From locking in tech vendors to booking high-impact speakers to ensuring the cocktail hour goes off without a hitch, planning meetings or events can be a daunting task, and the likelihood of something going sideways is inevitable. No matter your experience level or the number of events you've planned.
Brought to you by eSpeakers, No More Bad Events is the professional event planner's best resource for navigating this tenuous universe towards event perfection every time.
Hosted by Scott Bloom, No More Bad Events provides an inside look into the world of flawless event execution, insider secrets, non-traditional approaches, and must-have tactics, as shared by legendary event organizers and contributors. Each episode also provides key insights to ensure your next event is met with rave reviews and resounding success.
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The Voice of Meetings and Events (ft. Glenn Thayer | Conference Moderator & Master of Ceremonies)
Known as “The Voice of Meetings and Events,” Glen Thayer is a professional master of ceremonies, conference moderator, corporate spokesperson, and live announcer. But what differentiates Glenn from others in that space is that he draws from his experience as a producer and brings all that knowledge to the event table. And it’s priceless.
By way of background, Glenn ran an entertainment production company for 20 years and in the process, learned that what he liked most was focusing on content and creation. And he speaks to that aspect of event design in this episode of No More Bad Events.
Glenn talks about aligning goals and objectives and the importance of considering the business metrics, stakeholder needs, and attendee expectations. He addresses the need to create engaging formats, from panel discussions to fireside chats. And he talks about balancing content and connection. To that end, he advocates for creating opportunities for relationship building by designing event schedules that provide ample time for attendees to network, engage in conversations, and digest the information they've learned. Glenn believes that people attend events not only to learn but also to connect with others in their industry.
And there’s so much more, including utilizing event apps and AI-generated content, the role of an emcee and moderator, dealing with unexpected moments, and the need to be spontaneous. Glenn certainly has the chops to be the voice of meetings and events. He’s got great stories to tell, and he delivers them so smoothly. Have a listen; you’ll see why.
Audience Advocates, Engagement Experts, and Kick-Ass Experiences (ft. DJ Hanson and John Sideris | Founders, BlueprintNYC
A content-focused episode, No More Bad Events takes a look at the hardcore, brass tack, foundational elements that are essential to producing nothing but a great event.
Guests DJ Hanson and John Sideris, founders of Blueprint NYC-- a prestigious live, digital, and hybrid events production company-- discuss the power of immersive learning experiences.
From self-led experiences to choose-your-own-adventure approaches, they are advocates for having attendees help in the content selection. They no doubt believe that it encourages engagement simply because they’ve had a hand in it.
They’re also big advocates for extending the reach of the meeting beyond the actual meeting. These fierce digital and engagement experts have developed a proprietary platform called Bluebird, which utilizes interactive features to keep internal audiences engaged after and between events. It’s got the ability to facilitate two-way conversations, push live updates, and provide training. It’s a perfect tool for connecting teams and ensuring consistent messaging across touchpoints… and across time.
And there’s so much more, including strategies for kick-ass experiences. We invite you to listen to this thought-provoking episode, especially if you’re looking for innovative ways to engage your audience and make your next project the best one yet. It’s a blueprint, courtesy of Blueprint NYC, for success. Check it out!
Pushing Boundaries to Produce the Best | (ft. Chris Janese | Co-CEO, The Green Room)
Chris Janese is the CEO and head of client strategy at The Green Room, an extraordinary event production agency with roots in the entertainment industry. And it’s from that perspective that we learn more about what it takes to produce the best events.
Chris believes in the power of entertainment. He believes that by incorporating elements of surprise, emotion, and performance, you can create a profound and lasting impact on your audience. And one other thing. He believes that by going beyond what clients initially want, you can push boundaries and create events that truly exceed expectations. He calls it-- albeit tongue-in-cheek-- violating expectations!
He also addresses the importance of the “last mile,” that final stage of any event where true magic happens. The place where you keep yourself open to creativity and make a tweak at the last moment that changes everything for the better.
And Chris also talks about trust. That attribute allows the boundaries to be pushed and magic to happen. Chris says it takes an abundant amount of patience, understanding, negotiation, and a push towards a process-driven approach that yields trust. Still, once you get there, exceptional events that leave lasting impressions will follow.
So, if you're looking to create extraordinary, unforgettable events, then you will want to catch this episode. Tune in and be amazed!
Picking the Perfect Speaker | (ft. Rich Gibbons | President, SpeakInc)
Scoring Big in the Event World | (ft. Ross Bernstein | Author and Keynote Speaker)
An award-winning Hall of Fame keynote speaker and best-selling author of 50 sports books, Ross Bernstein’s program is all about the DNA of what makes champions unique. And in the event world, that translates to individuals who create a positive culture and contribute to keeping peace and making things fun. And it gets better.
He believes in karma, camaraderie, and the importance of being a good person just to have around. And he believes that a blend of good people is necessary for a successful team. And a successful event.
And wow! He acknowledges the central role event professionals play in making events successful, comparing them to offensive linemen in football, often going unnoticed unless something goes wrong. He’s a pronounced cheerleader for planners and producers.
Ross affirms that point and his belief that the industry is healthier than ever, with people recognizing the value of in-person gatherings and investing more in quality events. That said, Ross calls a very good game. Not to mention, tells great stories. He’s animated and engaging. So sit back, team, and prepare to be enthralled. Ross is about to score big in our world of No More Bad Events.
Laughter and the Lightness of Being | (ft. Melinda Buckley | Executive Coach and Creative Director)
In this lively and funny episode of "No More Bad Events," host Scott Bloom and guest Melinda Buckley, executive coach, and creative director, discuss the importance of laughter and humor in bringing people together and creating a sense of belonging.
They explore the benefits of infusing humor into business conferences, debunk common misconceptions about it, and address the obstacles and pushback that may arise. Melinda also shares examples of successful humor integration in corporate environments and provides tips for individuals who want to incorporate a little wit into their presentations.
As an example, and for those who don't consider themselves naturally funny, she believes the key is to approach humor organically and focus on bringing out the best presentation that’s already inside them. It's about finding ways to add context, metaphors, and memes that enhance the message and create a lightness in the room.
But it doesn’t stop there. Melinda talks about persona, being human, and the perfection of imperfection. She’s engaging, funny, and light, not to mention that she tells a great story. So sit back, relax, and get ready to discover the impact of humor, laughter, and the lightness of being in creating unforgettable events.
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