Brainstorming sessions are a great way to bring employees together, and get fresh ideas on projects that might be lagging. To ensure your meeting is on the right track and set up to be the most effective, think about following the below tips.
Bidding on and reserving hotel rooms and meeting spaces can be tedious for planners. The typical process includes filling out individual electronic request for proposal (eRFP) forms for different hotels, which can take upwards of 30 minutes.
There's nothing like some exercise or a creative activity to get the blood flowing and brain working in the middle of a week's worth of meetings.
Just as I’ve written about corporate, nonprofit and association groups plugging into festivals and concerts already happening in their destination of choice for a meeting to give a local feel and save money and planning, there also are options to hear great speakers already being brought to town if timed right.
Somewhere along the way, I started receiving emails about customer service from John Tschohl, president of the Service Quality Institute in Minneapolis, where our parent company Tiger Oak Media is located. He recently wrote about the importance of little things when making a client happy and a business successful, which definitely applies to the meetings and events industry. Here are his four main suggestions with a few of my own observations mixed in.
The National Conference Center, one of the largest meeting and training facilities in the country, compiled a list of the top meeting and event planning apps by combing through all those offered and chatting with industry professionals. Below are their results.
Just as writers experience the dreaded writer’s block, event planners, too, can get stuck in a rut. The Internet is a great place for sparking ideas, but options are limitless. How does one find inspiration with so many different things to search? Pinterest is a classic go-to, but Instagram might be the stronger choice. Instead of scrolling through an endless amount of pictures—some relevant and others completely useless—following someone you admire will give you more successful ideas you can incorporate into your events. We’ve listed a few accounts that boast exceptional ideas.
Event bags are always a hit with guests. And while most parties can’t live up to the standard of celebrity gift bags (This year’s Academy Award gift bags included $20,000 worth of merchandise featuring a private dinner party at Morton’s steakhouse and a pair of Beamer Video Phones), us ‘regular people’ can have just as much fun with gifts for our guests. Themed bags are a consistently good idea, and we have just the thing for your upcoming spring soiree.
Make an impression that counts with the latest popular food and beverage ideas.
With winter comes the hectic holiday season full of parties, events and meetings. But the season also brings resolutions and a desire to get your life in order. Everyone organizes differently, so we’ve found four unique ways to keep track of your schedule.