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Securing sponsorships

There are different types of gatherings that offer sponsorships at various levels with a wide range of benefits, writes Helen Brewer. Be it the annual association’s conference, a public sector gathering initiative or a conference producer’s...

The truth about event registration

From Excel to the printing of name tags, Terry Sutherland shares the worst advice she has heard about conference registration. Most event managers have their preferred way of doing things, and some practices make more sense than others. I’ve...

The blueprint of a PCO

Of the extraordinary multitude of acronyms within the MICE industry, perhaps the most misunderstood is the one describing the professional conference organiser (PCO), writes Helen Brewer. Those dreaded initials used so glibly by all and sundry,...

Conference content creativity

John Fisher suggests there may be more than one way to present conference and meetings content. You know all about waste operatives (bin men) and talent managers (HR), now please welcome ‘meeting architects’. But it’s not as daft as it sounds. A...

Spruce up your event

Decor, if done correctly, sets the scene, creates the vibe and encourages social engagement. We asked the experts on how to get the right look that will leave a lasting impression on guests. Whether it is a corporate function, fund-raising event,...

Event decor no-nos

When deciding on what décor you want to use to realise your client’s event, remember the following: • Avoid abnormally large items, props and staging. They are expensive to transport and may pose problems when gaining access to the venue or fitting...

The event planner’s guide to audiovisual

From boardroom meetings to gala dinners and international music concerts, audiovisual plays an integral part. Martin Hiller brings you all the info you need to create a masterpiece. Meetings and events are communication tools and therefore nothing...

Determining the AV you need

When doing your site inspections, the following questions will help you determine the best venue for your next event: • What mood do I want to create for my event? • Is this an outdoor or indoor event? • What type of entertainment am I going...

The perfect AV brief

Michael Collyer, CEO of TechRig Technical Solutions shares the most important elements that should be asked and shared with the AV supplier during briefing. PURPOSE The event name, theme/concept, aims and objectives THE USUAL SUSPECTS Dates, times,...

Safety first

Safety and disaster planning has become the most important aspect in the planning and hosting of any type of event, writes Mike Lord. Nowadays clients are engaging with health and safety specialists far earlier in the event cycle. This ensures that...