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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The Pros and Cons of Hiring a Virtual Event Planner

The Pros and Cons of Hiring a Virtual Event Planner

A virtual meeting planner may seem like the perfect solution for your budget-conscious event. However, is it really? How can you know a person who is 200 or 2,000 miles away? Will this be a cost savings or a time-burning headache? These are the questions I’ll attempt to answer today. As with every aspect of...
Five Key Clauses for Consideration in Your Next Event Contract

Five Key Clauses for Consideration in Your Next Event Contract

Probably the most tedious and time-consuming part of any meeting planner’s job is to review, negotiate and sign the conference contract. While it can be an overwhelming task, especially to a new or infrequent planner, it doesn’t have to be, if the guidelines below are followed. This blog will aid you in identifying the five...
Leverage Technology to Engage Attendees to the Max

Leverage Technology to Engage Attendees to the Max

Your annual conference is six months away, and the stakeholders have asked you to look at creative ways to further engage attendees. They’ve noticed a drop-off in attendance and are worried that the way the message has been delivered in the past isn’t as effective in the present. When you look at your options, all...
Six of the Hottest Event Food & Beverage Trends in 2017

Six of the Hottest Event Food & Beverage Trends in 2017

Meeting planners will have a hard time getting away with the standard chicken dinner for their conferences this year. Today’s attendees want more diversity, and more importantly, they want to know where their food comes from, how it was raised and how many chemicals are in it. This means while you’re on a site visit,...
Eight Winning Ways to Promote Your Event When the Budget Won’t Cooperate

Eight Winning Ways to Promote Your Event When the Budget Won’t Cooperate

You have a major event in the works and was just informed by marketing that most of the promotional budget you were counting on has shifted to another project. In other words, for the most part, your advertising dollars have just gone up in smoke. What should you do — cancel the event? No way!...
A Meeting Planner’s Guide to Getting Great Speakers

A Meeting Planner’s Guide to Getting Great Speakers

Believe it or not, most of the success or failure of your event rests on the shoulders of your presenters. Without their message, you have nothing much to offer beyond a networking function of like-minded attendees. That’s why it’s vital you and your staff or committee take ample time vetting potential presenters. Many meeting planners...
2017 Meeting Predictions From Those in the Know

2017 Meeting Predictions From Those in the Know

What will next year bring for meetings and events? Here’s a collection of the observations from the best and brightest in our industry about what they believe will occur. However, we would like to hear from you. Please weigh in on the comments section below and tell us whether you think these predictions will come...
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,...