Meeting and conference planners are always looking for ways to create a unique experience for their attendees. With many professionals attending multiple conferences a year, they can become bored with the “same old” experience time and time again. Here are our top three ways to wow attendees at your next meeting!
3. Spice up your banquet. The steak, chicken and veggie entrees can be eaten anywhere. Ask your catering manager if they can prepare a meal with locally inspired dishes. In the south that would mean shrimp & grits, fried green tomatoes, delicious BBQ, crab cakes, cat fish and mac & cheese. If your guests are traveling from out of town, they will enjoy the local cuisine instead of the same old standby foods!
2. Engage attendees in person as well as on social media. In today’s society, we cannot focus on just engaging with clients and attendees solely in person (although that is very important). Create a social media strategy to not only engage with your attendees but to encourage them to engage with each other throughout the conference! This will help them to enjoy their time at the conference and will also result in continued dialogue about the topics presented at the conference long after everyone has gone home.
1. Encourage attendees to get out and explore the local area. So many times meetings are scheduled so there is no “down time” for those attending the conference. Work with your meeting planner or local CVB to provide your guests with local activities that they may enjoy. This will translate into more productivity during the meetings and happier attendees! That sounds like a win-win to us!
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