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3 Tips for Getting the Most From Your Event Speaker

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A SPEAKER DOES MORE than establish the theme of your conference or meeting. Right from the start, he or she will determine the quality of your event, so it pays to do your homework and invest in someone who will make your event great before and after the keynote address. Here are a few suggestions to guide you in getting the most from your event speaker:

Instagram Inspiration

Just as writers experience the dreaded writer’s block, event planners, too, can get stuck in a rut. The Internet is a great place for sparking ideas, but options are limitless. How does one find inspiration with so many different things to search? Pinterest is a classic go-to, but Instagram might be the stronger choice. Instead of scrolling through an endless amount of pictures—some relevant and others completely useless—following someone you admire will give you more successful ideas you can incorporate into your events. We’ve listed a few accounts that boast exceptional ideas.

Triple Play Renews Contract

Meet Atlantic City has recently revealed that Triple Play REALTOR Convention and Trade Expo officials have signed a three-year deal to remain in Atlantic City for 2016, 2017 and 2018.

The convention, which brings in more than 8,000 attendees each year, features 80 educational seminars led by top industry experts. The expo also holds 325 booths that give visitors cutting-edge tools they can use to enhance their real estate business. The annual estimated impact is more than $4.8 million each year.

Think Spring for Your Next Goodie Bag

Event bags are always a hit with guests. And while most parties can’t live up to the standard of celebrity gift bags (This year’s Academy Award gift bags included $20,000 worth of merchandise featuring a private dinner party at Morton’s steakhouse and a pair of Beamer Video Phones), us ‘regular people’ can have just as much fun with gifts for our guests. Themed bags are a consistently good idea, and we have just the thing for your upcoming spring soiree.

Speak Up at The Special Event

The Special Event Show has started its session proposal search and wants you to submit ideas.

The annual trade show and conference dedicated to the meetings and events industry allows attendees to network with more than 5,000 colleagues, exhibitors and mentors. There are 100-plus education sessions, seven showcase events and thousands of products on hand at the exhibit hall floor.

Art Factory is a Creative Event Planner’s Dream Space

Part beehive of artistic activity and part raw space, the Art Factory isn’t like anything else you have ever seen. While others work to create an industrial chic appearance, this place is the real McCoy. The Art Factory occupies a former textile mill dating to the 1800s. Comprising 26 buildings, the mill manufactured jute for riggings on sailing ships but closed in the 1950s.

A Night at the Museum

The American Swedish Historical Museum is making history of its own with new renovations and updates to the already standout venue.

“As an event spot, it’s totally unique, rich with history—so not a wedding factory,” says Mandy Lightcap, event designer for the Philly-based venue. “It’s in the city yet has tons of outdoor space.”

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