Welcome to another edition of our Connect Weekly column, where we share the top five news stories from the week that today's meeting and events planners should know. We aim to cover everything from the worlds of events, technology, business, marketing, social media, travel, hospitality and beyond.
Check out the top stories from the week of September 24-28!
Before Lunch is the Key Time For Most Productive Meetings
A good rule of thumb for meeting planners is to schedule meetings and calls before lunch for maximum productivity, according to author Josh Davis, of "Two Awesome Hours: Science-Based Strategies to Harness Your Best Time and Get Your Most Important Work Done." After lunch, especially if it’s a carb-loaded meal, energy levels can drop dramatically—leaving you and your team less able to focus and get work done later in the day. For meetings that require a lot of brainpower, the morning hours are usually best.
New York Times Critics the Pop-Up Experience
In a new article this week, NYT Writer Amanda Hess shared her experience attending a variety of pop-up experiences over the last few months in New York City. These included popular viral events such as 29Rooms, Candytopia and the Museum of Ice Cream. While these experiences have seemingly defined a generation and have influenced experiential marketing, Hess says, "What began as a kicky story idea became a masochistic march through voids of meaning. I found myself sleepwalking through them, fantasizing about going to a real museum. Or watching television. Or being on Twitter."
Making Concerts More Accessible
Many deaf people enjoy going to concerts as much as people who can hear, which is why a growing number of festivals and venues now provide ASL interpreters. The deaf perceive music mainly or entirely through low-end frequency vibrations from drums and heavy bass, which rumble through their entire bodies. It's why Daniel Belquer, Not Impossible’s director of technology, became obsessed with the idea of creating a technology that would, in Ebeling’s phrase, “increase audio inclusion” by allowing deaf and hearing music fans to experience the same concert in a similar way. Learn about his progress on Billboard.
Tokyo Olympics Seeks 80,000 Volunteers
According to the AP, Tokyo Olympic organizers began their search this week for 80,000 unpaid volunteers to staff many of the venues when the Olympics and Paralympics open in 2020. Olympics volunteers are unpaid and typically must provide their own lodging, but they are given uniforms and free meals on the days they work. The Rio de Janeiro Olympics two years ago had problems finding volunteers, particularly among the poor and working class who could not afford to work for free.
Research Shows the Differences Between U.S., U.K. Business Travelers
American Express Global Business Travel and research firm GfK polled 825 business travelers from the U.S. and UK on their habits and experiences planning business trips. Americans behave the worst when it comes to following business travel policies with 68 percent saying they don’t use or don’t know about the travel management company or corporate agency they are supposed to use; 42 percent of UK travelers said the same. UK travelers are also more likely to receive assistance when arranging business travel even though fewer UK travelers have a travel management company at their disposal.