Very few businesses have professional meeting planners on staff. The job of planning those important off-site events often falls to an administrative assistant or a human resources director. That person may not have the training or the time to seek out a great event space, the one that has the best facilities and amenities, is in the right location, and is available on the right dates.
It’s a daunting task. Dozens of little tasks have to be accomplished for a successful off-site, but the first is finding the venue. And as any event planner will tell you, when all does not go well, co-workers and supervisors are quick to point out where the selection went wrong.
As an occasional meeting planner, how do you maximize your company’s investment in an off-site event? Here are some tips from successful planners.
Jeffrey Marks is chief operating officer for Eventective (http://www.eventective.com), headquartered in Portland, Maine. Eventective.com is the premier marketing tool for restaurants, hotels and other venues, with more than 15,000 properties listed. Whether its for a corporate meeting, wedding, party or any other kind of gathering, planners can search the site by location, zip code, room size and other criteria, then contact the facility immediately to book their event space or meeting location.
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Article Submitted On: June 24, 2005
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