LIFE TIP: Telling your family you love them

Life Tip - 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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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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RECIPE: "Foolproof" Coconut Roughs, by guest contributor Urban St Leonards

This week, we welcome a guest contribution from our friends at the fabulous Urban St Leonards… a favourite sweet treat from their Conference menu!

Conferencing at Urban St Leonards offers you a modern & stylish place to do business. Offering three function spaces - Yin, Yang & their Chat Room - all are set up accordingly to the principles of Feng Shui, creating harmony & balance through design & layout

Whilst meeting, you are also treated to their tailored Clean Eats menu, including this Coconut Rough recipe!  Satisfying your need for sustenance as you work, in addition to ticking all the boxes for a healthy, delicious & nutritious snack - we think these are the perfect Winter combination!

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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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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

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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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!