7 tips for planning an awesome fundraising event

Tips for planning an awesome fundraising event on the TheVenueShop.com blogWhen creating a checklist for your next fundraising event, it’s important to be organised & clear with your direction, time & audience. All successful events can include entertainment, delicious food, entertainment, raffle prizes & live charity auctions that can help to create high energy to excite your crowd - all while giving back to the community in a meaningful way...

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5 tips on keeping your attendees engaged

Five tips on keeping attendees engaged blog post by Ultimate Conferences and Events and TheVenueShop.comWe’ve booked thousands of conferences, meetings and events over the years, and there’s nothing worse than watching attendees check out early as a result of utter boredom. These 5 tips will help ensure your next conference, meeting or event is an engaging and memorable experience for all your attendees.

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5 tips for keeping your attendees engaged

We’ve booked thousands of conferences, meetings and events over the years, and there’s nothing worse than watching attendees check out early as a result of utter boredom. These 5 tips will help ensure your next conference, meeting or event is an engaging and memorable experience for all your attendees.

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So easy! Christmas Nutella Pie

TheVenueShop.com | Ultimate Conference RECIPE - Nutella Christmas Tree

Christmas is a time for sharing... so after exchanging recipe ideas with recent visitors to TheVenueShop.com (Patrick & Veronica from Rydges Hotel Group), accompanied by 2 of the cutest "Nutella loving" elves yet to grace our office, the elves put this festive recipe we found for a Nutella Christmas tree to the test.

We think they did an absolutely fab job! What a wonderful activity with the kids or last minute inspiration for a showstopping festive dessert. Check out pics & full recipe in today's blog. What a scrummy, oh so simple recipe - just the way we like it at Christmas!

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Event planners target geographically dispersed audiences

TheVenueShop.com | Ultimate Conferences blog - how event planners are targeting geographically dispersed audiencesAs we live in global workforce, companies & event planners alike have to account for their audiences being geographically dispersed across various regions, countries & time zones.
 
With this rise in globalisation & business expansion we're witnessing more & more event organisers looking to innovative ways to engage their audiences in the most cost-effective way... 
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How to stay calm this Festive Season!

TheVenueShop.com | Ultimate Conferences blog - how to stay calm this festive seasonWhat a year 2016 has been! Christmas parties are upon us, Christmas Day is just around the croner and New Year’s Eve is fast approaching! Summer is now in full swing, so it’s easy to get caught up in the all the action. Here are a few simple tips to help you keep calm during this silly season.

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Calculating bandwidth for meeting and event planners made easy!

Calculating bandwith and Wi-Fi at your next eventEvery conference, meeting or event that you attend these days will include some sort of digital event technology. Whether it be online registration, an event app, webcasting, live polling, social media integration or even just having access to Wi-Fi. Event planners are always on the lookout for new ways to collect invaluable data whilst providing attendees with a more dynamic, personalised experience, this inclusion of event technology is only going to increase. With this increase in event technology adoption comes the added pressure of venues to supply enough bandwidth to facilitate the mass usage. 

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WIN VIP tickets to IWD2017

International Womens Day Luncheon 2017In recognition of women who lead, inspire & overcome the most extreme adversity, TheVenueShop.com is offering you the chance to WIN 2x VIP tickets, including flights if interstate to join our International Women’s Day #Accelerate2017 #BeBoldForChange event.

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Facts & figures of Melbourne Cup Day

Flemington Racecourse - MelbourneIt’s arguably Australia’s biggest sporting event bringing together history, horse racing, fashion and hospitality. As the official caterers at the VRC, Peter Rowland will be serving, pouring and delighting hundreds of thousands of people across the four race days.

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NEW accommodation rooms at Stamford Plaza Melbourne

Stamford Plaza Melbourne - Melbourne Function Venue, Melbourne Conference Venue, Melbourne Event Venue, Melbourne Hotel, Melbourne AccommodationStamford Plaza Melbourne has just revealed its brand new superior rooms. The additional 26 rooms takes the hotel’s room inventory up to 308 rooms and suites.

The $4.4 million project which commenced in April saw the new superior hotel rooms added to the East tower of the hotel, located on 111 Little Collins Street at the popular Paris end of town.

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BRISBANE networking event

TheVenueShop.com | Ultimate Conferences Brisbane Client Event on September 15 2016, co-hosted with Stamford Plaza Brisbane, The Styled Group and Be ChallengedJoin us on September 15th at the Brisbane Plaza Stamford...

Are you responsible for booking or organising your company conferences, business events, training workshops, perhaps even occasional off-site team-building or the annual Christmas function...?  

Appreciate a little support & inspiration... 

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Organised or attended a business event recently?

TheVenueShop.com - 5 ways to win a luxe stay, review to winWIN a Luxe Stay!

A reminder our team are here to look after you… & what EA doesn’t deserve a little pampering?

So this quarter, each time you SUBMIT any venue review via TheVenueShop.com or review our service on facebook, you will receive an entry to win a luxury stay at your choice of Melbourne, Sydney or Hong Kong!  ENTER here via 5 Ways To Win to maximise your chances by following the prompts to answer a simple question, share with colleagues & more...

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LIFE TIP: Telling your family you love them

Life Tip - TheVenueShop.com Blog - Telling your family you love themHow often do you tell your family (or friends) how special they are, how much you love them and how lucky you are to have them?

What a wonderful, genuine, powerful way of letting them know how precious, unique and valued they are. 

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LIFE TIP: Ageing Well

MMA Life Tip - Ageing WellGeorge E Vaillant MD (Research Psychiatrist & Psychoanalyst) studied 824 people from birth to old age. His "top 6 most important list" to age well:

6. Exercise.
5. Nutrition.
4. Take Holidays.
3. Sleep Well.
2. Have passions outside of work.
1. “Have people that love you” - Stay connected

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EA Networking Event (MELBOURNE) Tuesday, 12 May 2016

Shake it up with TheVenueShop.com & Ultimate Conferences team - Executive Assistant Network event, 12 May 2016: Plaza Ballroom, Vibe Savoy Hotel MelbourneBring out your inner "Cocktail Queen"! 

Responsible for organising your conferences, staff team-building or client networking events? Always looking for new ideas to inject into your events - whether in-house or off-site?

Come "meet, mix & mingle" with other EA's: share in the fun, prizes & networking at this highly interactive event. Enjoy your exotic creations & access resources sure to be invaluable to your future event planning needs...

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3 Tips for More Focus and Less Stress

3 tips for more focus and less stressSimple ways to get the most from every day... & yourself as well! 

Did you know? Researchers have recently named Event Planning as the 5th most stressful occupation?

The vast majority of us are under some sort of stress. Make no mistake. Part of the problem is that we've become so used to it - it doesn't seem like a big deal.

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Have a ball - make a difference! 14 May 2016

m.a.d.woman foundation gala fundraiser

So grateful to those who joined in our International Women's Day Luncheon on 8 March 2016 to benefit m.a.d.woman foundation. To further help support vulnerable & needy Australian children, we encourage you to please now join their gala fundraiser, on Saturday 14 May 2016 at St Kilda Town Hall...

m.a.d.woman foundation gala - 14 May 2016, St Kilda Town Hall

 

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Pledge For Parity 2016

http://www.thevenueshop.com.au/images/newsletters/2016-April/sadhana%20-%20pledge%20for%20parity.jpgHow close are we to parity in 2016?

So grateful to welcome CEO of Harcourts & Founder of Links Fiji as a panellist/speaker at our International Women's Day Event in Melbourne on 8 March 2016 supporting m.a.d.woman foundation (you can read all about the amazing fundraising results achieved, plus view pics from the event HERE!)

Given the IWD2016 theme"Pledge for Parity", Sadhana Smiles shares an excerpt on the subject of parity for us all to consider... how can you "make a difference?"

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Simple ways for on trend event styling this Spring

Staging Connections Blog Post - Tuesday 22 March 2016

Thanks to Pantone...

As Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute commented, “colours this season transport us to a happier, sunnier place where we feel free to express a wittier version of our real selves.” We recently discussed how colours are an immensely powerful tool that can influence our event attendees’ moods. Taking the lead by the colour experts, Staging Connections shows you how easy it is to style your next event this Spring to ensure it is on trend!

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The Stars align for a VIP celebration

Our Erin recently forced to overcome her nerves, was whisked away by helicopter to a top secret event in the Yarra Valley 

15 special guests representing highly regarded meeting & event companies enjoyed the elaborate VIP event, hosted by The Star Entertainment Group on 23 February 2016, in conjunction with the Asia-Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo (AIME) 

The red-carpet rolled out, guests dined on a 5 course degustation menu at ezard, Levantine Hill... a gastronomic partnership between hatted chef Teage Ezard and Levantine Hill Estate.

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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!