Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

June 01 2015

Could This New Technology Reduce The Stress Of Meeting Planning?

By Corey Domek

Photo from WellBe Indiegogo

You’ve probably spent plenty of time thinking about how wearable technologies are revolutionizing the attendee experience. From Google Glass to FitBit to the Apple Watch, your attendees are arming themselves with tools to help them do, see and experience more of the world around them while they’re on-site.

But what about you? Can wearables make a big difference in your professional life?

One new tool set to hit the market by the end of the year aims to address one of the biggest challenges for anyone in the workplace: stress. It’s called the WellBe, and it’s designed to support your emotional well-being by tracking stress levels, identifying stress triggers and encouraging meditation and other exercises to help you relax during high-pressure work situations. The creatives behind the product have already surpassed their $100,000 crowdfunding goal on Indiegogo and stressed-out, anxiety-ridden people are continuing to place early orders for the $119 tool.

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So how does it work? Simple. It’s a bracelet that syncs with a mobile app to monitor your heart rate with a patent-pending algorithm to determine stress and calmness levels throughout the day. With data from the WellBe, users will be able to detect some patterns that pave the way to useful answers. Is that weekly status meeting bad for your health? Do certain colleagues have a calming effect on your mental well-being? However, the WellBe isn’t just about data. The program also delivers actionable advice on meditation, focused breathing and guided imagination exercises to help manage all that stress.

While I think the WellBe could be a very useful tool for managing day-to-day office stress, I’m curious to see an on-site stress report for a meeting planner. From responding to a disgruntled attendee to scrambling after a last-minute speaker cancellation to dealing with weather-related travel issues, there is no shortage of potential stressors during a convention.

If you’re interested in picking one up, the WellBe won’t be released until December. However, you can take steps to reduce your stress levels now. Check out this article for three tools that can improve your time management skills so you can check more items off your to-do list while leaving more of your worries in the dust.

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