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Corinthian Events Partner Courtney Church's Comments on AMEX M&E's 2020 Forecast:
"As I come up for air after a busy October, I stumbled across this article from September about 2020 Meeting Industry Forecasts - it is both exciting yet frightening (this Halloween week)!
Bigger Budgets; are they big enough?: Exciting to see a potential uptick in spend from our clients and partners however, I fear that a mere ~2% increase will sadly reflect in less services. Average increases from our vendors and hoteliers range closer to 5% or higher therefore, the opportunity to offer more services to our clients and to enhance the attendee experience may not be available.
Experiences = Time: We have always looked at our meetings, events and gatherings to not only meet the events goals or objectives but to provide the attendees with an exceptional experience. Hitting the 5 Senses has always been part of our event must do's. With the increased emphasis on "experiences", it's our job to create an environment first and foremost for connections and getting people together but one that will be memorable, feature unique surprises and be relevant. The challenge these days with the ask is that more and more clients are planning so last minute that the amount of time it takes to be creative is growing smaller and smaller. Creativity takes conversations and collaboration-the batting of ideas back-n-forth. Time, even more so than money, seems to be the precious commodity.
Policy Compliance: This is an area we don't mess with and totally agree with what is now expected and required. Our Registration department takes special care in working with platforms that are compliant, we delete our clients invite lists after events and are very careful about what necessary data we gather and keep on file. There is a great responsibility that goes with managing this aspect of the event and are constantly reevaluating how we manage in the most secure manner.
Tech Outlook: This has been a hot topic, and potential outlook in our industry for years; apps, virtual meetings, fancy registration sites, etc. but we find people still want to interact with people. At recent meetings we planned, the app usage continues to be low and face to face time high and people are engaged. Meetings are a time to put your phone away, embrace the new space and environment and simply be present; our out of offices give us permission to do so!"
At Corinthian Events, we are always trying to get to know our clients, valued partners, friends and followers better – but we also want YOU to be able to get to know us better, too. Once a month, we are going to use our social media accounts to bring you behind the scenes and experience a few days-in-the-life of a Corinthian Events Staff Member.
We are excited to announce that this week, Shira Brandt, one of our incredible event managers, will be taking over our Instagram feed! Tune in all week for posts, stories, pictures and videos directly from Shira!
You can get to know a little about all of our staff members by visiting our Team Page, but to kick off Shira's Instagram Takeover, let's get to know her a little better with a quick Q&A:
Q1: Growing up, what was your favorite TV show?
A1: As a kid, to be totally honest I remember loving Fairy Odd Parents and, of course, Full House.
Q2: You like baking, so the obvious question is: What is the oldest thing in your refrigerator?
A2: Probably some type of condiment - likely Frank's Red Hot.
Q3: What, or who, are you a "closet" fan of?
A3: I'd say Katie Lee from The Kitchen (Food Network)...
Q4: What is the first big/special thing you bought with your own money?
A4: I remember saving up my "allowance" for an E-Z Bake Oven. Fitting, right?
Q5: Of course! As a professional baker, what is your favorite cereal?
A5: We didn't grow up with a lot of sugary cereals, so I still love a good bowl of Smart Start Healthy Heart every once in awhile or Honey Nut Cheerios!
Q6: Who is someone you really admire?
Q6: It is hard for me to pick one, but as cheesy as it sounds, I would say my mom. She's been under a lot of stress and handles everything flawlessly - she's a kick ass lawyer and has always pushed to break norms and be a total boss (for a lack of a better word), which has of course inspired me as well!
Be sure to follow along with Shira all week on Instagram!