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 & TheVenueShop.com

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!
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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 & TheVenueShop.com

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!
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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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Tips for getting more balance in your life

TheVenueShop.com | 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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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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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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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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Time to recover


1300TheVenueSHop - MMA Life Tip - Time to Recover - TheVenueShop Blog - 17 December 2015We often remind our clients that stress is not the problem, the problem is lack of recovery. So, this Christmas break why not make recovery one of your key priorities.  

Here are 3 suggestions for you:

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Help protect your posture

1300TheVenueSHop - MMA Life Tip - Tips on PostureThere is one straightforward step we can all take to protect our posture.

Simply stand and sit as tall as you can.

As well as looking impressive, when people sit or stand to their full height, they extend their back and shoulder muscles and include their abdominal and neck muscles in taking their proper share of the postural load.

Start by ‘being tall’ for a minute at a time and gradually build up until it becomes habitual.

Being ‘tall’ maintains postural strength and will help prevent the two most common problems, shoulder hunching and excessive arching of the lower back.

Another good reminder is, try not to hunch before lunch!

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LIFE TIP: Make the decision to do it tonight!

1300TheVenueShop - MMA Blog - Exercise in the morningAnyone can exercise when you feel like it, its when you don’t feel like it and you do you achieve the greatest results.

There are many advantages to exercise in general, however here are 4 advantages of morning exercise.

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LIFE TIP: A sticky situation

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A man who’d been left by his wife was speeding. Foolishly, he tried to outrun a pursuing police car but was eventually hauled in and pulled over.

The policeman surprised the speeder when he said, “you were going way too fast, but I collect excuses and if you can offer me one that I haven’t heard before, I’ll let you off with a warning.”

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LIFE TIP: Educate others by not always answering

Have you ever stood in front of your microwave, thinking, "c’mon, c’mon - I haven’t got all minute!"

Do you actually have more time now than before you had a mobile phone?

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LIFE TIP: Plant something and enjoy watching it grow.

It’s exciting to watch any child grow, and a unique life experience to watch your own children grow...

So don’t miss it!

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LIFE TIP: Top up your Mojo

Some people like to think of themselves as having an aura of positive energy, or ‘Mojo’. Meeting someone upbeat & interested in you adds to your Mojo as does a workout or relaxation session, while arduous tasks & negative people can detract from it.

Unfortunately, life has its inevitable share of Mojo sapping moments.  That’s why it’s very important to keep topping up your Mojo.  
 
Top up your Mojo with good friends, positive meetings, fun, games, exercise, music, healthy challenges, quiet reflection, laughter, holidays, deeply held beliefs & someone special to hug.

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LIFE TIP: Time for YOU!

Start next week with a 'time budget' by locking in, in advance at least a couple of hours to invest with your friends, exercise, hobbies and other passions!

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LIFE TIP: Many people crave recognition

 

 

They become extremely frustrated when they don’t receive the accolades or prestige they believe their performances and achievements warrant.   If this is you and you don’t keep this tendency in check, you will become driven by this need and progressively more critical and jealous of others.

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Event Styling for Colour Events & Intimate Dinners

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Event Styling Profile: Carnivale & Mad Hatters Tea Party Themes


As 2014 ended, our friends at Staging Connections saw the installation and execution of two very colourful events - a Carnivale themed corporate function at The Westin Sydney and a Mad Hatters Tea Party themed Christmas Party in the Sun Room of Ivy

The brief for the Mad Hatters Tea Party was for a fun-filled room with props and teapots to create a Mad Hatter environment. As the guests were going to be dressed in theme, it allowed the Staging Connections styling team to get really creative with the quirky side of the Alice in Wonderland story. The client also expanded the brief, allowing them to style further into the space than what was originally planned, really allowing them to immerse every area of this quaint venue. 

Take a closer look into this week's Event Styling Profile brought to you by Event Stylist, Felicity Webb...

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LIFE TIP: Unsure what to do this festive break?

3 suggestions this festive break from Mischief, Motivation, AttitudeHere are 3 suggestions for a fabulous festive season from our friends at Mischief, Motivation, Attitude....

1.   Disconnect, even if only for a little while.  Go back in time and switch off your phone for a day, a half day or even an hour.  Enjoy the liberation of knowing you DEFINITELY wont get a call.

2.   Have a play day.  Learn from the innocence of children and just go play.  Play is it’s own reward.  You are not looking to get fitter, stronger or achieve a score or a better time, just go and have some fun…and do your absolute best not to feel guilty about it.

3.  Connect with friends.  Pick a friend you’ve lost touch with or haven’t spent enough time with in 2014.  Reach out to them and set up a get together.  Surrounding yourself with good people keeps us young…and one thing in life we can never have too many of is good friends!

Merry Christmas and safe travels... x

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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!