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 of the show that was particularly appealing.
1. Art Spaces
Art appeals to all the senses. When incorporated into meetings and events, the arts can keep attendees engaged, alert and energized.
From interactive paint lounge style easels to a violinist, painter, and musicians and dancers at the entrance, Incentiveworks displayed a number of ideas for incorporating the arts into meetings and corporate events.
2. Giant Snow Globes
Snow globes are a guaranteed crowd-pleaser and an added touch for fleshing out an event theme. Giant snow globes kick things up much more than a notch. This one was used by the City of Edmonton to bring a winter, Christmas or snow globe theme to life. Visitors were given hats, gloves, and scarves and a photographer snapped them in the heart of a winter wonderland.
3. Bringing the Outdoors Inside
Snow globes are just one way to bring the outdoors indoors. Exhibitors displayed stunning photo backdrops of tropical locations, created parks and city squares and used plants and trees with great impact. These ideas can be used to transform meeting space or platform areas.
4. Giant Brain Teasers & Puzzles
Brain teasers have long been proven to keep participants alive and alert during training and development programmes and conferences. These giant versions by The Puzzle Company in New Zealand breath new life into old favourites and they'll appeal to both Boomers and Millennials. Take your pick from crossword puzzles to trivia. Even Sudoku would work in this format.
Cvent Blog recently featured this hot trend and it was great to see it come to life on the trade show floor. There was giant chess and checker boards strategically placed in the aisles between exhibits. Even hopscotch can be transformed into a board game by using giant markers.
6. Food and Beverage Ideas
From Cheesewerks, a venue specializing in fondue and gourmet dishes that showcase cheese, to creative containers for beverages, attendees picked up many ideas for enhancing food and beverage service including this new spin on a candy bar with a dessert drop that surprises guests with treats.
7. Brainstorming Ideas
Brainstorming walls are a refreshing alternative to traditional flip charts. A creative meeting space with eye popping colours, informal seating, and even pillows with thought provoking questions is an excellent space to foster brainstorming and the free flow of ideas.
Bonus: Just For Fun
For a touch of fun, experiment. Here a bronco rider and Waldo put in an appearance. Finally, Sands Alive can fit in a container of any size and give participants lots of fun and tactile stimulation.
For more ideas of strategies to appeal to the senses, also read Sensory Stimulation: Natural Scents to Energize Attendees.
Photo Credits: Anne Thornley-Brown, Executive Oasis International