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Industry experts discuss a variety of topics specific to the meetings and events industry.


Refreshing Ideas for Sponsors

One thing I know about sustainable meetings is that they can really make a sponsor look good! Consider having a “Refresh Station.” This sponsorship opportunity includes a central gathering area for participants to: Refresh their data and get the latest information posted with fast, free Wi-Fi (no conference program needed). Refresh their bodies with fresh, hot coffee and cookies (with a reusable coffee mug). Refresh their tablets/laptops/cell phones with electrical outlets for recharging (use green energy). Refresh their minds by meeting new people and exchanging ideas in a casual lounge atmosphere. Perhaps Refresh will be added to Reduce, Reuse and ...

Options Abound - Continuing Education

Albert Einstein said, "Once you stop learning, you start dying." Seems rather dramatic – especially for a scientist – but when you consider humans never stop learning from the moment we take our first breath, you begin to understand what Einstein meant. Everything we do from the moment we draw our first breath is learned. We learn what is hot, cold, mean, sad, happy. What walk, run, drive, slow, fast, moon, sun, love, hate are. And on and on. Much of what is absorbed has been a balance between conscious and unconscious learning. As we grow into adults we become more ...

Is an Industry Veteran Also a Professional?

For years, our industry has struggled to develop programming for the "veterans" of the industry. When I served on the Meetings & Exposition ("M&E") Council of ASAE, and on education committees for MPI and PCMA, we struggled with defining veteran.   Did it mean the number of years in the industry? One or multiple roles in one organization? Increasingly more responsible roles in one organization? Working in different areas (planner, hotel sales, DMC, exhibits) of the industry? Is a veteran someone who has done the same meetings or sold the same property or service the same way over and over ...

Hunting for Morels at Eagle Ridge Resort

Editor’s Note: No, it’s not morel season anymore! (The season typically runs from early-to-mid April through mid-June in the U.S.) And it should be noted the morel hunt/dinner is currently not a standard group event due to limited availability of the mushrooms. However, Eagle Ridge Resort has a dedicated team that works with groups to put together innovative teambuilding experiences and this post highlights that. Eagle Ridge Resort invited Meetings Focus to check out its facilities and be part of its Morel Media Event, from May 14-15, 2014, in Galena, Illinois. The Main Lodge, which holds 15,000 square feet of ...

5 Tips to Safer Outdoor Events

Outdoor events can be great for lots of groups and in conjunction with meetings. Finding the venue, determining the activity or activities, I'll leave to others. Ensuring safety is more my bailiwick. Whether you're planning a company picnic, an incentive program, an off-site activity, high school reunion, or other event, the safety of those attending is your main concern. 1. Consider your audience Many people on certain medications or with certain illnesses cannot be out in the sun. Period. Not with sunscreen. Not in the shade which still allows sun through. Determine how to include them indoors while others ...

Dana Point - An Oasis of Relaxing Elegance

I’ve always found the Orange County coast extremely appealing, so my recent introduction to Dana Point came with high hopes. They were easily exceeded. Superb beaches, wonderful dining and some comfortably elegant meeting properties stood out most, as did the lack of heavy traffic that SoCal can sometimes be known for. Our host property, the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel, encapsulated the entire community pretty well from my perspective: Invitingly luxurious without even a touch of the stuffiness occasionally found at some upscale properties; excellent but approachable cuisine at Raya, with fare like delicate little lobster tacos enhanced by the sweeping views of ...

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