Choosing a Conference Venue

If you have been tasked with organising a seminar or conference for your company then it is more than understandable if it seems to you like a somewhat daunting task. Not only have you been charged with managing every aspect of what is already a reasonably complex event, but before all this can be taken care of you need to find a suitable venue in which it can take place. The most effective conference venues will be will equipped and well laid out. Not only this but they should also have a good selection of chairs, tables and furniture for your attendees use. If your conference is well organised then those in attendance will come away having had a positive experience and recommend it in future. With that in mind here are a few useful hints as to what to look for in a suitable conference venue.

One of the most important aspects of any potential venue is that is has a good atmosphere to it. If your conference location exudes a positive atmosphere then this will have a beneficial effect on on the delegates and contribute to the overall experience of the event. You may wish to use suitable technical equipment in order to add an extra visual element to the atmosphere.

The rooms available in the venue should of course suit the needs of your conference. The room you choose must be able to accommodate enough furniture and equipment depending on the type of conference that you will be hosting. It is for this reason that hotels are quite often a popular choice for these types of event as not only will they likely be able to offer catering to the attendees but they will also have suitable audio visual equipment on hand for whatever presentation purposes you may required. When drawing up a shortlist of potential venues then remember to ask what sort of facilities each location has available as this will be a key part in your decision making process. Any venue that is able to take some of the hard work off your hands will clearly be more desirable than one that cannot.

Delegates are likely to be attending your event with their laptops. It is with this in mind that you should also check that the venue has a suitable wireless internet connection available. Even if the venue does have this facility available you should enquire as to whether their connection will be able to cope with the volume of people you are expecting to attend.

As mentioned it is also important that your event is well catered. Your attendees should be well fed, especially if the conference is likely to go on for at least a day. Poor food is where many conferences can do themselves an injustice. You may think this a trivial affair but no matter how good the conference presentations themselves are, poor catering will literally leave a poor taste in the mouth of your attendees. You should make the most of any opportunity to leave a lasting impression and the last thing you will want to do is fall down on something as basic as the food.

It doesn’t matter if you are something of a novice when it comes to organissing such events as there are a plethora of event management companies on hand who will be able to take the hard work off your hands.

Trevor Richards is writing on behalf of Owl Event Management, one of the UKs leading event management companies.

Discovering More About Nascar

For over sixty years, the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, also known as Nascar, has been an inspiration to thousands of car enthusiasts and stock car racing fanatics. This is primarily because the association aims for setting high standards for every single driver who participates in their competitions, and anyone who succeeds in doing so gets the chance to have any of the prestigious titles given out in the three main divisions.

Nascar is home to world-renowned stock car racing drivers and internationally acclaimed brand models for vehicles that are being used in the races. The racers have met such an ideal status in the racing world because these drivers have had lots of experience in making themselves become better when it comes to driving limitedly modified cars. As they are able to go beyond their capabilities as professional racers, they become more competent in the sport, eventually setting a standard for any other kind of racer out there.

In the late 70s, this organization had one of its most prestigious moments when it became the first ever racing tournament that was ever aired on television. From that moment on, it has received awards of excellence for keeping up the values of true stock car racing after all the generations that passed.

Just like any popular artist or company, this association has not been able to dodge criticisms and intrigues that are being thrown at it. Rumors like there have been some wrong decisions or regulations that have been implemented go around often. Some critics say that the stock cars in this competition are no longer as authentic and as “stock” as they used to be, and as such Nascar should find a way to amend this aspect that they might have overlooked.

The accomplishments of this sanctioning body are attributed to their capability to strive for the better, in all aspects and through all the methods possible. This way, people deem the association to be a leader in sports competitions, becoming an institution that shall be the basis of other governing bodies.

There are many things that people might have to say about this racing authority. Whether the rumors are true or not, or whether there is really a valid argument about the critiques, we can really not tell yet. But the truth that this authority continues to provide good quality entertainment with its racing events cannot be disproved nor neglected by anyone who does not believe in it.

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Four Types of Conference Speaker

As my career has developed as a speaker I have come to believe that there are four main categories of speaker in the market place. By “speakers” I am talking about people who perform at conferences and conventions across the globe, playing a specific role in the event. Herein lies the graveyard of many events where they make a fatal error of not deciding what that role should be. Is it simply to fill in some time during the event? Will the speaker be delivering the key new global strategy or are they there to rebuild the confidence of the team after extreme cuts?

Before a speaker can be chosen the objective outcomes of the event must be understood in order to get the best balance between in-house personnel, quality in-house speakers and external professional speakers and moderators. I make the differential here between in-house personnel and in-house speakers because we have all been to conferences where someone has been given the perceived “poison chalice” and had to get up and speak – they are so uncomfortable, unprepared and clearly do not want to be there. I believe the split between these two types of in-house speaker is at least 80:20, which is why there is such a huge opportunity and market for professional speakers. 

My four categories of speaker are as follows:-
(Please note that these are stated in their broadest terms and are not meant to be all encompassing)

The Entertainer:  ranging from the after-dinner speaker to the performer, magician or comedian – their role is primarily to entertain and have fun.

The Content Speaker:  more often than not these are the speakers who are driving home a message, either business or technology or theory related – their role is to engage and educate.

The Motivational Speaker: – someone who has achieved great things, regularly these are ex-sporting heroes or celebrities who share their tale – their message can often be “get off your backside and get on with it”.

The Inspirational Speaker: –one step further than the Motivational Speaker. Their personal story, often tragic, is their inspiration to get on with life and to coin a phrase from one of the best Inspiration Speakers I have ever had the pleasure to meet W Mitchel – ‘It’s not what happens to you, it’s what you do about it’.

Most speakers will fit partly into all of these categories but will have a leaning towards one particular category. I come under the category of Content Speaker. My objective is to get audiences to look at what they are doing in their personal and professional lives and as a result of hearing me talk they go away and improve their productivity and reduce their Faffing About.

Mike Pagan is a highly sought after professional motivational speaker, conference speaker, and business coach. He has half a lifetimes experience in the corporate world with HSBC Group and Forte Group with Granada Group.
“My passion is productivity, one of my greatest frustrations in life is seeing talent and opportunities go to waste because of faffing about.”

What Lacrosse Equipment Do I Need to Play Goalie?

What Lacrosse Equipment Do I Need to Play Goalie?

As anyone who plays lacrosse can tell you, it is a physical sport. You need protection in order to play on the field or as a goalie. The protective gear will make sure you are in the same shape at the end of the game as you were when it started.

What equipment do you need to play goalie?

Let’s start with the goalie stick. A head of a goalie’s stick is usually larger than the other players’ stick heads. This helps the goalie block other players’ shots easier. The shaft of a goalie’ stick is usually longer to give the goalie a longer reach. Goalies also wear a special type of glove that provides protection from flying balls and sticks, while still maintaining grip and flexibility.

The Head and the Upper Body

Goalies also need to wear helmets in order to prevent the ball from doing damage to the head. Most helmets come with attached face shields. Many of these helmets also come with throat protectors in place to keep the ball from striking the front of the neck. Mouth guards are standard equipment most players need to wear to prevent mouth damage.

The next layer of protection is the chest protector. A high-speed ball can do some damage to the chest unless there is some protection in the area. The protector provides a padded surface that wraps around the front of the body with straps going around the back to secure it.

The Lower Body

Most goalies also need to wear special goalie pants. These pants offer padding to the hips and upper thigh area. Some of the pants come with different layers of removable padding to allow for a comfortable fit while providing the most amount of protection.

Some goalies choose to wear kneepads to protect their knees from flying balls as well as giving them the ability to drop down to the knees to block a shot.

On the bottom of the legs, shin guards keep the lacrosse ball from leaving deep bruises. Shin guards usually come in hard plastic with a soft interior padding. They go from just below the knees down to around the ankle area.

Some lacrosse leagues may require other equipment for goalies. When you join a league, make sure you understand all of the equipment requirements. That will allow you to play and stay protected at the same time.

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Choosing Conference Venues

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A conference can make or break a company. Holding a conference is the ideal opportunity to reach out to new clients, keep current ones satisfied and advertise your company’s policies and philosophies. The venue that you choose for your conference should reflect your company’s ideals perfectly. It should make your delegates feel motivated and your speakers feel inspired, and facilities, such as food and drink, should make all attendees feel welcome.  Choose a poor venue and the reputation of your company could be tarnished. There is such an overabundance of venues for hire, though, that choosing one can feel like an impossible task. But by taking a few points into consideration, you can select your perfect venue, and hold a conference that your company can be proud of.

Your choice of conference venue should reflect your company’s ethos and character. It should convey a level of professionalism that echoes that of your company. It can be interesting to choose a more unique, leftfield venue for your venue, but you need to make sure that it suits the nature of your company. But go too leftfield and you could end up alienating speakers and delegates.  If you’re in any doubt, then you should choose somewhere that is functional, yet inspiring.

You should spend some time thinking about where your conference delegates will be coming from. This should help you to decide on a location from where you can choose from suitable venues.  The venue should be in a central location that is easily accessible for all attendees of the conference. There should be good transport links to your venue, and it should be close to train stations and accessible from the airport. If a lot of people are going to be driving to the conference, then there should be adequate car parking facilities within easy walking distance from the conference venue.

Make sure that you narrow your choice of venues down to one that is an appropriate size for the attendees. Try your best to gauge how many people will be attending before finalising a venue. Venues that are too large will make it look like your conference hasn’t been a success, and could make it difficult for delegates to network and meet new people. On the other hand, venues that are too small could make attendees feel uncomfortable and could prevent them from getting the most out of all the facilities available at the conference.

While a lot of additional facilities are not essential for a conference, they can make guests more comfortable and feel like they are welcome, looked after guests. Many venues for hire offer facilities as part of the package, but you should look into what’s included and whether it will be satisfactory. Look into whether the conference venue will provide any office equipment, such as whiteboards, projectors, pens and paper. There should also be enough facilities for all the guests to feel satisfied for the duration of the day, for example comfortable seating and heating or air conditioning.

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What Are NASCAR Cars?

Stock car racing was something that was out of owners’ imagine of customized stock (meaning: ‘off the sales lot’) cars to show off their vehicles, craftsmanship and driving expertise. It came from their wish to escape the law enforcement agencies pursuing them when they were running moonshine or put another way, bootlegging.


For the period of Prohibition, a lot of moonshine whiskey was being made in remote regions of the Appalachians and in particular the Allegheny Mountains, from where it was taken by private carriers in their own stock cars often to the southern states. Many of these drivers souped up their cars in order to have more chance of escape.


When Prohibition was revoked in 1933, this bootlegging continued in order to avoid paying duty, but it gradually died out. However, the fire had already been lit and the drivers of these cars liked to race them in their spare time for pleasure and reward, especially in the southern states and particularly in North Carolina, where most of the stock car teams are still to be found.


NASCAR was established by Bill French in 1947 when he created the first set of uniform rules and a championship scoring system so that an overall winner of all the season’s races could be worked out.


However, the conditions in the early days were pretty crude. The cars were usually second-hand and worn and the track was just dirt and dust. Under these circumstances the cars quickly fell apart, so NASCAR allowed competing cars to be customized or strengthened. Safety aspects for the drivers were also introduced. Nowadays, the NASCAR instruction manual clearly defines all the alterations that are allowed on contending cars.


These days it is a mistake to call NASCAR cars ‘stock cars’; they are anything other than stock cars. NASCAR cars are hand made. The frames are poles apart from stock cars in that they are constructed from tubes for strength; the tin is sheet steel and the engine blocks begin as just that – a bare block. What the mechanics do with it after that is a closely guarded secret.


The safety of the driver is also taken very seriously. The driver is shielded from injury by a heavy roll cage. Strong round and square tubes make up the car’s framework, while thinner tubing is used at the front and back ends to absorb the impact of crashes by crushing slowly. These are called clips and the front clip will also allow the engine to fall away under the car, rather than be pushed straight back into the driver.


The bodies of NASCAR cars are not easy to make, often taking ten days to finish. However, NASCAR rules cover the general body shape and they provide thirty templates to make constructing a NASCAR car a little simpler.


But it does not stop there. There are different regulations and templates for different sorts of races on different tracks, because the cars that race on superspeedways are not the same as those used for short tracks or endurance races.


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