Events Category

  • Fam Trip … Virtual or Real?

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    On September 4, 2014 • By

    Planning your next event?  Don’t know anything about the country you are visiting?  Budget constraints?  Why not go on a virtual fam trip?

    What with busy schedules, demanding timescales and tightening of the purse strings, taking the time out to research your next meeting destination can be a daunting prospect!  Meetpie.com have a solution – the virtual fam trip!

    They have done the work for you and it is all there at your fingertips to discover the country, the cultures and the venues of your choice!

    http://www.meetpie.com/Modules/microsite/public/

    Alternatively, you may be planning your next meeting at a venue closer to home and we have devised a useful form that can help you make your decisions before signing on the dotted line!  This can be found within our Resources section.

    As an Event Manager you shouldn’t leave home without one!

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  • The ‘Wunder’ of To Do Lists!

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    On August 4, 2014 • By

    To Do List – Definition – A list of tasks that need to be completed, typically organized in order of priority.

    I write lists for anything and everything!  There is no greater feeling than scribbling out an item (ideally with a different coloured pen!) and then moving onto the next item on the list!

    Now as a confirmed Listaholic, I feel obliged to share with you the beauty of these wonderful creations and how I have discovered the electronic version and it has transformed my life (no I am not exaggerating!).  Wunderlist!  What a great invention – as the makers of this say “…… it is the only way to organise your life …”.  It allows users to manage their tasks from a smartphone, tablet and computer.

    Don’t just take my word for it, try it for yourself! www.wunderlist.com

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  • You can’t eat what?

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    On July 24, 2014 • By

    As an event organiser you will need to take into consideration that some of your guests may have certain food restrictions and allergies.  Now whilst it is not possible for you to know every dietary variation out there, it is always useful to know the most common restrictions:-

    Peanut allergy

    Vegetarian

    Lactose Intolerant

    Vegan

    Diabetic

    Gluten Free

    Kosher

    Halal

    Hindu Diet

    It may not be possible to accommodate all your guests, however you do need to make sure that you ask for specific dietary requirements both as part of your invitation process and also when registering your guests on the day.  Don’t be afraid to ask the question … your guests will be pleased to know that you care 🙂

    Should for whatever reason it not be possible to gain the information, you can always opt for the healthy option of both fresh fruit and vegetables as these seem to be on everyone’s approved food list.  So when in doubt, provide these.

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  • Death by PowerPoint?

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    On July 17, 2014 • By

    It’s actually not a joke – how many times have you been sat in a meeting or conference watching a presentation and drifted off to another happier place because it’s so dull, or the slides make your eyes hurt or even worse the presenter says those fatal words… ‘I know you can’t see this slide but…’ and you want to scream… WELL WHY SHOW IT THEN????

    PowerPoint must be one of the biggest opportunities to show off your brand and yet so many companies/presenters don’t do it justice. At Pink we help lots of clients with all manner of presentations on all sorts of topics. Here are our top 10 tips on slides…

    1. Keep it simple – the audience is there to hear YOU not to struggle to see oceans of text or data on a slide that is barely visible from a metre away never mind from where they are sitting. A few simple words and images are more inspiring to an audience than an overcrowded slide where NOTHING stands out
    2. Plan your story – A presentation is like a story – it should have a clear beginning, middle and end that get your point across in an effortless way. Don’t be dragged in to over doing it.
    3. Use great imagery – Imagery can say a thousand words and make your presentation rock. There are great image libraries out there where you can get fabulous pictures cost effectively. PLEASE DON’T EVER USE TACKY CLIP ART OR DODGY IMAGES.
    4. Display data well – learn how to do this simply so that it is even more powerful to the audience – complicated does not equal impressive.
    5. Use simple techniques to pull out key words or phrases – bold or colour or circle things that you want to stand out in your audiences mind
    6. Choose fabulous colours – colour can really make your presentation come alive. Make sure you pick colours that present well – what is clear on your mac or pc may not be clear when projected. Sometimes the simplest colour combinations work best, black & white for instance or white, grey and a really zingy colour
    7. Watch great presenters – Take a look at some of the TED talks and see some master slide presentations – it will inspire you and make you look at your slides and story in a different way
    8. Practice with your slides – Don’t leave it until the day to find out that they don’t really work for you. Often when you pull the presentation together it seems to work but when you actually present it a few issues can pop out. So make sure you feel comfortable with your slides
    9. Give people a chance to see and ask – too many slides is worse than too few. Make sure you can accomplish your story in the time you have and that your audience has time to ask questions
    10. Take feedback – ask someone in the audience how your slides worked for them. You might be surprised.

    However don’t just take it from us – as usual Hubspot have an awesome blog with 20 truly inspiring slide shares. Take a look.

    http://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/inspiring-slideshare-presentations-for-marketers-list

     

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  • UK Versus USA …

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    On June 18, 2014 • By

    We say Exhibition Stand, our friends across the Atlantic, say Tradeshow Booth!

    As both terminologies mean the same and are well known it is a personal preference as to which you use.  Personally using the Tradeshow Booth description sounds like you mean business even if you are only taking a 3x2m space!

    Try testing the terminology the next time you are looking to book space at a congress ……………

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  • Meet and Greet …

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    On June 18, 2014 • By

    Having experienced Meet & Greet, Drop & Go, Park & Fly (other terminologies are available) at 3 of the UK’s largest airports, I felt compelled to share with you just how great the service is!

    Why park miles away from the airport terminal and take the shuttle bus when you can park directly outside and let someone take the stress away from you?!

    Ah but it costs a fortune I hear you cry …………………………………….. not necessarily!  From using available search sites, you can find the most competitive prices at the time and believe me it is usually a difference of £5 which in the scheme of things, is a pittance!

    Once tried, believe me you will never look back………..

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  • Dear Fellow Organisers …

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    On June 18, 2014 • By

    We’ve all been in the position of booking a venue for an event, signing the contract and then ………. The event is cancelled and you as the organiser are faced with informing the venue and more importantly negotiating your way out of paying any fees!

    Here are some tips you may find useful!

    • Rather than cancelling the event altogether, postpone to a different date.  99% of venues will not charge any fee to move the event as long as the date is available.  Be warned though, you will not be able to move the date again so choose wisely!
    • Normally the space held can be resold within a reasonable time period, so if you cannot do the step above, then be reasonable in your time scale of cancelling the booking – this may be the difference between paying 50% of the total booking to having to pay the full booking fee!
    • Remember, food and beverages are ordered 24 hours in advance by a venue, so do not be fooled into paying this within the cancellation fee
    • The same principle can also be applied to any bedrooms you may have booked – these can always be resold by a venue

    A venue doesn’t want to lose your business and therefore you, as the client, have the power to make or break the relationship – use your power wisely!

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