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Make this Christmas the one that you put a smile on a stranger's face!

Christmas Wishing Tree - Stand 39 EAN Congress, Ultimate Conferences & at Sofitel Melbourne 29-30 November 2017 - Make a Stranger Smile campaign for Wear For SuccessPlease join our Christmas Wish project in the lead up to year end, each contribution can change a life!

Our team will be exhibiting at the final EAN congress for 2017 in Melbourne. We're setting up a "wishing tree" donation drop-off point - on expo Stand 39 at Sofitel on Collins, 29-30 November, but are certainly happy to coordinate individual collections too...

#MakeADifference #ConfidenceBeliefSuccess #ExecutiveAssistantNetwork #EAN #GiveWhereYouLive

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Join our upcoming CLIENT EVENT & overnight FAMIL

Seeking outstanding facilities, technology & room to think for your next conference or team retreat? Rediscover Aitken Hill with new management & a fresh new approach...

Bec & Lisa will be co-hosting an intimate, private group famil with activity, site tour, dinner (breakfast at leisure Sunday, partner or colleague welcome) overnight on Saturday 28 October 2017

This event will fill fast, get in quick to express your interest!  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Need a break? Our picks: 4 Top City Hotel Spa retreats

Australian top 4 city hotel day spa retreats - via Ultimate Conferences & TheVenueShop.comFeeling weary, stressed & in need of a little pampering? A spa break could help you to make it through the upcoming silly season. For some valuable time on the massage table, we suggest you check out (or check into!) one of these fabulous CBD hotel retreats & chill out...

*PLUS, your chance to WIN a luxe escape! 

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Beating Work Stress (Part 3) Clean Eating

Clean-eating, de-stress - try this One&Only Wolgan Valley recipe at homeTaking time out to prepare a good meal another great way to revitalise your mind, body & soul.  Cooking as an activity in itself, can help us to "be mindful", add "balance" plus when done right, "look after our body" (see 8 Tips for Stress Fitness)

Eating well doesn't need to be complicated or take too much time for those already struggling to fit everything in. Our friends at ultra-luxury wellness resort, Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley have shared a delicious dish to create. This Citrus & Fennel salad makes a perfect wholesome lunch, gorgeous side or starter when entertaining. 
PLUS for a chance to WIN a One&Only luxury wellness pamper package - request your Ultimate Events Guide & enter the draw

Enjoy this recipe plus click HERE to request a One&Only "Ultimate Events Guide" & enter the draw to win a luxury wellness pamper pack!

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Add this premium Melbourne event to your calendar


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Save the date - International Womens Day 2018

You can click HERE for photos of our 2017 event

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Beating work stress - before it damages your health (Part 2)

Rejuvenating your mind, body, soul!

Beating work stress - rejuvenate mind body & soul via Ultimate Conferences &

A little inspiration> "de-stress, refresh & reset" as one of our stunning NSW venue partners takes us on a journey... 

Put up your feet, take a breath & escape... PART 2 includes exclusive offers, plus chance to take home an Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley luxury gift pack to relax & enjoy!
#BeInItToWinIt #EAlife #Pampering #Wellness

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Beating work stress - before it damages your health (Part 1)

8 Tips for Stress Fitness - build your resilience!

Beating work stress - tips to build your stress fitness via Ultimate Conferences &

It is possible to build your resistance to the toxic pressures & demands life can throw at you, just as you would your physical fitness.

PLUS, for our EAs & meeting/event planners (among top most stressful jobs) ...Some inspiration for rejuvenating mind, body & soul via one of our stunning NSW venue partners.  

So, please relax for a few minutes with us over your favourite cuppa & make sure you read PART 2 for your chance also to WIN the most decadent pampering gift package to assist you de-stress!
#BeInItToWinIt #EAlife #Pampering #Wellness

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Fashionable FUNdraising

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Delivering on trend Themed Events & Christmas Parties

Delivering on trend themed events & Christmas parties - via - real venue comparisons, real advice, really FREE!

You’ve survived another EOFY & now it’s time to finalise your team’s end of year events… How to recognise or reward staff & set the tone for the coming year, or perhaps arrange a celebration with your clients as a thankyou for their support. We appreciate it’s no easy task to create impact year-on-year & make the right impression on your guests.

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5 Ways to WIN a Luxury Stay Review a conference venue or function space with Gleam for chance to win - Sydney Melbourne or Hong Kong


Check out your chance to win an overnight stay, with choice of 3 iconic cosmopolitan destinations. If you ever arrange or attend business events, then you qualify to enter (and as many times as you like)

What are you waiting for? Let us know your preferred city getaway if the chosen winner, then hop to it... you must be in it to win it!  Follow the instructions to complete your entry HERE & best of luck!

*With 4 prizes to draw, maximise your chances & get in early...

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Visually virtulise your venue!

3D Virtual Tour hero image via Ultimate Conferences & - sample conference venue - Vibe Hotel MarysvilleShow off your spaces in immersive virtual reality!

3D Virtual Walk-through is a powerful tool that will certainly add dimension, engagement & that "WOW" factor to any venue. We Are VR features all the latest Virtual Reality & 3D Scanning Technology, so that anyone with a smart phone or laptop can step inside, look around & walk through a venue online with or without a VR headset.

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8 Tips - How to Host Effective Meetings

tips on how to have the most effective meeting - blog post by TheVenueShop.comThere are good meetings & there are “bad”. The bad drone on forever, never seem to get to the point, with you left wondering why you were even present. Effective ones will leave you energised, feeling you've really accomplished something. If you're responsible for meeting planning as part of your role, consider these tips for organising meetings participants actually value & look forward to.

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EA’s & PA’s - help is on the way! | Ultimate Conferences Brisbane Client Event on September 15 2016, co-hosted with Stamford Plaza Brisbane, The Styled Group and Be ChallengedAt the EAN Sydney Congress held at Luna Park last month, some of the team were excited to speak to you about how we can assist you when booking conferences, events and functions. We heard a number of times over the two days that the staff Christmas or EOY function is on your minds and the thought of having to research/contact venues can be a rather frustrating and time-consuming process.

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5 essentials for delivering spectacular events

Delivering spectacular events blog post by and Ultimate Conferences and EventsExplore new ways of making your events more engaging, more exciting & with greater ROI than ever before. But with so many ‘must-have’ products & technologies available, where to start? To help navigate the many options out there, here are five tips for delivering events to leave a lasting impression...

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Tips for getting more balance in your life | Ultimate Conferences Brisbane Client Event on September 15 2016, co-hosted with Stamford Plaza Brisbane, The Styled Group and Be Challenged“Balance is not something you find, it's something you create” ― Jana Kingsford,

Maintaining a healthy balance in life is not only essential for well-being & happiness, but can be an enormous boost to your productivity, career or business success too. A well-balanced person has a far greater ability to focus their attention & energy on attaining their goals, taking productive actions & moving forward in a meaningful way.

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Are YOU ready to #BeBoldForChange in 2017 & beyond? BeBoldForChange Blog Post - written by Sadhana SmilesWith the IWD2017 theme "Be Bold for Change", so grateful to Sadhana Smiles, CEO of Harcourts Victoria & Founder of Links Fiji, for sharing this piece on the ways we all can strive to make a difference in 2017 & beyond.

*We were also very lucky to have Sadhana as one of our speakers at our Melbourne event on 8 March supporting this year's chosen charity, Wear For Success. (Some 2017 event pics HERE)

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How to engage the body and mind for unforgettable events

How to engage the body and mind for unforgettable events - | Ultimate Conferences and Events Blog PostScientists at Yale University say 'deliberately engaging all five senses at events has the ability to grasp attention, increase recall, and inspire conversation thus creating a truly memorable experience.Here are some ways smart event planners are tapping into sensory experiences to deliver effective events.

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The secret power of 'to do' lists

To-Do Lists blog post by Ultimate Conferences and TheVenueShop.comWhat is the secret power of to-do lists? Why are they so beneficial & how can you get the most out of them? Are to-do lists a thing of the past, or essential? Are they loved, loathed or misunderstood?

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How to create an effective media wall

Ultimate Conferences | blog post - how to create an effective media wallFrom glamorous 'red carpet' photo opportunities to bold, eye-catching backdrops, media walls are an essential element of any sponsored event. When well designed, they are a great marketing tool: allowing for event branding, enhancing event themeing, encouraging photo opportunities & most importantly, promoting sponsors with ease. All this without detracting from the event & guests. Sounds simple right? hmmm... wrong! 

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"Next level" events with dynamic digital signage

Take your event to the next level with dynamic digital signage - blog post by TheVenueShop.comSignage has been a show essential since Day 1. Attendees would be lost, confused & frustrated without it, but luckily, digital signage is the way of the future: a versatile system to support multiple media types & rapidly distributing information throughout your chosen venue. Choose to have key messages displayed, with strategically curated messaging. Signs now have the ability to illustrate so much more than simple directions...

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Clarion Hotel on Canterbury

A huge success... and lunch was amazing!!

Clarion Hotel on Canterbury Thankyou for making our Planning Day a huge success. The team loved the venue and the lunch was amazing!! A very enjoyable day. I will definitely be recommending your venue to all my colleagues - the experience was fantastic!

Novotel Melbourne Glen Waverley

We all really enjoyed the conference, everything was perfect!

Novotel Melbourne Glen Waverley "Wanted to say thank you so much for the great service and your patience with all our changes throughout. We all really enjoyed the conference, everything was perfect! (Well maybe the coffee machine struggled to keep up with us, but overall, everything was great). The venue set up and lunch was great - the buffet really enjoyable, especially the variety of catering offered.

Fudge by Rich

Absolutely delicious, beautifully packaged...

Fudge by Rich As always, absolutely delicious with amazing feedback from all who tried the product! Beautifully packaged up for us, delivery process fast and reliable, and Nicole couldn't have been more helpful in turning around such a large order on such short notice ensuring we had everything needed for the trade show... Think I have a new favourite flavour too, the Rocky Road is to die for!!

Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach

What a professional events team...

Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach "The events team at Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach are truly professionals at what they do. The organisation in particular of the banquets team - always so helpful and ensure that our seminars run smoothly. The only minor suggestion that I would make is more labels to indicate the types salads and sandwiches that are on offer on lunch buffets."

Rydges Bankstown

Suited our brief perfectly... staff could not do enough for us!

Rydges Bankstown "Rydges Bankstown suited our brief perfectly: close to our sites, an abundance of parking and a great function room with natural lighting. The staff were very friendly and could not do enough for us, I am sure we will use this venue again."


An absolute blast - can't wait to try another amazing VictorsFood experience!

VictorsFood “VictorsFood made our event a truly memorable one. Every one of our team members had an absolute blast making pizzas together with the fun and enthusiastic chefs… We can’t wait to try another one of VictorsFoods' amazing experiences!”

Mantra Bell City

I really appreciated the attention to detail & communication...

Mantra Bell City "Whilst I do not attend these meetings to see the room in person, I certainly had no complaints from any of my management team (no news good news!) The communication from the event co-ordinator in particular was excellent prior to our meeting. It was organised at short notice and she showed such high attention to detail which I really appreciated."

Rendezvous Grand Hotel Melbourne

Really good quality & great value... best external meeting venue in a while!

Rendezvous Grand Hotel Melbourne "The room was appropriately presented, with everything we had requested already in place. Morning tea and lunch were more than ample, and was 'yummy'! Really good quality and great value for money. One of the managers even said it’s been the best external meeting venue he’s been to in a while."


The venue, as well as the staff, location & atmosphere was second to none!

Dockside "We held our Staff Christmas party at Dockside this year - the venue, as well as the staff, location & atmosphere was second to none. From the moment I booked the venue, the service was fantastic. The event organiser kept in contact throughout the year, reminding when things needed to be done. Everything went smoothly on the night of the party, the food was amazing, the staff were excellent & the event manager on the night bent over backwards to help with...

Yarra Valley Estate

Excellent food, fantastic spaces to relax & network, country hospitality - we'll definitely be back again!

Yarra Valley Estate Our team really enjoyed the time spent at Yarra Valley Conference Centre. The staff were friendly and accommodating, the food was excellent and the spaces for the group to relax and network after a hard day's conferencing were fantastic and very well utilised!