I normally write some very humorous, entertaining and self-deprecating introduction to my blogs. This blog is already long, so consider this that.
TEAM BUILDING ON ALCATRAZ
During it’s nearly thirty-year history as America’s premier maximum security prison, thousands of the nation’s most incorrigible prisoners spent day and night trying to figure out how to escape the 22 acres of living hell. Irony being what it is, you can now pay to go there and have fun while learning valuable team building skills.
Picture this… and I am not making this up… back in the day, prisoners sent to “The Hole” tried to keep their sanity by ripping a button from their uniform, tossing it into the darkness, and then crawling around on hands and knees to find it… and repeat….and repeat.
Now you can cruise over on a luxury Hornblower yacht and upon arrival, you and seven of your colleagues are handcuffed together (I said, I am not making this up) and thrown in “the hole” along with a jar of 300 buttons. The door is closed plunging you all into complete darkness. The buttons are scattered around the small, cold cell and the team is given a certain amount of time to gather as many buttons as they can while handcuffed together. Now that’s what I call fun!
John, our Hornblower host, told me several other games he has helped organize for corporate clients, but I am afraid I don’t remember the details since I kept thinking about being handcuffed in a freezing, completely blackened 5 x 9 concrete cell to seven other people I don’t really know (not that that last part matters) trying to pick up buttons and put them in a jar.
Apparently the team that collects the most buttons gets a sort of pardon by the “warden” and they are allowed to start the next equally intense prison-related challenge with one of their team-members hand-cuff free. So you see, there IS light at the end of the tunnel.
The really good news is that after the games, and assuming everyone is still sane, your group can enjoy a gourmet meal in the prisoner’s cafeteria (or even in the prisoner’s shower room). If the pricing for that last part is a little over budget, no worries, you can follow up the team building with a Bay Cruise, dinner, drinks, and recovery time.
And one hint for those who do not wish to participate in the games… I am told that if you sew enough raincoats together you can make an inflatable raft, sail to Marin, steal a car, and head for Mexico. And now that I think about it, that could also be an excellent team-building exercise.
I am, of course, poking fun. Alcatraz is a very cool place to host an event. For more info… click here… https://www.hornblower.com/port/overview/sf+sanfrancisco-alcatrazevents
Announcing Two New Luxury Hotels in Napa Valley
Las Alcobas Napa Valley
Part of Starwood’s Luxury Collection, the recently opened 68-room Las Alcobas is located on Main Street in St. Helena, adjoining the Beringer Estate and Winery. It features a 2200 square foot “Event Barn” (with an exhibition kitchen thrown in), outdoor event spaces, and then, well…Beringer is right there and they have “stuff’ too. Plus all of that other Napa Valley stuff. Did someone say “fam trip”? http://www.lasalcobasnapavalley.com/
The Archer Napa
It’s been taking a while, but a new luxury, boutique hotel is coming to the heart of downtown Napa in 2017. F&B at the 183-room, five-story property will be managed by The Charlie Palmer Group (if you are a foodie you know who that is).
Archer Napa will feature over 15,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor meeting and event space, the largest single space with 2,540 square feet. For slightly smaller events there is a secondary event room (over 1,700 square feet) as well as two breakout rooms that are both nearly 600 square feet.
The expansive rooftop will offer nearly 9,000 square feet prime for entertaining. With a rooftop bar, fire pits, a chef’s show kitchen along with a ledge pool, cabanas, indoor/outdoor fitness room, and spa treatment rooms, there is no other space like it in Napa. http://archerhotel.com/napa
The Brand New All Things Meetings Job Board
I am constantly being asked by people I know in the industry if I know of any job openings, or if I know anyone “good” that might be interested in an open position. I always say, if I hear of something I will let you know. Then, when I do hear of something I have to try and remember who asked me about what, and then look through old e-mails, and then try and introduce people… and… I don’t mind doing it, I just…. don’t really want to do it. So…
All Things Meetings has launched a new addition to our All Things Meetings Online Community. The Job Board. (It’s free) Job Board is a place where people can post and find employment opportunities specifically for Meeting, Event and Conference Planners or the people who work with them. This can be anyone on any side of the table…
Buyers… includes any corporation, association or third-party that is looking for a qualified Planner (either full-time, part-time or contract) or… an executive assistant position where planning is part of the job.
Sellers… hotel sales and conference services, DMCs, event venues, essentially every service provider to the Meeting Industry. Whatever positions they need to fill that work with groups.
We are providing this service free of charge. You get to define how and where you would like to receive applications and to be contacted by potential candidates.
IT IS SIMPLE AND FREE.
Here’s the thing…It’s new. I mean… we are just starting it…like last week. Not many postings yet. So we are asking everyone we know… if you have a job to post, please do. It’s easy. Once we get enough postings we will begin to add filters by geography, job type and all of that… but for now… we ask that you help us get this thing started. And then with luck, it will take on a life of its own and I won’t have to dig through all of those e-mails anymore. AND… we will promote the new JOB Board heavily via our blogs, newsletters and posts on social media. Plus we do three All Things Meetings Events every year in northern California… we’ll talk about it there too.
HOW TO POST A JOBGo directly to the submit job page. Fill out the required fields and submit. We’ll do a quick review and then post within 24 hours of submission http://www.allthingsmeetings.com/post-employment-opportunity
SEEKING A NEW POSITIONYou can search anonymously and apply directly to any posted opportunity. Each employer will specify their preference on how to submit an application. http://www.allthingsmeetings.com/job-board/
And as you (hopefully know)… I will share cool stuff I find about people I trust with you, and then you can share cool stuff back, and then we'll keep it all on the web site in a kind of a search-able library thing so other people looking for cool ideas can find them… and maybe they will add some ideas of their own, maybe not… but at least they will know they can always find cool stuff they can trust when they need it… and if enough people share all that cool stuff, then everyone will be happy.
ALL THINGS MEETINGS. Introducing People Who Know What They Are Doing
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