ISES Live Seattle 2014 wrap up!

7909_ISESLive_0022fISES Live was held in Seattle this year and we were there beginning with the leadership education on Sunday and Monday.  Below are some photos from our experience but we were mostly there for the education and to network and share. Success stories and challenges were shared, and there were a lot of the usual event technologies on display.  I really like tagboard for how they display tweets similar to visible tweets. […]

ISES-NCC Education program: The Psychology of Events by Kevin White

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Photographing events gives us a pretty broad exposure into the world of how events are run and how people respond to them.  However, on Tuesday March 19th, Kevin White, CSEP, and Chief Strategist at XPL presented on the psychology of events.  This was an interesting topic since it went much deeper into how to make events with maximum impact.

The keys can down to something that all photographers are familiar with – you have to know how to tell a story!

To do that, White says that you have to:

  • Delve into the mind
  • Control the mood
  • Design communication
  • Satisfy human needs, and
  • Incorporate the senses

Sporting events are the perfect example of very emotional events, but if you miss any of the ‘needs’ of your audience you can lose them (think of overly long bathroom lines killing the joy, etc.).  However, most successful events fulfill all attendees needs from the physical to societal (belonging).

White also stressed that needs trump wants.  This is pretty obvious when you think about it but it’s sometimes overlooked. […]

Times and Fashions Change – Ethics Never Go Out of Style! by Joan Eisenstodt

Ethics are a touchy subject and in the events industry, with the GSA scandal in the news recently, it’s an important topic.  Even […]

Leadership and ISES Eventworld

Coming off attending ISES Eventworld, it was fortuitous that the book I brought to read on my flight was Leadership Gold by John Maxwell.  As a board member of the ISES-NCC chapter, we attended the conference early for some of the leadership training and I found that to be very useful.

The best thing about getting involved with an industry organization is not just the networking and business opportunities, but education and growth (both personally and for your business).  As a vendor I know we often thought much of the education wasn’t well targeted for us (we typically don’t need to know how to negotiate contracts with hotels, for example), but you can learn from many diverse disciplines.  The key is to think about how it’s relevant to your own business and that’s something we do all the time since we’re event photographers who have got to hear some incredible speakers from Presidents,  world leaders, sports legends and some of the most brilliant minds alive today.

Some of the lessons learned from Leadership Gold include: […]

Gala time!

 

It’s coming up on a few exciting events that we’re both sponsoring.  The MPINCC Annual  Gala & Silent Auction is on June 6th and has […]

MPINCC & ISES Professional Education Program & Mixer

MPINCC & ISES Joint Educational Program & Mixer

MPINCC & ISES recently hosted a special joint educational program, “The Big Bang: How to Create and Produce Events with Impact” at the Nob Hill Masonic Center. The event featured two keynote panels, including an MPINCC panel of Bay Area’s leading VIP network members, including Michele Snock of Salesforce.com and Claire Jolley Stroope of Oracle to discuss key issues around selecting and hiring production companies for high-impact events; and an ISES panel focused on bringing your company’s “WOW” factor to corporate events, which was moderated by Heather Henderson of Cisco Systems and included speakers, Paul Moss of Blueprint Studios, Pam Kanjanamarakul Perez of Global Gourmet Catering, Matt Prieshoff of Live Nation and others.

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MPINCC & ISES Professional Education Program & Mixer

MPINCC & ISES Joint Educational Program & Mixer

MPINCC & ISES recently hosted a special joint educational program, “The Big Bang: How to Create and Produce Events with Impact” at the Nob Hill Masonic Center. The event featured two keynote panels, including an MPINCC panel of Bay Area’s leading VIP network members, including Michele Snock of Salesforce.com and Claire Jolley Stroope of Oracle to discuss key issues around selecting and hiring production companies for high-impact events; and an ISES panel focused on bringing your company’s “WOW” factor to corporate events, which was moderated by Heather Henderson of Cisco Systems and included speakers, Paul Moss of Blueprint Studios, Pam Kanjanamarakul Perez of Global Gourmet Catering, Matt Prieshoff of Live Nation and others.

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ISES Happy Hour | Roe Nightclub

ISES-NCC Happy Hour | Roe (Oct. 20, 2011)

The International Special Events Society – Northern California Chapter (ISES – NCC) sponsored their first-ever free Networking Mixer + Happy Hour at Roe Nightclub in SOMA this past Thursday. Above are a few of the highlights from the evening. You can now view the album on Facebook and Flickr, and access the full album on our Zenfolio page here. Thanks to Amy Harrity of Orange for capturing the event!
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The Special Event 2011 wrap-up and learnings

So last week was The Special Event in Phoenix, AZ and I was honored to be a speaker at the conference.  The best thing about going to these is that you get to meet new folks, learn and network.  This year’s The Special Event was my first one to attend and it was definitely worth the trip!
Some of the general themes that I came away with was the importance of social media and using it the right way, and hearing about many different trends and ideas for businesses in general.  As usual there were very specific sessions for caterers, designers etc, but I mostly attended more general topics.  Here’s a few more shots from the week as well as a few comments… […]

ISES Napa-Sonoma Presidents Award

We were both surprised and honored to receive a Presidents Award from the Napa-Sonoma Chapter of ISES earlier this month.  We do quite a bit of work up in wine country and have been working to get more involved with event professionals there and so this was so nice to receive.  We’ve found that joining professional organizations such as ISES has been rewarding in the education you get through their programs as well as the network of professionals you meet and become friends with.  It’s definitely been a great resource for Orange and we’d suggest it to others in the special events industry as well!

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