting planners require attendees to be vaccinated? And what privacy issues does this raise? These are among the thorny questions that meeting professionals have to consider as they plan safe in-person events. Jonathan Howe, president and founding partner of Howe & Hutton Ltd., and the leading legal mind on meetings law, recently shared his insights as part of Northstar Meetings Group’s webcast, “Ask the Attorney: New Legal Issues for Event Planners and Suppliers.” 

    On this week’s episode of Eventful: The Podcast for Meeting Professionals, we share an excerpt of that conversation, moderated by Sarah Braley, managing editor for Northstar Meetings Group. Howe tackled a wide range of questions from the audience, and in this episode he also discusses liability protection for event hosts and venues (7:20), how cancellation clauses differ for hybrid events (11:23) and whether planners can put language into their contract that will ensure a full refund in the case of another pandemic (14:08). 

    Listen now, and to view the full, hour-long webcast now, go to northstarmeetingsgroup.com/LegalWebcast.

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    • 18 min
    How the Meetings Industry Can Help Stop Asian Hate

    How the Meetings Industry Can Help Stop Asian Hate

    Bizly's Kevin Iwamoto discusses why now is the time for meeting professionals to speak out.

    Last week, a gunman killed eight people in Atlanta, six of whom were Asian-Americans, but this was not an isolated incident; according to the nonprofit organization Stop AAPI Hate, nearly 3,800 incidents of violence and discrimination against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders were reported over the past year. As it has grown increasingly urgent to address these issues, members of the meetings industry have raised their voices about what actions our community can take.
     
    Prominent among these voices is Kevin Iwamoto, chief strategy officer of the event planning platform Bizly, who spoke with Northstar Meetings Group's associate editor Elise Schoening about the recent attacks, how fear of violence might make Asian Americans less likely to travel or attend events, and the continued lack of diversity within the meetings industry.
     
    On this episode of Eventful: The Podcast for Meeting Professionals, Iwamoto discusses how members of the meeting industry can help support the AAPI community (4:45), his own experiences with discrimination (9:45) and why leaders in the industry must speak up about these issues now (12:30).
     
    Listen to the in-depth conversation in our latest episode of Eventful: The Podcast for Meeting Professionals, and remember to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts and anywhere else you listen to podcasts. And be sure to register for Northstar's upcoming webcast, Diversity Now: How to Plan a Truly Inclusive Meeting, taking place April 21 at 2 p.m. EDT. Learn more at northstarmeetingsgroup.com/DiversityNow

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    • 18 min
    How SXSW Will Deliver High Production Value to Remote Attendees

    How SXSW Will Deliver High Production Value to Remote Attendees

    Brightcove’s David Bornstein discusses how they’re helping to transform the cultural event into must-watch TV.
     
    In normal years, the month of March means people are about to flock in droves to Austin, Texas — home to South by Southwest. The gathering has become an increasingly high-profile cultural event, a conglomeration of an interactive media and tech conference with a concurrent film and music festival. But this year it's all happening online.
     
    One of the entities helping to execute SXSW in its digital incarnation, beginning March 16, is Brightcove, which will provide the video platform through which the content will be delivered. On this episode of Eventful: The Podcast for Meeting Professionals, Dave Bornstein, Brightcove’s field chief technology officer, discusses how the production of this year’s SXSW will differ from much of the virtual event content we've been consuming online over the past year.
     
    In this conversation, Bornstein tells Michael Shapiro, Northstar Meetings Group’s editor of news and technology, about how his team is creating an event where the attendee “grabs their remote, not their keyboard” (4:18), how it balances scheduled content and viewers’ choices (8:45) and the unique challenges of producing content for an event such as SXSW (12:20).

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    • 19 min
    How Can You Ensure Attendees Follow Covid-Safety Guidelines?

    How Can You Ensure Attendees Follow Covid-Safety Guidelines?

    Meetings consultant Liz Warwick discusses the EIC’s Code of Conduct and how attendees play a part in creating a safe event.
     
    A safe gathering during the pandemic and beyond now requires everyone to take some responsibility in reducing health risks – attendees included. More than ever, actions taken by individual attendees — to follow social-distancing protocols, to wear masks and take other precautions — can have an effect on every other person at the event. How can planners get participants to buy into the necessity for individual responsibility?
      
    Discussing this challenge on this episode of Eventful: The Podcast for Meeting professionals is Liz Warwick, current chair of the Events Industry Council’s Meeting and Event Redesign Workstream, which supports EIC’s Covid-19 Business Recovery Task Force. Warwick was instrumental in designing a new industry Code of Conduct, a template meeting planners can use when asking attendees to accept their own accountability.
     
    Here, Warwick speaks with Sarah J.F. Braley, Northstar Meetings Group’s managing editor, about how attendees are increasingly responsible for ensuring event safety (1:50), how the Code of Conduct provides a framework that can be adapted to any organization (8:30), the effect vaccines will play in bringing back face-to-face gatherings safely (10:25) and how protocols can help to manage an attendee who does not want to wear a mask (12:05).

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    • 15 min
    Will Attendees Need a Covid Passport?

    Will Attendees Need a Covid Passport?

    Travelocity founder Terrell Jones says digital health apps can restore confidence in flying and meeting.
     
    How can we restore confidence in traveling and attending in-person events? Proof of a negative Covid test is required of international travelers entering the U.S., but that’s not the rule for domestic travel…yet. As vaccine distribution continues to expand, we’re likely to see some form of a digital Covid passport required for all travel, believes Terrell Jones, founder of Travelocity, Kayak and several other travel startups. He’s now working with governments and travel leaders to establish such digital records.
     
    In this episode of Eventful: The Podcast for Meeting Professionals, Loren Edelstein, vice president and content director for Northstar Meetings Group, speaks with Jones about these efforts, including whether it would make sense to conduct Covid testing at airports (3:55), how a globally accepted Covid passport could work (6:50) and whether meeting planners should be prepared to require such records from attendees (14:45).

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    • 25 min
    Event-Security Lessons from the Capitol Riot

    Event-Security Lessons from the Capitol Riot

    IAVM’s Mark Herrera discusses how risk assessment is evolving.

    When it comes to identifying and reducing event security risks, planners must navigate a constantly shifting landscape. Health concerns around Covid-19 continue to dominate most event professionals’ concerns, but over the last month worries about disruptions from civil unrest have taken on growing importance. In Northstar’s recent PULSE Survey, a number of respondents mentioned, unsolicited, that civil unrest is an issue that’s impacting their events.

    To address these issues, we spoke with Mark Herrera, director of education for the International Association of Venue Managers. Herrera brings more than two decades of law enforcement experience to this role, and he draws on that to train managers who host large gatherings. In this episode of Eventful: The Podcast for Meeting Professionals, he discusses what the Jan. 6 attack at the Capitol could mean for venue security more broadly, as well as the strategies he teaches to help his members ensure that events are held safely.

    Herrera also will be a presenter at Northstar Meetings Group’s upcoming Back to Booking digital event, taking place on Feb. 23. Learn more at www.northstarmeetingsgroup.com/BacktoBooking

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    • 20 min

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I am so happy that there is finally a podcast in Meetings!!! Please keep it up!

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