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ARCHIVES: May 2010

How to Review Your Communication Capabilities

Posted on May 31, 2010 in Your Career

Most of us think of ourselves as great communicators. Why not? We’ve been talking since we were toddlers. But communication is more than just words. It’s what you say, how you say it and how you relate to the people with whom you’re speaking. What are the areas you should concentrate on to become a better communicator?

Social Media Changes Event Planning

Posted on May 28, 2010 in Events & Meetings

Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn. These are just a few of the social media to appear over the last 10 years. It’s taken awhile, but more and more event and exhibit professionals are beginning to realize these sites are good for more than just chatting with friends; they’re great for business, too. Do you know the best ways to use social media before, during and after an event?

Going Undercover

Posted on May 27, 2010 in On the Show Floor

Your boss looks at you like you have two heads when you ask for more booth help. And he questions your need for more promotional materials and new technology to gather leads. Chances are, isn’t a heartless monster; he just doesn’t have any idea how hard your job is. So, maybe it’s time to invite him into your world. But how do you get your boss to go “undercover?”

Beat Business Jargon

Posted on May 26, 2010 in Get More Done

Business jargon and buzz words. They sound cool. They sound now. And everyone jumps on the bandwagon to use them. The problem is all this “new-speak” can be confusing and misleading, and that can spell disaster for business relationships. But how do you break the cycle of language abuse?

Packing Tips From Travel Pros

Posted on May 25, 2010 in Get More Done

Travel used to be fun, even if it was for business. But ever-changing rules and increasing expenses have make flying more difficult and expensive. Take some of the hassle out of your next business trip by getting ready for your departure the right way. What do airline professionals know about packing that you don’t?

Your Dilemma Answers: How do you rent a look?

Posted on May 6, 2010 in What's Your Advice - Answers

Our exhibit program is all rentals all the time. We’ve minimized shipping and eliminated storage by renting from show management, but our look is different at every event, sometimes significantly. How can we maintain continuity from show to show if we continue this practice? Would renting from an exhibit house for all our shows be a better option?

— Daphne, Conference and Tradeshow Coordinator

How to Find and Use a Mentor

Posted on May 5, 2010 in Features, Your Career

Getting ahead in a career is never easy, whether you’re new to the field or you’ve been around for awhile. It would be nice if your boss or another member of upper management would help you climb the corporate ladder and speed your way to the top. But often, this isn’t the case, and you need to find a mentor someplace else. Where can you find a mentor, and how do you use one?

Reinventing Your Business

Posted on May 4, 2010 in Features

After forty years of success in business, it can be a daunting challenge to see your business differently. Yet now, more than ever, the future of any company boils down to innovation and differentiation…

In our case, that meant imploding on purpose – a radical recasting.

Leading From the Front

Posted on May 3, 2010 in Features, Your Career

When you’re in charge, you have to accept the role of a true leader. That means you need direct and guide your team members. You must build their confidence in your abilities. And you should encourage everyone to do his or her best. You can do all these things, even if you’re not a born leader. How do you become an expert leader?