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.

What's Hot: Fabulous Fall Event Colors

Today before you head off for the Labor Day weekend, we'll keep it light and easy. Labour Day is the unofficial start of the autumn season in the U.S. and Canada. Other areas that are about to go through a marked seasonal transition at this time of year include the United Kingdom, Northern Europe, more

Dedicated Meeting Concierges: A Triple Win to Reduce Stress

The pace at many events is non-stop. As a result, many event planners routinely go home from events exhausted and find it challenging to achieve career/life balance. A dedicated meeting concierge, assigned to work exclusively with your group, provides extra support and can greatly reduce the more

Victorian Castles: Perfect Venues for Holiday Events

There is something about Victorian castles, decked out in holiday fare, that adds a touch of magic to the festive season. With their cathedral ceilings, chandeliers, candelabras, and period furniture, these venues are guaranteed to delight even the most discerning guests. Keep this in mind as more

Canadian Spas: Perfect Places to Promote Balance

Some organizations still have their overseas event plans in a holding pattern. Fortunately, when compared with the price of overseas travel, spas can be a cost-effective way to reward teams. Spas are far from frivolous: In addition to being excellent venues for reward and recognition, some spas more

Eating on the Job Part 2: Special Situations - Small Meetings, Overseas Events

Last week, we discussed eating and drinking on the job. The main conclusion was that, unless a specific invitation is extended to dine with the group, it's best to make separate dining arrangements for event staff and entertainers. However, sometimes there are special situations. Small , more

7 Multi-sensory Event Ideas From Incentiveworks 2014 (Photo Blog) #iwshow

Incentiveworks has wrapped up for another year in Toronto. Once again, many imaginative ideas showcased that have practical applications for meetings, conferences and corporate events. The number of ideas for incorporating multi-sensory  (especially tactile) elements into events was one aspect more

Event Planner Smarts: Eating and Drinking on the Job

Recently, Kevin England, CEO of Vonazon Inc., wrote an interesting LinkedIn blog post called Why Eating on the Job is Never Appropriate. The main focus was on trade show booth etiquette but this issue is relevant to all event planners. I shared the post with the Event Planning and Event more

Why Savvy Companies Start Planning for Christmas in the Summer

Like the holiday itself, Christmas event planning comes every year. In the summer, it may seem too early to start. Yet, to ensure a group's first choice of venues and entertainment, Christmas event planning should ideally begin no later than July. (Even in July, the most popular venues will be more

Cool Venues Where Groups can Chill for Summer and Christmas Events

Ice venues including ice cafes, ice castles, and ice restaurants are usually associated with winter events. They are actually much more versatile. When temperatures soar during the summer, groups can cool down at ice cafes. For the Christmas season, ice cafes are the perfect place to hold more

Incentive Destinations: Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec

Located on the western tip of Montreal in an upscale area known as "The Lakeshore" or "The West Island," Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, location of a Parks Canada National Historic Site, is a favourite day trip destination for Montrealers. The Iroquois and Algonquin First Nations had settlements in more
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