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The Secret Sauce That Gets Attendees Returning Every Year

May 8, 2017

These 4 Ingredients Will Hook Them

 

Let’s face these facts: Without attendees, you have no meeting. And without a key group of attendees that return year-after-year, your marketing time and effort to secure new ones goes up, up, up.

So, what is the value of a repeat attendee? It is …

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6 Ways to Save on Event Rentals

April 12, 2017

  If you are like me when planning a meeting or event, the rentals portion of the budget can consume your time and energy. But it doesn’t have to; if you just have the courage to ask the right questions to your boss, stake holders and most importantly, your rental vendor.

Here are some tips I …

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Is the “Luck of the Irish” With Your Business Today?

March 17, 2017

Today is St. Patrick’s Day and it will certainly be a day filled with good tidings, green clothing and beer. Your town may even be blessed with a parade to celebrate the hard-working Irish men and women who were, and continue to be, the fabric of our country.

But what does the “Luck of the Iris…

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3D Printers Change the Way We Think and Create

March 16, 2017

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Imagine this: You access a Computer Aided Design (CAD) program, create some gizmo, store your file on the cloud and make it accessible to anyone with a 3D printer. Seems farfetched right? Not really.

3D printers, for the first time ever, are allowing individuals to customize and print product…

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Suicide Prevention: Do you know the signs?

March 9, 2017

As we wrap up Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, it seems like an appropriate time to reflect, remember and talk more in depth about awareness and prevention. While keeping a loved one from committing suicide is not 100% preventable, there are detectable signs for which you can start and keep t…

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Alcoholism is a Family Disease

March 2, 2017

 

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Alcoholism or alcohol dependence is characterized by uncontrollable drinking or the obsession with alcohol. According to the Mayo Clinic, it is estimated there are up to 3 million new cases of alcoholism per year.

Unlike heart disease and cancer, this disease is self-diagnosable. …

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3 Tips to Limit No-Shows at Your Event

February 12, 2017

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No-shows and last minute cancelations are one of the biggest worries event planners have because they can have a significant impact on the food and beverage budget, as well as, the overall profitability of the conference.

The average no-show rate for paid events is 10%, while free events …

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Meeting Horror Stories and How to Avoid Them

February 10, 2017

 

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Halloween is just around the corner and in the spirit of the season, it seems only fitting to share meeting and event planning horror stories that attendees have experienced throughout the year. None of these incidents are particularly problematic and most can be avoided with good communic…

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Meetings Mean Business: 4 Key Indicators of Their Overall Value

December 29, 2016

meetings mean business, Mulligan Management GroupMeetings Mean Business recently launched the above video and updated their findings about the number of meetings, GDP effect and taxes generated from meetings. In fact, the meeting industry's contribution to the GDP was greater than the motion picture, performing arts and spectator sports industries…

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What Technology Trends are in Store for 2015? Event Planners Need to Know!

December 27, 2016

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I know it is hard to believe, but 2015 will be upon us in 3.5 months. And with a new year, comes a new plan. I checked out Corbin Ball’s crystal ball for his 10 big predictions.  This blog post will weigh-in on four of them and how technology can significantly improve your meetings and events.…

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4 Steps to a Successful Roundtable

December 18, 2016

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Although the roundtable discussion meeting method isn’t used very often and has been around for a long time, Kelvin Newman recently shared on Event Manager Blog his recommendations to bring them back. I have highlighted some of his ideas below along with a smattering of my own.

Below …

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How to Stop Rage from Ruining Your Relationships

November 28, 2016

 

Is Anger Running and Ruining Your Life?

Blog Post by De-de Mulligan

I once dated a man who had real anger issues - he could be sweet and kind about 90% of the time but it was that 10% that did us in. He could not solve a stressful, complex issue without getting into some sort of rage - w…

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Words Do Hurt: The Case to Prevent Cyberbullying

November 28, 2016

Is your child being cyberbullied?

A lot of adults have a hard time relating to cyberbullying, especially Baby Boomers. It seems that it is harder to take a kid seriously when he says he was bullied online. That isn’t real bullying, right?

The problem students encounter is that, when they…

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Running an Election Campaign? Here are 6 Ways Technology Rentals Can Help

November 22, 2016

   

If you are the Campaign Manager for a local, state or national candidate, you know the importance of having real-time data at your fingertips and keeping the buzz about your candidate alive.

Given the fact that you are bringing either a few to a few thousand staff members and volunteers …

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Make Your Team Great Again by Following These 8 “Cs”

November 20, 2016

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Everyone give lip service to teamwork – “they are on my team” or “it takes a village” or “that shows real team effort.” In fact, with today’s work environment, if you are NOT on a team in some way, shape or form, you work outside of the corporate norm.

But have you ever w…

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Meeting Industry Survey Results: The Good, Bad & Ugly

November 17, 2016

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Every year, MPI surveys seasoned meeting professionals to determine the state of the industry. And every year, the challenges shift in their level of importance.

The good news is, MPI pays careful attention to this data and works hard to support their members in whatever their challenges are …

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Fact or Fiction: Quiz Yourself on Current Meeting Challenges

November 16, 2016

When planning a major meeting and/or trade show, there are a lot 

of variables to consider including budget, attendee experience and destination. In addition, as a planner you know it is part of your job to interface with a lot of partners and suppliers.

In today’s market however, with rapidl…

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Viable PowerPoint Presentation Alternatives

November 16, 2016

Even though PowerPoint is still the most popular presentation tool in the world, with an estimated 500 million users, have you ever considered other presentation alternatives that can allow you to engage and entertain your attendees much better?

What they are, how you use them and how they co…

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SKY ZONE FACTS FOR THE NEWBIE JUMPER

November 15, 2016

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS AT YOUR FINGERTIPS

We at Sky Zone Boston Heights are so excited to be serving you starting in October! However, if you are new to the indoor trampoline park environment, you might have a few questions. And we want you to be fully prepared when we o…

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3 Examples of More In-Depth Work: eGuide, White Paper and eBook

November 12, 2016

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Mulligan Management Group was contracted to write these three in-depth pieces: 

 

The Event Planner's Guide to Sourcing Your Next Meeting or Event which provides a step-by-step guide for planners to follow when completing site selection. 

 

 

A Planner Loyalty Study White Pa…

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