Industry Insights


  • Create a culture of innovation by embracing the start-up mindset

    Start-up companies have great advantages because of their close-knit atmosphere. Because they work together in a small team, each employee carries significant weight for the company – personally touching each success and failure. The incentive for innovation is high and their contribution to success is clear. But when a company grows, each new…   Read More >

  • What Organizations can Learn from MOOCs

    Businesses will always need to train and educate their employees, but by no means does the method have to stay the same. In fact, ignoring education trends could leave your staff woefully behind. Many colleges and universities have started to go beyond the lecture hall with Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). These online courses reach a large…   Read More >

  • A Review of Patrick Lencioni's, 5 Dysfunctions of a Team

    A friend of mine recommended that I read The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni and I’m so glad she did. I found the book particularly relevant to the meetings industry and to executive learning because we so often help teams find a productive and decidely functional way to work together. The book is an easy-to-understand leadership…   Read More >

  • 5 Best Practices for Successful Corporate Events

    When an event is all said and done, how can you truly know if it was successful? It would be naïve to think a few kind words from attendees at the end of an event represented the thoughts of everyone. The fact is that many best practices before and after the event can help ensure everyone leaves happy and fulfilled. Pick the right…   Read More >

  • How Games Can Help with Learning According to Dr. David Williamson Shaffer

    After every meeting, your attendees should leave more rounded than when they arrived. One great way to spur this growth is through experience. Put an associate in a manager’s shoes. Give a manager a swing at an executive task. They’ll be happy to prepare for advancement all while learning a lot about how problems are solved above their level. It…   Read More >

  • Meet Our Advisory Board

    Q Center prides itself on creating a learning and team building environment that uses the latest techniques to maximize the effectiveness of meetings. The last few difficult economic years have brought a lot of changes to meetings and corporate training as budgets tightened and staffs had to become more efficient. In addition, technology has grown…   Read More >

  • 6 Books Every Professional Development Executive Should Read

     Q Center loves those that push organizational education to the next level. Our friends, clients and advisory board members regularly suggest great resources that help develop employees, teams, and whole companies. Here are a few that caught our fancy: Stanford Social Innovation Review – Published quarterly, this review gives the nonprofit…   Read More >

  • 5 Ways to Help Young Professionals Excel During Corporate Training

    Corporate training is essential to developing a young, productive and vibrant staff. But to teach them the tricks of the trade, you need to know how they learn and what motivates them.   Don’t give them the answer. Teach them how to find it. Young execs have grown up in an ever-changing world, so they aren’t accustomed to set-in-stone…   Read More >

  • What’s a Chief Learning Officer and How do They Drive Change?

    The job title “chief learning officer” (CLO) came on the scene in the 1990s and is becoming even more mainstream today. With the need to globalize organizations, embrace smaller budgets, and adjust to new technology, CLOs are crucial for long-term success. So, what exactly does a CLO do?  Perhaps the most well known aspect of the CLO’s job…   Read More >

  • 5 Reasons Companies Use Off-Site Training

    “If employers want engagement and commitment, they must put money into training,” says Kristen Fyfe, a spokesperson for the American Society of Training & Development, in this Fortune article. Industry leaders create “a culture of learning” at their organization, which enables them to attract the best employees, she adds. Every organization…   Read More >

  • Get in the Game: Enhance Your Meeting with Interactive Solutions

    One of the first rules of meeting planning is that no two meetings are completely alike. Programs must be designed from a scalability standpoint, taking into account your goals, group size, and budget amount. The only element that is universal to all meetings is that attendees’ do not want another experience in which they are lectured for hours…   Read More >

  • Inspired Technology Applications to Engage Meeting Attendees

    Am I getting the most out of my event budget? What is the most efficient and cost-effective way to make an event come together? How can I ensure that participants are fully engaged with the presenter’s message? These are just a few of the questions meeting planners ask themselves on a regular basis. How do you ensure your meeting or event is…   Read More >

  • Tools & Strategies for Blended & Virtual Meetings

    As communication technology continues to evolve, an increasing number of business leaders are seeing the advantages of hosting virtual and blended meetings. Our expert staff has worked with organizations to make the most of these innovative events, at both a national and global level. Blended meetings create many possibilities for event organizers…   Read More >

  • Drive Engagement with Powerful Presentations

    Imagine a world where technology can help to produce a creative and engaging learning environment in which presentations go beyond the use of sight and sound. Envision a presentation so finely tuned that the presenter never even stops to press a button, but navigates through slides, videos and live conversations just by the movement of his hands.…   Read More >

  • Engaging and Affordable: Understanding the Modern Meeting Planner

    Companies are seeking innovative yet effective ways to link their teams through in-person, virtual and blended meetings. In response to this trend, meeting planners are looking for the following offerings for 2012: creative meeting spaces, flexible bundled packages, and team building events. Other critical components of selecting the venue include…   Read More >

  • Presenting? Don't leave home without reading this...

    If you're like most people, public speaking is one of the most stressful experiences you can imagine. The last thing you need is for some technical glitch to force you to entertain your audience by making shadow puppets on the projection screen! Before you leave your desk with your presentation, take a look at these tips. One of them just may be…   Read More >

  • Blurring the lines between video and computer images…

    Do you ever wonder how event producers can switch so quickly from one video feed to another? So many types of video signals in all different formats and resolutions… and many times it’s all done live, on the fly. It seems like you’d need some pretty slick gear to pull it off. You do… and it keeps getting better. One of the most important…   Read More >

  • Game Shows in the House

    Who can resist the drama of one hand behind your back and the other hovering above a buzzer just waiting to be smacked? The bells, the whistles, the “ZONK!” sound effect that comes up when the big red “X” indicates a wrong answer… it’s all so much more engaging than listening to a monotone presenter click through yet another PowerPoint…   Read More >

  • Building Blocks of Video

    Researching new video display options When you need to design memorable event that has a significant impact on your audience, how do you choose between the limitless options for video display? Even if you’re familiar with all the buzz words like LCD, LED, DLP, plasma and projection, how do you decide which one’s best for your event?  Is cost…   Read More >

  • Meetings Tech Tip - June 2011

    Are things getting dimmer? If your LCD projection seems to be dimmer than it used to be, it’s probably not your eyes. Projector lamps have a rated life expectancy just like light bulbs. (OK, it IS hard to notice the rating on a bulb when you’re frantically replacing it during an important presentation!) But paying attention to a projector…   Read More >

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