Posts tagged "Event Planning"
How to Market Your Meeting to a Five- Generation Workforce

How to Market Your Meeting to a Five- Generation Workforce

For the first time in history, we have five generations in the U.S. labor force. This is due to a greater life expectancy, an increased divorce rate, more women in the workplace and, because of the current talent shortage, some choosing to forgo college and enter a vocation right out of high school. This can...
Having Trouble Getting RSVPs? Try This Pain-Free Approach

Having Trouble Getting RSVPs? Try This Pain-Free Approach

Meetings, conventions and trade shows consistently rank as effective undertakings to engage with customers, prospects and other employees. Even so, increased competition, a higher number of no-shows, lackluster speakers, and not delivering to sponsors’ or stakeholders’ expectations are the challenges planners face today in getting people to their events. Many of these problems stem from...
If You Really Want Happy Attendees, Do These Seven Things

If You Really Want Happy Attendees, Do These Seven Things

This probably isn’t going to come as a huge surprise, but it turns out that happy attendees help you market future events. Why? Because they start talking about what a great learning experience they had at your conference. They spread their enthusiasm to others in the message they deliver. And most of all, they can’t...
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...
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,...
Meeting Industry Legal Terms 101: What You Need to Know

Meeting Industry Legal Terms 101: What You Need to Know

Before going to the negotiating table or signing a contract on the bottom line, it is important that you understand some of the legal “slang” that is associated with booking business at most hotels. While there are many terms in the meeting industry, the ones listed below can have the greatest budgetary impact on your...
Common Contract Missteps Every Meeting Planner Should Avoid

Common Contract Missteps Every Meeting Planner Should Avoid

It doesn’t matter if you are brand new to the meeting industry or a seasoned veteran, venue and supplier contracts can seem overwhelming at times. They are full of conditions and many legal terms you may or may not be familiar with. This blog will break down common contract language so you can enter your...
Bridging the Generation Gap at Events

Bridging the Generation Gap at Events

Intergenerational events can be wonderful experiences. We rarely have the opportunity to truly connect with others of different ages for any period of time. When we do, the experience can be meaningful and memorable for all.   Events for all ages pose challenges, though. Keeping an all-ages group entertained for a few hours is one...
Mastering the Art of Negotiation

Mastering the Art of Negotiation

You’ve chosen your event, picked a date and found the perfect venue. You’re home-free, right?   Maybe. But you won’t really know until you read – and negotiate – your venue contract. Chances are the venue you’ve selected is providing a lot more than just space to meet. Venues can provide A/V equipment and support,...