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The Headscratcher

This Month's Headscratcher Solution:

In ancient days gone by a wealthy land owner challenges his two sons to a horse race.

The one whose horse is slowest will inherit the entire estate.

After a few days into the race, the brothers have made no progress and begin to wonder what to do.

Upon the advice of a wise old man they jumped on the horses and raced as fast as they could to the finish line.

What did the wise old man suggest?

 

Answer:

The wise man told them to switch horses as it was the owner of the slowest horse that would inherit the estate.  Personally, we think he was a mean old fella to play his sons off against each other and that, to be fair,  they should share the estate!

'If you'd rather not be scratching your head over organising your next event - give one of our experienced team a call on 0161 428 1115.  Events are our favourite kind of puzzle!

 


 

Previous Headscratchers

North west conference organiser Skinov Yerteeth Events, has put delegates up in Hotel O’dour.

Unfortunately no recce was carried out and the hotel is in the middle of a massive renovation. None of the rooms have got their numbers on the doors and the contractor has no number 9s.

How many 9's must the contractor buy in order to number all 1,000 rooms?

Answer:
300 9s are required.

Start with: 9, 19, 29, 39, 49, 59, 69, 79, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99 - which is 20 9's.

We then repeat this for 100, 200, 300, up to 900 - which is 200 9's.

But from 900 to 999 we have an extra 100 9's as each starts with a 9.

So the total is 300.


 

If Teresa's daughter is my daughter's mother, what am I to Teresa?

a. Grandmother
b. Mother
c. Daughter
d. Granddaughter
e. I am Teresa

Answer: c. Daughter.

"My daughter's mother" is the person asking the puzzle, so they are Teresa's daughter.

 

 

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Event Management in Manchester: Roxana's Day as an Event Co-ordinator

Event management in Manchester
Event Management in Manchester: Roxana's Day as an Event Co-ordinator

I get to the office at 08:45am and start replying to all my emails and check the office voicemail. There's a lovely 'urgent' message from someone who's concerned about our payment protection insurance, as well as a call from one of our clients in Berlin, asking us to change the appointment for his transfers, as his flight is late.

After making a brew, I always log a little time on Twitter and Facebook and check the newest updates in the industry. Today, I had a look at new upcoming incentive destinations… It looks like Dubai has launched a new destination brand and logo in support of its goal to become the world's most visited city.

Next, I have an event to design. I need to focus on preparing the proposal today and putting together a quotation before it is approved by Steph. I have to find the right hotel that will accommodate 200 people for an overnight stay and a conference.

The doorbell rings… I am looking at my diary and I am sure that we have nobody scheduled in for today. I answer; it is a financial advisor who thought he may be able to 'help' the business… We have a short chat and then I am back on my venue research. So far, I have sent out twenty-five emails… Time to tweet about our exciting invitation to Hotel Football tonight.


Lunch time!

02:00pm and I get a call from a client that wants to add an extra person to the incentive trip tomorrow morning! I grab the phone and try to get in touch with the reservation team from EasyJet to ask about availability on the trip. Five emails later, everything is sorted! Phew! I managed to do it....

Now, I have to continue writing the conference brochure… I started it yesterday, but I was waiting for some of the sponsors to send me their profiles' description. I am tweaking it before sending it to everybody else to proof read and…

05:30pm, really? When did that happen? Mad rush to pack up my desk, we're due at the summer party at Hotel Football in the city and if we don't get out of the office in the next five minutes we'll be late. VERY excited for those mini BBQ treats!!! They are going to get some attention!
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Burglars and the Art of Goal Setting

setting goals when planning your conference event in Manchester and Cheshire

Event Management in Manchester: Burglars and the Art of Goal Setting

“I really hope that this conference/incentive/awards dinner I’m organising comes across as mediocre and that people aren’t too bored” said no-one, ever.

It goes without saying, that whatever the event you want to organise, you will want it to go well (whatever that means to you). That’s a given.

The challenge is working out the “whatever that means to you” bit.

What we’re talking about here is setting objectives, identifying goals, and looking for outcomes from events. And ideally, with some sort of measurement, to be able to establish whether a goal has actually been met. Now I appreciate that this last part is not always possible, certainly immediately after the event, but perhaps it could be measured with the passage of time.

Too many times we have come across briefs or even been to events, where the objective of spending significant amounts of money almost seems to have been brushed over, or at least the focus has been lost. We recently went to an evening showcase at a new Manchester hotel. We wanted to see all the spaces and particularly its unique event space – a feature we knew our clients would love.

There were hundreds of people in a huge bar area, slurping free drinks and we were struggling to even find hosts to give us a show around. We couldn’t even get to see the unique space…because it was booked for a private function.

Really?

Hundreds of potential customers are on your doorstep to see your new space and you’ve taken a booking.

No clarified objective had been established. Or at least commitment to achieving the objective had not been managed or enforced.   Too much focus had been given to getting feet through the door rather than what to do with them once they were there.

Setting objectives is difficult – much, much harder than not setting them. But the rewards are self-evident and this is true in any aspect of life whether it’s a health programme you want to follow, your career, or running an event.

A few nights ago I saw Anthony Crolla on the news. He’s a boxer from Manchester. He was due to challenge for the WBA World Lightweight title in January this year. Unfortunately he spent last Christmas on the sofa with a fractured skull and broken ankle after burglars hit him with a paving slab. That could seriously damage your plans to become a World champion.

But Anthony used his experience with the burglars to channel his focus even more intensely on his goal. He recovered and had a crack at the title in July this year and was controversially beaten by spurious judging. He was immediately granted a rematch this November. I wonder how he’ll be feeling this Christmas, if he wins.

You don’t have to be a boxing fan to admire this man’s focus on goal setting and his commitment to achieving them. (The burglars, by the way were caught immediately – no team points for their goal setting.)

Goal setting is a habit forming. Try setting a goal today - something achievable. It can feel quite uplifting when you nail it. Then do another one tomorrow, and so on. After a while you’ll naturally be thinking of more challenging goals and objectives with timeframes further out.

If you’re organising an event, apply the same approach. Don’t allow burglars (or other problems) to distract you. Identify your objectives and be committed to achieving them.

You can read more about setting event objectives in our free 9-step guide “So you want to run an event?” available as a download from a number of pages on this website.

(And fingers crossed for Anthony.)

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