Planner Resources


  • 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 >

  • 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 >

  • 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 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 >

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