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  • 23 May 2014 3:05 PM | Anonymous

    Having great time management skills makes your life and your business run smoothly. 

    There are a number of factors that characterize a successful event, and one of them is an event that runs like clockwork. This can’t happen without proper preparation, and as a professional event manager you’re likely to have more than one project on the go at a time, so you need to make sure that you’re on top of everything all at once. Add to that the fact that your working hours are probably very different to the traditional 9-5, so managing your time effectively is crucial for reducing stress levels and ensuring successful events.


  • 23 Apr 2014 2:42 PM | Anonymous

    13 Ways the Busiest People Ever Avoid Burnout


    Sure, you love your job. After all, you wouldn't be doing it if you didn't.

    But after years of email upon email and never-ending phone conferences, even the best of us can face burnout.


    To find out how to successfully combat -define even avoid undefined this phenomenon, we asked 13 startup founders from the Young Entrepreneur Council (a.k.a., the hardest-working people we know) what strategies they rely on. Here's what they had to say.

  • 20 Mar 2014 4:11 PM | Anonymous
    We caught up with Arthur Backal from New York-based event company Backal Management Group to find out what will be in and what will be out for 2014.

    Backal (pictured below with U2's Bono), organizes events at the Apella Event Space at the Alexandria Center, and said that he watches how guests behave and follows up on comments they make in order to know what they want and need, and what has proven effective. “Also, you have to be aware of what’s happening in the marketplace,” he added. While the economy is still sluggish, he has noticed an increase in entrepreneurships and startups. “People are starting to get out there and start business ideas,” he said. “Meetings and events will still be a part of that.”
  • 20 Mar 2014 11:56 AM | Anonymous

      Planning Memorable Corporate Dinners

    Corporate dinner parties require organization to stay goal-oriented.  Whether the purpose is to motivate a team, attract new clients, reward hard work and success, or celebrate a holiday, choose the ideal venue. The location sets the tone of your event.  Hotels and conference venues are popular choices for larger receptions while intimate gatherings may warrant a more unique setting.  The right location along with set-up, décor, lighting, music, and entertainment will set the ambience of your reception.  Decide if you want guests to mingle by offering drinks and canapés as a precursor to dinner.  Enhance energy flow, great conversation and friendly networking by having a wise seating plan.  Grouping big personalities with an introvert can be awkward. Consider your guests by placing them with harmonious conversationalists.

    Food is integral to your event. Consider how you’d like to serve your guests.  Listed below are some basic dinner service options. 

    Buffet vs. Stations:  Buffets offer guests a variety of dinner and dessert options and can help alleviate food allergy issues as your guests select food options presented to them beautifully on a buffet line.  

    Food stations are less structured, but offer a fun and interactive atmosphere by allowing for mobility and lends to networking.  You can have a pasta station where guests have options for pastas, sauces and accompaniments or a carving station with a variety of meats sliced by a chef. 

    American/Plated Dinner Service:  The most common of all dinner services, this service is also known as the "plated dinner.”  The meals are prepared and plated in the kitchen then brought out to each individual guest at their table.

    French/Butler Service: Food is brought to the table fully or partially
    prepared and finished in front of the guests. This allows guests to see the food before they decide on their meal. Guests may serve themselves from the platter and serve their own portions. This style can be time consuming, requires dining room space, and is typically more expensive.

    English/Silver Service:  Like French service, during silver service the wait staff serve seated guests from the left, drinks and plated meals from the right and the meals are served from platters and not plated in the kitchen. With English service however, food is served formally by the waiter to guests from platters. This service is great for formal and elegant occasions.

    Guest speakers are a great way to entertain.  They can provide humor, inspiration, motivation, and topical relevance to an event prior to or after dinner service.  Games, raffles, and interactive shows can be great for in-house team building and great fun for colleagues and clients.

    Whether you are recognizing valuable employees or courting new business, a well-planned, structured event with great food and entertainment will yield successful results!  

  • 04 Mar 2014 12:17 PM | Anonymous

    10 things you should NEVER say during presentations

    At our TNW Conferences we see a lot of presentations and I have given a fair share of presentations myself. I often see people making the same mistakes and cringe when I hear the same excuses or basic errors when people get on stage.

    The easiest way to lose an audience is to make a mistake in the first minute, and that is exactly where most mistakes are made. 

  • 04 Mar 2014 12:15 PM | Anonymous
    5 big changes coming for hotels 

    Jim Holthouser has seen plenty of change during his 35 years in the hotel business. He told 125 attendees of last week’s 16th Annual Lodging Industry Update in Memphis that even he hasn’t seen anything yet.
    The speed and scope of change is more prevalent than ever, said Holthouser, Hilton Worldwide Holdings’ executive VP of global brands. Neither of those components is going to slow any time soon, he added before outlining five changes coming soon to hotels.

  • 06 Feb 2014 12:40 PM | Anonymous
    Summary: Today's fundraising toolkit contains everything from social media to member-to-member outreach. Whatever methods you choose, you'll achieve more when you tell a compelling story that captures donors' desire to invest in something they believe in and shows how their contributions enhance member value.  read more>>
  • 06 Feb 2014 12:34 PM | Anonymous

    Using Social Media with Limited Bandwidth and Resources

    Done well, social media makes all your other objectives easier. Whether your association works to build awareness, create industry standards, provide certification programs, or promote field advancements, connecting with a world of similarly invested constituents will only make your mission easier.  Here’s how to get started: read more>>

  • 06 Feb 2014 12:28 PM | Anonymous
    Come tour the tops in tabletop design--it's our annual Tabletop Gallery, featured on the show floor at The Special Event 2014 in Nashville, Tenn. Here, the stunning work of the finalists.  read more>>
  • 06 Feb 2014 12:27 PM | Anonymous

    Midcentury modern, electic, steampunk--these will all be top trends in special event for 2014.

    The major trends will include eclectic environments created by unique accessories and unusual combinations that are unexpected and reflect the designer’s personal style, along with rustic and midcentury modern looks combined with Victorian and French-inspired pieces to create a lush and entirely modern space.   read more>>

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