The golden key to your company’s success—this is how CEO of consultancy firm, WhiteSpace at Work, Juliet Funt, describes the power of White Space.

An MPI keynote speaker at IMEX America 2017, currently taking place in Las Vegas, Funt helps business leaders and their staff carve out valuable time for consideration and insight—called White Space—leading ultimately to a boost in business productivity. 

With 204 million emails sent per minute, the relentlessly reactive nature of our daily work squeezes out time for strategic, creative thinking. Funt wants meeting and event planners to reclaim this.

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According to Funt, 80 per cent of organisations believe their employees are overwhelmed with information and activity, but only eight per cent have programmes in place to address the issue.

During her session ‘Activity is not Productivity’, Funt revealed ways to 'decrapify' workflow and shared simple practices for planners to implement, designed to boost productivity and creativity.

These tips were well received as buyer Cori Hall, marketing co-ordinator at Convention Data Services, explains: “Innovation and creativity should be a priority in my organisation, but all too often it’s pushed aside due to the sheer volume of work.”

Garland Preddy, director of training and education at the Society of Government Meeting Professionals, agrees: “I feel like I’m on a hamster wheel and really need, along with other meeting planners, to slow down and reassess what’s really important.”

Building on this, IMEX organisers created new White Space areas on the show floor and at the Inspiration Hub to give attendees the opportunity to pause and reflect in between meetings.