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Q Center news, industry insights, and helpful tips.


  • 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 >

  • 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 >

  • 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 >

  • 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 >

  • 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 >

  • 5 Ways to Make Your Meetings More Fun This Summer

    When people think about summer, their minds go straight to the beach, evening cocktails, and barbeques. Too often, these summer-lovers go to a meeting during the week and spend the whole time daydreaming about the weekend. The best way to keep their attention is to fight summer with summer. Plan activities that capture the delightful weather, long…   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 >

  • Our Favorite #MeetingProfs to Follow on Twitter

    We love Twitter here at Q Center.  Since joining, we've interacted with a ton of great people, publications, Meeting Planners, industry associations and thought leaders who help us further what we do in the corporate meetings space.  We've learned a ton, made a few friends and hope this list will help you do that too!  @BizBash_News – A…   Read More >

  • 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 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 >

  • Meet Our Sales Manager, Laura Walczynski

    It’s been an exciting few weeks here at Q Center!  Not only have we launched our new website (isn’t it beautiful?), we are excited to announce the promotion of our very own, Laura Walczynski. Laura began her career in our Guest Services and Catering department in 2010.  Later that year she joined the Sales and Marketing team where she…   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 >

  • Building Up Your Team, Strengthening Your Community

    Companies practicing Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)—a built-in, active commitment from a business to benefit the greater community—stand to benefit in many ways, including increased profitability. Consumers make conscious choices to purchase from responsible businesses, and employees form a stronger sense of loyalty to the company. Of…   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 >

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