haku’s Hot 5: The Web’s Best Content for Event Organizers
In support of that ‘spirit of connection,’ we bring you a monthly collection of our five favorite stories around the web on our favorite topics: event organizing, endurance sports, racing, training, and more.
Hopefully this week’s ‘Hot 5’ will connect you to a story, person, or idea you wouldn’t otherwise encounter. Enjoy!
Leadership lessons from the Olympics
By: Tom Fox, The Washington Post
With the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi now drawn to a close, the time is ripe for reflection on the mother-of-all events. Fox’s lessons are drawn from the experiences of the Winter Games’ most memorable athletes, but they’re just as valuable for event organizers as they are to leaders in any field.
When It Hits the Fan: What to do When your Big Event is not Going as Planned
By Cathy Key, Event Manager Blog
Try as we all might to plan our events perfectly – and even prepare contingency plans – no event goes off without a hitch… and some can veer wildly, rapidly off course when even just a few things go wrong. Keep a curveball from ruining your next event with these ‘worst-case scenario’ pointers.
The Shadiest Man in the Racing Biz
By: Gordy Megroz, Outside Magazine
This long-form expose is a gripping look at Den Reinke, a race organizer many call a con man. His history of mismanaged events, swindled charities, legal disputes, and angry registrants makes for fascinating reading and is a case study for why the endurance event community needs more transparency and accountability.
12 Creative New Ways to Promote Hashtags at Events
By Alesandra Dubin, BizBash.com
Hashtags are an excellent way to get way to get your participants engaged before, during, and after your event. This awesome slideshow showcases some of the most interesting ways hashtags have been highlighted at recent high-profile events. Incorporate a strategy (or two) into your planning!
Australia’s XPD – Where the Tough Just Need to Survive
By Alix Shutello, Racing Magazine
Think your event is tough? Take a look at ‘expedition adventure racing’ – a brutal sport in which competitors race through a course of 310+ miles over 4-7 days. This article gives a first-person account of the racer experience in Australia’s XPD, which is recognized as the longest and toughest competition in the Adventure Racing World Series.
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