3 Paris Must-Do's When You've Only Got a Morning to Spare

When working overseas, we planner types rarely get more than a few precious hours to see the cities we’re working in. But if you find yourself in Paris with an hour or two to spare and you’re prepared to move fast, it’s possible to catch a few highlights before the guests touchdown. To see the more

Sustainable Event Design Begins at Home

Creating sustainability initiatives is easy. It's getting people to comply that's hard. That's why you should define internal sustainability policies at the office before trying to green an entire conference. Understanding what your team has been able to adopt and why will help you explain more

Conference of the Living Dead

You've seen it before. Hotel lobbies full of bodies, shuffling from room to room, making incoherent noises, perhaps looking at a business card through heavy-lidded eyes. The zombie conference has become harder to combat in an age of relentless distraction and higher expectations for more

Gamification: 9 Tips for Using Games in Meetings (From the School of Hard Knocks)

Whether you use board games, card games, computer games, social media games, or games in a game show format, gamification can be an effective strategy for engaging participants during meetings, training and development programs, conferences, and team building. When it comes to games, one size more

Cvent Is on the Move to Greensboro Station

The day has finally come: After making the announcement last October, Cvent confirms that its new world headquarters, 1710 Solutions Drive, McLean, VA 22102, will be employee-ready by August 4, 2014. The new almost 130,000-square-foot headquarters is located near the new Greensboro Station of more

Atlantic City: New Life for the Boardwalk

That Atlantic City has been struggling in the wake of Superstorm Sandy and the rise of gaming elsewhere comes as no surprise. But reports of its demise are premature, especially when it comes to meetings.  In the first half of 2014, for example, 41 events were held at the Atlantic City more

National Dance Day: Time to Reflect on Dance for Corporate Events

Tomorrow is the 4th annual Official National Dance Day, created by Nigel Lythgoe, Executive Producer of So You Think You Can Dance, the hit TV show that has done more to raise the profile of dance than any initiative in recent memory. This celebration of dance, takes place on the last Saturday more

10 Tips for Creating Child-Friendly Menus for Corporate Events

For incentive trips, conferences and other corporate events that include family members, it's important for event planners to give careful consideration to children's menus. Simply serving the same gourmet dishes that the adults are eating will result in waste if they are not pleasing to a child' more

Why It's Smart to Have Someone "Secret Shop" Your Event

Before I go any further, a disclaimer: As a conference and trade show consultant, secret shopping events is something I do regularly, so I may be a bit biased. We don't call it secret shopping, but at the end of the day, it's an apt description, as I'm immersing myself in the attendee experience, more

Managing Meeting Budgets: 3 Curve Balls

When the Episcopal Diocese of Maine decided to hire a paid keynote speaker a few months out from its conference this year, the move blew a hole in the meeting’s budget. Luckily, the group had a 10-percent contingency fund that covered the cost. Contingency funds are critical for covering more
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