There is a jam packed calendar of global events and conferences in 2018. There are so many possibilities for IT professionals that we are looking at the top 8 for Q1.
Most modern day organisations appreciate the importance of empowering their employees. Why? Because research has shown that empowered employees step up, are more motivated, and as a result are more productive. However it is not that easy to empower a workforce, but we have 6 top tips to set you on the right path:
Businesses such as Google, Facebook and Apple have worked really hard to instil a culture of innovation within their organisations. They know this is important as it gives them what they need to get ahead, and stay ahead of the competition. What is the ‘culture’ bit about? It is not too difficult to get staff to innovate for half an hour or an hour – with direction. However, for that innovation to be sustainable it must become part of the makeup of the organisation. This cannot be achieved overnight – however by following some very simple steps you can set yourself on the right path.
A conference is a great way to get a group of people together and present a range of content. However, the unfortunate reality is that many of us have been to a conference that was ineffective and a waste of our precious time. The best conferences are meticulously planned and nothing is left to chance. Often they are so seamless it is not evident that so much planning went into them – but it did. These are the 8 key steps to follow:
Team away days are typically used to get staff out of the office with the intention of boosting communication and teamwork. They may be a tool to get people working together with the aim of transferring that increased productivity back to the workplace, or to instil ideas and corporate culture into the group.
Each year it becomes increasingly popular to predict which tech trends are going to be big news in the following year. Very often these are trends that have been bubbling away and gaining traction. This is our run down of what we believe will be big business in the tech world in 2018.
It is broadly agreed that a ‘millennial’ is an individual born between 1980 and 1999. A generation that have not known life without the internet, and most who came of age after the financial crisis. They have very different expectations in relation to work, compared to their parents. This is a group that value work life balance and are not purely motivated by a job for life and financial success. This generation’s differences compared to their predecessors has sparked a lot of interest and also dedicated engagement strategies. The presentations that were once successful just don’t cut it with millennials. These are our 4 top tips when presenting to millennials:
Innovation is the lifeblood of any business – it is the intangible value that acts as a differentiator – the intrinsic value contributed by employees. Organisations recognise this and over the years there have been many attempts to encourage innovation, such as table tennis in break out areas, and brightly coloured meeting rooms. However renovations needn’t be done to the office to encourage innovation in meetings. These are our top tips:
Icebreakers are a great way to get a conference or meeting off to a strong start. In fact, they are so effective that they have become commonplace and often expected by participants. When planned and executed well, icebreakers can be enjoyable for participants and also allow people to get to know each other. They can also be used as a tool for participants to understand the goals of the session. Done badly they can make individuals feel uncomfortable, and ‘close up’ rather than breaking the ice. Therefore it is important to consider the individuals attributes and what sort of icebreaking exercise would work best. Also bear in mind what sort of ice you are trying to break. For example are the people likeminded but just haven’t met yet, or perhaps the individuals have very different cultural backgrounds and engrained perceptions of one another.
Whilst many now recognise that learning is most efficient when down in bitesize chunks, there are still a proliferation of training courses that extend over one or more days. It can be challenging for participants to maintain their concentration during this time, and one useful way of gathering or maintaining momentum is the use of a training energiser. These are our top 5 training energisers:
This is a question that has plagued educators for as long as they have had the role to teach, and students to learn. Large class sizes and under-resourced schools has only served to exacerbate the problems of disengaged students. Teachers are having to work harder than ever to introduce methods into the classroom that improve learning outcomes.
A few years ago, many offices I went into had material on the walls and/or tables of the meeting rooms which gave some quick guidance about how to make meetings more effective. Some organisations took it a step further and restricted the length of meetings. Another business I know of enforced a rule that if there was no agenda the meeting should be aborted immediately. All of this came out of a realisation that in many organisations, employees were going to lots of meetings, and not using that time effectively. The meeting revolution over the past decade has eradicated some of the bad behaviours – being late, using devices rather than listening, talking over each other, and so on. We are now entering into a new revolution for meetings, as once again we are set to see more efficiency gains as interactive surveys are gaining popularity.
We have written recently about a whole host of great IT exhibitions and conferences coming up in 2017 in the UK and the US. Of course they range in topic and size, but many attract thousands of IT industry superstars who are at the bleeding edge of the particular technology being exhibited – whether it be wearable technology, internet of things, cloud, and so on. These types of exhibition are not limited to IT – they of course are prevalent within many industries such as pharmaceuticals, fashion, travel, HR and more.
Within the past two decades telephone voting in TV shows has become very popular. Viewers enjoy the interactivity and this helps to boost TV ratings. The growth of smart devices such as mobile phones and tablets has allowed for a varied type of interaction, such as online polls, engagement through apps, and so on. IQ Polls can be used in real time during live TV to capture audience votes. This could be for a public view on a particular issue, or perhaps a vote in a show such as X Factor or Strictly Come Dancing. There are some key pointers to be mindful of when creating a TV poll which we would like to share with you.
Do you remember a time not so long ago when many commentators said that social media was no more than a fad that would be a distant memory within months. However the likes of Facebook and Twitter gained increasing popularity – primarily for personal purposes at first. However the power and instant availability of social media was the perfect platform for businesses who wanted to get their marketing out there quickly and cheaply. The viral nature of social media meant that ideas were passed between liked minded groups like wildfire! The possibilities seemed endless. So why are businesses mad for social media?