Tips to Keep Attendees Engaged at Corporate Functions

Waterside Events can help you plan a corporate function that is interesting and engaging

When it comes to planning a corporate function trying to plan how to keep your attendees focused and engaged can be tough. We’ve all been to a corporate conference that was boring and you didn’t feel like you got anything out of the experience. Conferences such as these are a waste of time and money, and you can guarantee people won’t be coming back to your next one.

Waterside Events at Currumbin RSL has been home to many corporate functions. We’ve seen some fantastic ones and some downright boring ones. We’ve compiled a list of the best methods we’ve seen of keeping corporate function attendees engaged.

Don’t Ban Mobile Phones, Incorporate Them Into Your Conference

Mobile phones are the biggest distraction out there, so we can see why conferences would want to ban them. But think about it, no one leaves home without their phone, they’ve become an extension of the body, so if you ban the use of mobile phones in your conferences people are going to resent it and won’t come back. Instead of banning them, get your attendees to use them! If you incorporate live polling and questions into your presentation not only will it keep your attendees engaged, it will include those who are too shy to raise their hand and include themselves. There are lots of different apps and websites that can do this, ranging from some quite expensive options to free websites like DirectPoll.


Many corporate conferences are based on the same boring principles, key note speakers, paper handouts, power point presentations, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea and sandwiches for lunch. This tired format is enough to put anyone to sleep. Conferences that include something original are the conferences that keep attendees engaged and encourage them to come back. The originality could be a new way to present information, a unique food concept like a self-serve Indian buffet or an interesting networking method. Breaking up the conference for a unique break is also another way to inject originality into your conference. Why not send your attendees out on a brief scavenger hunt? A chance to have a break and get outside will be great for your attendees and they’ll be talking about it for a long time.

Promote Networking

The ability to network is a huge drawcard for many attendees. You know what they say, it’s not what you know it’s who you know. Make sure you give your attendees plenty of time to network. Some great opportunities include coffee and networking after registration or a cocktail hour for networking. A great way to build on this would be to create a hashtag for the event and encourage attendees to post photos of their networking experience on social media using your hashtag.

An Interesting Setting

An interesting location is another great way to keep attendees engaged. A location that has lovely views or is segmented so attendees aren’t stuck in the same space for the duration of the conference is a great way to keep attendees engaged and interested. We’re thinking water front views, beautiful verandas and expansive grounds.

Interesting and Engaging Key Note Speakers

Whatever the topic they’re speaking on, key note speakers need to be interesting and engaging. This could involve them walking throughout the room while they speak or using the live polls we mentioned earlier. Encourage your speakers to make their presentations as visual as possible as this will help keep your attendees engaged and focused.

Regular Breaks

Make sure you give your attendees plenty of breaks. They don’t have to be long, a five minute bathroom break or the chance to grab a coffee will be enough to refresh your attendees. A unique break as mentioned above is also a great idea.

There are plenty of ways to keep your attendees engaged at your next corporate function. For more tips why not speak to our expert function team today. Call us on 07 5534 7999 or send us your enquiries here.

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