Tag: holiday gifts

05 Dec

The best gift you can give meeting attendees

By Andrea Driessen, Chief Boredom Buster, No More Boring Meetings Newsflash: You don’t need to give meeting participants iPads, Kindles or cash to reward and recognize them in style. In light of this annual season of gifting, we offer you 5 affordable, effective ways to recognize and motivate your people during events—and beyond. First, consider that the #1 motivator for almost every employee or meeting attendee isn’t, in fact, money (whew!). According to Mel Kleiman, internationally recognized expert on recruiting, selecting and retaining the best hourly employees, it’s actually recognition. Yet over 60% of American workers say they have received no recognition for their work in the last year. (huh?!) Take advantage of recognition as a most powerful motivator in and beyond your meetings–with any or all of the following recognition tools: 1.   ROCK your event: Random Acts of Conference Kindness: low-cost gifts given in memorable ways: A juicy example of integrating anticipation into an event, referenced in PCMA’s Convene Magazine: SHRM staged a powerful surprise at a 20,000-attendee convention. Their Random Acts of Conference Kindness (ROCK!) segments fostered interaction and happy surprise—without without a hefty price tag. Lisa Block, SHRM’s director of meetings explained: Out of nowhere, staff appeared…