Utilizing Story Telling with Events

The process of planning an event is the process of telling a story in many different ways whether that be to write press or present your event publically. This is why it is so important to be able to tell your story accurately and professionally when needed to. There are many different event types that require storytelling and knowing how to proactively get your message out there to attract more publicity to your event. By understanding the purpose of storytelling for each type of event, you can accurately market yourself and your event to your peers and potential attendees. You want to create an experience that stays within the hearts and minds of those who attend your event for years to come.

Corporate Events

Corporate events have a massive engagement with the idea of storytelling. There are many different reasons to plan a corporate event and therefore many different reasons to use the process of storytelling. If you are planning a corporate event for an incentive event then you have a lot of storytelling to manage. For this type of event, you would utilize storytelling to motivate your staff to make their way towards their goal. You would also use storytelling to keep everyone up to date as milestones arise and to tell them about what they will be doing at the event that makes the goal worth reaching.

Corporate events can also be fundraising events. When it comes to fundraising events, storytelling can be used in many positive ways to assist in the planning and fruition of the event. The purpose of a fundraising event is to raise money for a specific charity or goal. There is a story there to be told and it needs to be well executed if you want to make sure that the donations roll in. You want to tell your story initially through marketing to intrigue people to come to the event. You want them to feel a strong connection to the theme of the fundraiser so that they feel warmed up to donate to the event. You will also want to speak publicly at a fundraising event to help remind your guests after they enjoy a few glasses of bubbly why you all attended the event in the first place. Stories are a way to connect people with ideas and to make your guests feel connected to the charity or goal that your event is fundraising for.

Personal Events

There are many personal events that people choose to host where a story being told can add a beautiful personal touch to the event. For example, when someone plans a wedding, a story is involved. You share the story of your love and your life and the wishes you have with your guests, in front of everyone you cherish to bond your life together with your spouse. You tell a story in the stationary that you pick out for your invitations, in the flowers that you choose to carry in your bouquet, and in the songs that you play at your reception.

Birthday parties are also events where stories are told. As you turn one year older, the mic is passed around and the world of storytelling is told in the tear-filled eyes of parents and the laughs of friends telling stories of your journeys together. Storytelling is an amazing part of connecting birthdays to our lives and the life that we plan to have. We share our goals, our dreams, and our lives that we envision for ourselves. Storytelling plays a part in almost every aspect of our lives.

Conclusion

Storytelling is a part of our lives and a part of connecting our lives with each other. Storytelling is useful in the world of event planning because when you are able to connect your story or your event’s purpose to your guests then you can help them find a connection with your purpose. This is helpful when handling fundraisers or when you just want them to feel a connection to a special moment in your life. You can create an immersive experience for your guests that they will never forget. We hold a special place in our memories for the things that create a special meaning and connection within us. These stories play a big part in finding that connection.  

How to Plan and Hold a Successful Trade Event

Holding a Successful Trade Event and the Role of Venue and Caterer

For businesses that are dealing in a particular range of products, it is really important to brandish them appropriately to reach out to new markets and make new business partners. Holding a trade event and show is a great way to market your product and brand. However, planning and holding such an event is no mean task. So many things go in holding even a small-scale trade event that businesses often refrain from going for it altogether.

However, some tricks and measures can help you in pulling off this difficult task. Here, we are going to discuss how your venue selection and the caterer and entertainment partner can help you in organizing a successful trade event.

Choosing a Venue that Is Big and Also Inexpensive

No matter how small a trade show is going to be, it will need a spacious venue. So, don’t hastily lock in any venue just because you are getting it on the cheap. Remember that you are going to showcase your products to prospective buyers. You may have to create multiple stalls that can easily accommodate the products and staffers who are attending the visitors.

Similarly, you need to leave a lot of walking space in the venue so the visitors can easily roam around. Setting up a sitting area for visitors is also important. You can see that arranging all these things under one roof require quite some space. The exhibition centers and auditoriums can provide you such spaces, but they are quite expensive and may throw your entire budget off balance.

A hangar comes as a viable venue option in this context. They are spacious, available at reasonable fees, and also let you maintain a corporate outlook of the event. You can easily set up multiple stalls and leave a lot of walking and sitting space in hangar venues.

Pretty up Your Trade Event with Food and Beverages

People are coming to your event. They are roaming around, engaging with your staff to find out more about the displayed products. Similarly, your staff is at its toes and attending everyone and answering each and every query. All this activity can tire anyone out. So, serving food and beverages at the event is your ethical responsibility. Setting a buffet or sandwich kiosk and a beverage dispenser is definitely going to inject some energy into your trade event.

In order to streamline this arrangement, try to work with a single contractor that can arrange a venue for your trade show and can also take care of its food and beverage supply.

Don’t Miss the AV Part

A trade show that is taking place in ambient noise has a different feel to it than a similar event being held with beautiful music playing in the background. Similarly, an interactive video being played on large screens and projectors can also make the overall event more interesting for participants.

Scottsdale Private Event Venues can help you in organizing a successful trade event. From the venue to catering and audio/video, they will take care of every important aspect of event management for you.

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!

 

 

 

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.

 

17 Sports Tourism Trends for 2017

Clay Partain, director of sports market sales for Visit Salt Lake, is on the frontlines of sports tourism trends. This year, Salt Lake City will host the USA Fencing National Championship and July Challenge Athlete Packet and USA Judo Senior National Championships. “Destinations are lucky to usually get one or two of those every couple of years, and we are now averaging one of those a year,” he says.

The timing couldn’t be better. Partain says he’s seeing a “huge rise in sports” where fans are more interested than ever. “It’s like a gold rush and everybody is realizing their potential and wants their events everywhere,” Partain says.

As a result, sports planners are becoming more educated on what destinations can provide them, he says. That, in and of itself, is a trend driving the industry to new heights. To get an idea of what’s ahead, we consulted leading minds in the field to compile this list of 17 sports tourism trends to watch in 2017.

1. Authentic experiences. Event planners want an experience they can only find in your city, says Jennifer Hawkins, executive director of sports development at SportsPITTSBURGH. Decide what makes your city unique, whether it’s a museum or new restaurants, and celebrate the hot spots.

 2. Growth of nontraditional sports. Think e-sports, which have sold out Madison Square Garden, Staples Center and Oakland, California’s Oracle Arena. “These tournaments are garnering more attendance than NBA games,”says Lawrence Hamm Jr., sports development manager at Destination DC. “Cities are going to be looking at what’s next for competition, not just traditional sports.” Hamm also points to a Spikeball national championship held in October 2016 on the National Mall and Washington’s bid to host the Gay Games in 2022. Other growing sports include gay flag football, wakeboarding, drone racing and orienteering.

3. Visitors want a vacation after the event. “Millennials are looking for cities that offer an extra day or two of activities,” Hawkins says. “They want outdoor adventures, Airbnb and attractions, such as a craft brewery, only a short stroll (or Uber ride) from a lively downtown with great food and nightlife.”

4. Cities are chasing futbol. The heavy pursuit of United Soccer League and Major League Soccer franchises is driving the development of new soccer complexes.  That trickles down to youth soccer programs. Because franchises want to be in cities with strong, local grassroots support for the sport, says Ray Hoyt, president of Visit Tulsa (Oklahoma) and Tulsa Sports Commission. Hoyt says that’s led to a spike in popularity soccer hasn’t seen in this country in two decades.

By Dawn Reiss, January 30, 2017

Super Bowl Buffalo Chicken Bites

Super Bowl Buffalo Chicken Bites

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Level: Easy
Yield: 18 bites
Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 2 c. shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 1/3 c. Hot sauce
  • 1 1/2 c. shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 2 tbsp. Chopped chives
  • 2 tbsp. ranch dressing, plus more for dipping
  • 1 c. flour
  • 3 Eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/2 c. panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 tsp. Pepper
  • Cooking spray

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine chicken, hot sauce, cheese, chives and ranch. Roll into golf ball-sized balls. Chill in fridge as you set up dredging station.
  3. Grab three shallow bowls, filling one with flour, one with the beaten eggs, and the third with panko and pepper (mixing the two ingredients to combine). Dip each buffalo chicken ball in flour, then the eggs, then the panko mixture. Set the balls about 1” apart on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet. Spritz buffalo chicken balls with cooking spray.
  4. Bake 7 minutes, flip balls and respray with cooking spray. Bake 7 minutes more. Serve with ranch dressing for dipping\

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