Posts tagged "meeting planners"
Family Friendly Conferences Increase Attendance: Are they right for your attendees?

Family Friendly Conferences Increase Attendance: Are they right for your attendees?

Most professionals attend two to three conventions a year in a variety of locations throughout the United States and the world. These events usually last three to four days and when you add on travel time, attendees may be gone from their families for a week or longer at a time. This can mean each...
The Future of FAM Trips: Digital, Delivery and Downtime

The Future of FAM Trips: Digital, Delivery and Downtime

In today’s online world chock-full of destination photos, videos and immersive experiences – not to mention real-time reviews – is it any wonder why planners shy away from Familiarization (FAM) trips? While it’s true these excursions take time, there’s nothing quite like seeing a venue, experiencing its amenities and tasting its food. FAM trips are...
African Adventure Meets Business Venture - Welcome to Kalahari Resorts & Conventions Pocono Mtns.

African Adventure Meets Business Venture – Welcome to Kalahari Resorts & Conventions Pocono Mtns.

What seems like the longest 1 ½ years ever, the end is finally near. Just 15 days, 11 hours and 53 minutes away marks the opening of our newest and perhaps the greatest endeavor for us, the July 1 opening of Kalahari Resorts and Conventions in the Pocono Mountains. We may be new to the...
The Highs and Lows of FAM Trips

The Highs and Lows of FAM Trips

Every meeting planner, whether an association, corporate or independent, is offered a Familiarization (FAM) sometime during the course of his or her career. There are many advantages to participating in a FAM trip, but destination organizations and venues need to be aware of some of the challenges and obstacles planners face when considering going on...
Turning a Work Obligation into a Family-Fun Weekend Getaway

Turning a Work Obligation into a Family-Fun Weekend Getaway

Meeting planners agonize over details, from buffet options to signature cocktails, the best A/V options and keynote speakers. But the hard work only pays off if the meeting gets people in the door, and that’s where being family-friendly can reap dividends.   Sometimes planners can face resistance when considering a family-friendly meeting spot (or they...
Relaxation and Rest to Keep Your Company Fresh

Relaxation and Rest to Keep Your Company Fresh

When we need to clear our minds and rejuvenate ourselves, what do we do? Pack a bag and head out of town, of course. Nothing re-energizes us like some time away from the daily grind.   This concept holds true for companies, too. An organization that needs a fresh perspective or new strategy tends to...
Taking it to the next level: An interview with Kalahari General Manager John Chastan on earning his Certified Meeting Professional designation

Taking it to the next level: An interview with Kalahari General Manager John Chastan on earning his Certified Meeting Professional designation

The meetings and events industry is unusual: it’s a field with a low barrier to entry, but requires highly specialized knowledge in order to be successful.   In fact, just the industry’s acronyms are enough to make a newbie’s head spin – RFP, CSM, MPI and so many more. The industry’s increasing need for educated,...
Who IS this Guy? Vetting the Event Speaker Heroes from the Zeros

Who IS this Guy? Vetting the Event Speaker Heroes from the Zeros

Nothing knots my gut more than seeing a speaker fizzle on stage. Whether he’s making bad jokes, pitching a sale or slinging dull slides to an audience that is long lost, the guy is wasting valuable time on the planner’s dime.  Conversely, nothing is as enjoyable as a dynamic and engaging speaker. If the speaker...
The Event Planners' Knowledge Gap

The Event Planners’ Knowledge Gap

Although I had a bit of an advantage when taking the quiz found within “The Event Planners’ Knowledge Gap” by Howard Givner, I’ll admit it was tougher than I thought it would be. The topic of technology is a difficult one to master. Technology based items seem to change daily, especially the meeting and events...
BizBash Presents the 15 Most Innovative Meetings of 2013

BizBash Presents the 15 Most Innovative Meetings of 2013

Recently released by BizBash, The 15 Most Innovative Meetings of 2013 presents the latest and greatest ideas to creating that meeting that will leave participants craving more. I was blown away by some of these tactics. Hope you enjoy too. Read On Here