15.2.3 - 3 Creative Ways to Jazz up Your Next Meeting - Old websiteThe reviews from your last several events have been good. The food is acceptable. Decent enough speakers. No major problems. And, thankfully, everyone had a good enough experience that they plan on returning. So, the question becomes …

Where Do We Go from Here?

Complacency is a common issue in most professions. You find a routine, a groove, a pattern, and you stick with it until something goes wrong and forces you to change the way you do business. But what if, instead of waiting for the formula to go awry, you took the bull by the horns and proactively made things better?

This is the first in a two part series that outlines some ways you can take your meetings from good to great to truly memorable. What are you waiting for? Jazz up your next meeting, get people raving, and carve out your niche as a go-to event planner:

1. Kick Things Off with Interactive Entertainment.

Most large meetings will start with a fairly entertaining opening speaker, but a presenter that can engage the audience with activities will set a fun and lively tone for the entire event.

2. Have a Tasting During the Opening Reception.

The standard wine, cheese, crackers, and fruit display just doesn’t light up the room like it used to. Find a local vineyard and cheese/jam manufacturer and invite them to have a tasting at your event. Local is de rigueur these days, and it will allow your attendees to have a true taste of the area where the meeting is being held. It’s also a great way to build lasting relationships with new vendors.

3. Substantially and Playfully Incorporate the Event Theme.

If your event is themed, have the ushers and volunteers decked out in themed gear. Hand out props to the attendees that reinforce the theme. Decorate the conference halls in the theme and pipe in music that overlays the experience. In short, completely immerse your attendees in the theme while avoiding anything that might be distracting or off putting.

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Geoff Woliner is an Arlington, VA-based event emcee and founder of Winning Wit, LLC, a company which helps people write and deliver the best presentations of their lives through the application of stand-up comedy techniques.

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