I just sold my home, and in the process of moving from one home to the next, I stayed at the Doubletree by Hilton Seattle Airport – Southcenter at 16500 Southcenter Parkway. In my exhaustion, I made a critical error that resulted in me double booking a room at a nearby hotel which I didn’t realize had happened until I arrived about 11 p.m. on Friday night. >>
Recently I met with Zach Schwitzky of Newlio, a customer-driven market intelligence firm based in New York City. Zach has been doing some pretty interesting work with a local venue, Cedarbrook Lodge in SeaTac, Wash., as well as some national brands in NYC. >>
As I write this blog, the horrific tragedy at the Boston Marathon occurred only 48 hours ago. Our thoughts and hearts are with the residents of Boston, the runners and everyone directly affected by this act of terrorism. The response at the Boston Marathon to the disaster was nothing short of heroic; when the bombings happened, videos and photos show individuals running toward the explosions and helping those injured. It’s also been reported that many of the marathoners continued running to local hospitals to donate blood to those wounded. >>
Audience response systems (ARS) can be valuable tools for meetings and conferences. ARS are interactive tools that allow speakers and/or facilitators to pose multiple-choice questions to which their audiences respond anonymously via remote control devices. Research conducted by the Center for Education and Evaluation at Columbia University found that the use of the technology can “substantially improve the effectiveness of both learning and retention of concepts presented by lectures with greater student/participant satisfaction.” >>
I’m in the middle of a very engrossing read: The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. It’s a historical account of the planning of the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago. The author deftly juxtaposes the stories of the architect behind the fair and a killer who was preying on victims during the same time (the devil in the title).
I find myself drawn more to the story of the architect and the backstory of the trials he faced organizing this colossal, global event. Take for example this excerpt about the chosen site for the fair: >>
Construction is nearing completion on a four-star luxury hotel in Seattle’s popular Ballard neighborhood. Located adjacent to the Olympic Athletic Club, the appropriately named Hotel Ballard will offer 29 guest rooms and suites (including eight rooftop courtyard suites with private terraces), the street-level restaurant Stoneburner, a cozy library with stone fireplace, and private event space on its rooftop pavilion. (More information to come on the restaurant and event space.) >>
Time is quickly running out to vote for your favorite vendors, venues and attractions in Northwest Meetings + Events 3rd Annual Readers’ Choice Best of Awards. The deadline to vote is February 15, 2013 at 5 p.m. This is your last chance to say THANK YOU to those businesses that help you look good! Winners will be announced in our summer issue. Vote here!>>