Special Events

  • Eight tips for planning a large corporate gala

    Galas have many different features that can add to the stress of planning the event such as sponsors, auctions and entertainment. In addition, dealing with vendors, meals, special accommodations, etc. can be a challenge as well. Here are some areas to think about that can make your event less stressful: You need to plan early! If you plan on renting a popular venue, make sure to secure it far in advance. Most places that are extremely unique can book up…

  • How to keep your golf outing promotions from sinking into a budget hazard

    In the past couple of years, I’ve seen a number of business association and client golf outings get completely cancelled or scaled back, primarily due to low turnouts and budget concerns. Outings are no longer considered a mandatory event either for hosts or attendees. What I’ve also seen is a trend for organizations and sales people to take selected clients or members out for a round of golf, as opposed to a large event… a private golf outing if you…

  • The business of family: How corporate meetings and events are incorporating families and children

    In this age of so much to do and so little time, employers have realized that they cannot ask their employees to give up their weekends or evenings to attend business meetings. In most families, both parents work and family time is sacred. For single parent families, the case is even more so. Children are away all day in either school or daycare, and in after school programs which parents are eager to attend. Weekends are all family hustle and…

  • The growing appeal of cultural and landmark meeting venues

    When most people think about a typical corporate meeting or event venue, the image that comes to mind is very often that of a button-down boardroom, a cavernous convention centre or perhaps a swanky hotel ballroom. When looking to create a unique event that’s memorable, nostalgic or just plain old fun, however, more and more corporate planners are focusing their venue search on the myriad possibilities available at cultural and landmark facilities across the country. From stately mansions and historical…

  • Four tips for giving promotional gifts at holiday events

    Hard to believe another year is almost over! And that also means it’s holiday party time… again. Whether you’re hosting an event for clients, vendors and strategic partners, or employees, giving them a promotional gift of some sort is usually a nice touch. But that adds to your already busy year-end hassle. So here are a few tips for making it easier for you and your gift recipients: The exit strategy. There’s nothing more awkward than trying to juggle a…

  • Nine ideas for injecting energy into your next meeting or conference

    When I tell people that I am leaving to attend a conference in an amazing city or country, they usually say things like: “wow, you are so lucky that you get to go there,” and “take lots of pictures!” They don’t realize that I will only see the airport, the conference hotel or facility and whatever else I can glimpse outside the taxi cab’s window as I make my way to and from the airport. The taxi ride is normally…

  • Design 101 – Understanding event design

    The job of designing an event is distinct and different from the job of planning an event. A designer’s right brain creative approach augments the left brain management skills of a planning and meeting professional. In the pursuit of adding something truly special in the live events industry, an event designer is able to develop the event creative and back up their event outline with a solid budget as well as full comprehension of the skill resources needed to produce…

  • Raise a glass to wine resorts for incentive trips and small corporate meetings

    It is that time of year when vineyards all across the globe are preparing to harvest their fruit and begin the time honored tradition of making wine. Ever since Lucille Ball stomped her way into our hearts on her famous show, wineries have been a part of world’s culture. Today, vineyards around the world are becoming the “in place” for meetings, sales incentive trips and employee recognition events. Much more than just a place to do a “wine tasting”, resorts have sprung out of the fruit-filled hills offering a plush and often an educational location for your next event. So whether you are a vino enthusiast or just looking for that unique local for your group, consider a wine resort. Here are some of our favourites.

  • Nine amazing off-site venue ideas for your next meeting or conference

    Always trying to dazzle their attendees, meeting and event experts are consistently finding that next unique way to “wow” their clients. Whether planning an event around the corner or around the world, here are some ideas of unique off-site venues for your next reception, dinner or party.

  • Tips for creating a consistent yet unique roadshow

    What is a roadshow? It is usually the presentation or launch of a company product or service, in seven or more locations. The presenters or trainers travel from one location to the next, rather than the attendees, which saves a great deal on costs and coordination. A roadshow can travel through a region, across a province, state or an entire country. There are also roadshows that travel the world.

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