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The Chinese character for "crisis" has elements of both "danger" and "opportunity." As we enter into these troubled times, there will be opportunities. Technology can help to find them by reducing costs and doing more with less.
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In this issue:
- NEW ARTICLE:QR Codes for the Meetings Industry
- NEW ARTICLE: Money-Saving Meeting Formats
- NEW VIDEO: Web 2.0 Effects on Meetings
- NEW PODCASTS
- 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: QR Codes for the Meetings Industry
Would you like an almost free means of digital lead exchange for your meetings? Or inexpensive electronic ticketing using mobile phones? Or a means of providing paragraphs of information and/or web links to your attendees without the use of paper? If so, then QR codes may soon be the answer for you.
This article will cover this emerging technology with several meeting industry applications.
NEW ARTICLE: Money-Saving Meeting Formats
Article by Andrea Driessen from www.nomoreboringmeetings.com with ideas (some of them using technology) to get more bang for your speaker buck.
NEW VIDEO: HOW WEB 2.0 IS GIVING POWER TO THE PEOPLE
James Latham interviews me at the ICCA conference about how online social networking and mobile phone innovation is changing the way meetings are organized, allowing the delegates themselves to set the agenda, and so making the whole experience more engaging.
Using Social Networking to Find Jobs
A sign of the times. Helpful article by Chris Brogan.
Backup Software Deal
Regular backups are crucial! Titan Backup has offered their award-winning backup software product at a 50% discount for TechTalk subscribers ($19.95 instead of $40). I make no commission from this (I have never accepted a cent of commission for the sale of a technology product), but, as a user of Titan Backup, I think it is a good deal. To get the discount, use the below links:
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10 Sites Just for Fun:
The phone that can do EVERTHING!
I want one of these! Creative promo campaign.
Totally Looks Like
Playing For Change: Song Around the World "Stand By Me"
Amazing voice from Norway: 7 year old Celina Hristov
StarWars -- A Capella Tribute to John Williams
Cool SlidesCat and Parrot Massage and Pedicure?
Free Style Cyclist
Guinness "Tipping Point" Ad
The New Mac Wheel -- Very funny!
Thanks to Dave Lutz for this link suggestion.
QUOTES OF THE MONTH:
"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart."
-- Helen Keller
"The best things in life are not things."
"It's not what you look at that matters, it is what you see."
-- Henry David Thoreau
SHORT-SIGHTED TECHNOLOGY QUOTE OF THE MONTH:
"Radio has no future."
-- Lord Kelvin (1897)
RECENT ARTICLES WITH "QUOTES FROM CORBIN"
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IAEE promotes the unique value of exhibitions and other events that bring buyers and sellers together such as road shows, conferences with an exhibition component, and proprietary corporate exhibitions. IAEE is the principal resource for those who plan, produce and service the industry
1-3 December 2009
EIBTM Is The Premier International Event Dedicated To The Global Meetings And Incentive Industry. EIBTM attracts 5,000 industry buyers and 2,000 exhibitors from over 100 countries. Over 2,500 buyers at EIBTM are top-level decision-makers bought to the event as part its Hosted Buyer Programme®.
Attendee Management Inc. (AMi)
AMi breaks down the barriers to online registration, housing, travel and e-marketing. No license fees, no software to manage, just dedicated, experienced service. Pay only for what you need, and provide the solutions your attendees and clients expect. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 512.842.1612
26-28 May 2009
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The essential worldwide exhibition for meetings & incentive travel
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