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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Kalahari Convention Center Grand Opening is a Family Affair

Kalahari Convention Center Grand Opening is a Family Affair

Wisconsin Dells Facility Doubles in Size to 212,000 Square Feet The grand opening of Kalahari Resorts and Conventions’ $35-million convention center expansion in Wisconsin Dells is truly a family affair. The inaugural event in the doubled-in-size facility is the popular “THAT Conference” – a family-friendly, technology-focused “Summer Camp for Geeks.” The two-year effort to expand...
Game-Changing Meeting Trends

Game-Changing Meeting Trends

5 Ways Events Can Meet Multi-Generational Needs Being responsive to generational needs of event attendees is one defining characteristic of today’s successful events. It’s a new world for meeting planners. Attendees want more control over the agenda. They also want meetings to be meaningful experiences, include more technology and be held in a destination that...
Expanding the Ideal Meeting and Event Experience – Poconos Mountains, PA

Expanding the Ideal Meeting and Event Experience – Poconos Mountains, PA

Double the Size, Opening late 2019 Kalahari Resorts and Conventions is more than doubling the size of the convention center offerings in the Pocono Mountains. Scheduled to open in late 2019, the expansion is due to growing demand of group business and will boost tourism and visitation to the area. This is the second expansion...
How to Add a Wow Factor to VIP Events

How to Add a Wow Factor to VIP Events

5 Ways to Impress Your Very Important Meeting Attendees Every meeting attendee is special. But your group will likely include executives, top performers and/or special guests who deserve and expect access to VIP events. These special events should exude a “wow factor;” they need to be designed to impress. Whether you’re comping invite-only VIPs or...
How to Boost Meeting Attendance

How to Boost Meeting Attendance

4 Ways to Effectively Promote Your Event & Increase RSVPs Your organization may include 10 or 10,000 members—but let’s face it, not all of them are going to come to your event. Some of your target market may always be inclined to attend. Others never show up. And then there is a portion of your...
Making Meetings & Events Family-Friendly

Making Meetings & Events Family-Friendly

5 Things to Consider for Attendees Traveling with Families Meeting planners have a lot on their plates—and so do attendees, particularly those who are trying to balance work and family responsibilities. If your group’s demographic skews toward attendees who have children, then selecting a family-friendly venue for your next conference should be at the top...
Keep Attendee Data Safe

Keep Attendee Data Safe

How Planners Can Combat Cyberattacks on Meetings and Events Look out: Cyberattacks are on the rise in the United States—and meetings and conventions are especially vulnerable to cyber breaches because they are generally very open events. Attendees’ devices often connect to open networks with no encryption or passwords. As such, planners are wise to work...
How to Plan a Successful Trade Show

How to Plan a Successful Trade Show

5 Tips for Keeping Exhibitors and Attendees Happy Carrying off a successful trade show calls for an event planner to keep two distinct audiences happy: vendors and attendees. It’s a mistake to focus too much on one group and disregard the needs of the other. Vendors pay for exhibition space at your trade show because...
The Positive Power of Disruptions at Meetings

The Positive Power of Disruptions at Meetings

Get Creative with ways to break up meetings and make them memorable Photo Credit: Mashable A disruption during a meeting used to nave a negative connotation. Of course, business meetings also used to consist of simply a speaker on a stage addressing people in business attire while they sat in rows and rows of folding...
Memorable Meetings Require the Right Venue

Memorable Meetings Require the Right Venue

4 Key Questions Event Planners Should Ask An event planner’s greatest asset for a memorable meeting is the right venue. Finding the perfect site is easier said than done, however, because every meeting, convention or conference is different and all will have discrete goals. Whether you’re planning a large conference that rotates geographically on an...
What Worries Meeting Planners the Most? And How to Meet the Stress Head On

What Worries Meeting Planners the Most? And How to Meet the Stress Head On

Meeting, conference, and event planners all deal with challenges and stresses – large and small. CareerCast consistently lists the profession among the top ten most stressful jobs in the U.S., along with the military, police, and firefighters. We polled a group of career meeting planners to find out what’s keeping them up at night lately,...
Expanding the Ideal Meeting and Event Experience – Wisconsin Dells, WI

Expanding the Ideal Meeting and Event Experience – Wisconsin Dells, WI

Double the Size, Opening September 2019 Since breakinge ground in October 2017 – Kalahari Development has been diligently working to double the size of the Convention Center at Kalahari Resorts & Conventions in Wisconsin Dells. The expansion is due to growing demand of group business and will boost tourism and visitation to the area. “When...