Posts Tagged ‘Experience Grand Rapids


Bonus content – Event Garde e-news – November edition


Mary Manier

Q & A with Mary Manier, director of sales, Experience Grand Rapids

Learn: Q: How do you learn best? By reading in a coffee shop with lots of noise or in a quiet, library-like setting?
A: I learn best in a quiet, library-like setting.

Network: Q: Some people are wallflowers while others are natural networkers. Which are you (or are you in the middle)?
A: I am in the middle. I survey the crowd before I jump in.

Transfer: Q: Let’s say you just attended a certification course. What would be your first step in applying what you learned?
A: When I get done with a session, I highlight my action items. When I get back to the office I look at my highlighted notes and start taking actions.

Q: Please share with us a must-have resource and why you just can’t live without it.
A: Google! I research potential associations, potential contacts and more.

Q: What is your favorite season…and why?
A: Summer – I love the water and sunshine!


5 places online you’ll find Event Garde this week

1. Website launch

We’re so proud this week to showcase our new and improved website. Check it out and let us know what you think. From services to clients and from testimonials to social media, it’s all there. Special thanks to the The Image Shoppe for breathing life into this project.

2. Meeting Minds

Following a presentation I delivered for Experience Grand Rapids on justifying conference expenses, writer Cami Reister developed this post chock-full of planner tips. Highlights include my thoughts on controlling costs, maximizing resources and demonstrating conference value.

3. Reno Tahoe Meetings

In this guest post, I discuss why partnering with a CVB is good for business. Included in this piece are no-cost, high-impact ideas for collaborating with a convention and visitors bureau in your next host city. And if that’s not enough, read it for the TripTik reference.

4. Defining statements

On the Just Zubris Weblog, a 2011 post I wrote (What’s your “defining statement”?) was featured as one of 10 entries focused on the topic of defining statements. (Seems as good a time as any to once again plug the book Growing Your Business! by Mark LeBlanc.)

5. Freemium

Finally, my friend Wade Slaghuis (an MBA student at Grand Valley) interviewed me last weekend for a class assignment illuminating the intersection of small businesses and social media (and we all know I’m no stranger to Facebook). This is the product of that interview.

meet aaron

Association learning strategist & meetings coach. Founder & president of Event Garde. Passionate about cooking, running, blogging, old homes, unclehood & pet parenting (thanks to Lillie the pup).

meet kristen

Writer, editor, public relations professional. Digital content manager. Proud mom of three. Total word geek. Spartan for life.

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