Challenge/Opportunity: This pharmaceutical company wanted to provide a meaningful charitable team event for 1,200 attendees during their National Sales Meeting. The event would support the client’s larger overall Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative and annual day of service, benefiting local non-profit organizations in the Las Vegas area where the meeting was taking place. Response/Solution: Corporate Event Interactive sourced four charities in the Las Vegas area, identified their needs, purchased all supplies and executed a three hour CSR program for 1,200 attendee volunteers. Guests were welcomed to the event with a musical performance by the children from two of the school choirs in the Clark County School District. When the children finished, participants were divided into four teams to build, assemble,[…]

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Mobile Room Escape Room escapes are popping up all over the US and becoming a popular twist on the traditional team building exercise. A typical room escape involves a small group of people literally locked in a room. In order to get out, they must find clues and solve puzzles to locate the hidden key within a set period of time. These challenges are excellent team building opportunities because everyone has a chance to contribute at different levels to solve riddles, put puzzles together or flip over chairs to find the way to escape! Corporate Event Interactive has developed a mobile room escape concept on a much larger scale for our clients with up to 300 participants! Instead of escaping[…]

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by Jeff Hurt, Velvet Chainsaw What do the next ten years have in store for conference and event organizers? Plenty. As 2010 comes to a close, many conference and event professionals have been looking ahead to the 2011. Here’s a look into 2011 and the next decade. 1. Increased complexity and volatility as change is the constant and uncertainty its response. The successful will be able to navigate rapidly changing times with increased flexibility. The ability to be nimble and make quick midcourse corrections will be highly prized and valued.

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by Ed Graziano, Corporate Event Interactive If you are a business professional you more than likely have attended a wide variety of business related meetings and events and I expect you will have many of the same observances that I have listed below, so please feel free to share. If you want to bore your audiences and ensure a minimum retention of program content at your next meeting please consider the following… 1.) Cram as much content into the meeting as possible. Limit breaks and social opportunities and be sure to cover everything in the limited amount of time a meeting lasts. 2.) Never change your presenters, trainers or facilitators from meeting to meeting. Once you have people who your[…]

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by Anne Thornley-Brown, Executive Oasis International Building a Better Business Meeting Summary: A volume of research is available about the best strategies to engage adult learners. In spite of this, at corporate meetings and during sales rallies, companies continue to subject employees to a series of long, boring presentations delivered by “talking heads”. It’s a dreary and tedious pattern of passive disengagement. There is a better way. A Broken Business Meeting Model Our team building firm regularly gets requests from companies that initially request a full day of interactive team building. This is doable with a very short simulation and very specific outcomes but it’s a very tight timeframe. Typically, this time slot is then reduced to 1/2 a day[…]

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