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.

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

How to Run a Learning Smorgasbord

We've previously discussed several options for learning smorgasbord formats and how to set up a learning smorgasbord. Some facilitators and speakers have never used this innovative format for catering to diverse learning strategies so here is a simple way to explain how it works. We'll also more

National Youth Orchestras

Recently, I had the pleasure of attending a  delightful concert presented by the National Youth Orchestra of Jamaica during their Canada Dream Tour. The young musicians performed classical music, traditional folk songs and reggae numbers. The orchestra, operated in collaboration with more

International Event Planning: 10 Tips for Clarifying and Managing Expectations

When event and meeting planners manage meetings and events on home turf, there is usually a shared set of expectations. When venturing to foreign shores, venues and clients may have a different set of norms, expectations and standard business procedures. It's an excellent opportunity to pick up more

Event Venues: Interactive Exhibits by Top Brands

Corporate groups that are looking for inspiration to create their own innovative breakthrough strategies, need look no further than the world's greatest brands. Fortunately, a number of them have interactive exhibits and museums that literally throw the door open and give visitors a close-up view more

How to Create a Learning Smorgasbord

Participant profiles for an upcoming meeting, conference, or training and development program reveal: there is a wide range of learning styles represented in the group. or the group's demographic profile indicates a wide spread in age groups or other key demographics What's an event or more

Giant Board Games Boost Board Game Appeal for Millennials

Board games have provided groups and families with hours of entertainment for longer than most of us realize. Long before commercial board games like Monopoly were licensed by Parker Brothers, checkers, chess, Parcheesi, Chinese checkers, and backgammon dated back to ancient civilizations. more

Perfect Event Venues - Flexibility is the Key

For corporate events, finding the perfect venue is a key success factor. What's the perfect venue? The obvious answer is "It depends." It depends on the size of the group, the theme, the budget, demographics, and a myriad of other factors. While every event is different, there a few factors that more

La Partita a Scacchi di Marostica, Living Chess in Italy

Dazzling groups that have seen it all can be a challenge. For an out-of-the-ordinary experience, groups need only look to Marostica, a captivating medieval town in the province of Vicenza in Northern Italy's Veneto region. Based on the artifacts that have been unearthed, people have been living more
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