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How to Make the Most of a Conference – via the Idealist Blog

We came across this article on Idealist’s blog and wanted to share it with all of you.  Enjoy.

posted by Julia Smith on March 27, 2012 on http://www.idealist.org/blog/en

It’s conference season! Next week I’m heading to San Francisco for the annual Nonprofit Technology Conference, which boasts thousands of attendees and countless opportunities for networking, skill-building, and…sheer exhaustion. To prepare, I asked a bunch of nonprofit leaders how they make the most of big events like this. Here’s part 1: what to do before you leave. Continue reading

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3 Tips to Saving Money When Hosting a Conference or Event

  1. Think out of the box regarding venues – Holding your event at a 5 star hotel can be quite costly.  Do some research about the area in which your conference will be held.  There may be an art gallery loft, small museum, or local park that could be rented for a lower cost.
  2. Seek out young catering companies – Find culinary schools and catering companies that are in their first year of business.  The food is still delicious and you will be helping the “little guys” get started.
  3. Forget the tchotchkes – They end up in the trash 9 times out of 10.  When giving gifts to a participant, be sure to make the gift relevant either to the event or something that most people would use at home and not get tossed aside.