Industry Insights


  • Doing Good is Good for Business

    As global issues grow, so does the importance of corporate social responsibility, also known as CSR. Our society values organizations with responsible, sustainable, and ethical approaches, especially at meetings and events. CSR doesn’t have to be a big action, though. There are lots of little things organizations can do to improve their current…   Read More >

  • How to do post-event surveys right

    The best meeting planners find ways to improve their next event at the end of their current one. A key method to do this is by asking the attendees how it went. Sounds easy right? It isn’t. It doesn’t matter whether the meeting had ten attendees or a thousand – everyone is busy, and surveys sound like extra work.  So give them a reason to…   Read More >

  • How to Put Some Variety Into Your Meeting or Event

    The average attention span isn’t long. Some estimates put it at eight seconds; others say 40 minutes. No matter which is correct, the bottom line is simple: Keeping an audience engaged is paramount to your meeting’s success. So while you’re planning sessions and workshops, think about how to mix up the day.    Here are a few tips to get…   Read More >

  • Event Hashtags for #Eventprofs

    Have you gone to an event with its own hashtag? Did the excitement for the event continue online after it was over? Was it nice to have access to the ideas, content, and participants from the event? There are so many benefits to event hashtags today, including those listed above, but there is also a lot of uncertainty about them. How do you make…   Read More >

  • How to incorporate healthy movement into the workday

    By many estimates, full time workers will end up spending over 90,000 hours on the clock during their careers. For many – especially office workers – this makes for a lot of sitting, which scientists and doctors from many disciplines have found to be terrible for your health, leading to decreased circulation, weight gain, and stress.…   Read More >

  • Professional Development Outside

    Summer is upon us. Now that the frost is gone, you’re no longer limited to the office for professional development, meetings, and team building. Try getting the team outside. The change in scenery will help with morale and keep them enthusiastic. Try these activities:  Outdoor Skill Exchange – Have each member of the team share a skill that…   Read More >

  • How to build a great online reputation

    90% of consumers say that their buying decisions are influenced by online reviews, so it’s imperative for businesses to build a positive, user-generated reputation. At Q Center, we have found that the absolute best way to keep your online reputation positive is to listen to the needs of our customers and deliver solutions, but there’s more to it…   Read More >

  • Team Building Insights from Q Center’s Michael Woods

    Michael Woods has helped our clients develop and execute team building activities for the last 14 years. According to Michael, both the quality and quantity of these events has grown during this period. So we asked Michael for his perspective on the industry, the activities, and what’s at the core of exceptional team building.   What’s your…   Read More >

  • Introducing the Council for Meetings and Professional Development

    Think about the last ten years in the professional development and meeting planning industries. While the internet, social media, countless apps, and technology advancements have touched every aspect of the greater business world, meetings and professional development have failed to effectively embrace many of these opportunities. Disciplines like…   Read More >

  • 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 >

  • 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 >

  • 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 >

  • 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 >

  • 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 >

  • The Advantages of Interdisciplinary Meetings

    Five years ago, Beth Peluse had just started her job as an Account Executive at a mid-sized digital marketing agency. Like any fresh face joining a new team, she was ushered from one coworker to the next for quick introductions. Two weeks later, she performed improv with a Vice President, a Director of Search and Innovation, a Project Manager, and a…   Read More >

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