Posts by Anne Thornley-Brown

Anne Thornley-Brown, M.B.A.,  @executiveoasis has  been blogging for Cvent Blog 5 times a week since May, 2011.

Anne is the President of Executive Oasis International, a Toronto team building and management consulting firm specializing in team building retreatsexecutive retreatsteam building and corporate event planning. She has designed and delivered programmes for executives, managers and professionals from 16 countries.

Executive Oasis International offers services in Canada, USA, the Middle East (Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Oman), the Caribbean (Jamaica, Anguilla, Antigua, Barbados, the Grenadines, St. Lucia),  Europe (Germany, France, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Italy), and Asia (Singapore, Malaysia, Japan).

Editorial Calendar:

  • Monday: Business Meetings 411 Tips for taking Meetings, Conferences, and Team Building to the Next Level
  • Tuesday: Incentive Destinations Destination Specific Event Planning Tips/Mini Destination Profiles
  • Wednesday: Corporate Event & Meeting Venues
  • Thursday: Corporate Event Challenges & Solutions
  • Friday: Corporate Events  Creative Event Ideas, Eye Popping Events & Exhibits, Planner Smarts, Breaking News, What's New, What's Hot (including team recreation, hot trends, tools, gifts & gadgets)

The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Cvent or any other organization or individual.



About Anne Thornley-Brown

Anne Thornley-Brown has an M.B.A. from York University's Schulich School of Business in Toronto, Canada.  She shaped the management development strategy for two major Canadian corporations.

Anne has extensive business experience in a variety of industries including banking, wireless communications, high technology, transportation, the non-profit sector, and film and television. She speaks English, French, and Spanish.

Anne has toured Asia 18 times and facilitated workshops and team building for over 2000 executives, managers and professionals. She has worked with a number of clients from Gulf (GCC) countries in the Middle East.

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The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Cvent or any other organization or individual.

1000 Islands, Ontario

​​If you can't get away to one of the exotic island destinations Cvent Event Blog has been profiling, head to 1000 Islands, the ultimate waterfront destination along the St. Lawrence River near the communities of Gananoque, Brockville, Cornwall, Prescott and Kingston, Ontario. Gananoque at the more

10 Active Learning Methods to Retain Short Attention Spans

A huge misconception that has been shaping the design of learning content for meetings and conferences is that, in order to retain the attention of participants, presentations should be short with a new speaker brought on stage. This is based on the fact many studies have concluded that: more

Not Your Standard Chicken Dish

Chicken has long been considered a reliable albeit somewhat boring choice for corporate events, weddings and other special events when budgets are tight. Yet, chicken  is a versatile dish that can be customized to fit just about any theme or occasion. To add excitement to chicken dinners more

Ignite Business Event Expo Keynotes Encourage Persistence and Creativity

A few hours after Ignite Business Event Expo 2014 opened, the booths were temporarily closed and Jennifer Gilbert, Founder and Chief Visionary Officer of New York's Save the Date stood at the podium. She quickly moved beyond her polished image and reminded us that while "the scars don't show" more

Ignite Business Event Expo Returns to Toronto with Informative Content #ibe2014

This week, as part of Canada MeetWeek, Toronto's 3rd Annual Ignite Business Event Expo took place. The show, which integrated the arts, kicked off with a dance performance by A2D2 and Mime to Mime. During their opening remarks, Ignite MagazineCo-founders and Co-publishers Richard Elliot and more

3 Beautiful Bermuda Beach Resorts

Bermuda's charm can be experienced after a short journey from the Eastern seaboard of the US and Canada. Today, I'll explore 3 of Bermuda's 9 beach resorts with facilities for corporate groups. Rosewood Tucker's Point Set on 200 acres, Rosewood Tucker's Point opened in 2009. Some of the resorts more

Incentive Destinations: Pulau Tioman in Malaysia

Today I'll continue my exploration of island destinations with a visit to Pulau Tioman, a tiny island off the east coast of peninsular Malaysia in the South China Sea near Singapore. Think you've never come across Tioman? Think again. It was immortalized in South Pacific as the exotic more

Meeting Presentations: How Short Is Too Short?

With companies reducing the amount of time they want employees to be away from the job, the length of meetings has been trending downward for over a decade. This combined with the short attention spans of adult learners has resulted in a drastic reduction in the time allocated for meeting more

Event Planning Inspiration from Toronto's ReelWorld Film Festival

Initially, the similarities between film festivals, corporate events, conferences, and trade shows may not be apparent, however, these seemingly disparate events actually share a number of common elements. The ReelWorld Film Festival, which opened in Toronto a few days ago, is a prime example of more

Value of Winning Government Support for Meetings

My recent blog post about Approaches to Measuring Meeting R.O.I. stressed the importance of collecting data to convey the economic of impact of meetings to Government officials and other policy makers. Here is some of the support that has been generated as a result of these efforts: Hot off more
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