Elevating Your Message

Elevating Your Message

 

We’ve all heard the phrase “It’s not what you say, but how you say it” before and how it can apply in delivering important information at the workplace, but what might also be as important is where.  

Maybe it’s the year-end meeting to review the outstanding job your team has done for the company or the holiday celebration where special recognitions are going to be highlighted.  Maybe it’s the kick off to a new company initiative and it’s your job to get your staff energized with your messaging.  That can be difficult to do in the same board room, lunch area or meeting space you always use.  Time to elevate your message with location!

Off-site Venues to Mix it Up!

Yes, there are the traditional options of a hotel meeting room, conference or convention center – but how about going for something memorable?  Places like:

  • Theaters (Universities, High Schools or public venues)
  • Private clubs (no, not just country clubs!) or historical homes
  • Boat cruises
  • Distilleries, wineries or breweries
  • Museums
  • Sports arenas
  • Zoos

Integrate lunch or dinner, and make it for employees and their families!  Each of these locations will fit different agendas for different sized groups, but all will be more memorable than your company’s conference room.

Sound daunting?  Remember an Event Planning Professional can help arrange the right place and help with all the details associated with the day!  

The 5 Biggest Benefits of Hiring an Event Planner

The 5 Biggest Benefits of Hiring an Event Planner

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Event planning is a lot of work. Trust us, we know! But for businesses large and small, there can be major benefits to bringing in outside professionals to help manage corporate events. Here we’ll break down some of the major benefits of hiring an event planner, and why it might make sense for your organization.

Experience and Know-How
Event planning responsibilities are often delegated to a team member who isn’t trained in planning events, or organizing large corporate gatherings. Bringing in an outside event planner means not only that you’ll have someone on your side who has loads of experience in event management, but your entire team is free to focus instead on their day-to-day responsibilities. You benefit from the experience and expertise of a professional, and your employees get to stick with what they know best.

Bringing Ideas to Life
As event planners, our job is to listen to your ideas, understand your vision, and then work with that vision to bring your ideas to life. We consider your budget, location preferences, activities, group size, and so much more to create your perfect event.

Industry Contacts
Experienced planners have a lot of contacts in the industry, and can help you select the perfect venue and vendors to work with to create the event you envision. Without a planner, it can be hard to know where to start when planning an event, and whom to reach out to for each piece of the puzzle.

Budgeting
Whether you have a small events budget, or are able to go all out, event planners can work within your means to maximize every dollar spent. We’ll help create the best bang for your buck, designing an event that delivers on all your goals within your allotted spending capabilities.

Attention to Detail
A perfectly executed event is all in the details, and there is no one better with details than a seasoned event planner! A planner will tend to all details small and large and even those you might not consider, to make sure that everything is aligned and united by the common event theme.

These are just some of the big ways that working with a event planner can make your life easier, but there are many more that we welcome you to explore by working with us!

What are your biggest event planning hurdles that a planner might be able to help with?

4 Ways to Engage Employees at Your Corporate Event

4 Ways to Engage Employees at Your Corporate Event

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We’re in the thick of summer here in New England, which means the temperature is high and the events are plentiful! This time of year is so beautiful in our neck of the woods, and totally worth celebrating.

Summer is a great time to plan a corporate outing (though we won’t lie, fall is pretty gorgeous too and these tips totally apply to that season as well). But when competing with summer family vacations and weekend getaways, it can be hard to convince your employees to participate in your summer corporate outing.

Below we’re sharing four of our best tips for creating an engaging experience that’ll encourage your employees to attend and take part — read on to learn how you can kick it up a notch this year!

1. Align the event with a purpose
Events that have a designated purpose – like a volunteer component – are much more likely to garner attention and support. People like to be a part of something bigger than themselves, and what better way to do that than give back to your local community?

2. Add a health/wellness option
Charity races, fun runs, and other sports and fitness oriented activities are a popular option in today’s health-minded climate, and adding a component like that to your corporate event is a sure-fire way to get people involved. This is a great team bonding option that’ll improve more than just each individual’s health.

3. Bring in an outside personality
Whether you hire a motivational speaker, run a creativity workshop, or host some sort of team building seminar, bringing in outside professionals whose line of work it is to build, strengthen, and lift up teams is a great way to not only boost morale, but improve relationships too.

4. Plan group activities
Especially in the warmer months, the group activity options are endless, and there’s something to suit each and every crowd. You could try to plan an event around one of these activities – maybe a group hike or park outing – or you could incorporate them as a smaller subset of your larger event – think a round of trivia, or a friendly department vs. department field game.

Poll your employees to find out what resonates most with them, and don’t be afraid to get creative!

What’s the most engaging corporate event activity you’ve ever been a part of?

Adding Personal Touches to Your Corporate Event

Adding Personal Touches to Your Corporate Event

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Planning a corporate event can be a lot of fun, but it’s not always easy to make it feel personal for each and every one of your employees. Especially for companies that are growing quickly, or companies that are larger to begin with, individual employees can get lost of the hubbub of the big day without particular care and attention to making them feel considered.

Planning a corporate event in 2017? We’ve got you covered! First – check out our list of 5 fun corporate event themes, then read on for ideas on how to make the day extra special for your employees.

Pick a suitable venue. Does your company embody certain values, like environmental friendliness? If so, then picking a venue that holds the same values is important and shows your commitment to your beliefs as an organization.

Personalize drinking glasses, and hand them out to employees as they arrive. They’ll serve as drinking glasses for the day of the event, but then double as nice take home gifts for your employees to enjoy long after the festivities have ended.

Create an event-specific hashtag. This is a popular trend at weddings, so why not for corporate events, too?! It’s playful and fun, and lets both the employer and employees look back on the event with a cumulative view of everything shared about it on social media.

Create a custom playlist. A few weeks in advance of your party, invite employees to add their favorite songs to a tracking spreadsheet, and on the big day, play those songs! Everyone will hear something they enjoy, and it’ll mean more than playing a generic mix or something from the radio.

Add a media wall, and encourage employees to contribute their favorite workplace-inspired photographs. Whether they’re from a day of employer-sponsored volunteering, a past company outing, or silly antics around the office, gathering a bunch photographs (digital or physical – up to you!) can really heighten the mood and remind your employees just what a special place it is that they work at.

Use company branding. This might be an obvious one, but make sure your company colors and logo are front and center. You might consider branding some swag as giveaways, or creating a signature company cocktail or snack. You can easily use company colors in your decorations — balloons, lighting, and table top decor are all easy places to add a custom flair.

Have any other ideas for how to personalize a corporate event? We’d love to hear them! Feel free to share below.