3 Things to Consider When Finding the Perfect Venue

So you have narrowed down all the hotels that meet your selection criteria to two or three destinations and are ready to send out RFPs … all 125 of them, right? Before filling out your RFP to hotels and venues that will not meet your requirements, do your homework to save time for both you


Top 10 Best Planner Tips: What You Shouldn’t Leave to Luck

We could all use a little luck on St. Patrick’s Day. And as event planners, we could use a little extra luck every day. Though we would love to plant you a garden of four-leaf clovers, luck happens when you’re prepared. It’s the only way to create your own luck. We’ve spoken to our top


12 Strategies to Increase Attendee Engagement

Long before I was involved in event planning, I designed and facilitated training development for major corporations as an employee and an independent consultant. Through this experience, I learned that event and conference planners can greatly boost attendee engagement by borrowing strategies from the professional facilitator’s bag of tricks. Participant engagement strategies consist of steps that can be taken


Budgeting: How to Estimate Coffee Consumption

One of the most common conversations I encounter in the event planning industry is that of coffee consumption. How is my company charged? Per gallon or per cup? Can I put a cap on how much is consumed, so I don’t exceed my budget? What quantities of consumption should I expect with a group of


10 Terrific Themes for Corporate Events

Whether you’re planning business meetings, brainstorming sessions, galas, or team building, the right theme will set the tone for corporate events. Themes can also be instrumental in conveying complex information during presentations, conferences and training and development programs. Use your theme to drive decisions about venues, menu selections, messaging, graphics, music and entertainment. Here are


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How iBeacons Can Improve Your Event

Meetings tech expert Corbin Ball recently described iBeacons as having a major impact on events. But, why? (And what are iBeacons again?) iBeacons are another way for you to use mobile technology to engage your smartphone-attached attendees. This is especially important as global smartphone ownership continues to increase. Beacons are small transmitters that broadcast Bluetooth


10 Questions to Ask When Selecting a Conference Venue

When you’re busy scouting for a conference location that meets all your criteria, it’s easy to get caught up in minor details and overlook something critical for your meeting’s success. Especially if this is a new conference for your company or you’re not entirely familiar with venue sourcing, it’s important to move forward with a


Choose the Best Service Style for Your Next Event

Often the style of service will influence the types and varieties of foods the caterer can offer. For instance, foods that will be passed on trays by servers during an afternoon reception must be easy to handle. They also must be able to hold up well. Sauced items, which could drip, should not be served,


Closing the Loop: It’s More than Just a Survey Response

We’ve all been there. We’ve completed a survey because we had a bad experience, provided candid feedback because we felt we just needed to be heard, and then crickets…we heard nothing. I think that’s in some unofficial survey handbook somewhere that it is an absolute no, no. How do you expect your customers to remain