Welcome to the Gastonia Conference Center
Gastonia Conference Center is a symbol; a sign of the people of Gastonia, North Carolina on the move toward civic, economic, and environmental sustainability. Designed to pay homage to the surrounding architecture and heritage of the area, Gastonia Conference Center is the premier destination for local, regional, and state-wide conferences and events, from metro-Charlotte based corporate meetings, to state-wide conventions, to local and community events, to memorable weddings.
This cutting-edge, 30,000-square-foot technologically advanced and sustainably built conference center is designed to generate business and support the local Gastonia community. The Conference Center accommodates over 450 meeting attendees and 300 for a seated banquet function and features ten separate, purpose-built and distraction-free meeting rooms, event spaces and 5,100 square-foot ballroom. It has already gained recognition as the greater Charlotte region's foremost destination for events of all kinds.
Avoiding Common Mistakes with Trade Show Displays and Exhibition Stands
Selecting the Wrong Trade Show
Most businesses are inclined to participate in a trade show just because their competitors are participating. This is not the right approach, as you need to investigate whether the show and venue is right for your business before registering. Consider trade shows and exhibitions that are more focused on your industry.
Not Conveying Value or Solution
Visitors are looking for solutions or something of value in trade shows. Hence, if your stand and displays fails to convey these important points then you are not going to attract much people to your booth. Rather than displaying generic posters or displays that simply provide information about the product, you need to include points that convey solution to a problem or the money your product can save for a business.
Not Investing in Modern Display Technology
Most businesses fail to realize the importance of displays and exhibition stands in attracting visitors. The general outlook is that displays are for informing the visitors about certain things about the product, rather than creating an attraction for the visitors to explore further. For instance, a cardboard poster is much less appealing than a video display, even when the poster is tastefully colored and has attractive design.
Any visitor will be more attracted to see what is going on the screen of a video display rather than read what is mentioned on a poster. Secondly, there are now many new display options involving sophisticated technology of lasers and so on, which make displays even more attractive. If the stalls next to you have invested in such display technology and you have stuck to posters and paper displays, guess where the visitors are going.
Boring Promotional Literature
If by some luck you have managed to attract visitors to your stand, then you should have outstanding promotional literature to kindle their interests in the products and keep it alive. Dull brochures that simply state various features of the product are not going to cut it. You need interest grabbing quotes, and pictures, which will entice the visitor to read further.
How to Find the Right Tenants as a Property Manager
One of the most important duties of the property manager is to conduct a thorough background check on all prospective clients even when other information seems to be in order. According to a recent psychological study, it was found that most people lie about their background and try to hide things. Start with investigating criminal history of the prospective tenant.
Even though breaking the traffic rules is a crime, the property manager has to be concerned about serious crimes. These include drug dealing, robbery, and list of violent crimes. It is also very important to see if the name of the person is listed in the sexual predator or sexual offender lists. It is also possible to find out many things about people by checking their online presence on social networking sites.
Checking rental history of the prospect from past property owners is important; however, this will not always be an accurate pointer. Some property owners or managers have been known to provide a false positive report, simply to get rid of a tenant who has been defaulting on rent payments. Secondly, first-time tenants like students or people from other cities will not have any rental history, and therefore it is best to check their financial background and creditworthiness.
Credit History and Financial Background
Even though it is not easy to maintain a perfect credit history in these hard economic times, property managers should set clear parameters for checking creditworthiness of a person. Ask for credit reports and credit scores, since these are fantastic indicators about the finances of a person. Finances can also be gauged by checking employment history and seeing whether the person holds a bank account. Checking with the individual’s current employer can reveal financial aspects about the person. Tax returns from previous years will also provide useful information about the financial background of the person.
A cleverly designed questionnaire can reveal many interesting things about a person and it is possible to see if the person is lying. If the prospective tenant leaves certain questions unanswered, it should definitely sound the warning bell in those aspects. Here are some important questions that should be included in the questionnaire:
§ Do you have a good credit score?
§ Where are you employed?
§ Do you have a rental history?
§ Do you have pets?
§ Have you ever been arrested?
§ How many individuals are going to live on the property?
§ Are they family members?
§ Are you willing to sign a lease?
§ Do you have a bank account?
§ When are you planning to move in?
§ Do you have any disabilities?
§ Have you ever been evicted from a building?
If the prospective tenant does not know how to answer one or some of these questions or if you receive a form back that has one or many of these questions unanswered, that often is a warning sign. If they refuse to answer some of these questions, a red siren should be going off in your head. Silence does not personify honesty in this case.
The Importance of Corporate Lunches
There is a relaxed atmosphere and yet participants generally keep to the accepted level of decorum. Corporate lunches can leave a lasting impression if they are held at marvelous venues. Apart from hotels, corporate lunches can also be held at Charlotte Metro corporate meeting venues or similar such venues across the country that provide catering facilities.
The corporate lunch can be held for commemorating important events or for celebrating various occasions. Hosting a corporate lunch would be ideally suited for the following occasions:
Promoting Relationships with Business Contacts
Hosting a corporate lunch is the best way for promoting relationships with established business contacts. Many things can be discussed over lunch and it is ideally suited for inviting business associates, bankers, business clients, shareholders, or other business contacts. Such lunches provide an opportunity to maintain contacts as well as improve relationships further.
As a Greeting or Welcoming Event
A business lunch can be hosted for inviting professional or organizational partners who have newly joined the firm. The lunch would be a perfect setting for sharing common interests in a friendly and casual manner, and for introducing the new partners to the employees. Apart from a welcoming event, a corporate lunch can be held for greeting a director or partner of the company who has just returned from some place after closing an important deal. The person will feel appreciated and other employees or partners can know more about the deal during lunch.
After a Meeting or Signing of Contracts
A corporate lunch can also become part of other events such as meetings or signing of contracts. After an important hectic meeting, the lunch provides a casual and comfortable atmosphere for going over the points discussed at the meeting or reviewing the decisions taken at the meeting. Business meetings can cause stress, increase anxiety, and can make participants worried if the discussions have not gone according to the plans.
A hearty corporate lunch provides a good break, for participants to relax and recoup, so that they can continue with the meeting in a much more efficient manner afterwards. If after a business meeting where the participants have managed to sign an important contract, the lunch provides a way of celebrating and relaxing. It certainly helps if the food is good.
Make sure you bring your own pen, perhaps two.
The Importance of Body Language in Business Meetings
Avoid slumping in your chair, leaning too far back, or slouching over the conference table. All these are nonverbal cues that reveal you are not engaged or alert, and you do not care about other people’s time. All such postures can also be taken as a mark of disrespect or being disinterested. It is best to sit straight with your shoulders squared. Leaning slightly forward with a straight back is a sign of being attentive.
Body Movements and Fidgeting
Fidgeting and unnatural body movements can reveal lack of interest, impatience, or fear. Clicking the pen repeatedly, tapping it on the table, doodling on the notepad, shaking your legs, are all to be avoided. Generally, it is best to keep still with hands on the table and listen attentively to what is being discussed, even if the topic does not interest you.
Maintain eye contact with whoever is talking, and do not try to read notes or start looking at your watch. When you are addressing the meeting maintain eye contact with individual members for brief moments of time and look at all member together from time to time. Maintaining eye contact is the best way to convey you are interested and sincere about what is being said. Shifty eyes and avoiding eye contact on the other hand gives the impression of dishonesty and being disinterested and impatient.
Dress Code and Appearance
The dress you wear and the way you look, has a lot to do with body language. Attend all meetings attired in the required dress code. Make sure your dress is clean, pressed crisply, and your shoes are shining. This gives you a professional look and others will know you mean business, and treat you with respect. Shabby attire, uncombed hair will give the impression that you are lazy and unorganized. This is definitely not the impression you would want to make on other participants in the meeting, especially when they are business clients.
How to Deal with Difficult Tenants
Making Everything Clear
In property management, it is always wise to keep everything in black and white and show what is expected from the tenants, and what tenants can expect from the management. All these expectations can be clearly stated in the agreement, so that the tenant has a clear picture. These points can include garbage removal practices, expected level of cleanliness, laundry schedules, procedure for reporting issues, minimum maintenance required from the tenant, common maintenance procedures followed by property management, policies for late payment of rent, expected noise levels, and minimum etiquette expected towards other tenants.
With certain tenants, it may not be enough to mention these expectations in the agreement. In such cases, the property manager should take the initiative and educate such tenants whenever the opportunity arises.
Being Professional and Maintaining Good Relations
The property manager should always have a professional attitude, which means neither being defensive nor being aggressive. Arguing with an angry tenant will only make matters worse, and being submissive will not be productive as well. It is important to speak calmly but firmly and communicate effectively. At the same time, it is also important to maintain good cordial relations with all tenants.
The best way of showing that the property management cares for the tenants is to listen to all complains attentively. The next step would be to respond and fix issues in a timely manner. Additionally, also have a system in place for the tenant to report late fixing of issues and the inconveniences they had to endure. This will help tenants to air out their problems and grievances, without causing any major disturbances.
Updating the Screening Process
The problem of difficult tenants can be avoided largely by having an efficient screening process for prospective tenants. Property managers should patiently carry out background checks, check out feedback from previous property owners, investigate credit worthiness, and check, to see if the individual or any member of the family has a criminal record. A clever questionnaire can be designed to reveal behavioral aspects of people, and their attitudes. Employ all the latest technological advances and tools available to create an efficient screening process.
Having Full Knowledge of Laws
The property manager should have full knowledge about the laws governing tenancy and tenant rights. It is important to understand tenant’s rights, and know all the procedures and protocols that will come into play in the event of certain situations and incidents. The most important aspect is to know the rules regarding rental delinquency and non-payment of dues. A difficult tenant can very easily turn into a bad tenant, and the property manager should know all the legalities for evicting such a tenant.