At Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, we get that planning events is not the easiest task, from organising multiple schedules and liaising with vendors to making sure your attendees get the most out of their time. To help you always deliver an unforgettable event, we’ve partnered with productivity guru David Grady to provide you with some tips and tricks.

Here’s a taste of what you can find on our Crowne Plaza Mostly Business Hub.

Tip 1 : Bring in a local speaker…
A different kind of keynote address can greatly improve the experience of your audience. If you’re organising a conference or an offsite meeting, consider inviting a local speaker to deliver a keynote address about the city instead of someone with a big name. Veteran conference-goers have long discovered that meaningful downtime is the key to a more productive event experience. As a meeting organiser, you can help them get the most out of their time in town with the right speaker.

Tip 2: Engage your audience’s senses…
In our mobile world, there’s a constant pressure for people to check office emails and texts, even when they’re in a work meeting. And that can be a frustrating distraction when someone’s delivering an important talk. While planning an event, you can help turn any presentation into something your audience won’t be able to take their eyes off by pumping up the visuals and making the session more interactive. Your speaker will thank you and your audience will leave the room more enlightened.

Tip 3: Unplug from your devices…
Most of us stay connected to our devices 48 hours leading up to a big event. But sometimes the best way to be more productive is to disconnect instead. So put in a meeting with yourself and enjoy a short break. Go for a short stroll around the event venue or explore a botanical gardens nearby. Recharge and get ready to take on the meeting ahead.

Looking for more ways to plan a productive event? Discover more productivity tips at the Crowne Plaza Mostly Business Hub today.

About David Grady
David Grady is Crowne Plaza’s resident productivity guru who will help you make the most out of your business trip. Known for his famous TED talk How to save the world (or at least yourself) from bad meetings, David has been on a mission to help organisations have more productive meetings over the last 20 years. A passionate believer in the power of effective communications in today’s global economy, he’s spoken about overcoming employee engagement challenges at conferences and events in Singapore, London, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. He previously managed internal communications programmes and offsite-meeting planning for two of the world’s largest financial institutions.