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  • 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 >

  • 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 >

  • Meet Autumn Walters

    Please join us in welcoming Autumn Walters to the Q Center team! Autumn will serve as a Sales Manager who is responsible for corporate accounts. Autumn joins us with over 13 years of experience in the hospitality industry, most recently serving as Director of Sales at the Geneva Ridge Resort in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.  She has also worked for…   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 >

  • 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 >

  • 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 >

  • 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 >

  • 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 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 >

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