LIFE TIP: Ageing well

What are the 6 most important things in ensuring you age well?  The most comprehensive study ever conducted by Professor George Vaiilant has identified them in the following order.

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LIFE TIP: Joy means different things to different people...

JOY...  

For some people joy is spending all morning curled up in a nice warm comfy bed
For others it is catching up with friends
Or perhaps hiking in the cold wet wilderness
 
For some people joy is cooking a big dinner for loved ones
For others, it is going out to eat
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The art of SHOWcraft introducing the WOW at your events

StagingConnections Sydney Event Director, Chris Lewis, talks SHOWcraft for events. How you can introduce extra WOW factor through living environments, live screen interaction, impressive presentation content and more... 

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Lighting for Events: What is a Gobo?

As our friends @StagingConnections help us delve into the world of audio visual equipment and event services lingo, to reveal exactly what the techs are talking about - we take a look at the event lighting effect the 'gobo' and the many different shapes, patterns and logo’s they can replicate.

The possibilities are endless but what do you need to know before creating a customised gobo?

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NEW VENUE!! Hydro Majestic unveiled at last


NOW OPEN!  31 October 2014

After almost six years of detailed planning & review, one of our most famous Blue Mountains tourism landmarks - the Hydro Majestic Hotel - has reopened its doors.

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LIFE TIP: For those who believe in Karma...


"If you want to be successful in life, do favours for people"

But, what’s in it for you?
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What are In-Ear monitors & how can they be used on corporate events?

Sound for eventsGuest blogs from our friends @StagingConnections aim to help demystify the world of audio visual equipment and event services speak.

This week they take a look at the key event communication tool 'In Ears'. You have most likely seen performers on stage using them to hear their instruments or TV presenters listening for cues from backstage directors. They are also used in corporate events as an effective on stage tool to help enhance the delivery for on stage talent, giving them the confidence to deliver a great performance.

So, what exactly are 'In Ears'?

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SPECIAL EVENT: You're Invited! An Ultimate "Carnivale" EOY Celebration & Venue Showcase

It's been a huge year for @UltimateConferences&Events, plus with the first anniversary of our TheVenueShop launch fast approaching & so much more on the horizon for 2015... we can't help but be excited!

So after kicking off the year with our Melbourne client event, we are planning an even BIGGER finish to 2014.  We are absolutely thrilled to announce we are joining forces on this occasion with @AccorHotels NSW/ACT to put on a client event & venue showcase like no other you've ever experienced!!

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LIFE TIP: “That which does not come from the heart, does not easily reach the heart”

Nothing is more inspiring or persuasive than true passion

Nothing is more inspiring or persuasive than true passion. 
You just cannot fake sincerity but you certainly can put people off by trying to...  

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How projection mapping can add an extra dimension to your events?

We humans have been fascinated with creating art that fools our eyes and transports us physically since the beginning of civilisation. From perspective tricks in murals to the fake windows on blank building walls of the trompe l’oeil tradition, we delight in deceiving our senses.

Now, in the 21st century, 2D and 3D projection mapping are the latest tools of this grand tradition, and are available to you to transform your events in ways that are only limited by your imagination...

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LIFE TIP: A Compelling "Y"

A Compelling "Y" 

'Someone with a watch will always know the time, but someone with two watches can never be sure!'  

People often ask us for tips to help them stay motivated...

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What is "Speakers Prep" & why do I need it for my conference or event?

From a technical point of view, "Speakers Prep" is a service which helps your conference run smoothly by looking after all your speaker needs before, during and after the event.

Before a conference or function starts, speakers can be provided with a unique email so they can provide their presentations ahead of the event direct to the organiser/venue/technicians running the conference...

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HINTS & TIPS: Choosing the Best Seating Style for your Conference/Event Audience

So you have found the perfect venue for your next event, now you need to start to think about the room layout and in particular the seating style for your audience.

You have invited your audience to communicate a message, so it’s important that your audience is seated in the best way to achieve the maximum impact for your message!

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12 Steps to Conference or Event Social Media Success

Social Media And Events Tips For Success

Your business has a Facebook page, a Twitter account and a LinkedIn presence. Depending on your market sector, you might also be on Tumblr, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+ or any of the other geographic, professional or language-specific social networks. Marketing on social media might be second-nature to your organisation, but integrating social into a living, breathing real-time event adds a dimension that takes a new level of thought and management to succeed.

Using social media as an integral part of your event is so much more than sending event invitations on Facebook or tweeting a URL to register. A vertically integrated social media strategy based around a live event can provide real R.O.I. before, during and a long time after the fact. What you need to be clear about is who your audience are, which networks they’re on, and what they’re prepared to do for you.

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The Future of Presentations... 3 Predictions

Future of presentations

On a stage in the not too distant future, a presenter steps up to speak. The walls behind and around the audience come to life with three dimensional visuals introducing her and the company she represents. As she begins speaking, she swipes her hand above a tablet device with a long gesture that ends with her palm facing the back wall. A graph seems to fly from the device to the wall, enlarging as it moves. She asks the audience a question, and the attendees respond via their handheld devices. The graph changes instantly. Remote audiences watching on a huge range of different media responded to the same prompt...

While that may sound like a particularly stylised movie scene, all of the technology that makes it possible already exists and is being used in some form in presentations every day. Presentation technology is advancing constantly, with the goal of making human communication more engaging, more effective and capable of communicating complex ideas succinctly. This blog from a VenueShop national key partner, Staging Connections, examines emerging trends in presentation applications, equipment and techniques to help you prepare for the coming dramatic shift in audience expectations.

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8 Audiovisual Tips to Create a Successful Event

When you’re preparing an audio visual budget for your event, there’s a lot more to think about than simply how much money to allocate for theming, lights, sound and vision. To ensure you’re getting the most value for money from your event’s AV design, a solid knowledge of the capabilities of both technology and your audio visual company are essential.

And who better to ask that one of national key partners at TheVenueShop - Staging Connections! Here, they give you their top 8 audiovisual tips for creating a successful event...

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A day in the life of... an Event Project Manager

As event management is an area of the industry so many aspire to, or are at least intrigued by, we thought our clients may appreciate a glimpse into the world of events from the "other side". So in collaboration with one of our VenueShop national key partners, Staging Connections, we are pleased to share this "Day in the life of..."

Fiona Robinson is an event Project Manager at Staging Connections in Sydney. She has been part of the Staging team for over 12 years and has worked across numerous roles including Production Assistant and Crew Control. In this 'day in the life of’ blog, we get to grips with what being a Project Manager at Staging Connections involves, what a normal day looks like and get Fiona’s top audio visual event tips learnt from working on over 1,500 shows in her career.

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Enjoy! A chocolate & raspberry "French Kiss" as I soon set off for Europe

The French Kiss Cocktail

With a long-awaited trip to France just around the corner now, couldn't resist sharing this with our #VenueShoppers

Not usually one to “Kiss & Tell”, felt we could make an exception & spill the details on this heavenly raspberry chocolate drink, aptly named "The French Kiss"...

A French Kiss...Ingredients:
30mL Chambord
30mL Vodka
30mL Dark Creme de Cacao
45mL half milk & half cream
Chocolate to garnish

Directions:
Place all of the ingredients, except for the chocolate kiss, into a cocktail shaker & fill with ice.
Shake vigorously, then strain into a cocktail glass.

Garnish with a chocolate "kiss" & serve immediately
Enjoy!! x

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RECIPE: "Foolproof" Scones from guest contributor, Patrick Scheiber (Rydges Hotels & Resorts)

Patrick's Perfect Foolproof Scones - TheVenueShop
This week we welcome a contribution from our National Key Account Manager at Rydges Hotels & Resorts - the most entertaining Patrick Scheiber, who no doubt will be well known to many regular #VenueShoppers.

Patrick shares his own recipe for the ideal winter tea break. In keeping with our philosophy @TheVenueShop & Ultimate Conferences to keep things as simple & easy as possible, he assures us this recipe is "fool proof!"

Donning his apron to whip up a perfect batch, what will his team make of them?

Read more for the recipe for these “fabulous” scones... Perfect to serve with your latte, hot chocolate or tea of choice this winter... 

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SPECIAL EVENT: An opportunity to get "WICKED" with Ultimate

Feeling WICKED?

Mercure Melbourne Treasury Gardens has partnered with Ultimate Conferences & TheVenueShop to produce an evening of ""Wicked" delights for corporate meeting & events venue bookers on Wednesday, 28th May 2014!

Ultimate Conferences & TheVenueShop, Mercure Melbourne Treasury Gardens - Ultimate Indulge in cocktails & canapés over networking from 6pm to 8pm in the Apple Room, visually transformed green from the team at Audio Visual Dynamics!

Guests will be greeted by the cast of WICKED, with lots of photo opportunities!
There will be lucky door prizes to include accommodation at the luxurious Como Melbourne & more, PLUS, tickets for two to the musical phenomenon WICKED for the best costume!

Led by Corporate Challenge, follow the Map of Oz to discover the wonderful world of WICKED - the winning team will each receive a pair of "Wicked" glasses!

Don't miss this ultimate event at Mercure Melbourne Treasury Gardens, places are limited!

To express your interest in attending, please contact Lisa Roberts - Managing Director, Ultimate Conferences & TheVenueShop: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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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."

VictorsFood

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."

Dockside

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!