<![CDATA[Meeting Goddess - Articles]]>Thu, 17 Dec 2015 05:06:59 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Vendor of the Week: BH&L Decorators, Inc.]]>Thu, 27 Jun 2013 15:24:15 GMThttp://www.meetinggoddess.com/articles/vendor-of-the-week-bhl-decorators-inc
Attention to detail has earned BH&L Decorators, Inc.. the reputation of creating new standards of excellence in the trade show industry and their staff is determined to maintain BH&L's tradition of quality and service for every phase of your event, from pre-show staff consultation to post-show reviews.

BH&L produce events nationwide from their Orlando and Las Vegas facilities and they stay on the cutting edge with all the latest industry trends through various trade affiliations.

BH&L Decorators, Inc., understands that every show/conference has distinctive needs and we'll work endlessly to exceed all of your goals as well as make your imaginings a reality.

They offer a full line of standard and custom furniture, labor, carpeting, freight handling, custom graphics, booth rentals, special decorating as well as coordinating general session production solutions, audio visual services and electrical services (where needed).
Please allow BH&L to extend their personal pledge to ensure your
satisfaction with their products, services and people.  They want to produce a superb event for you; it's just that simple!

<![CDATA[Opening Scoop: The Westin Birmingham]]>Wed, 26 Jun 2013 11:46:23 GMThttp://www.meetinggoddess.com/articles/opening-scoop-the-westin-birminghamThe new Westin Birmingham, opened in February, brings 294 guest rooms to the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Center complex for a total of 1,051 rooms adjacent to the Alabama’s largest meeting facility.  Additional meeting space in The Westin gives the BJCC campus 385,000 square feet of meeting, exhibit and tradeshow space. The hotel’s popular restaurant is the 260-seat Todd English P.U.B., the second restaurant in the country owned by the celebrity chef.  

The Westin is the centerpiece of new construction that also includes the entertainment district, “Uptown,” with more restaurants, including Texas de Brazil, set to open in the future. 

“The new Westin Birmingham and Uptown give the BJCC area an attractive assortment of dining and entertainment options,” said James H. Smither, president of the Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau. “The area takes on a particular character, as have so many other clusters of hotels and entertainment districts in the Birmingham community.”

The Westin is managed by Starwood Hotels, which also manages the adjacent 757-room Sheraton Birmingham Hotel.

The BJCC houses a 19,000-seat Arena, a 2,800-seat Concert Hall, and 1,000-seat Theater, along with 220,000 square feet of exhibition space and 100,000 square feet in 74 meeting rooms---all under one roof. The convenience of facilities within one complex is often praised by convention and tradeshow planners and by delegates meeting at the BJCC.                     

<![CDATA[Ross Shafer: The Ultimate Closing Speaker]]>Tue, 18 Jun 2013 16:18:56 GMThttp://www.meetinggoddess.com/articles/ross-shafer-the-ultimate-closing-speakerPicture
Smart meeting planners know that "the closing keynote" is what attendees (and the boss) remember most. It's the last thing your people hear before going home. It's the
emotional trigger that likely determines whether the attendee will be a 'repeat customer' next year. The Final Moment for everything creates the opportunity for loyalty (sticky-ness). The "cliffhanger" episode of your favorite TV show pulls you into the next season. The 'closing number' of a Rolling Stones concert is designed to make you jump to your feet for an encore. Even the soft drink industry knows if your friends rave about your great party, that emotional memory will unconsciously push you to buy the same drinks, chips, and dips for your next party. 

Meet a guy who studies final moments. Ross Shafer is a high-demand closing keynote speaker who takes this job as seriously as you do. In Ross's own words, "I usually see 2-3 meeting planners each week. Consequently, I have a front row seat to the pain in their eyes and the clench in their jaws. My job is to relieve that stress and make them look like heroes to their superiors and their attendees. I appreciate how much is riding on that final session. So I embrace the responsibility of delivering an energized performance filled with humor, insight, and solid take-a-ways that will get the attendees to re-think their personal and professional lives. When I do that, I know the speaker evaluations will trumpet the merits of meeting planner who picked me. I'm not bragging here. But after doing almost 2,000 of these events (in the past 15 years), I know what makes meeting planners look good...and what doesn't. Personally, I consider it an honor to be in the create-a-hero business."

Known for his highly entertaining yet content-filled presentations, Ross is one of the most sought after Keynote speakers and seminar leaders on the subjects of Customer Empathy, Personal Motivation, and Business Relevance. He has produced (14) Human Resource
training films on Customer Service, Motivation, Leadership, and Peer Pressure and has authored the business books, Nobody Moved Your Cheese, Customer Empathy, The Customer Shouts Back,  Are You Relevant? 12 Reasons Smart Organizations Thrive in Any Economy and Grab More Market Share.   You can learn more about him and subscribe to his video blogs at www.RelevantReport.com

<![CDATA[Spotlight on the Atlanta CVB]]>Thu, 13 Jun 2013 17:38:03 GMThttp://www.meetinggoddess.com/articles/spotlight-on-the-atlanta-cvb
Photos Courtesy of the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau

Contact Information:

Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau
233 Peachtree Street, NE
Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30303
Tel. 404.521.6600
Website: http://www.atlanta.net/
Home to the fourth-largest convention center in the United States,
Atlanta is known as a premiere meeting destination.  But this hub of the Southeast offers more than exhibit space to attendees. 
The most accessible city in the world, Atlanta reaches 80 percent of the U.S. population within a two-hour flight. The new Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal offers easy access to the heart of the South for attendees worldwide.

The airport is a short ride from the convention corridor and with a 10,000-room hotel portfolio within walking distance of the Georgia World Congress Center’s (GWCC) 1.4 million square feet of exhibit space, attendees can meet, dine and relax with ease.

Across the street from the convention center in Centennial
Olympic Park, enjoy world-class attractions such as the World of Coca-Cola and Georgia Aquarium. Opening near the park in 2014, visit the National Center for Civil and Human Rights and College Football Hall of Fame. After your meeting ends, head over to Midtown to explore Atlanta’s rich cultural offerings in the city’s many museums and galleries.

Visitors who wish to mix pleasure with business travel can shop
in Buckhead, the Beverly Hills of the South, or indulge in one of Atlanta’s 700 Zagat-rated restaurants. Home to two 2012 James Beard Foundation Award winners and more than 10 Top Chef contestants, Atlanta is the new capital of Southern cuisine.

The best part of Atlanta lies not in its concrete and steel, but in its people. In Atlanta, we pride ourselves on a collaborative hospitality community that is dedicated to making every meeting a success. The Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB) works as a team with our hotels, venues, restaurants, neighbors and ambassadors to create a seamless meeting experience. 
The ACVB team is available 24-7 as a resource to plan meetings
of all shapes and sizes, right here in Atlanta. Utilize Atlanta’s diverse infrastructure to host anything from a board dinner to an annual meeting.

From convention services to concierge, Atlanta’s hospitality
industry is here to make your meeting run flawlessly. Plan on Atlanta and we’ll make your meeting a walk in the park.
<![CDATA[Mandarin Oriental, Guangzhou]]>Sun, 02 Jun 2013 03:42:55 GMThttp://www.meetinggoddess.com/articles/mandarin_oriental_guangzhouPicture
With an excellent location in Tianhe, Mandarin Oriental, Guangzhou is  ideally
situated for all key business addresses and is connected  directly with Taikoo
Hui, the most exclusive fashion and dining  experience in Southern China. From
planning a small meeting to a large  event, Mandarin Oriental’s newest property
has the technology, services  and amenities to ensure a flawless

The expansive pillar less 750 square metre Grand Ballroom is one of the  most
stunning venues in Guangzhou.  The space features subtle cream and  grey
décor with contemporary LED lighting and a chic foyer. It is an  ideal choice
for lavish weddings, fabulous parties or exclusive business events. The Tian He Rooms consist of smart boardrooms and VIP rooms  fitted with cutting-edge technology.  The hotel’s Executive Boardroom  also offers space privacy for important business meetings.

Mandarin Oriental, Guangzhou has a dedicated team of experts are on call to  assist meeting planners with technological needs. The hotel’s facilities feature fast, high quality wireless bandwidth in all function rooms and guest rooms, wireless microphone, LCD projectors and conference call  services.

For more information on Mandarin Oriental, Guangzhou please visit http://www.mandarinoriental.com/guangzhou

<![CDATA[Spotlight On The San Antonio CVB]]>Sun, 02 Jun 2013 03:14:08 GMThttp://www.meetinggoddess.com/articles/spotlight-on-the-san-antonio-cvb

Amid the sounds of mariachis and the shade of grand cypress trees, lies a meeting destination where the people are as warm as the climate—welcome to San Antonio!
As a city known for iconic architecture, it’s quintessential that San Antonio’s premier convention facility exudes a framework as grand as the encompassing locale.  The Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center is an artful structure located on the famous River Walk, featuring 630,000 square feet of meeting space, including more than 440,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space, a 2,300-plus-seat theatre and three hotel-quality ballrooms totaling 90,000 square feet. State-of-the-art utilities and telecommunications along with WiFi connectivity throughout compliment the center’s aesthetic appeal with high tech amenities.

Another coveted meeting and expo facility is the Alamodome, a multipurpose venue that has carved its way into the San Antonio skyline. With the capacity to seat 65,000 people, an offering of 160,000 square feet of contiguous floor space and 30,000 square feet of flexible breakout space, the Alamodome is an ideal place to meet. Alternative meeting facilities include themed venues, historic abodes, ornate theatres and hotels among others.
While San Antonio’s stunning infrastructure sets the foundation for the meeting scene, it’s the enchanting culture that truly defines the meeting experience.  With an authentic blend of cultures from Latin to German and Western to Southern, San Antonio’s diverse identity is exuded through its art, cuisine and festivities.  “Here, I’ve found that colors are brighter, parties livelier and people friendlier,” says Casandra Matej, Executive Director, SACVB.    

Only in San Antonio can delegates network aboard a cocktail or dinner cruise as they float along the picturesque River Walk.  The River Walk is one of San Antonio’s most notable features.  It meanders through the convention center and other meeting facilities, connecting them with hotels, restaurants, shopping, museums, entertainment options and historic sights—making San Antonio an easy city to get around whether by foot or river taxi.   

“When you pair the authentic experience of the River Walk and culture with southern hospitality and an award winning services team that is among the largest in the country, it is easy to see why planners tell me how easy it is to do business in San Antonio and that the service level here is second to none,” said Matej.

Perhaps this pleasant nature has been spurred from the warmth of an easily accessible location. With 300 days of sunshine a year, San Antonio’s temperate climate provides a retreat complete with award-winning Hill Country golf courses, spas, theme parks, and historical icons—making it an ideal place to bring the family or plan a few extra vacation days before and after meetings.

When it comes to hotels, San Antonio has something for everyone from downtown convention hotels to Hill Country resorts, there are more than 43,000 sleeping rooms in a Texas-sized variety of accommodations. More than 13,700 rooms are available downtown, with about 6,500 within walking distance of the convention center and 3,000 rooms within just one block.   

The San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau is your first point of contact when planning a meeting or convention in the San Antonio area. Begin planning your meeting at www.visitsanantonio.com or by calling 866-517-7771.
<![CDATA[The Soap Box: Judy Cohen, How to Become Famous in Your Niche]]>Sun, 02 Jun 2013 01:54:12 GMThttp://www.meetinggoddess.com/articles/the-soap-box-judy-cohen-how-to-become-famous-in-your-nichePicturePhoto Courtesy of Judy Cohen
Judy Cohen is a Presentation Expert, Speaker, and Author. She is a former Corporate Marketing Director now a Certified Seminar Leader running Red Hot Presentations. Judy has experience on radio, television and the stage. Her upcoming book, Red Hot Presentations: How to Write and Deliver a Talk so You Get More Clients, Make More Money, and Become Famous in Your Niche will be available in the Summer of 2013. 

Judy is on a quest to empower individuals to find their voice, overcome fear of speaking, and position themselves as an expert in their field through the power of presenting. Judy helps people Prepare, Present and Profit in business by teaching them how to improve their presentation skills and become great speakers. 

Judy's Red Hot Topic: How to Become Famous in Your Niche - A lot of buzz and attention is on celebrities. But there’s no need to be a star watcher when you can have your own sizzling lifestyle and become famous in your niche as a speaker. Judy has an “Are You Famous in Your Niche?” quiz, action steps on how to gain celebrity status, and a celebrity swag bag, just like the celebs get at the Oscars, to show you how to position yourself for fame and fortune and grow your business through the art of presenting.

Contact Information
Email: Judith@RedHotPresentations.com 
Phone: 610.358.1083 
Web: www.RedHotPresentations.com
<![CDATA[Montego Bay Convention Center]]>Sat, 01 Jun 2013 23:18:53 GMThttp://www.meetinggoddess.com/articles/montego-bay-convention-centerYou might be surprised to find out  that Montego Bay, Jamaica has more than just gorgeous beaches and terrific nightlife.  Get this... they
also have a convention center and a host of properties that are just waiting to house your attendees.

Montego Bay Convention Centre offers more than 142,000 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor event space in the heart of the Rose Hall’s elegant corridor, the Montego Bay Convention Centre is a state-of-the-art facility, the largest of its kind in the English-speaking Caribbean. 

The Centre is divided into three main areas which include 57,525 square feet of dedicated exhibit space; a with 18,417 square foot Grand Ballroom; a 9,737 square foot Meeting Centre; a 17,000 square foot Terrace attached to the exhibit hall with ocean views; a courtyard with more than 25,000 of outdoor space perfect for receptions and 500 dedicated parking spots!  

Getting to the Montego Bay Convention Centre is a mere fifteen minutes away from the Sangster International Airport with direct links from the highway.  Situated just next door the Rose Hall Great House with a direct view of the Caribbean Sea is the ideal meeting place in close proximity to over 4,000 luxury hotel rooms as well as restaurants and bars, a full service medical facility, five shopping center and two championship 18 hold golf courses

Catering is a big part of the Centre's services from coffee and tea breaks, to working lunch buffets, cocktail parties and 5-course white glove banquets. Both the kitchen and Exhibition Hall also have freight access. Parking is ample, with coach bays. The Centre offers a 15,000 square foot main kitchen that is one of  the largest, best equipped on the island using only top of the line equipment, it is a huge space with specialty prep rooms for salads, seafood, meat and pastry. 

Management of the Centre is a key part of the operations, and is handled by SMG.  Based in the US, with a track record for marketing and managing over 65 convention facilities worldwide.  Jamaica is the second Caribbean location to be added to the Company's portfolio, following the opening of the Puerto Rico Convention Centre in San Juan. 

Contact Information:
Michelle Parkes
Montego Bay Convention Centre
Rosehall, Jamaica
W: www.mobaycentre.com
E: mparkes@mobaycentre.com     
T: 876-418-5181]]>
<![CDATA[Win a THREE NIGHT STAY at La Quinta Resort & Club and PGA WEST in Palm Springs!]]>Sat, 01 Jun 2013 17:52:41 GMThttp://www.meetinggoddess.com/articles/destination-of-the-month-philadelphia

    Enter to win a three night stay at GORGEOUS La Quinta Resort & Club in Palm Springs!

A spectacularly beautiful sense of place with extensive meeting  locations; 43 acres of flowering pathways and vibrant gathering spots;  five championship golf courses; an acclaimed, group-friendly spa; seven  restaurants and 21 pools are all part of the enormous appeal of the Palm Springs area’s La Quinta Resort & Club.
La Quinta Resort & Club is highlighted by 140,000 square-feet of indoor and outdoor  function space accommodating up to 1,800 participants – making it one of the largest group venues in Southern California’s Coachella Valley.   Served by the Palm Springs International Airport minutes away, La  Quinta Resort & Club is graced with an early California  hacienda-style design, generating a warm, welcoming charm which has been acclaimed by groups as well as leisure travelers. Home to many high-profile meetings and events, the property specializes in customized service tailored to each groups event, technology and  activity needs.
Of special interest to groups, La Quinta Resort & Club features 796 casita-style guest rooms and villas, including  562 casitas, 24 suites and 210 spa villas. Most are clustered around  sparkling swimming pools. Nearly 100 spa villa studio guestrooms can be  transformed into three-bedroom suites, while the resort’s traditional  suites may feature hospitality kitchens, fireplaces and conference  tables accommodating up to 14 people – ideal for private board meetings  and retreats.
Of special note, La Quinta Resort offers preferred pricing for midweek meetings and events, offering special advantages  for groups electing to hold their programs over select  Sunday-to-Thursday dates. These special room rates can present savings  of up to 30 to 35 percent when compared to select weekend rates at the popular luxury resort, which is located two hours by car from both Los Angeles and San Diego. The new offering is extended on a year-round  basis, based on availability, and provides exceptional value to groups  with day-of-the-week flexibility for their upcoming programs.
<![CDATA[Vendor of the Week: Expo Logic]]>Sat, 01 Jun 2013 15:07:54 GMThttp://www.meetinggoddess.com/articles/vendor-of-the-week-expo-logic1Picture
Expo Logic has been in the trade show management business since 1979, evolving from World Wide  Registration Systems to Expo Logic in 2002.  The Expo Logic team works as your strategic event partner
to develop a customized  solution of tools for your show, from registration to event logistics, ensuring your event feels effortless from start to finish.  They offer the  fastest, most flexible registration service in the industry with a true integration process, keeping things simple and organized from the opening of registration to the closing of your show.

Expo Logic understands that events are the greatest annual revenue source for many organizations. Their tradeshow tools reflect over 30 years of listening to our clients and continuously developing  services to meet exact needs. Whether your show needs registration, lead retrieval, CEU/CME Management, or event logistics, Expo Logic listens to your  goals and work with you to come up with the best solution, whether low tech or high tech, that makes the most sense.

When you work with Expo Logic, the team becomes a part of your event team.  They do not hang out behind the scenes with headsets, but work on the front lines with you with an acute attention to detail. We want to alleviate stress and workload from our clients, and go above and beyond, doing what it takes to make your event a great success.  Their success is judged by yours.  

Visit Expo Logic's Website