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Top Tips for Planning Your Event Post Pandemic

By cmiadmin | Jul 15, 2021 | Comments Off

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Determine how big your event will be to assess how great the risk of spreading Covid-19 will be 

There’s nothing worse than to plan your event so carefully in advance only to encounter unexpected situations at the last moment. Since the pandemic, there are many more items to assess and prepare for when creating a large event to help keep people safe from the spread of Covid-19. By working with local and state officials in the initial planning stages and developing strategies for your event from beginning to end, you will ensure the health and safety of onsite staff and volunteers, your speakers and your audience.

Follow our top 4 list of some of the guideline requirements that you will need to identify and prepare for in your next event. For the full, comprehensive list please download the CDC Readiness and Planning Tool.

TOP 4 COVID ASSESSMENT TOOLS FOR LARGE EVENTS: 

  1. General Readiness Assessment
  2. Prepare For if Someone Gets Sick
  3. Daily/Weekly Readiness Assessment
  4. End of Day Actions and Other Resources

 

GENERAL READINESS ASSESSMENTS:

Determining how big your event is going to be will help you assess how great the risk of spreading Covid-19 will be. Coordinate with local officials to determine the laws and regulations of the area.

Make initial preparations to plan for healthy behaviors, environments and operations, such as: 

  • Review all relevant local/state regulatory agency policies and orders, such as those related to events, gatherings, and travel
  • Consult local health officials about recommended Covid-19 testing policies for events
  • Consult with Venue for staff policies around Covid
  • Develop plans or partner with venue staff for social distancing measures for before, during and after the event
  • Ensure there is a flexible refund policy
  • Designate a staff person who handles all Covid-19 related situations and concerns
  • Plan for sanitation stations and key entry/exit points and provide no-touch items such as trash cans, soap and hand sanitizer dispensers
  • Provide masks, tissues and proper ventilation
  • Use touchless payment options
  • Plan seating to ensure people stay 6 ft apart
  • Bring multiple mics and designate someone who wipes things down throughout the event
  • Create proper signage and multiple visual cues for people to properly distance themselves and follow safe protocols
  • Consider multiple entrances and exits to avoid overcrowding
  • Ensure food and beverage vendors use safety protocols

PREPARE FOR IF SOMEONE GETS SICK:

Develop procedures on what to do when someone gets sick, such as: 

  • Designate a person who handles all Covid-19 situations or concerns
  • Create an isolated space for people who are sick with Covid-19 and identify nearby hospitals and contact numbers
  • Create a plan to educate staff and attendees not to attend the event if they get sick with Covid-19
  • If someone gets sick at the event, they should notify the designated Covid-19 contact and go to an area or room that is isolated until they can be safely transported to a healthcare facility
  • Sanitize room where sick person stayed and areas they would have touched
  • Advise sick individuals to stay home and follow CDC’s criteria to discontinue home isolation
  • In accordance with state and local laws and regulations, notify the sick person’s family, local health officials and staff of the situation
  • Advise those who had close contact to self-monitor for symptoms and considering staying home

 

DAILY/WEEKLY READINESS ASSESSMENT:

Monitor and maintain healthy behaviors, environments and operations to reduce the spread of Covid-19: 

  • Maintain regular contact with local health authorities or follow local guidelines
  • Ensure an on-duty staff person is assigned to be responsible for responding to Covid-19 concerns
  • Ensure that all staff and attendees are receiving consistent communications about Covid-19 related policies
  • Ensure attendees have received communication about refund policies if they get sick and cannot attend the event
  • Ensure protocols are being followed for social distancing
  • Ensure sanitation supplies are routinely stocked and all items are consistently being wiped down at event, especially high-touch areas
  • Ensure masks and gloves are available
  • Ensure communications have been made to staff and attendees not to attend work or event if they become sick with Covid-19 symptoms
  • Confirm that there is proper ventilation during event
  • Confirm and maintain that venue staff are educated on relevant Covid-19 safety protocols
  • Ensure there are signs placed in highly visible locations that promote everyday protective measures at:
    • Entrances
    • Dining areas
    • Restrooms
    • Other highly visible locations

 

END-OF-DAY ACTIONS AND OTHER RESOURCES

Address any additional considerations specific to your event: 

  • Identify and document lessons learned at the end of your event
  • Determine ways to improve planning and implementation processes if the event will happen again
  • Update your plans regularly according to the state and local situation and orders

 

It is essential to help keep people safe from the spread of Covid-19 as we return to in-person events.

The pandemic brought so many more processes and policies to consider but, with careful planning and following these health guidelines, you will ensure that everyone at your event is safe. And, as always, remain calm and kind in all situations and your event should be a success.

 

Happy Canada Day & 4th of July from cmi

By cmiadmin | Jun 29, 2021 | Comments Off

Happy Canada Day & 4th of July from cmi.

cmi Carefully Selects Keynote Speakers that Empower Organizations

We are grateful for our incredible speakers. They work hard to transform the world, one person at a time. Their inspiration and leadership shines in best-selling books, videos, blogs, podcasts and incredible keynotes that launch profound change for leaders, individuals and organizations. From all of us here at cmi, we wish everyone in North America a very Happy Canada Day and 4th of July. We've earned it this year for sure!!!   xoxo

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Chris-Bashinelli

Cultivating Connection Post-Covid

— Chris Bashinelli

ClintPulver

I Love it Here - "Undercover Millennial"

— Clint Pulver

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Stay Off Balance On Purpose

— Dan Thurmon

HeatherRYounger

The Art of Caring Leadership

— Heather R. Younger

JohnGucciFoley

Glad to Be Here

— John 'Gucci' Foley

MikeRayburn

Create Proactive Change for Peak Performance

— Mike Rayburn

MikeWalsh

Elevate Automation AND Your People

— Mike Walsh

PhilMJones

Change Your Words, Change Your World

— Phil M Jones

TimSanders

Getting Ahead of Post-Covid Burnout

— Tim Sanders

TyBennett

Create the Ninja Warrior Mindset

— Ty Bennett

VinhGiang

Improve Collaboration and Create Innovation

— Vinh Giang

 

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Top 4 Things To Do this May long – by cmi

By cmiadmin | May 20, 2021 | Comments Off

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Wishing everyone a Healthy and Happy May long 2021! 

There are still some awesome things to do this May long weekend, but we will have to do them safely and in accordance with Alberta’s Health Orders. We’ve put together our Top 4 things to do this weekend that include a reserved trip to Zoo Nights, a visit at the Heritage Park Opening, a reserved fire-pit picnic, or a wonderful walk in the beautiful outdoors around Calgary.

What is Open Closed in Calgary
Due to COVID-19, many attractions are closed, all indoor social gatherings – public and private – are prohibited and outdoor gatherings are limited to five people.

1. Heritage Park Opening Weekend

Exciting outdoor-only experience awaiting you beginning May long weekend, including the brand new Prospect Ridge area – an exciting new addition that will take visitors on a journey through Western Canada’s energy past. The S.S. Moyie is back in the water and ready to welcome you starting May 22! All programming will be moved outdoors in and around the historical exhibits.

  • Details
    May 22 to 24, 2021 | 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM
    Heritage Park, 1900 Heritage Dr SW, Calgary, AB, Canada
    $12.95 to $24.95

2. ZooNights

ZooNights is a regular day at the zoo – with extended hours – so you can enjoy your favourite animals and the outdoor zoo grounds a little longer. While there is no extra charge for ZooNights (daily admission rates apply), you may find some special entertainment around the park during the evening and there will be adult beverages and special concessions items available for purchase. You can think of it as the 3 B’s – booze, bento boxes and buskers!

  • Details
    May 21 & 22, 2021 | Extended hours from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m
    Open daily and Open on Victoria Day | 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM
    Calgary Zoo, 210 St. George’s Drive NE
    Regular Admission.

3. Outdoor Fire Pits

Enjoy a picnic at the outdoor picnic areas. The city of Calgary introduced reservable fire pits in various parks last fall so that Calgarians can reserve them for a safe outdoor gathering with their bubble. The city has reopened the pilot program once again for this spring and summer.

  • Details
    May 14 to October 11
    Various Parks
    Free

4. Go for a walk

Spring has sprung. It’s time to go out and enjoy the great outdoors. And lucky for us, Calgary has a lot to offer in that department. Check out one of these 25 Nature Attractions and Parks in and around Calgary. There are hiking and biking trails, picnic spots, off-leash dog parks, birding areas, and much more.

Full List of Things To Do

Calgary List of Things To Do

Get Calgary Weather Report

Weekly Weather Report from Government of Canada

 

Three Great Books You Should Read This Fall - Tim Sanders

By cmiadmin | Oct 02, 2017 | Comments Off

In my experience, voracious readers of business and advice books are better leaders. Why? Because long-form reading helps you grasp complex ideas, understand what’s behind them and ultimately put them to work in your lives. When I think about what helped me make the leap from account exec to CSO, I attribute my steadfast commitment to reading books as the #1 factor. My reading explosion took place 20 years ago this fall, so to commemorate it, I’ve compiled a list of 3 books that will enlighten and enrich you...

Read the rest of Tim's post here!

The Accountable Leader Is Accountable To All - Sam Silverstein

By cmiadmin | Sep 27, 2017 | Comments Off

The devastation of Hurricanes Harvey and Maria has been far beyond our imaginations. Communities have been completely destroyed and the rebuilding will be a long hard process. The lives lost cannot be measured in dollars and cents, and the emotional toll on families will never be forgotten.

When you are a leader your accountability is to all the people you lead not just those you desire to lead. We are accountable to people not to things, events or situations! If there has been any delay in the President of the United States responding to the people of Puerto Rico for reasons other than logistics we should think twice about how he is leading.

Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico are all U.S. territory. Puerto Ricans by law can move freely from the island to the mainland whenever they desire. They are American Citizens.

Anyone can lead when things are going great. The true test of the accountable leader comes when his or her people have a need. The people of Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico have a need and that need is for their leader to stand up and speak words of encouragement and edification during this time when things look bad. All of America needs to hear the leader say, “We will come through this,” “We are all in this together,” “We will survive,” “Nothing will come between us.” The accountable leader knows that their real power is in their words and they choose those words carefully.

The accountable leader fully understands that he has a commitment to everyone he or she leads. The very name United States of America speaks to our ability to come together when our people are in need. And in time of crisis, we desire a leader who can unite.

Communities will eventually be rebuilt because of the resilient and compassionate attitude of the American people. The citizens of Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico will do the work and the communities will come back stronger than ever before. Sometimes, we just need the leader to say, “It’s going to be okay.”

Injecting Love Into Your Business Culture - Tim Sanders

By cmiadmin | Sep 26, 2017 | Comments Off

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSTDrLEfII0

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Cirque du Soleil, creativity and the secrets of 21st century team performance - Mike Walsh

By cmiadmin | Sep 25, 2017 | Comments Off

From humble beginnings as street performance in a small Quebec town in 1984, Cirque du Soleil has grown to become the world’s most diverse, and dynamic brand of creative performances. On a recent visit to Las Vegas, which is home to seven permanent Cirque productions, I caught up with Jay Guilford, who is the creative content strategist for their team building program, SPARK. SPARK helps big companies embrace some of the innovation and creativity that is at the heart of the Cirque du Soleil shows, albeit without some of the accompanying acrobatics of course.

Deep-learning, empathy and what it takes to build an AI-first company - Mike Walsh

By cmiadmin | Sep 20, 2017 | Comments Off

Montreal, it turns out, is ground zero for some of the best and brightest in the emergent AI community. Look closely at the newly hired AI ranks at Google, Uber or Facebook and you will lots of expat Canadians. Now, a new company called Element AI, is working to help other companies apply the very same cutting edge deep-learning research to commercial problems from manufacturing to logistics. One of the co-founders of Element AI is JS Cornoyer, who also started Montreal Startup and Real Ventures. Catching up at his co-working digs in downtown Montreal, we spoke about the future of deep-learning, and the kinds of empathetic skills that will be prized in humans in a post-automation future.

How to Navigate Change - Sam Silverstein

By cmiadmin | Sep 19, 2017 | Comments Off

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYsmGer-UrQ&t=2s

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Analytical decision making, citizen development and the no-code revolution - Mike Walsh

By cmiadmin | Sep 07, 2017 | Comments Off

Starting work in the nineties, I quickly discovered that professional mastery had a lot to do with your ability to manipulate complex Excel spreadsheets. Analysts crunched numbers, programmers cracked code. These days, 21st century companies are trying to do the exact opposite - putting the power to create software and automate activities, in the hands of people closest to the work. Rick Willett, CEO of Quickbase, is one of the people leading this no-code revolution. Formerly at GE, and now focused on reinventing enterprise collaboration, we spoke about the future of work and the power of algorithmic decision making.

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