10 Ways to Embrace Some Levity While WFH

Face it.  A bunch of us are working from home, and craving some ways to make this new normal more palatable. Here are our top 10 ways to make working from home just a little bit more fun.

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Mar 26, 2020

Featured Hotel Partner: The Fairmont Olympic, Seattle

As a company with over 40 years of experience, we understand the importance and value of history. So, when we came across the Seattle Times' article about hidden treasures of the past  hidden in the walls of the Fairmont Olympic as they are undergoing renovations, we couldn't wait to know more...

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Mar 12, 2020

To continue as planned? OR CANCEL?

By Marka Waechter, CEO

The question on everyone’s minds these days is how the spread of COVID-19 will affect our lives. Being in the business of bringing people together, we are fielding those concerns from a number of clients.

Many have reached out seeking advice on what to do about their meetings and conferences: cancel, postpone, or just go with the flow. These conversations are happening.

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Mar 2, 2020

The Business Impact of the Coronavirus: Check Your Contracts and Keep People Safe

By Natalee Giamalis, CMP

The news of Mobile World Congress cancelling their massive, international business event last week drew attention to areas of risk that many outside the event industry may not have considered regarding the coronavirus outbreak. In an ever-increasing globalized world, the impact of the health and safety of one area or nation is never confined by geographic borders --.

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Feb 20, 2020

Happy Valentine's Day from SHW!

Whether you are celebrating the holiday of love this year with a partner, friends, family, or the most important of all, yourself, we asked a few Docksiders to weigh in on their favorite romantic activities and spots in Seattle. Read below for our recommendations, and wishing you a Valentine's Day weekend full of love, great food, and even better memories with your nearest and dearest from all.

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Feb 14, 2020

"Why Professional Photos?" by Guest Blogger Alan Alabastro

This week, we invited one of SHW's favorite partners and event photographers, Alan Alabastro, owner of the Seattle-based Alabastro Photography,  to write a guest post on the subject he knows best, and a key element to any successful event: Professional Photography.

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Jan 29, 2020

Holiday Entertaining Recipes!

Hosting a holiday event this season? Here are a couple recipes for festive cocktails and appetizers from a few of our favorite bars, caterers and restaurants in Seattle:

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Dec 19, 2019

Congratulations to Carol Riddle, a 2020 Seattle Tourism Ambassador!

Just about 20 years ago, Carol Riddle joined Seattle VIP, the original iteration of the company that is now our very own SHW.

Her astounding hospitality career was recognized by Visit Seattle when she was named to the 2020 class of Seattle’s Tourism Ambassadors.

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Dec 10, 2019

Holiday Gift Guide: Experiential Gifting with BienVenue!

This holiday season, give the gift of unique memories to colleagues, family or friends, with exclusive VIP experiences from BienVenue!

Shared moments, especially at a special event, are the ones that have the most impact with our clients and attendees. It's no wonder unusual team-building activities, special dinners, private parties, and galas are the most talked about elements of the many.

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Dec 4, 2019

"Women in Business" at the 2019 Northwest Event Show

"Is it possible to balance it all"? That depends on your definition, according to a panel of successful women in the events industry at last week's 2019 Northwest Events Show in Seattle.

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Nov 22, 2019

All Hands OFF Deck: 3 Important Questions to Transform your Next Presentation

by Andrea Driessen, Chief Boredom Buster at No More Boring Meetings

Martin Luther King didn’t have one. Neither did Winston Churchill. Elizabeth Gilbert, in her exceptionally popular TED talk on nurturing creative genius, went without.

Three revolutionary presenters, and not one slide.

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Nov 6, 2019

5 Instant & Easy Ways to Reduce Event Speaker Stress

As event professionals, we know the devil’s in the details. So, to ensure our events are truly best in class and kick ass, we must also be masters and mistresses of minutiae who show that devil the door. To that end, here are five simple, no-cost stress relievers to ensure your speaker presentations go off without a hitch.

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Sep 30, 2019

5 Days in... Paris.

As Audrey Hepburn said, “Paris is always a good idea.” Paris is a beautifully small big city, divided neatly into sections (known as arondissements), each with its own personality.

There are so many nooks and crannies to explore in this town; here are some we’ve discovered.

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Aug 27, 2019

Saving Seattle's Unique and Historic Event Venues

In 2014, Dhruv Argawal and his company, True Brands, set up shop in an unused, unusual space in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle. Since restoring the Fremont Foundry with love – he maintained much of the original character and incorporated art from the artists who originally used the space – Dhruv and his partners find themselves with a new passion and a new business on their hands.

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Aug 6, 2019

The Power of Shared Experience: The Theater of Live Events

By Marka Waechter, CEO

I’ve been a fan of theater as far back as I can remember. Locals might remember Seattle’s “Junior Programs,” a wonderful school matinee program providing early introduction to the Seattle arts scene.

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May 21, 2019

3 Ways to Maximize Investments in All Your Speakers

by Andrea Driessen, Chief Boredom Buster at No More Boring Meetings

Whether you invite professional keynoters, subject matter experts, breakout session presenters, or a combination of these speakers to your events, you invest a great deal of time and money.

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May 3, 2019

5 Days in... Los Cabos.

Packed with beautiful beaches, a robust arts and culture scene, and a bustling nightlife, it’s easy to see why Los Cabos is one of Mexico’s top tourist destinations. Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, two cities at the tip of the Baja Peninsula, make up Los Cabos. Between the cities’ natural beauty and myriad activities, it’s a perfect destination for incentive trips and meetings.

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Apr 8, 2019

“What DO You Eat?”: A Planner's Guide to Dietary Restrictions

At the beginning of my career as a meeting planner I remember feeling burdened by attendees with dietary restrictions. I shamefully recall rolling my eyes or audibly sighing.  The lists seemed to get more specific and longer, going far beyond your common peanut allergy.

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Apr 8, 2019

How to Avoid a Fyre Festival Fiasco

What lessons are to be learned through the documentaries recently released about the doomed Fyre Festival?

From the planners’ point of view, SHW event managers say, there were so many warning flags predicting disaster from the event’s beginnings. All the warnings are discussed in both Netflix’s “Fyre” and Hulu’s “Fyre Fraud.”

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Jan 30, 2019

Pantone’s Color of the Year Is Here: Using Living Coral at Your Next Event

by Rita Mills, Director of Customer Engagement

I love when the Pantone Color of the Year comes out each year.

Honestly, it doesn’t change my life one way or another. It’s merely an interesting curiosity for someone who is inspired by color. It also can explain when I notice a surge in a particular hue out in the world.

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Jan 16, 2019

5 Days in... London.

We were lucky to work with clients in London two different times in 2018. It’s a great city for planning amazing programs, and it’s one of SHW President Brett Robertson’s favorite cities.

He and his wife recently returned from a trip from old Blighty, extolling its world-class public transportation system and famed English sensibility. Here are some of Brett’s recommended highlights.

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Jan 9, 2019

The Power of Thank You | Gratitude

by Marka Waechter, CEO

Camp Orkila | Source: Wild Tales Of

I was 15 when I spent the first of five summers working at magical Camp Orkila in the beautiful San Juan Islands.  Starting as a volunteer counselor, I quickly was promoted to a paid position as laundry lady-- much to the amazement of my mom, who’d never known me to run a washing machine. I enjoyed the camp environment and taking on.

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Dec 21, 2018

Holiday Appetizers from Top Seattle Chefs

Looking for a dish to wow your guests this holiday season? We spoke to five of Seattle’s top chefs and asked for their favorite fall recipes from off their menus, including Josh Henderson (Huxley Wallace Collective), Brian Clevenger (Vendemmia), David Nichols (Rider), Derek Simcik (Scout), and Zoi Antonitsas (Little Fish).

Check out some of their recipes below, or download a printable version.

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Dec 12, 2018

10 Awesome Gifts for the Conference Goer in Your Life

by Rita Mills, Director of Customer Engagement

Traveling for business can at once be fun and exhausting, interesting and monotonous, enriching and exhausting. I’m always on the lookout for tools that will ease time at the airport, allow me to work comfortably on the plane, or make a hotel stay as comfortable as possible.

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Dec 5, 2018

Top 10 Ways to Reuse a Conference Tote

It seems nearly every conference these days gives attendees tote bags to collect collateral and swag. Convenient for those few days, for sure. But those conference totes collect in the closet. And do they multiply? It seems that way.

Here are a few ways to upcycle those bags, and give them new life.

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Nov 29, 2018

5 Days in... San Francisco.

San Francisco is one of our favorite cities to operate programs, and just might extend our travel for an extra day or two to explore. Here are some of our go-to highlights when we’re in the City by the Bay.

1. Land’s End Trail

By far the best hiking trail in the city. It will make you feel like you’re hiking a rustic coastal trail, not a city path. Trails intertwine along the cliffside from.

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Nov 21, 2018

Inside the TEDxSeattle Attendee Experience

TEDxSeattle returns to McCaw Hall on November 17, with a “Tall Order” of ideas worth sharing.  

A slate of compelling local speakers is sure to spark thoughtful discussions and connect people in meaningful ways. That’s why we were thrilled to continue our partnership with TEDxSeattle to help expand the reach and effectiveness of this event.

We hope we’ll see you there.

Not sure what.

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Nov 13, 2018

How to Choose Between In-House and Outside A/V Resources

In the events industry, there’s no shortage of audio, video, and lighting companies to choose from. One big decision event planners often struggle with is when to use a venue’s in-house A/V provider versus when to venture outside and hire a third-party resource.

As with anything, there are benefits and drawbacks to both options. Event planners need to understand what is most.

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Oct 23, 2018