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IMEX America – back to Vegas

IMEX is THE event trade show for event professionals and on October 14 – 16, IMEX comes back to Las Vegas.

If you are yet to attend IMEX as a hosted buyer, you’ve been missing out.

If you are a meeting and event professional whom books hotels, holds meetings and events in the USA, then all you need to do is apply.  IMEX works through an intermediary to cover the cost of your flights and accommodation and is on a guarantee that you will meet with no less than 8 exhibitors a day whilst you are attending. It seems a lot but it really isn’t and if you are there to meet powerful connections and investigate all the different showcased venues, it is oh so worthwhile.

You can find out all the statistics from 2013 here! 

 

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If you are like me though, the best part of trade shows is the networking opportunities and each time I attend one, I end up making amazing connections that I am still in touch with some years after I attended!

This year there are a few great events on offer however, the one event that looks pretty good  is the MPI Foundation Rendezvous which is a club night at one of the Strip nightclubs where you can mix and mingle with the industries best and brightest… all with an open bar!

To be honest, what ends up happening is you go to the party until about 3.00 am where you think it would be a great idea to keep going, get back to your hotel at around 6.00 am for a 7.00 wake-up call to attend the forum slightly worse for wear! lots of fun.

You can apply for a place as a hosted buyer here.   I can’t apply this year, I have no leave but next year I will!

 

 

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Why doesn’t anyone show up?

I cannot count the amount of times I have been so off when calculating actual  rsvp’s versus attendance on the day.

Some days its a 8.00 am start, its raining, minus 6 degrees, tube strike and someone famous passed away and you will get close to perfect attendance. Other times, you have an amazing event, the sun is shining, you have done all the research you can to make sure there are no conflicts and 20% show up! God, its so annoying.  Here are a few tips I have learnt that may not guarantee perfect attendance but, may give you more of an indication whom is actually going to show up so you don’t waste money on catering, using unnecessary staff and more importantly, have 100 spare chairs at your seminar which must be mortifying  for a speaker!

 

Price

If you want people to think you are throwing an event of value, charge for it. When deciding whether to attend an event I will weigh up the cost of giving up my time against what I will get from the event. Sure, its most likely I will get a few free glasses of champagne and if I stand close enough to the kitchen, a few canapes but is that worth my time?  If I received an invitation for an event that had a low ticket price attached, not only would I think twice before purchasing but if I did, I can guarantee you I would turn up!

Check the diary

If you work for a professional services organisation and run seminars, a simple Google search will help identify any other events happening with a similar topic so you can avoid holding yours on the same date. Most professional services firms will advertise their seminars on their website.  If you are planning to hold an event at an accountancy firm on some recent taxation legislation that has just been released, chances are your competitors are doing the same thing.. google, google, google and get in their first…

Reminder, reminder and another reminder..

Yes, you may think it irritating but if someone is looking forward to attending an event, guaranteed they are not going to care a less if they receive a couple of reminders are they?  Have you ever had a guest or client say they would now like to decline because they received too many reminders? no, you haven’t soooo.. do it!

A final reminder the day before is oh so important. So many times I have forgotten to go to an event that I may have rsvp’d to a while ago and not had any reminders since! Just do it.

Venue

Venue is most definitely key.  Budgets aside, try and not run the same event at the same place every year. It’s dull! When choosing your venue make sure it is easy for people to get to as well and ensure you have location maps with the invitation, not dodgy Google maps  that anyone can make.

Make your location diagram easy by perhaps putting other points of interest on it that would be interesting to your guest.  It’s quirky and memorable.

These are a few little tips that can help gauge a better attendance figure.. your welcome! lol

 

 

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My Week in Events

Whilst it is still technically my “week”. I have half a day off this afternoon to deal with a plumber (which sounded a lot ruder when I said it to my fiancée) so I thought rather than enjoy a lovely afternoon at the pub, I would write my blog & hit the gym #looser.

My week in events has been overshadowed by a very exciting visit to the registry office early this morning to file our notice of intent to marry.  It’s all very exciting and can’t believe I am getting married in a few months.  Our wedding seemed like a millions years away a few months ago and now BOOM, am having bridal melt downs left right and center.  I am proud to admit though I haven’t cried yet – Bradley is amazing at helping me see nothing is worth stressing about and I have amazing bridesmaids and Brad’s sister Michelle has some super amazing connections!

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Personal events aside, I ran a dinner on Tuesday which resulted in the usual amount of no-shows! How do you actually get people to show up? I do it myself, I RSVP yes, it gets to the night and am tired so can’t be bothered to go, we all do it but lately, without fail I will always send an apology email, it is just basic manners, right and a habit we should all keep in this profession as we all know how frustrating it can be!

One epic event passed through London which I was privilegedtourdefrance the see.  The Tour de France (#fance)!  We were fortunate enough to be front and center when they went past.  I cannot imagine how much planning goes into that event. Everything has to be timed to perfection which is not one of my strongest event planning skills. Am a bit too laid back at times!

I had some awesome news that will hopefully see me being published in a new publication but that is on hush till finalised which was pretty amazing for me. I always fancied myself as Carrie Bradshaw which means if it gets confirmed I might need to take up smoking again!

All in all a pretty average week work wise but personally, pretty bloody awesome!

 

 

New openings…

Our nations’ capital sure does have its fair share of restaurant openings and July is certainly going to be a busy month.  Finding something new as a corporate event planner is hard work!  To find that new place where there is a glint of interest but where most people haven’t yet had the chance to go is key in getting those clients to say “yes” to your event invitation.

Of course there is about 50 new openings in July however below are the ones I am excited about!.

Mondrian London – Sea Containers House

I was lucky enough to do a hard-hat tour of the Mondrian London at Sea Containers House and whilst it is not due to open until late Summer, I am pretty excited.  The Mondrian will host a variety of bars and restaurants none more exciting that the roof top bar with its panoramic views of London.

In terms of meeting and events space, the hotel offers a boardroom which can accommodate up to 273 reception or 176 banquet. The hotel also boasts a private screening room which will seat up to 56 theatre style (perfect for an event with a screening).  Without having a firm opening date it is quite difficult to commit to an event however it really is worth a look for when it does even, if it is just to get yourself an invite to the launch party (hint hint). You can find out more about their event spaces and floor plans here.

 

Hawksmoor – Knightsbridge

Need I give an opening blurb? Everyone knows Hawksmoor and if you don’t, you’ve been living under a rock!

The newest addition to the Hawksmoor family is on Yeoman’s Row, just off the Brompton Road and very close to Harrods. It’s this location that makes it perfect for overseas clients and visitors were they can be dazzled by it’s very glam art-deco interior.  The usual steak is on offer alongside a variety of seafood dishes.  This branch opened on 3 July and a pretty good guess would be that it is always full so book early for both private and group reservations!

 

Lima Floral

This is the second opening of Lima with the first Loma Fitzrovia in 2012 and,  which last year, became the first Peruvian restaurant in Europe to gain a Michelin star.  According to their website, Lima  is

“showcasing Peru as a country full of diversity: ecologically, culturally and historically, sharing an authentic and native culinary offering”

 

This second offering in Covent Garden will have a restaurant and a bar area where instead of the full dining experience, patrons can just sample ‘piqueos’ or “small plates’. You can find out more about Lima here to see how you can use this unique restaurant for your event needs!

 

 

 

Everthing good or bad works together for our good

Event Consult:

This is one of my favourite things I have read in the blog world! Thanks

Originally posted on StevenDavisUK:

As some of you may know I have had a manic week within my career changes and I have not had the chance to post any content. I apologise to all my followers!

This roller-coaster week has been great for me in learning new lessons which I will be sharing with you over the coming days. Most of this week I have been getting comfortable with the amount of change in my life and was talking about this on Friday with my friend.

My friend Mark, who is a fantastic motivational speaker who works all across Europe said to me that he learned a lesson this week too. He asked me if I had seen the moral story about annoying little things.

He emailed this story to me and I want to share it with you.

I think we can ALL relate to what is written below and think of stages…

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Social Media for Event Managment

Originally posted on Event Consult :

Social Media in events enables long-term and sustained interaction with attendees. It isn’t just for large events either. You can use social media to leverage the reach of a 3 person round table or even your own summer party!

I read a great, downloadable e-book from vent this morning for helping you to understand the social media landscape. It can be downloaded, via cvent here.

Enjoy #evenprofs

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Motivational Monday

“Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice”. ~Wayne Dyer

And fundamentally, it is your choice. Yes it’s Monday, yes you want to sleep in but think of all the things you will achieve, the better day you will have if you just get up, get motivated and crack on with the day.

 

You never know what could happen in one day! The next big change or exciting thing to happen in your life could happen today. If you are single you could meet “the one”, if you are trying for a baby, today could be the day! If you are broke, today is the day you could win the lottery!

Happy Monday!

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