Month: October 2019

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Three Key Factors in Preparing Your Meeting Budget

For many meeting planners, budgeting for a meeting can be an overwhelming experience.  Your budget is an estimate of anticipated income and expenses for your meeting and provides financial control and accountability.  It is important to document how and why you arrived at all the figures. 1.  Do a Needs AssessmentBegin with a needs assessment …

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Using the LAURA method for Effective Communication

At the Ridgecrest Conference Center we strive to effectively communicate with all of our employees and guests. “Did you hear what I said” is something that I think everyone has uttered at some point in their life when communicating with someone else.  Something that I have found effective for me is to think of my friend  LAURA.  Now, LAURA isn’t …

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Six Things Your Ministry Can Learn From Disney

I read a great article this week on what our ministries can learn from Disney.  Here are some points that I thought we’re particularly interesting.  Walt Disney lived to bring joy to others-but he was also an incredibly driven, principled, precise and visionary leader.  Look at how his principles can impact  leaders, dreamers and ministers. Work diligently. …

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Building Community

I recently had the opportunity to attend  Christian Camp and Conference Association’s national conference. It was held at Ridgecrest Conference Center and the theme this year was, “Mosaic…accomplishing more together”. We are long-time members of CCCA and were excited to have the honor of hosting this year’s conference. We were also quite nervous as this was the first time in …

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10 Questions To Answer Before Calling A Retreat Facility

Choosing a location for your retreat can be a time consuming process, especially if you are a first-time planner. However, with just a little advance planning, you can significantly reduce the time spent speaking with prospective hotels and Christian retreat facilities by having the answers ready for most of the questions they will be asking …

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Meeting Planner Survival Kit

My son has been learning a lot of lessons lately about being prepared.  His teachers at school, his coaches at soccer and his leader at scouts all saying the same thing…be prepared. It got me thinking how much being prepared applies to Meeting Planners as well. Many planners need to be prepared to address last minute needs and emergencies.   …

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Great Staff Retreats = Great Organizations!

Staff Retreats are great opportunities to take a look back, plan for the future and continue growth in an organization as well as create a stronger team. Organizing a retreat is a big responsibility. Here are some ideas to make your retreat a success. Select your site with care. The best way to reduce distractions …

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