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Why Try Hybrid Events?

What is a Hybrid Event? Essentially, a hybrid event is any combination of a face-to-face and virtual or digital experience. You might have a 5,000-person virtual event with 20 people joining in-person in one location. Or you might have 100 people face-to-face in meeting rooms and 100 people attending virtually online. Or you could have 5000 attendees with a live speaker being recorded and filmed at a remote location. These are just a few examples of the countless options that hybrid events can offer. Bottom line: With hybrid events, the...

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Case Study: Business Pitch Competition Goes Virtual

The Event A face-to-face (F2F) or LIVE event format for a business pitch competition that successfully pivots to a screen-to-screen (S2S) or virtual event format for the same business pitch competition. The Challenge Historically, the annual pitch competition had taken place at the organization’s LIVE event; however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the pitch competition had to be transformed into a highly-engaging virtual event while still delivering the presenters’ messaging, captivating the panelists, and engaging the remote audience. As the presenters were located in various U.S. cities, communication and coordination...

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Meet MTA: Jesse Torres, Senior Software Engineer

The Miller Tanner (MTA) difference is our people. That’s why we want to introduce you to our team of superstars that bring our corporate meetings and events to life for our clients. Today we introduce you to Jesse Torres, a senior software engineer with MTA Technology Services. Jesse is one of our tech masterminds behind our event management products: EPICTM, VALTsTM, and AttendTM. Meet MTA: Jesse Torres Tell us about your current role with MTA? I’m a senior software engineer. My responsibilities include developing new features to extend MTA products in order to streamline the...

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How to Beat Virtual Meeting Fatigue and Energize Your Audience

With months of meeting only virtually, are you beginning to experience “virtual meeting fatigue”? It’s actually a real thing, according to recent studies. Two Common Causes of Virtual Meeting Fatigue More Concentration Required Recent Microsoft research suggests that “brainwave patterns associated with stress and overwork were much higher when collaborating remotely than in-person.” Basically, more concentration is required for a virtual conversation. Being on a video chat requires more focus because a person has to work harder to process non-verbal cues such as facial expressions, body language and voice tone, according to...

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6 Reasons On-Demand Training Should Be Part of Your Training Strategy

The ways in which companies can use on-demand training are virtually endless. If you want to expand your training capabilities, on-demand training is a cost-effective tool that can help accomplish all of your training goals. If you’ve not tried on-demand training as a way to streamline your training, here are six compelling reasons why you should: 1). Engagement with content over time makes training more effective. Meeting over a few days may not be enough for knowledge retention among your audience. The most effective training is one that engages your audience...

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5 Key Essentials for a Successful Incentive Travel Program

Miller Tanner Associates knows first hand the value of recognizing, rewarding, and investing in employees through internal incentive programs. We aren’t the only ones who know the value. In fact, Incentive Research Foundation (IRF) conducted a study which concluded that incentive travel programs strongly impact: Motivation Retention Performance Organizational culture Business results  The Impact of Incentive Programs This research conducted by IRF determined that the combination of the following five essential elements defines the core of the successful travel program: The earning and selection criteria for the reward were clearly...

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5 Ways to Drive Your Training Ahead This Year

Behind every successful company is an equally successful training program to drive them forward. This year, give your training a tune-up and navigate a new route. Here are 5 ways that you can drive your training ahead in the new year: 1. Put your learner in the driver’s seat. Instead of assuming which training topics should be a priority, ask your teams first. Map out a clear direction with your learners. Survey them to find out what skills they would most benefit from learning. If you get their input, you are...

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Case Study: How a Hotel Contract Cancellation Clause Resulted in Zero Penalty During Pandemic

The Event Multiple face-to-face events with meeting attendance directly threatened by a public health crisis, COVID-19 between February 2020 through June 2020 The Challenge Given our previous experience with global outbreaks and public health crises including SARS (2002), Swine Flu (2009), MERS (2013) Ebola (2014) and Zika (2015), Miller Tanner Associates (MTA) knew that it was likely meeting attendees would be reluctant to attend face-to-face events with so many looming unknowns related to the meeting’s safety, travel, and accommodations. In these instances, travel could be prohibited for in-person attendees without...

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3 Proven Ways to Keep Your Virtual Event on Track for Success

For many people, virtual events are an entirely new way to deliver their message and content. Virtual events require a distinct set of skills. As a result, a lot of people are left scratching their heads to figure out the next steps when planning a virtual event. Do you create the agenda first or determine the platform? Will the presenters be pre-recorded or live? How can you ensure that your technology is secure? It can be quite challenging without guidance from an event professional. Similar to a face-to-face event, there...

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Virtual Events: Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have questions about virtual events? We have answers. Q: Is virtual really the best option for my canceled meeting? A: Virtual event solutions are a very effective alternative to a canceled face-to-face event. Even when you can’t meet face-to-face, our virtual solutions offer an option to deliver your message to a virtually-engaged audience.  Q: Why should I use Miller Tanner Associates (MTA) for my virtual event?  A: We have over 10 years of virtual event planning experience. With a virtual event planned and managed by Miller Tanner Associates, your organization can streamline...

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