I can say with confidence that I’m an effective leader. How do I know? I do the opposite of what my bosses did to made me miserable.
This year, why not commit to working with one charity and using your skills to change the world?
How do you tame that beast called chaos? It’s not so much about doing as it is about communicating.
Pair a plan to a goal, and you have a S.M.A.R.T goal. That’s no ordinary goal, and it’s virtually bulletproof, if you do the work.
Identifying your true goal is the first step to success. Doing that is sometimes more challenging than we think.
Whether you’re traveling for work or pleasure, the key to a comfortable trip is to pack the right gear, from chargers to hand wipes.
I’ve never been so proud of the skills that make me a planner and the people who make it all happen.
Regardless of when your event is, there are some budget constants you can sketch out now. Here’s how.
This six-part series looks at personal and professional spending for planner. Today: Tackling corporate event budgets.
This six-part series looks at personal and professional spending for planner. Today: Saving your money is easier than you think.
The goal isn’t to stop spending altogether. It’s to be mindful of what you buy and how you feel afterward.
If you want to become master of your personal and professional finances, you have to make friends with your spending habits and Excel spreadsheets.
The financial aspect of our jobs isn’t easy, and it isn’t one that comes naturally to everyone. But we’re all expected to do it and do it well.
Remember, you’re not going anywhere. So if the flight won’t move, your attitude may as well.
The mentor/mentee system is invaluable and worth preserving. Here are a few thoughts.
A few months ago I decided to meet 100 people in 100 days. I hit a few bumps, but overall I’m better for the effort.
Inherently, planners are leaders. That makes us wonderful assets to clients. The challenge is when you put us in a room together.
Let’s get some traction and let the world know we’ve got a domain of our own.
The real solution has to come from the stage, although there are other small steps you can take.
Do your homework before clicking the “register now” button. Your time is money. Invest it wisely.
The slower pace of summer makes networking significantly more rewarding.
Microphone wrangling can often get short shrift when it comes to ballroom management. It shouldn’t.
If you don’t do one, you should. Here’s why.
Doing your homework — around weather, customs, politics and more — will ensure your event is memorable for all the right reasons.
Master of Service agreements are the first step into a relationship with a new client. Step carefully.
When traveling abroad, the language changes even when English is spoken, but the real humdinger is making metric conversions.
Using your downtime wisely will guarantee an easier path when things get hectic again.
In my experience, not all business is good business. Professional relationships should be about shared goals, values and respect.
A SMART goal is: Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Realistic and Timely. A SMART goal has a built-in plan associated with it, so you can get to work and map your progress from Day 1.
Bottom line, nothing makes you feel more secure than having the right people in place to handle whatever comes up. Hiring security is one of the best ways to do that.
Emergency situations are unpreventable. Being caught unprepared is not. This checklist should put you on the right path.
The acrimony over expenses continues, but not only meeting planners should be under fire.
Our job is to be committed to providing the best experience we can no matter what the budget.
For planners, creativity is the most valuable form of currency.
Check out everything you can, from the time you arrive through your stay. Test housekeeping, room service, cell service, the Internet and more. It’s our job.
If your site inspection begins when your CSM greets you in the lobby, you’re leaving things undone.
Securing the right ballroom for your meeting is essential for a successful event, but it’s only part of the equation. Managing the content and presentations is equally critical.
Are you a master of program logistics until you step into a ballroom? Need to know how to evaluate and hire a production team and determine your general session needs but afraid to ask? We can help.
Remember that gratuities are earned. Do what makes sense to you.
The little “++” that appears on each menu page don’t mean you’ll receive extra food, service or attention.
Better trips begin with attention to the details. The more you share with your attendees in advance, the better their experience will be.
Does this sound familiar? You’re facing an overwhelming amount of work and can’t possibly get it all done between now and when it’s due. You don’t have enough people (or anyone) to delegate to and you are overwhelmed. As if that’s not enough fun, I bet some of the events you’re being asked to plan […]
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