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Dear reader,
First, here’s some good news—in many parts of the world, large-scale, in-person events are finally making a comeback. On the 20th of May, the United Kingdom hosted one of its first live exhibitions, A-livex in London’s Royal Lancaster Hotel, which saw around 50 exhibitors participating. Meanwhile, Italy has allowed live events to return from July 1, 2021 onwards and in the United States of America, The World of Concrete tradeshow and many more have already been scheduled for the months of June and July. Concerts are also making a return in a lot of regions worldwide.
Moving on to the event life, quite a few people have been highlighting the importance of mental wellbeing in the MICE industry. Naomi Tucker (@Naotuck) of Planners on Purpose has created a free course for event professionals dealing with stress and burnout. You can register for it here.
Another helpful resource we found is from EventWell, a UK-based organization that’s done remarkable work in supporting mental health in the events industry. They've created a free tool in collaboration with Every Mind Matters that “helps you build an action plan to deal with stress and anxiety, boost your mood, improve your sleep and help you feel more in control.” You can access it here.
Stress Matters also has a few really interesting courses on mental health and wellbeing for event professionals like Managing mental health and stress for eventprofs and Designing and delivering a mentally safe event. These courses are priced at £59 each and you can register for them here.
Also, PCMA Foundation is creating a scholarship fund in honor of Cecilia “Cele” Agnes Fogarty (June 9, 1959, to March 30, 2021). The Cele Fogarty Scholarship Fund will "support event professionals with opportunities to advance their skills and proficiency in the field of event management.” Interested people can donate by texting to 41444 with the message CELE to receive a link to complete the payment process online. Read more.
Finally, here’s our question to you: What does your event strategy look like? Are you planning to host more hybrid events or virtual ones? Let us know by replying to this email or by tagging us on Twitter. We’d love to hear how you're preparing for the future of events. :)
FEATURED STORY
WHY CLUBHOUSE AND DROP-IN AUDIO HIT BIG WITH THE EVENTS INDUSTRY
One year into the pandemic, just when people were getting fed up with Zoom meetings and virtual events, the social audio platform Clubhouse introduced something new—an opportunity to network, minus the dreaded screen fatigue. Audio-only conversations like those on Clubhouse come with multiple advantages—they are comfortable, informal, and personal as conversations are largely synchronous, authentic, and spontaneous. They’re also great for multitasking as can be seen from the rise in the popularity of audio books and podcasts in the last year.
But what’s the connection between a social audio platform and events? Why is everyone in the industry so excited about it? And most importantly, how much has Clubhouse influenced the events industry and the way we host events? These are just some of the questions we dig into in this latest story on The Green Room.
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INSPIRATION FROM THE GREEN ROOM
PLANNING AN INTROVERT-FRIENDLY EVENT: 10 TIPS FOR EVENTPROFS
Networking at events can be a challenge for even the most outgoing attendees. If you’re an introvert, it’s even more so. Here are some tips to make your event more inviting for introverted attendees.
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10 STRATEGIES TO REDUCE EVENT PLANNING STRESS AND BOOST PRODUCTIVITY
Que sera, sera. What will be, will be. Your events may not run according to plan, but you don't have to let the unpredictability and chaos get to you. Here are 10 tips to combat stress and avoid burnout when planning events.
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5 TRENDS THAT WILL INFLUENCE THE EVENTS INDUSTRY IN 2021
COVID-19 might be the biggest force influencing the events industry in 2021, but it’s not the only one. Here are 5 of the biggest event trends to make note of this year.
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5 COMMON MISTAKES OF UNSUCCESSFUL VIRTUAL EVENTS
A lot of seemingly small things can crash your virtual event—inexperienced speakers, a boring program, and even too many distractions. Here’s how you can plan for them.
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FURTHER READING
Thanks for reading! As always, we’d love to hear your thoughts—whether it’s about this newsletter, the topics you’d like us to discuss on The Green Room, or anything else you think we should know. Hit reply or connect with us on Twitter (@ZohoBackstage).
Until next time,
Nisha
The Green Room

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