4 tips to facilitate networking at your next conference

Conferences and seminars are all about communication – sharing ideas, new concepts, innovations and, of course, networking with peers and industry leaders. Here are some tips from our conference venue just 14kms from Fourways on how to make the most of these networking opportunities. Get social: Social integration is key to running a successful conference. By using a mobile-friendly app, your attendees can check in to your event, schedule their time, connect with other attendees and speakers, and link to your event through their social media platforms. Include networking activities: A similar format to speed dating, these activities pair up people from different disciplines and at different levels of seniority to connect and converse with each other for a set, limited amount of time. You’ll be impressed at the success of these unlikely combinations that help influencers and industry specialists to connect with new opportunities. Structure your downtime: Downtime is an essential part of longer conferences where people need to relax and recharge – but that doesn’t mean it should cut out networking activities. A fun team-building activity like skeet-shooting or quad biking allows attendees to enjoy themselves and meet new people in a more casual, low-pressure environment. Design breakout areas: Tea and coffee stations as well as power stations for recharging phones and laptops are areas where people naturally congregate and talk. Make the space open and interesting to encourage movement and stop people from simply sitting down and becoming sedentary. Customised conference packages and teambuilding activities near Pretoria Our fully-air conditioned conference village is set in tranquil, well-maintained gardens, encouraging an atmosphere of relaxation and stress-free focus. With six modern conference rooms to choose from, including a 400-seat theatre-style venue, we can comfortably accommodate up to 500 people per day. Our conference packages are designed for half, full day and weekend conferences, product launches, seminars and corporate events. All of our catering is high quality and our luncheons take place in a private function venue of your choice. In addition to conference and seminar facilities, we also offer a range of team building packages that can be utilised separately or in conjunction with your conference package – the ideal way for your team to relax and wind down! For more information on our conference venue or to visit our facilities in person, please don’t hesitate to contact us today and speak to our friendly, experienced...

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How to plan your Valentine’s Day proposal

Valentine’s Day is popularly regarded as the most romantic day of the year, so it’s no surprise that it’s a favourite date for wedding proposals. Here are some ideas from event planners at Idle Winds restaurant and function venue near Johannesburg for making your proposal perfect. Surprise her: Many partners expect a Valentine’s Day proposal, so try and think out of the box to make the event a special surprise. This year, Valentine’s Day is a Sunday – so why not make a weekend of it? You can go hot air ballooning, water-skiing and dine in great restaurants – and then propose as you walk into the honeymoon suite that you booked as a surprise. Know your future spouse: If your partner loves being the centre of attention and the life of a party, a great idea would be to book a function venue and invite all your friends and family to share in your romantic proposal and celebrations. However, if your partner likes more intimate gestures, you can plan a romantic picnic for two in your venue’s private gardens or a secluded table in an acclaimed restaurant. Get the ring: Whatever you do, don’t leave this till the last minute. This is a ring that symbolises your love for each other and future together, so spend some time looking at different jewellers and ring options. If you want the ring custom-made, it’s going to take a bit longer, so be sure that you have it well in advance of the big day. Ask for help: Planning your proposal should be fun, not stressful, so don’t be afraid to ask for help from people who can keep a secret! Whether you need her best friend to help you choose a ring or an event planner to decorate your venue and organise the perfect getaway, there are plenty of people who would love to help you pull off this special occasion. Idle Winds – Romance is in the air at our function venue and restaurant At Idle Winds, a countryside wedding venue just 14kms from Fourways, we’re passionate about creating the perfect romantic atmosphere. Our award-winning restaurant offers a special Valentine’s Day menu developed by the head chef as well as an extensive wine selection – and bubbly, of course! If you want to plan something a little different, we can offer you the use of our different function rooms – including a ballroom and a beautiful terrace – to accommodate gatherings of any size. We also offer well appointed on-site accommodation, including a honeymoon suite. Our staff is on hand to help you plan and pull off the perfect proposal, so contact us...

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