Archive for the ‘Event Design’ Category

Snapshot: Seminar 2.0

May 23, 2010

Yesterday I produced a seminar for Meeting Professionals International. We used Skype to host a Subject Matter Expert (above). We were able to view and hear her via the projector and speakers that were set-up in our room as she streamed her lecture from her laptop. The  SME was able to view the audience on her computer. What a great way to spice up your next seminar!


Hot Tip: Draw a Bigger Crowd

May 19, 2010

It is crucial to have a great registration before an event to help draw some immediate capital and generate some buzz. However, creating excitement before an event can be a daunting task. Many companies will have a well known speaker or an engaging workshop. However, my client Nielsen has mastered pre-event buzz with a rather old concept; the marquee name.

This June 16, Nielsen will hold their Consumer 360 conference with a truly special headliner, Donna Summer (above). Their registered attendees are happy that they will be viewing a performance from a living legend and more importantly the word is spreading about her attendance. In fact Nielsen’s webmaster noted that the page on their conference website that is getting the most hits is the one showcasing their Closing Night Party and Donna Summer. Bottom line; a big name can bring your next event big numbers during your registration period.

Have you seen a big star or big name speaker at a corporate event? I’d love to know who it was, leave a comment!

Take it from TED

May 13, 2010

Abraham Lincoln once said, “I don’t think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday”. Anytime I get a free minute I try to learn something new about event production. In fact, it is one of the best aspects of my job!

Recently I found two excellent new concepts in event design when reviewing the TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design) Conference:

1. No speaker talks for over 18 minutes; never allowing the audience’s attention to fade. This also gives equal value to each person and their speech

2. There are no breakout sessions; everyone shares the same experience. TED’s philosophy is as a whole we should emerge from the trenches we dig for a living, and ascend to a 30,000-foot view, where we see, to our astonishment, an intricately interconnected whole. Simply; all knowledge is connected

It is absolutely essential to choose an event production company that never claims to have perfected the method. The best company will always continue to learn and implement new concepts and ideas.

Have you seen something new and fun at a conference lately? I would love to hear about it!

Snapshots: GranTree Reunion

April 6, 2010

I recently released a few posts about the GranTree reunion I attended in beautiful Las Vegas! Here are a few shots from our weekend event:

Doing what I love, producing and overseeing corporate events!

Don't we look like the Rat Pack version 2.0? Gotta love Vegas!

Having fun and keeping the event lively is the key to having audience engagement. Plus, it is just plain fun to see your friends and colleagues looking silly

I have a request, show me your favorite shot you’ve taken at a corporate event or reunion lately! I’d love to see it.

My Calendar: Spring Knowledge Share April 8th

March 18, 2010

On April 8, 2010 I will be the Subject Matter Expert (SME) for Meeting Professional International’s Chicago Area Chapter (MPI-CAC) “Spring Knowledge Share – Audio-Visual 101”.

I’m very excited about this event because it helps eliminate a very old event planning dilemma; getting everyone in one place. MPI has put together a wonderful event that will be held at 3 locations ~ Hilton Lisle, Hilton Northbrook and Event Architects in Chicago. Each location will have their own SME who will lead discussion. Knowledge Share is ideal for anyone wanting to learn more about event AV production done right!

You can join me at the Northbrook site or sign up for one of the other locations at MPI’s website.

What AV thing have you recently seen that made an impact and engaged your audience? Leave a comment and I’ll weigh in!

Great Event Production Starts With Great Organization

March 10, 2010

Organization is a key facet in my career. Having the ability to stay organized and clearly communicating with our clients is what separates us from the rest!

At Esprit Productions we use an in-house project management software to assist us. Our project management software allows us to access files, graphics and emails while being able to set and maintain timelines. But our clients aren’t left in the dark either, they can access the same information 24/7, 365!

You can learn more about our project management software at our company site.

Do you have a tip on staying organized? Leave a comment, I’d Love to hear it!

My Calendar: Vegas Baby! March 13th

February 26, 2010

In the 1970s I was living in California and early in my career working for an exciting, growing furniture and appliance rental company called GranTree. From the top-down it had a real “can do” attitude, and now as a seasoned corporate event planner I’ve worked with dozens of organizations but I haven’t found a firm that could match the energy and excitement that I found at GranTree.

On March 13, I’m heading to Las Vegas for a GranTree reunion (which I am co-chairing). During the afternoon we’ll discuss “lessons learned” from our days at Grantree. It should be interesting to hear everyone’s thoughts 25 years later!

That evening after dinner I’m sure that it won’t be the rock n’ roll times I remember from the 70s. Quite frankly, it will be kind of scary watching us dance, but regardless I’m happy to reconnect (I’m really curious to see if any of us look the same, see the pic below).

However, my trip isn’t all about the reunion. I have two on-site visits planned while in Las Vegas. First, the luxurious Bellagio Hotel, the site of Nielsen’s upcoming Consumer 360 Conference  that I’m producing.

The second, the brand-spanking-new Aria Hotel & Casino, I’m really excited about this one!

Do you have a great Las Vegas business trip story? Leave a comment, get me ready for Vegas baby!

Snapshot: The Nerve Center

February 18, 2010

Do you ever wonder what is going on behind the scenes at an event you are attending? Here’s a look at the control center for an event I produced! Is anybody else reminded of “The Matrix” (below) when they see this?

Do you think you have a cooler behind the scenes pic? Show it off! Leave a comment

My Calendar: MPI-Chicago Event March 11th

February 16, 2010

One of the many hats I wear is serving as a committee member in Chicago’s chapter of Meeting Professionals International (MPI).  On March 11, 2010 I will be attending MPI’s “Spring Education Program” a two hour interactive discussion covering the latest in contract trends and event planning news.

The Details

  • March 11, 2010 between 11:00 A.M. – 1:30 P.M.
  • Hospitality attorney Joshua Grimes and a panel of  event industry leaders will guide the discussion and provide insight on hotel event production.
  • AMC River East 21 will host and provide a fun and engaging backdrop
  • Anyone can come, members or non-members

Sound fun? Want to join me? To register or for more information please visit here.