This month’s Educational Program will test attendees’ knowledge on all things Event Management, “Game Show Night” style.  With interactive and experiential learning being leading trends in our industry, what is your favorite and most impactful way to incorporate these kind of experiences in your Meetings & Events?
"Once I find out the event goals then I design the right experience. I consider the attendees and evaluate the most impactful way for that particular group to achieve their goals. I would say the most popular and successful experiences I use are the ones that include an element of FUN and competition. People learn and respond better when they are interacting and not just sitting there being lectured to. In fact the program we will experience at the next MPINE meeting I use very often." - AC Anders, CMP, VP of Corporate Events, FUN Enterprises, Inc.

"People love talking to a Chef, Sommelier or Mixologist to learn more about the foods and beverages they are enjoying during an event. A fun way to add education to a reception or dinner is to ask your venue to select locally sourced items as a portion of the foods or beverages to be served during the reception. For example, source the cheese for your cheese display from a local farm. Have the Cheesemonger stand by the station and explain the different cheeses to the attendees as they make their selection. The local fish purveyor can stand by the Oyster shucking station and talk about where his fishermen caught the oysters that very day! A local brewery can walk your guests through the brewing process of the specialty beer you are serving that night. You can do this with a variety of food and/or beverages and your networking reception will soon turn into an interactive culinary journey for your guests." - Ashley Cakounes, CMP, Senior Meeting Planner, Meeting Management & Event Strategy, Liberty Mutual Insurance

"At the Harvard Club our members are always interested in creating unique experiences that have a bit of education mixed in. Earlier this summer we hosted an excursion to the Harvard Museum of Natural History in Cambridge. Some members met at the Back Bay Clubhouse and traveled over in our Harvard Club Shuttle and others met us at the Museum. While anyone can visit the museum we had our members led on a guided tour of the newly refurbished Glass Flowers Exhibit by Harvard Professor Donald Pfister." - Kristy H. Burns, CMP
Member Events Manager, Harvard Club of Boston