What you need to know about accommodating special diets in meetings

Mark Cooper - Sunday, November 18, 2018

Event planners and venues are duty bound to ensure that special dietary requests are considered, and wherever possible, provided for during meetings, conferences and training events. Read More

Top 6 meeting planner mistakes and how to avoid them

Mark Cooper - Sunday, October 28, 2018

Planning a meeting, conference or company event can often be full of starts and stops and not always moving in the same direction. The focus, size or even location of the event can change, and the meeting planner may not have insight into the overall goals of the client or group for whom the training or conference is being planned. Yet, nailing down as many of these details as far in advance as possible can be the key to a successful meeting. Read More

How to choose a venue for a corporate event or meeting: 12 things to consider

Mark Cooper - Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Choosing the right venue for your corporate meeting, event, conference or training is just as important to your success as carefully planning the schedule of sessions or selecting speakers. The right venue can mean the difference between a successful training and networking experience or uncomfortable delegates who keep their eyes on the exit. What are the factors that can have an impact on your meeting’s success? 

Here are 12 things to consider when choosing a venue for your next corporate meeting, workshop or training.  Read More

Ten internet considerations you shouldn’t overlook when choosing a venue for small meetings

Mark Cooper - Monday, April 30, 2018

Having reliable internet access at meetings of all sizes is more important than ever.  Attendees expect to be able to connect a variety of devices ranging from mobile phones to tablets to laptops through a venue’s Wi-Fi. Meeting presenters may have additional needs such as web demos, video streaming, crowd polling or video conferencing. How well a venue’s broadband service is able to meet these demands depends on a number of factors, beyond just the obvious ones (such as speed or price).  Read More

Five reasons professional development should be part of your company culture

Mark Cooper - Thursday, March 29, 2018

When it comes to delivering outstanding client service and guest care, your facility and meeting planning staff probably take a very deliberate approach. But does your venue or company take the same strategic approach to investing in the professional growth and development of your employees? Are your people prepared to weather changes and bring best practices to work for your company? Have you given your staff the tools they need to make employee development a priority?  Read More

Eat, Drink and Succeed. Seven tips to make your meetings more engaging

Mark Cooper - Friday, February 09, 2018

As the White House Director of Events during the Clinton Administration, IACC keynote speaker Laura Schwartz created events that represented a nation and inspired the world. Today, as a professional speaker, respected television commentator and author of Eat, Drink & Succeed,  Laura shares the secrets to building powerful, effective connections within companies, communities and events.

Having created more than 1,000 White House events, including 12 State arrival ceremonies and dinners, America's Millennium Celebration and NATO's 50th Anniversary, Laura knows something about creating an impact. In a recent interview with IACC, she stressed that close cooperation between a venue operator and meeting planner is essential for every successful meeting or event.  Read More

Food for Thought: Trends in Menu Design

Mark Cooper - Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Today more than ever, meeting and conference guests have sophisticated tastes. They’ve become accustomed to experiencing a variety of ethnic cuisines and trying unique new culinary creations. It’s also likely that a large number of attendees are health- or eco- conscious, and many have dietary restrictions such as dairy or gluten sensitivities.  Read More

Five Things Leading Venues Have in Common

Mark Cooper - Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Beautiful facilities, exceptional food and superior service probably come to mind when you think about what makes a great conference or meeting venue. These may seem like obvious considerations on a list of elements that leading venues have in common. Yet, there are other pragmatic concerns that determine which venues are the most successful and perhaps the most profitable.  Read More

Food and Wellness Trends That Are Shaping Today’s Meeting Menus

Mark Cooper - Wednesday, October 04, 2017

It’s no surprise that health and wellness issues are becoming increasingly important for conference and meeting delegates. In addition to an overall movement toward healthier food choices, many regions are seeing an increased demand for organic and locally sourced foods, food requests brought on by allergies and vegetarian preferences, as well as a growing multi-national – and urban – food culture.    Read More

Why Speed Matters: Is Your Meeting Venue’s Internet Service Adequate?

Mark Cooper - Wednesday, September 20, 2017

If your property is still making due with internet service that hasn’t been upgraded within the last several years, you could be heading for trouble.  As you’ve undoubtedly noticed, meetings require more and more bandwidth, and the demand for broadband will only continue to increase. Delegates today come to meetings with not just one, but often two or three devices that can devour your property’s internet capacity quickly if you haven’t adequately planned your infrastructure.   Read More

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