Event Operations

  • Team building attractions in Niagara Falls

    Richness in history and natural beauty give Niagara Parks Commission one-of-a-kind natural wonder attractions and venues that are perfect for team building programs. You can host your opening reception at the brink of the Falls at Elements on the Falls Restaurant at Table Rock and incorporate Journey Behind the Falls attraction. Guests will truly feel the thunder and be amazed by thrilling views of the Falls from tunnels below and behind them! While dining together is not often the first…

  • Four simple tips for making the most of your event app

    By Alejandro Contreras, Director, Technology and Platforms, American Express Meetings and Events and Danielle Puceta, Global Channel Lead, DoubleDutch Not long ago, meeting attendees were bombarded with printed welcome packets, brochures and conference agendas the moment they arrived at an event. Meeting planners had to collect, interpret and store all of the information that attendees provided manually. While they were able to track their attendees’ participation, keeping all of their feedback and contributions together posed a serious, time-consuming challenge. Now…

  • Event marketing: Six ways to amplify attention to your next event

    By Misti Buard Capturing and keeping an audience’s attention is one of the most crucial factors to remember when planning a corporate meeting or event. From promoting the event beforehand to managing potential distractions, here are six tips to help you amp up the excitement and interest at your next event: 1. Get to know your target audience Before planning your next event, take some time to learn as much as possible about your target audience. Survey potential attendees to…

  • Top four tips for negotiating your event venue contracts

    Venue contracts: Love, lust or run? TLC’s popular show Love, Lust or Run? is based on the premise of everyday people reacting to the featured guest in their preferred (albeit most often quite strange) outfit. People are asked to indicate if they would “love, lust or run” on the guest based on their appearance. I propose that if meeting planners’ reactions to reviewing venue contracts were to be gauged in the same “love, lust or run” approach, most planners’ first…

  • Creating your centrepiece: How to make your theme the focal point of your next event

    By Kristin Hosie The theme of a meeting should be considered its ‘centrepiece.’ In the events industry, we know all about the centrepiece. Sometimes its floral; sometimes it’s made of ice. In any case, it’s the focal point of a function’s dining table. Your theme should be the focal point of your meeting – a jumping off point for everything that follows and in every aspect of the meeting from start to finish. Determining your theme should help to streamline…

  • RSVP etiquette: Why we are tentative to RSVP to events

    If you’re old enough, you remember when RSVPs used to be straightforward. You got an invitation, you made a decision and you sent a response to advise accordingly. Today, despite technological advances in sending and capturing responses, this process has become anything but simple. The edges of RSVP etiquette are blurring and planners are feeling the ramifications. It is now common – even expected that there will be a large percentage of people who will not respond, and this number…

  • So you think you want a “high-energy” event? Think again.

    By Ben Moorsom I’ve been thinking a lot about the term “high energy” as it applies to events. It’s something that’s asked of us all the time. People want to build buzz; they want to get their people excited about whatever it is they’re trying to launch or promote. But I think this is a trend we need to steer away from. Let me explain. When people say “high energy” they’re talking about manufactured energy – the stuff that comes…

  • Meetings need trust, timing and yes, surprise

    Do your meetings and events leave your participants wanting more? This year, I have attended more than a dozen conferences designed for meeting and event professionals. Most recently, over a period of 12 days I attended four industry conferences. This is more than the average, as most people will attend three to six conferences at the most per year, and each time we plan a meeting we are hopeful to have the “right” audience – in both size and mix…

  • Fitness first: How to combat conference fatigue with fitness energy breaks

    By Dr. Kim Bercovitz Think back to your last meeting or event. How often did you feel tired? Did you get fanny fatigue from sitting too much? Brain freeze from hearing a lot of information in a short period of time? Conference fatigue is a common problem experienced by attendees who sit for a long time at meetings and conferences. Muscles tighten, posture becomes slouched and energy levels plummet as the day wears on. Attendee inactivity at a typical conference…

  • Why a special events professional should lead the Pan Am Games

    At last the Pan Am Games begin tomorrow. One can only hope that the Games themselves will be so entertaining and the drama so compelling that the residents of the Greater Toronto Area will remember them with pride. Regrettably, the lead-up to the Games has so far created anything but fond recollections. Indeed, the Games organizers seemed to have transitioned the population of the region from general indifference to outright hostility. The Pan Am Games are essentially a special event…

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