The best step toward better RFPs is having experienced people on the both the sourcing and supply side proactively educate the next generation.
Can’t be with us at PYM LIVE DC? Here’s a window into the education and experimentation happening in our nation’s capital.
Recently I was participating in a Buyer Education Program in a not to be named city. The program was designed to get large group buyers together to experience the venues, service and options. All were seasoned planners or intermediaries. Following the closing of the program, several of us extended to see some of the area […]
Finding places or activities that enhance a meetings’ themes are a powerful way to tie business objectives into the attendees’ experience. Author John Graham-Cumming has cataloged 128 places around the world where “science and technology come alive” in The Geek Atlas. Many are in the U.S. and the U.K. and range from museums to government […]
Meeting planners often ask: “How can I create a ‘wow’ while staying under budget?” One of the easiest solutions is to meet in an unusual locale. “There are so many venues that have their own character and features,” says Jennifer D. Collins, CMP, of Washington, D.C.-based The Event Planning Group. “Whether it’s high ceilings, tons […]
People never outgrow the restless feeling they had as kids sitting in a windowless schoolroom, feeling cut off from the daylight and knowing life is moving on without them. Putting your attendees in a room with a view can alleviate those feelings and spice up a dull program, encouraging greater audience participation. But meeting planners have to be savvy or risk having scenery upstage what’s central to the program.
One of the biggest advantages to meeting at a university-managed facility is the cost factor. “We’re a non-profit organization managed by Georgia Tech,” says Kirk Englehardt, director of communications at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) Conference Center in Atlanta. “Our goal is not to make a profit on the facility. At the end of […]