Planning How-To's

Managing 6 Challenging Meeting Scenarios

Sooner or later, event planners and meeting facilitators encounter challenging meeting scenarios that impact participant engagement. The strategy selected to manage them will determine whether you can keep things under control and ensure a successful meeting outcome. If you can't, there is a risk...read more

Planner Smarts: 4 Travel-Friendly Power Snacks for Life-on-the-Go

Having woken up in London, Paris, and Milan at 3 am, looking for breakfast more times than I can count, I've learned the hard way that food on the road and on-demand can, at times, be tough to come by. With wee-hours room service increasingly on the wane (and expensive), I've become somewhat...read more

The Power of Education

Kat Cole, the President of Cinnabon, Inc., has a fascinating story to tell. She rose to her present position at the age of 32, having started in the hospitality business in her teens as a Hooters hostess. Oh, and she did it without a college degree. At first glance, Cole's story would suggest we...read more

7 Things to Keep in Mind When Selecting a DMC

In the past, event planners have often engaged the services of Destination Management Companies (DMCs) to effectively serve large groups with events in other cities or foreign destinations. Now, however, with more organizations opting to build flexibility into their programs and give attendees the...read more

Brainstorming During Meetings: Moving Beyond Linear Thinking

Last week I had the pleasure of facilitating a wilderness team building retreat. In preparation, I assembled some of the tools and models in my team-building inventory, such as mind maps and idea chains. (For those of you unfamiliar with the structure of a typical idea chain, the picture to the...read more

President Obama's Trip to Jamaica II: 8 Lessons for Meeting Planners

President Obama went to Jamaica last week to hold a series of meetings including bilateral talks with Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller, and discussions with the leaders of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), representing 15 countries in the Caribbean region in preparation for the Summit...read more

President Obama's Trip to Jamaica: 6 Cross-Cultural Communication Tips

Last week, there was a lot of excitement in Jamaica when President Barack Obama became the 2nd sitting U.S. President to visit Jamaica. (In 1982, Ronald Reagan was the first.) What was particularly meaningful was the steps he took to engage with his audiences across cultures and generations.  Here...read more

12 Tips for Managing Corporate Event Emergencies

Fortunately, most meetings, conference and corporate events take place without serious emergencies arising. Even so, it's important for event planners to have strategies in place to deal with emergency situations whether they involve accidents, illnesses, severe weather, or fire. Some emergency...read more

Print less, gain more digital engagement

When you think about bringing brochures to your tradeshow event, there is much more at stake than just the printing costs. Here are some things to consider when you are debating whether to bring printed material or go digital with your collateral.  More than printing costs: The cost of printing...read more

Create the Stadium Effect At Your Next Event

Yesterday was the official opening day for the MLB and I was so excited to spend my time at the Yankees game here in New York. It was a beautiful spring day and though the Yankees lost, it was a great day to be out and experiencing baseball season yet again. To top off a great day, I also went to a...read more
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