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