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In this issue:
- NEW ARTICLE: 45 Ways to Use Technology to Green Meetings
- NEW ARTICLE: Exhibitor ROI: Proving the Booth's Worth It
- NEW ARTICLE: Lead Retrieval Only - Option for Show Organizers
- 21 WEB BOOKMARKS FOR MEETINGS, BUSINESS AND FUN
- QUOTES OF THE MONTH
- RECENT ARTICLES WITH "QUOTES FROM CORBIN"
- CORBIN'S CALENDAR and the fine print
NEW ARTICLE: 45 Ways to Use Technology to Green Meetings
It is getting easier being green. The move to make meetings more environmentally-friendly is finally taking hold and meeting professionals are working together to reduce, recycle, and reuse to dramatically improve the environmental impact of events and tradeshows.
Technology can help in this effort reducing paper and significantly improving efficiency along the way. Here are 45 ways it can.
NEW ARTICLE: Exhibitor ROI: Proving the Booth's Worth It
This recent Tradeshow Week article by Rachel Wimberly covers ways to track and demonstrate the value of your exhibit booth.
NEW ARTICLE: Lead Retrieval Only (LRO)-- An Option for Some Show Organizers
Show managers can buy lead retrieval separately from a registration provider. This article, by Kahle Williams from CompuSystems discusses ways to do this.
TechTalk Turns Ten
In September 1998, the first issue of TechTalk was emailed to 40 people. 61 issues later, with over 7,200 subscribers in more than 67 countries, this e-newsletter is the largest focusing on meetings and tradeshow technology and it keeps growing. I feel honored to have your support as a subscriber and I extend my hearty thanks to the sponsors who make this newsletter possible. As always, your feedback is valued. If you know of anyone that may be interested in receiving a copy, please forward this newsletter on.
Corbin's Online Bookmarks File Updated
"Corbin's Favorites", the web's most comprehensive list of categorized web links for the meetings and hospitality industries (with a focus on meetings technology), has just been updated with many new links.
The Association for Green Meetings and Events (AGME) offers green meetings certification.
The CGME -- more info can be found at: http://www.agmeinc.org/
EIBTM Technology Hour
The annual technology debate and other technology events will be among the offerings at this year's EIBTM meeting.
More of Corbin's Articles in Spanish
Another article (Air Travel Woes and the Impact on Meetings) 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.
21+ Web Bookmarks for Meetings, Business and Fun
5 Meeting Industry-Related Sites:
Very cool scheduling and calendaring web application using Adobe Flex to enable drag-and-drop ease of use for your meeting appointments and schedule.
Fish Software RFID "Tell Me More" Badge Button
Interesting radio frequency identification application. Attendees simply push a button on their badge to receive exhibit product information downloaded instantly to their personal conference web page.
GoMingle Mobile Phone Networking Application
Digitell Virtual Exhibit Hall
Worktopia Universal Meeting Solution
Realtime, online booking of meetings space.
8+ Utility/Reference Sites:
Excellent free tool to analyze your website.
Free web conference tool
Ad-supported, robust free web-conference site.
Google Chrome - A fast, thin new web browser
This is the best web browser I have ever used. Super fast and easy. Not perfect, though, the way that it handles bookmarks is clunky, to still a great move forward.
Interesting display technology with potential applications to exhibits.
An excellent, free video conversion site. Enter in the URL of a video clip (or its location on your hard drive) and specify what format you'd like to receive the video (PSP, iPOD, DivX, MPEG-4, and lots more). In a few minutes, MUX will send you an e-mail with the location from which you can download your newly formatted video.
Take this short quiz and see how each candidate matches your views.
Interesting search engine using Apple's Cover Flow interface.
Full-featured office apps online (most for free) including word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation programs, file sharing, wikis, project management, and more.
Not a website, but a cool service. Users call (267) SLY-DIAL from either a cell phone or a landline, and are prompted to enter another person's cell phone number. After playing a short advertisement -- unless users pay a subscription fee or 15 cents per call to skip ads -- Sly Dial puts callers directly into their target's voice mail.
8 Sites for Fun:
Sand Sculptures World Championship
It all comes back to you
Beautiful aerial photos from around the world
Fly over mountains
Amazing paper art
First flying lesson
I just visited the Freda Kahlo show at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. This is a "must see" event if you are in the area. Linked above is the best Freda site I have come across.
QUOTES OF THE MONTH:
"The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me."
-- Ayn Rand (1905-1982)
"It’s our attitude in life that determines life’s attitude towards us."
– Earl Nightingale
“Intelligence is the ability to avoid doing work, yet getting the work done.”
-- Linus Torvalds, Creator of Linux
SHORT-SIGHTED TECHNOLOGY QUOTE OF THE MONTH
"Almost all of the many predictions now being made about 1996 hinge on the Internet's continuing exponential growth. But I predict the Internet will soon go spectacularly supernova and in 1996 catastrophically collapse."
-- Robert Metcalfe, founder of 3Com and inventor of Ethernet (1995)
CORBIN'S SPEAKING CALENDAR
My travel schedule for September and October will bring me to Albany, Palm Desert, Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta, Colorado Springs, Los Angeles and likely a few other places as well. Click the link above for specific details. I would love to make your city one of my destinations as well, so please contact me and let's set a date.
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