Most professionals develop a preference on how they work on projects, whether it’s on their own or with a group of people. Chances are, even if you’d rather go it alone, there are times when it makes greater sense to team up with a partner or a group. What’s in it for you? There are many benefits to teaming up with your colleagues. Your outlook on working collaboratively will affect your experience, so go in with a positive attitude. With that approach in mind, the first benefit you can reap is a chance to collaborate and brainstorm ideas with someone in a similar position but with a different perspective. Another benefit to teaming up is sharing the responsibility for the[…]

Company culture plays a big role in employee satisfaction and retention. Some companies embrace a work hard, play hard ideology, others embrace giving back to the communities in which they are located. Deloitte, Salesforce, Stryker and others listed in the March 2015 Fortune article by Benjamin Snyder (@WriterSnyder) pay their employees for their time while they give back. Employees are encouraged to get into the community and share their talents. They do good works for others, they can feel good about their achievements and proud of their company for supporting their efforts. This is a triple win! Many groups enjoy rolling up their sleeves and spending time with their colleagues to volunteer. At CEI, we have created short, impactful programs[…]

by Rosita Carobelli-Zukowski, All in Place Communications and Event Planning Happy New Year! Did you make New Year resolutions? Have you broken yours already? How many times have you promised yourself that you’ll get into shape? You tell yourself, “This year will be different!” Researchers have proven that the more fit someone is, the more they achieve mental clarity and perform better at what they love to do. However, everyone knows New Year resolutions aren’t typically met. After a few weeks, people tend to go back to their ‘old ways’. It is hard establishing a new routine; it takes approximately 21 days to build a habit and incorporate it into a new routine. Wouldn’t it be nice to stick to[…]

by Ed Graziano, Corporate Event Interactive If you are a business professional you more than likely have attended a wide variety of business related meetings and events and I expect you will have many of the same observances that I have listed below, so please feel free to share. If you want to bore your audiences and ensure a minimum retention of program content at your next meeting please consider the following… 1.) Cram as much content into the meeting as possible. Limit breaks and social opportunities and be sure to cover everything in the limited amount of time a meeting lasts. 2.) Never change your presenters, trainers or facilitators from meeting to meeting. Once you have people who your[…]

by Jeff Hurt, Velvet Chainsaw This spin on cogito ergo sum (English: “I think, therefore I am”) could possibly be a good motto for all conferences and events. Social Learning We participate, therefore we are. Our learning, understanding and knowledge are developed in participation with others. Social learning occurs through conversations about the content and through grounded interactions and engagement with others. Often when we discuss a concept or issue with someone, we are internalizing and integrating it into our own personal framework. It is though social learning that we seek practical knowledge to solve our professional problems. Many conference organizers know that much of the true learning and understanding happens in the hallways. Inside the conference education sessions, attendees[…]