Planner Resources


  • 5 Signs that it’s Time for a New Training Venue

    Ever take the same route to work so long that you don’t even think about a better way to get there? Sure it may be familiar, but you may not notice the drive getting one iota slower every day.    The same thing can happen with your company’s good ol’training venue. Booking an event is difficult, so the familiar choice may seem like a…   Read More >

  • 5 Questions Meeting Planners Should Ask Before Booking an Eco-Friendly Event

    In light of corporate responsibility, today’s meeting planners have a new challenge: they must find spaces that meet both the event requirements and their client's “green” values.  As you well know, this is easier said than done. Especially when many facilities that claim to be eco-friendly just aren’t! We’ve put together a few…   Read More >

  • Eco-Friendly Events & Meetings

    Meetings and events are often seen as a reflection of an organization’s values. As corporations become more conscious of the leadership role they play in fostering communities and building a sustainable future, meeting professionals are finding themselves tasked with making that mission a practical reality.  Environmental stewardship is at the…   Read More >

  • Bringing Q with You

    In an increasingly global environment, meeting planning has taken on an extra level of complexity. This is particularly true for off-site events. More than ever, meeting planners need to make sure that they are asking the right questions when hiring a corporate event production team. From the latest technology to scenic designs to translation…   Read More >

  • Putting a Signature Touch on Special Events Catering

    There's an ephemeral beauty to a well-catered event. It's a bit like building castles in the sand. To create something awe-inspiring takes a great deal of dedication and skill, yet it comes with the knowledge that your work will disappear soon after. Caterers, event planners, and chefs know that the more delicious the food and visually-appealing…   Read More >

  • Innovation & Imagination in Meeting Planning

    The next time you are seeking innovative or inspirational meeting planning ideas, we invite you to join us on Pinterest. Pinterest is a popular online resource for special events planners.  Q Center is using this application to share examples of our customized work with meeting professionals around the world. Using our Pinterest boards, event and…   Read More >

  • Bring Extra Flavor to Your Event

    It's been said that nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking, if they weren’t both a pleasure and a necessity. The perception of value and overall cost are top considerations for most groups when it comes to menu selection. As an unfortunate tradeoff, food at many corporate events has earned a reputation for being bland or boring.…   Read More >

  • Presenting Our On-Site Support Services

    There are many factors you have to consider when it comes down to selecting a venue for a meeting – location, cost, accommodations, and on-site services.  The ultimate goal for every meeting planner is a successful, cost-effective, well-planned event – along with happy, satisfied guests. Q Center is pleased to feature three on-site support…   Read More >

  • Warning: This meeting may be hazardous to your planet’s health

    There’s been a lot of talk about green meetings in the past few years. And, thanks to some vigilant crusaders, we have seen some really positive change. The three Rs (Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle) are in full use at most meeting venues. A/V equipment manufacturers are producing more energy-efficient gear all the time. And bottled water consumption…   Read More >

  • Themes That Thrive

    Now that you’ve been assigned the task of planning your company event, you need to choose the perfect theme.  How do you decide on the perfect theme?  It’s all about your attendees.   Your décor, music, entertainment, and food and beverage, should all encompass this theme and not clash with it.    As you are brainstorming ideas, ask…   Read More >

  • The Monumental Task

    It’s time consuming. It’s tedious. It’s the job that just won’t go away. Of  all the items on the meeting planner check list, tracking of transportation arrangements and guest room reservations is one of the most challenging. Even when the monumental task of recording everyone’s information is done, the job is far from complete.…   Read More >

  • Checking your Checklist

    In today’s world, meeting planners are busier than ever. You are constantly balancing more than the usual share of projects, short-term travel and different event venues.  As a result, you must often rely on the facility's conference planning manager. This helps you stay ahead of key deadlines, identify creative solutions for new concepts,…   Read More >

  • Meetings Tech Tip - October 2011

    Business videoconferencing Skype deserves a lot of credit for being a quick, cool option for face time with your daughter who’s off at college or your grandma in Scottsdale. But if you’re looking for a business-class solution, you might want to consider High Definition or TelePresence videoconferencing. While pricey, these systems are…   Read More >

  • Having a Holiday Party?

    Why not give it some personality with some themed decorations! The Holiday Season is rapidly approaching and sooner or later we will all be hosting a Holiday Party.  A great way to make the party unforgettable is to decorate it with a unique theme.  Simple items that you can find in your own home, your own backyard, or at a flea market can really…   Read More >

  • Meetings Tech Tip - September 2011

    It's your job to keep meeting costs in check, right? And your IT department just got a great portable LCD projector for the sales team to use on the road. So why not take that LCD to your next meeting and reduce your hotel A/V charges? The answer is: It depends. A projector that's perfect in a conference room might not fare as well at your…   Read More >

  • It’s All in the Details

    What makes a Conference Planning Manager different from a Conference Services Manager? As the title says, it’s in the details. Although you’ll find differences from property to property, most Conference Services Managers (CSMs) are there to help you get things done at their hotel. They communicate your logistics requests to the conference…   Read More >

  • Meetings Tech Tip - May 2011

    A/V issues and Windows® 7  Have you noticed that you're experiencing more problems than before with devices attached to your laptop computer with USB cables? Is the equipment locking up or becoming unresponsive over the course of a day?  More businesses are using Windows® 7 on their laptops these days.  Our tech team started noticing a…   Read More >

  • Kicking Our Bottled Water Addiction

    Avoiding the space between the rock and the hard spot Green meetings – everyone’s for them, right? We’re all trying to do what we can to minimize our carbon footprint. But what about that nasty bottled water habit?  Americans’ use of water bottles is estimated at over 60 million bottles EVERY DAY. And it takes about 20 million barrels of…   Read More >

  • Evolution of Conference Center Dining

    Forget about that college dining hall. There was a time when conference center dining was a slightly more sophisticated version of the cafeteria at your college dorm. Both were focused on feeding hundreds of people in a short period of time so they can get back to class or their meeting. Quality was usually second to quantity. If your perception…   Read More >

  • With IT and A/V, you have to know more than your ABCs.

    Avoid the epic fail  If you’ve been in the meetings business as long as many of us at Q Center have, you remember the days when A/V consisted of 35mm slide shows and overhead transparencies. Technology glitches were limited to burned-out projector bulbs and slide trays that wouldn’t advance.  Meetings in the 21st century are…   Read More >

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