Author: Jeff Hurt

Executive Vice President at Velvet Chainsaw Consulting

Jeff Hurt joined Velvet Chainsaw Consulting in January 2010 and currently serves as Executive Vice President, Education and Engagement. In 2012, he was recognized as the PCMA Educator of the Year. Jeff has worked in leadership roles with five associations, five government organizations and several companies in the education, events and meetings departments, including Meetings Professionals International and Promotional Products Association International, one of the top 50 shows in the industry.

He is considered one of the leading authorities in the meetings industry on adult education, conference design, digital events and social media for events and associations. He speaks and blogs frequently about meeting and technology trends, the future of conference education, adult learning and all things meetings at


How to develop future-focused leadership

How do we develop, foster and leverage future-focused leadership? How do we encourage our committees, volunteers, staff and customers to laser focus on what’s next, what’s coming and co-creating a future together? It’s so hard to look ahead when we are often struggling with the past. Leaders need to look farther out than anyone else. […]


How to boost your strategic and detailed thinking

How strategic is your thinking? Do you crave information? Do you believe more is actually better? Do you desire data, data and more data? If you hunger after more and better ideas at all cost, your info-craving habits actually zap your brain’s energy. The persistent pace of focusing on details makes it more difficult for your […]


How to practice strategic thinking

“It takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that.” — The Red Queen, Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass Becoming a strategic thinker is not as difficult as it sounds. Although if we’re not careful, […]

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