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How To Make Events Interactive

December 9, 2011

Looking for a creative way to make your special event more interactive? Consider an art contest. We recently managed an open house for a Monroe, Michigan welding company and staged a unique contest that featured welding masks. We contacted a local art college — the College for Creative Studies — and invited students to express…

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Our Newest Employee Shares her Event Planning “Nuggets” of Knowledge

February 1, 2013

Time management is EVERYTHING There is no handbook for how to manage your time.  Timelines missed, meetings forgotten – this does not reflect well on your professional image.  Email is my biggest struggle and I’ve finally found a system that works for me.  I only check my inbox a few times a day. Scan for…

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City Events Group

August 25, 2011

Last year I experienced one of those instances planners always worry about that almost never actually come to fruition. At the eleventh hour, the night before my event when audio visual set up was meant to take place I got a call informing me that set up could not occur as planned because the venue…

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5 Tips on using social media outlets to promote your next event

August 3, 2011

750 million people can’t be wrong.  That’s how many active users Facebook brings to your event table.  Used properly, the Facebook social media website can increase attendance and enhance your event’s brand.  Here are a few tips to get you started. Tip #1: Create a group for your event Instead of just promoting the event…

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Beer Dinner Basics

February 9, 2011

Restaurants and breweries have long since worked together but over the past couple years they have found a way to maximize the perfect marriage of each industry… beer dinners. Looking in your local newspaper odds are you will find a host of options for beer dinners occurring in your town on a weekly basis. These…

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Green Venue Selection Guide Debuts

December 2, 2009

The U.S. Green Building Council has released a new Green Venue Selection Guide: Integrating LEED into Travel & Event Management. If you are looking to host an environmentally friendly meeting or event, you should take a look. http://www.usgbc.org/Docs/Archive/General/Docs6275.pdf

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Event Pet Peeves

January 8, 2013

I do this with most minor pet peeves. I can’t stand people who complain all the time, and yet sometimes find myself complaining about these individuals. It drives me crazy watching those moms who hover over their kids coddling their every move, yet I find myself regularly sneaking into my son’s elementary school after the…

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Heritage Exposition Services

August 10, 2011

Have you ever had a show decorator rent linens for your 400-person meeting after hours the day before the conference started? I have. Heritage Exposition Services, based in St Louis, bid on an annual conference and tradeshow we were hosting a few years back and without a doubt became the highlight of St Louis for…

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Events that Give Back

November 1, 2010

Charitable contributions and the holiday season go hand in hand. But lately, event planners are finding that more and more events are incorporating charitable activities into events on a regular basis throughout the year. Keeping in line with the “less is more” mentality, organizations want to stretch event dollars as much as possible. By working…

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Green Meetings Glossary

October 19, 2009

Carbon neutral. Carbon offset. Climate neutral. Can you define these green terms? As green meeting planners, Special D Events staff has been studying a helpful green glossary created by Travel Portland. It’s a handy tool, so we thought we would pass it on. meetings.travelportland.com/planners-toolkit/green-guide Enjoy!

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October 7, 2009

Is anyone using www.doodle.com? I just learned about this helpful tool to schedule board meetings, planning sessions, etc. It allows you to efficiently check everyone’s calendars and set up dates/times that works for all. Since these types of meetings are often a part of overall event planning, I think this could be very useful.

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