Kristi Casey Sanders

Kristi Casey Sanders is the VP of creative/chief storyteller of Plan Your Meetings. In addition to being an award-winning journalist who has covered meeting industry trends and destinations since 2003, she is a popular speaker on the topics of technology, sustainability, community building, engagement and proving ROI. Prior to joining the PYM team, she was a corporate trainer/performer with Boom Chicago Comedy Theatre in Amsterdam, where she taught multinational groups soft skills through improv. In her spare time, she is site selection chair for the Society of American Travel Writers’ Eastern Chapter, a big-time geek, and loving mom and wife. Not necessarily in that order. Follow her on Twitter @PYMLive or @KristiCasey. And check out her videos on PYM's YouTube channel.

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Ditch words. Use pictures to market your event.

Words alone can fail to evoke the same emotional connection or intellectual activity that a picture does. More

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GMIC plans to turn Atlanta green

When you think of green meeting destinations, what cities spring to mind? San Francisco? Portland, Ore.? Atlanta? If Atlanta doesn’t, it should. Here’s why: Atlanta has the world’s largest LEED-certified convention center, the Georgia World Congress Center. The first chapter of the global Green Meeting Industry Council incorporated in Atlanta in 2009. The city’s focus on clean energy [...] More

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Topi launches one-stop meeting management solution

Information entered into Topi’s online app-creating dashboard now generates event websites.   Just in time for Christmas, Topi has introduced two new features that give meeting planners a simple, affordable technological solution to two of their biggest pain points: managing registration and building event websites. Topi, known for an innovative event app that makes attendee/exhibitor networking smoother, now [...] More

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Change it up, but make it comfortable

People don't naturally latch on to new things, says Midori Connolly. So if you're asking them to get a little uncomfortable, make it a fun experience.  More

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For small meetings: Free community-building technology

Organizing a meeting of fewer than 100 people? You can now use Pathable’s innovative technology for free. Pathable is an online community-based platform that becomes a mobile app for events. Users import a list of attendees from an Excel spreadsheet or Eventbrite (if used for registration), and an automated message walks attendees through the process of setting up [...] More

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Free trial starts today for Bing Pulse audience tool

Ask event organizers if they’d prefer attendees to lean in or disengage with conference content and they’ll overwhelmingly choose engagement. But aside from moderating social media streams or pushing a poll through a conference app, there’s little they can do measure audience sentiment in real time. Microsoft’s Bing Pulse hopes to change that with a self-serve model [...] More

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Celebrating the art of doing business in Houston

Our last event of the year took place at the new JW Marriott Houston Downtown. Here's what you missed. More

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