Blog

Q Center news, industry insights, and helpful tips.


  • 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 >

  • 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 >

The staff at Q Center helped to make this event productive, memorable and comfortable... Thanks very much for your efficiency and professionalism!

Susan O'Dea, Chicago Tube & Iron

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

Group Sales: 877.774.8437
Information: 877.774.4627