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  • How to Maximize Networking at Your Meetings and Events, 30 Aug 2017

    While the purpose of meetings and events is for knowledgeable speakers to share information with their audience, there’s another important reason why attendees go to events.…

  • Landing the Job as a Corporate Event Manager, 28 Apr 2017

    Finding a job in events is tough. But being an event manger, I believe, is one of the best jobs in the world if you find…

  • Know Your Sponsor (KYS) Part 2: View Sponsors as Investors, 31 Mar 2017

    Surprisingly often, event organizers consider their sponsors as cash cows instead of what they actually are: partners who contribute to the success of their events. I…

  • How to Host Successful Campfire Sessions, 15 Dec 2016

    Learning comes in many forms and that’s important to remember when building your event or conference program. Your first instinct to foster learning for all of…

  • Tech Tuesday: Stay On Top Of Today’s Helpful Networking Tools, 21 Jul 2015

    With all of the new and interesting technology that crosses our computer, tablet, and smartphone screens, we may not always find use for all of these…

  • To Fear or Not to Fear – Networking Events, 16 Jun 2015

    At the end of your meeting with the big boss he tells you that you have to attend a networking event and mingle around! If you…

  • Are You Properly Communicating with Your First Time Conference Attendees?, 14 May 2014

    Let’s all take the next 30 seconds to think back to the first day of your very first day of high school. Remember the feelings that were coursing through you: excitement for a new opportunity, trepidation about fitting in, confusion about procedure, fear of sticking out…






  • Get Social in LinkedIn Groups, 02 May 2014

    I think we all know by now that social media is taking over. If you aren’t on the big three, which I consider to be Facebook-Twitter-LinkedIn,…

  • My Five Biggest Lessons from Five Years of Hosting Association Chat, 29 Apr 2014

    Five years ago Jeff De Cagna started the first Association Chat (#assnchat on Twitter). A little while later, I (KiKi L’italien) began guest hosting for Jeff whenever he wasn’t available. Eventually Jeff asked if I would officially take over the hosting of Association Chat – essentially, I was to be the Jimmy Fallon to his Jay Leno. Naturally, I was stoked as I had found these weekly chats to be so professionally inspiring. As could be imagined, I have learned quite a bit from the past five years of hosting Association Chat.






  • 10 Mobile Apps That Every Sales Professional Needs, 07 Apr 2014

    No longer are the days when sales people or account managers can use the excuse, I will be traveling or in meetings and will get back…