As we move into a world of post-pandemic meetings, the Hybrid Meeting Model is here to stay. Technology in this area made huge strides over a very short period of time, and it will continue to evolve as the benefits continue to be demonstrated. These three main hybrid meeting types are being used to meet the majority of event needs. We look at the live component(s), virtual elements, and the likely associated fees to help guide planners to the right solution for a number of hybrid meeting scenarios.
In this podcast episode of Destination on the Left Podcast, AMI Founder Andy McNeill talks about the evolution of virtual meetings as the event industry emerges from the pandemic. From the economic downturns of 9/11, the 2008 recession, and now COVID-19, Andy understands the highs and lows of the industry and how to shift and even grow during them.
AMI Founder Andy McNeil was recently featured on Slick Talk: The Hospitality Podcast to share more about hybrid events. Before the pandemic, there was a lot of excitement about virtual events, but more people were experiencing some level of burnout through it. This often sounded like, “Ugh, another virtual meeting.”
Recently AMI, American Meetings Inc. own Chelsea Litos was recognized as one of the 40 Under 40 Young Professionals of South Florida. Ms. Litos is the VP of Account Management at AMI, a company known as a global meeting and event industry leader. This honor is awarded to only the top 10 candidates across four industries: business, legal, healthcare, and real estate.
As we begin to unravel from the 2020 pandemic, the demand for corporate meetings remains strong. We are social creatures, and business meetings must happen to help us align on goals and with each other. The shift organizations made to online meetings, and virtual events showed us that business, events, and meetings needed to continue to move forward, regardless of the global pandemic landscape.
Participants at live events have grown accustomed to receiving their welcome packet, name badge, and swag bag. This last year of virtual meetings brought us creative unboxing parties, and this year, as hybrid meetings become the new normal, we expect to see the innovation grow.
CEO and Founder of American Meetings, Inc. (AMI) Andy McNeill had the honor of being a guest on The Out Entrepreneur Podcast recently and shared how he got started in the travel and meetings/events industries and how AMI’s Supplier Diversity Program gets “small fish” in front of Fortune 500 clients.
Restrictions on travel and in-person meetings are lifting, but uncertainty still exists for the event industry. For much of 2020, and even in 2021, corporate meeting planners had to quickly pivot to...