Planner Resources


  • SWAG: What do your guests want?

    Goodie bags. Branded premiums. Giveaways. SWAG (Stuff We All Get). Whatever your attendees call it, it’s important for you as a meeting planner to understand their take on it. As with so many things in life (and business), opinions vary. Everyone loves getting free stuff, right? Except when they don’t. Not everyone wants to carry around a bag…   Read More >

  • How to Use Events to (Professionally) Cut Loose

    “Laughter is the best medicine.” The old adage is true, and science backs it up. Creating situations that foster fun can boost your team’s morale, build relationships, reduce stress, and support cooperation to achieve common goals. So how do you do it? That’s what we’ve written about in a post at EventManagerBlog.com.   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 >

  • Bringing Local Flair to Your Meetings and Events

      More and more in today’s world, attendees favor meetings and training sessions in fun, exotic locations – places that facilitate learning during the day and vacationing at night. But what if the budget isn’t big enough for a trip to someplace like Hawaii this year? How do you offer your participants a fun and exciting meeting experience…   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 >

  • 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 >

  • 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 >

  • 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 >

  • 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 >

  • 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 >

  • 6 Ways to Stretch your Meeting Budget

    Meeting planners could be called miracle workers as well. Tight budgets and great expectations seem to go hand in hand with every meeting. So every meeting planner needs the expense-reducing magic touch. Here are a few tips: Stay Local – Sure, a Vegas blow-out will be memorable, but is it necessary? No matter what the size of the meeting is, a…   Read More >

  • Great ways to thank your speakers

    So you’ve just spent months putting together the perfect meeting. It went off without any major catastrophes, and you can finally get a breath of air. But don’t take too long of a break. There’s still one critical task left – thanking your speakers. Any organization that uses outside experts for meetings can benefit from building a…   Read More >

  • MPI: An Organization that Helps Meeting Planners and More

    No matter what your profession, being able to bring people together for a productive meeting will get you leagues ahead of those who can’t. This is why Meeting Professionals International (MPI) can be a valuable resource for more than just meeting planners. Every industry uses meeting planners to find venues and speakers, to promote programs,…   Read More >

  • How to extend the life of your event with social media

      Successful events and meetings require a lot of effort. You need great content, flawless logistics, and one of the most difficult parts—attendee engagement. Social media not only encourages participation, but it can also make sure all of your tireless work reaps benefits long after the event has concluded. Try these tips to help your next…   Read More >

  • How breaks can amplify your meeting’s effectiveness

    Working hard doesn’t necessarily mean working long. In fact, long uninterrupted work sessions could actually decrease your productivity. Studies have shown that adults can only manage sustained attention for about 15-20 minutes at a time. After that, a short break is needed to let the mind relax, even if it’s just a few minutes. So if you want…   Read More >

  • How breaks can amplify your meeting’s effectiveness

    Working hard doesn’t necessarily mean working long. In fact, long uninterrupted work sessions could actually decrease your productivity. Studies have shown that adults can only manage sustained attention for about 15-20 minutes at a time. After that, a short break is needed to let the mind relax, even if it’s just a few minutes. So if you want…   Read More >

  • 5 Steps to Getting the Perfect Speaker

    Speakers can make or break an event. Finding the right one creates an engaging experience that will stick with attendees long after the meeting concludes. From our years of work with meeting planners and professional development experts, we've found five fail-safe steps to getting the perfect speaker for your event. Copy the embed code below to…   Read More >

  • The Truth About Free Wireless

    The costs of a meeting or conference can really build up. This is why temptations of “Free Wireless” can snag even the savviest planner. Unfortunately, what you save on your budget may seriously impact the quality of your meeting.      Wireless is no longer an option. Laptops, tablets and phones now accompany most professionals every…   Read More >

  • Fun Things to do in St. Charles and Geneva

    After a long day at Q Center, a lot of our attendees like to cut loose. But since most of our guests are from out of town – or even from a foreign country – we like to suggest a few local spots. Therefore, we've put together a guide for those of you who are considering sticking around town! For a bite, try ZaZa Trattoria. For fun, borrow a…   Read More >

Everyone from the front desk, to the business center, to food and beverage staff help make the experience welcoming.

Tim Brouillette, UHY LLP

Q Center
1405 North Fifth Avenue
St. Charles, IL 60174
Get directions >

Group Sales: 877.774.8437
Information: 877.774.4627