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9 Tips for Using Dedicated Meeting Concierges

Last week we discussed the benefits of dedicated meeting concierges for event planners, the hotel, and clients. To ensure that you integrate integrate dedicated concierges into your event effectively, here are 9 tips. Tips for Using Dedicated Concierges Stress the need for flexibility. It's more

Meeting Generously: Create a VIP Giving Experience

by Mindy Lallier, Senior Sales Manager, Overland Park CVB Competitors pose for a quick picture before teeing off in the MSP Love Josh Williams Golf Tournament. This VIP event raises funds for the Midwest Sports Production’s Love Fund’s Scholarships. Associating your organization with a cause is more

Meeting Generously: Make It Personal

By Mindy Lallier, Senior Sales Manager, Overland Park CVB Attendees at an event held at the Culinary Center of Kansas City wrote personal notes of encouragement to include with food packages that went to three local charities – Mattie Rhodes Center, Lazarus Ministries and Ronald McDonald House. more

Meeting Generously: Provide a Change of Scenery

By Mindy Lallier, Senior Sales Manager, Overland Park CVB Members from several Garden Railway Societies volunteered to build the “Old Town” display in the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Garden’s Train Garden. The National Garden Railway Convention was hosted in Overland Park in 2011. When more

Meeting Generously: Fight Hunger Together

By Mindy Lallier, Senior Sales Manager, Overland Park CVB During the OPCVB’s Fall 2013 Familiarization Tour, attendees took the time to fight hunger together by competing in a peanut butter and jelly making contest. This breakout session, established by the Sheraton Overland Park Hotel at more

Managing Volunteers? Learn from the Lutherans

According to a Bureau of Labor report in March, the overall volunteer rate of Americans last year was the lowest since 2002, when the bureau began tracking volunteer service. While volunteers are a big part of almost every convention, for religious groups they are crucial, often constituting more

Meeting Generously: Organize a Collection Drive

By Mindy Lallier, Senior Sales Manager, Overland Park CVB The Overland Park hospitality community hosted a penny drive for the American Baptist Churches as part of their national campaign “The Penny Project,” which goes to support their ministry efforts. When it comes to planning meetings more

5 Easy Steps to Encourage Meeting Attendees to Use New Apps

If an association's or company's demographics fit a tech savvy profile, there it likely isn't too hard to encourage meeting attendees to use new apps. What if attendees aren't yet comfortable using apps? I have worked with companies that run the gamut from a high level of comfort to nervousness more

Managing Workshops Driving You Crazy? Tips from UUA’s Meeting Planners

Workshop programming for religious conferences is often quite complex, with many submissions to sort through before the meeting and then lots of concurrent sessions for different tracks of attendees to set up and manage. How do meeting planners for faith-based conferences handle this complexity? more

3 Strategies to Balance Association Member Needs: Entrepreneurs and Employees

For associations, balancing the needs of members who are entrepreneurs with those of full-time employees has always been challenging.  Some members who are entrepreneurs pull out of associations when active participation does not generate much business. On the flip side, some members who more
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