5 steps to a dazzling social media profile

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by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua Often, when social media is being discussed at MICE industry events I’ll get the nod or the shout-out as the bloke with the blog or the twat on Twitter. There’s usually an underlying implication that I’m some kind of expert, the “go-to” guru for all things social in the meetings industry…. Read more »

Do meetingprofs have no ethics?

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by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua Last night I debated with my son whether players who “draw” fouls on themselves in soccer are skillful tacticians or cynical charlatans. You see the defender approach, flick the ball to one side and allow the momentum of the defender knock you to the ground. The referee immediately blows for a… Read more »

Sharing Economy + Meetings Industry = Turkeys voting for Christmas?

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by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua Back again in Frankfurt We were back in Frankfurt again for IMEX16, the 14th edition of an exhibition that constantly pushes itself outside of its comfort zone while remaining rooted to the understanding that it’s all about connecting real people in real places in real time. This year I… Read more »

10 ways to Nail your Sale

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by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua The Association of Irish Professional Conference Organisers (AIPCO)  4th annual conference was held at the beautiful Lyrath Estate, Kilkenny gathering almost 200 MICE professionals around the theme “How to nail your sale”. For the third year running I moderated proceedings and this time was honoured to work with such… Read more »

DMC: arrogant, insecure, paranoid?

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by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua The world of the Destination Management Company or DMC has been under-going a radical change over the past 10 years. I wanted to say “kaleidoscopic” change but, on reflection, much of this change has not been pretty, muddying rather than clarifying the value proposition at the heart of the DMC offer. Accordingly, there’s… Read more »

Celebrating Ireland 1916

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by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua 1966 I was five years old in April 1966 when Ireland celebrated the 50th anniversary of the 1916 Rising. I can still see in the entrance hall of my school the  framed copy of Poblacht na hEireann, the famous proclamation of independence read out by schoolmaster, poet and rebel leader Pádraic… Read more »

What Makes a Successful Congress Destination?

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by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua Congress Destinations In the late 80s when the iron curtain opened to reveal what used to be called Eastern Europe, Prague and Budapest were the first  actors to take to the stage and assume protagonist roles in the theatre of Congress Tourism. Initially they were unsteady and gauche, like the actor in Shakespeare’s… Read more »

5 pieces of good advice – a gift for eventprofs

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by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua I recently received a beautiful gift. It’s a turntable or what used to be called a record player. It allows me, now and again, to dust down my precious vinyl from the 70s. I get to listen to well-worn, scratched and cracked records like Carole King’s Tapestry, Jackson Browne’s… Read more »

The Indie Scene – hotels that do it different

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The Indie scene hotels that do it different

by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua A Musical Analogy It’s well documented how the business model for the music industry has flipped 180 degrees. In the past bands toured to sell albums, now bands record albums to sell tours. The hospitality sector has also undergone its own 180 degree shift. For the past 50 years global hotel… Read more »