EMA Day 1: Great scenery, great conversation, and … tomahawks?
The first day of my first Elite Meetings Alliance was quite an experience. It was certainly a whirlwind, from my early morning flight to the last cocktail. We met so many wonderful planners and hoteliers who are excited to learn and network over the next three days. A few things I’ve already learned:
The venue is everything. The Broadmoor has taken my breath away so many times, and the service and catering has been impeccable. But it’s not just about well-arranged meeting rooms and the surrounding mountains; it’s about unique venues like the Cheyenne Lodge, where we had dinner with the planner attendees.
Technology is great — but there will always be snags. Registration kiosks and mobile apps help save time and make events run so much more smoothly. I saw it with my own eyes in our Hospitality Lounge as EMA attendees arrived to check in. However, no system is perfect 100 percent of the time. Even our Cvent team had a testy printer that had to be reset several times throughout the day. At the end of the day, though, those snags happen at events no matter what, whether it’s the technology, the audiovisual equipment, the room setup, or the fact that there’s a wedding party that needs the Hospitality Lounge for pictures in five minutes! If we work together as partners, we can deal with any issue that arises.
Memorable experiences are the ultimate ice breaker. Sure, there was plenty of conversation going on all day. But we weren’t cheering for one another until the tomahawk throwing started. That’s right, tomahawk throwing. A brilliant idea when the wine is flowing (which is probably why we all had to sign waivers!). The crowd gathered, and everyone watching became a cheerleader not only for their friends and colleagues, but also for their new acquaintances or complete strangers.