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42: Starting & Funding a Nonprofit or a Charity ft Travis Johnson (The Nonprofit Architect)

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This is “Events: demystified” brought to you by Tree-Fan Events with your host, Anca.  When you have a cause you care about and have gone as far as you can on your own to champion it, it might be time to start your own nonprofit charity to spread your work to a wider audience. Starting a charity can be a big undertaking, but there are basic steps to follow to make sure yours gets started on the right foot and so that’s what we will cover in today’s episode with my guest, Travis Johnson from The Nonprofit Architect.

We will be streaming LIVE a video extended version of this episode on Friday (July 30th) at 9am PT/10am MT/12pm ET on LinkedIn, Facebook and Youtube. https://youtu.be/rU6ThAfsiu4

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You can find Travis here: https://linktr.ee/nonprofitarchitect

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41: Experience Design for Virtual + Hybrid Events ft John Pistotti (Endless Events)

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This is “Events: demystified” brought to you by Tree-Fan Events with your host, Anca. While the work of a good planner is to make sure the event goes off without a hitch, the work of great event designers is to make that event memorable by allowing the creative juices to start flowing freely in order to create the feel, look, and atmosphere that not only matches the brand or the cause but also impresses attendees and leaves them with a positive memory long after the event is over. With that thought in mind, join me for a fun conversation around experience design solutions for virtual and hybrid events with experience architect, John Pistotti of Endless Events.

A few fun facts about John:
– his first job was as banquet staff for parties at the Playboy Mansion, LA
– he worked as a sushi chef,
– he was also an adventure guide leading trips up Half Dome in Yosemite, midnight snowshoeing in Lake Tahoe, and mountain biking in Santa Cruz.

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www.linkedin.com/in/johnpistotti

www.twitter.com/johnpistott

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40: Elevating your Fundraiser from Virtual to Hybrid ft Samantha Swaim (Swaim Strategies)

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This is “Events: demystified” brought to you by Tree-Fan Events with your host, Anca, and on today’s episode I have the pleasure of interviewing Samantha Swaim of Swaim Strategies. Sam, as friends and friendors candidly call her, has more than 20 years of event planning and fundraising expertise. She founded Swaim Strategies, a fundraising event consultancy, in 2004, working with nonprofit organizations to produce impactful events locally and internationally, and move missions forward. Samantha is also the co-author of “Planning a Successful Major Donor Event” and the founder of the Annual Elevate Fundraising Conference. She travels internationally to teach nonprofit professionals the tools they need to elevate their impact through events.A few fun facts about our featured guest:

  • Sam used to work for the Grammys,
  • she has been producing fundraising events for 20+ years,
  • she adopted two puppies during COVID.

During today’s episode, we discuss topics such as:- the future of fundraising events post-Covid,- the top 3 mistakes to avoid when hosting a hybrid fundraising event,- the associated cost to planning and producing a hybrid event vs an in-person event,- the best way to manage expectations for a client that:

  • has either hosted a virtual event in 2020 and is now considering a hybrid, or
  • has never hosted a virtual event before and is just diving into this hybrid event format,

– top tips on connecting the virtual vs in-person communities together – ways to monetize your event on a 365-day basis without sacrificing the user experience for attendees,- decision fatigue, mental health practices, and a few more topics you would love to hear all about.

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https://swaimstrategies.com/

https://www.linkedin.com/in/samantha-swaim-she-her-a28a9a4/

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39: The current state of Hybrid Events with Julius Solaris (Swapcard)

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This is “Events: demystified” brought to you by Tree-Fan Events with your host, Anca. HUGE honor to feature Julius Solaris on today’s episode, currently the head of engagement at Swapcard, previously known as the founder and editor in chief of EventMB, acquired in 2019 by Skift, the largest and most influential travel media company worldwide.

Julius has always been (secretly, and not so secretly) one of my heroes in event tech and to interview one of the most influential individuals in the meetings industry by many magazines and media for the past 10 years has been beyond cool, especially as we’re kicking off our Anniversary special month of weekly episodes!

During today’s episode, 

– we get some of Julius’s behind the scene thoughts from MPI’s WEC in Vegas that just happened recently, one of the first in-person events that he attended since the onset of the pandemic, 

the challenge of engagement with virtual and now hybrid events,

– we take a peek into Julius’s crystal ball to find out what the next event trends might be for Fall of 2021/Spring of 2022,

– how to best use the tech tools at hand tobetter design a memorable event experience,

– and of course, mental health and what does Julius does to relax and keep his mind sharp.

Tune in for way more thoughts and tips shared by Julius during today’s episode!

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https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliussolaris/

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38: Kicking Off our Podcast’s Two Year Anniversary Celebration from the Woods

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“Events: demystified” Podcast turns TWO this month – can you believe it?! With that, we’re kicking off the anniversary celebration with an amazing line-up of featured guests that you won’t want to miss! Tune in in this short K/O introduction to find out who our guests are, what we will be covering during each one of the new upcoming episodes to be released EACH FRIDAY in JULY!

If you’re listening to this episode, you might also want to watch this LIVE on Friday, July 2nd at 10am MT / 9am PT on our Facebook and YouTube pages, as well as our LinkedIn profile, so you’re fully in the know with what’s happening behind the scenes, in the woods, surviving another animal attack, reminiscence of last year’s episode recorded in some other Idaho forest, only this time I get to introduce our amazing line-up airing out every Friday in July but also busting into moves on our brand new remix by Fable Score of our podcast theme song!

This is brought to you by Tree-Fan Events and I’m your host, Anca, super excited about what’s in store for our listeners this month!

Oh, and BTW, connect with me via WHATSAPP at #208.985.8620, and send me your feedback, suggestions, ideas for future topics and/or guests!

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37: The Makings of Great Communities IRL & Hybrid with Dan Berger (Social Tables Founder)

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This is “Events: demystified” brought to you by Tree-Fan Events and I’m your host, Anca. On today’s episode I have Dan Berger, the Founder and former CEO of Social Tables – and if you’ve been in events for at least a day, you’ve most likely heard and used Social Tables for your events – which he sold to Cvent in October of 2018. Prior to Social Tables, Dan worked in management consulting and served as a member of Congress. 

During today’s episode we get to demystify the idea of community, what does it mean for a post-pandemic world, what does it look like in the marketplace and ultimately, how do you build it for events moving forward with IRL & Hybrid. 

In Dan’s own words: “Belonging serves as an overall indicator of whether or not you’ve successfully built a real Community. Communities should feel exclusive to those who are a part of them. Why? Part of who we are is defined by who we aren’t. When everyone belongs, no one belongs.”

Stay tuned for additional tips shared by Dan, a true entrepreneur at heart, that left quite a legacy behind at Social Tables.

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https://www.danjberger.com/

https://www.linkedin.com/in/danberger

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36: Standing in your power as a female live-streamer with Marisa Cali (Live on Social Now)

Summary

This is “Events: demystified” brought to you by Tree-Fan Events  with your Host, Anca. On today’s show I have Marisa Cali,  a virtual event producer from San Diego who supports the advancements of women in sports and inspires her community to be present for the conversations that matter.

A few fun facts about Marisa:

  • mindfulness & meditation has helped her tremendously and she hopes to inspire this practice in others as well,
  • women in tech is something she’s passionate about and encourages other women to not be afraid of,
  • work/life balance is the key to business growth.

During today’s episode we will touch on and discuss topics such as:

  • the most significant barrier that to overcome as a woman working in a predominately male-dominated niche
  • what does it mean to stand in your power as a female live-streamer
  • do’s and dont’s of Live Streaming
  • fool-proof streaming strategy
  • balance work and life responsibilities

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http://www.instagram.com/liveonsocialnow

http://www.twitter.com/liveonsocialnow

http://www.liveonsocialnow.com

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35: The call for transparency in Virtual and Hybrid Event Production with Andy Johnson (AndX)

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Well hello there! And welcome to a brand new episode of “Events: demystified” brought to you by Tree-Fan Events.

For some refreshing honest truth, authenticity, transparency in event productions – mixed with laughter – tune into today’s episode with Andy Johnson ofAndXwith whom we get to demystify and discuss:

  • why transparency is so important for an event’s success,
  • why just because someone gives you money, you shouldn’t work with them,
  • why supporting your team is doing yourself a favor as a business owner,
  • what differentiates an Wow client from an Ow client,
  • the main struggles when transitioning from doing in-person live events to producing virtual events and now back to in-person/hybrid events.

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Find more about Andy and the AndX team here: https://andx.us/

Find Andy Johnson on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andy-johnson-59890888/

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32: A Mental Tool to Slay Your Giant plus Five Free Live-streaming Tools

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This is “Events: demystified” brought to you by Tree-Fan Events and I’m  your host, Anca.   

What should you expect from this episode? 

Firstly, I will share a few  thoughts with you since I just celebrated this past weekend another trip  around the Sun and I am so grateful for being here, being alive and  well!   

And (not) lastly, in the second part of the episode, I will share the five  free tools I kept drumming about  that I use frequently during my production of virtual events,  especially if like me, you’re sometimes solo-producing and  live-streaming events.   

So, let’s dive right into today’s episode!   

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Blog post related to the second part of the episode:  

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David & Goliath inspirational paraphrased with permission, courtesy of Marcus Taylor @unlockelevation 

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30: The New Role of a Benefit Auctioneer in Virtual Fundraising with Zack Krone, BAS

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Welcome to a new episode of “Events: demystified” brought to you by Tree-Fan Events, with your host, Anca.

To celebrate our 30th episode in style, I’ve invited with me on the air, a featured guest that knows how to have a good time and how-to enable his audience to have a fantastic time as well!  The president and founder of California Coast Auctions and co-founder of Idaho Benefit Events, Zach Krone, has designed his business with one goal in mind: to unite the world of entertainment with the world of fundraising. In 2019, Zack has done an impressive 265 in-person events and 54 virtual events in 2020. He believes that the spirit, community, and excitement of a live auction is the best way to raise money, awareness, and generate interest in an organization and that you have to give people a reason to walk through your doors, or in a virtual format, stay glued to a screen, and the best way to do that is by entertaining and inspiring people in the process. Tune in for a fantastic episode with Benefit Auctioneer Specialist, Virtual Fundraising Expert, Zack Krone!

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You can find Zack on LinkedIn or on Instagram @zackkrone_auctioneer

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34: Transitioning gracefully to in-person fundraising events with AJ Steinberg (Queen Bee Fundraising)

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In this brand new episode of “Events: demystified” brought to you by Tree-Fan Events, I have the honor of sharing the airwaves with the wonderful “queen bee” AJ Steinberg who will delight you with her tips and expertise in event-based fundraising as she’s set to change the world one event at the time! During today’s episode we touch on: 

👉 sponsorship strategies for events, 

👉 treating your AV production vendors as your partners “in crime” when producing successful events, 

👉 hybrid fundraising events likened to houseboats, and 

👉 fundraising tips and strategies on how to gracefully transition back to in-person events now that we’re ready to do that. 

Bring a notebook and tune into the full Podcast Episode for all the tips!

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Find more about A.J. here: https://www.queenbeefundraising.com/

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33: Out-of-the-box Hybrid Event Experiences and Models with Will Curran (Endless Events)

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Welcome to a new episode of “Events: demystified” brought to you by Tree-Fan Events, with your host, Anca. In this episode, I have the honor of interviewing a special guest: Will Curran, Head Einstein at Endless Events. Will and I had a little too much fun enjoying our newly formed connection but also touched on some very important things such as: 

👉 how crisis can be turned onto its head as an opportunity for growth and the valuable lessons learned there,

👉 a couple of brand new hybrid event models (Electron model?), 

👉 the difference in mindset around Hybrid 1.0 vs Hybrid 2.0,

👉 how can you design a Hybrid 2.0 experience for your virtual and IRL audience, and

👉 the difference between FOMO and JOMO in digital community models.

You will truly enjoy this episode so go ahead and dive right into today’s episode!    

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Find more about Will here: https://willcurran.com/

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