Rapid Recovery: When Mother Nature Hits Your Event Destination

Just over a week ago, less than an hour after I walked in the door after a great week at IMEX America, some disappointing news landed in my email inbox. Several rooms in the beautiful boutique hotel where I had helped one of my corporate clients arrange a buy-out for a weekend retreat had been...read more

Global Meeting Trends: What's Ahead for 2015 #IMEX14

At IMEX America 2014, Yma Sherry, Vice-President North America, American Express Meetings & Events unveiled American Express'' 2015 Global Meetings & Events Forecast, co-sponsored by Cvent. AMEX sent Global Meeting Planner Surveys to meeting and event planners from major global regions, group air...read more

Event Horror Stories: Mobile Madness!

Did this episode sound familiar? Read below, and see how you can avoid a similarly gruesome fate at your events! We are living in the midst of the mobile era. If you’re attendees aren’t walking around with smartphones in their pockets or tablets in their briefcases, they probably have them right in...read more

Savvy Roommate and Rooming List Strategies

When it is necessary to stretch a budget for a business meeting, internal conference, sales rally, or team building retreat, opting for villas, suites or double occupancy rooms with 2 beds can result in significant savings. On some properties, while there is a shared living room and kitchenette,...read more

Event Horror Stories: The Quest for the Acceptable Venue

Did this episode sound familiar? Read below, and see how you can avoid a similarly gruesome fate at your events! The hunt for a venue can be a long and exhausting process. As an event planner, you have to come to the table ready to battle and prepared to make sacrifices in the name of size,...read more

Event Horror Stories: Uninvited Guests

Did this episode sound familiar? Read below, and see how you can avoid a similarly gruesome fate at your events!  The more unregistered guests, the larger the headache.  Inaccurate attendee numbers can be caused by a lot of variables, starting with people forgetting to register or deciding to bring...read more

Quick Fixes for 8 Common Event Challenges

Today, I'll suggest strategies for preventing and dealing with 8 common event planning challenges. Food and Beverage Hors d'oeuvres are cold.Prevention: Schedule service start time 15 minutes into the event. Notify the banquet captain if arrivals are later than anticipated so that hors d'oeuvres...read more

And Now, a List of The Best Ways to Spice Up Your Meetings This Fall

Corporate event planning is no longer what it used to be. It’s more creative! Today it’s crucial to create authentic inspirational and non-traditional offerings, true to the destination’s locale, to spice up the experience for attendees. Outside of event design, there are many creative ways to make...read more

Back to School: Learning Resources for Event Planners

In a recent Back to School feature, the Cvent Event Blog identified competencies and skills for event planners. We have previously discussed the concept of the learning smorgasbord. Just as there are a variety of skills to be developed, there are a variety of options available for learning....read more

Back to School: Fine-tuning Your Analytical and Technical Skills

Last week I suggested over 30 strategies to help event and meeting planners spark their creativity. Analytical skills and knowledge are equally important. They come into play when event planners handle financial data and the detailed calculations and reports that are required for some events. From...read more
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