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  • How to Engage Introverts at Conferences

    Event Manager Blog
    Jez Paxman
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:43 am
    Participative learning, collaborative working, audience led content – events are changing, and for the better. But with this shift to more involved formats there’s a danger that we alienate a large part of the audience. Susan Cain estimates that between a third and half the population is introverted. To understand the real differences between introvert and extrovert personality types take a look at her phenomenally popular TED Talk. In short, introversion is a preference for reflective, minimally stimulating environments. Shyness is very different it’s a fear of negative judgment.
  • Four Things You Can Do to Improve the Quality of Your Speakers Talks

    Event Manager Blog
    Kelvin Newman
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:25 am
    There’s lots of interesting formats you could programme for your event. Chances are though, you will still have at least part of your day where someone is stood in front of a projector and talking over slides. It might not be fashionable but it’s still one of the most common elements of a conference programme. There’s a lot you can do to make sure these conference talks are top quality so your attendees and speakers get the most from them. Book in a Run Through The last few weeks into the run up to a conference can be hectic. Deadlines of every shape and size are always creeping up on…
  • 6 Simple Steps for Your Next Green Event

    Event Manager Blog
    Guest Author
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:28 am
    This is a sponsored post by Q Center, a leading conference center in St. Charles, IL. More information about Event Manager Blog’s sponsored posts. According to a 2011 study by MIT, sustainability is an ongoing agenda item for 70% of companies. Even companies like PepsiCo and Siemens are investing in sustainable solutions and programs in hopes of powering the future. And when corporations place a high value on being green, meeting planners must follow. As our clients spend more resources than ever before on “going green,” meeting planners have added being green to their own agendas.
  • 7 Creative Ways to Use Social Media for Your Events

    About.com Event Planning
    25 Mar 2014 | 4:11 pm
    A complete social media strategy is essential for professional event planners Are you tapped into all of the creative ways to use social media for your events? Your strategy should go beyond simply creating an event on Facebook, and range from creating a buzz when you promote your event to attendee interaction during the event itself....Read Full Post
  • Recommended Reading for April 16, 2014

    Special Events Magazine
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:45 pm
    Special Events Staff New York Attorney General Issues Alert for Couples Planning Weddings ... Content Classification:  Curated read more
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    Event Manager Blog

  • 6 Simple Steps for Your Next Green Event

    Guest Author
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:28 am
    This is a sponsored post by Q Center, a leading conference center in St. Charles, IL. More information about Event Manager Blog’s sponsored posts. According to a 2011 study by MIT, sustainability is an ongoing agenda item for 70% of companies. Even companies like PepsiCo and Siemens are investing in sustainable solutions and programs in hopes of powering the future. And when corporations place a high value on being green, meeting planners must follow. As our clients spend more resources than ever before on “going green,” meeting planners have added being green to their own agendas.
  • An iBeacon Scavenger Hunt for Your Event? Here’s What’s Involved

    Guest Author
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Scavenger Hunts are among the initial baby steps that event producers are taking as they explore how iBeacons can add value to their events. This past week’s MacWorld/iWorld event here in San Francisco is a prime example. Based on interviews with the major principals involved down at Moscone Center last week, here are some of the elements to keep in mind as you consider doing one of your own: 1. Your Objectives Like all good marketing, you need to start with what you’re looking to achieve from the program. In the case of MacWorld they sought to demonstrate cool new Apple technology…
  • Four Things You Can Do to Improve the Quality of Your Speakers Talks

    Kelvin Newman
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:25 am
    There’s lots of interesting formats you could programme for your event. Chances are though, you will still have at least part of your day where someone is stood in front of a projector and talking over slides. It might not be fashionable but it’s still one of the most common elements of a conference programme. There’s a lot you can do to make sure these conference talks are top quality so your attendees and speakers get the most from them. Book in a Run Through The last few weeks into the run up to a conference can be hectic. Deadlines of every shape and size are always creeping up on…
  • How to Engage Introverts at Conferences

    Jez Paxman
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:43 am
    Participative learning, collaborative working, audience led content – events are changing, and for the better. But with this shift to more involved formats there’s a danger that we alienate a large part of the audience. Susan Cain estimates that between a third and half the population is introverted. To understand the real differences between introvert and extrovert personality types take a look at her phenomenally popular TED Talk. In short, introversion is a preference for reflective, minimally stimulating environments. Shyness is very different it’s a fear of negative judgment.
  • Why You Have to Break Down Barriers at Your Next Event

    Guest Author
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:57 am
    A successful business event should be all about making connections. We should be creating our environment to maximise the interaction between our attendees. However many of the things we do at our traditional business events tend to put up barriers rather than remove them. The psychology team at the Meetology Group specialise in exploring human behaviour at meetings and psychological research has shown that for example the environmental limitation (small rooms) can impact on our mental abilities and they agree that fewer physical barriers may hinder cognitive performance as well as…
 
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    Meetings Podcast

  • Event planning checklists, online RFP creation, avoiding audiovisual surprises

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:11 pm
    Event planning checklists, online RFP creation, avoiding audiovisual surprises Show 298On our show today we have 3 great segments. 1) Event Planning Checklist for Workshops and Seminars With Pat Ahasey 2) BEFORE You Send Your RFP—5 Local Conditions to ConsiderWith Christine “Shimo” Shimaskaki3) 5 Ways To Avoid Surprise AV fees  With Jon Trask  6 year Anniversary of Meetings Podcast!   Wowza            Event Planning Checklist for Workshops and SeminarsPat Ahaesy, CMP. CSEP  Great tips and tricks for…
  • The Pioneer Nation Speaks and Facebook Changes to News Feed status updates

    12 Apr 2014 | 7:22 pm
    Thanks for listening to the Meetings Podcast.  The Meetings Podcast is sponsored by IMEX America and AVforPlanners.com 
The Meeting Planners podcast source for what’s new and exciting in meetings and events industry

 Todays Segments: 

1- Jordan Schwartz & Jen Pitts from Pathable.comFacebook recently announced changes to News Feed status updates. We discuss what this means for Facebook Pages and event marketers. Some best practices are shared.Link to Jordans blog post: http://blog.pathable.com/beware-facebook-is-changing-the-rules 

 2- Learning from Pioneer…
  • 287 Meetings Podcast CMM Certificate Resolution, Social Media Week Tips, Won't You Be My Neighbor

    6 Apr 2014 | 4:51 pm
    Meetings Podcast CMM Certificate Resolution, Social Media Week Tips, Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Where are you listening? Take a picture of yourself (selfie) and #meetingspodcast on Instagram
Thanks for listening to the Meetings Podcast.  The Meetings Podcast is sponsored by IMEX America and AVforPlanners.com
The Meeting Planners podcast source for what’s new and exciting in meetings and events industry 

Todays Segments:

 1) Lynn RandallTips and interesting takeaways for meetings, conferences and events from February’s Social Media Week in New York. 

2)…
  • 286 Meetings Podcast Mike on Mics, Social Media mistakes events make, Do we really need a rehearsal?

    31 Mar 2014 | 4:28 pm
    Where are you listening? Take a picture of yourself (selfie) and #meetingspodcast on Instagram!Thanks for listening to the Meetings Podcast.  The Meetings Podcast is sponsored by IMEX America and AVforPlanners.comThe Meeting Planners podcast source for what’s new and exciting in meetings and events industryTodays Segments:1- Julius Solaris -Social Media Mistakes Events MakeJulius talks about some common mistakes event organizers make using Social Media for their events.2-Pat Ahaesy - Do we really need a tech rehearsal? Pat talks about how important tech rehearsals are for live…
  • 285 Meetings Podcast New CMM Requirements, Content Creation, Social Media Superstars

    24 Mar 2014 | 10:33 am
    Where are you listening? Take a picture of yourself (selfie) and #meetingspodcast on InstagramThanks for listening to the Meetings Podcast.  The Meetings Podcast is sponsored by IMEX America and AVforPlanners.comTodays Segments:1- Liz King of Liz King Events speaks to Eventsagrams AJ Poletta about the getting the right kind of social media photos and video sharing at your events.  Great user generated content is being produced at all events these days.  Eventstagr.am collects images and shares them easily for your attendees to help event planners brand their events…
 
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    Michelle Rago Destinations- Blog

  • Team Rago Instagram goes live! (…because behind the scenes really is the bomb)

    Michelle
    26 Mar 2014 | 10:23 am
    I am so excited to announce our new “Team Rago” Instagram ! Follow us here @Teamrago #teamrago I have loosened my grip and turned over the reigns to my peeps for a behind the scenes perspective…because behind the scenes really is the bomb. Trust me destination planning is exhausting, physical, strenuous and sometimes downright scary. But between it all we always manage to have a laugh and appreciate the gift that has been given. Soooo, I’m gonna kick back (just a little) and have them share their experiences of where we are in the world and what we are up to……
  • How might you accessorize a Minimalist Design retreat?

    Michelle
    4 Mar 2014 | 4:41 pm
    Here’s a fun game to play… This cold has driven me indoors today. During my confinement I came across this minimalist hotel design from Portugal and started to dream about how I might add my touches to make it a bit more homey. I love the sand floor and of course imagine it would be tucked right near the sea.   Of course, add gorgeous garden roses for a pop of color and the dreamy fragrance.     Here are some playful place matts and a cane chair back for some chic design touches.  I love linen flags and think they add a festive touch for the ceiling and are very…
  • Pass the bouquet please…

    Michelle
    19 Feb 2014 | 9:56 am
      So much energy and labor goes into the design and construction of the bride’s bouquet (never mind the bouquet was originally a prop to distract the unmarried girls from ripping the bride’s dress to shreds!) Once carefully picked and composed it is delivered (hopefully beautifully packaged) to the bride in the quiet of her room before the ceremony. Photo: Angela Talley Planning & Design: Michelle Rago Destinations Delivering the bouquet should be dine with reverence. The bouquet is the first thing on the wedding day that the bride touches and sees come together from her…
  • An Open Letter to Philip Seymour Hoffman

    Michelle
    3 Feb 2014 | 7:45 am
      I casually met Philip Seymour Hoffman at Corsino while having dinner at the bar with a friend. He was with his son and his cell phone was out of juice so my friend lent him hers to make a call. We chatted for a few minutes-established we were members of the same social Club and basically exchanged casual New Yorker niceties. I am so, so sad about his death because he was a brilliant actor whose films I always made a point to see and of course because he leaves behind a wife and children. The manner of his death was ugly. That is not the way anyone wants to leave this world. I have had…
  • Michelle Rago Destinations’ Sneaky Spot for February

    Michelle
    28 Jan 2014 | 1:25 pm
    The Oasis at The Little Nell  My philosophy is…if it’s gonna happen…bring it. This winter has been chock a block of snow and polar vortex a**-biting cold. My prescription is…lean into it! Close your eyes and try this snowy, bubbly dream on for size… ….gliding down the slopes of Aspen, the last thing you would expect to stumble upon is a champagne bar…but that’s that’s exactly where your skis will take you. The Oasis, Aspen’s version of a “pop up” bar, is The Little Nell’s mobile champagne bar located in alternating secret spots…
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    About.com Event Planning

  • 5 Ways That Event Planners Can Maximize ROI

    25 Mar 2014 | 4:19 pm
    Clients are increasingly looking for a sound return on investment, here's how you can help them get it. There are a number of great ways that event planners can maximize ROI on their events, which is essential as your clients are increasingly looking for a sound return on investment. In a nutshell, you need to maximize their profit, and with budgets getting tighter this isn't always the easiest thing to achieve and measure. So how do you maximize ROI as an event planner? While your creative side might be all about the theme and concept, your business side should be thinking about the…
  • 5 Essential Ways to Handle Your Event Going Wrong

    25 Mar 2014 | 4:13 pm
    What you should do if your event goes wrong, and how to avoid future problems We all know that even the best laid plans can go wrong at times, so as an event planner, you should be fully aware of ways to handle your event going wrong. You'll be the first person that everyone will look to if disaster strikes, so whether it's an act of God or something you personally dropped the ball on, how do you make it through to the other side while still maintaining your professionalism?...Read Full Post
  • 7 Creative Ways to Use Social Media for Your Events

    25 Mar 2014 | 4:11 pm
    A complete social media strategy is essential for professional event planners Are you tapped into all of the creative ways to use social media for your events? Your strategy should go beyond simply creating an event on Facebook, and range from creating a buzz when you promote your event to attendee interaction during the event itself....Read Full Post
  • Money Matters: Finance and Accounting Tips for Event Planners

    25 Mar 2014 | 4:01 pm
    The essentials of financial management for event planners Following these finance and accounting tips for event planners is the smart way to take control of your business. Even if you have an accountant or bookkeeper to keep track of your finances, it's vital that you understand at least the basics of your business' financial affairs and responsibilities. After all, how will you know how well you're doing if you don't? If you're anything like me and gloss over at the words "loss statement or balance sheet" then this is a must read for you....Read Full Post
  • Event Planning Essentials for Managing Trade Show Booths

    25 Mar 2014 | 3:53 pm
    Whether you're planning an entire show, or running your client's booth, managing trade show booths is an essential skill to have. Unfortunately it's not as simple as 'if you show it, they will come', there are a number of factors that can mean exhibitors don't achieve what they want from a show - which are leads, sales and return on their investment.  Of course, if exhibitors fail, it's going to be you they look to for reasons why, so follow these essential tips for success. Layout and Design It may seem an obvious point, but booths have to look inviting for people to want…
 
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    Unique Venues

  • Lesson 2 in Customer Service with Chuck Salem

    mandy
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:43 am
    Our second installment of the customer service series with Chuck Salem is about practical steps to implementing quality customer service at your venue. These steps will set your staff and venue up for success in fostering relationships and quality events for your client. 1)   Who will be at the table? Define what key people will be in attendance for  meetings between the client and the venue. Identify these people in advance so that there is consistency in who the client will be working with. This will also create relationships and ensure that your customer service is based on…
  • Featured Unique Venues College Properties

    mandy
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:21 am
    The University of Puget Sound Puts Student Center Front and Center The Tacoma, Washington campus is currently renovating its student center. When complete, the two-story, 18,000-square-foot addition will improve the dining program and traffic flow, provide additional seating and offer a new office for the Dining and Conference Services department. Look for the unveiling this May! Everything is Bigger in Texas, Like Trinity University’s Conference Center  The Holt Conference Center in San Antonio rests on the campus’ 117 impeccably landscaped and sculpted acres. The campus…
  • Lesson 1 in Customer Service with Chuck Salem

    mandy
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    This is the first post in a series on customer service and how it sets your venue off from the rest. Chuck Salem recently presented at the ACCED-I and IACC conferences on this very subject. With some great take-aways, you too could have an “IT” factor that is uniquely you. For starters, Chuck challenged attendees to evaluate their door sign. You know, the sign that hangs on the front entrance of your venue. What does it really say about your service culture? Not what you want it to say, but what it really says.   “62% of people polled stated that customer service was the number one…
  • Get it While They’re Hot!

    mandy
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Today we have some hot deals for you in regards to meeting venues. We are lucky enough to have outstanding venues and we couldn’t keep the secret of their current deals to ourselves. Hampshire College is currently offering one free room for every eight attendees. They will also upgrade your meals.  Looking for a spot to host your summer camp, conference, retreat or training? Consider Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. For the dates of June 16 – July 12 and July 21 – August 10, the campus is offering a complimentary overnight accommodation (with upgraded linens)…
  • Travel Recap: ACCED-I Expo

    mandy
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    Our team just returned from the 34th Annual ACCED-I Conference in New Orleans.  The trip was a busy one as we gathered with many of our collegiate members and met new friends in the Expo area. After the Expo, our team broke off for the night for some creative fun. With five of us at the conference, we took advantage of the team being in one place by doing some team building. The team went to a local painting place to let the creative juices flow. The idea behind the paintings was for us to each paint one of the steps and then rotate to the next persons painting. We ended up with a…
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    Velvet Chainsaw | Midcourse Corrections

  • Bringing Authentic Conference Conversations To Life

    Jeff Hurt
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Peer conversations are more important to your conference than you know. I’m not talking about one of your attendees serving as a speaker talking at the audience. That’s a lecture. I’m referring to peer conversations in pairs, threesomes and small groups. You know when it’s happening at conferences because the rooms are buzzing with discussions. Everyone is talking to someone else. The Industrial Conference Is Dead Most of us still depend upon and expect an outdated model of conferences: the industrial conference. The industrial conference uses an on old-school model of an expert…
  • Innovation Starts With Observing Your Conference Attendees In Action

    Jeff Hurt
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:15 pm
    With today’s tools and environment, radical innovation is extraordinarily accessible to those who know how to cultivate it says author Steven Berlin Johnson. Some environments and workplace cultures squelch innovation while others breed it he adds. So what do conference organizers need in order to embrace innovation in their conferences, meetings and events? The Innovators’ DNA authors identified five behaviors—associating, questioning, observing, idea-networking and experimenting—needed to spark successful innovation. Start With Observation Innovation does not start with charts,…
  • High Voltage Highlights About Speakers At Meetings Infographic

    Jeff Hurt
    11 Apr 2014 | 10:24 am
    Share this Image On Your Site Please include attribution to http://jeffhurtblog.com with this graphic. The 2013 Speaker Report: The Use of Professional and Industry Speakers In the Meetings Market (Free PDF download. No contact information required.)        Related StoriesConference Audiences To Speakers: It Is All About Me, Not You!The Job Of A Speaker Must Drastically Change For Successful Conferences TodayYour Conference Speakers’ Skills Gap Is Causing You To Lose Money 
  • Conference Education Should Drive Business Growth

    Jeff Hurt
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:43 pm
    The only reason that conference education sessions exist is to drive a business’ outcomes. (paraphrase author Rita Smith.) Ok, sure some conference education sessions exist for personal development, hobbies or pleasure. But most of us attend conferences to learn and grow professionally. Yet, in many cases, the business, meaning an attendees’ employer and business, is the primary customer of a conference’s education. That business paid for the employee to attend the event. And they expect something in return. Business Growth Driving Learning Conference education that aligns with…
  • What Will Associations Monetize In The Future?

    Jeff Hurt
    9 Apr 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Associations offer more than education opportunities. They provide industry research, membership, certification and standards, networking and advocacy. And all of these services have been monetized in order to provide additional services for their members. Yet, today, many of these services have become commoditized. Others produce these products, often at higher quality, with value-adds, at lower costs or even free. So what will associations monetize in the future? Education And Content Commoditized Education and networking are two key functions of associations as identified in the 2010…
 
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    Special Events Magazine

  • Event Vet Finch Joins Austin-based Experience

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:06 am
    Special Events Staff Longtime corporate event professional David Wellington Finch has joined Austin, Texas-based Experience as vice president of business development. read more
  • Do Ethics Matter in Event Rental?

    16 Apr 2014 | 11:04 am
    Lisa Hurley Whether it's tough competition or lack of character, the lack of business ethics is a hot topic in event rental today Event rental pros outline the ethical challenges they face, from overeager rental companies to conniving clients. read more
  • Back to Bliss: Royal Park Hotel Stages 8th Annual Ballroom Bliss Showcase

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:27 am
    Special Events Staff This annual event showcase from the Royal Park Hotel shows six top event trends in fabulous vignettes. read more
  • Recommended Reading for April 16, 2014

    15 Apr 2014 | 9:45 pm
    Special Events Staff New York Attorney General Issues Alert for Couples Planning Weddings ... Content Classification:  Curated read more
  • Special Events Business News for April 16, 2014

    15 Apr 2014 | 8:19 pm
    Special Events Staff Autumn Woods Johnson, formerly an account executive for DMC Partners in Atlanta, Savannah, Ga., and southern California, and Katie Nichols, a coordinator for events in New York, have joined Extraordinary Events of Sherman Oaks, Calif. read more
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  • Give a small party big detail!

    annemcdonagh
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:44 am
    I think that when it comes to planning any party that the detail makes it that much better! I have put together some images of ways you can give your party amazing detail to help the theme of your party! Healthy snack for parties and super easy to make!   Use a cutlery tray for an ice cream bar or for decorating cupcakes!   Mimosa bar, great for girls weekends, birthdays and on someones big day when all the girls are getting ready! Great center piece for a baby shower    
  • Is College the Perfect Time for Community Service?

    sheph2sn
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:42 am
    When my grandpa was diagnosed with cancer, I realized that I had a choice to make. I could either do nothing or find a way to support him through this process. I could make an impact on the cancer community even if it was just a small thing. That year became a team captain of my Relay for Life and thought of countless ways for my team to fundraise. I raised over a thousand dollars alone. When I walked on my high school track the night of relay I realized how these events had affected me as a person. Since then I have been involved in a lot of community service opportunities and I have seen…
  • Trendy Tuesday!

    Blue Steel Lighting Design
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    T R E D Y   T U E S D A Y ! There’s really nothing more glamorous than an GATSBY themed event! With all the jewels, chandeliers, black tie attire, and celebratory drinks to spare, it is the perfect party! Pop some champagne and go all out with your decor! The more chandeliers and crystals, the better!
  • Let's Get Up and Dance

    jesloomis
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:40 pm
    Music is a crucial part of any event. There are a few things to consider when picking any music for any type of event you are having. Personal vs Professional Event If it is a professional event, be sure that there is no profanity in any of the song lyrics that are played this can lead the guests to feel uncomfortable in a professional situation. At a personal event it depends on who is attending in deciding if any foul language in music is acceptable I would lean toward the side of caution in this area and to not have anything that is too foul. Type of Music This will be harder to decide…
  • Count to ten.

    AnnieRose
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:18 pm
    Forbes listed my profession, event coordinator, as the 5th most stressful job of 2014. After finishing up our biggest event of the year this weekend, I can say that it’s not a cake walk. Long hours, physical labor, unexpected problems… all while trying to keep a positive facade. It’s definitely stressful. That’s life. One thing that a lot of people complimented me on this weekend was my patience. When a problem occurs, or someone is yelling in my face, I don’t get angry or stressed. I take a deep breath and respond calmly. What else can I do? Getting upset…
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  • Miami Beach: The Four Seasons Miami Used This Much Chocolate To Make Their Easter Display

    juliana
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    What you're looking at is nearly two thousand pounds of chocolate. Ok, 1,700 pounds to be exact. But that's how much chocolate was used for the new "Easter Wonderland" display at the Four Seasons Miami. Created by the hotel's new pastry chef, Keith Wallace, the display is meant to capture both the playful and colorful scenes of "Alice in Wonderland" and the playful and colorful side of Miami. Aside from the massive amounts of chocolate, the display and its 30 chocolate eggs, along with some chocolate mushrooms, took 20 hours to build.Wallace and his team will have even more chocolates and…
  • Hop Over to These New England Hotel Easter Egg Hunts

    Scott Kearnan
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:47 pm
    Adults and kids will jump for joy at these festive New England outings. Unless you want angry neighbors rapping on your door all day, we don’t typically endorse indulging your kids in a sugar rush while staying at a hotel. But this weekend is Easter, after all - so if your little cottontails are going to get their paws on milk chocolate bunnies, they might as well do it somewhere nice. You know, somewhere with a spa. (That’s for you.) To save you the trouble of hunting all over the Internet, here are a few New England properties that are hosting Easter egg hunts for kids and…
  • Stockholm: Funky Friday: Your Luggage Never Looked Better Than At The Nordic Light Hotel

    DesignMinder
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Welcome to Funky Friday, a new segment we’re trying out which features one photo that we think singularly expresses a hotel’s inner psyche. We look for, and often find, a lot of wacky, wild and wondrous designs that seem to have one thing in common: a Type A personality. So why not have a bit of fun as we all wrap up our week by taking a quick look at some hotels that quite frankly, want our attention. We would have to agree that the most studied, re-purposed, and re-designed space within the modern day hotel is the lobby. It’s all about social interaction, whether it be real…
  • Bath: Bath's Royal Crescent Gets a Refreshing Makeover

    DesignMinder
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:15 am
    This famous curvy building is so big you have to go to the next town just to take a picture of it. This week, a rather well known resident of Bath, England, The Royal Crescent Hotel, unveiled its stylish and historically-inspired new look. The hotel has one of the best addresses in town, at No. 16 Royal Crescent, a world-recognized landmark of architecture and urban planning dating to 1767. The renovation followed the high-profile bankruptcy and auction of the Von Essen Hotel portfolio, which included this Georgian gem. The hotel was purchased in 2012 by private investment firm Topland Group,…
  • New York: Chatwal Hotelier in Trouble Again (But It's Not Vikram)

    juliana
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:05 am
    Usually when we hear of a Chatwal hotelier in the news, it's often about Vikram Chatwal, the troubled hotelier behind The Dream Hotel brand. But today, it's Vikram's father who's in the news. And it's pretty serious.The Daily News reports that Sant Singh Chatwal, the chairman of Hampshire Hotels & Resorts which includes his namesake, The Chatwal Hotel, pleaded guilty to "recruiting straw donors to make illegal campaign contributions to three federal candidates." He also pleaded guilty to tampering with a witness who he allegedly told to lie to the FBI and the IRS.Chatwal stepped down as CEO…
 
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    Marriott on the Move

  • Marriott's 'Spirit to Serve' is in Good Hands

    Marriott on the Move
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:28 pm
    When I was a boy and young man, community service was of little or no interest to me. I’m not sure why. Perhaps I considered my Naval service career enough. No one had even thought of recycling or wearing a seat belt for that matter. We had sacrificed during the...
  • Renovating Riyadh

    Marriott on the Move
    7 Apr 2014 | 12:59 pm
    I remember travelling across the world to the desert sands of Saudi Arabia in 1979. We were starting to open hotels all over the world. With its rich culture and strong heritage, Saudi was the best place to plant our first flag in the Middle East. The Riyadh Marriott Hotel...
  • Take Me Out to the … New Baseball Academy

    Marriott on the Move
    31 Mar 2014 | 8:28 am
    The crack of the bat. The roar of the crowd. The smell of fresh popcorn and peanuts in the air. There’s nothing quite like the excitement of opening day for baseball fans. So much potential and promise for your favorite team to make it all the way to the Fall...
  • Dr. DeSanctis - A Great Role Model for Me

    Marriott on the Move
    25 Mar 2014 | 6:13 am
    Dr. DeSanctis' Care Made a Lasting Impact on Me After My Boating Accident A recent article in The Boston Globe was titled, “After six decades of devotion, the doctor is out.” In 1978 my father was admitted to Mass General Hospital in Boston after suffering several heart attacks at our...
  • Great on the Road With Courtyard

    Marriott on the Move
    18 Mar 2014 | 1:09 pm
    I’m not one to sit still. I like to get out, tour our hotels and meet our guests. I make sure to thank our customers for their business. One way we reward them is through our Marriott Rewards program. We now have more than 45 million members in 71 countries....
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    ConventionPlanit.com Meeting & Events Blog

  • A Double Win at the Springtime Expo

    Ashley Chalmers
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:39 am
    Stop by and see ConventionPlanit.com at the Springtime Expo May 15 at the Washington Convention Center, Booth 3101. We’ll be providing live tours of RFP Organization, our time saving meeting planner tool that organizes RFP responses onto a chart (for free!). Plus, you can enter our Grand Prize Drawing, co-sponsored with longtime ConventionPlanit.com member Visit Anchorage. It’s a double win! The prize, a Big Alaskan Adventure, includes round-trip airline tickets for two from Alaska Airlines; a two night deluxe stay in downtown Anchorage at the Hilton Anchorage; round-trip…
  • Spring Meeting Deals

    Ashley Chalmers
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:12 am
    Most of us expect to pay top dollar when it’s last minute. Yet, you can find special offers for any season you choose on ConventionPlanit.com! Hotels and convention centers needing to fill certain time frames are extending great deals for your meeting – a virtual win-win. Check out some Divine Deal samples below with special offerings for the upcoming months: Balboa Bay Resort (Newport Beach, California) Choose from the following for a meeting from now to June 30, 2014: Daily 30-minute guided Yoga session set among lush gardens, with refreshment station One hour lawn bocce with chips…
  • Got a Tip? Share and Win!

    Ashley Chalmers
    3 Apr 2014 | 7:22 am
    Don’t forget – there’s still time to put on your thinking caps and share your best name badge tips! From creative to useful to income-generating, submit your best ideas for a chance to win a $250 gift certificate for anything in the PC/NAMETAG catalog. Agendas and sponsorship messages are great – but what other practical little “oh, yeah…” detail or “a-ha” ideas have you had about the backside of badges? Enter your tip today – the winner will be announced at the end of April! The tip with the most votes wins, so spread the word to your industry…
  • The Meeting Planner Inside Scoop: 2013 Takeaways and 2014 Predictions

    Ashley Chalmers
    31 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
    We recently sat down with seasoned meeting planner Darlene Lyons, President of EzEvents and CP.com Advisory Board member. We got the meeting planner inside scoop on what lessons she learned from the 2013 meeting season, and what we can  look forward to for 2014. 2013 Takeaways – A Rebounding Economy Offers Pros and Cons Larger Budgets: Lyons found many of her clients in 2013 had larger than expected budgets to put towards their meetings. This is certainly a signal of a strengthening economy! Rise in Demand Limits Meeting Space & Guest Room Availability: Lyons said this happened…
  • April Hilton Meeting Giveway

    Ashley Chalmers
    26 Mar 2014 | 6:50 am
    Are you in need of a home for an April meeting and feeling the pressure?  The Hilton Garden Inn Washington, DC / Bethesda has availability and will reward you for booking your meeting with them. From now until April 30, you will be entered to win the prize of your choosing when you book your April meeting: -a 42″ flat screen TV -round trip airline tickets, or -iPad mini Learn more here or call their sales department at 301-654-8111 for information Must book a minimum of 25 rooms including a Sunday and/or Thursday. Based on availability. NOT valid with any other offer. Promotion ends…
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    BusyEvent Mobile » Blog

  • Events Industry Must-Reads, Week of April 7

    Nicolette Anderson
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    It’s that time again! I know you’ve been waiting for it… here’s our 3 ‘must- reads’ for the week, enjoy!  This week we have: What Easter can teach you about social by Jim Morleman, 8 Ways Generating Content Before your Show will Increase Engagement by Trace Cohen and Why You Have to Break Down Barriers at Your Next Event by William Thompson.   1. What Easter can teach you about social by Jim Morleman I love blogs that can tie in a holiday or trending event with something topical and make it work. Morleman does a great job here. This advice is…
  • Our Bradley Cooper Moment

    Brian Slawin
    2 Apr 2014 | 3:25 pm
    During the past eight years, we’ve been fortunate to support tradeshows, conferences and all kinds of events all over the world. From Europe to Asia Pacific and hundreds of points in between, we’ve taken the knowledge gained from our careers providing event management, for events large and small and utilized a variety of event software to accomplish the goals of our event producer clients. But, living out a Bradley Cooper Moment. . . now that’s something I’ve never done before! Two years ago, and just two days before the 2012 version of  Invest Midwest I decided that even though we…
  • BREAKING NEWS: BusyEvent Releases the ‘PaperApp’

    Brian Slawin
    1 Apr 2014 | 3:39 pm
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: St. Louis, MO, USA – April 1, 2014 In what can only be called a shocking turn of events BusyEvent Mobile, one of the event industry’s leading mobile event app companies, has announced today that it is adding a major module to its highly sought after event management software. Released into beta this past weekend at Product Camp – St. Louis, the ‘PaperApp’ is a significant step forward in the utilization of technology to enhance the attendee experience. “After thinking about it for a few moments, it became obvious that while smart device growth is exploding.
  • We’re Baaaaaaaaaack! Invest Midwest Venture Capital Forum

    Nicolette Anderson
    21 Mar 2014 | 9:00 am
    The last time Invest Midwest was in St. Louis, was 2012. Back then, BusyEvent presented a radical concept. . . David held up the official 4-inch thick, 3-ring binder and said “The next time we come to Invest Midwest, you’ll be able to take all of this, and access it from your desktop, laptop, smartphone and tablet. . . and all of that activity will generate a revenue stream and become a profit center for the event!” Flash-forward to next week. . . and that’s exactly what is happening. We’re excited to announce that Invest Midwest 2014, the premier investor forum that has generated…
  • 4 Tips for When Your Tech Tanks at a Trade Show

    Nicolette Anderson
    18 Mar 2014 | 9:00 am
    Technology developments are supposed to make obtaining and sorting data easier, but there’s no doubt it’s making us increasingly rely on it just to get through our day. Barely anyone keeps maps in their car anymore, because our GPS directs us. I don’t know anyone who bothers to memorize phone numbers, because we’ve stored them in our phone’s memory. And it’s a very rare company who’d prepare well enough to make sure their presence at a trade show or convention isn’t diminished by a tech failure. Be that rare person with the following four tech tips to keep your booth from…
 
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    Elite Meetings Blog

  • Room-Block Poaching Under Scrutiny: APEX Launches Workgroup to Study the Issue

    Susan Campbell
    8 Apr 2014 | 12:07 pm
    The Convention Industry Council (CIC)’s Accepted Practices Exchange (APEX) initiative has turned its focus to the problem of room-block poaching. Within the meetings industry, the term refers to businesses that actively seek to recruit or divert event attendees away from official room blocks and into other hotel bookings. MaryAnne Bobrow of Bobrow Associates, Inc. and Michael Dominguez of MGM Resorts International will chair the workgroup, which will bring together a cross-section of stakeholders to conduct research and devise knowledge-based responses to issues affecting the industry.
  • 2014 Digital Magazine Versions are Available Now!

    Martha Brooks
    26 Mar 2014 | 3:27 pm
      The 2014 Elite Meetings magazine platinum edition  is available now on Hudson newsstands in major airports throughout the United States. But what if you can’t get to a terminal? Have no fear, dear meeting planning guru. Ready to access Elite Meetings magazine? View the digital version of Platinum here, and Gold here. Happy reading!
  • IMEX Frankfurt 2014: The New and Newsworthy

    Susan Campbell
    14 Mar 2014 | 11:56 am
    There’s good news for first-time hosted buyers at this year’s IMEX in Frankfurt, and, according to a recent show press release, there will be many. The show, taking place May 20–22, 2014, at Messe Frankfurt, will now offer a pre-show concierge service—among other new offerings—intended to maximize the experience for first-time hosted buyers. Some 20 first-time hosted buyer groups, representing such diverse organizations as Travel Alberta, Hong Tourism Board, and Energy Cities Alliance, have already committed to attend.  The pre-show concierge service will consist of outreach to…
  • Tech Trends to Watch for in 2014

    Danielle Childress
    14 Mar 2014 | 9:01 am
    While planning an upcoming meeting, a fellow planner recommended a conference event app for me to use. From this conversation, I began to think about what other trends planners are seeing that will evolve into meetings in 2014. Here are a few tech trends that are working their way into our meetings and events. Conference Event Guide Apps are becoming essential. Today there are nearly 100 conference event guide app providers. These apps have a wide range of options from quick, simple, do-it-yourself apps to highly branded experiences. They are priced anywhere from free to US$50,000. Wearable…
  • Future Talk

    Jay MacDonald
    11 Mar 2014 | 10:35 am
    Rohit Talwar may see the future of the meetings industry more clearly than anyone on the planet. As founder and CEO of Fast Future, a U.K.-based research and consultancy firm, the engaging global futurist and popular speaker travels the world scouting trends that help industries and governments prepare now to prosper tomorrow. Talwar’s erudite observations are well known within the hospitality and meetings industries, thanks to his two seminal studies, “Convention 2020” and “The Power of 10,” that peered ten years into the future of the meetings industry on behalf of IMEX and the…
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    Inside The Costume Box

  • A Good Reason to Dress Up: Free Comic Book Day is May 3rd!

    Ned Kelly
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:28 am
    When was the last time you got something for free? Well, have we got a treat for you: two things for free! Every year on May 3rd, select comic book stores around the world join up with comic book producers to offer their customers a free comic book of their choice. All you have to do is find a participating retailer, stop by on May 3rd, and pick out your comic book... for free!It's a great way for comic book stores to introduce new readers to the art and literature form, as well as to give back to their regular fans that support them year-round.Click on this link to find…
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier is Here!

    Ned Kelly
    4 Apr 2014 | 11:45 am
    The latest instalment of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, opened in Australia and around the world this past week! The movie is getting solid reviews from both critics and audience members on Rotten Tomatoes, and we're definitely lining up to see it!While The Cap wears a new, darker outfit for the start of the movie, he quickly reverts back to the famous red, white and blue we know him best for. Check out a few variations on the Captain America Costume here:              Haven't seen the movie trailer yet? Check it out here on YouTube:
  • HURRY - 15% OFF Everything Site Wide

    Ned Kelly
    30 Mar 2014 | 10:18 pm
       ENJOY!!!
  • Easter Bunny Mascot Costume Sale: ONLY $149.99

    Ned Kelly
    28 Mar 2014 | 5:17 am
    Easter is coming! Are you ready?Easter Sunday is April 20th this year, and whether you're looking for colourful party supplies to set your Easter table, a Bunny Mascot to 'wow' the kids with, or egg decorating kits and baskets, CostumeBox has amazing deals on offer, just in time for the holidays!Our Professional Easter Bunny Mascot is now on sale for $149.99, the regular retail price is $199.99! This is a quality costume with full body suit and solid headpiece. It doesn't get any better than this!Bring the Easter Bunny to life in this awesome deluxe Professional Parade quality Easter…
  • Scorching Hot Deals at CostumeBox.com.au - Sale Extended!

    Ned Kelly
    25 Mar 2014 | 11:02 am
    Save 15% Off on everything - last chance!The red hot savings continue this week at CostumeBox.com.au, with 15% off site wide when you spend $60 or more and use the discount code: HOT15.This deal is applicable to our Seriously Big Sale items as well! Over 2500 items are already sale priced to go at 25% off, which means you can get 40% or more off selected items!Click here for Sale details:
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    Inside The Costume Box

  • A Good Reason to Dress Up: Free Comic Book Day is May 3rd!

    Ned Kelly
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:28 am
    When was the last time you got something for free? Well, have we got a treat for you: two things for free! Every year on May 3rd, select comic book stores around the world join up with comic book producers to offer their customers a free comic book of their choice. All you have to do is find a participating retailer, stop by on May 3rd, and pick out your comic book... for free!It's a great way for comic book stores to introduce new readers to the art and literature form, as well as to give back to their regular fans that support them year-round.Click on this link to find…
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier is Here!

    Ned Kelly
    4 Apr 2014 | 11:45 am
    The latest instalment of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, opened in Australia and around the world this past week! The movie is getting solid reviews from both critics and audience members on Rotten Tomatoes, and we're definitely lining up to see it!While The Cap wears a new, darker outfit for the start of the movie, he quickly reverts back to the famous red, white and blue we know him best for. Check out a few variations on the Captain America Costume here:              Haven't seen the movie trailer yet? Check it out here on YouTube:
  • HURRY - 15% OFF Everything Site Wide

    Ned Kelly
    30 Mar 2014 | 10:18 pm
       ENJOY!!!
  • Easter Bunny Mascot Costume Sale: ONLY $149.99

    Ned Kelly
    28 Mar 2014 | 5:17 am
    Easter is coming! Are you ready?Easter Sunday is April 20th this year, and whether you're looking for colourful party supplies to set your Easter table, a Bunny Mascot to 'wow' the kids with, or egg decorating kits and baskets, CostumeBox has amazing deals on offer, just in time for the holidays!Our Professional Easter Bunny Mascot is now on sale for $149.99, the regular retail price is $199.99! This is a quality costume with full body suit and solid headpiece. It doesn't get any better than this!Bring the Easter Bunny to life in this awesome deluxe Professional Parade quality Easter…
  • Scorching Hot Deals at CostumeBox.com.au - Sale Extended!

    Ned Kelly
    25 Mar 2014 | 11:02 am
    Save 15% Off on everything - last chance!The red hot savings continue this week at CostumeBox.com.au, with 15% off site wide when you spend $60 or more and use the discount code: HOT15.This deal is applicable to our Seriously Big Sale items as well! Over 2500 items are already sale priced to go at 25% off, which means you can get 40% or more off selected items!Click here for Sale details:
 
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  • When Should You Shift Your Mobile Strategy?

    Lisa Apolinski
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Sometimes when we are developing our mobile strategy, we get into a rut. This is when you should consider shifting your strategy just a little, and find new ways to use the mobile channel effectively.   Audio as important as video: You are most likely already using mobile to capture and show videos. Make sure you focus as much on your audio feed as you do the video imaging in order to create a powerful message. Studies show that while a viewer will tolerate a sub-par image or video feed, they have very little tolerance for a poor audio experience. You can mix things up by setting…
  • Planner Smarts: How to Save Hundreds on Ground Transportation

    Kate Hooper
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    When traveling on business, for most planners, time is of the essence. Getting from the airport into town is all about speed, and that usually means hailing a taxi. However, with so many airport-to-hotel trips costing anywhere from $50 - $100 or more these days, this standard cost-of-doing-business expense can take a big bite out of any planner’s budget. It will also take a bite out of your guest’s budget too! So, when planning a gathering, it’s important to have easy, convenient transportation alternatives to offer your guests, be they budget conscious or not. With this in…
  • Conference Luncheon Keynotes & How Chewing Impacts Memory

    Donna Kastner
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    Can Chewing Cause Brand Amnesia? This article by neuromarketing guru Roger Dooley sparked all kinds of thoughts for me about luncheon keynotes.I highly recommend you give this a read. In the meantime, here's one discovery that made me think hard about how we design keynotes that coincide with meals: Chewing short-circuits memory In the study Dooley references, when movie-goers munching on popcorn viewed ads for brands they were less familiar with, their recall was slim to none. Why? One mechanism for processing new words (or phrases) is to say them silently to ourselves. Evidently,…
  • Corporate Events: Candy Factory Tours

    Anne Thornley-Brown
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:45 am
    It's just before Easter weekend. The National Confectioner’s Association estimates that means $2.1 billion worth of Easter candy and chocolates. It's the ideal time to mention that, for a unique experience for corporate events, especially those that are family friendly, event planners should consider candy factory tours. They add the fun factor to just about any event and, fortunately, they are available all over the world. The best news for event planners seeking to stretch tight budgets is that many candy factory tours are free or of nominal cost. Butler's Chocolate…
  • There's an App for That: Festival International de Louisiane 2014 in Lafayette, Louisiana

    Julie Catalano
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The name may be a mouthful, but it's only fitting for the Festival International de Louisiane - an annual five-day visual and performing arts feast in Lafayette, LA, this year on April 23-27.  The historic downtown area is transformed into an entertainment extravaganza with a half-dozen music stages, food courts, street musicians and animators, art galleries, arts and crafts, cultural workshops, cooking demonstrations and a world music store - all celebrating the rich cultural heritage of southern Louisiana, a conglomeration of primarily French, African, Caribbean and Hispanic…
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    EventIQ Blog

  • Spring is just around the corner…

    Dave
    6 Apr 2014 | 6:27 pm
    And so are some new electionbuddy features! (and we are nearing a million voters… more on that later) Not that we have been hibernating over the winter!  We have been hard at work at upgrading some back end items so that we can focus on the front end and some user features. But as always, if you have any ideas, please feel free to comment, and or email us.  We are always keen for feedback! Happy Spring!
  • Quick Tips #11 – For Admins, if I am registering on behalf of a guest, how do I ensure that I do not enter an incorrect ID?

    Eric
    1 Apr 2014 | 4:29 pm
    Who should learn this: Event Organizers & Assistants Purpose: To prevent typos and the entering of registrations for IDs that are placed “On Hold” How to: If you are logged in as an Admin and adding a registration on behalf of a guest, as you type in a Membership ID, Inviteright will make suggestions based on your ID list. Use the “pop up” suggestion and select the ID to save on typing. Also use the pop up to verify whether the ID has a Hold restriction placed on it. If the ID that you have entered does not match, you know that you are entering a new and unique…
  • Quick Tips #10 – How do I export a report of all registrants that have to completed a purchase?

    Eric
    25 Mar 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Who should learn this: Event Organizers & Assistants Purpose: Report and follow up with those who have not completed a registration. How to: Filter your membership list, and export your list using the Actions “Export to Excel”. See the FAQ: 4.23. How do I export a report from the Membership list?    
  • Brand new features in InviteRight 5.2

    Eric
    7 Feb 2014 | 8:36 am
    We’re beaming with excitement over the new features in InviteRight 5.2!!! Here’s what’s new: The Organizer Area Event List has been redesigned to make it easier to find your events The Testing Sign Post has been redesigned to provide simple navigation and straightforward testing steps The new Review Checklist will ensure that your event is perfect before you launch Display conditions are now available to the confirmation page – meaning you can have specific text appear on the confirmation based on registration selections (read unique confirmation emails with…
  • You asked ….we listened!

    Eric
    29 Jan 2014 | 10:39 am
    Last year we successfully provided ticketing and registration services for over 50 schools during “graduation season” for everything from banquet and commencement ticketing to photo scheduling and gown sizing. The feedback that we most most frequently received was the need for InviteRight SchoolTools to be able to process payments using Visa Debit cards. Although this relatively new type of card was only used by a small percentage of purchasers, we were very attentive to the frustration from students, parents and grad coordinators process payment through a different method.
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    ABCey Events » Blog

  • How To: Stay Within Budget, Budget, Budget!

    admin
    9 Apr 2014 | 3:50 pm
    As many of you may know, staying within budget could be THE most important aspect of any event. Unless of course,  you are KimYe (Kim & Kanye), or Sean Parker! As an event planner, it is our duty to keep a clients’ budget in check. Nobody likes to hear that their event went drastically over-budget, especially post event.  Here are some things to keep in mind when planning your next event (this is applicable to event planners, marketing directors, or even someone just planning their own get-together)! 1.  Determine Venue Costs:  We recently had a client who set the budget for…
  • CloudGOO: One Big Cloud

    Katia Dayyat
    28 Mar 2014 | 1:17 pm
    In the era of Cloud technology we have endless places to store our information, documents and digital keepsakes. From Dropbox to Box and more private options like SF based Spideroak we’ve found that sometimes we can’t remember where we stored something! If you’ve found yourself in that very same situation, we may have found you an answer. CloudGOO. CloudGOO is a newly released Android app that gives the user the ability to access all of their cloud storage spaces from one easy to use platform. However it goes one step beyond just aggregating them, simply access your…
  • Best Of: Spring Event Trends

    Katia Dayyat
    26 Mar 2014 | 11:51 am
    Spring time is in full swing, and at ABCey we have the latest trends to keep your events fresh and in season! Here are our 5 favorite spring time event trends! 1. Mix and Match: From bold prints to textures, mixing and matching is a great way to brighten up your event decor and usher in the spring time! Try mixing white hot textures with bold animal prints, or even mix bold colors to brighten up any event! 2. Radiant Orchid: The pantone color of the year is a great spring time color. Play off the wonderful blooms of the season and bring this bright, floral color to all aspects of your event!
  • Startup Monday: Wanelo

    Katia Dayyat
    24 Mar 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Startup Monday is ABCey’s weekly post that features some of the best and brightest companies in the Bay Area. They are often companies that we have our eye on or have worked with in the past & would like to share with friends and followers of ABCey Events. Lately, we’ve been finding it hard to sift through advertisements, sift through pages and find that one piece of inspiration for our events, outfits and crafts. That’s when we found Wanelo. Wanelo has everything your heart could desire, right there, in one place, without any clutter. Wanelo recently won at the Tech…
  • Event Spotlight: Make-A-Wish Come True

    Amanda
    21 Mar 2014 | 10:43 am
    On behalf of event producers Mike Reigle and Piper Hook, ABCey cordially invites you to “Make-A-Wish…come true” on Saturday, April 12th at Jones, SF benefitting Make-A-Wish in the Greater Bay Area. Be part of a Bay Area child’s wish!  Make-A-Wish America grants the wish of children diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition in the U.S. every 38 minutes! Their belief is that a wish experience can be a game changer. We agree! This is a special fundraiser where YOU can be a part of 3 locally grown wishes made by 3 children via Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area. …
 
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    Plan Your Meetings

  • Weekly deals and highlights: April 16, 2014

    Plan Your Meetings
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:48 am
    In this issue: @Greenville_SC, @douglasvillecc and tri-valley california
  • Weekly deals and highlights: April 9, 2014

    Plan Your Meetings
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:02 am
    In this issue: @MeetAtTexas, @PeaksResortSpa, @swandolphin, @MeetAlexVA, @TourSanMarcos and tri-valley california
  • 6 ways to make green habits a priority

    Kristi Casey Sanders
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:21 am
    Next to construction, meetings create more waste than any other U.S. industry. Planners can drive change.
  • Survey: Administrative pros number 20 million

    Plan Your Meetings
    7 Apr 2014 | 10:13 am
    Later this month (April 20-26), the International Association of Administrative Professionals honors those who make offices work – secretaries, administrative assistants and those in various support roles in U.S. and Canada businesses. IAAP’s Administrative Professionals Week turns 62 this year, and happens on the heels of its 2013 Benchmaking Survey, which shows that office and administrative [...]
  • Summer project season is upon us

    Christy Lamagna, CMP, CMM, CTSM,
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:29 am
    Using your downtime wisely will guarantee an easier path when things get hectic again.
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  • Weekly deals and highlights: April 16, 2014

    Plan Your Meetings
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:48 am
    In this issue: @Greenville_SC, @douglasvillecc and tri-valley california
  • Weekly deals and highlights: April 9, 2014

    Plan Your Meetings
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:02 am
    In this issue: @MeetAtTexas, @PeaksResortSpa, @swandolphin, @MeetAlexVA, @TourSanMarcos and tri-valley california
  • 6 ways to make green habits a priority

    Kristi Casey Sanders
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:21 am
    Next to construction, meetings create more waste than any other U.S. industry. Planners can drive change.
  • Survey: Administrative pros number 20 million

    Plan Your Meetings
    7 Apr 2014 | 10:13 am
    Later this month (April 20-26), the International Association of Administrative Professionals honors those who make offices work – secretaries, administrative assistants and those in various support roles in U.S. and Canada businesses. IAAP’s Administrative Professionals Week turns 62 this year, and happens on the heels of its 2013 Benchmaking Survey, which shows that office and administrative [...]
  • Summer project season is upon us

    Christy Lamagna, CMP, CMM, CTSM,
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:29 am
    Using your downtime wisely will guarantee an easier path when things get hectic again.
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    Austin Social Planner

  • RECAP: American Red Cross of Central Texas Luminaria

    Laura Villagran Johnson
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:18 am
    On Friday, April 4th the American Red Cross of Central Texas hosted Luminaria, its annual fundraising gala, at the Four Seasons Hotel Austin. The organization raised a record $294,000 for disaster relief services in the Central Texas community. Kevin Terrazas (right) of Weisbart, Springer, Hayes LLP with his wife Patricia Terrazas Luminaria 2014 Co-chairs Robert Reeves and Emily Moreland Shawn Bradley of Whole Foods Market Accepts Public Partner Award In addition to raising funds for its lifesaving mission, the Red Cross honored distinguished individuals and organizations that provided…
  • RECAP: Austin Under 40 Awards 2014

    Laura Villagran Johnson
    8 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    Every Spring, throngs of young professionals gather at the Austin Under 40 Awards recognize their peers. The award winners and nominees are an always impressive list of individuals making a difference in our community, and the guests attending to honor them are just as diverse and notable. Austin Under 40 Award 2014 Winners We traveled to the event with a first time attendee who was surprised how large the awards were. The moment you opened the doors to the Austin Music Hall, you were hit with the roar of hundreds of Austin’s most connected individuals doing what they do best ……
  • A Safe Ride that Gives Back at Tonight’s Austin Under 40 Awards

    Laura Villagran Johnson
    4 Apr 2014 | 6:27 am
    We are proud media partners for tonight’s 16th Annual Austin Under 40 Awards at the Austin Music Hall and can’t wait to see you all there! To make sure all tonight’s guests have a fun and safe night, Austin Under 40 sponsor HAIL A CAB™ is there for all guests and continuing to support the mission of the evening.  When you use HAIL A CAB™ taxi dispatch service iPhone or Android app tonight and tag #Au40 and @YellowCab_ATX on Twitter or Austin Under 40 Awards and YellowCabAustin on Facebook, Yellow Cab Austin will donate $5 per cab ride (to/from the Gala or After…
  • RECAP: Explore Austin’s Quest for the Summit

    Kevin Smothers
    2 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The fifth annual Quest for the Summit, held under the stars at Contigo, raised a record-breaking $246,000 for local nonprofit Explore Austin. A crowd of over 400 people attended the event, which was chaired by Malia and Steve Aycock, to support Explore Austin’s  goal to change the lives of underserved youth through leadership, mentoring and adventure. The evening’s festivities included a pig roast, signature cocktails, and Contigo’s trademark small plates. Explorer Gerardo Calles gave a moving account of his experience in the Explore Austin program, describing the…
  • RECAP: Man Up Event at W Austin’s AWAY Spa

    Kevin Smothers
    1 Apr 2014 | 9:02 am
    Let’s hear it for the boys! The W Austin certainly let out a cheer last week week with the debut of the “Man Up” facial treatment (featuring Jack Black products) at the AWAY Austin Spa. As you would imagine, the launch drew an A-list of the guys who make the city go ’round. Guests at a private reception celebrating the new treatment enjoyed sips and bites from TRACE while enjoying mini-treatments and massages and perusing pop-up shops from Bonobos, St. Bernard Clothing, and Wrong Side Pocket Squares. A portion of the proceeds from purchases benefited Austin Sunshine…
 
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  • Great Expectations: Hate to break it to you, but it’s not all glamour in the events industry

    James
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:34 pm
    The events industry is one of youth and vibrancy, an industry that has flourished in the past three decades. This has led to the development of a large number of university courses focused on providing people with the skill sets needed to thrive in such an environment. But is the proliferation of events management degree […]
  • Launching A Startup In The Events Industry – Hire Space

    Edward
    12 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Problem: As someone who has spent many an hour calling venue after venue to find a suitable place for a birthday party, an office drinks reception or a campaign meeting, I’ve long been aware of the need to simplify the process and make the lives of industry professionals and frustrated one-off event organisers that […]
  • Expert Interview with Maneesh Goyal from MKG

    michael
    6 Apr 2014 | 1:44 am
    A lot of people may dream of giving up the day job, ripping off the tie and do something that doesn’t really feel like work for a living but few actually get past the point of discussing it at the pub. 10 years ago, Maneesh Goyal (now CEO and Founder of MKG) originally worked in […]
  • Naming Your Event Company – What’s In A Name?

    Lana
    5 Mar 2014 | 8:34 pm
    Choosing any kind of name is always a bit daunting, isn’t it? If you’re naming a child, you’ll look for a name that you think will suit its personality, and (hopefully) be on the lower end of fueling taunts and beatings in the schoolyard. The same applies when you’re naming your business: you’ll want something […]
  • Planning Interview Questions for Event Professionals

    michael
    1 Mar 2014 | 12:24 am
    It’s fair to say that not many people relish job interviews. They can be a nerve-wracking experience and it can often be difficult to do yourself justice in such a pressure-cooker environment. But what about the people on the other side of the table? Well, that’s not necessarily an easy task either. It’s that time […]
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  • Great Expectations: Hate to break it to you, but it’s not all glamour in the events industry

    James
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:34 pm
    The events industry is one of youth and vibrancy, an industry that has flourished in the past three decades. This has led to the development of a large number of university courses focused on providing people with the skill sets needed to thrive in such an environment. But is the proliferation of events management degree […]
  • Launching A Startup In The Events Industry – Hire Space

    Edward
    12 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Problem: As someone who has spent many an hour calling venue after venue to find a suitable place for a birthday party, an office drinks reception or a campaign meeting, I’ve long been aware of the need to simplify the process and make the lives of industry professionals and frustrated one-off event organisers that […]
  • Expert Interview with Maneesh Goyal from MKG

    michael
    6 Apr 2014 | 1:44 am
    A lot of people may dream of giving up the day job, ripping off the tie and do something that doesn’t really feel like work for a living but few actually get past the point of discussing it at the pub. 10 years ago, Maneesh Goyal (now CEO and Founder of MKG) originally worked in […]
  • Naming Your Event Company – What’s In A Name?

    Lana
    5 Mar 2014 | 8:34 pm
    Choosing any kind of name is always a bit daunting, isn’t it? If you’re naming a child, you’ll look for a name that you think will suit its personality, and (hopefully) be on the lower end of fueling taunts and beatings in the schoolyard. The same applies when you’re naming your business: you’ll want something […]
  • Planning Interview Questions for Event Professionals

    michael
    1 Mar 2014 | 12:24 am
    It’s fair to say that not many people relish job interviews. They can be a nerve-wracking experience and it can often be difficult to do yourself justice in such a pressure-cooker environment. But what about the people on the other side of the table? Well, that’s not necessarily an easy task either. It’s that time […]
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  • The Top 10 Nude Beaches in the World (safe for work)

    Andrew Maxwell
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:45 am
    photo by adventureswithben.com Ah summer! It’s the time of year that we can’t wait to get out of the house, strip off our clothes and head to the nearest  nude beach. Yeah right! For some reason this post took a lot longer to research than most of the other posts that I write on this site. The website, askmen.com, has come up with the top 10 best nude Beaches in the world. That’s right, there’s a top 10 list for that. Once when I was traveling in the Virgin Islands I happened to stumble across a nude beach. Honest. I was taking a morning stroll and I happened to…
  • Easter Party Games Fun!

    Randy Markus
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:02 am
    Courtesy of www.family-games-treasurehouse.com Easter and Easter Party fun is just around the corner. This year Easter will be celebrated on Sunday, April 20th. Easter is a significant day for some and is known as one of the holiest of Christian holidays. And it celebrates the resurrection of Christ just three days after he died. And this holiday has lots of Americans rejoicing, partying and spending on average $131.00 per family. Easter Party, Bunnies and Chocolate Eggs, What Fun! Courtesy of www.sefev.at When you think Easter, thoughts of a party don’t immediately start dancing in your…
  • Party Games and Party Ideas That Won’t Blow the Budget

    Andrew Maxwell
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:49 am
    photo by queen-of-theme-party-games.com Whoever said the party games had to stop once you become an adult. Where’s the fun in that? It seems that in our youth party themes were common. And I’m not saying that every time you have people over for a little get-together that you have to break out the charades or name that tune. Rather try and think of your guests and what party games they would be interested in playing. You may also be interested in: 3 Party Planning Ideas for Spring Top Party Planning Tips! Wikipedia for Party Games and Ideas I know that this sounds almost like a…
  • Airline Quality Rating and the Top US Airline is….

    Randy Markus
    10 Apr 2014 | 11:12 am
    Courtesy of www.thefineyounggentleman.com Airline performance is on the rise. The airline industry proved 2013 was the best year yet when it comes to the airline quality rating. Presented yearly since 1991. Dean Headley an associate professor at Wichita State University has co-authored the Airline Quality Rating report. The ratings report ranks the country’s largest airlines. Using a blueprint the report evaluates and rates US airlines based on performance. The survey is based on four categories. Baggage handling, on-time performance, denied boarding and customer complaints. And uses…
  • 3 Types of Airport Travelers You’ll Meet

    Andrew Maxwell
    9 Apr 2014 | 11:08 am
    photo by spotonlists.com In the meetings and events industry, travel is just a part of the job description. Throughout my years in the industry I’ve noticed that there are many types of airport travelers. Unfortunately, for me anyways, many of these airport travelers can be a nuisance. While I could list dozens of types of airport travelers, for this post I’m going to keep it to three. I’m sure that many of you reading this will relate to the various traveler types. If you happen to be a person that falls into one of these categories I hope that this post makes you stop and…
 
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  • Why You Should Consider Webcasting Your Meeting

    Patricia Ahaesy
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:42 am
    The world of meetings & special events has certainly changed in the last few years. As a matter of fact, it’s taken quite a beating, but clearly there continue to be major special events and meetings. For instance, those Oscar after-parties with all that swag still happen, there are still posh weddings, Fortune 500 Companies […]
  • 5 tips For Planning A Successful Event

    Patricia Ahaesy
    8 Apr 2014 | 1:06 pm
    5 Tips For Planning A Successful Event Whether you’re planning a major fund-raising gala, a networking event, a trade show, a store opening, or an anniversary party there are some things that should be done to assure that your are successful. 1- Have a Clear Objective a. What is the goal of the fund-raising gala? […]
  • Five Tips to Choosing the “Right” Speaker for Your Meeting or Event

    Patricia Ahaesy
    1 Apr 2014 | 8:51 am
    We have a guest blogger today. Andrea H. Gold is president of Gold Stars Speakers Bureau. Here Are Her Five Tips to Choosing the “Right” Speaker for Your Meeting or Event It’s time to put together your meeting or event. The responsibility has fallen on your shoulders. So, you nail down the date. You do virtual […]
  • What Is the Purpose of your Event?

    Patricia Ahaesy
    25 Mar 2014 | 9:19 am
    What Is The Purpose of Your Conference or Event? Have you been planning the same conference every year? Are you planning a new conference? Whichever response you have made to the above questions, the first step that you need to take is exactly the same: What is The Objective or Purpose of the Event? So […]
  • Leverage TEchnology

    Pat Ahaesy
    20 Mar 2014 | 10:22 am
    We are surrounded by and use technology everyday. So, why are so many people afraid of it? Leverage technology, rather than avoid it. If an association or is small and therefore has a small budget, what often happens is that the small staff does far more work than it needs to using very little technology. […]
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  • 5 Important Things A Bride Should Do A Week Or Two Before Her Wedding

    Guest Blogger
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:04 am
    By now there might only be a week or two until your wedding, but I bet you feel like there are still a million things to do. I know it can seem a little overwhelming and it's easy to get scared, so... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Interesting Ideas To Have A Sold Out Event

    Arwin Adriano
    3 Apr 2014 | 9:38 am
    It is true that coming up with a SOLD OUT Event can cost you a lot of money, although in today’s time there are a lot of options to do to cut off unnecessary expenditures and still come up with a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 5 Wedding Day Disasters Unlucky Couples Have Experienced

    Guest Blogger
    27 Mar 2014 | 10:37 am
    Everyone dreams of the perfect wedding, but we all know perfect doesn't really exist. Are you getting scared because a disaster might flip your big day upside down in an instant? Hopefully the whole... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 6 Outdoor Wedding Essentials That Your Guests Can’t Do Without

    Guest Blogger
    23 Mar 2014 | 8:54 am
    An outdoor venue is a wonderful idea for your wedding. The natural scenery is much more beautiful than any decoration that you can put up. It’s also a lot more unique than traditional indoor... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Top 7 Reasons Why People Did Not Attend Your Event

    Guest Blogger
    17 Mar 2014 | 8:23 am
    What is the biggest nightmare of an event manager? A well decorated and organized event, without any guest! When you organize an event, you have to take care of several issues such as venue... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • How to Plan the Ultimate Bachelor Weekend in Cabo San Lucas (The Gentleman’s Way!)

    Elizabeth R.
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:47 am
    If you’re the type of guy who would rather soak up the sun with a Corona in hand on a tropical beach as opposed to wade around in a crowded Vegas pool, we’ve got the perfect bachelor weekend for you! You’re a class act and your celebration should be too, that’s why a private villa in gorgeous Cabo San Lucas is a stylish, fun, and sophisticated way to celebrate. Now’s the time to escape the typical bachelor party reminiscent of college frat days because bachelor parties are about spending time with your guys and doing things you might not have time for after…
  • What’s Appropriate Destination Wedding Etiquette for Guests?

    Bree Brouwer
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:03 am
    Photo from Alessandro Baffa via photopin cc There’s one myth about weddings that the soon-to-be married couples tend to forget: It’s not all about them. Sure, it’s mostly about them. But as a guest invited to their wedding, you know that they put thought into this and that you’re considered so important to the couple that they want you to share this special day with them. As such, you should return the favor by learning what the couple expects of you in terms of etiquette. It’s only polite when they’ve invited you to witness one of the most important…
  • In Search of this Summer’s Best Wine-Making Destinations

    Josh Lew
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:14 am
    image via angela llop Some of the world’s best wine destinations are at their most attractive during the summertime.  Wine tourists often arrive at their vineyard region of choice to find weather that is ideal for strolls amongst the grapes, outdoor wine tastings, or simply sitting on a patio and gazing at the lush landscapes. Does that sound like an appealing way to spend a weekend (or even a week…or two)?  Keep reading to learn about the best destinations for a wine-themed vacation this summer. image via peter markham In each of the three destinations we will feature below, it is…
  • 5 Amazing Villas To Rent For Your Honeymoon Hideaway

    Suzy Guese
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:24 am
    Photo from Almiral de la Font Once the wedding dust has settled, the honeymoon should be the only thing on your radar. For newlyweds, where you stay can often dictate the type of experience you will have on your honeymoon. While you could book a string of hotels for your newly married getaway, vacation rentals lend that privacy every couple desires. You can feel at home as a married couple in some of the most exotic locales on the globe, all while appreciating four walls to call your own. And few vacations rentals are as romantic as those that offer private villas for the just married set. If…
  • 10 DIY Wedding Favors You Can Make In Your Kitchen

    Abigail Geer
    11 Apr 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Tasty delights always a hit with guests, which is why we’ve rounded up 10 of the best DIY wedding favors that you can make in your kitchen. Homemade Granola  If you’re hosting a natural or rustic inspired wedding then granola makes for the perfect DIY wedding favor. If you’re a passionate foodie then you can make your very own custom granola blend featuring all your most loved ingredients, or if you prefer you can buy your favorite flavor in bulk. Once you have decided on your granola you can get creative with the packaging. Simple Kraft paper bags or cute little jars are…
 
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  • Four Tips to Keep Event Crashers Away

    Kaitlin Colston
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:21 am
    When you have an amazing event it is likely you will have a few event crashers try to show up. Perhaps the most famous event crashers are Michaele and Tareq Salahi from Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of D.C.”. We all remember when they crashed the White House Dinner. It made the front page of every magazine and was on the headline news. So how do you avoid this at your next event? Below are a few suggestions on how to keep event crashers out. If you follow these steps it will greatly diminish the chance of event crashers crashing your event.1. Hire Event SecurityWhen you have an event…
  • Event Trends: Marquee Signs

    Kaitlin Colston
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:58 am
    One of our very favorite event trends right now is the use of marquee signs for event decor. From concerts, corporate events, trade shows and weddings marquee signs are being used everywhere for a stunning visual impact.This event trend is a great nod to the past. Marquee signs are nothing new. In the past marquee signs were used typically above a hotel or theatre. A marquee is often identifiable by a surrounding cache of light bulbs creating a warm glow of light. Some Marquee signs will even blink or flash for a more dramatic design statement.We love the event trend of using  marquee signs…
  • Event Spotlight – Digital Summit Phoenix Event Production

    Kaitlin Colston
    6 Apr 2014 | 11:01 am
    This week we have been very busy at Digital Summit Phoenix! Digital Summit Phoenix was at the Phoenix Convention Center located in the heart of Phoenix. We enjoyed providing the event production for Digital Summit Phoenix. For the event production we brought dynamic staging for all three rooms. We also provided the summit with sound and lighting. Other decorative elements were also added such as as the stage design you can see below in the photo. Our Account Manager Cait created the unique stage design using lighting and truss structures. Our amazing staff of event managers Kayli and Matt…
  • Endless Entertainment goes to Disneyland!

    Kaitlin Colston
    4 Apr 2014 | 10:42 am
    At Endless Entertainment we believe that company culture is one of the most important parts of our business. We work a lot of long hours at events and as we all know events are hectic busy days with lots of hard work. We believe in rewarding our staff for jobs well done to show our appreciation for how hard they work. It is absolutely essential for any business to acknowledge employees and make them feel valued.We thought a trip to Disneyland would be a great way to reward the top performers on the staff! We chose Disneyland because it was a great place to take a break from reality, have fun…
  • How To Use Social Media To Create Immersive Event Experience

    Kaitlin Colston
    2 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Using social media at events is a great way to create an interactive guest experience. You can also use social media as a tool to promote your event. When incorporating social media into your event guests will be able to post live tweets or photos of the event onto projectors or TV’s strategically placed around the event. It is a fun way for guests to get involved. Having social media interaction at your event will benefit the attendees by creating an immersive experience. However, that is not all it will do. Having guests use social media at events will also create awareness and promotion…
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  • Easter Weekend in Los Angeles

    Heather
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:19 am
      Photo courtesy of criminalatt from FreeDigitalPhotos.net The weather has been playing games all week, from hot and sunny to overcast and cold and we are ready for a solid stretch of sunshine. Still, it is Los Angeles and that … Continue reading →
  • Junior Fair Board Class of 2014!

    Heather
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:35 pm
    The seniors in our Junior Fair Board Leadership program are only a month away from graduation and we couldn’t be more proud! Our seniors entered the program as sophomores and have spent two years giving invaluable hours of their time to helping … Continue reading →
  • Event Industry News: Coachella, Twitter changes and the Amazon smartphone

    Heather
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:18 am
    Coachella thanks their fans for coming to weekend 1 of their festival. Coachella Weekend 1: A staple of the entertainment industry and a true salute to the Southern California lifestyle, Coachella has long been the envied mecca of music lovers … Continue reading →
  • L.A. Weekender: Taste of Claremont, Toyota Grand Prix and the Festival of Books

    Heather
    11 Apr 2014 | 11:27 am
    If you couldn’t make it to Coachella with your fellow Angelenos don’t worry. There are plenty of other fun things to do in LA. It might not include an amazing musical lineup, or a desert wasteland of dance and celebration, … Continue reading →
  • Fairplex Snapshot: Ambassador Appreciation Day

    Heather
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Today we are hosting an ice cream social for all of our wonderful Fairplex ambassadors! These folks selflessly donate their time and talents to our year-round events including the L.A. County Fair (LACF), ArtReach and Cheers. We truly appreciate all … Continue reading →
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    Creative Party Themes and Ideas

  • Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Decorations

    Caroline Preble
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:15 am
    Looking for a great excuse to throw a party that’s full of color and fun? How about a Cinco de Mayo fiesta? I love the bright colors, upbeat music, and yummy food and drinks that all come together to make a wonderful fiesta. You can find lots of great fiesta theme party ideas on our main website, but here are some new inspirations for fiesta decorations, perfect for a Cinco de Mayo extravaganza! Start with bright colors — Fiestas are all about bright. When you think about your fiesta decorations, keep color in mind every step of the way. Orange, lime, hot pink, turquoise, and…
  • Softball Team Party Ideas

    Caroline Preble
    10 Apr 2014 | 2:09 pm
    It’s softball season again, and that means it’s time to plan some team parties! For both Larissa and for me softball is a family affair. Our girls have all been playing the game since they were in third grade, our husbands have coached together for all those years, and we of course, have been the team moms. Our oldest daughters are now sophomores in high school. That’s a lot of team parties!! You can check out a lot of our previous softball party ideas on our main softball/baseball party page and our softball slumber party page (along with a few other related posts). Here…
  • Divergent Party Ideas

    Larissa Jaekel
    20 Mar 2014 | 9:27 am
    Have you read the very popular YA trilogy by Veronica Roth?  The first book, Divergent, has been made into a movie and it premieres March 21st, 2014.  My teen daughters and I can wait to see the movie.  If you like The Hunger Games Trilogy I think you will enjoy these books too.  I hope the book translates as well as The Hunger Games books did into movies. Buy Divergent (Divergent Series, Book 1) Divergent Divergent is set in a future world where society is divided into factions.  Each faction is based on a principle that the members feel is the most important character trait of a good…
  • Paddy Dew Cocktail for St. Patrick’s Day

    Caroline Preble
    14 Mar 2014 | 10:45 am
    Mix up a spicy Paddy Dew cocktail and enjoy the drinkin’ o’ the green! Last weekend we got together at a fun event with a bunch of friends and one highlight of the evening was an amazing whiskey bar with some great cocktails. My favorite drink of the night was called a Paddy Dew. I thought that perhaps this was because it was made with either Paddy or Tulamore Dew whiskey (both of which would be great options), but it turns out that the alcohol in the drink was actually Bank Note Scotch whiskey, and that the drink was named after a cocktail originating from Paddy’s Irish…
  • Music for a St. Patrick’s Day Party

    Caroline Preble
    11 Mar 2014 | 9:57 am
    Are you thinking of hosting a St. Patrick’s Day celebration and want to make up an Irish music playlist? There are lots of great options out there! From classics like “Danny Boy” to modern Irish rock, here are some inspirations for music for a St. Patrick’s Day party. U2 — This famous band started in Dublin in 1976 and has been going strong ever since. Led by lead singer Bono, U2 is a must-have at any Irish party. Beautiful Day by U2     Paddy and the Rats — A lively punk/rock style of Irish music. Some songs to listen to include “Bully in…
 
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  • Easter Wedding Tips

    emmawoodhouse@me.com
    13 Apr 2014 | 3:36 pm
    Spring is full of the sense of new beginnings, making it the perfect time for a beautiful, natural wedding. With the added bonus of a double Bank Holiday weekend, we’re seeing Easter as a particularly...
  • How To Style Wedding Buttonholes

    emmawoodhouse@me.com
    30 Mar 2014 | 8:15 am
    You may not know this, but the tradition for wearing buttonholes (or boutonnieres) at weddings can be traced back to Ancient Greece and Rome, where the male members of the wedding party would wear flowers...
  • Plan Your Wedding Your Way

    emmawoodhouse@me.com
    26 Mar 2014 | 3:39 pm
    We’ve seen it all too often when a bride and groom become overwrought and stressed by the magnitude of the task of planning their wedding. Sometimes it’s the persistent opinions of family members that affect...
  • 10 Reasons Bridal Shows Can Help Your Wedding Planning

    emmawoodhouse@me.com
    20 Mar 2014 | 7:06 am
    It’s the time of year when a lot of brides kick their wedding planning up a gear and the likes of Brides The Show and The National Wedding Show offer a whole conference centre’s worth...
  • Wedding Umbrellas and Parasol Styling

    emmawoodhouse@me.com
    11 Mar 2014 | 7:43 am
    You know, umbrellas don’t just have to be bland little handbag sized affairs that you only think about when the heavens open. Umbrellas and parasols can make fabulous decorative items for a party or wedding...
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  • Modern Trends in Business Event Planning – Breathing New Life into Your Next Event

    Caroline Eimerman
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:21 am
    Modern Trends in Business Event Planning – Breathing New Life into Your Next Event When planning a business event, there are a lot of hurdles to overcome. You want to ensure that the event itself is productive, but you also want your guests and attendees to be invigorated and excited by the day’s activities. In the past, corporate events fell into a rather staid and predictable pattern. Meetings and More» Belvedere Events and Banquets - Elegant Wedding Receptions. Premier Corporate Events.
  • Planning Tips for Your “State of the Company Address”

    Jodi Cirrincione
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:48 am
    Planning Tips for Your “State of the Company Address” At the beginning of each new year, the President of the United States delivers his State of the Union Address to the nation. With this address, the President reviews the year that has passed, highlights the successes and dissects the failures, and outlines his legislative agenda for the year ahead. This is a responsibility that More» Belvedere Events and Banquets - Elegant Wedding Receptions. Premier Corporate Events.
  • Planning Your Wedding – Don’t Forget About the Music

    Jodi Cirrincione
    3 Apr 2014 | 10:25 am
    Planning Your Wedding – Don’t Forget About the Music Often, when we talk about music and weddings, the focus naturally tends to turn to thoughts of entertainment and the wedding reception. However, music plays a much more important part in the wedding service than mere entertainment. It serves to set the tone for the day, from the ceremony itself through to the final dance More» Belvedere Events and Banquets - Elegant Wedding Receptions. Premier Corporate Events.
  • This Is Party Time – Basic Party Planning Tips

    Caroline Eimerman
    27 Mar 2014 | 8:09 am
    This Is Party Time – Basic Party Planning Tips Whether you are an up and coming business owner courting investors, a corporate giant pitching a new product, or a non-profit organization wooing new benefactors, there is nothing quite so effective as a well staged party. An exciting gala event is the perfect opportunity to network with investors and sponsors, and create some serious social More» Belvedere Events and Banquets - Elegant Wedding Receptions. Premier Corporate Events.
  • 4 Tips for Boosting Attendance at Your Next Corporate Affair

    Jodi Cirrincione
    21 Mar 2014 | 7:47 am
    4 Tips for Boosting Attendance at Your Next Corporate Affair Corporate events are one of the bulwarks of the modern business world. Whether it’s a training seminar or a trade show, corporate events can be an invaluable asset to the savvy business owner. However, the success of any corporate event ultimately comes down to attendance, and without a full complement of guests any business event More» Belvedere Events and Banquets - Elegant Wedding Receptions. Premier Corporate Events.
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  • Yapsody Security Update: Safe from Heartbleed!

    Yapsody
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:36 am
    On Monday, April 7th, the OpenSSL project issued a Security Advisory that detailed a serious bug in the encryption library. The bug in OpenSSL; nicknamed “Heartbleed” would allow attackers to capture data from encrypted SSL endpoints. Yapsody event ticketing system was built to meet the highest security standards to protect you and your customer’s information and that’s why our technical team quickly identified and deployed the security patch before any possible attack on our system. This mean Yapsody and all event presenters associated with Yapsody are secure from “Heartbleed”…
  • What Fans Like about An Online Event Ticketing System!

    Yapsody
    2 Apr 2014 | 3:57 am
    There are many online event ticketing companies that offer some unnecessary features and services that are not much help for your event or your fans. While features and services are always important for any event presenter while evaluating an online event ticketing system, the most important factor is to understand what exactly fans wants from an online event ticketing system. For any event presenter, their fans are their king, and the more difficulty a fan faces when booking a ticket, they greater likelihood he/she will abandon the sale. In this blog, we will share a report that we have…
  • Raise Donations for Your Fundraising Event!

    Yapsody
    10 Mar 2014 | 7:21 am
    Here is another exciting feature from  Yapsody  which  allows  your  customers to donate money to your cause directly through your online ticket store and through your box-office. Many nonprofit organizations use Yapsody to promote and sell tickets for their fundraising events, but now with Yapsody’s new donation feature you can enable customers to enter their desired donation amounts.  This makes Yapsody a great solution for any nonprofit organization wanting to use its Yapsody Online Ticket Store to raise funds in addition to selling tickets. So if you want to start accepting…
  • Yapsody now support Braintree payment gateway!

    Yapsody
    3 Mar 2014 | 5:35 am
    Great news! We recently added a new payment gateway, “Braintree”, to our list of supported gateways.  So now, presenters around the world have more options for selling tickets in the multiple currencies that Braintree supports. Braintree is a payment provider that enables your Yapsody Online Ticket Store a quick and easy way to accept credit card payments online. Event presenters can start using Braintree immediately after filling out their signup form at Braintree.com and use Braintree to accept major credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, JCB and Diner’s…
  • Yapsody Reports App: Ticket Sales Report At Your Fingertips!

    Yapsody
    26 Feb 2014 | 4:52 am
    As an event presenter you could probably name a dozen of mobile apps you’ve worked with over the past year. You can use mobile apps for event planning, registration system or ticket scanning but when it comes to ticket sales report for your event; you have to depend on your desktop or laptop to track the report, nothing to view your reports on the go and it’s something we wanted to change. After Yapsody YouScan app, we are happy to announce our new app; Yapsody Reports App for iOS users which will turn your iPhone into a fully functional event stats tracker. Yapsody Reports App…
 
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  • How An Event App Can Keep The Conversation Going After The Event

    Melanie Woodward
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:45 am
    Have you ever gone to a conference by yourself, sat there listening to the speaker in a dimly lit room, and then made awkward eye contact trying to strike up a conversation with a stranger? Or, gone to an event and wished you’d met people you had more in common with? That’s exactly how Jordan Schwartz felt before creating Pathable. So he set out to create an event app that keeps the conversation going long after the event is over. Create Invaluable ROI Fast forward to today, and Pathable offers event attendees the tools to find out who else is going to the event, find the right people to…
  • 6 Ways Event Planners Can Say No and Still Get the Client

    Melanie Woodward
    9 Apr 2014 | 3:53 am
    What do you want your event planning business to be known for? That’s a question I ask myself frequently – and no matter where I am or what I’m doing: Adele is playing in the background…’what do I want my business to be known for?’ I’m traveling back from Australia to Canada…’what do I want my business to be known for?’ I’m trying to watch The Good Wife…’what do I want my business to be known for?’ You might be afraid that you’ll scare away a potential client or miss out on opportunities unless you say yes…
  • 4 Successful Ways to Market Yourself as an Event Planner

    Melanie Woodward
    2 Apr 2014 | 4:29 am
    You’ve got the creative flair and the practical skills needed for event planning, but do you know the best ways to market yourself as an event planner? It’s not enough to simply do a great job and rely on word of mouth to do the rest, in order to gain that competitive advantage you need to put work into marketing yourself and your business. With that in mind, here are 4 successful ways to promote yourself as an event coordinator: 1.     Use Your Event Planning Social Media Profile To Advertise  Just having a Facebook, Twitter or Instagram page is a great start. You should always keep…
  • The Top 5 Kick Ass Event Planning Blog Posts

    Melanie Woodward
    26 Mar 2014 | 3:55 am
    It’s throwback…Wednesday? Yup, that’s right, we’re having a throwback day to highlight our top 5 event planning blog posts – voted by you, our viewers! Happy Anniversary But, before we get started I’m really excited to share our one-year anniversary of EventPlanning BlueprintTV with you. Here’s a cyber ‘cheers’ to you! Stay tuned because we have new episodes coming up this spring where we’ll talk about planning International events, how to find your niche in the market, and how (and when) to build a team. And, April is going to be a big month because there’s an exciting…
  • Top 4 Tips on How to Be the Best Event Planner

    Melanie Woodward
    19 Mar 2014 | 4:05 am
    I recently sat down with, the Director of Sales for Catering at Abigail Kirsch in New York, Carl Hedin. When Abigail started her catering career 40 years ago she wasn’t permitted (because she was a woman!) to attend the culinary, but this pioneering woman pushed on and has built a catering and event management business that has gone on to work with US presidents, celebrities and some of New York’s finest, and oldest, institutions. Do you ever wonder what qualities the best event planners have that set them apart? Do you want to know how you can be known as the best in the event industry…
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  • Middle of the Week Stress? EventProfs Deal with it!

    Tal Shoham
    9 Apr 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Being in the event industry is stressful, and the profession –  ”Event Coordinator” was recently listed as the 5th most stressful job in America (or probably anywhere). Great, now that our stress has been legitimized, what are you doing about it? It’s Wednesday, the middle of the week. The day that numbers are crunched, follow ups finished, leads spoken to and reports ready for Thursday afternoon’s staff meeting.  Oh, let’s not forget daily conversations with clients, the development team,  the graphic artist and the list goes on. STRESS – yes, stress. Fix…
  • Socially Active Events Rock: Tools and Tips

    Tal Shoham
    26 Mar 2014 | 4:51 am
    Are you ready to go head on with your event’s online marketing using social media?    While looking at our twitter feed over the last few days we have noticed that everyone at Catersource in Los Vegas knows and is using the event hashtag #CSES2014 and that rocks!  They even tweeted our observations: We just passed 1,000 tweeps talking about #cses2014 — ELIZABETH GLAU, CMP (@elizabethglau) March 25, 2014 The most common question that we hear from event producers and professionals is, How and when do we start marketing our event online? Answer: Now! As soon as you have set the date and…
  • Lights Camera Action

    Tal Shoham
    23 Mar 2014 | 3:42 am
    Recently I attended the Microsoft BizSpark TLV event.  The after-work drinks, snacks and speaker event took place at a very cool local pub. The networking started, and with beer in hand, people were not shy to introduce themselves. The pub was full of geeky entrepreneurs.  After networking the crowd then descended to the “club” area and the presentations began. Show Me The Light I was at the event as an attendee, but my #eventprof hat was on. What does every event organizer want?  Attendees to snap pics and videos and post them across the web with the event #hashtag, right? In order…
  • Seating Arrangements – Make or Break Your Event

    Tal Shoham
    20 Mar 2014 | 2:31 am
    Seating arrangements and table setups can make or break an event. You have chosen your venue by examining the space available and layout, and how it will meet your specific event needs, including, and maybe most importantly the seating arrangements. The dynamics, participation and networking of and at your event are all influenced by the seating arrangements.  So what is the right seating arrangement and table setup for your event? We searched for solutions to assist our clients with seating arrangements, with the advancement of Event Technology there are some interesting solutions…
  • 5 Things You Should Know About Attendees….

    Tal Shoham
    10 Mar 2014 | 1:27 am
    People ARE going to register at the last second. Give them a reason to register beforehand. Some companies do this with discounts, but we at Evolero take a different approach. Through the event page, speaker pages and various embedded tools, we build a pre-conference social environment where people can also access relevant content and get the most out of their event. The event page is a fully interactive hub for the event where attendees can do all the research they need to on the speakers by simply visiting a speaker’s page. Attendees can also participate in an online social experience…
 
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  • Maximize Your Event Exposure With Social Media

    Kristen Carvalho
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Lisa Buyer, president and CEO of the Buyer Group will lead a workshop on “How to Power Your Events Using Social Media” during the Workshop Series at BizBash Live: The Expo, South Florida on April 23 at the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center. For more information, and to register, please visitwww.bizbash.com/expofl ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Working in the events industry, everyone needs to know how to market and promote events the right way. From before your event even starts…
  • Happiness, Frito Pies & Table Seating Software

    Claire Harrington
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    This post was written exclusively for etouches by Claire Harrington, public relations manager of Social Tables.  Remember the anxiety you felt in middle school when it came time for lunch and you had to figure out where you were going to eat? I don’t know about you, but the fear of sitting by myself drove me to the verge of a panic attack each day before the clock struck 11:30 a.m. I may or may not have nonchalantly meandered towards the door each day, feigning use of the trash can (this after crumpling up a perfectly good sheet of lined paper), so that when the lunch bell rang I could…
  • Meetings in the Virtual Age – Google+ Hangouts

    Michelle Bergstein- Fontanez
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:09 am
    Let’s face it: meeting and events are joining the digital age. Face-to-face interaction is always better than just a phone call, but is often cost-prohibitive for small businesses. Have you searched for a modern way to make your meetings easier, more cost-effective, and eco-friendly? If you have, you probably considered using a virtual meeting service, but then found out the set-up process was a bit too overwhelming for your needs and time. Have you scoured the internet only to find a slew of different options for file sharing sites and virtual meeting apps, and then realized, WHOA! There…
  • 10 Mobile Apps That Every Sales Professional Needs

    Kathleen Roberge
    7 Apr 2014 | 2:30 am
    No longer are the days when sales people or account managers can use the excuse, I will be traveling or in meetings and will get back to you when I return to the office in a few days or a few hours. Not having the tools to be able to respond quickly, stay in touch or continue working while traveling, in meetings or out of the office may cost you opportunity!   Not only that, but sales people need to pick up efficiencies wherever they can if they want to be attentive and win deals. So, here’s the good news; there are now hundreds of mobile apps designed for sales people to help increase…
  • 4 Rules to Creating the Perfect Hashtag

    Kristen Carvalho
    2 Apr 2014 | 2:51 pm
    This post was written by Camilla Pecetto, Marketing Manager at evvnt.  Hashtags have become one of the most used tools on social media networks since they can easily drive traffic to a specific topic or problem. Creating an effective event hashtag is maybe the most valuable asset of an online marketing campaign. The pound symbol has a history of grouping metadata but since its rise to prominence with Twitter the hashtag has pervaded cross-media platforms. As an event organiser this makes hashtags a great opportunity to centralise a ‘buzz’ around your event, and engage an…
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  • #Thrashed Canon Lens

    admin
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:44 am
    Since you guys loved the thrashed FS700, this was the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II that took most of the damage. Surprisingly, the metabones adapter is in pristine shape. #Thrashed Canon Lens is a post from: Digitron | Repairs for Projectors, Audio, and Video Equipment
  • #Thrashed

    admin
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:47 pm
    This Sony FS700 camera comes to us for repair from the Coachella Music Festival. #Thrashed is a post from: Digitron | Repairs for Projectors, Audio, and Video Equipment
  • Coachella’s Effect On Your A/V Equipment

    David Boyajian
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:36 am
    Challenging Conditions A/V and Event Pros are no strangers to the world of music festivals, raves, and other multi-stage venues. But one of the main challenges associated with large venues are their obscure locations. Black Rock City for Burning Man, Las Vegas Speed Way for Electric Daisy Carnival, and Coachella Valley for Coachella – all of these cities are known for their dry and dusty conditions, which we know is hell on A/V equipment. Rumors have it that Coachella Week 1 saw winds in excess of 50 MPH kicking up a dust storm which can damage camera, projector, lighting, and audio…
  • NAB 2014

    admin
    1 Apr 2014 | 3:29 pm
    We will be Live-Tweeting coverage of NAB 2014 bringing you all the latest news on Broadcast Camcorders, Cameras, Projectors, and Technology. If you would like to schedule an interview, please call Business Development at (323) 887-0777. About Digitron Electronics We are veterans of the Pro A/V Industry specializing in the repair and maintenance of 64 different brands including Sanyo, Panasonic, and JBL. We are proud third party logistics partners of Sony Professional, Panasonic Broadcast, and Gibson Guitar. NAB 2014 is a post from: Digitron | Repairs for Projectors, Audio, and Video Equipment
  • Repair… or Repurchase?

    David Boyajian
    18 Mar 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Is it more cost-effective to repurchase? A/V Trends The A/V industry has changed dramatically over the last 22 years that we have been in business. Build quality of A/V technology has dropped dramatically, while features and affordability have climbed dramatically. Some of the interesting demographic trends we have noticed, are that the older generation of users, will seek out repairs, while the newer generation heads straight for replacement. Here are our thoughts: Efficiency is Key If the cost of repair exceeds 50% of the cost of replacing your unit with the same, or newer model, it is…
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  • Top 10 Event Trends for 2014

    creativegang
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:05 am
    Top 10 event trends for 2014 http://ow.ly/vMsas Filed under: Event Ideas, Event Producers, Event Production Tagged: business events, cool events, corporate event producers, event planning, Event Production, event trends, events, Minneapolis Events, minneapolis producers, Minnesota
  • Always wanted to watch my toast, toast.

    creativegang
    13 Apr 2014 | 6:13 am
    Always wanted to watch my toast, toast. http://ow.ly/vJyspFiled under: Event Production
  • The Event Planning Survival Kit

    creativegang
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
      The Event Planning Survival Kit Packing for an event makes me feel like I’m getting ready to be a contestant on “Let’s Make a Deal.” There has to be someone who remembers to bring the things that people are going to ask for during the production process. This may seem like a silly detail to be blogging about but, you’d be surprised how few people have a safety-pin, or a band-aid, when you need one. You really never know, until you get there, Here’s the best part … we just created our Event Survival Check List Using Scribbless a FREE online list…
  • The Experience of Doing

    creativegang
    7 Apr 2014 | 3:23 am
    Over the weekend, we found ourselves sitting in the audience, instead of entertaining it. The room was dressed in black and white with 1500 guests arriving to be wined, dined and entertained.  The room was simple but elegant with a basic stage design, pipe and drape, two screens, stage lighting, a podium, a microphone and stacked speakers. Everything seemed perfect, until we heard scrambling coming from the production table ten feet away.  Seems that no one had printed out the show flow with the production cue’s for the presentation portion of the evening. Our hearts went out to the…
  • Living the Creative Life

    creativegang
    25 Mar 2014 | 11:49 pm
    The Creative Mind “The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanely sensitive. To them… a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death. Add to this cruelly delicate organism the overpowering necessity to create, create, create — so that without the creating of music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, their very breath is cut off… They must create, must pour out creation. By some strange, unknown, inward urgency…
 
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