Ensuring Engaging Events. 7 ways to ensure your attendees are engaged and have a great experience. You spend hours planning a meeting, and your client spends tens, maybe even hundreds of thousands of dollars to put on the event, and the participants, are giving precious time to attend the meeting.  So, expectations are high, you

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Choosing the best type of meeting can be difficult. To Plan Ahead, LLC has created a 10 question guide to help you determine the best meeting for your situation. 1. Why are we having this meeting, what do we hope to accomplish? The most important element of any successful meeting is to have clearly defined

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I wonder if you are like me? I just got back from the Annual Association of Executives of North Carolina meeting, excited by what I had learned, the new people I had met, and the connections made.  It was my first event with AENC here in North Carolina, and it won’t be my last.  What

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You spend a lot of time, and money planning your annual meeting or conference. Each year you should evaluate, not just where you will have your meeting, but why you are having the meeting, what you hope to accomplish, and what is the most effective way to reach your target audience. Here is a list

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Trends come and go. Some fleeting, some stick around. Following on our popular 2016 post I wanted to update you on what we at To Plan Ahead think are the most important trends for the upcoming year. These trends will inform and enhance the meetings and conferences we plan in 2017. I tried not to

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I love this time of year. I love the preparations, the bustle, the shopping, the wrapping I love it all! I have fond memories of Christmases in England. The traditional Christmas lunch, with turkey, stuffing, brussel sprouts (yes, they were cool even before the hipsters found them), Christmas cake and mince pies. One of my

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As we celebrate the holidays, To Plan Ahead is honored and blessed to be celebrating 20 successful years in a business in a climate where companies are here one year then gone the next. I was recently asked, what was our secret to being great meeting planners? What was the magic that enabled us to

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I can not imagine where I would be today if I didn’t take the time to learn from my employees, my clients and my suppliers. The classes I’ve taken, the books I’ve read, can’t hold a candle to what you all have taught me. Every day I am in awe of what I have learned.

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Top Ten things I’ve learned about running a meeting management company, I could probably add 10 more every month… but for now here are my top 10. Be flexible Recently while talking to a prospective client I was asked to describe a time when I had to quickly, and on site solve a problem during

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In the past 20 years, our industry has changed greatly. When I look back I realize that what I use to do was simply plan a meeting, today we produce world class events. The most profound change has been in adapting to technology and becoming a much more strategic partner with with our clients. Changes

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So the year is 1996, I have recently quit my job and hadn’t really planned ahead to figure out what I wanted to do next! I never expected to miss all the things that had almost driven me away….the frenetic pace, the too many balls in the air, the deadlines, oh! the joy of deadlines,

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