Bidding on and reserving hotel rooms and meeting spaces can be tedious for planners. The typical process includes filling out individual electronic request for proposal (eRFP) forms for different hotels, which can take upwards of 30 minutes.
The National Conference Center, one of the largest meeting and training facilities in the country, compiled a list of the top meeting and event planning apps by combing through all those offered and chatting with industry professionals. Below are their results.
AS PEOPLE CONTINUE TO SWIPE AND TAP THEIR WAY THROUGH THE DAY, new community-fueled options for transportation and accommodations have started to popularize. In particular, two San Francisco-based companies, Uber and Airbnb, have exploded into the marketplace with a presence in virtually every major city (and even smaller towns, too).
Just as writers experience the dreaded writer’s block, event planners, too, can get stuck in a rut. The Internet is a great place for sparking ideas, but options are limitless. How does one find inspiration with so many different things to search? Pinterest is a classic go-to, but Instagram might be the stronger choice. Instead of scrolling through an endless amount of pictures—some relevant and others completely useless—following someone you admire will give you more successful ideas you can incorporate into your events. We’ve listed a few accounts that boast exceptional ideas.
Event bags are always a hit with guests. And while most parties can’t live up to the standard of celebrity gift bags (This year’s Academy Award gift bags included $20,000 worth of merchandise featuring a private dinner party at Morton’s steakhouse and a pair of Beamer Video Phones), us ‘regular people’ can have just as much fun with gifts for our guests. Themed bags are a consistently good idea, and we have just the thing for your upcoming spring soiree.
Luscious libations, delicacies from 14 of Chicago’s hottest restaurants, fabulous music and décor guests enjoyed the works at the 22nd annual Cocktails for a Cause gala at Galleria Marchetti last November. Beyond the glitz and glam, though, the real attraction was meeting the goal of $210,000 raised for pediatric research initiatives at the Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute affiliated with the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.
With winter comes the hectic holiday season full of parties, events and meetings. But the season also brings resolutions and a desire to get your life in order. Everyone organizes differently, so we’ve found four unique ways to keep track of your schedule.
TRAINS, PLANES, AUTOMOBILES-AND HOTELS (lots and lots of hotels). These places often become mobile offices for event planners, even as they’re developing itineraries for thousands of destination travelers year-round. Since travel can be such a large component to production, we spoke with Hanson Ansary, hospitality veteran and president and CEO of AlliedPRA Chicago, to map out some important key words for transportation and accommodations.
I’ve been reading Leaders Eat Last, a book about leadership by the motivational speaker Simon Sinek. His book explores, as the subtitle puts it, "why some teams pull together and others don’t." Sinek quotes a lot of biology and anthropology to support his thesis: when companies prioritize the care of human beings, and put people before numbers, they thrive.
Improv workshops, once reserved for aspiring Belushis, are becoming big business for corporate theam-building. Pro Jimmy Carrane instigates laughs - and results