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 Design Tips For The Perfect Meeting Space

When you’re having a meeting or event, it’s important that the set up, atmosphere, and design of the conference room caters to the needs of the attendees. I don’t mean give everyone comfy chairs and pillows, but it’s critical to have a good room flow, and a “vibe” that will spike the attention of the guests. It’s one thing to have interesting and thought-provoking speakers and activities, but it’s also extremely important to have a room in which your attendees can learn and accomplish tasks. Here are three important ideas to think about when creating your conference room!

  1. Color Psychology:  Colors have been thought to have specific affects on our brains and make people react and feel certain ways, according to this article. For example, hints of blue promote productivity, red is inspiring, and yellow is motivating. Add a small burst of color by having colored chair backs, matching notebooks and pens, and interesting (but not too eye-catching) additions. Since color is the first thing people see, add it somewhere you want your guests’ eyes to be drawn to! (Here’s a tip: Having too much color and/or too many different colors might distract your guests, so keep it clean but fun when adding color.)
  2. Seating Arrangement:  The arrangement of tables and chairs is another way to change the vibe of your event, and even change the way people learn. If you’re having a large meeting, you could choose styles ranging from theater style that accommodates the most people, and modified chevron style, which promotes attendee involvement. A smaller meeting can have a typical board meeting or U-shape setup. This is a great website that explains these styles along with other different types of seating plans for conferences or meetings…and even has pictures.
  3. Decor:  Event décor can add some fun and excitement to a room. Adding the right amount of embellishments, like flowers, banners, pictures, Bibles, and even fruit baskets or funny hats will engage your attendees and let them know right off the bat what kind of event you’re having, so certainly have fun with it! When decorating remember the goal of your meeting, you don’t add too many decorations that could distract your guests if your goal is to focus.  Oh, and don’t forget to learn the conference center’s safety rules and regulations before decorating!

Have you tried out any other design tips that worked for you?