Gathergeeks By Bizbash

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Synopsis

Welcome to GatherGeeks, a place where people passionate about the power of live experiences come together. Join David Adler, C.E.O. of BizBash, and Beth Kormanik, editor in chief of BizBash, as they discuss the latest news and trends affecting event marketers, meeting strategists, nonprofit organizers, and everyone in between. This new podcast by BizBash is the destination for information, innovation, and inspiration for anyone involved in planning events and meetings, from conferences, trade shows, and fund-raising galas to product launches, festivals, award shows, weddings, and birthdays.Look for GatherGeeks in your favorite platforms: iTunes, Pocket Casts, Player FM, Stitcher, with more on the way. Connect with us on Twitter at @GatherGeeks and join the conversation using the hashtag #gathergeeks.

Episodes

  • Why Event Design Should Never Come First, and Other Tips from a Top Event Producer (Episode 187)

    10/03/2020 Duration: 01h01min

    Hosts: David Adler, Beth Kormanik Guest: Gianna Gaudini In this episode of GatherGeeks, BizBash C.E.O. David Adler chats with Gianna Gaudini, author of The Art of Event Planning: Pro Tips From an Industry Insider. Gaudini discusses what she learned in a decade of planning events for Google, why she says that "everyone is an event planner," and tips for creating a cohesive event narrative from start to finish. She also shares tips for staying healthy and focused on event day, why personalization is crucial for attendees, learning to trust your team, and much more. Download or subscribe to the show at bizbash.com/gathergeeks. Running time: 1:01:26

  • Inside the Mind of a Successful Event Entrepreneur (Episode 186)

    02/03/2020 Duration: 40min

    Hosts: David Adler, Beth Kormanik Guest: Dan Berger In this episode of GatherGeeks, BizBash chairman and founder David Adler and editor in chief Beth Kormanik sit down with Dan Berger, the founder of Social Tables who recently stepped away from the company after an acquisition by Cvent. Berger dives into what makes a successful entrepreneur, tips for building a strong team, how he developed a successful company and made the decision to sell it, and more. He also shares insights into fund-raising and dealing with investors, what he'll be doing post-Social Tables, and why he recently invested in a New York-based event production company. Download or subscribe to the show at bizbash.com/gathergeeks. Running time: 40:46

  • Special Edition: Walk the Floor of BizBash Live: Florida

    28/02/2020 Duration: 45min

    Welcome to this special edition of GatherGeeks: Walk the Floor—the podcast version of the premier trade show for event pros. Find out what’s new, what’s cool, and what you missed from the comfort of your car or at the gym. Take the journey with David Adler, chairman and founder of BizBash, the community of more than 200,000 event pros looking for ideas to make their next event even more compelling than the last. Get inspired, and bank these great ideas in your brain for when you might need them. Below is a complete list of the exhibitors interviewed. Let's start walking. Light F/X Pros Champagne Experiential Studios Raven Hollow Guild CORT Events Gifts for Good LabeLive Quiet Events Scarborough & Tweed Air Esscentials Holographic Entrance Interactive Entertainment Group AFR Event Furnishings Mix on Wheels Choose2Rent 42chat Further Reading: 6 Steal-Worthy Ideas From BizBash Live: Florida https://bit.ly/2I6KIWB

  • Live From the Times Center: What Works In Conferences Today (Episode 185)

    24/02/2020 Duration: 01h02min

    Hosts: David Adler, Beth Kormanik Guests: Candace Montgomery, Shital Patel, Ladan Wise In this special live episode of GatherGeeks, BizBash chairman and founder David Adler and editor in chief Beth Kormanik sit down with Ladan Wise of TED, Candace Montgomery of Essence, and Shital Patel of NationSwell for an engaging discussion held earlier this month at the Times Center in New York. The group discusses ways to create memorable conferences, develop intriguing content and programming, get audience feedback, and engage attendees on and off the stage, plus the biggest risks they've each taken—that paid off. Hear behind-the-scenes details on events such as the Essence Festival, TED, and more, and learn about the next great innovations in conference planning. Download or subscribe to the show at bizbash.com/gathergeeks. Running time: 1:01

  • Why Events Should Be a Form of Performance Art (Episode 184)

    17/02/2020 Duration: 37min

    Hosts: David Adler, Beth Kormanik Guests: Marc Friedland In this episode of GatherGeeks, BizBash chairman and founder David Adler and editor in chief Beth Kormanik hear from Marc Friedland, the owner of Marc Friedland Couture Communications in Los Angeles. He reflects on 33 years in business, sharing how his career has evolved, why he approaches events as a form of performance art, and why personalization and emotions are the most crucial aspects of any gathering. Friedland then walks us through an over-the-top, Dalí-inspired birthday party he recently planned, sharing how each dinner course was integrated into the entertainment and design; how music and multi-sensory decor were used to create effective event transitions; how the surreal, hand-painted invitation set the tone for the event; and much more. Download or subscribe to the show at bizbash.com/gathergeeks. Running time: 37:35

  • Out-of-the-Box Conference Ideas From the Canadian West (Episode 183)

    11/02/2020 Duration: 29min

    Hosts: David Adler, Beth Kormanik Guests: Brent Taylor and Arlene Schilke, Timewise Event Management and Go West In this episode of GatherGeeks, BizBash chairman and founder David Adler and editor in chief Beth Kormanik hear from Brent Taylor and Arlene Schilke, presidents of Timewise Event Management and executive producers of Go West. The pair takes us behind the scenes at the annual Go West event-industry conference in Edmonton, Canada, sharing what they've learned over the last three years, strategic choices made for breakout rooms and stage design, and why they don't use an emcee. The group also chats about elevated conference catering, why Western Canada is appealing to event planners, how industry events have changed for the better, and more. Download or subscribe to the show at bizbash.com/gathergeeks. Running time: 45:06

  • An Industry Pioneer Reflects on a Life in Events (Episode 182)

    03/02/2020 Duration: 45min

    Hosts: David Adler, Beth Kormanik Guest: Joe Goldblatt In this episode of GatherGeeks, BizBash chairman and founder David Adler and editor in chief Beth Kormanik hear from Joe Goldblatt, a veteran event educator who is often credited as one of the pioneers of the modern-day industry. Goldblatt discusses his long career as one of the industry's go-to gurus, using anecdotes from his new professional memoir "The True Joy of Life" to discuss the history of event education, risk management and event safety, balancing face-to-face gatherings with emerging technology, and more. He also shares how to optimize guest experience, why the practice of mindfulness will become more popular at meetings, how he judges R.O.I., what's missing from the field of event education, and much more. Download or subscribe to the show at bizbash.com/gathergeeks. Running time: 45:06

  • The Oscars: Still the Leading Event of Award Season? (Episode 181)

    27/01/2020 Duration: 35min

    Hosts: David Adler, Claire Hoffman Guest: Stephanie Edens In this episode of GatherGeeks, BizBash chairman and founder David Adler and west coast editor Claire Hoffman chat about all-things awards season, from the rise in plant-based catering to the hottest design trends and most anticipated Oscars parties. They also hear from Stephanie Edens, the senior vice president of national sales for Wolfgang Puck Catering, who teases the menu for this year's Oscars Governors Ball—an event that the company has been catering for 26 consecutive years—sharing why the menu will be more playful this year. Edens also discusses the hottest trends she's seeing in the event catering world, how the company deals with dietary restrictions, tips for catering a large-scale event without sacrificing quality, and much more. Download or subscribe to the show at bizbash.com/gathergeeks. Running time: 35:58.

  • Radically New Ways to Host Meetings That Really Work (Episode 180)

    21/01/2020 Duration: 51min

    Hosts: David Adler, Beth Kormanik Guest: Adrian Segar In this episode of GatherGeeks, BizBash chairman and founder David Adler and editor in chief Beth Kormanik hear from Adrian Segar, a renowned meeting designer and conference facilitator and the author of the new book Event Crowdsourcing: Creating Meetings People Actually Want and Need. Segar shares how he coined the term "unconference," and shares tips and formats for various types of participation-focused gatherings. He also discusses the value of hosted-buyer events, how unconventional formats can build connections and confidence, and more. Download or subscribe to the show at bizbash.com/gathergeeks. Running time: 51:51

  • The Speaker's Superpower: How to Give Better Presentations Today (Episode 179)

    14/01/2020 Duration: 34min

    Hosts: David Adler, Beth Kormanik Guest: Pablo Povarchik In this episode of GatherGeeks, BizBash chairman and founder David Adler and editor in chief Beth Kormanik hear from Pablo Povarchik, the C.E.O. of WowPrezi—a company that claims it’s on “a mission to save the world from deadly PowerPoint.” Povarchik walks us through the different technologies available for presentations, and shares tips for creating better presentations with the goal of better audience engagement. He also discusses the most effective storytelling techniques, rules for visuals, how color can convey different moods and emotions, how long presentations should last, and much more. Take these tips for your own presentations, or use them to coach speakers at your events. Download or subscribe to the show at bizbash.com/gathergeeks. Running time: 34:46

  • Creating Culturally Sensitive Events for Asian Audiences (Episode 178)

    07/01/2020 Duration: 52min

    Hosts: David Adler, Beth Kormanik Guest: Amanda Ma In this episode of GatherGeeks, BizBash chairman and founder David Adler and editor in chief Beth Kormanik hear from Amanda Ma, the Taiwanese-American C.E.O. of Innovate Marketing Group in Pasadena, California. Ma shares how to accommodate a multicultural audience at events, focusing particularly on Chinese and other Asian cultures. She dives into tips for handling language barriers, food preparation, holidays of note, and more. She also shares the numbers, colors, gifts, and event layouts that should be embraced—or avoided—at Asian-focused gatherings; important differences between Chinese, Korean, Thai, and Japanese cultures; unique ways to incorporate authentic food and entertainment; business customs in various cultures; and much more. This is the start of an ongoing series on cultural nuances and protocol for event organizers. Download or subscribe to the show at bizbash.com/gathergeeks. Running time: 53:18

  • How Event Vendors Can Become More Strategic (Episode 177)

    16/12/2019 Duration: 39min

    Hosts: David Adler, Beth Kormanik Guest: Andy Kushner In this episode of GatherGeeks, BizBash C.E.O. David Adler and editor in chief Beth Kormanik hear from Andy Kushner, C.E.O. and founder of Kushner Entertainment and host of the popular industry podcast The Wedding Biz. Kushner discusses how vendors—which he prefers to call "creative partners"—can become more strategic, helping craft an experience rather than just providing a service. He also gives his take on the state of live music in the event industry, the hottest trends in entertainment today, and how performers can appeal to multigenerational audiences. Kushner also shares why podcasts are such an effective marketing tool, why he's not afraid to interview his competitors on his show, and more insights. Download or subscribe to the show at bizbash.com/gathergeeks. Running time: 39:27

  • The Embrace of Events by Traditional Marketing Agencies (Episode 176)

    09/12/2019 Duration: 51min

    Hosts: David Adler, Beth Kormanik Guest: Russ Lidstone In this episode of GatherGeeks, BizBash C.E.O. David Adler and editor in chief Beth Kormanik hear from Russ Lidstone, group C.E.O. for the Creative Engagement Group, a London-based collection of experiential, digital, and employee engagement agencies. Lidstone discusses his unusual company model and whether having different brands with different specialties under one umbrella will become more popular. Lidstone also shares smart tips for recruiting and retaining good employees, why you should challenge your team to take risks, ways new technology and formats can increase—and measure—event effectiveness, the rise of “microcontent,” and much more. Download or subscribe to the show at bizbash.com/gathergeeks. Running time: 51:57

  • Creating High-End Experiences for Ultra V.I.P.s (Episode 175)

    02/12/2019 Duration: 34min

    Hosts: David Adler, Beth Kormanik Guest: Anna Davey In the latest edition of GatherGeeks' series on sparking change, BizBash C.E.O. David Adler and editor in chief Beth Kormanik hear from Anna Davey, director of bespoke projects for Quintessentially in the United Kingdom. She shares how her team entertains small V.I.P. groups in highly tailored ways, drawing on the company's personal concierge roots to create unique, memorable experiences for clients. Davey also shares what luxury means today, why she always says "yes," how to help the C-suite understand the value of events, why attendees want an educational component, the importance of understanding cultural nuances, and more. Download or subscribe to the show at bizbash.com/gathergeeks. Running time: 34:22

  • A Primer on Hosting Business Meetings in Canada (Episode 174)

    26/11/2019 Duration: 27min

    Hosts: David Adler, Beth Kormanik Guest: Kyla Knudson In the latest edition of GatherGeeks' series on sparking change, BizBash C.E.O. David Adler and editor in chief Beth Kormanik hear from Kyla Knudson, the former director of sales and marketing for Business Events Canada who currently serves as director of sales for Teneo Hospitality Group in Washington, D.C. Knudson shares highlights for business groups across Canada, discussing top food and drink trends in each province, the most memorable experiences for American groups, how the country's diversity has impacted business events, and more. Download or subscribe to the show at bizbash.com/gathergeeks. Running time: 27:23

  • How to Accommodate All Gender Identities at Events (Episode 173)

    19/11/2019 Duration: 25min

    Hosts: David Adler, Beth Kormanik Guest: Andrea Boulden In this episode of GatherGeeks, BizBash C.E.O. David Adler and editor in chief Beth Kormanik hear from Andrea Boulden, senior manager of the TD Wealth event team in Toronto. She discusses gender diversity and inclusion at events, diving into how planners and hosts can accommodate trans and non-binary guests. Boulden shares practical tips for registration forms, name badges, bathrooms, and other small details that can make all guests feel welcome. She also discusses how to choose inclusive venues, ways to educate speakers on these issues, and more. Download or subscribe to the show at bizbash.com/gathergeeks. Running time: 25:33

  • What Brands—and Guests—Want From Activations Today (Episode 172)

    12/11/2019 Duration: 41min

    Hosts: David Adler, Beth Kormanik Guest: Simon Miller In this episode of GatherGeeks, BizBash C.E.O. David Adler and editor in chief Beth Kormanik hear from Simon Miller, the president of Brand Activation Services and Simon Elliot Events. Miller discusses what brands and attendees want from activations and events today, sharing ways to create authentic, organic connections—plus best practices for different generations and effective photo moments. He also discusses techniques for data capture, the power of nostalgia, when (and when not) to use the latest technology, and more. Download or subscribe to the show at bizbash.com/gathergeeks. Running time: 41:33

  • Are You Giving Your Customers the Best Possible Event Experience? (Episode 171)

    04/11/2019 Duration: 41min

    In this episode of GatherGeeks, BizBash C.E.O. David Adler and editor in chief Beth Kormanik hear from business marketing speaker David Avrin. He explains the difference between customer service and customer experience, and shares best practices for dealing with unhappy attendees, getting customers to come back every year, and ways to keep conversations going post-event. He also discusses the importance of scheduling downtime at meetings, the power of FOMO, how new technology will change presentations, speaker trends for the future, and more. Download or subscribe to the show at bizbash.com/gathergeeks. Running time: 41:57.

  • Tips for Designing an Effective Conference Experience (Episode 170)

    28/10/2019 Duration: 46min

    Hosts: David Adler, Beth Kormanik Guest: Lauren Kotkin In this episode of GatherGeeks, BizBash C.E.O. David Adler and editor in chief Beth Kormanik hear from Lauren Kotkin, director of educational programs for Exponent Philanthropy, a Washington, D.C.-based association for small foundations. She discusses the background of her own conference, and shares how different generations learn today, ways to focus content and market sessions, and tips for engaging an audience. Kotkin also talks about the importance of knowing your audience, best practices for choosing keynote speakers, how to judge R.O.I., and more. Download or subscribe to the show at bizbash.com/gathergeeks. Running time: 46:16

  • How Cannabis Legalization Will Change—and Challenge—the Event Industry (Episode 169)

    21/10/2019 Duration: 24min

    Hosts: David Adler, Beth Kormanik Guest: Dan Brice In this episode of GatherGeeks, BizBash C.E.O. David Adler chats with Dan Brice, the Chicago-based senior vice president of brand experience for United Entertainment Group. Brice discusses Illinois's changing cannabis laws, which will allow recreational usage starting in January, and how they will affect the event industry. He shares what the cannabis industry can learn about marketing from the alcohol and tobacco industries, how event pros can educate themselves on local county laws, best practices for brands who want to use cannabis at events and activations, and more. Download or subscribe to the show at bizbash.com/gathergeeks. Running time: 24:05

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