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Five Questions Your Venue Rep Will Ask

By | July 15th, 2016|Location Considerations, Meeting Services and Coordination|

Five Questions Your Venue Rep Will Ask Planning the perfect event begins with finding the perfect venue As a meeting or event planner, you know that finding a sales representative who asks the right questions—and actually listens to your answers—can save you countless hours and headaches. […]

A Healthy Obsession with Quality

By | March 8th, 2016|Location Considerations, Meeting Services and Coordination, Tips For A Successful Meeting|

Monona Terrace earns prestigious Wisconsin Forward Award Sometimes good enough is good enough. But not if you’re aiming for excellence.

It’s Party Time!

By | September 10th, 2015|Location Considerations, Meeting Services and Coordination, Tips For A Successful Meeting|

Five new twists on the year-end office bash Oh, the office holiday party—and the resulting images in your mind. Off-tune karaoke perhaps? What about that time your boss over-eggnogged? Or channeled the Seinfeld show and danced like Elaine? […]

Building Excitement Before Your Event

By | July 14th, 2015|Location Considerations, Meeting Services and Coordination, Tips For A Successful Meeting|

How to use simple tactics to fire up the crowd Attendee engagement. It’s a phrase you hear—and most likely repeat—with every event you plan. With good reason. “You need to grab attendees’ attention before they even step foot inside your venue so that they arrive already excited for the event itself. They’ll come ready to learn, network and contribute. But maybe even more importantly, long after they return home, they’ll remember how they benefited,” offers Meg Statz, CMP, event services manager for Monona Terrace. “That makes for happy customers—and ones who will likely want to return to a future event that you plan,” she says. […]

From A to V: Five Audio/Visual Must-Haves When Planning Your Event

By | June 17th, 2015|Meeting Services and Coordination|

In today’s wired world, technology goes hand in hand with effective gatherings. In fact, nine out of 10 events at Monona Terrace require some kind of technical support, says John Klingelhoets, an audio/visual technician with Monona Terrace. “Technology, requirements and equipment change so rapidly nowadays that it’s not just nice to have audio/visual support—it’s imperative,” he says. […]

Planning the Perfect Sales Meeting

By | May 27th, 2015|Meeting Services and Coordination, Tips For A Successful Meeting|

There are two kinds of meetings: important ones and really important ones. And considering that your entire sales team may get together only once a year or more, the sales conference is often the highest-profile meeting you plan.

Three Lessons From an Experienced Event Planner

By | January 15th, 2015|Meeting Services and Coordination, Tips For A Successful Meeting|

Michelle Eggert, CMP, CDS If your event planning approach is anything like mine, I start contemplating how to improve my next event even before the current one is over. So you can imagine after 20-some years in the event planning business (but who’s counting?), I’ve picked up a few tips and tricks that have served my clients well. I thought I’d share my top three—plus a bonus tip—whether you’re new to the profession or you’ve got 1,000 events on your resume. Let”s get started! Read on. […]

Four Tips for Networking Success

By | November 7th, 2014|Location Considerations, Meeting Services and Coordination, Tips For A Successful Meeting|

If you’re in charge of planning a meeting, chances are your attendees will be networking. Send invitees the four tips below prior to the meeting to help them make the most of the event. This value-add is a great way to energize them for the event and another touchpoint with which to encourage attendance. […]

Can’t-Miss Catering Trends of 2015

By | October 29th, 2014|Meeting Services and Coordination, Tips For A Successful Meeting|

Let’s face it. One of the most important parts of any event is the food. Great dishes can make a good event an even bigger success, and distinctive offerings can set the tone for your gathering. Much like fashion and music, catering trends change with the seasons. So, what can we expect for catering trends in 2015? Monona Catering is current on the great food and beverage options that will appear this coming year. […]

Outdoor Meetings: Get outside your head, and the office

By | September 5th, 2014|Location Considerations, Meeting Services and Coordination, Tips For A Successful Meeting|

Relocating your typical meeting to an offsite location is a great way to infuse new energy and amp up creativity for an otherwise predictable event. But have you ever thought about taking your offsite meeting to another level? Fresh air can do wonders for morale and meeting efficacy. Physically moving part or all of these gatherings outdoors may be that extra push a team needs to come up with the next great idea, solve a problem or simply introduce an unexpected new element. And with the right venue, indoor back-up space allows a seamless transition to moving the event inside in the event of rain. Monona Terrace is one such venue. With its recently updated outdoor function space – the William T. Evjue Rooftop Garden – Monona Terrace provides the versatility for both an outdoor or indoor meeting. Warm and slightly cool weather gatherings on the Rooftop Garden are enhanced by a 360-degree view along the horizon. A giant fountain, new tables and colorful umbrellas offer eye-pleasing amenities. Lake Monona and the downtown Madison skyline make for unique and majestic event backdrops. […]