We predict that meetings will center around the audience’s experience more than ever in 2014. How can you engage your audience? Here are four trends to watch for in meetings and conferences in 2014:
Speaker responsibility shift. Corporate meeting trends are moving away from the speaker performing as the entertainment but rather serving as a facilitator. Audiences are increasingly demanding an interactive role versus the passive spectator. Jeff Hurt, a corporate meeting pundit, states that “…audiences are demanding that speakers shift from being great orators and entertainers to facilitators of the learning experience.” (jeffhurtblog.com)
Live animals. Yes, you read that right! Meeting planners that want to push the envelope has been setting a new trend with live animals. Ross Monnich reports in “Intern Insights” that bobcats, owls, eagles and alligators have cropped up in EliteMeetings.com over the past four months. This will guarantee a meeting that your attendees won’t forget!
Regional culinary and cultural themes. Authentic local cuisine is making a comeback at meeting venues. Resorts and hotel properties are featuring regional cuisines to satisfy the foodie in every meeting guest. The King and Prince Resort presents meeting planners a host of southern themed dinner options, such as an ‘all-American cookout’, a southern barbecue, or a low country boil.
Hybrid Meetings. We’ve blogged about this before and will continue to do so, as live streaming, live blogging, and social media sharing continues to grow. Incorporating this into your meetings will be a must in 2014.
Whether it’s boarding a dolphin tour boat at Morningstar Marina or turtle watching at the Sea Turtle Center, The King and Prince Resort is already on trend with the live animal and regional culinary inspirations! Fill out an RFP to learn more about hosting a corporate meeting at The King and Prince Resort on St. Simons Island, Georgia.
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