Posts Tagged ‘Meetings’

Getting Ahead: How to get that office promotion

July 19th, 2012

No one wants to just tread water for their entire career. Doing “just enough” to get by at work doesn’t just hurt your career, it hurts you personally. After all, the amount of money you make can directly influence your quality of life. If you are unwilling to put in the work it takes to get ahead, then you can more or less expect to be unsuccessful forever.

There is a lot of politicking that goes into pushing your career ahead at an office. Any job that requires you to stay in a confined space with other people for hours a day will have this trait. However, this doesn’t mean that the average person can just talk their way into a great promotion. In the few cases where this is possible, you probably wouldn’t even want the job in the first place. Read the rest of this entry »

The Ten Best Business Lunch Venues in Seattle, Washington

May 11th, 2012

A look at some of the most popular business lunch venues in Seattle, Washington.

Bistro Baffi Italian Fine Dining

Bistro Baffi is one of those amazingly well-kept secrets of the Seattle dining scene. While it does the majority of its business during the dinner hours, there is a great lunch menu that allows you to have a professional lunch out with clients. They specialize in northern Italian cuisine at Bistro Baffi, and there are a wide range of menu options to satisfy any type of craving in your party.

Georgian

Georgian is one of the more expensive lunch options out there, but they are definitely worth it. The atmosphere is one of supreme class, and it presents an air of finesse that will make any business lunch go off without a hitch. While there are some extremely fancy things on the menu here, there are a lot of very basic options as well. Read the rest of this entry »

The Top Ten Convention Centers in the Midwest

March 5th, 2012

St. Paul River Centre

Since opening its doors in 1998, the St. Paul River Centre, established in Minnesota, has hosted over 3,000 conventions and events within its ample show space. It has been rated as the “Best Convention Center” by Minnesota Meetings + Events Magazine three times in a row, and has played host to some major events over the years. It has even accommodated the Republican National Convention, providing space for over 15,000 members of the media.

Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center

This conference center shares its campus with that of Michigan State University, giving it a very unique feel and a youthful vigor. One of the major perks of the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center is that it is influenced by very modern architecture and furnishings. With its proximity to the college, Kellogg has a decidedly academic feel to it, utilizing furnishings and décor that provide the perfect marriage between form and function.

Cobo Center

Located in Detroit, Michigan, the Cobo Center shows you everything that the motor city is still capable of these days. The design of the building could be described as ultra-modern, with an overall feel that will appeal to the aesthetic sensibilities of just about any tastes. The Cobo Center is also the largest of the recognized “Green Venues Michigan,” and the number of environmental initiatives going on here are really a sight to behold.

The Reed Center

This Oklahoma gem has something for everyone, and is designed with the event planner in mind. The technological aspects of the Reed Center have been designed specifically to facilitate any gathering you can imagine, and it has done all this while keeping its costs low. While some convention halls are located in bustling urban centers, the Reed Center is located in a quiet, peaceful suburban setting.

Tinley Park Convention Center

Just outside of Chicago lies one of the few untapped gems of the convention center world. Tinley park offers a great set of options to convention goers and event planners, giving them the ability to create a unique event that is sure to please anyone. Their convention center space is 75,000 square feet of space that can fit just about anything.

Gateway Center

Located in Collinsville, Illinois, the Gateway Center is a highly regarded, first-class venue. The big benefit of Gateway Center is its perfect location. Not only is it located close to bustling St. Louis, but it is also right near some amazing shopping and dining locations. Being outside of the city allows them to have big, open, tranquil space for your event.

Sawmill Creek Resort

At Sawmill Creek Resort, located in Ohio, there is an awesome, rustic convention room that is a sight to behold. The room is known as the Wilderness Hall center, and it can accommodate up to 2,000 people at a time. Its 50,000 square feet of functional, open space make it perfect for just about any type of gathering imaginable. By far, what most people say they like about Wilderness Hall at the Sawmill Creek Resort is the price. It’s the most affordable option in the Midwest if you want actual quality.

Midwest Conference Center

It may not be the cheapest, and it may not be the biggest, but the Midwest Conference Center just outside of Chicago is one of the most stunningly beautiful convention centers in the country. The place simply oozes class and refinement, with some facilities giving you a panoramic view of Chicago that will take your breath away once the sun goes down. It is very close to O’Hare, and boasts a very flexible convention space that gives you around 35,000 feet to spread out in.

DuPage Expo Center

A relatively new convention center in Illinois, the DuPage Expo Center is quickly gaining a positive reputation for itself. This is a great location for tech conventions, as the space is very clean and not stifling like other expo centers can be.

Frontier Airlines Center

Opened in 1998, the Frontier Airlines Center is by far the largest convention center on this list. With 188,665 square feet at your disposal, it’s amazing what you can do. It is very popular in Wisconsin, especially for sporting conventions.

How to get Give n Take in a meeting

October 14th, 2008

It can be difficult to get audience participation during a meeting. How many meetings have you been to where the chairperson asks a question only to be met by deafening silence? – Cue the tumbleweed. There are lots of reasons for this, from fear of saying the wrong thing, to genuine shyness to people just not listening. Getting people to contribute is important, you need fresh ideas, opinions or just to make sure your audience understands what the key issues are.

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Planning your Meetings

September 8th, 2008

Love em or hate em, face to face meetings are still a necessary evil even in this digital/cyber/online world. People still need to get together and discuss issues, make decisions or just to get their point across. It’s important not to waste company time with unnecessary, long and boring meetings, which sometimes just seem like an excuse for the key speaker to yak on and listen to the sound of their own voice. Yes, their Mom may have told them they are fabulous, but we don’t all need to hear everything they have to say.

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