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Talk Triggers: Boosting Word of Mouth for Your Events

Post authored by Donna Kastner, Founder of Retirepreneur “Same is lame.”

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A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the PCMA Hackathon with Jamie Murdock

In a profession that tends to favor those who pay close attention to the slightest details and plan for almost every contingency, the defining principle of a hackathon is probably frightening: beautiful chaos.

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5 Smart Tips to Show Gratitude to Your Event Team Year-Round

By Donna Kastner, Event Marketing Specialist In our fast-paced and sometimes frantic world, we might occasionally forget to say “thanks” to those around us. Or we do so in such a fast and fleeting way, it fails to register with … Continue reading

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Diary of an Event Learning Sherpa

Post Authored by Donna Kastner, Event Marketing Strategist & Workshop Designer Recently, I had a chance to experiment with an idea I’ve been noodling on. This idea is a twist on a grander concept, first introduced by Velvet Chainsaw Consulting: … Continue reading

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Priceless Event Timing Strategies from Dan Pink

Post authored by Donna Kastner, Event Marketing Consultant Many have heard about the best-selling book by Dan Pink: WHEN: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing.  (If this title is new to you, this post provides a quick recap.) This past … Continue reading

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A Clever Tactic from the Van Halen Contract Playbook

Post authored by Donna Kastner, Event Marketing Strategist & Workshop Designer No doubt, many have heard tales of the rock band Van Halen’s requests for M&Ms in their dressing room. I heard them, too, but I never grasped the brilliant … Continue reading

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Hackathon Design Playbook: Tapping the Wisdom of Your Event Crowd

Gather four teams of smart people in a space wired for creative thinking. Put a complex challenge before them, with helpful tools for their problem-solving journey plus a chance to compete for a cool prize. Then step back and watch … Continue reading

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Improving Event Outcomes and Business Performance: Insights from Thad Lurie

Post authored by Donna Kastner, Event Marketing Specialist For event organizers, data intelligence is quickly ascending as a crucial skill set to master, as they strive to compete in today’s rapidly-changing business environment. So much has changed within the business … Continue reading

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How Embracing Change Leads to a More Vibrant Event Future

Post authored by Donna Kastner, Event Marketing Specialist Change. It’s all around us. And the change machine never idles. Change is that disruptive, double-edged sword that tees up both exciting opportunities to seize and perilous threats to thwart. Within the … Continue reading

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Borrowing Event Housing Ideas from the Film & Television Industry

Post authored by Donna Kastner, Event Marketing Specialist If you’re an association or corporate event professional who’s struggling with last-minute housing need changes and pesky attrition clauses, things could be worse: You could be doing it for the cast and … Continue reading

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