Tips to help attendees justify coming to your meeting.
How organizations use professional and industry speakers at meetings, conferences and other events is detailed in a recent survey from Tagoras and Velvet Chainsaw Consulting. Consultants interviewed almost 250 respondents from 170 organizations, 80 percent of which hold meetings attended by at least 500 people. The report looks at how speakers are chosen, what is […]
If you’re like most planners, you’re trying to turn Facebook fans into event attendees or registrants. Getting it done is easier than you think. After a year of interviewing planners and businesses experiencing remarkable success using social media I found the common thread: They’re giving attendees a reason to offer more than a “like.” Here’s […]
Nut allergies, seafood allergies, low-fat, low-carb, vegetarian, vegan, Indian vegetarian, kosher, non-dairy, gluten and soy-free … when the heck did dietary restrictions get so complicated? And where, as an event planner, does it end? To be honest, I don’t have an answer on this question. But “where does it end” does go through my mind as I am writing menus. Since […]
A successful meeting, conference or special event all rely on one major component — registration. That’s because almost every aspect of an event is determined by the number of attendees, including: Hotel guest rooms Food and beverage for all functions and breaks Meeting space for general session, breakouts and other functions Registration hand-out material Printed […]
Often when meeting and event organizers begin planning conference education, they take the most efficient path. They consider the venue’s meeting space, capacity charts and room layouts. The object is to get as many people as possible in each room for each presentation. This planning process focuses on what’s best, efficient and easiest for the […]
The Coaching Center of Austin, Texas, stiffed The Westin Las Vegas $57,000 in food, beverage and other costs it incurred for a dental boot camp in October 2007. Attendees had signed a registration agreement empowering the hotel’s parent company, Columbia Sussex Corp., to recoup the money from third parties. So in March 2008, attendees began to see hundreds of dollars of Westin charges on their credit cards.
Teamwork continues to be a crucial element in the success of an organization. Yet, many team-building events have been given the label of “just fun and games,” and its value fades in a couple of days. This does not have to be the case.
Now that spa treatments are in wide demand, many offer interesting meeting amenities such as outdoor dining for small groups and event lawns for private receptions. Treatments have been tailored to male and female clientele. Scents, oils and lighting customized to correspond to the time of day and year. Spas have become so mainstream, they have begun mutating to hold the interest of hardcore spa-goers; hence, the birth of the wine spa resort — a trendy hybrid now popping up around the world, destined for a location near you (and your group) soon.
Winning the bid to host the 2008 Democratic Convention was just the beginning; during the next three years, expect to see big things opening up in Denver.
Wireless technology is everywhere: We can send and receive e-mails anywhere, answer cell phones through car dashboards and get directions from satillites while driving. But planners have barely scratched the surface as far as incorporating the power of wireless communication into events.
Health and wellness programs are here to stay, so get with it!