Event Operations

  • Planning resilience: Facing today’s challenges as an event manager

    Do you have the most stressful job? Each of us is faced with perpetual challenges in our workplace that seem to be continually increasing and adding to our stress levels. With the current climate of economic uncertainties, increasing workloads and unrelenting demands, most of us will likely claim we have the most stressful job. CareerCast conducts an annual assessment of the most stressful careers. Surprisingly, or not so surprisingly, event coordinator was ranked No. 5 in 2014 and No. 8…

  • Can a corporate event be fun?

    It had been a long and difficult day – an early start with numerous meetings and endless telephone calls. That evening I was required to host our corporate table at a charity fundraising event. It was one of many fundraisers that I had attended over the previous few months – often at the same venue with the same menu. As usual, I was seated at a table of 10, half of whom were corporate colleagues and the remaining guests were…

  • (Almost) everything you wanted to know about event AV

    Event technology, AV equipment, production, sound and lights. These are just some of the terms that we as planners use to describe a huge array of technology. Everything from podium microphones to audience response systems to webcast and telecom equipment would fall under event AV. In the same way that sommeliers and chefs train for years to do what they do, AV companies spend a huge amount of time and money making sure that their staff are trained and up…

  • Canadian programs help make buying seafood for your event a little less fishy

    Last month I visited the largest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world: Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo, Japan. The market handles more than 400 types of seafood valued at approximately $7 billion Canadian every year. Products arrive from all over to be sold during a lively early-morning auction. They are then sent to restaurants, hotels and caterers to serve to customers all over Japan and beyond. Strolling through the miles of aisles at the market it is easy…

  • Overcoming event industry threats and improving the value chain

    In April, I had the opportunity to attend both IMEX Frankfurt (fabulous!), and hosted in partnership with this, the inaugural International Special Event Society Global Event Summit with Visit Scotland and Events are Great Britain. If you were to follow the posts of any member of this group, you will see the rolling hills of Gleneagles Golf Course, men in kilts aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia, the very cool built in tiered and rotating seating in the Edinburgh International Conference…

  • Measuring event success: 16 tips for helping your clients understand money well spent

    After the 2008 recession, the events industry took a major hit. Companies went from having lavish parties and extravagant events to cutting down to the bare minimum. Then more than ever, event industry professionals had to consistently prove their value and the value of business events to executives and decisions makers. All of a sudden, measuring the ROI and the overall quantifiable success of events became a top priority in order to show the real value of face to face…

  • Seven hot decor ideas for your next event

    By Marla Brown In the event world, you are considered only as good as your last event. Staying fresh and current with your design ideas is a must to wow your clients time and time again. Whether you are faced with a large, medium or small decor budget, you can use the “30 second wow factor” to blow your clients away. We call it “the 30 second wow factor” because if your clients haven’t commented how great the space looks…

  • How graphic design can create that wow factor for your next event

    By Annie Ratcliffe, and Jenny Faucher As a reader of Corporate Meetings Network, you know how to run an event and make it fabulous — a welcoming atmosphere, stunning audio/visual, delicious catering, and technology that work together to ensure happy attendees. However, there are components to an event that too often are overlooked – for example, eye-catching, informative, branded design materials. From the start to finish of your event, whether it is a three-hour cocktail networking event or a three-day…

  • Top 10 ways to attract Millennials to association events

    Why is there such a stigma around events hosted by associations? Why do association events somehow get classified as less glamourous than corporate events? Many young professionals may not yet know all of the benefits of joining a professional association in their field (networking opportunities, professional development, industry recognition, just to name a few), so hosting an amazing event is a great way to get their foot in the door. Look at the Millennial stereotype – they’re tech-savvy, trendy, action-oriented,…

  • Unconventional event venues: 31 considerations for finding the perfect fit

    Finding the perfect job…finding the perfect size…finding the perfect mate…finding the perfect home… In almost every avenue of life, we are in search of finding the perfect fit. This too is true in the events industry. As event planners, one of our primary responsibilities is to find the perfect venue. Event venues come in all shapes and sizes, and range from conventional – such as a hotel or conference centre – to unconventional. The opportunities for unconventional event venues are…

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