Engagement/Presentation News & Views...
We've all heard the term, "R.O.I." - Return on Investment. We know how important it is that our attendees receive a return on their investment of time and money when they choose to participate in one of our meetings. But have you heard of R.O.A.?
R.O.A. is a fairly new term. Those of you who know me understand my love of acronyms, and my passion for attendee engagement. R.O.A. is the perfect marriage of both. So what's it all about?
I believe that once attendees are sitting in our meetings, we hold something of theirs more precious than their time or money: their attention. It's precious because it's so fragile and fleeting these days. You see, our culture has evolved to be ever-so-impatient and demanding of engagement at every turn. Five minutes is as long as people will pay attention our of politeness and sheer curiosity. That's all. We have no tolerance for boredom anymore.
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Meeting Planning Tip of the Week: Tips for Choosing the Right Theme for Your Special Event
To choose the perfect theme for a special event, consider the décor, music and entertainment, as well as the food and beverage. These factors should all encompass the theme to set the right tone for the occasion.
When collaborating with an on-site event production team, consider the following:
Décor - What type of atmosphere do you want to create? Would your guests be most comfortable in a traditional setting, or would a themed special event better suit your objectives?
Entertainment - Will the audience prefer passive or active involvement in the entertainment? For instance, a more casual event can be enhanced with games, such as billiards and foosball, which let guests interact. At a more formal event, you may want to include a musical performance as part of the evening’s entertainment.
Food & Beverage - Do you prefer a full sit down meal or a lighter spread that enables guests to mingle more actively with each other? Are there any special dietary restrictions to keep in mind?
To learn more about these tips, visit http://www.qcenter.com.
Courtesy of Q Center, St. Charles, IL
Capturing attention can be a challenge when participants get rowdy, or even if there is a lot of cross-talk. Simply speaking louder and trying to shout over the group is likely to backfire. Not only do you risk alienating the group, you can risk irritating your vocal chords.
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