Welcome to Corbin's TechTalk Newsletter, in its ninth year of providing the latest in technology for events, tradeshows and hospitality professionals in more than 65 countries.
This issue focuses on a range of meetings technology topics including podcasting, email efficiency, and free software tools to improve office efficiency.
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In this issue:
NEW ARTICLE: Podcasting Basics for Meeting Professionals
Podcasting is a way for event marketers and associations to get messages out to new audiences, it is a way to build traffic to a website, and it can be used as a way to sell your venues at a small fraction of the cost of printing and distributing CDs/DVDs. And the good news is that they can be done very inexpensively.
This article will cover the four simple steps in creating your own podcast.
NEW ARTICLE: Free Software Tools to Increase Office Efficiency
This article will share some of my favorite software tools to improve office efficiency – tools that can directly help meeting professionals everywhere. And the good news is that all of them are available on the web and most are totally free.
TECHTALK READER EMAIL USE SURVEY
The results are in. 257 respondents indicate very interestingresponses. We feel highly dependent on email, we check and respond to email messages very quickly, and, yet, we are not very stressed about it! See the article for full details and a recap of suggestions to manage your email better.
More of Corbin's Articles in Spanish
Another article (20 Ideas to Increase Technology Efficiency) has been translated into Spanish with more to come. Thanks to Thomas MacFarlane from Event Planner Spain (www.eventplannerspain.com), for providing the translation services.
16 Web Site Favorites for Business and Fun
4 Meeting Industry Sites:
This largely free wiki (online collaborative website), project management tool, document management tool, and team collaboration tool could transform the events industry. Itensil is in it's startup phase, and they are eager to develop meetings business. The paid version offers a few more features, but the free version still looks very powerful It will take a bit of work to get things going with this, but the ROI on your time could be huge! Down the line, the meeting planning processes built could be shared with others. Thanks to Peter Haigh, of Preferred Hotel Group for connecting me with this company.
Meeting Support Institute
Event suppliers portal with content (check out the knowledge base.)
Future of Hotel Room Keys
Open your hotel room with a blink of an eye? Interesting article on hotel technology. Thanks to Dave Lutz for the link suggestion.
Certain Software Blog
Interesting meetings technology blog.
2 Favorite Utility/Reference Sites:
Blackberry shortcuts tips
Pages of keystroke shortcut for your Blackberry mobile phone. Thanks to Bob Donovan for providing this document.
Web list - a free online and very easy to use database. Still in beta, but very cool!
10 Sites for Fun:
Bill Gates' last day at work
Voyage through the universe -- Great Hubble photos
Dubai skyscraper with rotating and energy-generating floors
Tequila -- The self-confidence drug?
Cool and geeky home theaters
Tattoos and body modification (not for the squeamish!)
A website you love to hate? Destroy it with...
Create you own newspaper headlines
Crystal glass street musician
Airbus 380 Super jet 360 degree cockpit view
QUOTES OF THE MONTH
"The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper."
-- Eden Phillpotts
SHORTSIGHTED TECHNOLOGY QUOTE OF THE MONTH
"Television won't last because people will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night." -- Darryl Zanuck, Movie Producer, 20th Century Fox (1946)
RECENT ARTICLES WITH QUOTES FROM OR REFERENCES TO CORBIN
Welcome to the Webolution
Successful Meetings article by Ben Chapman on the importance of CVB sites to meeting planning.
Tradeshow Technology Trends
Review of one of my programs by Linda Musgrove for Advantum.
Rates, Dates and Space: Real-time Meeting Booking? No Panacea Yet
Corrie Dosh's article for Procurement Travel Magazine.
How Will We Meet in the Future
Kare Anderson's blog in FastCompany.com about social media.
Lost in Space!
Ruth Hill's article for MeetingsFocus on Second Life.
The Impact of Meetings on Adult Education
A recent article of mine published in the Meeting Professional.
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