Kevin Iwamoto

by Kevin Iwamoto September 26, 2014

2014 Salary Survey: Meetings & Conventions

Despite being listed as one of the most stressful jobs in the world and heralded as one of the fastest growing areas of employment, meeting/event planners are still underpaid in comparison with comparably stressful jobs. This leads me to believe that meeting and event planning is still not sufficiently appreciated or respected as a profession.   A couple of interesting sound bites from a new study...

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by Kevin Iwamoto September 24, 2014

Larry Ellison to Ride Away Into a Lanai Sunset?

Last week in Silicon Valley, all of us who live and work here were shocked by the sudden announcement from Oracle that Larry Ellison, their legendary leader and one of the last of the legacy and transformative tech titans, was stepping down as CEO. The company will be run by co-CEOs Safra Catz and Mark Hurd. The local Silicon Valley papers and bloggers, as well as the national media, have been...

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by Kevin Iwamoto September 22, 2014

SAP Acquires Concur For $8.3 Billion

I have a lot of friends and acquaintances who work for Concur, including their CEO, Steve Singh. Many of them have suddenly become very wealthy. To all of you, I say congratulations and well done! But what does the sale of this tech giant in our industry mean for all others in our ecosystem of buyers and suppliers?   In case you hadn’t heard or were on vacation last week, SAP, the Germany...

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by Kevin Iwamoto September 15, 2014

Mark Your Calendars for a New Lanyon-PCMA Webinar on SMM on September 24

Do you have full visibility into your meetings spend? Can you manage your meetings and events centrally? Do you track your costs for compliance? If your answers to some or all of these questions are “no,” I invite you to spend an hour with me at 2 p.m., ET, on September 24th in a live webcast Lanyon is producing with the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) on “How to Initiate a...

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by Kevin Iwamoto September 12, 2014

10 Transformative Meetings Technology Trends for 2015

My friend Corbin Ball, who is a top tech guru in our industry, recently released his technology trends forecast for 2015.  This is a must read, and what I call a “keeper” in terms of on-line resource information. Corbin has graciously and thoroughly added informational links throughout his listing of transformative technology trends, which you can read here: Some of Corbin’s...

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by Kevin Iwamoto September 9, 2014

Disruptive Technologies and Change - Friend or Foe?

I've  just read a great article in PCMA’s Convene publication about the effect and impact that Airbnb is having in our industry as the disruptor du jour.  We've all witnessed and experienced the impact that disruptive technologies and changes have had in our industry, as well as others.  In some cases, that disruption has caused obsolescence of business models like analog vs. digital music and...

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by Kevin Iwamoto September 3, 2014

Come Hear About New Meetings Industry Trends at GBTA North Central Chapter’s September Event

The folks at the GBTA North Central Chapter in Minnesota have graciously invited me to come and speak at their September meeting. I’m really looking forward to it! The event is being held at 11 a.m. CT, on September 11th, at the Doubletree Saint Paul. I’m going to take the opportunity to talk about new trends in the meetings industry, including some of the latest business and meetings travel...

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by Kevin Iwamoto September 3, 2014

Are You Meeting with a Conference-Crasher?

The New York Times featured an interesting article about conference crashers who don’t register and attend conferences as legitimate delegates. Rather, they only want to leverage the networking aspect for those conferences without paying for it.  The article features people who actually admit to doing this and sort of brag about how much money they save. They hang around conference hotels, bars,...

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by Kevin Iwamoto August 29, 2014

Five Online Security Tips for WiFi When Traveling

I recently read a great article in Business Traveler that I recommend you read, too: If you travel as much as I do, don’t be lazy and not use a virtual private network (VPN) to encrypt your WiFi sessions -- whether it’s public or in the privacy of your hotel room.  According to the article, because WiFi is simply radio waves, hackers and identify thieves can easily listen in to anything you send...

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by Kevin Iwamoto August 27, 2014

5 Steps To Getting Your Business Case Approved

I just read a great article by Michel Theriault about 5 steps to getting your business case approved:  1. Understand the Decision Drivers 2. Build Credibility 3. Break Down the Objections 4. Influence the Influencers 5. Orchestrate the Pitch I’m going to add a 6th step, which I always evangelize whenever I speak publicly: Perfect your elevator pitch.  If you are in an elevator and one of your senor...

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