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8 Great Items to Have on Your Peer Review Checklist

June 29, 2017

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Many times even planners have very short notice to plan a peer review. This is where a lot of details can be lost and budgets can experience cost overruns.

In order to avoid this problem, I have put together a peer review checklist to ensure your event goes off without a hitch while keeping y…

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10 Terrific Tips to Plan Better Association Meetings

June 27, 2017

Unlike corporations where meeting attendance is mandatory, association planners need to entice and pull attendees into their conference. Due to regional limitations, budget constraints and members trying to deal with more work in less time, selling your conference may not be a walk in the pa…

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The Highs and Lows of FAM Trips

June 26, 2017

Every meeting planner, whether they are an association, corporate or independent one, are offered a FAM sometime during the course of their career. Some have been on just a few, while others have been around the world. There are many advantages to taking a FAM, but destination organizations …

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3 Killer Ways to Help Attendees Get the Most Out of a Networking Event

June 21, 2017

Every large meeting and conference has a networking element to it in which attendees either love it or hate it. Most extroverted participants look forward to the networking element, especially if they have come to this event multiple times. However, what about the first-time or introverted attendee?…

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Tips to Make the Planet Greener

June 21, 2017

 

On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans came together to demonstrate for more environmental action from the government, which we now refer to as Earth Day. Out of their movement, such legislation as the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts were passed by Congress. Today, mor…

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The Real Reasons People "Like" Your Facebook Page

June 20, 2017

Now that you have hundreds or thousands of fans for your page, what's next? Have you often wondered how to get them to be more active and engaged? 

This seems to be the main struggle with any business, whether they obtained their fans through a paid or organic search method. How do you keep …

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What Every Event Planner Can Learn from Thanksgiving

June 20, 2017

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Have you ever considered what you might learn from this gathering when planning your next meeting or conference?

Here are 5 simple things we can all garner from this day of food, rest, and relaxation!

#1: You always know the day. 

Thanksgiving falls on the 4th Thursday of November. Alw…

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5 Tips to Increase Your Google Ranking

June 20, 2017

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Are you looking to drive more visibility and traffic to your business? Duh! Of course, you are! Google recently announced changes to their ranking algorithm that will provide more relevant results to the user, based on the criteria of their search. This new search system will bring fresher conte…

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Is Your Hotel DIY Ready?

June 19, 2017

Your hotel marketing staff probably works very hard with interior designers, furniture reps and audio visual and IT technicians to provide the best design with state-of-the-art technology, money can buy. When you provide site tours and FAM trips, your staff is quick to point out all the enhancements…

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Are You Addressing the Black Bears in Your Business?

May 28, 2017

Two days ago, a friend and I were finishing the last leg of a 40-mile, moderately difficult piece of the Appalachian Trail in Virginia. Even though we knew there were black bears in the Shenandoah National Park, I thought the odds of coming face-to-face with one was very remote and quite frankly...…

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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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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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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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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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