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Password Security for #EventProfs

by Greg Ruby on April 18, 2014

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By now, you have probably heard about the risks that the Heartbleed SSL bug poses to your online passwords.  Over the years, I have received many hints and suggestions on how to have the “perfect” password.  This infographic produced by WhoIsHostingThis is one of the best I have seen and thought it was worth sharing.
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For more information on this topic, check out the post by WhoIsHostingThis, where this infographic was first shared.

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12 Brooks Robinson, Risk Management & Stage Safety Rails Revisited

Back in 2012, I posted about one of my childhood heroes, legendary Orioles third baseman Brooks Robinson, being injured by falling off a stage at an event in Florida. The Miami Herald is now reporting that Robinson is suing the owners of the hotel for nearly $10 million for permanent injuries and lost income.

Robinson was sitting on the top tier of a three-tiered stage at the time of the accident.  When he went to get out of his chair, he leaned back against the drape that was the backdrop behind the stage and fell over 6 feet to the ground.  Earlier in the evening, another player had also fallen from the stage, without serious injury.

The major issue is that the drape behind the stage gives the perception of a backdrop but in this instance had no railing or some type of support to prevent this incident.

As I stated in my original post on this topic, my basic philosophy in regards to portable staging platforms was that the back of the stage (30 inches or higher) should always have safety railings unless it was against a hard wall, which made the railing unnecessary.  Side rails were to be added at the request of the client and wherever there was not a rail, there would be reflective tape on the perimeter of the staging to show the edges to performers.

Tiered stages also present the challenge of having a gap (generally 6 inches or more) between the lower riser and next higher riser that participants on the stage need to be aware of.  I would also insist that when using our 6′x8′ stage units, the depth of the tiered stage be 8 feet to accommodate foot traffic behind the guests seated at the head table.

Inspect the stage set-up with your representative of the venue before the event to make sure everything that can reasonably be done has been done and the set-up is safe for your participants on the staging.  Once I was inspecting a stage for a banquet with my contact.  While the stage was flush against the wall, there was an air-wall pocket to hide portable wall segments that could make the ballroom smaller and divide it into multiple rooms.  The problem, in this instance, was that the pocket door was not locked.  If a person on stage had pushed against the door (which was hidden behind drape) they could have fallen over 8 feet to a concrete floor below.

Thankfully, we discovered the situation about three hours before the event. The lock was broken on the door, so we had the venue place a railing on the one section of staging in front of the door.  In addition, we had a team member, at the bottom of the stairs leading up to the stage, reminding guests as they entered, to not push against the drape on the back wall.

A few minutes of effort on your part can prevent a serious potential liability for your client or your venue – why risk it?

Take care Brooks!

11 Brooks Robinson, Risk Management & Stage Safety Rails Revisited


Help AVforPlanners.com beta test their RFP Builder

April 14, 2014

My friends at AVforPlanners.com are looking for a few good meeting planners! In particular, they want meeting and event planners to help beta-test their RFP Builder on their website. Kick the tires, put it through the wringer.  They have tested their RFP Builder many times, but now would like to have another set of eyes take […]

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MPI gets it right with the revised CMM program revision…. Almost….

April 7, 2014

The folks over at the headquarters of Meeting Professionals International (MPI) are probably breathing a little easier now after Friday’s announcement of revisions to the revised CMM educational program that were released in December.  MPI leadership deserves credit for listening to the CMM community and responding to their concerns.  The leadership of many other organizations […]

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World Water Day 2014 & the Meeting Professional

March 20, 2014

This Saturday, March 22 is World Water Day, promoted by UN Water, and offers a chance to reflect on how we, as meeting and event professionals, can reduce our use of water. Think about the conferences and events that you attend.  Earlier this month, I attended a trade show in Atlanta where members of the association […]

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A Tale of Two Trade Shows

February 19, 2013

  It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, […]

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Things I Think I Know – Valentine’s Day Edition

February 14, 2013

Here’s wishing everyone a very happy Valentine’s Day!  Today, I have a few random Things I Think I Know…. Thanks to those of you who have sent me notes of encouragement and congratulations on my being named as the new Community Manager for the #Eventprofs community on Twitter.  I, along with new Community Advocate Carolyn Ray, […]

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Pay It Forward: $13 a month in 2013

February 8, 2013

  I, like many of you, have some favorite charities that you donate your time or contribute to monetarily during the year.  I have made a pledge to donate $13 a month to different charities and causes in 2013 and hope you will consider doing the same! Since this blog is focused on the meetings […]

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Mr. Speaker – Lessons for #Eventprofs from Political Conventions

September 6, 2012

“Mr. Speaker, the great state of Maryland, known as America in miniature, from the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean, through the great bounty of the Chesapeake Bay to the rolling mountains of the Appalachians, cast all of its delegates for the next President of the United States…..” Sometime during the summer of 1976, I […]

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RTFQ: Memories of Taking the CMP Exam & Some Advice for Those Taking the Exam

July 13, 2012

Starting yesterday, and continuing for the next 9 days, several hundred meeting professionals around the world will be heading to testing centers to take the exam to earn the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation.  This is the first time that CMP candidates have a date window and over 300 testing centers to choose from.  In […]

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