Top 10 Posts – 2nd Quarter 2012

I think it’s safe to say we’ve entered the dog days of summer and I’m already looking forward to fall. This means the 2nd quarter is behind us and it’s time to share our 10 most read posts over the past 3 months. Hopefully this will help you find a worthy post you might have missed in the past…

  1. 3 Steps To More Productive Brainstorming – Brainstorming with your planning team is a great way to ensure you provide an event your attendees will find engaging and worthwhile.  Here are 3 steps to take that will go a long way to making your next session more productive.
  2. What’s A Hollow Square – As in any industry, hotels and conference centers sometimes have a language all their own. Here’s a little help in translating…
  3. 8 Ideas For Promoting Your Church Retreat –  If you don’t also spend time on strategically promoting your retreat, you may end up with a great retreat that no one attends. With that in mind, here are 8 ideas for helping to promote your upcoming church retreat.
  4. Ridgecrest Recipe:  Rutland Chicken – Have you been looking for something new to do with chicken?  Enjoy and then let us know what you think!
  5. 5 Things To Do AFTER Your Meeting Is Over – Everyone has gone home and you want to relax but here are a few things that still need to be done and will definitely help you in planning future meetings and/or retreats.
  6. Creating A Standout Womens Retreat – A podcast interview with Chris Adams and Betsy Langmade, 2 of LifeWay’s long-time women’s leaders sharing what they’ve learned about planning women’s events.
  7. Meeting Planner Survival Kit – Many planners need to be prepared to address last minute needs and emergencies. Here is a starter list of items you need to have in your meeting planner survival kit to be prepared at your next event.
  8. 3 Tips To Creating An Unforgettable Event – Here are 3 tips on how to turn your event into an unforgettable experience.
  9. 5 Tips For Programming Effective Youth Camps – Brian Mills serves as student pastor Long Hollow Baptist Church and is passionate about reaching young people for Christ. Here are his thoughts on how to program your youth camp for maximum spiritual impact.
  10. 7 Tips For Getting The Most From A Site Visit – Once you decide to make a site visit, here are 7 tips to help you maximize your time.

Which post have you found most helpful?

 

3 Reasons Why You Should Join Pinterest

Everywhere I go these days, it seems someone is talking about Pinterest. If you’re using Social Media at all then I’m sure you’re hearing the same thing. If you’re not using Social Media (and you should be), Pinterest is a community where users create online pin-boards and then pin images they like to these different boards, separated by interest.

For you as a meeting planner, here are 3 great reasons to join Pinterest:

  • Pinterest is a brainstorming gold mine.  Where else can you search through thousands of images and get some great ideas for room set-ups, table decorations, invitations, destinations, etc.? Simply type in what you’re searching for and you’ll be amazed at what you may find!
  • Follow event industry leaders and other planners to see new trends in our industry. Our conference and event industry is constantly changing. Pinterest can be another source for helping you keep up with these changes.
  • Create event-specific pin-boards for your events. Pinterest can be a great way to let people know about your events. Be sure to post images that will get them excited about attending!
  • It’s fun! I know, this makes 4 reasons…but, hey, fun is fun!

Would love to know if any of you have been using Pinterest and if so, what have you liked about it. Feel free to share a pin with us!

 

10 Most Read Posts – 1st Quarter 2012

Hard to believe, but the first 3 months of 2012 are in the books! Time really does fly when you’re having fun and it’s been a busy, fun last 3 months here at MinistryServingMinistry. Traffic on the site is up. Hopefully this means you are finding articles helpful to you in your work or personal life.

We know many of you are relatively new to our blog. With that in mind, here is a list of 10 most read posts this past quarter:

4 Ways We Promise To Show A Little Love – At Ridgecrest we recognize how challenging and stressful it can be for the person planning their group’s meeting or retreat. Therefore we want to do everything we can to make planning an event with us a great, positive experience. To help make this happen, here are 4 ways we promise to show our event planners a little love.

What’s A Hollow Square? – As in any industry, hotels and conference centers sometimes have a language all their own. Here’s a little help in translating…

3 Steps To More Productive Brainstorming – Brainstorming with your planning team is a great way to ensure you provide an event your attendees will find engaging and worthwhile.  Here are 3 steps to take that will go a long way to making your next session more productive.

8 Ideas For Promoting Your Church Retreat –  If you don’t also spend time on strategically promoting your retreat, you may end up with a great retreat that no one attends. With that in mind, here are 8 ideas for helping to promote your upcoming church retreat.

5 Things To Do AFTER Your Meeting Is Over –  As many veteran planners can attest, the end of the meeting means you still have some work to do. Work that will definitely help you in planning future meetings and/or retreats.

Ridgecrest Recipies – Rutland Chicken – Enjoy and then let us know what you think!

Creating A Standout Women’s Retreat – A podcast interview with Chris Adams and Betsy Langmade, 2 of LifeWay’s long-time women’s leaders sharing what they’ve learned about planning women’s events.

Meeting Planner Survival Kit – Many planners need to be prepared to address last minute needs and emergencies. Here is a starter list of items you need to have in your meeting planner survival kit to be prepared at your next event.

5 Tips For Programming Effective Youth Camps – Brian Mills serves as student pastor Long Hollow Baptist Church and is passionate about reaching young people for Christ. Here are his thoughts on how to program your youth camp for maximum spiritual impact.

5 Tips For Relieving Meeting Planner Stress – Since stress is inevitable when you’re the planner, the key to handling it is to take a positive approach. Here are 5 tips that can help you deal with the stress associated with planning and running your event.

As always, thanks for checking out our blog!

 

 

3 Steps To More Productive Brainstorming

Personally, I love participating in a good brainstorming session. There’s something about being in a meeting with a group of people who are focused on creating new ideas that just gets me fired up. On the flip side, I can get very frustrated when a brainstorming session just can’t seem to get off the ground.

Brainstorming with your planning team is a great way to ensure you provide an event your attendees will find engaging and worthwhile. However, if you’re the person leading the brainstorming session, what you say and do determines just how productive the session will be. Do the right things and you should have an exciting, productive meeting. Do the wrong things, shut people down, and you’ll be wishing for the clock to hurry up so you can end everyone’s misery.

So, what are the right things to do? How can you get the most out of your next brainstorming session? Here are 3 steps to take that will go a long way to making your next session more productive:

  • Create rather than criticize –  One of the quickest ways to shut people down is to criticize their ideas. This is especially true if you’re the leader and the one criticizing. Instead, enhance creativity by affirming and protecting everyone’s participation.
  • Stir curiosity and engage – Help stimulate discussion by asking probing, open-ended questions. Make a point of getting everyone involved in the discussion. Sometimes the best ideas come from the person who won’t say anything until engaged personally.
  • Capitalize on differences – I find brainstorming sessions are more productive when you have team members that don’t all share the same perspective. Different points of view help to get more well-rounded solutions. Don’t be afraid of the differences. Instead, capitalize on them.

These are 3 that have worked for me. What about you? How do you get the most out of your brainstorming meetings?