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Author: Brendan Dwyer, CTA

Brendan is a graduate of the Michigan State University School of Journalism and has been with the Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau since 2005. As the Manager of Marketing Communications for the GLCVB and the Greater Lansing Sports Authority, Brendan handles numerous design, writing and media coordination responsibilities. As a life-long Greater Lansing resident, Brendan has a firm understanding of the many strengths of the Capital region as a sports, conference and leisure destination.

Contact | bdwyer@lansing.org | (517) 377-1418

Green MeetingsReal Estate agents don't know everything, but they are right about one thing. Location means everything, whether you're buying a house or planning a meeting. Selecting a destination that is conducive to the event's purpose, while also taking into account how far event attendees must travel, is the first step in putting together a successful event. It's also the first step in planning an environmentally-friendly meeting. That leads us into number one on our list of top three things smart planners consider when planning a meeting that’s both successful and green.

I think you'd be surprised, that in a community the size of Greater Lansing Michigan, we have so many well-known stand-out athletes born right here in the middle of the mitten. From wrestlers to divers to golfers to boxers, runners, refs and hoops stars we are literally brimming over with sports super stars. To me it says something about our local sports culture. This is a sports-minded community, and not only because we have Michigan State in our backyard. Sports are just in our blood.

Homecoming is a special time to remember and celebrate important people and places from the past. Think back to your college days and the times and memories you had at your honored Alma Mater! As a proud Alum I can speak from experience about the special and exciting feel of homecoming at Michigan State University. Simply put? It's time for all things GREEN!

We're lucky in Michigan, and of course in Greater Lansing, to have 4 distinct seasons in the year. Spring, Summer, Winter and Football season. Around here its Spartan football, and its fabulous return means a lot of good times and a rush of warm memories of victories passed.

Who hasn't wanted to be a part of a Guinness World Record? Okay, maybe not the longest fingernails or best beard on a lady...but one of the other awesome records! Like how about being a part of the biggest Cornhole Tournament the world has ever known? That sound like a good one? You know it does!

The next time you attend an event, look around. Those napkins fanned out in a perfect display on the catering table? Someone spent the morning twisting them with a practiced spin of the wrist. The organized map that shows where all of the 400 exhibitors are to set up? Someone has been planning that for a month. That RSVP list that is being scanned for your name? Someone spent months painstakingly updating it so the name tag about to be handed to you could be cross-checked and alphabetized at midnight the night before.

Event planning is not rocket science, but it requires an acute organization and constant attention to detail. If everything goes off without a hitch, it often goes without notice, but if something goes awry, it’s a public display of failure.

Here are ten tips to help you manage planning and execution process of an event – large or small:

Summer in Michigan is a special time for a lot of reasons but if you happen to be a golfer, it’s pretty much paradise. Warm sunny days and cool nights make for premium conditions on the 30 or so courses within the Greater Lansing area and depending on the type of course you like and the amount of money in your pocket, you can be playing a round of golf with your friends in no time flat.