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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Do you know how powerful you are?

As meeting and event planners, you are incredibly powerful. But, to quote Stan Lee's Spider-Man, "With great power, comes great responsibility."  More

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‘Hotels are not a nonprofit organization’

The relationship between hotels and meeting planners doesn’t have to be antagonistic. But it’s easy for conflicts to form when both parties are operating under different assumptions of what has value during contract negotiations. That’s why Michael Dominguez’s educational presentation at PYM LIVE Atlanta II 2012 focused on defining what the “new abnormal” in the [...] More

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Industry challenges Part 2: Economic, government obstacles

Meeting planners can't keep the Euro from collapsing or prevent a double-dip U.S. recession. But they can prepare to be their own best advocates. More

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Industry challenges Part 1: Solutions and resources

Ask domestic meeting planners what their three biggest challenges are and they'll say: budgets, lead times and keeping up with new technology. PYM can help. More

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PYM Live Houston 2012 recap

How to operate more efficiently, leverage technology and improve hotel contract negotiation techniques were the key educational points discussed at PYM LIVE Houston, which took place Aug. 23 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston. Here's a Storify recap of the social media conversation surrounding this event and its #yaypym hashtag.  More

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PYM Live Chicago 2012 recap

How to increase leverage during contract negotiations and augment events with virtual meeting technology were the key educational points discussed at PYM LIVE Chicago, which took place at the Dana Hotel on July 25. Here's a Storify recap of the social media conversation surrounding this event and its #yaypym hashtag. More

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The value of the ‘happy accident,’ or the secret to being creative

Every time you try something and it fails, you have two options.  More