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NextGen Campfires

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Our NextGen Campfire Sessions involve a small group of people in a circle, listening to insights, debating, conversing and learning from each other. They will begin with a leader (or multiple leaders) presenting an idea to a group. The focus then shifts from the leader to the group to discussthe topic. Campfires provide a relaxed, open forum for debate and learning.


During registration, NextGen attendees can choose three 20-minute campfires from the seven available. Onsite, attendees will receive their rotation schedule.

Campfire Topics

1. Fam Trips (Etiquette, ROI, HBAA Best Practice) Led by Angie Mason, Absolute Corporate Events & Lisa Lernoux Dock, Iconic Hotels

An opportunity to learn more about successful FAM trips, their objectives, who is involved and what the expected ROI is from hosting a FAM trip. What does it cost the multiple hosts? What is the etiquette when being hosted and what is the best practice in terms of engagement while on a FAM trip and pre/post liaison. When to know if you are the right candidate for a FAM trip and when to decline an invite.


2.  Managing Personal Data in Events (GDPR) Led by  TBA

GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) came into force in 2016 and it is the toughest ever set of data protection rules. It has made waves, but how much do you know about GDPR in your role? Do you manage attendee data, names, emails, date of births, dietary, passport copies? Are you a data manager in your role? If so, you need to be clued up and ensuring you are compliant.


3. Social Media – Blurred Lines Led by Calum Di Leito,C&IT

Social media is a double-edged sword for employers. On one hand it serves as a free promotional tool for the company that allows you to share work-related photos and positive news on your personal social media channels. On the other hand, it has introduced the need to regulate these communications to avoid potential pitfalls in business representation. With tech-savvy Millennials & Generation Z in the workforce, the lines between “personal” and “professional” have become increasingly blurred online. We discuss how to keep clear lines.


4. Managing Up – Career Building Blocks Led by Lee Price, Polygon Consulting

The best career move you can make this year is to learn how to manage up. In short, managing up is making your manager shine and getting what you need from them to build and control your own career. When done respectfully, managing up helps you build a relationship with someone in your company and ensures that you get what you need out of your job while you're there. We discuss how to manage up effectively and how you think this would work for you.


5. Wellbeing in the Workplace – Mental Health Awareness / Support Led by Leigh Cowlishaw, HBAA Board Member

1 in 4 people suffer from mental health issues, that means in this campfire alone, we have those who need support, understanding and the right tools to use. It is ok not to be ok and this campfire will discuss the signs to look out for that you or your colleagues may be struggling and how to take care of yourself in a super stressful industry.


6. Knowledge Pathways to Success and for Growth Led by Maxwell Fellows, Elevate

Over 75% of our industry community said that they felt they didn’t have the necessary training to conduct their role.  80% said they weren’t entirely confident about the role they were currently doing or that they had the skills to do it. Lead by Max of Elevate Evolve, this campfire will discuss where to go in the industry to get knowledge, mentorship and the confidence to own your role and progress.


7. Managing Supplier Relationships – How to get the most from your business partnerships Led by Sian Sayward, Inntel

One of the biggest assets we have in our tool belt is the ability to forge relationships between agents, venues and clients, and suppliers who enhance our own service and products: knowing how to maximise them, look after them and nurture them for mutual benefit, including negotiating and growth strategies.

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