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:

Are you inviting presenters from out of town? Then lessen anxiety and.

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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.

The stakes are high for delivering exceptionally compelling, engaging, memorable and actionable content. So, how can you maximize event.

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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

How to Build the Perfect Haunted House

Nothing says October more than a spooky haunted house! Not only is it a fun fall staple, but an imaginative ghostly manse also can be a great way to promote your business or treat your employees and their families.

At SHW, we love working with our clients to design and produce creative and interactive haunted houses, appropriate for all ages. You can check out one of our favorite haunted.

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Oct 10, 2018

How Lighting Can Transform Your Event

Thoughtful lighting design can make a huge impact on the success of an event. Not only can lighting transform the look of a space, it can amplify your message, set a mood for your audience, and infuse energy into the room.

As event planners, we look for ways to engage as many senses as possible to create an impactful experience.  Unfortunately, many planners overlook lighting as one.

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Sep 26, 2018

5 Days in... Tokyo.

At SHW, we love traveling to work with clients across the globe. Recently, we traveled to Tokyo for a client’s annual meeting. Tokyo is the most populous city in the world, and a hotspot for technology innovations, food, culture, and more. Here are some of our top tips for planning your next trip.

1. Japan is a foodie delight.

It is way more than sushi. Delight in the street vendors! My top.

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Sep 17, 2018

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles – and Pedicabs: How to get around in Portland

The tales of traffic woes in Portland are true. But don’t let that keep you from visiting this wonderful city.

As the 22nd fastest-growing metropolitan area in the country, Portland is growing at a good pace. With about 30,000 new folks moving to the area each year, the impact is construction detours, road closures,  and more cars. Traffic is no fun. 

One of the joys of Portland is how easy it.

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Sep 6, 2018

Unique Hotels: Are They Right for a Corporate Program?

As event planners, we know the right hotel can make or break a program. With so many to choose from—and each unique in its own way—matching clients to ideal hotels based on service level, group size, location, rates, and desired experience is a complex process.

Individual travelers now opt more for the “wow” factor when choosing a place to stay. Should corporate groups consider these same.

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Aug 23, 2018

Well, There Are the Goats.

If someone asks what gives Portland its friendly yet quirky reputation, goats come to mind.

Source: Lonely Planet

Portland was the epicenter of the pygmy goat yoga craze a few years back, and there’s a beloved community of 14 goats that is a must-see stop for locals and tourists alike. The latest on Portland’s goat craze? Goatgrams. A service where two dwarf goats show up with a bouquet of.

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Aug 10, 2018

5 Days in... Mexico City.

At SHW we love that our event-planning jobs take us all over the world! Recently we were in Mexico City for a medical research conference. As the fifth largest city in the world, Mexico City is a true melting pot of cultures with an endless variety of food, historical sites, and activities. Here are a few of our favorites:

1. Take Uber – but watch out for rush hours!

Driving (and parking) in.

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Aug 1, 2018

An Inside Look at SHW: Q&A with John Ellard

by Jonathan Sievert, Marketing & Operations Intern

John Ellard, Senior Vice President, Creative & Marketing

John Ellard recently joined the SHW team as SVP of Creative & Production. Over the past 25 years, he’s worked on some amazing programs any event planner would love to be involved with: Cannes Film Festival, SXSW, and Microsoft Xbox events, as well as many concerts, brand activations,.

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Jul 24, 2018

Outdoor Team-Building Activities Perfect for Summer

Whether you’re traveling or want to get out in your home city, team-building activities are a great way to get your staff out and about—and summer is prime season. Fast-paced race around the city? Relaxing day in the sun? There’s something for every organization! Here are some of our favorite outdoor team building exercises.

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Jul 11, 2018

SHW Named one of Washington's Best Companies to Work For!

SHW is honored to be named to Seattle Business Magazine’s 100 Best Places to Work in Washington for 2018.

Being named the #6 small business is both humbling and inspiring, as we are in great company. Ninety-nine other companies and 1,200 employees enjoyed festivities at the Washington State Convention Center, while listening to leaders share what makes their companies special.

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Jul 2, 2018

"Tourist trap... It's not!": An Aussie's Essential Guide to Pike Place Market

by Brett Robertson, SVP, Sales and Marketing

Anyone who’s travelled, even domestically, has most likely been the victim of a dreaded tourist trap. You know what I’m talking about. They’re the kind of place that’ll sell you an Eiffel Tower keychain for €15. Found surrounding a major attraction, you’ll get inflated prices, stodgy food and service, menus plastered with pictures of the food (which.

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Jun 15, 2018