The Many Ways Crowdsourcing Can Positively Impact Your Event

The Many Ways Crowdsourcing Can Positively Impact Your Event

What is crowdsourcing? Have you tried using it for your meetings and events? In simple terms, crowdsourcing is the process of obtaining input for a particular task or project from a number of people, both in and outside your industry. In other words, it’s soliciting fresh ideas from all sorts...
10 Innovative Ideas That Will Make Your Meeting Rock

10 Innovative Ideas That Will Make Your Meeting Rock

Seating, Space, Sun & Tables Forget about traditional room setups such as theater, classroom or u-shape designs with plain brown tables, white walls and stiff chairs. They’re out of style and scream lecture format, with little to no interaction among attendees. Instead, consider yourself a combination of interior designer and...
Six Key Indicators When Evaluating Hotel Reviews

Six Key Indicators When Evaluating Hotel Reviews

Scanning online reviews is usually one of the first things a meeting or event planner does while scoping out prospective properties. Although negative comments can throw you off, when you see them, look for a sound, systematic approach from the venue when dealing with harsh criticism during your evaluation. Ignoring,...
Five Common Audio-Visual Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Five Common Audio-Visual Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Audio-visual (A/V) technology is a big deal for your meeting. When everything goes right, it’s the invisible measure of success. When everything goes wrong — the mic cuts in and out, the projector freezes and the lighting isn’t right — it’s all your attendees can talk about. If the situation...
What Millennials Want: Nine Tips to Get Them to Your Meeting

What Millennials Want: Nine Tips to Get Them to Your Meeting

Millennials, also known as the millennial generation or Generation Y, are the demographic group that follows Generation X. It’s generally agreed upon that this age category is 18 to 34 years old or individuals born between 1981 and 1997. According to information from the Pew Research Center, more than 33...
There’s an app for that: utilizing mobile apps to engage your audience

There’s an app for that: utilizing mobile apps to engage your audience

If you’re planning a major conference, you’ve likely got a few key goals: get people there, get them engaged and make money for your organization. Of these, successful audience engagement likely will have the biggest impact on future years. Providing interesting and unique experiences for attendees, getting their feedback and...
There’s No I in Team (But There is a Me)

There’s No I in Team (But There is a Me)

Stop and think for a moment – what are the best teams you’ve seen throughout your life? Whether your mind goes to sports, business, or community involvement, there’s always one common trait in successful teams – Trust. As with many things in life, trust is hard to gain and easy...
Would you apply this secret technique to prove your worth as a meeting planner?

Would you apply this secret technique to prove your worth as a meeting planner?

If you were suddenly asked to justify your job, would you be ready? It could be a performance review or budget cutbacks, but odds are that at some point you’ll be called on the carpet. And it only takes one misstep to sabotage years of your own hard work.  ...
Planning a Successful Family-Friendly Meeting

Planning a Successful Family-Friendly Meeting

You’re planning your company’s annual meeting, and your attendees’ families are invited to come. With so many different needs to cater to, how do you make the event a success for everyone? First, kudos to your company for recognizing the value in family-friendly meetings. When employees can bring spouses and...
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Making the Most of Your Next Fundraising Event

Making the Most of Your Next Fundraising Event

Practical Ideas to Try You’re in charge of your organization’s gala, silent auction or other revenue-raising event. While it might seem like a daunting task, take heart; you don’t have to do things the same way they have been executed for the last 20 years. In fact, attendees want a sense of freshness at an...
Learn to Leverage Live Video Streaming at Your Event

Learn to Leverage Live Video Streaming at Your Event

Social media giants, including Facebook and Twitter, have joined the live-streaming bandwagon. Why? Because this is where users are now digesting their content and, more important, they want to keep the user on their platform for as long as they possibly can. Today’s blog will focus on the why, what and who of live-streaming and...
Take Your Meeting to the Next Level by Bringing It Outside

Take Your Meeting to the Next Level by Bringing It Outside

When you think of a meeting or conference, often the first thing that comes to mind is being trapped inside a bland room with uncomfortable chairs for hours on end. However, that doesn’t always have to be the case (especially at Kalahari Resorts). Make time out of the office time spent outside getting a breath...
The New and Not-So-New Ways to Effectively Network

The New and Not-So-New Ways to Effectively Network

Research has shown that individuals attend conferences for two reasons: education and networking. However, for some attendees, the thought of standing in a room with a bunch of strangers trying to make small talk can be nerve-wracking. Thanks to the marvels of technology, there are apps available today to make the networking process easier and...
The Man Behind Kalahari - Meet Todd Nelson

The Man Behind Kalahari – Meet Todd Nelson

Nelson grew up on a farm in Wisconsin Dells and began working a plethora of jobs at the age of 15 – from an auctioneer, to a railroad company, to driving a beer truck, nothing was out of the question to help support his family. A year out of high school, he married his wife,...
A Technology Checklist for a Meeting Room Near You

A Technology Checklist for a Meeting Room Near You

I remember as a kid watching a TV show called The Jetsons. It was stocked with technological gadgets including a moody robot maid, cellphones and flying cars. While that last item is not with us yet (but driverless cars are around the corner), technology is definitively part of our lives and will continue to rule...
Believe It or Not, Small Meetings and Convention Centers Can Play Together

Believe It or Not, Small Meetings and Convention Centers Can Play Together

It may seem like an oxymoron, but small meetings can very easily and comfortably be held in large meeting venues. At this point, you may be scratching your head thinking, “How is this possible and why would convention center staff ever want to host small meetings?” It’s possible because convention centers have scalable meeting space...
The Real Cost of a Cyberattack: How Event Professionals Can Protect Their Attendees

The Real Cost of a Cyberattack: How Event Professionals Can Protect Their Attendees

Did you know James Clapper, the U.S. Director of National Intelligence, has ranked cybercrime as the top national security threat? Higher than terrorism, espionage and weapons of mass destruction? The cold, hard facts are real: Anyone, at any time, can become a victim of a cyberattack. In fact, the FBI states it isn’t a matter...
Measure a Meeting’s ROI With These Five Tips

Measure a Meeting’s ROI With These Five Tips

You spent the last year planning the association’s annual convention for thousands of attendees and hundreds of exhibitors, and you had the pleasure of working with several fantastic presenters. While the conference went extremely well, at the end you left with a nagging feeling that you forgot something. It most likely was that dreaded three-letter...
The High Cost of Short Lead Time Meetings

The High Cost of Short Lead Time Meetings

From 2009 through the beginning of 2015, meeting planners could call a group sales professional and most likely book the space they needed at the price they wanted … all within a 30- to 60-day window of an event. However, today’s marketplace is very different. Demand is outpacing supply for the first time since 1981,...
Eight Killer Trends to Watch in the Trade Show Industry

Eight Killer Trends to Watch in the Trade Show Industry

Whether your trade show attracts 200 or 200,000 attendees or somewhere in between, it’s important to pique the interest of those who visit the show floor. The best booths are ones where individuals are always clamoring around them. And if there happens to be a wait, they’ll wait it out or come back until their...