Things I Think I Know – Valentine’s Day Edition

Here’s wishing everyone a very happy Valentine’s Day!  Today, I have a few random Things I Think I Know….

#EventProfs Wiki

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, look forward to continuing the very high standards that have been set by community founder Lara McCulloch and Adrian Segar, who served as Community Manager these last two years.

#Eventprofs is an open community, so your input and suggestions is welcome.  Please feel free to send me (@GregRuby) a direct message on Twitter with your suggestions. For the time being, we are going back to twice-weekly chats on Tuesdays at 9P Eastern and Thursdays at 12Noon Eastern.

 ITN International

We would like to take a moment to thank Bob James and the folks at ITN International for sponsoring this blog and my daily newspaper, Greg Ruby’s Gems – Event News.  Please take a moment to check out their blog and services!


While on the subject of my daily newspaper, Greg Ruby’s Gems – Event News, we have made a few changes and you can now receive it delivered to your email’s inbox.  Just click on the SUBSCRIBE button on the right hand side of the paper’s masthead.

I am attending this year’s GMIC Sustainable Meetings Conference in Chicago on April 7-10, and look forward to seeing many old friends and making many new friendships.  I have attended many event industry conferences over the years, but GMIC is different.  Other conferences seem to be all about networking, a few parties and making deals.  Don’t get me wrong, these things also happen at GMIC, but there is such passion among its attendees to make an impact for positive change that I don’t see elsewhere.  Two sessions I am particularly looking forward to are Developing Your Sustainability Policy, along with Social Impacts and the Ethics of Sustainability. I heartily recommend attending this conference if you can.

I’m sure most of you have at least heard about Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) over the last few years. Well, get ready to start hearing more about Near-Field Communications (NFC), a subset of RFID that could have many uses for the meetings and events industry. MPI’s ONE+ Magazine has an excellent article on this subject by Samantha Dixon that is well worth reading to find out more on this topic.


Since it is Valentine’s Day, it only seems appropriate to include Mariela McIlwraith’s presentation, Associations – Let’s Date First, from last year’s ASAE’s Great Ideas Conference to close out this post. This is probably my favorite Ignite presentation (20 slides, changing every 15 seconds) I’ve seen and has some great advice to organizations about engaging their members and audiences.  Be sure to click the picture above to watch the 5 minute presentation – it’s well worth the time and provides a laugh or two! You can read more about this presentation here.

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