Advice for third-party planners as hotel chains cut commission rates.
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By coordinating energizing group activities to facilitate connections, or incorporating the scenic outdoors to create a memorable event, planners are using distinctive experiences to ensure the success of their meetings and create a lasting impact for their attendees.
9 strategies for last-minute event planning
April 12, 2018, is Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID), a dedicated date to focus on and promote the meeting and event industry and enhance your planning skills through free or low-cost professional education.
Accelerate your career and professional development by learning to stretch your thought leadership skills.
Delivering meetings that engage employees doesn’t have to be difficult. Here are six ideas for effective all-hands meetings designed to engage your employees.
No social media platform remains static. It’s important to keep abreast of changes and adjust how you use each channel.
From order takers to trusted advisors: How to make your in-house event team more valuable to your clients.
Here, we explore five tips for speaking confidently and persuasively with undecided stakeholders to help you realize your vision.
There is an incredible supply of scholarships to be had thanks to generous donations from your planner peers, industry suppliers and professional associations.
Establishing your core values sets the expectation for your tribe. Your values hold no value until they become more than words. It’s up to you, as a leader, to make that happen for everyone—employees, regular customers and even yourself.
Questions speakers should ask planners–if they don’t then planners should address these points in advance.
2018 culinary trends showcase ethnic cuisine and fun
Tips for creating memorable events by focusing on the peak and an exceptional conclusion.
Many busy meeting professionals may work more in exchange for less sleep, but doing so is dangerous gamble.
Recommendations for planners to improve the effectiveness of conferences.
There’s a great deal of free content online from industry publications and blogs—even more if you venture onto the offerings shared via social media. Following is a bookmark-worthy page for no-cost industry media online and in print.
The effects of meeting space design and tactics for implementation.
New travel advisory system launched for U.S. travelers
If you really want to make sure that participants never return to one of your events, here is what to do.
Two excellent sources for online professional development that provides continuing education credits and/or specialized certification.
Improve your meeting outcomes with this deep dive into the psychological research surrounding well-being in the workplace and meeting efficiency.
Strengthening attendee ROI with take-home education aids, such as books or audio recordings from speakers.
Free education and events as well as scholarships and more are some of the real options for professional growth in the latest issue of Plan Your Meetings!
Christmas event décor ideas using new tech
Taking your contingency plans to the next step
3D projection mapping has the power to transform environments and event experiences. Check out these great examples from Montreal.
All-too-common reasons speakers mess up
If you’re growing your professional education while on a budget, hosted-buyer programs may be just the kind of initiative you need.
Recommendations for incorporating shopping centers into your meeting and event schedules.
Our meetings should be considerate of people with food allergies—because it’s the right thing to do and because of the growing risk of liability for failing to do so.
When a recruiter comes knocking, this is the time to at least open your mind to new possibilities—even if you don’t plan on leaving your current position.
Re-evaluating two industry practices: asking for RFPs with detailed creative briefs and asking speakers and trainers to work for free “to gain exposure.”
A speaker’s perspective: Working with a good meeting planner versus not
Taking weather for chance during your event is risky. Having accurate, real-time lightning weather information is critical to ensure attendee safety and event success.
This is a letter I’ve wanted to write to you, but never have gotten around to doing. Now that I’ve written it, I might not send it. I’m not very visible to you for most of the year; you only see me at the annual meeting and perhaps a couple of quarterly meetings. I’m a meeting professional with your trade association, working year-round to ensure that your time and monetary investment in being a member pays off for you.
Last week saw headlines about the destruction and flooding due to Hurricane Harvey in Texas and the monsoons in Mumbai. These events are an important reminder for event planners that disaster can strike anywhere and at any time.
Update from Gabe Garza, president of the MPI Houston Area Chapter, in the midst of Hurricane Harvey and the resulting flood.
Exploring the challenges planners face when seeking to include live music in an event’s schedule and the state of the festival scene in the U.S.
Get outdoors for easy and fun ways to engage your group and create a setting that builds lasting connections.
Google Event Search and how you can harness its power for event marketing
These five tips will put you on the path to delivering a rock solid, controlled and insightful financial presentation to execs.
Follow this framework and you’ll be on the path to hosting a successful event.
10 tips to help you be mindful of duty of care related to alcohol consumption and the consequences when running corporate events.
Want to bring in the cash, attract clients with ease and network like a ninja? Here are seven essential event planning tips to consider when organizing small business events.
The top six platform-agnostic apps for meeting and event professionals.
Let’s take some time to dig into the latest and greatest when it comes to getting our audiences engaged in the conversation.
Within these cost-saving tips, you’ll find some ideas that can act like a sun-filled glass of Florida orange juice—bright, eye opening and refreshing.
Under the guise of International Sushi Day, take a moment to luxuriate in the delicacy and pick up some sushi knowledge nuggets.
With soft targets becoming increasingly vulnerable to attacks it is extremely important for event planners to heighten their vigilance.
There remains a litany of opportunities for meeting and event professionals to receive education and valuable networking throughout the duration of this year.
When planning and executing an event, it is important to be efficient and keep things running as smoothly as possible. The following 10 tips will save you from many headaches.
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have been around for a lot longer than most people realize. The first drones were used by the Austrian military in their attack on Venice in 1849. Quadcopters have been around since 1920. Mini-drones and quadcopters have been used for photography for almost a decade. As drones have come down in […]
It’s easy to get entangled with the logistics of the daily grind and the meeting industry can be a fickle mistress when it comes to career moves. There aren’t a lot of such options, but the good news is that there are more than you think.
Plan Your Meetings is pleased to offer a free, interactive U.S. map showing state-by-state gun laws as they relate to meeting and event venues.
Third-party procurement models have been popular in Europe for some time and are now appearing increasingly in North America. Here are some tips to avoid the associated pitfalls.
Meeting professionals should recognize that guns at meetings are not a problem for everyone.
It is not that difficult to be inclusive of vegans at your event. Follow these simple tips and guidelines to ease the process.
All the cool kids jump ship from a social media platform once it gets too mainstream or too corporatized. Friendster > MySpace > Facebook > Twitter > Tumblr > Snapchat, and on and on… As a result, investing too much time and resources into developing your presence on such sites can turn into a gut […]
There are certainly occasions when armed event security is necessary—and when such security is a hindrance.
There’s a good reason why conflict and collaboration go hand in hand. Always agreeing might be your default when you lack confidence in your idea and want to save face, however, it functions more as a one-way street to boring town. How can innovative ideas find their feet when there’s only room for same-same? For […]
As meeting planners or suppliers, some of you probably have a home office like I do. The IRS now offers a simplified method to give you a tax deduction for it. You might have heard something about the home office deduction in the past. And you may think this might lead to increasing your chances […]
Event professionals who are active on social media have made great connections and engaged in some interesting peer-to-peer interactions over the years. Meanwhile, beBee seems to be a well-kept secret among eventprofs, and is picking up steam in other industries.
The meeting industry is one of the most metric-driven sectors ever–and that can have powerful implications for your career.
A look at real-world examples of how virtual reality is currently being used in the meeting and event industry.
Legally, the question of a planner’s liability really comes down to identifying the organizer’s “duty of care” regarding firearms at the event.