Peer Genius: Advice for New Planners

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“Concentrate on the basics and work backward from there.  If your budget is limited, try to guide your “powers that be” to devote more of it to food and beverage and quality production equipment.  It is not nearly as important to have an amazing stage and special effects as it is for everything to run smoothly, with speakers who can be heard and presentations that can be read from anywhere in the room. Food is a big deal. Don’t worry about high-end centerpieces and decor at the expense of an inspired menu. People remember (and talk about) food—and it makes them happy.”

Janet H.   |    ALTB Event Management LLC

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Bandwidth, bandwidth, bandwidth. With today’s device-focused audience, it is important to make sure you are negotiating for the right amount of Internet bandwidth. I start by referencing the prior year’s usage report, then take into account any major changes in audience or program. You can request this archived report from the program’s convention services manager at the facility where the event was held. I also confirm the program has dedicated channels for keynote presentations to avoid untimely interruptions.

Claire D.    |    Webtrends

 

 

Susan Campbell

Susan Campbell

Susan Campbell is the Editor of Elite Meetings magazine. During her 20-plus years in publishing, she’s written extensively on destinations and luxury hospitality experiences for leisure travelers and the meetings industry alike.

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