Examining the importance of corporate year-end parties For some company leaders, hosting a holiday party is tradition and they wouldn’t dream of canceling it, even in “down” years. Other executives, however, need a little convincing that it’s worth the investment—even in “up” years. To help you persuade them that holiday parties make good business sense, [...]
Four things your AV partner wants to know before your event begins Can you even imagine hosting an event without the expertise of AV professionals? Neither can we. These talented folks (also known as super heroes) often make the difference between a flawless event and one riddled with missteps. Unbelievably, though, some small- to medium-sized [...]
IT’S ALL IN THE NUMBERS If only a well attended meeting was as simple as “plan it and they will come.” While there’s no magic formula for sky-high registration numbers, there are a few simple things you can do to drive attendance. Here are five to get you started and planning tips to make your [...]
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 [...]
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,” [...]
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.
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 [...]