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.

10 Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas for Event Planners

It's less than a week before Christmas and you still have a few gifts to pick up for an event or a client who has been really good to you. It's been almost a year to the day since I did a blog post with gift ideas. Not to worry, I have been saving the hottest gifts I've seen at tradeshows or more

15 Strategies to Speed up Food and Beverage Service

With the trend towards shorter meetings, event planners all over the world find that it is essential to speed up food and beverage service. While pre-pouring water and pre-setting salad may seem like ideal solutions, food and beverage professionals have concerns about food sitting and being more

Christmas in Wilmington, Delaware

The Greater Wilmington, Delaware area, located 25 miles south of Philadelphia and at at roughly the halfway point between New York City and Washington, DC comes alive for the Christmas season for a series of festive events. For example, in Odessa, the historical homes dating back to the 18th more

Incentive Destinations: U.S. Towns Named Christmas

According to Nuwire Investor, there are 100 U.S. towns with Christmas themed names including 4 named North Pole and 7 named after Santa. Most of them are small communities. There are also 5 U.S. towns named Christmas. I profiled one of them last year; today, let's look at 2 more. Christmas, more

Book Shelf: Borrowing from the Interactive Training Library

So it's year's end - a chance to wind down, take stock, and perhaps travel. What better time to catch up on your reading. One area that would be beneficial for all conference and meeting planners to explore is strategies for making meetings, particularly those that have learning content, more

4 Fabulous Christmas Event Themes

For events like Christmas parties that take place every year, it's easy to fall into a rut. Here are 4 themes to keep Christmas and holiday parties fresh and exciting. 1. Christmas in Austria Location: Pictured: St. Peter Stiftskeller - Das Restaurant, Salsburg, Austria, the the oldest restaurant more

Last Minute Holiday Event Planning: Quickly and Easily

It's already December and you've just received the go ahead to plan a holiday event. Yes it's late, but it's still not too late to create a great holiday event. To prepare for last-minute events, here are 10 sure-fire steps: Get a clear briefing to pinpoint objectives. Is the purpose of this more

What's Hot: Pop-up Event Venues

It's a trend that's gaining popularity in the UK. It's a great way to surprise guests with unexpected event spaces. The venue, decor, and concept are there for a season to return again next year. Today we will look at some of the UK's hottest pop-up seasonal event venues. Watch for this trend more

A Niagara-on-the-Lake Christmas

During the Christmas season, the Victorian era buildings in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario are beautifully trimmed. Boutiques where shoppers can browse for hours in search of the perfect gifts and a variety of seasonal events add up to a picture perfect incentive destination during the weeks more

Meetings 411: 8 Quick Holiday Season Energizers

Business meetings large and small still take place during the holiday season. It's a great opportunity to add a touch of fun with seasonal energizers. Gift exchanges are great but here are 8 other ideas. 1. Holiday Safari Divide the group into teams and have them follow holiday themed clues for more
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