Latest Corporate Event Trends

Useful Corporate Event Trends You Must Know About and Utilize

Everything ranging from physical features like the theme of your corporate events to the use of the latest technology can increase the success rate of your event radically. These features are known as event ‘trends’ that come and go with time.

Things like networking opportunities, interesting food presentation, unique food items, and fun elements, etc. have more impact on the success of your corporate event than you think they do. In addition to these usual attractions, there are high-end trends like green initiatives and yoga breaks that impress the guests.

If you are planning a corporate event and are wondering which corporate event trends should be followed, here are a few that will help you pull off the best event possible.

Corporate Event Trends

1.     Health and Fitness

One way to show your guests that they are valued and keep them energized throughout an otherwise dull corporate event is by incorporating a ‘health and fitness’ part. Two easy ways you can do this is by accommodating a couple of exercise breaks in between the event and offering the guests healthy snacks. These will not only deliver a nice impression but will also keep the attendees rejuvenated and motivated.

2.     Gamification

Every industry is trying to incorporate gamification into its corporate events. Gamification refers to the introduction of games in events that keep the guests entertained and relaxed. Nonetheless, these games shouldn’t be completely irrelevant or have no purpose. They should rather be focused on cognitive skills/development and encourage positive things such as team building, critical thinking, etc. You can even organize a short gaming competition amid an event to make the events more vibrant by infusing a sense of competition.

3.     Mobile Event Applications

Event applications simplify things for the attendees. These applications feature event-related things like the agenda, outcomes, goals, names, and particulars of the spokespeople, note-taking, question-raising, etc. These applications are not only really impressive but play a prominent role in keeping events more organized and interactive.

4.     Green Initiatives

The world is slowly and gradually shifting to being green as people become more conscious about harming the environment that they are living in. If you forget or neglect introducing green initiatives and following things that add to environmental safety, you will be making a big mistake.

At the bare minimum, what you can do to make an impression and preserve the environment is forbidding the use of plastic products such as water bottles and polythene bags for anything during the event.  Additionally, you can utilize state-of-the-art LED bulbs that consume less energy than the fancy lights do and use mobile apps to share any documents or images instead of distributing printed templates. This information should also be highlighted and shared with the attendees to have a longer lasting impact.

5.     Desirable Event Venues

This might sound like an ordinary one, but it is as important as all the other trends on this list. There is an appropriate location/environment for everything, so the location that you choose for your corporate event or meeting should be well-suited to it. You can’t expect your event to be successful if you organize your corporate event in a playground, can you?

The best you can do to ensure the location is best-suited to your event is focusing on things like convenience and desirability, not only the price when browsing through the options.

Looking for someone to plan your upcoming corporate event? Scottsdale Corporate Events has got you fully covered, so contact us now!




Events as Experiences

Mind-blowing, once-in-a-lifetime event experiences do not just materialize. Events as Experiences are arranged months sometimes a year in advance and shaped to the most minute detail so that guests depart already planning to come back. We all want and need experiences that facilitate human interactions, by designing journeys across all touchpoints. Event strategy and brand strategy need to echo one another. Whether you’re investigating a fab location, high-tech gear, unparalleled views, or a contemporary or urban event venue or an inspiring setting, our team has the tools and knowledge to make your event crazy fun!

“No event deserves to be mediocre” events offer brands an opportunity to connect with its customers

Events are meant to captivate, they should enlighten, unite, amaze and thrill. We like to say there is no recipe for accomplishing this.

Create an event within an event

Secret Events do not disclose the location

As a result, people cherish and remember experiences, not things. Therefore only experiences stick to our minds and hearts for good. Finally, to organize an exceptional and memorable event, you need to do just that – create an experience.

Events generate meaning

Attendees require a different level of stimulation and interactivity. Multi-sensory experiences is a relatively new approach to creating memorable events.

We are corporate event engineers, we will help you design a powerful story and awe-inspiring event experience that mesmerizes your audience and provides you with measurable results. Our progression is designed to plan, promote, and produce your event.

With a huge team of experts at our fingertips and years of experience, SPEV event venues are the natural choice for stunning events.

For every characteristic of your event, we have the experience and proficiency to meet your requirements. We have a portfolio of impressive venues.

The Importance of Entertainment at a Corporate Event

Reasons Why Live Entertainment Is Important at Any Corporate Event

If you are planning a corporate event, you definitely would want to get the most out of it. To make the event successful, you make sure that all the major things including the venue, decoration, and food are par excellence.

However, one of the most easily neglected aspects of any corporate event is entertainment. The planners easily over-look this significant feature of any event.

That’s why we share with you some major reasons why hiring live entertainment can determine the success of your corporate event.


  • Cheers up the Guests


The corporate events can become very boring at times. The constant serious talk related to business can wear out people quite easily. Thus, what is needed to enliven their spirits is good entertainment. It is also important that you hire entertainment that goes along with the likes and interests of your audience.

Live entertainment can help the guests to have fun and be relaxed. It could also be a nice way to engage better with others, getting the opportunity to talk about other light and fun topics.  

The energy of the event elevates the mood of the guests, making them feel more positive. This way they will go back home with a smile on their faces.  


  • Reflects Your Values and Vision


You might not know but live entertainment at your corporate event can be a way to showcase the visionary ideas that your company upholds. It means that you can use entertainment to help your guests understand the motive of your event.  

The entertainment that is according to the purpose of the event helps to run the event more smoothly and naturally. Your guests will easily understand the message you are trying to convey, and that too through music. Hence, it is vital to choose the right kind of entertainment for your event.


  • Makes the Event Memorable


Do not underestimate the power of live entertainment. Good music or funny stage performance can make your event stick out in the minds of guests forever.

People never forget the things that successfully make them happy. Keeping that in mind, if the live entertainment at your corporate event is able to bring joy to people, your event will be totally a hit.

Trust us, people will definitely talk about it afterwards. Surely they will also look forward attending your next corporate event.


  • Enhances the Morale of the Co-Workers


A popular live entertainment can give your co-workers a chance to boost their energy. All year long they work hard which can drain out their energy. Thus, a lively entertainment can give your co-workers a reason to stay at the company.

When planning entertainment you can also set the space for dancing which can be a light-hearted fun for everyone.

Do you know that Venues of North Scottsdale can book you the industry’s greatest performing artists for your corporate event? So, book them now if you want a flawless entertainment for your next corporate event.


Top 10 Reasons to Visit Phoenix In Spring

Top 10 Reasons to Visit Phoenix In Spring


Keep your parka at home. The average high temperature is 71 degrees (22 Celsius) in February, 76 (24 C) in March, and 85 (29 C) in April.

Camelback Mountain
Camelback Mountain



Cactus League Spring Training has games scheduled every day in March.

Cactus League Spring Training



A day trip to the Grand Canyon won’t include large summer crowds.

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It’s already pool season in Phoenix, so dive into one of these resort swimming pools.

JW Marriott Desert Ridge
JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa



Blooming cactuses and wildflowers reveal why the Sonoran Desert is among the lushest deserts in the world.

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It’s prime season for food and drink fests. Explore the local culinary scene at events such as the Street Eats Food Truck Festival, Devour Culinary Classic and Flavors of the West.

Devour Culinary Classic



Spring is the prime season for exploring the Sonoran Desert, whether it be hiking, biking, kayaking, canyoneering or paddle boarding.

Piestewa PeakPiestewa Peak


One dinner under the springtime sun or stars, and you’ll understand why so many of Phoenix’s restaurants have patios. Check out our list of some of the best restaurant patios in town.

Morning Glory CafeMorning Glory Cafe at The Farm at South Mountain



Phoenix’s signature golf courses are in pristine condition.

Troon North Golf Club
Troon North Golf Club



The lack of April showers. It rains about an inch all spring, so don’t bother packing your umbrella.

Camelback Mountain



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This spring, the biggest event in college basketball comes to Greater Phoenix. The men’s NCAA Final Four comes to town March 31-April 3. In addition to the games being played at University of Phoenix Stadium, fan festivities—such as Final Four Fan Fest and the free three-day March Madness Music Festival—will be taking place in downtown Phoenix.

19 Things That Thrill Event Planners

19 Things That Thrill Event Planners.

As an event planner there are a number of simple things that get us over excited. Here are 19 things which are irresistible to event professionals, but which others outside the industry may not understand or appreciate.

Sometimes the simplest of things can evoke disproportionate joy. Many of these items are inexpensive, and common place but to a professional event planner they can mean or be worth so much more. Here are some of the things guaranteed to make me happy (and I don’t think I am alone!).

Whether you like paper or electronic lists this is often an essential part of an event planners daily life. Obsession, necessity or comfort, the real thrill however really comes from crossing (or striking or ticking or swiping) items from your list.



Post It Notes

So simple, and so effective, how can these little blocks of fluorescent paper fail to bring cheer? Whether you are using them to take telephone messages, brainstorm your meeting design or as part of an event workshop session they add brightness to every situation.

Knowing You’ve Nailed It

The biggest (and most addictive) thrill for any event planner is witnessing people having a good time or benefitting because of something you have created. Looking around and seeing this first hand is a great feeling and hard to beat.

Fitness Trackers


fitness-trackersOn site visits, walk throughs and event days you will smash your step count. There is nothing like being top of the leader board and boasting a crazy amount of steps to make you feel smug! Of course on those days that you work from home and don’t leave the house it is the opposite story, but let’s not mention that.


Whether you are using them to replace your ring binder, as a check in device. Or to moderate social media or audience responses. Tablets have quickly became an essential touchscreen toy for every modern event professional. Tablets are particularly thrilling for those that remember a time before the invention. Which gives a deeper appreciation of the mighty tablet device.


Why You Need to Break Your Event Assumptions

Why You Need to Break Your Event Assumptions. As a professional speaker, I have the opportunity to attend a lot of events and conferences. While they all differ in scale, audience,  locations, and cultures, they almost all share certain elements.

For example, the flow is the same at most events. Attendees arrive at  a certain hour, register at the welcome desk, get a name badge, and get a coffee before gathering in a large room for the keynote presentation. That’s usually followed by some extra plenary presentations or workshop sessions, then lunch, and then more workshops in the afternoon. At the end of the day, attendees gather again for the closing keynote. The organizer expresses some words of thanks and invites everybody to have a drink and network.

There’s nothing wrong with this flow, but there may be other ways to organize the event that could have a huge impact on the attendee experience.

What other assumptions do we hold about our events? One way to find out what things we accept as true or necessary—but that may not be either—is to look at what events have in common. It’s likely that 90 percent start and end at the same time and feature keynote speakers, for example.

Then see if you can find an event that did that element differently. I have found 21 common event assumptions, and some ways to break them.

Here are a few examples:

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9 Fun Facts About 9 Greater Phoenix Area Resorts

9 Fun Facts About 9 Greater Phoenix Area Resorts. When Visit Phoenix takes you on a tour of resorts, they really take you on a tour of resorts. Earlier this month, I visited nine properties in Phoenix, Scottsdale and Chandler, Ariz., in less than 48 hours. It was a bit of a whirlwind, but it was also a fantastic opportunity to learn about one of the prime meeting destinations in the United States and all the posh options for groups. In some ways, the resorts began to blend together by the end of the trip, but they all had their unique little quirks that set them apart. Here are just a few of the fascinating factoids I learned at each location.

Arizona Biltmore, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, Phoenix

The piano in the historic resort’s Wright Bar has had more than its share of famous hands on its ivories—including the Piano Man himself, Billy Joel. Even more impressive: Legend has it that several guests once called the front desk to complain about the noise from a late-night singing session. Upon investigation, it turned out that the noisy hooligans were none other than Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Liza Minnelli.

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess


Why don’t more outdoor bars have putting greens? Or rather, why don’t all outdoor bars have putting greens? The site of a three-day Smart Meeting in September, this AAA Five Diamond property also just began a renovation of its golf course, which plays host each year to The Waste Management Phoenix Open on the PGA Tour.

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa


Seven nights a week, you can hear live music among the fountains and fireplaces of the Center Stage Bar—and not just the usual background, easy-listening, hotel-bar piano music (not that there’s anything wrong with that). The current lineup includes bands experimenting in such genres as “edgy folk” and “urban acoustic.”

JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa


Like many hotels, the resort has its own herb garden, but it’s actually more like a 1.5-acre farm growing kale, strawberries, tomatoes, rosemary, mint, beets, artichokes, Brussels sprouts, onions, peppers, kumquats and a veritable dill forest.

The Phoenician, Scottsdale


Every Friday and Saturday at sunset, this Luxury Collection hotel goes to the birds. The AAA Five Diamond property’s master falconer brings out some of the resort’s winged residents for a birds-of-prey show. Afterward, guests can ask questions and pose for pictures with the show’s stars, including Millennium Falcon, pictured above.

Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort, Phoenix


Perched high on North Mountain, the resort’s Different Pointe of View restaurant offers one of the best views of the valley. A new painting program takes advantage of the panorama, led by a local artist who helps guests create desert landscapes. The hotel is beginning to sell the experience as an option for groups.

Royal Palms Resort and Spa, Phoenix


This 119-room boutique property offers a relatively tranquil. Secluded alternative to the other resorts on this list, all of which are at least four times as large. Adding to the mansion’s quaintness: A pair of real, live palm trees that grow right through the ceiling of the property’s restaurant, T. Cook’s.

Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa, Chandler


The resort is owned by the Gila River Indian Community. And two members of the tribe built an olaski,the traditional dwelling of the Pima people, behind the property’s Aji Spa. These days, such structures are built only for ceremonial purposes, and this poolside hut is used for meditation sessions.

The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, Phoenix


Launched in October, the hotel’s Scotch Library program is believed to be the largest collection of Scotch whiskey. With more than 130 labels. It includes a 50-year-old bottle of Glenfiddich that retails for $27,000. But guests can buy a 2-ounce pour for just $1,800. The hotel has “Scotch ambassadors” on hand to guide guests through the extensive options. And it offers special tasting events on Friday evenings.

—Bill Chapin

In Conclusion here is more on the resorts of Greater Phoenix:

Visualizing your corporate event venue

Visualizing your corporate event venue. Use this stage to conceptualize and explore what venue options exist. Formulate an image of the perfect venue stay open to new things. The next stage of this guide is all about choosing the right venue that matches your needs. Let Venues of North Scottsdale

Planning a small networking meetup, an internal corporate meeting, or a large conference.  All event planners feel pressure to and the perfect event venue. Most of all you want what matches or exceeds the expectations of your attendees. Relevant for you to consider is the audience’s expectations, and capture what they would really find innovative, surprising, or unique. This high level of conceptualization will provide you with the necessary template to choose relevant innovative technologies. Seems like personalizing your own creative take on innovation is necessary for creating a unique event experience.  There are certain key points of innovation that every event planner must consider in their quest diligently exploring event venues.

Venues of North Scottsdale is the high-quality experience all event planners and international destination management companies are looking for. Big, bright and sparkling clean this 27,000 foot space houses 6 planes, that are removed for your event, OR leave the smaller plane in the hanger for a novel event center-piece. With 40 feet ceilings and sparkling concrete floors you can get creative with lighting and decorating.

Visualizing your event venue

In addition our production team has years of experience operating a full spectrum of event types in many different environments. From traditional hotel ballrooms and convention center environments to highway tunnels, open fields and urban streets. We have worked with Fortune 500 corporate clients, sports agencies, and private celebrities to execute meetings and conferences, trade shows, national brand product launches, fashion shows, concerts, non-profit gala fundraisers and exclusive private functions. We provide our clients with the most client-centric focused technical team of professionals who have seen it all.  Bringing this level of experience to your live event always delivers a lasting impression with your guests.


SPOTIFY LAUNCHES COLLABORATIVE PLAYLIST FEATURE FOR EVENTS: Music-streaming service Spotify has debuted “Playlist Potluck,” a new collaborative playlist feature that will allow users to invite friends to an event by sharing a playlist in which guests can add their own songs. TechCrunch: “Collaborative playlists are an older Spotify feature, but one that’s sometimes a bit underhyped. In reality, playlist programming at parties is often handled on the fly—the host simply hands over their phone and says, ‘here, play what you want.’

With Playlist Potluck, the idea is to instead create the playlist in advance of the event. But by making it part of the invitation process itself.

The feature is being launched in partnership with Sonos. This is part of a promotional campaign where you can win Sonos speakers.  As well a chance to have a top chef, like Danny Bowien or Inaki Aizpitarte, come cook for your party. Because it’s a joint effort, you’ll visit a dedicated page on Sonos’ website in order to set up your playlist. Here, you’ll need to authorize the Sonos Playlist Potluck to access your Spotify account data. Agree to the terms and register for the promo by sharing personal info like your location, phone number and age. When that’s done, you can create your playlist.

Unfortunately, you can only add five of your own tracks to the list before you have to turn it over to your guests. After doing so, you’ll be given a unique URL.  You can share via email, Facebook, Twitter or as a link that you can copy and paste anywhere you choose. That way, you can incorporate playlist programming as part of the party invite.”

10 Things Productive #EventProfs Do Every Day

10 Things Productive #EventProfs Do Every Day. Productivity and event planning go hand in hand. Successful event planners are very productive. Here are 10 habits of productive event planners you can steal to kick off your week.

Productivity for event planners
Corporate events are ever more drawn to unique sites that offer both privacy and maximum personalization. Including an event experience in a memorable locale guarantees long lasting positive association to your program.

I haven’t met a single event professional who is not very organised and effective at getting things done. Stories from the trenches range from those who developed their own excel templates to superbly crafted email auto-responders.

The level of practicality needed to get very complex tasks done in a super short amount of time is inherent to our profession. Being productive and efficient helps to relief stress and do more, quicker.

Researching the web for scientifically proven ways to boost productivity, I pretty much encountered the same tips. This is because no matter how different jobs can be, the human brain works in the same way.

So what things do successful event professionals do every day that ultimately boost their productivity? Here they are!

They Prepare Their To Do List The Night Before

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There is nothing more exciting than being whisked away to a private venue… until you walk through the entrance and see how impactful a meticulously crafted event can be!

Do you know what are you going to do tomorrow? No? Read on then.

In the book, Extreme Productivity: Boost Your Results, Reduce Your Hours, author Robert Pozen explains how writing down our to do’s the night before helps us to keep them realistic and achievable.

I would add that it also helps us to keep us focused on what is really needed without being carried away by incoming emails.

They Never Check Emails When They Wake Up


Productivity eventsChecking email continuously is an addiction. It gives the same satisfaction of pulling the handle of a slot machine. That feeling of satisfaction to have positive news or that frustration to read a negative response belong to the same addiction of continuously ‘pulling down to refresh’.

In her book, Never Check E-Mail In the Morning: And Other Unexpected Strategies for Making Your Work Life Work, author Julie Morgenstern stresses how checking emails first thing in the morning will mess with your ability to be organised. Emails will control you and your to do list, completely shattering any prep you did the night before.

Dedicating a particular time(s) of the day to check emails and setting up auto responders will help regain control of your priorities.

I must admit I suck at email management so I will be the first one taking Julie’s advice.

They Exercise


Excercise for eventprofsThere is an incredible amount of literature supporting the positive impact of exercise on productivity and in general on our brain. Speaking of which, in his hugely popular book Brainrules, John Medina sums up how exercising makes our brain more effective. This is well summed up here.

If you want more tips about being healthy and improve your event planning lifestyle, check this post out.

They Work in Chunks


Work in blocksVery productive event professionals know that having only objectives does not help anyone. Mission statements and SMART objectives are great, but you have to break it down to details if you want to be great at execution.

Big tasks are very negative for productivity. They suck all of your energy, they feel insurmountable and in result make you unproductive.

We discussed the Pomodoro Technique before and how breaking down big tasks in chunks helps to get more stuff done, faster. So go for it!

They Know Why They Do What They Do


WhyIf you don’t know why you are doing something, it is highly likely you will be unsuccessful at it.

Strong motivation is linked to productivity and success. Finding motivation is inherent to your work choice. With event planning being the 5th most stressing job out there, you have to live and breath motivation to see your events take shape.

They Get Enough Sleep


Productivity sleepThe life of an event planner is filled with late nights and early mornings but are you sure this sleep deprivation is helping? Or is it just part of the stressed event planner archetype we can so do without.

Don’t you agree? No? Well in that case science says that the longer you are awake, the less you are productive. And you have to agree with science.

They Live by Deadlines


Deadlines in event planningI am always amazed by how some people do not respect deadlines. On the other hand, I always notice that those who impose deadlines and respect them are the ones who are extremely successful at what they do.

A recent study also showed that imposing strict deadlines kills procrastination. Giving yourself limits is essential to feel that pressure that makes you preforms.

If you have no deadlines, you have no event.

They Never Multitask


MultitaskingI am not sure who put out the word that multitasking is good for productivity. Probably the fact that the word entails ‘more than one task’ makes it look good in the eye of the unproductive event planner. Yet quantity is not quality.

Research definitely smashes multitasking. Successful event planners break down tasks in chunks and perform them one at a time.

They Have a Creative Routine


Creativity event plannesAnyone with kids would know how routines are important to grow and improve your children. However not all routines were created equal. Jocelyn Glei, editor of 99U (birthplace of the amazing conference) collected tips for a creative routine shared by great minds of our times in a book.

Having a routine will highly differentiate the output from not having one.

They Know How to Say No


Learn to say noProductive event professionals are not afraid to say no. They know what the concept of opportunity cost means. Tons of coffees and meetings are useful only if there is an agenda and and an objective. So you have to learn to politely decline.

Productivity guru Darren Hardy explains how your time is the most precious resource you have and learning to say no protects it.

In Conclusion

I hope these 10 quick tips will help you being more productive. Even picking one up will make a huge difference.

So while I work on my email management fiasco, let me know what you will be improving!