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02 Jun 2014

Why Breaks Can Make Your Meetings a Success or Failure

Posted By Lea Cerdido

While meeting planners often concentrate on helping put together a top-notch agenda, many times a meeting's success can hinge on the downtime -- the breaks.

It is not unusual to encounter clients who want to pack an agenda as much as possible, and that is understandable. After all, whether it is an internal meeting, training, conference or trade show, bringing people together can be a significant investment that you want to maximize.

However, the best value will only come if participants are able to bring their maximum energy and focus into the time they have together. As the phrase implies, "drinking from the firehose" will result in a lot of lost resource. Studies show that after 90 minutes focused on one task, the average human needs to take a breather. Some argue that number should be lower as we are constantly multitasking.

Meeting participants should have the opportunity to have both mental and physical shifts throughout the course of the day. Mental shifts could be alternating between passive keynote type presentations and interactive workshops. Physical shifts include moving people around and having their environment change. We recommend sessions to last no more than 50 minutes, with 5 to 10 minutes of a recharging activity and another 5-10 minutes to re-engage in work activity (call the office, etc). Knowing that they have this available will allow them to focus more on the sessions themselves.

Of course we cannot forget nutrition. People need fuel to keep going both mentally and physically. Though some may desperately need sugar to keep them going, make sure that healthy options are available, those tend to flatten out the metabolic highs and lows. 

Breaks can literally make or break your meeting. If you or your organization need help in successfully managing your next meeting, contact us at Cor-Events for a free initial consultation. 

   Lea Cerdido is a Certified Meeting Professional with more than 20 years of experience in corporate meeting services and negotiating hotel and vendor contracts nationwide. You can contact her at lea@cor-events.com.

27 Apr 2014

Avoid Risks Associated to Corporate Events

Posted By Lea Cerdido

From offsite executive retreats to large global conventions, things can go wrong during any kind of corporate meeting. We are not talking about lukewarm soup at the buffet or slow Wi-Fi in the meeting room, but serious incidents where attendees' lives can be at risk or the company's brand can be significantly impacted. That is why more and more planners are looking at adequate planning to avoid risks associated to corporate events.

The risks for not planning properly can be enormous, including but not limited to multi-million dollar lawsuits. Below are some examples of strategic risks associated to corporate events:

  • Offering a free trip to a government official to attend a meeting can be interpreted as a form of bribery and result in a regulatory violation and heavy fines.
  • Not knowing where employees are during a meeting in the event of an emergency that could endanger their lives or require evacuation could lead to duty of care lawsuits. The same type of lawsuit would apply if a company does not take steps to ensure that attendees do not consume too much alcohol.
  • If you do not have someone with sufficient vendor negotiation experience, the opportunity for missed savings and even embezzlement exists.
  • Poor data collection on attendees can lead to many risks ranging from missed sales opportunities to security-related issues and potential health emergencies.  

A solid plan to avoid risks associated to corporate events can help mitigate many of these issues. If you or your organization need help in putting together such a plan and successfully manage your next meeting, contact us at Cor-Events for a free initial consultation. 

   Lea Cerdido is a Certified Meeting Professional with more than 20 years of experience in corporate meeting services and negotiating hotel and vendor contracts nationwide. You can contact her at lea@cor-events.com.

21 Mar 2014

This Easter, celebrate your family-friendly corporate event successfully with these corporate event management tips!

Posted By Lea Cerdido

Do you welcome any opportunity to spend more time with your family? Family-inclusive corporate event management in Miami is gaining popularity because smart associations and companies that are eager to boost their attendance numbers are catching on to all the great benefits and attractions that this offers!  

Keep these corporate event administration tips for your next family-friendly event in mind:   

  • When choosing a venue, make sure you pick one that is family-friendly and covers a wide variety of activities and amenities for children.

  • Make sure that employees are fully informed about the option of bringing family members so that they can make plans in advance with their spouses and children.

  • If it’s an overnight event, give guests the option of coming in a day early to make sure that children can be settled in and employees can spend some quality time with their families.

  • Manage corporate events by making sure that the event staff points out all the activity centers and places of interest nearby and supplies everyone the agenda that will be followed for the duration of the event. It’s also a good idea to make sure that conferences finish early enough to allow families to spend some free time together while there is still daylight.

  • Arranging an Easter egg hunt for children and making sure that the theme shines through throughout the conference will really keep the fun element going throughout the event. Other great ideas include hiring an entertainer dressed in a bunny suit, egg painting and a themed dinner event.

  • An option to consider is to provide supervision and entertainment for children’s mealtimes so that parents can relax and enjoy their own meals.  

More and more requests are pouring in to incorporate family-friendly events into conference agendas because not only does it drive attendance numbers, but it also helps businesses to achieve their objectives and sales goals while having fun at the same time. Contact us at Cor-Events for all your corporate event needs in Miami today!           


 

   Lea Cerdido is a Certified Meeting Professional with more than 20 years of experience in corporate meeting services and negotiating hotel and vendor contracts nationwide. You can contact her at lea@cor-events.com.

07 Jan 2014

Expertly managed Soccer World Cup 2014 corporate travel packages make for the ideal company getaway!

Posted By Lea Cerdido

If you’re looking for the ideal way to reward teams or entertain clients, we have it! Our Soccer World Cup 2014 corporate travel packages offer you and your group expert services and luxury treatment throughout your stay, bringing you all the excitement of this global event with none of the hassle!

At Cor-Events, we’ve been managing Soccer World Cup travel packages for organizations and their clients since 2006. With this industry-leading experience under our belt, we know exactly what our clients are looking for and how to deliver it – making your corporate trip a truly exceptional event.

Our corporate travel packages are fully customizable and can cater to groups of any size. Features that are typically part of the package include concierge services, a COR Events local host to assist you during your stay, sightseeing tours, hospitality packages, match tickets and daily buffet breakfasts. However, if you have any other requirements, we are more than happy to accommodate you and your group and create a package to meet your needs.

Details of the Soccer World Cup 2014:

  • This will be the 20th FIFA World Cup, hosted for the second time in Brazil
  • It will run from 12 June to 13 July 2014
  • It includes 32 teams who will play in 12 cities throughout the country
  • Spain are the defending champions after having defeated the Netherlands in the 2010 event in South Africa
  • This event will be the first World Cup to utilize goal-line technology
  • Approximately 3.3 million tickets went on sale on 20 August 2013 and are primarily available through the FIFA website

Ensure that your company and clients have the best possible time at this momentous international event and book corporate travel packages from industry-leading events management specialists today. Contact us for more information on our Soccer World Cup 2014 offer.  

 

   Lea Cerdido is a Certified Meeting Professional with more than 20 years of experience in corporate meeting services and negotiating hotel and vendor contracts nationwide. You can contact her at lea@cor-events.com.

13 Dec 2013

Experience the excitement of the Soccer World Cup 2014 in Brazil with luxury group travel packages!

Posted By Lea Cerdido

Love every moment of the last World Cup? Well, our group travel packages ensure you won’t miss a second of the Soccer World Cup 2014!

This event is set to light up the world, showcasing the best teams and players from around the world who will perform in the heat and festivities of Brazil’s adrenaline-filled atmosphere. The best way to enjoy this global phenomenon of an event is with a group travel package from an experienced events management company. Having provided world-class packages to valued clients, organizations and corporate groups for the previous two Soccer World Cup events, we’re ideally positioned to take on all your travel requirements to deliver customized packages for the duration of the event.

As leaders in the industry, our group travel packages for the Soccer World Cup 2014 include: 

  • Concierge services
  • Cor-Events local hosts available throughout your stay
  • Hospitality package (including match tickets)
  • Daily buffet breakfasts
  • FIFA souvenir
  • Sightseeing tours

In addition, we are happy to further customize packages to meet the needs of your group and are able to cater for groups of any size. Our packages are ideal for corporate groups, sales teams and organizations. With just over 200 days to go before the glamorous opening ceremony, there’s no better time to book group travel packages for the Soccer World Cup 2014! Contact us today for more information.  

 

   Lea Cerdido is a Certified Meeting Professional with more than 20 years of experience in corporate meeting services and negotiating hotel and vendor contracts nationwide. You can contact her at lea@cor-events.com.

04 Nov 2013

No more empty chairs – here’s how online event marketing can boost event attendance

Posted By Lea Cerdido

If you are worried about empty chairs at your next event, it’s time to start looking into online event marketing. With this approach you can be certain that your event will be properly advertised and in a way that is sure to capture attendance and engagement.

 Let’s face it, doing things the traditional way isn’t enough anymore. Placing an ad in a newspaper for an event and talking about it on radio doesn’t reach as many people as it used to. A lot of people don’t even read newspapers anymore because they prefer to get their news online. As for radio, if you don’t have the ad that you employed an advertising agency to create and record for you at least a few times a day, advertising on radio pretty much amounts to nothing. All things considered, your best bet when it comes to spreading the news about your upcoming event is online event marketing. But, where do you find people who can help you with this sort of advertising?

 The answer is Cor-events. With us you can be sure that your event will get the exposure it needs. We know how to create and implement the most effective online advertising strategies at the most competitive price. We have the Search Engine Optimization experts that will ensure your event pops up at the top of every related search list and that it is clearly advertised across all social media platforms. We can even design and manage a professional looking and easy to navigate website for your event and will send out electronic invites on your behalf. We can generate and manage online registration forms and can even create specialised apps branded with your logo, that will keep your guests informed about all the developments concerning your event.

So, contact us today to ensure your event is a success by making use of our online event marketing capabilities.

   Lea Cerdido is a Certified Meeting Professional with more than 20 years of experience in corporate meeting services and negotiating hotel and vendor contracts nationwide. You can contact her at lea@cor-events.com.

04 Nov 2013

If you don’t have it, you need it: online event marketing

Posted By Lea Cerdido

If your company is hosting an event, you should seriously consider online event marketing. This is a good way to get the word out there, increase attendance and minimize empty seats. Putting an ad in a couple of newspapers and doing a few of radio interviews isn’t enough anymore. In this technology driven age, not making use of an online event marketing strategy to advertise your event pretty much amounts to not advertising at all. But, if you are not a tech wiz or don’t employ one, how exactly do you go about this?

 Well, that’s where we come in. Cor-events will gladly help you with all your online event marketing needs. We know all the ins and outs of paid online advertising, including how to get the most for the best price, and our Search Engine Optimization services will ensure your event is always at the top of the search list and gets the exposure it needs. We also make use of all social media platforms to help you get the word out there. 

We will design and manage a website for your event at a price that suits your pocket. Our graphic design experts even have the tools and capabilities to create things like event logos that are sure to make an impression.  

With us, sending out electronic invitations and managing online registration are also things you don’t have to worry about. Our delegation and authentication managers will ensure that the people you want informed will be informed, and that no unwanted visitors will be able to sneak in.  

Our services extend to specially designed mobile apps that you can brand for your events and that will keep your guests informed on developments, enable them to upload pictures and comments and so set you apart from the competition.        

So contact us today, because with Cor-events all aspects concerning your event including online event marketing will be taken care off.

   Lea Cerdido is a Certified Meeting Professional with more than 20 years of experience in corporate meeting services and negotiating hotel and vendor contracts nationwide. You can contact her at lea@cor-events.com.

30 Oct 2013

Spook-tacular themed corporate event ideas for every company!

Posted By Lea Cerdido

Want to throw a Halloween corporate event that your guests will never forget? Halloween is the perfect occasion to throw an event that is truly “spook-tacular” and there are so many great ideas out there to make it truly memorable. Themed corporate events take your occasion from run-of-the-mill to out-of-the-box creative in no time. Read on for some fantastic ideas for themed corporate event ideas this Halloween.

  • A new twist on the fancy dress party Halloween is all about fancy dress, we all know that. But for an amazing corporate event, why not make a little twist in the idea? Turn a section of the party venue into a dress up boutique and fill it with masks, make-up, and other dress-up goodies and make it a pit stop for the guests as they arrive at the event. Guests will have fun getting dressed up together and won’t have to spend time leading up to the party deciding on what to wear.
  • Keep it Halloween chic! Yes, Halloween brings out the inner kid in everyone, but that’s no need to let your corporate event become juvenile. Keep it chic by having grown-up versions of the usual kiddies’ Halloween treats. Instead of bowls of candy corn, why not serve Candy Corn Martinis? These delicious cocktails, made with a blend of vodka and butterscotch schnapps, look amazing and taste great too. Keep the decor sophisticated too – stay away from the fake spiders and bright orange and introduce crystal skulls, pale jack-o-lanterns and black candles.
  • Enlist the professionals Whatever you decide on, be sure to enlist the professionals to help you pull it off. With expertise and experience, professional event planners can take your corporate events to a whole other level. And when it’s in the hands of the professionals, you’re free to enjoy your special night! Halloween is all about having fun! So take advantage of this occasion by throwing an unforgettable corporate event. Visit our website or contact us to get the professional edge today.

   Lea Cerdido is a Certified Meeting Professional with more than 20 years of experience in corporate meeting services and negotiating hotel and vendor contracts nationwide. You can contact her at lea@cor-events.com.

01 Oct 2013

Happy Halloween! Event management services so good they’re spooky!

Posted By Lea Cerdido

Halloween is just around the corner – are you looking for professional event management services to make this great day everything it can be? First, you have to know what to look for in a company that offers event management services. Read on to find out more!

Look for experience in the industry: When hunting for event management services, experience is key. Because of the very nature of event management, experience is something that is highly valued. Event managers with lots of experience will understand how quickly things can happen during an event and need to know how to think on their toes. So, when looking for a company to manage your event, see how long they’ve been around or read up on the experience of the managers themselves if the company is still new.

Seek out testimonials: do some research and read the testimonials from those who have already used a company’s event management services. You will get a good idea of what the company’s specific strengths are from the general consensus. Don’t just look for testimonials on the company’s website though - speak directly to people who have used them and ask for candid opinions.

Check out their service offering: Event management services encompass a wide range of services. Do they do parties and weddings? Do they specialize in corporate events and conferences? An event management company that organizes weddings doesn’t necessarily have the know-how to run a corporate product launch, so go with the company that caters to your specific needs. There you have it! Finding spookily good event management services this Halloween is easier than you thought. To make it even easier, contact us to discuss your event management needs today! 

For the best corporate event planners in the business contact Cor-events today. 

 Lea Cerdido is a Certified Meeting Professional with more than 20 years of experience in corporate meeting services and negotiating hotel and vendor contracts nationwide. You can contact her at lea@cor-events.com.

28 Aug 2013

Why your budget needs corporate event planners

Posted By Lea Cerdido

You were put in charge to organize your company’s big annual client event. You’re struggling to decide if you should enlist the help of corporate event planners or if you should try to do this on your own. The budget is tight, considering the grand scale that is expected and the length of the guest list and so you cannot afford to waste a penny on unnecessary expenses. So, how do make sure you get the best for your budget? The logical step seems to cut out the middle man, to do this on your own. If you decide to go this route, however, you’ll probably end up overspending or having to settle for less than perfect.

Here is how corporate event planners will not only save you money but will also make sure you get the best for your budget:

1- They draw up accurate budgets and manage them correctly. Through years of experience and thanks to their connections, they know what everything costs and if they don’t, they can easily find out. They don’t estimate so there won’t be any nasty surprises. They will help you manage your budget and think of creative solutions throughout the process to ensure your needs are met without having to spend more money.

2- They have the connections. As reputable corporate event planners they have, over the years they’ve been in business, built up relationships with venue managers, vendors and catering companies. This means that they are more likely to get discounted rates. They also know how to negotiate with these people.          

3- They have the management skills to make sure things run smoothly. They draw up very specific pre-, during and post event plans. They make certain that companies deliver on time and that everyone is where they need to be. They also have people on standby during the event in case there is a problem that needs to be solved. 

For the best corporate event planners in the business contact Cor-events today. 

 Lea Cerdido is a Certified Meeting Professional with more than 20 years of experience in corporate meeting services and negotiating hotel and vendor contracts nationwide. You can contact her at lea@cor-events.com.