Thoughts From the Learning Lounge

Kim Bercovitz, PhD, shares insights at the “Sitting Is the New Smoking” session.

Kim Bercovitz, PhD, shares insights at
the “Sitting Is the New Smoking” session.

Attendees Share Their Biggest Takeaways From Tuesday’s Sessions

Amina Hassan
Fairmont Banff Springs
Session: Small Shifts With Your Current Partners for Cutting-Edge Productivity

“I learned something new when Carson [Edwards, CASE] spoke about the OneNote app and scanning business cards. Just like he said, you come back from a conference with a stack of business cards, so the faster I can get them entered, the better. I think it’s interesting that it used to be rude to look at your smartphone during a presentation, but now it’s expected.”

Kareem Jenkins
American Sociological Association
Session: Small Shifts With Your Current Partners for Cutting-Edge Productivity

“I walked away with several new platforms for meeting planners to use, even thought I’m pretty adept at what’s out there. But I wanted to learn what others are using. When I get back to the office, I’ll probably use more videoconferencing, like Periscope, due to limited budgets. I have a team and often one of us will do a site visit, so videoconferencing will help connect the person on the site visit with the rest of the team.”

Sheryl Shelton
Hilton Worldwide
Session: Sitting Is the New Smoking

“Wellness and fitness during meetings is such a huge topic in the industry; I want to stay on top of the latest trends and interests. The number of people who attended this session showed me just how relevant this topic is. I want to take all the ideas back and incorporate them into meetings we plan on Hilton properties.”

Tricia Crocker
Convention Exhibitions Promotions Inc.
Session: Sitting Is the New Smoking

“I just started a new job and will be working from home. I used to have a two-hour commute, and I want healthy ideas of ways to fill that time. Now I have some great ideas to create a healthier work setting and incorporate more standing — rather than sitting — into my day.”

Kristina Mechelis, CMP
Association for Financial Professionals
Session: Amplify Engagement Through Trade-Show Experience Design

“In my department, I’m in charge of the exhibit halls and am tasked with coming up with different ideas for attendee engagement and booth drivers. This session really drove home that we need to make sure our ideas really impact our audience; for example, an 80-foot screen might not work for my demographic.”

Benjamin Rabe
SmithBucklin Corporation
Session: Amplify Engagement Through Trade-Show Experience Design

“I needed ideas to change up my trade-show floor from just aisles going up and down. I liked the idea of the live simulation event broadcast to a general session; we could tailor that to some of our audiences. My biggest takeaway is to remember that every idea doesn’t work for every audience; you can’t just copycat.”