GBTA Wellness Rating was increased this year by their planning team's focus on ensuring that 5,000 participants had a lunch that would carry them through the afternoon, and with salad, a "light" starch and lean protein along with a lighter dessert being served up each day, they met their mission. It was also easy to get in 10,000 steps within the meeting, even if nearly everyone opted for the shuttle busses to get there - a decision that made sense given the July heat and humidity in Orlando.
It is always fun to be at a booth when we have also made the app for the meeting, and what a nice mobile app GBTA has for their guests. Simple in the functionality chosen, it highlights the sessions, makes it easy to build a schedule and ultimately made it easy to navigate this multi-faceted and large trade show space. You have to love a great partnership!
We know how much our reliance on mobile has impacted the way we make travel and buying decisions, the way we manage our lives, expenses, parking, teams, lists and so much more. There were many sessions which reminded us of this, and shared strategies for businesses moving forward in this new age. It is our practical reality. All in all this is a meeting which focuses on the business of meetings, the efficiencies and processes and this definitely ties in.
There were also many excellent speakers, and a personal favorite (not for the first time) is Steve Wozniak aka The Woz, who when being interviewed is always delightful as he spreads his energy to every part of his life and to each time he is in front of an audience.
If you notice on the top left corner this screen often held a snapshot of all the production screens running this show. As the girl who prefers to view the session (and be in control) from the tech riser, I liked seeing what was happening in a backstage snapshot. While not appropriate for every group, it worked here. Overall the general sessions were well-paced and the speakers excellent, always a challenge when you have a group of this size, a certain amount of association business that has to happen from the stage, and a terrific lineup of speakers for a demanding audience, and they met it with grace.
Until next year...