There was a lot of news this past week. Here are some stories that caught our eyes.
The 25 Most Popular Music Clubs in the U.S.
“A major artist in front of a small crowd — investors call it a “perishable experience”; fans call it a once-in-a-lifetime moment. It plays out over and over in the club world, and it is one reason why the live music business remains at a premium in an ever increasingly on-demand entertainment culture of streaming and DVRs.”
Your Phone is Key to the Future Of Concerts
“More and more, seeing your favorite band play live revolves around your mobile phone.”
New Generation is Happy for Employers to Monitor Them on Social Media
“Allowing bosses or would-be employers a snoop around social media pages is a growing trend in the US, and now a new report from PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Said Business School suggests it may well become the norm.”
7 Ways to Work Better… By Working Less
“While it’s important to manage and schedule tasks, time is only half the equation. The second half is about managing energy, which, unlike time, is replenishable. Even though many of us think the best way to work hard is to put our heads down and grind away, making the most efficient use of your time is all about renewing energy.”
The Loudest Word in Rock and Roll
“‘The’ has risen and fallen in popularity among band names over the years. But its presence or absence always says something about a group’s music, members, and relationship with history.”
Behold, the world’s first LED basketball court. Play the video above to watch it in action. Then play it again, because cool things deserve to be played twice.
Nike built the court in a facility called the House of Mamba in Shanghai to help Kobe Bryant teach young basketball players his moves.
“The court can lay out sets of moves for individual people, create drills based on Bryant’s training programme that are adapted for the court, and respond to mistakes as well as display performance stats,” Dezeen Magazine reported. “It can also show classic court markings, with customised overlays including Nike’s RISE branding. When not in use for training and games, the LED surface can display almost any combination of moving images, graphics and colours.”
Now, go watch that video again. Cool, eh?
Greg Economou was recently named the 2014 Arena Management Conference keynote speaker. He is the executive vice president and chief revenue officer for dick clark productions. His keynote address will focus on creating, promoting, and maintaining your brand, as well as his experiences with creative revenue opportunities within a venue in areas or ways that you may not have thought of previously.
We’re excited to have Economou join us for what will be a great conference for arena managers. In addition to the keynote address, attendees will learn, among other sessions, about how mobile technology is affecting the guest experience and building operations, best practices for in-house promoting, and how to make the process from booking to load-out go smoothly and positively in their venues.
The 2014 Arena Management Conference takes place in Long Beach, California, September 14-16. Register now!
Finding a mentor in this industry is a good way to achieve success. Finding one, though, is not the end. You have to engage and integrate the mentor’s experience into your working life.
To understand your mentor better, speaker and author Bert Gervais (“The Mentor Guy”) offers 10 questions to ask. Here are the top five to get you started.
1. How do you spend most of your time?
“Ask this question for one reason only—making a connection while showing you care.”
2. What would you do if you were me?
“Don’t waste your time looking to impress your mentor with how smart you are.”
3. How can I help you?
“When you communicate that you are genuinely willing to give, you will set yourself miles apart from everyone else.”
4. Is this where you thought you would end up?
“This question usually draws out a hearty laugh, as few people shoot from point A to point B exactly as planned.”
5. What used to be your biggest weakness?
“This whopper will tell you right away if someone will make a good mentor.”
Please visit YouTern.com for the final five questions, and please share with us in the comments section any additional questions mentors should be asked.
Congratulations to the Oregon Convention Center (OCC) on reaching another sustainability milestone. The center achieved Level Four certification for the ASTM Standard pertaining to the evaluation and selection of venues for environmentally sustainable meetings, events, trade shows and conferences. The venue standard is one of nine standards introduced by the meetings, conventions, exhibitions, and events in industry in 2012 to provide event planners and suppliers with specifications for producing events in a more sustainable manner.
“We are proud and excited to be the first convention center to attain Level Four of the ASTM Venue certification,” said IAVM member Scott Cruickshank, executive director of the OCC. “Certification to the industry’s global standard at its highest level is further evidence of OCC’s ongoing commitment to sustainability.”
“This is great news for the Oregon Convention Center and all of us working to make Portland a more sustainable destination choice for convention planners,” said Jeff Miller, president and CEO of Travel Portland.
Check out this video featuring IAVM members Cruickshank and Directory of Operations Matt Uchtman to learn more about the OCC’s sustainability efforts.