Event Operations

  • How to get your event on the green energy grid

    Here in Canada, we’re a pretty conscientious bunch. Especially when it comes to green events. But for most of us, hosting a “green energy” event is a bit of a mystery. And it can seem a lot more complicated than it actually is. So what do you need to know? You may be sourcing some green energy by default Canada has diverse energy sources. In fact, over 77 per cent of our electricity comes from non- fossil fuel sources: 61…

  • Is it time to end the office Christmas party?

    The other day I was listening to my favourite all-news radio station on which they ran a piece giving advice to employees about behavioural do’s and don’ts when attending the office Christmas party. The list was long: don’t be too familiar with corporate executives; be sure to spend time with employees who report to you; dress appropriately for the occasion; don’t consume too much alcohol – better yet don’t drink at all; be careful not to say something that could…

  • Using mobile app data to create the perfect meeting

    Mobile event apps are an information hub, communication tool, engagement device, and data gold mine. Mobile data is gathered in real time, which means you can see what your attendees are using the app for as they’re using it. Using mobile app data to redesign your meeting and enhance attendee engagement will greatly improve the event experience for participants, sponsors, exhibitors, and speakers. However, understanding data can be confusing if you don’t know what to look for and how to…

  • Community volunteerism: How to engage your event’s local community by providing a hands-on charity component

    Volunteering has become a large component for events these days. Attendees, especially millennials, want to be part of something greater and leave each event with a sense of accomplishment. Not only is incorporating community volunteerism a feel-good opportunity for the attendees, it is a wonderful way to help local charities and create a lasting impact. Although many different charitable components can be incorporated into our events, partnering with a local community organization and creating a hands-on program where attendees can…

  • Eight affordable AV technologies and concepts to consider for your next event

    Articles regarding presentation technology tend to focus on one specific set of “hot” technologies like tie-ins to social media or mobile integration. While it is important to be proactive about using these tools, there are never just one or two singular technologies that make for great event AV. Many types of event lighting, projection, and scenic elements found in larger productions are modular and scalable. A well-rounded audio visual staging company can build upon its collective experiences to deliver a…

  • Food and beverage budgeting: 16 tips for doing more with less

    Every event planner strives to deliver the ultimate participant experience during their events. We live for the thrill of seeing the participants (and our clients or employers) wowed and amazed. However, in these times of economic restraint, we’re being asked to create these experiences on limited or declining budgets. We’re required to improve the bottom line but not sacrifice the participant experience. For many events, food and beverage is a critical component of the participant experience. While we long to…

  • Digital meeting solutions: Four ways using technology can enhance your next meeting

    By Alejandro Contreras The evolution of the internet and connectivity, along with the popularity of mobile and tablet devices, has altered the way individuals communicate, transact, and manage their lives. Digital-savvy individuals have come to expect the same level of connectivity in their professional lives as they enjoy during their personal time. As technology continues to change the way we work, it is increasingly important for meeting planners to implement new solutions as part of their meetings program. Digital meeting…

  • When did a checklist become a guarantee of event planning success?

    Every day there is a new checklist for events and meetings found in a magazine, on a website, in a blog post, in our Twitter and LinkedIn feed. We are all guilty of reading them, always seeking new ways to do our jobs better and faster. Many of us write them, and there are surely people who use these exhaustive lists we produce. Each of these promises to ensure you deliver your best event ever – but when did a…

  • Creative formats for business events

    Tools and tactics to create more emotional engagement and encourage greater overall participation and higher stakeholder satisfaction Business events these days are shifting. Attendees no longer want the same old snooze fest they’ve attended in past years. With technology changing and new generations taking over, one must keep their events interesting and flexible, allowing for attendees to connect with the event and enjoy their overall experience. There is no one-size-fits-all anymore. With four generations in the workforce, our events must…

  • Five audiovisual technologies to enhance audience engagement

    By Simon Hancock They say communication is a two-way street – and although the specific objectives of an event are as varied as the events themselves, the foundational element of events is to communicate – to make a connection. Event organizers and production professionals are increasingly incorporating the latest audiovisual and technologies into their meetings, events, and conferences to bolster engagement and enhance the communication. Not only can these technologies streamline processes and increase efficiency, but more importantly, they create…

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