Corporate and Special Event Planning

Day 1 Revisited

Day 1 Revisited
Alright, let’s go over what I have learned so far…ok not everything because I won’t have enough time and I want to keep some stuff to myself to wow you when you hire me 🙂
So, first like I told you on Tuesday, our first session was a breakfast session. It started out with a girl on the stage. While we got our breakfast she was preparing her act. Then the music started. Then this happened…
She painted this photograph while the canvas was spinning. She danced around and didn’t use paint brushes. She used her hands and tubes of paint. It was pretty impressive. This was a demonstration about how to think out side the box. The artist’s name is Jessica and Gorlicky and she owns JessGo.
Oh wait I should go back and say have a look at the way the room was decorated. This was the same of all rooms. No lines of chairs. Couches, comfy chairs, lots of pillows. There were tables around the outside of the room but even they were funky. No conference furniture here. It was all very homey and comfy.
So next was a man and a woman who talked to us about thinking outside the box. They made do all kinds of little exercises to force out of our comfort zone, well my comfort zone anyway. Like I said the other day I am used to pushing others out of their comfort zone but I’m not so comfortable with the concept myself. They had us draw a self portrait with our eyes closed. I kind of like mine :). They focussed on five main thoughts.
1. soften your critical eye
2. notice more
3. question your assumptions
4. be prepared to fail a little
5. what if?
The next three sessions took place in the room next door. Again, decorated beautifully. We listened to three speakers. If I remember correctly they are all canadian. I talked about them on Tuesday as well. My favorite one was Ken Kristoffersen. He had some theories that I really liked and I liked that although he is among the top in this industry he was nervous to talk to us. I sat in the front and could see his hand shaking while talking. He was really kind and took a moment to sit with me to answer a few additional questions I had. The thing I loved best was that he was willing to talk to me about pricing. Not specifics but he explained that he uses transparent pricing which means whatever he pays the client pays and if he gets any special deals those deals are passed on to the client. But with that comes high design costs right. So he charges a lot for his time but saves the client money in other ways because of the relationships he has with his vendors. Very interesting theory that I will be thinking a lot about while I go through the next couple of months of revamping.

At lunch we spoke heard from Jane Dayus-Hinch. You would all know her from the TV show, Wedding SOS. She is a very funny woman. I really enjoyed her talk. She had a lot to offer about her experiences. Lots of funny stories and experiences, all told in her english accent and while wearing her hat. And she used Oprah’s line…”And you’re all going home with one!!!” and we all got one her wedding planning boards.

After lunch I was hoping to attend the Creating and Implementing your Emergency Management Plan session but unfortunately sat down in the wrong room and had to take another session that I didn’t really want to learn about. And now looking at the schedule again, I wish I had accidently sat in the other wrong room because I think I would have benefited more from the other wrong room. But anyway, half way through I left so I could attend the sponsorship session. It was good. I don’t think I came away with an OMG moment but it was good.
That was the end of the formal day. After that we headed to the opening night party, Industrial Chic being held at the Fermenting Cellar. The venue was gorgeous and the party was beautiful. The food was wonderful and the drinks were paid for 🙂
Below are a bunch more photos I took from the first day. You’ll see here photos from the silent auction, I thought the idea of laying them out was really cool looking and am looking forward to using that idea at our next function. You will also see photos from the evening party and I think some other room decor ideas they used at the conference.
Ok everyone, got to run. Have one last session to attend before heading home. A long session, actually pretty much a full day session. So I will chat with you again on the train. Have a great day!

Julia O’Grady has big vision, fresh ideas and a proven track record in the events industry. She and her team work hard to exceed client expectations and push ITM Events to achieve greater heights. A driven entrepreneur, Julia also manages the business side of ITM Events including human resources, finances, marketing and writing grant and sales proposals. In taking a high level approach to event management, Julia is able to visualize a project from inception to successful execution. She attracts valuable sponsors by offering meaningful opportunities to engage with participants. Julia uses her keen analytical mind to create incredible events that maximize the available budget. When Julia isn’t planning unforgettable events, she loves travelling the world with her family, staying active, and enjoying fine food and martinis.

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