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Q Center news, industry insights, and helpful tips.


  • Simple Steps for your Next Green Event

    Greening your meeting can help both the planet and your bottom line. That’s why we recently wrote a post for EventManagerBlog.com that gave six simple steps to greener meetings that are efficient, cost-effective, and easier than you might expect. Read the post on EventManagerBlog.com.    Read More >

  • The Ever Evolving Chief Learning Officer

    The American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) found that U.S. organizations spent an average of $1,195 per employee for training in 2012, up from $504 per employee in 1998. More recent numbers have yet to be released, but the trend is leaning toward bigger budgets for more training. Additionally, the global e-learning market is expected…   Read More >

  • Best Apps for Meeting Planners

    If there’s one thing all meeting planners have in common, it’s that they’re always moving. This is why smart planners make the most of mobile apps to get their jobs done. Whether you need to promote your meeting, accept payments, or plan a conference call, you can do it all on the go.     Try these: Twitter – An oldie but a goodie.…   Read More >

  • A Healthy Little Competition with a BIG Impact: Q Center's Biggest Loser

    The third annual biggest loser competition is officially underway at Q Center. This year we have 27 contestants fighting for the title of Q Center’s biggest loser. We are currently in week four of the competition and so far our contestants have lost a combined total of 89.8 pounds! Wondering what this competition entails and how we go about…   Read More >

  • 5 Catering Trends that Make Meals Exciting

    Offsite meetings take attendees away from home and their favorite restaurants. Creating a great mealtime experience at your meeting will not only fill that void, but it will also grow a wave of enthusiasm that lasts throughout the whole meeting. So think about requesting some of these recent catering trends at your next meeting: A New Spin on the…   Read More >

  • Chocolate Cups with Berries and Whipped Cream

    Are you looking for the perfect dessert to make this Valentine’s Day? Something that is simple, pretty, and chocolaty? Look no further! The chefs at Q Center recommend their own Chocolate Cups with Berries and Whipped Cream to anyone in search of something impressive and delectable. Best part of the recipe: you don’t have to be an expert to…   Read More >

  • How to leverage employee feedback this year

     In our last post, we offered a template for gathering feedback about the quality and effectiveness of your company’s training programs. Collecting all those great insights will be for naught if you don’t share them and make a plan for improvement.  To start that discussion, we created a meeting agenda that will be perfect for the slow weeks…   Read More >

  • How to Collect Productive End of the Year Feedback

    As the year wraps up, people tend to reflect on how they spent the last 365 days and how to improve themselves. It’s also a perfect time for businesses to do the same. An honest assessment of the year’s training and meetings can really help refresh and improve the effectiveness of those who work in HR, corporate training or meeting planning.…   Read More >

  • 6 Conferences Meeting Planners Should Attend in 2014

    Attending industry events, conferences and expos is one of the best ways to improve your meeting planner chops. They give you the chance to learn about emerging trends and meet other planners who understand your challenges.  Whether you work for a corporation, an association, a nonprofit or freelance, investing in yourself will infuse new life…   Read More >

  • Meet Amy Smith, Q Center's New Executive Meeting Manager

    Q Center is excited to announce that Amy Smith has joined the sales team as Executive Meeting Manager. Amy will be in charge of day meetings and meetings of less than 40 rooms on peak. Amy joins the sales team at Q Center with over 3 years of sales and hospitality experience. Since graduating from the University of Central Florida’s Rosen College…   Read More >

  • Q Center’s Best of 2013 List

    As the year winds to an end, we like to reflect on all the work we have done. Our staff tirelessly hosted over 1,100 meetings. We redesigned our website and produced a company video to show how our unique and extensive facilities are designed for top-tier meetings. But we also tried to give back with great content to help meeting planners, human…   Read More >

  • See Q Center like never before (Video)

    As the Midwest’s largest conference center, we think photos of all of our facilities, amenities, and beautiful outdoor space simply can’t  adequately portray the Q Center experience. So we made this all-encompassing video to give meeting planners a resource that truly captures the breadth of our offerings – from gourmet food to creative…   Read More >

  • How LinkedIn can make your meetings more successful

    LinkedIn is more than just a social network for connecting with colleagues and finding a job. It’s an indispensible tool that can help you plan, promote and improve your meetings. Learning the ins and outs of the network can save you a lot of time and stress. Here’s how: Get speakers Speakers rely on their professional connections to get…   Read More >

  • 5 Common Meeting Speed Bumps and How to Manage Them

    Every meeting is different, but the same problems seem to pop up time and time again. Fear not! There are quick fixes and ways to prevent these frustrating problems: 1. Attendees/presenters are late – Different people look to different places for information, so cover your communication bases. Be sure the start times are listed everywhere:…   Read More >

  • Adding Memorable Touches to your Event

    I’ve seen hundreds of events over the years – good and bad, memorable and otherwise. So when I read this Maya Angelou quote, it resonated with me as both a meeting professional and a person. “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them…   Read More >

  • Three TED Talks that will make you rethink work

    TED is a nonprofit that hosts conferences around the world with one goal: Spreading ideas. There are over 1000 TED Talks – a series of videos that explore ideas from biology to philosophy to tying your shoe. But one subject keeps popping up in discipline after discipline – the way people work. Experts examine motivation, creativity, and even…   Read More >

  • Corporate culture secrets of five companies employees love

    Over the past forty years, we’ve learned many lessons while helping organizations run effective meetings.  One of the most important lessons is that all organizations – no matter their mission or size – are influenced by one thing: culture.  The focus on organizational culture has become more mainstream as of late, and for good reason. The…   Read More >

  • Don't avoid change, Manage it!

    In the modern working world, change is constant, relentless, and driven by many factors: technology, consumer trends, governmental legislation, integration of different cultures, and more. Add that to the instantaneous nature of today’s communication, and the speed at which these changes affect your organization has never been faster. Because of…   Read More >

  • How to Build Excitement Leading up to your Meetings

    For attendees, upcoming meetings can either feel like an obligation or an opportunity. To move your meeting into the “opportunity” column, try to create a sense of anticipation beforehand. Employing just a few simple and inexpensive tricks will get your group raring to go. Try these tips: Gauge the Audience - Send out a survey that asks what…   Read More >

  • Building a Great Team – Quotes on teamwork from great thinkers and doers

    Every day, hour and minute at work involves teamwork on some level. To elevate a business beyond average, the staff must be able to build, run and participate in an effective team. Teamwork forms the backbone of progress. Learning how to effectively run, work within, and improve teams defines your ability to lead. Many visionaries of our time knew…   Read More >

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