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Let’s Meet in Orlando

Are you looking for the perfect venue for your next Florida corporate event? Look no further: whether you’re planning a small board meeting, a private business event, or an exhibition with a thousand people, these venues can fit your needs.

The Rooftop
This 10,000 square foot, 360-degree balcony is 21 stories above the heart of downtown Orlando. Located 15 minutes from International Drive and the Convention Center, the Rooftop is a beautiful and convenient option for corporate events, convention groups, business parties, client receptions, and cocktail parties.

Rosen Plaza Hotel
The Rosen Plaza Hotel is known for award-winning service, personalized menus, and customized theme parties. With over 60,000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting and event space, you can provide an elegant experience for up to 2,800 guests. Guests also have access to the Gary Sain Memorial Skybridge, a covered walkway that directly connects to the Orange County Convention Center, which offers additional meeting space.

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin
The Walt Disney World Resort’s reputation for excellence precedes itself. This luxurious hotel is designed to comfortably accommodate meetings of all sizes and purposes! You’ll enjoy award-winning banquet and catering expertise, attentive staff, and professional resources and services.

Orange County Convention Center
Are you looking for a one-of-a-kind location for tradeshows, expos, meetings, or conventions? The OCCC, also known as “The Center of Hospitality,” is the second largest convention center in the United States and offers 2.1 million square feet of event space. Take a look at their website to learn more about their service partners, scholarship and advertising opportunities, and Orlando’s walkable convention district.

Orlando Museum of Art
From small board meetings to large conferences, the Orlando Museum of Art guarantees that their beautiful galleries and picturesque setting will make your event one to remember. You can rent the Council Of 101 Grand Gallery Hall, meeting rooms, the SunTrust Auditorium, or even the full museum.

When you’re looking to plan your next Florida corporate event, take a look at the variety of entertainment we offer to promote networking, reward and incentive programs, and teambuilding. Contact us online or give us a call at 407-955-4949 today!

Breaking The Ice

Another party, another chance to awkwardly hover around the buffet and spend your night glued to the chocolate fountain. But it doesn’t have to be this way! Let the Orlando event management team help you become a conversation wizard.

Questions to Ask
“I love that, where did you get it?Everyone loves getting a compliment, and most people love talking about their belongings — especially if they got them for a bargain. Ask about anything from their shoes to the digital notebook they’ve been taking notes in throughout the conference.

“What kind of work do you do?” It’s easy to start a conversation with someone when you know what they’re passionate about, so start by asking what they do. Ask questions to keep the conversation going; how long have they been at their job? How did they get started in this industry?

Comment on something positive. “The weather is beautiful tonight!” “Did you get a chance to hear the keynote speaker? I thought he was great.” “Great turnout, right?” Highlighting a positive aspect of the event is an easy way to initiate conversation. While stating something negative might feel like it gives you the opportunity to be funny, avoid it; it’s much riskier. If you insult the chef and the listener turns out to be the chef’s cousin, this won’t go well.

Tips to Remember
Know Breaking News. Before you attend an event, brush up on current events and breaking news. This is almost always an incredibly easy guarantee to start a conversation!

Search for Common Ground. As they’re sharing, make mental notes of what you have in common. These similarities are something you can bring up during a break or a lull as you talk!

Repeat as a Question. When in doubt, repeat the last few words the other person said, but repeat them almost uncertainly — like a question. This will nearly always encourage them to continue talking, and it gives you more opportunities to further the conversation.

Just Keep Asking About Them. Don’t stop asking about the other person! People love to talk about themselves, especially when someone is genuinely interested. (This also prevents you from rambling to overcompensate for your nervousness.) If there’s a lull in the conversation, don’t fill it with your own words; use it to propel the conversation forward and ask more questions. The key is to focus on being interested, not being interesting. 

If you’re in the Orlando area and would like to throw a party so that you can try out your new conversation starters, reach out to the Orlando event management team at Fun Planners. Contact us online or at 407-955-4949 today!

New Year, New Venue

While your basic hotel conference room can work great as an event venue, there’s no need to use it as a fallback option — Orlando is home to a wide variety of unique event venues! Take a look at a few of our favorite options that are sure to impress and wow your guests.

The Acre Orlando
In the words of Orlando Weekly, the Acre Orlando is “the best event space you never knew existed.” If you’re looking for a venue with rustic charm, natural light, tropical gardens, and tin-roofed charm, the Acre Orlando could be a great choice for your Orlando corporate event, grand celebration, wedding, or bridal/baby shower.

Leu Gardens
Located minutes from downtown Orlando, Leu Gardens is a semi-tropical, botanical oasis. It’s home to nearly 50 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, lakes, and trails, all sheltered by 200-year-old oaks and seas of camellias. They host weddings, receptions, and private events.

The Orlando Science Center
Did you know that the Orlando Science Center offers 200,000 square feet of exhibits turned event space? Whether you want a backdrop featuring a modern skyline or prehistoric dinosaurs, it’s easy to transform this space into your dream venue. Make sure to check out their meetings and events guide!

Hub 925
This urban loft specializes in weddings, receptions, meetings, and private and corporate events. If you’re hoping for an “industrial chic” feel, this is the venue for you. They have excellent customer service, and you can even take a virtual interactive tour of the space before going in for a meeting.

Mathers Social Gathering
Located in the heart of downtown, Mathers is an antique-filled, parlor-style cocktail lounge. They describe themselves as “a stylish, dark wood, exposed-brick filled hideaway housed on the third floor of a vintage furniture store from the late 1800s.” They can accommodate 100 people seated and 200 people standing.

The Balcony Orlando
Are you hoping for a rooftop event? This elegant venue hovers 11 stories over the heart of downtown Orlando. Featuring over 10,000 square feet of outdoor space and 3,000 square feet of indoor space, guests can enjoy sweeping skyline views under quaint market lighting.

Gallery J Venue
Self-described as “a world of secrets hidden within an office warehouse complex and re-purposed art studio,” Gallery J prides themselves on being “Orlando’s most creative event venue.” Hoping for a vintage Hollywood feel? A “Chicago meets Philly vibe?” An evening in Paris or Mardi Gras in New Orleans? All possible at Gallery J!

SNAP! Space
This indoor-outdoor, upscale, warehouse art gallery was named by BizBash as one of the top 5 venues in Orlando. However, keep in mind that they will not host weddings, promoted events, or ticketed functions.

The Pointe Orlando
If you’re planning an exceptionally large event, The Pointe Orlando might be what you’re looking for — they can host up to 10,000 guests! This venue is a great option for block-style parties or for events where guests are hoping to eat and party late into the night.

Whether you’re planning an Orlando corporate event, a wedding, or even an awards ceremony, there’s an Orlando venue for you. Contact us to find out how we can help you take your event to the next level!

 

Assigned Seating: The Benefits

Now that you’ve chosen your seating arrangement, it’s time to decide: should you have assigned seats? This, of course, depends on the type of event, but more often than not, you should take the extra time to create a seating chart.

The Science Behind It
Columbia University conducted a study on the behaviors of people at mixers. Their goal was to discover if a minimally structured social event is conducive to attendants broadening their social circle. However, results demonstrated thatguests did not mix as much as might be expected…they were much more likely to encounter their pre-mixer friends, even though they overwhelmingly stated before the event that their goal was to meet new people.”

Outside of Science: Strategy
Although science proves that assigned seating is preferable, benefits go beyond science! By assigning seats, you’re able to strategically plan where people will be sitting. You can connect people in the name of business, or you can make sure that someone coming alone is sitting at a kind, outgoing table. If there’s any sort of bad blood between guests, assigned seating is also an excellent way to prevent unnecessary drama; seat those guests on opposite sides of the room.

Prevent Social Anxiety
Many people worry that by assigning seats, guests will interpret an otherwise relaxed event as rigid and formal. But this couldn’t be farther from the truth — open seating is chaotic and frustrating for your guests. Consider the social anxiety you may cause guests when they walk in and discover they now have to worry about being removed from their group, finding a seat amongst familiar faces (even if their goal is to mingle), and sitting at a table outside of their age group.

No One is Trapped
A common misconception is that if you assign seats, guests will feel obligated to sit there all night long. However, once the formal portion of the evening is over, whether that’s dinner, an auction, or a presentation, your guests will move about the room.

“Is This Seat Taken?”
It’s an awkward experience to have guests wandering around, desperately hunting for an available seat. It’s awkward for the host; it’s awkward for your wandering guests; it’s awkward for your seated guests if they have to offer to split up their own party to satisfy another. This is horrible for you as the planner, as angry groups of people — who did not mean to linger for so long in the lobby — rush up to you and demand you assist them in the search for a seat.

Groups of People
If you have invited a group of people to your event, no matter if it’s a business group or a family, it will be uncomfortable to watch them rush around and try to save a group of seats together — and it will be worse to watch their frustration if they can’t find those seats. This is especially true if you have planned an event where children are invited because it’s crucial that they are able to sit with their parents.

Although it takes extra time and effort create a seating chart, it will be worth it! Assigned seating is just another way to save yourself day-of event headaches and stress. To learn more about how we can help you amidst planning Florida corporate events, contact us here or at 407-955-4949.

How to Brief Your Speaker

Now that you’ve found the perfect speaker for your next conference, you have to be able to create a great speaker brief. Speakers are a significant part of your Florida corporate event, so you want to do everything you can to ensure your speakers feel confident, prepared, and supported! Your brief should say: “You’re important. This event is important. We support you. You are the right choice, and you benefit too.”

What Exactly is a Speaker Brief?
In short, this is a short document that you’ll send someone immediately after they show interest in speaking at your event.

Yes, The Event is Happening
It may sound odd, but start your brief by confirming that the event is definitely happening. Once your speaker knows that it’s not just hypothetical, they’ll be more likely to take your event seriously and commit. Make sure to highlight your event’s theme, goals, and content that you hope to have presented.

Why You Benefit
Explain to your speaker why they will benefit from taking the time to come to your event. Consider the 4 P’s: People, Purpose, Prestige, and Perks.

  • People: Talk about the other people involved! Mention anyone notable who will be in attendance, connections you have with reporters, past speakers, the audience, and other speakers who have already agreed to come.
  • Purpose: Why is the event happening, and what does your audience hope to gain from attending?
  • Prestige: Will this event be covered by the press or even a big-name blogger? Has this been a large event in the past? This is your time to really brag on your event, and highlight any facts or statistics that show how special it is.
  • Perks: Describing the perks you offer to speakers is a great way to set your event apart from another, and it could be the deal breaker if your speaker is deciding between two different gigs in the same weekend. Note if you’ll be providing meals, covering travel, putting them up in a fancy hotel, or sending them home with an awesome gift bag.

Flattery Is Everything
Okay, flattery isn’t everything — but it’s a big deal, and it can help you book your dream speaker. Show them that you know who they are! Talk about another event when you saw them speak and how it impacted you, or reference some of your favorite blogs of theirs.

An Audience Breakdown
Share your audience demographics, including their experience level, their companies and job titles, and what they’re coming to learn. This is your golden opportunity to make a connection between what you know about your speaker and what you know about your audience! Demonstrate that they are the perfect match.

Session Support
While every speaker has their own style and presentation preference, it may be helpful for you to provide a suggested guide, or a “how-to” structure their presentation. This can give insight into the direction you’re hoping to take the event, the tone you want to convey, and the information you want to be provided.

Reiterate Details
What day is the conference, and when does your speaker need to be there? How long will they stay? What time slot are you offering them? Exactly what content should they plan to cover, and when should they have that sent over to you for review? This is your time to solidify and confirm their commitment.

When it comes to Florida corporate events and picking the perfect speaker, Fun Planners has your back. Whether your event needs catering, audio equipment, lighting, or even interactive rentals, make sure to reach out to us at 407-955-4949.

Keynote Speaker Selection

Let’s be honest — we’ve all attended events where the keynote speaker was disappointing, predictable, and to be frank, downright boring. An engaging speaker at your next conference can make all the difference! When you select someone to speak to your audience, you place your audience’s trust in you onto that speaker, and you don’t want to let them down.

Do They Tell A Story?
In today’s world of Instagram celebrities and big-name bloggers, everyone feels like they’re a storyteller, but that’s not always the case. Make sure you’ve chosen an experienced speaker who knows how to read a room! They should be engaging, charismatic, and flexible. Most importantly, they need to appeal to your audience, and they should know how to connect with them — from beginning to end.

Do They Add Unique Value?
While you may have found a great speaker — or even a speaker that you know personally — you have to ask yourself: do they bring something to this event that your attendees can’t find anywhere else? What about their knowledge or experience makes them unique? Why should your audience care to sacrifice their time and listen? If there aren’t easy answers to these questions, it might be time to resume your search.

Are They Authentic?
The best speakers have real-life examples of success and failure, and they know how to share those stories in authentic, genuine ways that speak to their audience. Evaluate their credibility. Is your speaker of choice determined to stand behind a podium and preach at the audience? Do they refuse to walk into the crowd and meet guests? Are they more concerned with their appearance than delivering superior content? And quite possibly most importantly: are they equipped to prove their expertise during a Q&A session? Every speaker can appear qualified with a well-practiced presentation, but it’s the unexpected Q&A questions that separate the good from the great.

Can They Draw A Crowd?
While you shouldn’t choose a speaker based on their celebrity title, it’s important to consider if your speaker is willing to help you attract attendees. Are they going to market alongside you? Will they tell their loyal followers to come and check out your event? Think about if they will be able to get other influencers involved.

Are They Going to Stick Around?
When a speaker sticks around to talk to the audience, they humanize themselves. Their keynote presentation may thrill attendees and shake the ground, but the best opportunity to connect and make a difference is during one-on-one conversations. Ask potential speakers if they are willing to stick around after their presentation.

As you dive into Orlando corporate event planning for your next conference, don’t choose your keynote speaker without checking this list! Take the necessary time to review their qualifications. And if you need help with your event’s catering, audio equipment, or more, make sure to contact us at Fun Planners.

Don’t Have a Boo-ring Halloween Event

It’s tempting to celebrate Halloween at work by just putting out a bowl of candy. But why do that when you can plan an exciting and spooky Florida corporate event that gets your employees in the holiday mood? Get inspired by the ideas below!

Pumpkin Carving Party
Ask each guest to bring their own pumpkin, and tell them that you’ll be providing all of the pumpkin cutting tools. While it’s tempting to break out larger steak knives, your best options are the little knives that come in pumpkin carving kits. You can also offer some more unusual carving options, such as keyhole saws, hole cutters, power drills, melon ballers, chisels, awls, and cookie cutters.

When it’s time to set up, make sure you purchase several carving kits, lay down some newspaper for guests to carve on, and have printed design templates. Set out bowls to place “pumpkin guts” and seeds into, and offer hand sanitizer to wipe off gooey hands. It’s also smart to provide markers and pencils for your artsy guests to sketch out their designs before carving. Plan to host this party outdoors for easy cleanup, and don’t forget to serve warm cups of cider!

Murder Mystery Dinner
Don’t worry, you don’t have to come up with the murder mystery — that’s why you buy a kit! After researching and finding the story that’s perfect for your business, send out invitations that include costume suggestions, character descriptions, and character backgrounds. This is a great choice for a company who enjoys being theatrical, or whose employees are especially comfortable with one another. The key to a great murder mystery is great actors! Encourage your guests to get dramatic, dress outrageously, and interact with each other throughout the evening. It’s crucial that each one of your guests RSVPs; all characters must be played, and it will be a challenging dinner if the murderer is a no-show.

Ghost Tours
Do some research, and find out what ghost tours are available near you! Tours are available in a variety of themes and price points. If you have employees who are squeamish about participating in a ghost tour, encourage them by explaining that the tours are not just a thrilling way to spend the Halloween season, but they’re also an excellent way to learn about your town! You get to tour buildings you may have otherwise never stepped foot in, and you’ll learn things that won’t come up in a history book. It’s an exciting way to discover your city!

Fun Planners can help you plan the perfect Florida corporate event this Halloween. To find out how, give us a call at 407-955-4949.

Get to the Subject

For months, you’ve completely thrown yourself into planning an elaborate, time-consuming event. You’ve spent hours negotiating prices, invested days into researching the perfect catering company, and got put on hold more times than you care to count. Now that you’ve put so much time into planning your Florida corporate event, make sure that your email marketing campaign is up to snuff. Get inspired with some of our favorite email campaigns!

charity: water: Progress Emails
Most of the time, we donate to charities without a real knowledge of where exactly our money goes, and we’re never given specifics. However, once someone donates to a charity: water project, they’re put on a list where they receive automated emails about the journey their money has taken, how it’s being used, and the impact it’s made. They’re given a progress update, a project timeline, and updated pictures. This is great to keep in mind, particularly when you’re working with a nonprofit! If attendees made donations at the event, consider keeping them up-to-date on where their money goes.

Cook Smarts: Easy CTA
Cook Smarts makes the CTA of each email easy to find! In the upper right-hand corner, subscribers can always find a “Forward to a Friend” button. As you publicize your event, make it easy for potential guests to tell their friends about it!

HireVue: Unsubscribe, It’s Okay — Seriously
It’s smart to purge your subscription list of people who don’t open your emails — low open rates can affect email deliverability. Take a look at how HireVue opened the door for subscribers to go away.

“You haven’t been opening our emails in the last few months, and the last thing we want is to come across clingy. If you still want to stay connected, then just press ‘Don’t Let Me Go’ below, and we promise we won’t let you. Otherwise, we’ll take you off our business list in three days. No hard feelings.”

This is simple, humorous, and guilt-free messaging! If you have a list of subscribers interested in future events who don’t open their emails, consider approaching them this way.

Loft: Happy Inbox, Happy Life
Ann Taylor Loft acknowledged the cluttered, overwhelming feeling of the common inbox, suggesting to all of their subscribers they should embrace the “Happy Inbox, Happy Life” approach to email. This is a customer-focused email that asks recipients to update their email preferences because they’re going to be sending content they won’t want to miss. As your event gets closer, send out an email asking attendees to update their email preferences! They won’t want to miss out on any important updates.

Florida corporate events can greatly benefit from a solid email campaign. If you’re looking to strengthen your team or put on an amazing business event, make sure to reach out to us online or at 407-955-4949.

How To Pitch Event Ideas to Executives

Business executives can be intimidating, especially if you’re approaching them with a plan they need to approve — and finance. When it comes to Florida corporate events, follow these tips when pitching an event and you’re sure to have success.

Organizational Goals
An executive wants to hear one main thing: how does your plan align with the organization’s goals? Demonstrate that you have a knowledge of the company. Discuss how your plan relates to member acquisition and retention, increased donations and shareholder value, and brand recognition.

The Executive’s Priorities
Consider your audience. Depending on their position, each executive will have a slightly different set of goals that you need to properly address.

If you’re pitching to a:

  • Chief Executive Officer: Focus on revenue, new opportunities, and how you’ll be utilizing current trends to attract attendees.
  • Chief Operations Officer: Talk about how your event will improve the day-to-day operations of the organization.
  • Chief Financial Officer: Show the revenue that your event will bring to the organization and how you will work with potential investors. If possible, find data from a similar event to support your claims.
  • Chief Technology and Chief Information Officers: These executives are concerned with enhancing IT resources. Let them know that you value this as well, and explain how your event will help them reach their goals.
  • Chief Marketing Officer: Share how the community’s perception of the organization will better from this event. Talk about increased sales and your value propositions.
  • General Councils: Discuss how you will protect the organization from any legal issues. Highlight the qualified medical team that will be available on site, or quickly summarize the paperwork that vendors will sign.

Share Your Data
Provide as much hard data as possible. Do your homework, and avoid speculation statistics. Focus on key numbers like potential revenue, headcount, marketing reach, and costs.

Create a Handout
Nothing says “I came prepared” like a small handout with your value propositions, hard data, and how you intend to meet organizational goals. Make sure to include your contact information.

Stay Short and Sweet
This is important. Not only should your handout be short and brief, but your presentation should be that way as well. It’s not necessary to dive into small details like potential venues, speakers, or food options; this will only get your presentation stuck in a rut. Demonstrate that you respect their time by keeping your pitch under 10 minutes (and prepare for up to 20 minutes of Q&A), but don’t leave until you’ve discussed and settled on the “next steps” with the executive.

Pitching to executives can be daunting, but these Florida corporate event tips are sure to help you reach your goals. To find out how we can help your next event, contact us at 407-955-4949.

 

Questions to Ask Before Booking a Venue

Finding the perfect venue for your next event can feel like a never-ending quest! As you’re searching, make sure that you know exactly what to ask so that your contract lays out all the details, “what-ifs,” and prevents you from being surprised with fees later on! Take a look at some questions you need to ask before committing to a venue.

Questions About Rates and Policies

  1. What does the rental rate include?
  2. How much is the security deposit, and how much of it is refundable?
  3. What is your cancellation policy?
  4. If there is a cancellation fee but the venue gets re-booked, will those payments be taken into account when calculating my fee?
  5. Does the venue have any restrictions?
  6. Does the venue require any additional insurance?
  7. Are there cleaning fees or overtime charges?
  8. What happens if fewer people attend than expected?
  9. When is the final guest count due?
  10. Are there any other functions going on during the day that could interrupt my event?
  11. Do you have a designated event supervisor on the day of? If not, who will be my contact person?

Questions About Set Up and Tear Down

  1. How long will I have to set up and tear down the event? If there are any associated fees, please include those in the proposal.
  2. What is the absolute earliest I can set up?
  3. When does the event need to be over by?

Questions About Suppliers

  1. Is there an on-site caterer? If so, what do they provide, and are there multiple packages available?
  2. How experienced is the chef?
  3. Are there food and drink minimums, and could we replace the rental fee with this cost?
  4. Can I bring outside suppliers? If so, is there a fee?
  5. Do you have a list of preferred suppliers/vendors?
  6. Do you have an exclusive vendor list?

Questions About Amenities

  1. Is WiFi provided? If so, what is the fee?
  2. Are technicians, cameras, microphones, and A/V equipment provided, or will they need to be rented?
  3. How many bathrooms are available for use?
  4. Does the venue have its own event staff?

Questions About Accessibility

  1. Is parking provided? If so, what is the fee, and how many spaces will be available? If there are not enough spaces for guests to park on-site, what is the next best option?
  2. What are the best ways for guests to get to and from the location?
  3. Is the venue accessible and comfortable for guests with limited mobility?

After you have communicated with the venue, it’s important that all verbal discussions are confirmed in emails or written contracts, that way there is recorded proof of all fees and policies. This will help guarantee that your Florida corporate event runs smoothly. If you have any questions or want to learn more about how we can help you plan your next event, contact us today!